Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clintons: Prove Schweizer wrong

Like most of you, I have not read the book.  And yes, Mr. Schweizer comes from the right.  Maybe he has an agenda.  Maybe he is on a mission to destroy Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
So here is my challenge to the Clintons: prove him wrong!  Prove that his story is wrong.
Hold a press conference, answer questions, and let your lawyers tear up the book.
I agree with Mike Lupica:
If this book is nothing more than another smear by a member of the bullhorn right, nothing more than a hatchet job by a former flunky for the George W. Bush administration — and, boy, is that some job reference — then it isn’t Bill Clinton’s job to call out the author, nor a job for members of Hillary Clinton’s staff. If this is all a lie then she is the one who has to go right at Schweizer, whether she helps sell his book for him or not.
This isn’t about the risks of dignifying a smear by addressing it. We’re way past that, because of the coverage “Clinton Cash” is getting from legitimate media. This is about correcting the record about foreign money that has flowed into the Clinton Foundation, starting with the $2.35 million donated to the foundation by some rich Canadian mining entrepreneurs at the same time they were selling a uranium company to a state-owned Russian nuclear energy company.
It was a deal, by the way, on which the federal government, which includes the State Department, had to sign off. On top of that there was no disclosure about this money from Bill Clinton’s foundation, which means the people in charge were negligent or sloppy or both, opening themselves to at least the suggestion from such as Schweizer that this was some backdoor shakedown.
So let’s get started.  The Clintons owe that to the Democrats!
My guess is that the Clintons’ game will continue.
First, they will send Lanny Davis to Fox News to say that there is nothing wrong with anything.
Second, they will send James Carville to MSNBC.  Carville will entertain the hosts, and the two people watching the network, with some Southern slang and more about “right-wing talking points.”
Third, they will try to destroy the author rather than challenge the contents of the book, as Josh Green said.
Fourth, going after the author probably won’t work this time, as Eleanor Clift wrote.
We have seen this movie or before.
The big difference is that we had 4% unemployment when they went after Monica Lewinski in 1998.  Frankly, most of the country was too busy making money to care.  And most people thought it was about inappropriate behavior with a young woman.
It’s different now, especially since Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is a mess and there are millions of dollars going into the family pockets.
This is not going away, because the Clintons are either blatantly careless or just corrupt.
Nevertheless, I will be happy to hear the Clinton defense, especially if Mrs. Clinton decides to speak about the issue.  Let the debate start!
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Happy # 80 to Pedro Ramos


My father used to say:   "If Pedro Ramos had only pitched for the Yankees.....he'd won 200 games".

I don't know about 200 games but he'd won a lot more than the 117 he put up pitching for some very bad teams, such as the Washington Senators and others.

Ramos was 19 when he made his debut in 1955.   He went on to win 83 games over 7 seasons.   He completed 62 starts and threw 1,614 innings.    We would call that today an "innings eater".

He was a good pitcher but he never got to pitch for a team with much of a record. 

Ramos finally made it to the Yankees in 1964-66 and saved 39 games.     

Unfortunately, the Yankees went into decline in 1965 and did not return to the post season until 1976.   So Ramos never got to pitch in The World Series!

Happy birthday to Pedro Ramos, a pretty good pitcher and another pride of Havana!




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The “Guantanamo” 6 should move to Mujica’s home

Before leaving office, President Mujica of Uruguay took 6 of “Gitmo’s finest”, or some of the worst criminals and terrorists sitting in that prison.    

It started out as a little “leftist play” by the very leftist Mujica.  Like many in the left, Mr Mujica never understood why these men were sitting in prison.
My guess is that no one is laughing anymore at Mr Mujica’s move.
This is the latest as reported by The NY Times:
“Uruguay’s foreign minister said Monday that six former Guantanamo Bay detainees resettled here will be out of a house and off public assistance unless they agree to terms they have so far rejected, the latest in an increasingly public battle over who is financially responsible for the men and for how long.
Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa made the statements to reporters as four of the men kept up a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy that they began Friday, spending the nights with sleeping bags.
The agreement drawn up by a local agency that works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees promises the men free private housing through February 2016 and a continuation of the monthly stipend of $600 (15,000 pesos) that they have been receiving since arriving.
“If they don’t sign, they won’t receive any income,” Nin Novoa said.”
I feel bad for the good people of Uruguay.   They are now stuck with 6 criminals who have no plans to adjust or conform to a Western way of life.
This is Mujica’s little mess.  I guess that Mujica never understood why these 6 men were in Guantanamo.
Hopefully, people in Uruguay will learn two important truths about the men in Guantanamo:
1) They are terrorists not victims; and,
2) This is why most countries have not taken men from the prison.   The US has been offering to relocate these men but most countries say no.   Wonder why?
Maybe Mr Mujica should have done his homework before bringing these 6 problems to Uruguay.  The US government never agreed to support or provide any assistance for the six men.   They were flown to Uruguay with no guarantees.   
What do we do now?   Let’s start by having the 6 terrorists move in with Mr Mujica!  
He should be responsible for them since he made this mess possible in the first place.

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The latest on US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce


GUEST:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog.....We will look at the latest in US-Cuba talks......the removal of Cuba as a terrorist nation........the impact of the Cuba decision on 2016 politics......also a quick update on an upcoming show with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book about Jose Marti.....

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Monday, April 27, 2015

1963: Peggy March and "I will follow him"


Some of you may remember “I will follow him” from “Sister Act”, the movie with Whoppie Goldberg…..
The original version goes back to 1963:
“On April 27, 1963, Margaret Annemarie Battavio’s very first single, “I Will Follow Him,” reached #1 on the U.S. pop charts.
With her 15th birthday only six weeks behind her, and three more years of high school ahead of her, the singer better known as Little Peggy March became the youngest female performer ever to top the Billboard Hot 100….”
PEGGY MARCH 
I WILL FOLLOW HIM

“Love him, I love him, I love him
And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep A mountain so high it can keep me away
I must follow him, ever since he touched my hand I knew
That near him I always must be 
And nothing can keep him from me He is my destiny
I love him, I love him, I love him And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep, keep me away Away from my love
I love him, I love him, I love him
And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep A mountain so high it can keep, 
keep me away Away from my love
Do-do do-do-do do-do-do and where he goes
I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow I know I’ll always love him…”

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Should the Democrats nominate someone who skates ‘close to the line on ethics’?

(My new American Thinker post)

The ongoing Clinton scandal is just the latest. I agree completely with the Washington Post:
SERVICE AT the highest levels of the United States government demands a certain instinctive sensitivity to right and wrong when it comes to ethics. 
So much can happen belowdecks that a Cabinet member or president must set high standards and expect that subordinates will follow the example. 
This is why the latest disclosures about the Clinton Foundation’s donors raise new concerns about Hillary Clinton’s presidential quest.
Yes, the concern is simple: Can you trust them? I say “them” because both Clintons will be living in the White House if she wins.   
Are the Clintons capable of putting their desire for wealth above the nation?   
The uranium deal raises lots of questions about that, as the editorial explains:
When the Russians sought to expand their holdings to 51 percent of the company, it required approval of the U.S. government, including the State Department, when Ms. Clinton was secretary of state. The transaction was approved in 2010. More donations to the Clinton Foundation — millions of dollars — flowed from people connected to Uranium One. 
The same month the sale went through, the former president gave a talk in Moscow sponsored by an investment bank for $500,000. The investment bank was promoting stock in Uranium One. Though there is no evidence of a quid pro quo, on the merits the deal was bad for U.S. interests: Vladi­mir Putin can now boast of control of more than a fifth of U.S. uranium reserves.
The Clintons have sought to do good works with their foundation, but this is not about the works. It is about the fundraising, both for the charity and for the Clintons’ personal benefit. Besides the Uranium One money, millions more dollars have been contributed by foreign governments and interests with a stake in State Department decisions, or in a future president. 
Bill Clinton, The Post reported, has raked in close to $100 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2013, a staggering sum that far exceeds the self-marketing of any other president.
It smells bad. It raises a simple question: Are these people honest? Are they interested in promoting themselves or the nation’s interest?
The Clintons, and the Carvilles and Begalas of the world will say that there is nothing in writing connecting the donations to public decisions.
That’s true!  At the same time, there is enough circumstantial evidence here to argue that the Clintons were looking out for themselves and not the country.
It’s up to the Democrats now. They can send their voters, and the nation, a message that they don’t like this anymore than the rest of us do. They can start by demanding that Bill and Hillary Clinton answer questions about this scandal.
Chelsea Clinton is a very nice young woman. However, she shouldn’t be the only Clinton explaining what this is all about.
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The Clinton Foundation and other stories with Bill Katz, editor of Urgent Agenda




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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time for Democrats to take their party from the Clintons

We learned that Common Cause is calling for an audit of the Clinton Foundation:
The financial issues plaguing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign have become too much even for liberal groups, and now Common Cause is calling for an independent audit of donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Amid suggestions that foreign governments donated to the foundation in hopes of getting special treatment from President Obama’s State Department when Clinton was his top diplomat, the group on Friday said a “thorough review” is needed.
“Six years ago, at Mrs. Clinton’s confirmation hearing for her appointment as secretary of state, then-Sen. Dick Lugar observed that ‘that foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a means to gain favor with the secretary of state.’ He was right, and his remarks remain relevant today as Mrs. Clinton seeks the presidency,” said Common Cause President Miles Rapoport.
It’s about time.
The Clintons’ reckless behavior has been consequential:
First, our national security, including President Obama’s schedule and other very serious information, was potentially compromised because Hillary Clinton is obsessed with secrecy.
Second, a deal with the Russians regarding uranium was completed, and it stinks.
Amy Davidson of the New Yorker has a good post about this deal.  It asks five important questions, including this one:
Did the Clintons personally profit? In most stories about dubious foundation donors, the retort from Clinton supporters is that the only beneficiaries have been the world’s poorest people. This ignores the way vanity and influence are their own currencies—but it is an argument, and the foundation does some truly great work. In this case, though, Bill Clinton also accepted a five-hundred-thousand-dollar speaking fee for an event in Moscow, paid for by a Russian investment bank that had ties to the Kremlin. That was in June, 2010, the Times reports, “the same month Rosatom struck its deal for a majority stake in Uranium One”—a deal that the Russian bank was promoting and thus could profit from. Did Bill Clinton do anything to help after taking their money? The Times doesn’t know. But there is a bigger question: Why was Bill Clinton taking any money from a bank linked to the Kremlin while his wife was Secretary of State? In a separate story, breaking down some of the hundred million dollars in speaking fees that Bill Clinton has collected, theWashington Post notes, “The multiple avenues through which the Clintons and their causes have accepted financial support have provided a variety of ways for wealthy interests in the United States and abroad to build friendly relations with a potential future president.”
This deal, and everything else about this Foundation, stinks!
By the way, where was President Obama during all of this?  Did anybody tell him what was going on?
Glad to see that Common Cause and some in liberal media circles are asking questions.
Yes, liberals need to demand more from a presidential candidate than full devotion to Roe v. Wade, an evolution on same-sex marriage, or “we need a woman in the Oval Office.”
We also need an honest person, and the Clintons are not honest people, no matter how many millions went to help little children in Haiti!
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Conflicts of interests. the Clintons and other stuff with Jim Yardley




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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92....







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35 years ago today: The morning we got the news that the mission had failed


For my generation, the Iran hostage crisis is one of those news stories that brings back bad memories.
It started when the so called students crashed the US embassy in Tehran and held about 50 diplomats hostage.   It ended a few minutes after President Reagan was sworn in January 1981.
Between the takeover and the hostages’ release, the story was a daily grind of rumors and more bad news.   Many of us got hooked to an ABC nightly hostage show that ended up being “Nightline”.
The low point was April 24, 1980:
On April 24, 1980, an ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued.With the Iran Hostage Crisis stretching into its sixth month and all diplomatic appeals to the Iranian government ending in failure, President Jimmy Carter ordered the military mission as a last ditch attempt to save the hostages. During the operation, three of eight helicopters failed, crippling the crucial airborne plans. The mission was then canceled at the staging area in Iran, but during the withdrawal one of the retreating helicopters collided with one of six C-130 transport planes, killing eight soldiers and injuring five. The next day, a somber Jimmy Carter gave a press conference in which he took full responsibility for the tragedy. The hostages were not released for another 270 days.
What a horrible morning.
As I recall, the failed mission did not become a big issue in the campaign.  I recall then-Governor Reagan holding his fire and simply expressing sympathies for the soldiers.   Democrat challenger Senator Ted Kennedy did not say much either.
There were many bad mornings in the Carter presidency.   This one was one of the worst!
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A chat with Richard Baehr of American Thinker


GUEST:  Richard Baehr, Chief Political Correspondent of American Thinker, joins me for a discussion of the Clinton Foundation story.....how damaging are the allegations or the upcoming book will be.....what are the possibilities of a challenge to Secretary Clinton....the mess in the Middle East and how it may impact Mrs Clinton's 2016 campaign....PLUS a quick look at the 2016 GOP race............

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Cuba and Russia 2015




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1980: The Iran rescue mission fails





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Hillary Clinton conveniently evolving

We are all familiar with then-Senator Obama defending traditional marriage in 2008. Mr. Obama used Christianity and God to justify his position.
We learned later from Mr. Axelrod that the whole thing may have been just a little “lie” to appeal to black Americans. In other words, he was always for same-sex marriage but did not have the courage to share that with voters in 2008.
The latest discovery is Hillary Clinton in 2004, or back in the days when she was a hawk on Iraq and defending traditional marriage.
This is what Mrs Clinton said in 2004:
…the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man and a woman, going back into the mists of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.
My guess is that many in the left will conveniently file this under “evolution” or people discovering that they are on the wrong side of history.
Yes, people change and that’s OK. We remember that President Nixon went to China after being anti-communist # 1 for years. President Bush changed on taxes and accepted increases as part of a 1990 deal with Congress.  
However, is Mrs Clinton’s change an honest reappraisal or just cynical pandering to the left? We do remember how she “positioned” herself and opposed the 2007 for purely political reasons.    
I think that she is pandering on the issue of marriage. She just does not have the courage to keep her former position on marriage.
Profile in courage? More like profiles in poll reading.
Question:  What other issues will we learn that she has evolved on?   
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The Middle East & other national security issues with Barry Jacobsen


GUEST:  Barry Jacobsen, blogger and military historian.....we will look at the Middle East crisis.....ISIS in Iraq and Syria.....the implosion in Yemen.....Israel in the middle of the regional crisis...........Saudi Arabia.....US ships heading to Yemen.....an update on the war on terror.........Jordan and other friends in the region....Russia selling missiles to Iran....the Iran nuclear deal..........

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