Thursday, October 26, 2017

Those Hillary scandals

Liz Peek writes about Hillary Clinton's scandals:

The Uranium One story first came to light in Peter Schweizer’s 2015 book "Clinton Cash," which reviewed many situations in which Bill and Hillary Clinton appear to have traded their influence for speaking fees paid to Bill or donations to the Clinton Foundation. Encouraged by Schweizer’s reporting, The Wall Street Journal researched the allegations; the Journal concluded “…that at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during [Clinton’s] tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation.”
Schweizer charged that Hillary agreed to the purchase of Uranium One by Russia’s state nuclear agency in exchange for $2.35 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation. (The National Review recently put the figure received at $145 million.) The payments were not revealed on the Clinton Foundation website, despite an agreement with the Obama administration to do so signed by the Secretary of State. Instead, the funds flowed through a Canadian offshoot, the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, and therefore escaped notice. 
Meanwhile, investigators have also discovered that the bogus and discredited dossier that sparked several investigations into suspected collusion between Donald Trump and Russia was funded by the Clinton campaign. “Opposition research” as it is called, is not illegal. But, the revelation that the DNC and Clinton campaign paid GPS Fusion to assemble the salacious anti-Trump file, which was apparently shared with the FBI and ultimately used as a rationale for spying on Trump campaign workers and even the president himself, is alarming. Political apparatchiks should not be working hand-in-hand with our intel organizations; those are police state tactics.  
The Uranium One sale is not new, but the newly exposed information about the early FBI probe into Moscow’s influence-buying and the Clintons has brought the story back into the headlines.
Hillary Clinton has brought the story center stage as well. Had she not written her whiny 400-page fable "What Happened," accusing the Russians of undermining her all-but-certain victory, it is possible that her ties to Moscow would have continued to be ignored by the mainstream media.
Liz wrote for WOWOWOW -- or whatever that site was.

When they offered new content, it was actually very good.

I think it was Marlo Thomas and Lesley Stahl behind it.

But it was a good site and Liz Peek was their economic voice.

I enjoyed her economic take and highlighted it here often.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday:

Thursday, October 26, 2017.  Look what they've accomplished -- making War Criminal Bully Boy Bush popular.  May they suffer accordingly.

Starting with this:

149,000 deaths
700,000 displaced
2.7 million refugees

268,000 deaths
2.9 million displaced
1.9 million refugees

Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres.

When you needed support from the world as you tried to leave your closet, the world responded with love.

You repaid them by bringing on a War Criminal like Bully Boy Bush, by using your talk show to normalize him.  Shame on you.

Iraq is ripped apart but you got to hee-haw and bray like a donkey seated next to Bully Boy Bush.

You shamed yourself.

You disgraced yourself.

And so many others rush to do the same.

The inability of the Democratic Party to draw a line between right and wrong is part of the reason that more and more voters stay away from the polls.

The ongoing Iraq War is a crime.

And those who minimize it or 'set it aside' are accessories to the crime.

Take another selfie, Ellen, and consider it your mugshot.

And get a crowd around you of all the other sorry asses who sell out ethics and beliefs to grind up against War Criminal Bully Boy Bush.

Moving on to another fake ass, THE NEW YORK TIMES, the editorial board recently noticed that the country is engaged in never-ending wars.

Late to the party, as usual, the paper rushed in to advocate for a draft and so much more.  Bill Van Auken (WSWS) called them out:

“The idea that Americans could be inured to war and all its horrors is chilling,” the Times editors bemoan.
Who do they think they’re kidding? Does the newspaper’s editorial page editor James Bennet (a man with the closest ties to the US state, with a brother who is a right-wing Democratic senator from Colorado and a father who was a top State Department official who headed the Agency for International Development (AID), a frequent conduit for CIA operations) think that the Times’ readership is plagued by collective amnesia?
The “newspaper of record” has done everything in its power to “inure” the American public to war and, whenever possible, to conceal from it the real extent of its horrors—at least when the bloodshed is the handiwork of the Pentagon.
The Times editorial board has played a critical role in selling every US war of aggression for the past 25 years. Its most infamous role was played in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when its senior correspondent Judith Miller conspired with the government to promote and embellish upon the lies about “weapons of mass destruction,” and its ineffable foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman brazenly embraced a “war of choice,” justifying it in the name of democracy, human rights and oil. Once the Times got the war it sought, it systematically obscured its real human costs, which included the estimated loss of a million Iraqi lives.

Rivaling THE TIMES for most brazen, a column in THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER entitled "Iraq may have just turned the corner from chaos to stability."

Another turned corner?

Michael Rubin's the neocon still trying to con the American people.

They conned for so long that all they really have is the over used "turned corner."

The "turned corner" that's always led back to the same place.

You know things are bad in Iraq when the people who cheered the war on from the beginning start insisting "turned corner."

How's that "turned corner" looking in Iraq?

Because I think most of us are seeing chaos and, as Leon Panetta pointed out, looks like it's moving to the brink of civil war.

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Big KDP commander Waheed Bakozi was killed today near Faysh Khabour north Nineveh (Video of the funeral).


Iraqi PM Abadi heads to Iran. On the agenda: Kurdish separatism and the role of Shia militias in Iraq

Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed PMF are shelling Peshmerga positions from Zummar, North West of Mosul. Now advancing.

STATEMENT: As of 1200hrs, Peshmerga repelled an four-pronged attack by ISF/PMF in NW Mosul. Shelling continues using heavy artillery.

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It has destabilized some of the country’s safest areas, displaced over 150,000 individuals and created dangerous security vacuums.

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We condemn Iraq’s military aggression in the strongest terms. Intl community must denounce Iraq’s reckless behavior in the last two weeks.

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This is a blatant violation of the Iraqi Constitution which forbids the use of the army to settle political disputes.

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Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed PMF continue to use U.S. weapons to attack Peshmerga positions, incl Humvees, APCs and Badger vehicles.

A neocon sees another 'turned corner' -- the rest of the world, not so much.

The KRG's envoy to the US Tweeted:

Mr President - Iran-backed militias are attacking peshmerga right now. When will the US say enough?

And US House Rep Trent Franks Tweeted:

It is unconscionable for the United States to continue standing idly by while Iranian proxies in Iraq assault our Kurdish allies.

20-year-old Alex Missildine was killed while serving in Iraq.  Yesterday's snapshot resulted in a few drive-bys insisting that Missildine's body had been returned and that any memorial took place then.

First, I applaud your brave courage and firm insistence that you are always right.  Were you not so sure of yourself, you might try to check something out first.

I didn't lie nor was I wrong.  (I can be wrong and often am, I wasn't this time.)  A memorial service was held for him yesterday at Robert E. Lee high school in Tyler, Texas -- as I stated in the snapshot.

There was no news coverage of it online so I didn't link to any.

How do I know about the memorial?

From East Texas community members, some of whom wrote a piece for HILDA'S MIX this week -- remember what Keesha says, "This is a private conversation in a public sphere" -- what you see at this website, is only one piece of a dialogue between a very large community.

For the drive-bys, this is from Louanna Campbell's piece published today by THE TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH:

As the sun came up over Robert E. Lee High School on Wednesday, senior Karl Hall stood solemnly in the school's courtyard holding a wooden flag case made by one of his classmates. 

He was joined by about 150 students and faculty in the cold morning air as they gathered to honor the service and sacrifice of Army Spc. Alexander Missildine, a 2015 Lee graduate who died earlier this month in the line of duty. 
Jared Cockrum played taps on his trumpet as a detail of U.S. Army soldiers unfurled and folded a flag before Hall, who organized the short student-led memorial service. Hall then placed the flag case on top of the Army memorial wall at the bottom of the school's flag pole. 
"Alex was a friend of mine," Cockrum said. "I met him when I was a freshman. He was my section leader in band. I wanted to show my thanks for his service and his family."

And here is KLTV -- Tyler's ABC affiliate -- reporting on the memorial service:

Memorial service held at Robert E. Lee for alum, Alexander Missildine

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, LATINO USA and BLACK AGENDA REPORT -- updated:

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