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The many mansions and penthouses that the US Presidential candidates call home

The homes (since most own more than one) and mortgages of the 2016 presidential candidates. Some of the presidential candidates live like royalty, while others are more grounded.

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When the US sets a regime change operation into motion, either in Iraq or Ukraine, one of the standard playbook moves is to show the former, corrupt “dictator’s crib”, while main stream media transmits pictures of outrage from the deposed despot’s home…for western zombie consumption.

Now that the US Presidential campaign is in full force, here are the lavish palaces (some candidates like Queen Hillary and Trump have multiple properties), and modest homes, of the candidates seeking to take up residence in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC.

Via Zerohedge…

With homeownership rates at multi-decade lows, and the American Dream disappearing for most, it appears it pays to be in government – from Trump Tower and Clinton’s Compounds to Bernie Sanders’ underwater mortgages and Carly Fiorina’s five fireplaces…

Sen. Hillary Clinton (Democrat)

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Chappaqua, N.Y.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and Sen. Hillary Clinton own a five-bedroom, four-bathroom Dutch colonial–style home in Westchester County built in 1889 that was assessed at $375,000 in 2014. The home at 15 Old House Lane has 5,232 square feet of living area. Public records show the home was purchased in 1999 for $1.7 million with an adjustable-rate first mortgage of $1.4 million, according to CoreLogic. Zillow estimates the market value today at $2.3 million. (The low tax assessment for the home compared with its market value is another example of New York state’s well-documented phenomenon of inconsistent tax assessment schedules.)

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Washington, D.C.

The Clinton’s four-bedroom, six-bath (plus and two half-baths) home at 3067 Whitehaven St. in Washington, D.C., is two and a half stories with 5,152 square feet of living space and a brick exterior. Built in 1951 near Washington’s Embassy Row, the house was purchased by the Clintons in 2001 for $2.85 million, financing $2 million of that sum with a 30-year adjustable rate mortgage at 7.25% from Citibank with a down payment of $855,000. A Satisfaction of Mortgage filed in 2007 indicates it was paid off. The house was valued for the 2014 tax year at $5,049,180, and its projected assessment for 2016 is $5,225,900, according to CoreLogic. Zillow estimates the house to have a market value of $5.76 million.

Gov. Martin O’Malley (Democrat)

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Baltimore

Martin O’Malley and his wife, Katie, purchased a four-bedroom, four-bath, 2,726-square-foot Tudor house at 5304 Tilbury Way in the Homeland section of North Baltimore in December 2014 for their family, which includes four children. They paid $549,000 in 2014, with a 30-year first mortgage of $494,100, according to CoreLogic. The two-story house was built in 1928 and has a stone fireplace, nine-foot ceilings and a cherry-paneled family room.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (Democrat)

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Burlington, Vt.

A senator from Vermont and a former mayor of Burlington, Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane O’Meara, have a four-bedroom, 2 ½-bath home in Chittenden County. The colonial-style home was built in 1981 and sold to Sanders in 2009 for $405,000, according to CoreLogic. The property has a 2013 assessed value of $321,900.

Washington, D.C.

Sanders and his wife also own a town house in the District. The 892-square-foot, one-bedroom, 1 ½-bath home with brick exterior was built in 1890. They bought it for $488,999 in 2007. The first mortgage was a 30-year conventional adjustable-rate mortgage for $391,200 at 5.88%. Records indicate there is also a $73,350 second mortgage on the property. The house has a taxable assessment of $480,970 for 2014 and a projected assessment in 2016 of $521,660.

Gov. Jeb Bush (Republican)

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Coral Gables, Fla.

The former governor of Florida and his wife, Columba, live in the development of Almeria Row in Coral Gables, a suburb of Miami. They purchased their 3,485-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath town house in August 2011 for $1.3 million. Its assessed value in 2014 was $1.1 million. In July 2013, the Bushes refinanced their mortgage to a 30-year conventional loan for $754,000, according to CoreLogic.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican)

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West Miami, Fla.

The Florida senator, his wife, Jeanette, and their four children live in a four-bedroom, three-bath house in West Miami. The single-family home has 2,581 square feet of living area and was built in 2005. The Rubios paid $550,000. It has a porch, brick patio and swimming pool. After listing the house in 2013 for $675,000, the Rubios didn’t end up selling. In June 2015, they refinanced to a 30-year mortgage for $604,000. In 2014, the total value of the home was assessed at $430,936, according to CoreLogic and Zillow. Zillow estimates the house would sell today for $569,749.

Gov. Chris Christie (Republican)

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Mendham, N.J.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been in office since 2010, but he, his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children don’t live in the official New Jersey governor’s residence. The family lives in their 6,979-square-foot house in Mendham, N.J., which they bought in August 1998 for $775,000. Public records show the first mortgage was for $300,000 — a conventional, fixed-rate loan. They have since refinanced five times. The most recent loan was recorded in October 2008 for $400,000 — it is a 30-year adjustable-rate loan. The property assessed in 2014 for a total of $1.9 million and a market value of $2 million, according to CoreLogic.

Gov. Bobby Jindal (Republican)

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Baton Rouge, La.

The Louisiana governor and native of Baton Rouge still lives in his hometown — but not in a privately owned residence. Bobby Jindal and his wife, Supriya, and three children live in the state Governor’s Mansion, where they have resided since January 2008. The home was built in 1963 and has 12 bedrooms, 18 baths, two kitchens, a kitchenette, two dining rooms, a breakfast room and a receiving room for state affairs.

Sen. Ted Cruz (Republican)

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Houston, Texas

The junior senator, his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters live in a two-bedroom, 2 ½-bath luxury high-rise condominium unit with views of Houston, including the skyline. The Cruzes’ 19th-floor unit has 2,049 feet of living area and was built in 2003. Cruz and his wife bought it for $837,500 in September 2008 and financed $670,000 of it with a conventional, 30-year adjustable mortgage. In March 2011, public records show they refinanced $417,000 to a 15-year fixed-rate loan, according to CoreLogic data.

Sen. Rand Paul (Republican)

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Bowling Green, Ky.

The junior senator from Kentucky and his wife, Kelley, live in a four-bedroom, three-bath home with 4,206 square feet of living area. The white house with a gabled roof was built in 1994 and sits on a lush, tree-lined 1.99-acre lot. Its total value was assessed at $525,000 in 2014 with a land value of $257,500. In July 2014, the Pauls took a 10-year conventional mortgage out on the property for $172,500

Rick Perry (Republican)

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Austin, Texas

James Richard “Rick” Perry and his wife, Anita, spent the past 15 years living in the Texas Governor’s Mansion. When he left office this past January, the couple moved to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom town house in Austin while a new home is being built in Round Top, a community about 70 miles from the state capital in Fayette County.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (Republican)

Seneca, S.C.

The South Carolina senator has been in office since January 2003 and has two residences: one in Washington and one in his home state. The latter is a 1,901-square-foot single-family ranch home in Seneca, S.C., built in 1989. He bought it for $164,000 in October 1993. In 2013, it was assessed at $213,230. A new, five-year conventional mortgage was recorded on March 2012 for $51,138.

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Graham also has a two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,254-square-foot brick town house in Washington, D.C., that was purchased in 1997. Public records show the most recent mortgage is a 30-year conventional loan recorded June 21, 2012, for $207,000. The town house was assessed in 2015 at $560,910.

Donald Trump (Republican)

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New York City, N.Y.

Media personality and commercial property developer Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, live on Trump Tower’s top three floors, which are lavishly decorated in 24-karat gold and marble. The home was designed by Angelo Donghia in a style reminiscent of King Louis XIV with painted ceilings, ornate columns, opulent furnishings and crystal chandeliers. Trump took out a $100 million mortgage on the entire tower in 2012, New York City public records show.

Palm Beach, Fla.

The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach was initially a 126-room, 110,000-square-foot estate that Trump bought for $10 million in 1985. After a renovation, the home is said to have 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, a 29-foot-long marble-top dining table, 12 fireplaces and three bomb shelters. Trump keeps private residential quarters at the club, which he calls his “home away from home.”

He transferred the property to Mar-A-Lago Club Inc. in 1995 with a $10 million mortgage,according to CoreLogic.

References:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-houses-the-2016-presidential-candidates-own-2015-07-10

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-26/trump-tower-clintons-compound-homes-2016-presidential-candidates

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Roman Catholic priest removed from parish for burning LGBT flag

Priest’s removal ordered by his bishop, alleging the priest was mentally ill.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Fox News reported that a Roman Catholic priest was removed from his post in a Chicago neighborhood by his cardinal (bishop) and sent away for “pastoral support” for burning an LGBT “rainbow flag”, after reciting a prayer of exorcism.

The original newspiece, by Mitchell Armentrout of The Chicago Sun-Timeshas this to say:

The priest who ignited controversy last week by burning an LGBTQ-friendly flag on church grounds against the orders of Cardinal Blase Cupich has been removed from his Avondale parish.

Cupich sent two of his top deputies to Resurrection Catholic Church on Friday to notify the Rev. Paul Kalchik that he was being removed as pastor, according to two sources close to the priest.

In a letter to parishioners and staff released Saturday evening by the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cupich wrote that he has “become increasingly concerned about a number of issues at Resurrection Parish.

“It has become clear to me that Fr. Kalchik must take time away from the parish to receive pastoral support so his needs can be assessed,” Cupich wrote.

Kalchik could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to the sources, Kalchik and his elderly parents have received death threats since he defied Cupich on Sept. 14 by burning the banner, which featured a cross superimposed over a rainbow. There also have been threats of vandalism to the church, the sources said.

Kalchik told the Sun-Times during an interview in his office on Tuesday that at least one person had forced their way into the church at 3043 N. Francisco Ave. last weekend, leaving a door open but not causing any damage.

The 56-year-old priest first announced in a Sept. 2 church bulletin that he planned to burn the flag, after he found it in storage where it apparently sat for more than a decade.

Cupich, who has shared Pope Francis’ more welcoming attitude toward gays in the church, told Kalchik not to burn the flag, but the priest said he did it anyway “in a quiet way” during a closed ceremony with seven parishioners, featuring a prayer of exorcism over the torched banner.

The flag-burning drew the ire of LGBTQ-equality activists, including Ald. Deb Mell (33rd), who led a small demonstration across the street from the church on Wednesday, calling on Pope Francis and Cupich “to send this hateful bigot packing.”

Kalchik — who has said he was sexually abused by a neighbor as a child, and again by a priest when he began working for the church at 19 — previously said the sex-abuse crisis plaguing the church is “definitely a gay thing.”

“What have we done wrong other than destroy a piece of propaganda that was used to put out a message other than what the church is about?” Kalchik said Tuesday.

Cupich wrote that he removed Kalchik “out of concern for Fr. Kalchik’s welfare and that of the people of Resurrection Parish.

“I have a responsibility to be supportive of our priests when they have difficulties, but I also have a duty to ensure that those who serve our faithful are fully able to minister to them in the way the Church expects,” Cupich wrote.

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This brings up some interesting questions:

  • While no one is supposed to hate sinners, Christianity strongly calls its supporters to hate sin. This priest’s flag-burning is very-clearly an example of taking this teaching to heart.
  • What kind of message is the Cardinal sending people about the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church?
  • Father Paul Kalchik was abused twice, and once by a priest, and his acknowledgment of the sex-abuse cases as a “gay thing” is well known in church circles. The Roman Catholic prohibition on married priests, which itself is not in line with Apostolic teachings, has contributed to the growing network of “gay” seminaries within that Church. Why does Rome go on hiding this?
  • All this comes down to the biggest question: Who is Rome serving? Homosexuality and its cousins are serious sins and they cause enormous and frightful trauma to those so impacted. If the Roman Church cannot call the truth out for what it is, then, what are they doing?

Further information about this situation, described on the Fox News website notes that Cardinal Blase Cupich had cautioned Kalchik not to burn the flag, but he reportedly went ahead with it and recited a prayer of exorcism before doing so.

The Archdiocese released a letter saying that “Father Kalchik needs to take time away from the parish to receive pastoral support,” amid a swirl of allegations that Cupich had threatened – through his vicars – for Kalchik to be forcibly committed to St. Luke’s Institute for further evaluation and treatment.

Kalchik had first announced that this flag, which was found in storage, would be burned in a church bulletin in early September. He was immediately warned by the Archdiocese of Chicago not to move forward with such an act. However, Kalchik did go ahead – later telling a local NBC reporter that the did so “in a quiet way” and that the flag, which also had a cross adorned over it, “was cut into seven pieces, so it was burned over stages in the same fire pit that we used for the Easter vigil Mass.”

The rainbow flag, set alight by parishioners earlier this month, once hung in the back of the sanctuary. Kalchik had reportedly spoken out in recent months, and even written to Pope Francis, about his own trauma as a victim of a predatory Roman Catholic priest.

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Every dirty Democrat trick shows in bid to oust Kavanaugh

American democracy truly is mob rule now, and the mob is stupid, with no one taking a moment to truly consider the situation.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The most amazing thing about what is ostensibly the last minute “Hail Mary” smear campaign by the left against Judge Brett Kavanaugh is how utterly transparently partisan it is. Let’s look at the list of tactics used thus far in this very dirty escapade:

  • Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein sat on this allegation for three months, until after the confirmation hearings were over (and after no other barnstorming tactic during the confirmation hearings worked against the nominee).
  • The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is a registered Democrat, and a feminist. RT notes that she appears to have a strong interest in politics.
  • Reports of “death threats” against Dr. Ford have been reported. This is a common feature of any anti-Trump attack, to relate him to some sort of “right-wing” radicalism. This radicalism does not exist among conservatives, but the media is determined to say otherwise.
  • Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, naturally, believes Ford’s story.
  • Every Democrat senator is in agreement that this matter should table the confirmation vote. Some Republicans were at first but appear to be backing away.
  • A woman Democrat senator, Mazie Hirono, went on record telling men to “shut up and step up.” It seems abundantly clear that this assumes that there can only be one “step” that the men are expected to do. A second lady senator , Patty Murray of Washington, gave all men a warning against stepping off the plantation by saying “Women are watching.”
  • The Senate Republicans offered a chance for Dr Ford to testify on Monday. She refused, but now she is offering to come “next Thursday” – this is ten days later, past the October 1 start date of the US Supreme Court, and closer to the November Midterm elections.
  • UPDATE (Sept 24, 2018) – now another woman reports that Mr. Kavanaugh did a sexual thing to her, but again the report is also full of vagueness and “poor memory.”
  • Adding to that update, the attorney representing this woman is none other than Michael Avenatti, the attorney that represented Stephanie Clifford (“Stormy Daniels”) – there really seems to be a pattern here.

We interrupt this list to make this point. The issues at hand are threefold.

First, the Democrats and other left-wing activists are terrified that they will lose the “Warren Court”, which is the name of the Supreme Court Justice who was a major left-wing judicial activist that enabled the Court to “legislate from the bench” along liberal policy lines since 1969. If Kavanaugh comes in, even if President Trump is somehow magically removed from office, his mark will remain on the Court for at least a generation. Of course, the removal of President Trump is predicated on the Democrats regaining control of the House, which actually looks somewhat likely if polling data is to be believed, and of course a Democrat Senate. (The actual tiny caveat that the President has done absolutely nothing which warrants impeachment will not be taken into consideration. He is to be eliminated. That is Democrat point number one, and make no mistake.)

Second, if the Judge is confirmed, it will look great on the President’s achievement list and energize his voter base even more than it already is. The result could be that the Senate expands its Republican majority, and gains Trumpian conservatives in its ranks, which would likely help the President continue his really great agenda. A defeat in the House that holds or expands GOP, again with Trumpian conservatives, would solidify this, and make it more difficult to stop Trump’s re-election and further solidification of reforms in 2020.

Third, and probably even more important, is that the possibility of a third seat getting vacated on the Court in the time period between now and 2024 is relatively high. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest Justice on the Court, and she is a raving liberal. If she retires (which she promises not to do), or if she is retired by the processes of old age, Trump can score a three-peat and get a third constitutionalist justice into the Court and that will signal the closure of one of the biggest avenues of liberal activism.

To return to the list, some of the further characteristics that make this situation patently obvious are these:

  • As reported in The Duran, the smear job is looking a bit ragged around the edges as time goes by. President Trump called Dr Ford’s bluff by saying he is interested in having her come to testify and that it would be “unfortunate” if she didn’t do so. Ford’s response was as shown above, to try and delay this testimony.
  • The Hollywood “sisterhood” is on record defending Dr Ford. For them, she’s right. She said Kavanaugh did this, so she is right. And why? Because she is a woman, a feminist and a Democrat. She is one of them. It would very interesting to know if the sisterhood would stand behind a conservative woman raising such a concern against a Democrat, but we have President Clinton to show how well that all went.

This by no means concludes the list of characteristics, but as noted earlier here, anyone that does even just a little critical thinking about this can see that this issue is no moral outrage, it is strictly partisan hackery, making use of the greatest weapon against conservative men put in use over the last fifty years – the sexual allegation from a woman, who must always be believed, because the woman is always right. 

The unfortunate truth is that this tactic works. It works because most men are actually gentlemen. We honor women, and we are taught to defer to them in America, because that is what a gentleman does. Feminism takes this characteristic of men, especially in modern times who really want to make sure they treat the ladies right, and it throws it back in their face in contempt. It is so bad it even has a physiological effect on men, who are now marrying less, and having fewer kids. There are even physiological changes that result from this abuse.

Further, there is an appalling lack of critical thinking in our society. The British news site, The Independent offers a poll with questions about the Kavanaugh case. The astonishing lack of critical thinking is clearly evident as the reader votes his or her thought and then sees the results for that question. Going through the questions and observing their responses can be very illuminating.

Dr Ford is demanding an FBI investigation, but she has no date, time or location attached to the incident she accuses now-Judge Kavanaugh of perpetrating. Rush Limbaugh did a great job at showing just how absurd this demand actually is, given these glaring areas of non-knowledge and we include some of that transcript below:

What would happen, let’s say — I don’t know — in the last 10 years up to last week if any woman had walked into any FBI office in the country and said the following: “Hi. I’m here to report that I was abused 35 years ago. I was — I was — I was at a party. Uh, I was 15, a little bit to drink, and a 17-year-old guy pushed me down on top of a table and laid on top of me. And then — and then and then I think — I think — a friend came in and did something and anyway they left and I was left locked in the room. And I want to you to investigate.”

Do you think if somebody shows up at an FBI office with that story, if they show up in person with that story, that the FBI is gonna give it any time whatsoever? The agents are gonna look at each other with kind of wary eyes and they’re gonna crack silent jokes to one another. I’m not kidding. You take this out of the realm of a letter to a crazed, partisan United States senator, Dianne Feinstein, and just move this into the victim walking into an FBI office, “It was 35 years, 34 years. I’m not sure where. But I know that when I was 15, I was at a party, and some guy jumped on top of me.”

So let’s say the FBI agent decides to actually take this further and in a very respectful way says, “Well, Miss, were you raped or injured?”

“Uh, no, not really.”

“Did you report this or tell anyone at the time, 36, 35 years ago?”

“Uh, no.”

“What year was this, again, that this happened?”

“Uhhh, I’m not — I’m not sure. I think it was 1982.”

“Where did this happen?”

“I don’t know! I don’t know. I was so traumatized; I don’t remember any of it. I just remember some guy jumping on me and I was drunk and — and I don’t know. But I want you to investigate it.”

“Okay. Ma’am, were there any witnesses?”

“Just the one friend of his that pushed him off, and then they left before he could do anything.”

What would the FBI do with this, if that scenario happened in one of their field offices? I will tell you what they would do: Zip, zero, nada. And the reason for bringing it up this way is to try to shine some kind of a different light on this and try to put this kind of allegation in some kind of context. The president is handling this in a quite fascinating way. He’s saying, “I hope she shows up. I want to hear what she has to say. I really hope she shows up. I’m very interested in what she has to say. We all are. And if she shows up and if she’s credible, why, then we’re gonna have to do something about that.”

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James Woods Suspended From Twitter Over Satirical Meme That Could “Impact An Election”

James Woods crushes Jack Dorsey: “You are a coward, @Jack.”

Alex Christoforou

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Outspoken conservative actor James Woods was suspended from posting to Twitter over a two-month-old satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign. While the actor’s tweets are still visible, he is unable to post new content.

The offending tweet from July 20, features three millennial-aged men with “nu-male smiles” and text that reads “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home.” Above it, Woods writes “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible.”

According to screenshots provided by an associate of Woods’, Twitter directed the actor to delete the post on the grounds that it contained “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.

In other words, James Woods, who has approximately 1.72 million followers, was suspended because liberals who don’t identify as women might actually take the meme seriously and not vote. 

In a statement released through associate Sara Miller, Woods said “You are a coward, @Jack,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.

Earlier this month, Woods opined on the mass-platform ban of Alex Jones, tweeting: ““I’ve never read Alex Jones nor watched any of his video presence on the internet. A friend told me he was an extremist. Believe me that I know nothing about him. That said, I think banning him from the internet is a slippery slope. This is the beginning of real fascism. Trust me.”

Nu-males everywhere non-threateningly smirk at Woods’ bad fortune…

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