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Wednesday, January 20. 2016
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Integrity and the Clintons
Presidential races are about the future and Hillary Clinton is stuck in the past.
We've Got It Wrong: ISIS Is Not the Main Problem in the Middle East
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About the Clinton Machine:
Baksheesh is a part of doing business in many parts of the world. Here in the US there is some wink wink, nudge nudge as well; something to grease the wheels of business.
Most of us have done it - tickets for the game and oh, yeah, the paving contract is yours. But the minor indiscretions of low level politicians is like kindergarten; the Clintons have taken wheeling-dealing to a high level and Hillary Clinton has been involved in scandals before. Here are some notable ones you may have forgotten:
Chinagate - The Clinton-Gore campaign in 1996 allegedly took bribes from Chinese banks and their government to help their dwindling poll numbers. The Chinese embassy in D.C. helped siphon funds into the DNC. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown (who was killed in a plane crash), and at Hillary’s instruction reportedly sold seats on department trade missions to China. Joint congressional hearings were canceled after Democrats threatened to bring up Republican campaign issues and then Monica Lewinsky actually saved this scandal from media attention.
Travelgate Scandal - Catherine Cornelius, a 25-year-old cousin of Bill's was allegedly promised the position of director of the travel office. Hillary Clinton then (indirectly) fired seven employees from the United States travel office and replaced them with associates from Arkansas. Records were either nowhere to be found or incorrectly filed. And, there's a reported attempt to give a White House airline contract to friend. Hillary had the FBI investigate Billy Dale, the head of the travel office, ruining his career who was found to do nothing wrong, but was then audited by the IRS for three years after.
"Billy Dale and his family went through hell thanks to the Clintons, Attorney General Janet Reno, the FBI and the IRS," Irvine wrote. "Hillary's greatest crime was not perjury, it was trying to send an innocent man to prison to justify having fired him and his staff without cause."
“A memorandum by a former Presidential aide depicts Hillary Rodham Clinton as the central figure in the 1993 travel office dismissals, a politically damaging episode that the aide said had resulted from a climate of fear in which officials did not dare question Mrs. Clinton's wishes," wrote the NYT in 1996.
Whitewater Scandal - Hillary and her husband were partners in a shady real estate development firm called Whitewater Development Corp in Arkansas. Accusations of impropriety against the Clintons and others soon surfaced, regarding improper campaign contributions, political and financial favors, and tax benefits. Clinton’s friends and majority owners, James and Susan McDougal were jailed for fraud, Clinton's successor, Governor Jim Tucker, was jailed for fraud along with municipal judges David Hale and Eugene Fitzhugh who worked with James McDougal. The Clintons walked away unscathed, having apparently done nothing wrong.
See Whitewater Timeline.
Vince Foster Jr. Mystery - Questions cloud the suicide of Vince Foster, former colleague, friend, and White House aid of Hillary’s who had connections to Travelgate, and the Whitewater scandals. Read the link above entitled "The Man Who Knew too Much. . ."
Filegate Scandal - Craig Livingstone, director of the White House's Office of Personnel Security "improperly" accessed FBI files on several hundred individuals.
Mrs. Clinton called it a, "completely honest bureaucratic snafu."
Many of these files were on people from previous Republican administrations. Hillary Clinton hired Livingston and is alleged to have looked at the files and requested this move. She was accused by Republicans of violating privacy rights of individuals she viewed as political adversaries.
Cattle-Futures Miracle - Hillary’s first commodity trade was in cattle futures where she ordered 10 futures contracts which normally cost $12,000 dollars with only $1,000 dollars in her account. This turned into $6,300 dollars by the next morning and after 10 months totaled $100,000, with trading help from James B. Blair.
“Blair, who at the time was outside counsel to Tyson Foods Inc., Arkansas' largest employer, says he was advising Clinton out of friendship, not to seek political gain. . ." reports The WashingtonPost.
Robert L. "Red" Bone ran the Springdale, AK financial services company REFCO allowed the trades and later, after investigation, had to pay the largest fine at the time in the exchanges history and was suspended for three years. Hillary Clinton said she was able to make the successful trading because she read the Wall Street Journal for research.
Lootergate - Bill and especially Hillary started to ship White House furniture to their personal home in Chappaqua, N.Y.. The Clintons claimed they were donated, but at only some were proven to be donated and meant to stay in the White House after contacting the manufacturers. The Clintons returned some of the furniture after pressure was put on them to do so.
“GOP lawmakers and others criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton in particular for accepting many presents just before she joined the Senate and became covered by strict ethics rules that prohibit accepting gifts worth more than $50.”
Drug Dealer Donor Scandal - Convicted drug trafficker Jorge Cabrera apparently made such a big donation to the Clinton’s campaign that he was invited to the White house without Secret Service present.
Ponzi Scheme and Political Favor Scandal - Norman Yung Yuen Hsu was a convicted pyramid investment promoter, and major Democratic donor. He contributed an undisclosed amount to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
“He was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison in 2009 by a judge who accused him of funding his fraud by manipulating the political process in a way that 'strikes at the very core of our democracy.”
Benghazi - you fill in the blanks on that one.
My prediction: Hillary will get the nomination and go on to win the election.
The word "Integrity" and that human slime mold known as the "Clintons," should never be mentioned in the same encyclopedia, let alone the same phrase!
The gap in equality between whites and blacks will always exist. The gap is in reality a genetic gap in IQ, and a social or ethnic gap in work ethic. If tomorrow by a stroke of a magic wand the apparent gap were erased and blacks had good jobs, effective schools and safe environments they would revert to mean and become 'needy' and the gap would widen again.
What is the solution? Make the schools do the right thing. That can't be overstated. Make the schools keep order, bring real and effective discipline to the classroom. Require the parents to participate in their children's education and up bringing. They more than anyone else are responsible for their children's and their race's failure. Do a better job of preparing all students for life, jobs and the reality of the world. Than allow people to fail and to pay the price of failure.
Black behavioral problems are also genetic and untractable.
The first black I ever really heard of was George Washington Carver. Too bad he's not held up as the standard for blacks to achieve.
FBI Director Comey refers Clinton to Justice Dept. for prosecution.
Lynch does nothing. Comey resigns in protest. Clinton runs with the victim card taped to her forehead, wins the nomination and the Presidency because she wears a bra.
And we deserve it.
Comey refers Clinton to Justice for prosecution.
Lynch does nothing. Comey, dozens of FBI and CIA officials resign in protest.
Clinton (continues to) call the whole thing part of the 'vast right wing conspiracy' to little effect. Her campaign continues to fall flat only partially on her record on security, but as much on the fact that more people see her as a liar and unlikeable they are tired of her.
Bernie continues to surge because he is seen as honest.
Biden sees an opening and gets in the race.
Biden and Bernie duke it out into the convention where Biden gets the nomination.
Biden loses in a landslide to Trump.
In general, things go better for the US but after four years, he is wearing a little thin. In addition, a global debt crisis starts in earnest.
The race in 2020 is wide open.
I agree with your predictions but I'm thinking when she is indicted she will suddenly have a life threatening disease that not only requires any trial be postponed but the disease will also affect here mental ability to participate in here defense. She will milk this and delay the trial for years.
That presumes she'll get indicted! That would never happen with this Justice Department.
My dream is that the next pubbie president - that would likely be the next president - completes investigations and prosecutes the criminals in this administration. Hunt them down like dogs!
You forgot that Obama can also secretly pardon her even if she has not yet been indicted.
More like steam-rolling. Bulldozing.
Supersonic. speedball. And not just on campuses.
Doesn't seem to be anything impeding this runaway suicidal train.
RE TRUMP and ETHANOL in IOWA:
Trump has finally revealed himself - he's a typical (liberal) politician promising anything in exchange for votes. He's shown that he has no more integrity than any other candidate (and less than some). Full Disclosure: my preferred candidate, Bobby Jindal, has dropped out.
Cruz, who I have supported, isn't much better (or worse).
Of the electable candidates (I don't think Carson, et al, have a chance) that leaves Rubio as the one with the most integrity. Sure, I think the gang of eight amnesty move could be viewed as pandering to the Latino vote, but I think or hope he learned his lesson and he was no doubt influenced by RNC (and others) insisting GOP couldn't win w/o courting Latin vote.
It is interesting that DoD is considering demoting Petraeus. It makes an even more compelling case for punishing HRC for her (intentional) disclosures of calcified info.
As an aside, if HRC is elected, it will signal to me that America (the location) and America (the ideology) are two separate things. I will always consider myself an American as embodied in the ideals and values of our founding fathers, but will no longer consider myself brethren to the majority of those who occupy US soil.
Semper Fi (to an ideal, not a location)
My question is why have we have had so many first-generation running for the presidency and, moreover, why are so many willing to vote for them when they are clearing ineligible according to The Constitution: born of two citizen parents on American soil?
As for qualifications, I just want
- all the illegals to go home so I can go about my life in English, - no one allowed entry if they want to overthrow my government,
- an effort to protect our borders and American citizens from the laws adopted by the U.N.,
- a reduction of Federal control over every area of my life including education of my children,
- a thorough audit of the Federal Reserve and…
…then I'll think of some more places to shrink this damn government.
My question is why do people pretend to quote things in the Constitution that aren't actually in the Constitution. The US Constitution does not say "born of two citizen parents on American soil." It doesn't even define "natural born citizen."
Please don't quote the Constitution unless you actually have checked what it says (that's not much to expect considering its availability online). It makes you look DUMB and LAZY.
Petraeus was flung under the bus and nobody missed lunch.
There will be others, asked to and they fall on their swords, perhaps with a little assistance.
I tell ya, that crew is deadly. Not right, just deadly.
Just had someone ask me last night why I am supporting Bernie Sanders instead of HRC if I am "such a feminist".
I explained that Hillary Clinton is not a feminist candidate.
Instead she is the latest in a long line of female heads of state who got their jobs only because they were either the wives or daughters of heads of state. It is more akin to a Queen taking over and ruling for a few more years than it is to a modern political system - a very traditional transfer of power, and one that has nothing to do with the notion that kinship shouldn't matter for leadership, only one's personal qualities.
Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Ang San Suu Ki, Corey Aquino, the current President of Argentina - all of these women became heads of state because of the MEN that they were related to. Does that sound very feminist to you???
Honestly, I might even prefer Donald Trump at this point. He's pro-choice and pro-gay marriage, and he wants to reframe the immigration debate. I could live with that.
One correction: the "current President of Argentina" is Maurcio Macri, who has been in office about 5 weeks. Cristina Kirchner, a.ka. Evita III, is thankfully now a former President of Argentina.
I am appalled, APPALLED, and the unfairness of the Alberta NDP, and if I were an Albertan I would write them and INSIST that girls be allowed in boys' locker rooms!!!!!!11111!!! It's only FAIR.
The problem is that most girls don't really want to go into the boys's locker rooms/bathroom. Eeew!! Also, it's the rare girl who wants to share the bathroom/locker with a boy waving "wedding tackle" around, however he self-identifies. What about the rights of the cis-girls here to be able to use the bathroom or - more particularly - locker room without having the embarrassment of having to undress before someone who - whatever his disclamers - looks really male?
Back in the day, took our daughters to swimming classes. Obviously, there were some young boys there, as mothers were coping with sorting out how to take preschool boys to "parent and tots" classes. But, all too often, would see a 3-year old "sultan" strutting around the "women's" change room while girls were huddling in corners to avoid his looks. Understood the problem, but said mothers should have kept their boys in corners so the girls could change without feeling molested.
There was one mother who insisted on running her school-age son through the women's change room so she could supervise his shower and changing. Embarrassment all round. Fortunately an older parent, braver than I, roundly told the boy's parent to get him out of the women's change room and never come back.
My spouse has it right: open season on girls from young males who would love an excuse to see young females in states of undress. Not to mention the boys who can't make the boys' basketball, soccer, or whatever team and then decide to 'self-identify" as a girl so they can try out for the girls' team where their size and strength will be a advantage.
Alberta NDP: why are you so anti-girl and anti-women?
Regarding ISIS. They might be faltering, but if they fall, another organization will replace them. The Islamic goal is a world-wide Islamic state, a caliphate, created by killing, if necessary, rather than conversion. That's been the goal of Islam since around 622.
How many battles did Jesus lead? How many did Mohammad lead?
It's more a matter of when, not if, the second (after 9-11) significant strike occurs in Europe or the US.
Jesus was not a warrior, or one of the Judges of the Old Testament. The judges were generals in the Jews' armies.
As unpleasant as it may appear, going against spiritual principles that I and many others espouse in Christianity, the only solution for the Muslim threat is to kill every last one of them, their families, their friends, their neighbors; to lay waste to their crop lands and salt their wells, to destroy their buildings such that no two stones lay atop one another.
The justification, if one is needed, is that the Muslims are Evil. Whether we are spiritual or worldly, believers or atheists, young, old, gay or straight, male or female, White or Black, or any other combination of the above, the paradigm in which we all repose dictates that some things are good, some bad, and some Evil. A lot of Muslims think so too, it's not easy living under the rule of the sword.
The remedy to the damage and destruction, the murder most foul and the barbaric actions of Muslims can only be met with a force strong enough to overcome once and for all that which threatens all others.
Death sudden, overwhelming, final, no hesitation, and thorough by whatever means will accomplish the end result — elimination of the Evil.
Transgender locker room policies are already in Washington state
Race Gap: Poverty persists across generations, too. Half of the black children born on the bottom rung of the income ladder (the bottom quintile) will stay there as adults. A boy who grows up in Baltimore will earn 28 percent less simply because he grew up in Baltimore. Sixty-six percent of black children live in America’s poorest neighborhoods, compared with six percent of white children.
Stuck in the inner city, with bad schools, little parental drive to succeed, just the way the Dems like them. Few jobs, much crime. "The kid just never had a chance"