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HoJo eateries near extinction

SLICE OF AMERICANA: Two customers sit at the counter at the Howard Johnson Restaurant in Bangor, Maine, one of the last two HoJo restaurants, which will close Sept. 6.
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BANGOR, Maine — The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction.

The slice of roadside Americana will no longer be served up in Bangor after Sept. 6.

For waitress Kathe Jewett, it’s the only job she’s held since starting work when the restaurant opened in 1966.

“It’s bittersweet, but it’s nothing to be sad about,” the 68-year-old Jewett insisted yesterday during a break from serving customers. “I’ve been here for 50 years — and it’s time.”

The closing will leave only one Howard Johnson restaurant, in Lake George, N.Y.

Before falling on hard times, Howard Johnson took restaurant franchises to a new level. The orange-roofed eateries once numbered more than 800, with the New England-based restaurant chain predating the ubiquitous Howard Johnson hotels.

Howard Deering Johnson started the business in 1925, when he inherited a soda fountain outside Boston. That evolved into a chain of restaurants featuring comfort food and 28 flavors of ice cream. The orange roof with a blue spire represented a dependable place for travelers to park the family car, grab a meal and spend the night.

In Bangor, the Howard Johnson Restaurant and Lounge in its heyday was popular with travelers and locals alike, including horror and science fiction author Stephen King. King, who lives in Bangor, said he used to eat there often and enjoyed the patty melts and milkshakes.

Owners David and Sally Patel kept their restaurant going for the past four years as business slowed and hours were scaled back to just breakfast and lunch.

“It’s not worth it to keep it open. We tried for four years,” Sally Patel said yesterday, noting the hotel side of their business remains healthy and will be unaffected by the restaurant 
closure. “We felt bad to close it.”

Fortunately for HoJo fans, the Lake George restaurant appears to be on solid ground and is open year-round.

“We’re doing great,” owner John LaRock said. “We’re going to do some renovations this winter. Spruce it up, keep it going.”

He said it’s a “good feeling” to be keeping the HoJo legacy alive.
“Knowing I have the only one left makes it special,” he said.




Donald Trump Leads by 15 Points Over Hillary Clinton in Utah

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by ALEX SWOYER


A new Public Policy poll shows Donald Trump with a 15 point lead in Utah — a state where the Republican nominee previously had an “amazingly bad” showing, according to the Washington Post in June.

Trump is ahead of Clinton, 39 percent to 24 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson raked in 12 percent.

The New Yorker’s lead comes after anti-Trump conservative candidate Evan McMullin, who was born in Utah, joined the race. McMullin reached nine percent in the poll.

“There’s not much of a chance that Utah’s actually going to go Democratic this year,” stated Public Policy Polling president Dean Debnam. “But with Gary Johnson in double digits and Evan McMullin almost there, there is a pretty decent chance that Donald Trump will end up winning the state with less than 50% of the vote.”

Although Trump is leading Clinton, 61 percent of voters in Utah view him unfavorably, but that’s to Clinton’s larger unfavorable mark at 72 percent.

According to the poll, if Utah wasn’t so populated with Mormons, it would be a blue state, as Clinton has a 16 point lead over Trump with non-Mormons.

“Fifty-six percent of Mormons dislike Trump, but an overwhelming 84 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton. Just 12 percent of Mormons would vote for Clinton, tying her with Johnson and putting her behind McMullin at 13 percent and Trump at 44 percent,” reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Public Policy poll questioned 1,018 likely voters from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.





Tom Fitton on Howie Carr Show: Clinton Foundation Will Shut Down by End of Week

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The president of Judicial Watch Tuesday told syndicated radio talk show host Howie Carr that the Clinton Foundation will cease operations after the Washington-based watchdog released 725 pages of emails revealing the pay-to-play culture at Secretary Hillary R. Clinton’s State Department.

“I don’t think the Clinton Foundation is going to survive until the end of the week,” said Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, which released the emails that were produced by the State Department at the direction of a federal judge after JW had to file a federal petition compelling the State Department to fulfill its request for emails to and from Huma Abedin, a long-time aide and confidante of the Democratic nominee for president.
“You really think that, Tom? You really think they can be shamed in any way, shape or form?” asked Carr, who had just finished telling Fitton that the Associated Press had discovered that out of 154 non-governmental people Clinton met with as America’s top diplomat, 85 were donors to the Clinton Foundation or another Clinton-affiliated organization with combined contributions exceeding $156 million. Of the 85, more than 40 gave at least $100,000 and another 20 gave $1 million.
Fitton said he was stunned by the response when it was revealed in the latest batch of emails that there was an attempt to get a meeting with the secretary for a Nigerian-Lebanese billionaire through the Clinton Foundation, rather than official State Department channels. “They said: ‘Well, we weren’t elected.'”

The Clinton Foundation no longer accepts contributions from foreigners and corporations and they have cancelled the annual Clinton Global Initiative, he said.
“I think they are going to get pressure–and they are–from the left and the right–to shut the foundation down,” he said.
Foreign contributions make up 40 percent of the foundation’s revenue and once they stop taking in new money the foundation is done, he said.
At the end of the segment, Carr asked Fitton what was coming next from Judicial Watch.
Fitton said there were 200 more Abedin emails coming from the State Department from the same request that produced the 725 pages of emails released Monday.


What is meant by the modern term referred to as ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’.
                                                                                                                                                                            
The definition is found in 4 telegrams at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and Gen Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945. The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war... not a word has been added or deleted!
(1) Tokyo, Japan
0800-September 1,1945
To: President Harry S Truman  
From: General D A MacArthur
Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions?
(2) Washington, D C
1300-September 1, 1945
To: D A MacArthur
From: H S Truman  
Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct!

(3) Tokyo, Japan  
1630-September 1, 1945
To: H S Truman
From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz
Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what the term politically correct mean?
(4) Washington , D C
2120-September 1, 1945
To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz
From: H S Truman
Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of sh-t by the clean end!
Now, with special thanks to the Truman Museum and Harry himself, you and I finally have a full understanding of what ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS really means…

Clinton Foundation bombshell shakes up 2016 race


A new, stunning report reveals the shocking depth of Hillary Clinton’s corruption and has the potential to completely shake up the 2016 presidential race.
And you can be sure it has the Clinton campaign in full-blown panic.
Clinton is already rated very poorly by voters for her trustworthiness. Now, a new investigation has learned that more than half the people outside the government who met with Clinton while she was secretary of state gave millions – either personally or through companies or groups – to the Clinton Foundation.
It’s a stunning ethical breach that has left even some Clinton supporters uneasy.
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.
Among those granted time with Clinton included a controversial economist who asked for her help influencing the Bangladesh government regarding his pressured resignation as chief of a large bank; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton’s help with a visa problem; and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm’s corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.
The frequency of the meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors that overlapped proves a correlation between access and cash, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump fiercely criticized the links between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department, saying his general election opponent had delivered “lie after lie after lie.”
“Hillary Clinton is totally unfit to hold public office,” he said at a rally Tuesday night in Austin, Texas. “It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office.”
Republican advisers to the Trump campaign recently told reporters that they see corruption allegations surrounding the Clinton Foundation as a prime opportunity to push voters away from the Democratic candidate.
“The foundation is a liability for candidate Clinton because of the money that has come in. The gifts from abroad create suspicions that there are divided loyalties and this is damaging to her,” Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, recently told The Hill.
The Associated Press contributed to this article

Ann Coulter: Any Republican who works with Clinton is a 'traitor'

By EDDIE SCARRY (@ESCARRY)

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Donald Trump supporter and bestselling author Ann Coulter warned Wednesday that any Republican in Congress who works with President Hillary Clinton would be seen as a "traitor."

Her comments were made in an interview with the Washington Examiner, soon after Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said that if Clinton were to win, he could see himself cutting a deal with her. "I've sat across the table with Hillary Clinton eye-to-eye, and when you're working outside of staff and outside of the press, she is somebody I can work with," he said in August.

But Coulter said it can't work that way.

"Any Republican who says he can work with Hillary Clinton is a traitor to the nation," she said. "It's finished."

Coulter, author of the new book In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!, told the Examiner the U.S. and the GOP are both "over" if Clinton wins.

"They're whistling past the grave yard," she said. "It's not just the GOP, it's the country. It's over. It was fun while it lasted but the country is finished. She and [vice presidential nominee] Tim Kaine have vowed to push through amnesty. … You grant amnesty, there will be a rush for a border. … It's over. It's over if she's elected. … Go to a Cubs game and see how many people are in the stands because when you can't win, nobody cares anymore."

Coulter's new book is a full-throated endorsement of Trump, who she says is the country's last hope to preserve its culture and save the working class.

Donald’s magic doughnuts
As soon as they enter the bakery, Hillary steals three pastries and puts them in her pocket.
She says to Donald, "See how clever I am? The owner didn't see anything and I don't even need to lie."

I will definitely win the election.

The Donald says to Hillary, "That's the typical dishonesty you have displayed throughout your entire life, trickery and deceit.

I am going to show you an honest way to get the same result."

Donald goes to the owner of the bakery and says, "Give me a pastry and I will show you a magic trick."

Intrigued, the owner accepts and gives him a pastry.

Trump swallows it and asks for another one.

The owner gives him another one.

Then Donald asks for a third pastry and  eats that,  too.

The owner is starting to wonder where the magic trick is and  asks, "What did you do with the pastries?"

Trump replies, "Look in Hillary's pocket"...

Obama's immigrant vetting doesn't ask if they're ISIS, al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood
By PAUL BEDARD (@SECRETSBEDARD)

A new analysis of how the United States "vets" immigrants reveals that written visa and citizenship surveys ask if applicants are World War II Nazi veterans or sympathizers, but not members of ISIS, al Qaeda or other Islamic terror groups at war with America.

While State Department and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service branch of the Department of Homeland Security do ask if immigrants have been involved in terrorism, the most well known of over a dozen terrorist groups aren't listed in applications, according to the analysis from homeland security expert Mark A. Sauter.
He said that federal officials told him that the questions about terror group involvement are required by federal law, meaning that congressional action is needed to include modern-day threats in the written questions.

However, detailed written questions are asked about Nazi cooperation, as are questions about whether applicants are drunks, polygamists, or Communists. One survey does single out Colombian terror organizations
in the written questions, though they have never attacked inside the U.S.

The lack of specific questioning about the biggest threat to the United States as the country eyes thousands in line from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and elsewhere seeking residency raises new questions about how immigrants are vetted, and gives ammunition to Republicans like presidential candidate Donald Trump who has called for "extreme vetting" to weed out likely terrorists.

What's more, he added in his report seen here, the U.S. doesn't have "readily available" statistics on how many immigrants who apply or are allowed in have admitted terrorist ties when asked. USCIS provided him with a list of groups it considers terrorist, but current groups like the "Muslim Brotherhood," often singled out by the Trump camp, was not on it.

From his report:

What we learned: During the visa and immigration process, someone seeking to become a US citizen is specifically asked in writing if he/she has been a Communist or World War II Nazi — and in many cases, whether he/she was a member of a Colombian terrorist organization — but is not specifically asked in writing whether he or she is or has been a member of ISIS, al-Qaida or other named Islamist terrorist groups.

The government does ask general questions applying to other terrorist groups. But it does not keep readily available information on the number and affiliations of applicants who admit being part of ISIS/al-Qaeda/other terrorist groups and appears to have no statistics at all on the number of applicants who say "No" when asked if they support the US Constitution.

The Nazi question is asked so that if applicants who did work for Adolf Hitler lie, that perjury can be used to deport them if they are ever outted. But it would appear to be out of date since an applicant would have to be about 90 years old to have been a Nazi in the timeframe given on USCIS form, "March 23, 1933-May 8, 1945."

"Critics of improved screening say that terrorists will just lie – that may be true in many cases, but misses the point that getting applicants on the record now can be a critical law enforcement tool later," Sauter said.

Sauter told Secrets that he was especially surprised when the government admitted it does not keep statistics on how many prospective immigrants say "No" when asked if they support the Constitution.

"All this doesn't mean Donald Trump has the right plans, but he is certainly correct in saying the immigration system needs an urgent update to respond to America's current threats," Sauter said. He plans further reports as his investigation continues and will post them on his blog www.needtosharenews.com.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com



Clinton Foundation Must Shut Down Now
Originally published at Fox News

Clinton Foundation Must Shut Down Now
The Clintons’ continual response to scandal is to lie, to stonewall, and above all, to blame Republicans--or as Hillary famously put it, the vast right wing conspiracy--for opposing them.
On the genuinely scandalous Clinton Foundation, however, the toughest and most penetrating critiques are now coming not just from Republicans, but from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic friends and her allies in the media--who are widely calling for the Foundation to be closed.
Last week, former Pennsylvania Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Ed Rendell said that “I definitely think if she wins the presidency they have to disband it.”
“It’d be impossible to keep the foundation open without at least the appearance of a problem,” Rendell explained.
The same week, the liberal editorial board of the Boston Globe wrote, “The once-and-maybe-future first family will have plenty to keep them busy next year if Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in November. The foundation should remove a political — and actual — distraction and stop accepting funding. If Clinton is elected, the foundation should be shut down.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune explained why: “These special interests are not giving money because the foundation is such an effective charitable organization; a 2013 New York Times investigation made it seem chaotic. They are not paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to hear shopworn speeches because they expect to obtain profound insights. They want the Clintons’ help, and they’re willing to pay for it.”
Disclosures as recent as last week suggest that is exactly what the Clintons provided.
Emails made public through a Freedom of Information Act Request by Judicial Watch revealed, for instance, that Hillary Clinton’s State Department aides fielded a request from Foundation executive Doug Band on behalf of Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, who has donated more than $30 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Band noted in his request that the Crown Prince was “a good friend of ours.”
Huma Abedin, a Clinton aide at the nexus of the Secretary’s official, business, and Foundation interests, noted in her email to Band that the Crown Prince had previously failed to secure a meeting through normal State Department channels. Two days later, Abedin wrote back to Band to advise him that the meeting was confirmed.
This event was far from unique. As the Associated Pressreported Tuesday, “More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation.”
The report found that “combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.”
Bowing in part to pressure from fellow Democrats and their media allies, Bill Clinton said this week that the Clinton Foundation will stop accepting foreign donations if his wife becomes president.
Yet the appearance of corruption, the obvious and inevitable conflicts of interests, and the unseemly arrangements that prompted that concession from the former president were equally clear when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
The Clintons didn’t care. They repeatedly violated their ethics agreement with the Obama administration to disclose and seek approval for foreign donors and speech clients.
Now they are making similar promise to the American people in order to ease Hillary’s path to the presidency. But just as the Obama administration was foolish to take them at their word, so would be the American people today.
The Clintons have proven they are neither transparent nor trustworthy. At the same time, there must be absolutely no question that an American president is above foreign influence-buying. That is why the only acceptable action for them, after all of this scandal, is to shut down the Clinton Foundation right now, before the election--and eliminate the corruption once and for all.

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