General News and Comment
Loretta Lynch confirmed as attorney general
Excerpt: Lynch was confirmed on a 56-43 vote.
charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors. By Jonathan Allen, Reuters Clinton
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors. The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims "absurd conspiracy theories."
Excerpt: Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the
The published donor records of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation don't give exact dates or amounts of its contributors, but it is possible to create a general timeline for when many of the corporations donated and when they were either nominated or selected for the award.
Ready for Hillary
Important: NY Times Reports
Foundation Donations May Have Allowed To Buy Control Of US Uranium.
By Jeff Dunetz Russia
Excerpt: It's like a game of whac-a-mole every time the
Clinton team beats down
one scandal, another pops up from a different hole. The latest revelation comes
from the NY Times and involves a deal which enabled Russia to own about 20% of the uranium
production capacity of the United
States for a $2.35 million donation to the
Clinton Family Foundation. According to the report a Canadian based company
Uranium One, owned the uranium assets was being purchased by Russian state atomic
energy agency Rosatom a deal which had to be approved by various U.S.
agencies including the State Department. As the State Department was mulling of
the deal, the Chairman of Uranium One donated the $2.35 million from his family
foundation to the Clintons.
It gets worse, not only was there much more heading into the Clinton foundation that the $2.35 but a
significant portion wasn't reported.
speech income shows how their wealth is intertwined with charity. By Rosalind S.
Excerpt: Bill Clinton was paid at least $26 million in speaking fees by companies and organizations that are also major donors to the foundation he created after leaving the White House, according to a Washington Post analysis of public records and foundation data. The amount, about one-quarter of
overall speaking income between 2001 and 2013, demonstrates how closely
intertwined Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable work has become with their
growing personal wealth.
That Time Hillary Called Marriage a 'Fundamental Bedrock Principle'
Excerpt: “I believe that marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman,” Hillary Clinton said way back in the Medieval days of 2004. (I don't have a problem with gay marriage. The big threat to
is not gays getting married, it's straights having kids and not getting
married. But I have a huge problem with people who disagree with me on this,
and say what Hillary said in 04 or Obama said in 08 getting death threats and
being forced out of business. ~Bob)
Excerpt: "The average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes,"
warned. She is right -- but can best appreciate that fact from her own career
has demanded up to $300,000 for brief 30-minute speeches. She apparently
believes in the free-market theory that on the lecture circuit, speakers --
like CEOs -- should be paid as much as the market can bear. At UCLA recently, Clinton's fee worked out
to about $165 per second. In three minutes of autobiographical chitchat, Clinton pulled in more
than the average full-time fast-food worker makes in a year. Note that,
directly or indirectly, universities pass such charges on to their student
customers, who are currently collectively in debt to the tune of more than $1
MSNBC’s Touré Has the Taxman on His Case. By Jillian Kay Melchior
Excerpt: And he’s just one of the network’s four tax scofflaws Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records reviewed by National Review.
Unruly Progressives. Why it’s so hard to make progressives live up to their own rules. By Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: Sure, once in a while, a prominent liberal will run afoul of his brethren. MSNBC dropped its relationship with Alec Baldwin shortly after suspending him in the wake of video footage of the actor allegedly shouting homophobic slurs to a paparazzo. Around the same time, Martin Bashir resigned after he declared, on air, that someone should defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth. But Democrats are given a wide, wide berth for comments they themselves would be quick to label racist.
South Carolina Democratic chairman Dick
Harpootlian, for example, urged his party to “send Nikki Haley back to wherever
the hell she came from.” (That would be Bamberg,
S.C., but her parents were Sikh immigrants
Last year, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asked an Indian man at a university
Q&A if he was a member of the Taliban.
When bootleggers and Baptists converge. By George F. Will Reading
Excerpt: Smoking, said
England’s King James I in 1604, is
“loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to
the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal
treasury until Virginia
produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George
Washington. King James might have been less censorious about “vaping,” which
almost certainly is less harmful than inhaling chemicals produced by the
combustion of tobacco.
Four Pinocchios for Sherrod Brown’s invented George H.W. Bush quote
Excerpt: In our research, we found no evidence that Bush had ever made this remark. In fact, we found that there was only one person who ever quoted Bush as saying this — and that was Sherrod Brown. His language was inconsistent on the number of jobs, and whether he was talking about trade deficits or surpluses. But it was certainly a favorite talking point.
Excerpt: Soon she was traveling all over the city, capturing the misery of the homeless and hungry with her camera. One of her best was chosen to be displayed at an art exhibition in the city. And a fellow who taught over at
happened to attend the event. He took one look at that picture and fell in love
with it...and vicariously in love with whomever had taken it.
While on a trek to
he took a copy of that photo and showed it to a friend who worked for the Farm
Services Administration. The FSA fellow liked the pic too and proposed that the
photographer go to work for the FSA, traveling about and capturing the misery
of the Okie migrants who moved snail like through the fields of the Washington D.C. Central Valley, trying to eke out enough to feed their
family for the day. So the college professor went back and tracked her down. He
told her about what the FSA wanted her to do. For the first time in her life
she felt like she could do something to make a difference. She took the job and
its daily $3 dollar per diem. ... One of her pictures is known today as
"the" iconic image of The Great Depression. It was of a dirt poor
migrant woman, supporting two children on her shoulders, as well as the weight
of the world. She seems to be wondering what she'll feed these two waifs, if at
all...and how her life played out on the long ago day. And they have Dorothea
Lange to thank for it.
Hollywood Actors and Economics 101. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: According to The New York Times: "The union, seizing a moment when organized labor is having some success pressuring low-wage employers to pay higher salaries, says many of this city's small theaters — which currently pay actors nothing for rehearsals, and stipends as low as $7 per (hour for) performances — should start paying California's minimum wage of $9 an hour." But then a very Republican thing happened — 66 percent of the union members voted against a higher minimum wage. Their rationale was simple. A higher minimum wage means fewer plays get performed. Fewer plays means fewer opportunities for actors and therefore fewer opportunities to gain experience, stay in practice or possibly get discovered. But the union's national council ignored this advisory vote and ordered, with some exceptions, a $9 per hour minimum wage.
Rising Dragon News
Excerpt: Chinese nuclear experts reportedly warned the
U.S. earlier this year that North Korea's nuclear arsenal is larger than
previously estimated, creating a heightened security threat to the U.S. and its
East Asian allies. (As soon as I saw this I went looking in the Chinese
press for any reports on this and so far have not found it (I suspect it is out
there but getting short shrift in China). However, I did find
articles in Chinese indicating that China is concerned about N Korean
nuke production and that N Korea-China relations are not so good since the
death of Kim Jung Il. So why is Washington
focusing solely on Iran when
N Korea and also some Muslim countries have
nukes? Answer: Politics, NOT national security. National security has not been
a motivating concern in US military policies for many decades. Now, since Saudi Arabia may no longer be a loyal
supporter of the petrodollar, China
may step in to fill the void. Even though China's
AIIB is slowly edging out the US
dominated World Bank (which in turn will contribute to worldwide
dedollarization in favor of the RMB), China
needs the US and that is a
plus for the US
economy. This report suggests that they may need us for military support
against N Korea, which could be the next target for the US military.
--Don Hank. One of China's
strategies, from the Warring States period, is to "Sit on the mountain and
watch the tigers fight." That is, if they can start things between two
rivals, both are weakened to China's
The rumors were true: Scientists edited the genomes of human embryos for the first time. By Rachel Feltman
Excerpt: In March, a rumor surfaced in the scientific community that was intriguing, and perhaps a bit chilling: According to those in the know, researchers in
had successfully edited the genomes of human embryos, altering their DNA in a
way never accomplished in our own species. ... The work, led by Junjiu
Huang of Sun Yat-sen University
focused on modifying the gene responsible for β-thalassaemia, a blood
disorder that can be fatal. They used CRISPR, a cutting-edge gene editing tool
that's already made serious waves in the genome editing of other species. By
going after genes at the earliest stage of human development -- in a
single-celled embryo -- theoretically one can make sure all the subsequent
copies of the gene are the superior version.
Excerpt: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote on April 5 that this month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system. His comments refer to the circumstances surrounding
Excerpt: Statewide, the number of active Class A licenses — the so-called license to carry category that broadly includes the right to carry a concealed weapon — grew nearly 12 percent between 2013 and 2014. That was a significantly greater jump than in past years, a Globe review of data from the Firearms Records Bureau found. Overall, the number of active gun licenses of all types grew 5 percent, with a total of 355,272 in the state last year. All but five of
351 towns and cities saw increases in the number of active Class A
licenses from 2013 and to 2014.
Excerpt: The California Legislature has passed a controversial Assembly Bill that creates a ban on the future sale and ownership of all .45 ACP ammo. The bill states that the ban on the popular ammunition is in effect immediately, however does include a 60 day grace period prior to state law enforcement enforcing the ban. Though the ban has created a clear divide among the citizens of
it’s said to be widely supported by political figures across the state. Many
politicians and citizens alike feel that that ban is a clear infringement of California citizen’s
second amendment rights, however; many feel that the ban is a positive step
towards much needed gun control.
Excerpt: While the specific wording differs slightly from state to state, the general guideline is that the threat must be legitimate and proximate, and presenting a risk of serious bodily injury or death.
Obamacare/Government Healthcare News
Ron DeSantis Leads the Charge Against Congressional Obamacare Exemptions. By Kevin Derby
Excerpt: U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., a possible U.S. Senate candidate in 2016, took a larger role in the fight against President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law on Wednesday, leading the charge to end congressional exemptions from the law. DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he was the House sponsor of U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s, R-La., bill ensuring members of Congress and congressional staffers do not receive subsidies -- $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a family -- under Obama’s law, treating them as every other American under the law. The bill also ensures congressional offices are not treated as small businesses and exempt from the law.
Undocumented Democrat News
Why Scott Walker Is Right on Immigration. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Immigration has become the third rail of American politics. At a time when the labor force participation rate has fallen to 62 percent and the employment growth for the last 15 years has gone to immigrants, opposing the Super-Amnesty of 12 million illegal aliens is still considered an extreme position… in the Republican Party. So when Scott Walker merely suggested that Congress should make immigration decisions based on “protecting American workers and American wages,” he was denounced for it by… Republicans.
"You're Greener than Gore" News
18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of
the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year Reading
Excerpt: Well, now that more than 40 years have passed, how accurate were those predictions around the time of the first Earth Day? Wrong, spectacularly wrong, and here are 18 examples:
1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
Obama's climate change hypocrisy highlights lack of faith
Excerpt: "Heading down to DC to catch an #EarthDay flight on Air Force One tomorrow with the President," popular scientist Bill Nye out ahead of yesterday's Earth Day celebration. "We're going to #ActOnClimate." Indeed, Nye and President Obama "acted on" the climate on their 1,836-mile round-trip flight to the
They emitted five times as much carbon in one day as the average American emits
over the course of a year. No, Nye's and Obama's climate hypocrisy does not
falsify any scientific theory about global climate change.
Religion of Peace News
White House: American, Italian hostages killed in US counterterror operation
Excerpt: An American and an Italian held hostage by Al Qaeda were accidentally killed in a
counterterrorism operation earlier this year, the White House said Thursday, in
a stunning and tragic admission. The White House also revealed that two
American terror operatives were killed, but the revelation that hostages died
-- in an apparent drone strike -- is leading to what President Obama called a
"full review." (There were American POWs at Hiroshima. In war, bad things happen The
guilt is on those who started the war. we are there because of 9/11. ~Bob)
Adam Gadahn: Al Qaeda terrorist, California native and grandson of a Jew
Excerpt: Then in 2004, Gadahn emerged on television, making threats against the
States in a suspected Al Qaeda
video. That year, the U.S. identified
him as being linked to Al Qaeda and a potential threat in the United States.
A decade long manhunt for Gadahn ended in January when he was killed during the
counter-terrorism operation announced by President Obama announced on Thursday
that also accidentally killed two innocent hostages.
Funny: Lindsay Lohan Thought She Was Showing Off Beautiful Arabic Phrase—What It Actually Says Is Priceless
Boko Haram crisis:
Sambisa ground offensive Nigeria
Excerpt: Nigerian ground troops have joined an offensive on the last known hideout of the Boko Haram Islamist militants, a military spokesman has told the BBC. The vast north-eastern Sambisa forest is where they have many bases - and it has been subject to aerial bombardments since February.
The Wages of Hillary’s War. By Ben Shapiro
Excerpt: Five years later, Secretary of State Clinton rushed to war, allegedly manufacturing evidence to do so, and with no plan whatsoever for victory. According to The Washington Times,
“was the moving force inside the Obama administration to encourage US military intervention to unseat [dictator
Moammar Gadhafi] in Libya.”
Clinton claimed that if the West did not
intervene in Libya, Gadhafi
would pursue a genocide against his enemies; in March 2011, she imagined a
scenario in which “ Benghazi
had been overrun, a city of 700,000 people, and tens of thousands of people had
been slaughtered, hundreds of thousands had fled. …” That genocide never
materialized, nor did the best intelligence estimates support that argument.
Not only that: Hillary also ignored all available evidence suggesting that the Libyan opposition was honeycombed with terrorists.
Jealous boyfriend killed love rival by stabbing him 20 times to stop him showing 'intimate' pictures of his girlfriend to her Imam father
Excerpt: Gulam Chowdhury, 24, quoted verses from the Quran before stabbing Mohammed Yasser Afzal 20 times in the east
London mini cab office where his victim
worked. ... Chowdhury claimed killing was justified by Islam and included a
passage from the Quran which said: ‘Cut the neck of the man who eyed up his
Circumstantial Evidence. By Joseph Zaalishvili
Circumstantial Evidence. By Joseph Zaalishvili
Excerpt: For me, it is not news that people can act, incited by the true Quran. Because I met them. I have even done reports from the places of execution. When, for example, women were shot for adultery and prisoners were held in damp earthen pits, and then their throats publicly cut, and 11-year-old girls were married off to 50-year-olds, and trafficking in human beings was commonplace, I was in captivity. I miraculously escaped. But, unfortunately, I have to prove that violence is an ordinary everyday event for Muslims. Violence is taught by the Quran and Mohammed. And no common sense or scientific evidence convinces most Muslims that it is nonetheless wrong.
Muslims Must Admit Armenian Genocide. By Tarek Fatah
Excerpt: A hundred years ago this week, as British and French troops were bogged down facing
Germany on the western front of
World War I, the Kaiser's ally in the east, the Turkish Ottoman Caliphate, was
preparing for a new kind of war. A war of extermination. The target of the
Turks was their large Armenian Christian population living within the
Caliphate, whom the Turks feared was loyal to Russia. (Our leader can't say the
word genocide. ~Bob)
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: