Corrupt Hillary – At it Again

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the State Department recently released a scathing report of Hillary Clinton’s handling of official emails while Secretary of State. I did not expect it. This Inspector General seems to have some integrity.

In typical Clinton fashion Hillary sent out one of her goons to attack and discredit the Inspector General’s office. Her spokesperson, Brian Fallon said on CNN that “there were hints of an anti-Clinton bias inside that office.” How the Inspector General, a Democrat appointee is part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” I will leave it to team Hillary to explain.

Hillary’s most recent response to all the negative publicity has been to say that she merely handled her emails the same way her predecessors at State, Colin Powell and Condi Rice did. This is a bold-faced lie. Neither Powell, nor Rice routed any of their official emails through a private server set up for that purpose at their place of residence. This lie shows Hillary’s contempt for the intelligence of the American people.

Well known Democrat pundit and former pollster for the Clintons, Doug Schoen just published a piece in the Wall Street Journal saying Hillary may lose her party’s nomination for President due to all of her problems. I would rather he say what needs to be said, especially by Democrats: Hillary should not be the Democrat nominee.

But maybe I should be careful what I wish for. Maybe it’s a good thing if corrupt Hillary is Donald Trump’s competition for the White House. She just might lose.

Disclosure: I have a bumper sticker that says “Fred Bastiat for President.”

Frotho

P. S. I also have another bumper sticker – it shows a picture of Hillary alongside a quote from Aesop, the famous ancient author of fables. He said:

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

I hope this election proves that their are exceptions to Aesop’s observation.

Note: Inspector Generals are appointed for the purpose of having independent oversight to root out waste, fraud and the abuse of taxpayers by federal agencies. The fact that President Obama took 1,989 days to nominate an IG to the State Department is proof for sure: uncovering and preventing waste, fraud and abuse in government is not one of President Obama’s priorities. In my view this shows his contempt for hard working Americans who pay their taxes and fund the government.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Out! The Democrats have your back.

If President Obama or any other liberal Democrat at the national level promises you that they have “got your back” you better watch out. The part they left out was, that if it suits them politically, they will stab you in the back with a knife.

I have two very good examples to prove that what I say is worth heeding.

One: The coal miners in West Virginia and other places who faithfully vote Democrat, yet who are now in the unemployment line because of Obama’s extremely radical environmental policies. I remember the Democrat lady running against Mitch McConnell for the U. S. Senate in Kentucky. To get their votes she told the coal miners she would protect their jobs, while at the same time she indicated to the party bosses and the radical environmentalists that she really had no intention of doing so. She needed to say it to get their votes. In other words, she admitted that she had to lie to the coal miners to advance her political career. Hey, I’m no Mitch McConnell fan, but I am glad she lost. Most of us don’t tolerate liars in our personal lives, why should we tolerate them in politics.

Two: Israel. Obama publicly stated that he had Israel’s back. Nothing is further from the truth. He clearly does not like the leader of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and has shown a severe weakness in dealing with Israel’s sworn enemies, the mullahs of Iran. Obama is the laughing stock of Iran’s leadership. He has given Iran’s terrorists everything they wanted, for nothing in return. They are more belligerent towards the U. S. than ever. They recently captured a dozen or so of our sailors and publicly humiliated them in order to humiliate Obama and the U. S. Pretty soon they will have a nuclear weapon thanks to the help of the Obama administration. It will be a world game changer. But don’t worry people of Israel – Obama has got your back. He said so.

I’ll throw in one more for good measure. Blacks overwhelmingly voted for Obama twice. The campaign messaging from Team Obama was clear – “I’m a black candidate, therefore if you are black it is in your best interests to vote for me, just cuz I’m kinda like you.” Some of these voters proudly admitted they voted for him simply because he was black like them. It’s a really dumb way to decide who to vote for. Same mentality that says – “I’m a woman, therefore I must vote for Hillary.” Well, look at how Black Americans have faired under Obama’s leadership. Generally speaking it has gotten a lot worse for them. Just look at the unemployment statistics for Black Americans. Look at the spike in violent crimes and black homicides on Obama’s watch, most of it Black on Black crime. But Black people shouldn’t be concerned – I’m sure Obama, Rahm Emmanuel, Hillary and the other Democrats have their back.

The Democrat party’s policies have lately harmed many and helped few.

Hortentius

Sacramento Bee asks: Why so many Hillary Haters?

The cartoonish author of the Sac Bee piece thinks he has people like me figured out. Too bad he is wrong. There are many very good reasons why thoughtful people do not want Hillary to be our next President.

I don’t hate Hillary, nor do I hate women. Nor do I like only like women who are “10’s.” That’s not it at all. But it was a nice attempt by the cartoon man to paint with a broad brush those he disagrees with politically as being bigoted sexists.

Here’s what I emailed to the author of the Sac Bee piece and his boss:

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” –Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC) Greek slave & fable author

Dear Sirs,

She was Secretary of State while raking in millions from foreign interests to the “Clinton Foundation.”

Wall Street banks paying her $150,000 – $200,000 for an hour speech – who is worth that? It’s obvious those banks expect to get something in return – they didn’t get rich by wasting their money now did they?

Routing her official emails through a private server in hopes of maintaining control over information that might be used to incriminate her.

No, nothing fishy about the way she operates!

What scares me is not that corrupt politicians exist, they always have. It’s that the American people have become so confused about what is in the best interests of their country, thanks in large part to the liberal-progressives in media.

I could have gone on about Hillary’s bad behavior, but didn’t. Either you see Hillary for the corrupt person she is, or you won’t.

Not long ago, I sat with a liberal Democrat at a dinner gathering. When asked if he thought Hillary is corrupt he did not hesitate – “Of course she is,” he replied emphatically. This, after expressing disbelief that my wife would not vote for her. “You’re a woman – how can you not be voting for her?” he wanted to know. Eiye yigh yigh. Hey, at least he was honest about corrupt Hillary.

Meanwhile, many of Hillary’s cheerleaders try to convince the rest of us that she is actually an ethical, good person, who has merely been lied about and misunderstood – as if we are too stupid to make up our own minds about her even though we have been observing her behavior for well over 20 years.

An American

“Religion of Peace” Strikes Again

Earlier this month Islamic State terrorists stormed an old folks home in Yemen run by Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity where they murdered at least sixteen people including four nuns and kidnapped Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a native of India. Now it is reported, as has been anticipated due to threats from ISIS, that Father Tom Uzhunnalil was nailed to a cross and crucified to death by the terrorists on Good Friday.

Yet some people continue to believe the propaganda pushed forth by President Obama and others that Islam is a “Religion of Peace.”

Reality is not optional and will always catch up with us. For people who are still vulnerable to the false claim that Islam is a religion of Peace, I suggest they read the February 2016 issue of Imprimis published by Hillsdale. In it, Andrew C. McCarthy explains that the interpretation of Islam that says “strike and kill non-believers” is a mainstream interpretation of Islam. McCarthy was the lead prosecutor that convicted the Blind Sheikh who was the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center attack that killed six  innocent people and injured more than one thousand in 1993.* McCarthy explains “the inconvenient fact” that the Blind Sheikh “was not lying about Islam.”

“When he said the scriptures command that Muslim’s strike terror into the hearts of Islam’s enemies, the scriptures backed him up.

“When he said Allah enjoined all Muslims to wage jihad until Islamic law was established throughout the world, the scriptures backed him up.”

McCarthy explains that the Blind Sheikh, “Far from being a lunatic, however, he turned out to be a globally renowned scholar- a doctor of Islamic jurisprudence who graduated from al-Azhar University in Cairo, the seat of Sunni Islamic learning for over a millennium. His area of expertise was sharia – Islamic law.”

“The blunt fact of the matter is that, in this contest of competing interpretations, it is the jihadists who seem to be making sense because they have the words of scripture on their side. – it is the others who seem to be dancing on the head of a pin.”

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Destruction from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 that killed 6 and injured more than 1,000 people. Department of Justice photo.

Mr. McCarthy dispels the foolish notion that Islam can be characterized as a “religion of Peace.” It may be that to some Muslims, but many of their Muslim brethren beg to disagree. Get a copy of Imprimis and read McCarthy’s piece.

Let me conclude by saying, not all Muslims hate non-Muslims, not all Muslims want to kill non-Muslims. There are peaceful Muslims. Most of the Muslims who have been in the United States for a long period of time are peaceful and their rights need to be respected.

However, there is a problem within the religion of Islam itself. That is why there is no talk of a need to do terror surveillance on Lutheran or Baptist churches, or Buddist temples, or Jewish Synagogues in the United States. The longer we pretend to believe that Islam is only a religion of peace as some say, the more we will see the murder of innocent, peace loving non-Muslims as well as many peaceful Muslims.

Furthermore, talk of a moratorium, or a severe limitation on immigration to the United States from predominantly Muslim countries is not an irrational response to what is happening in the world. Think Paris. Think Brussels. Think 9/11.

Frotho

*The first World Trade Center bombing was intended to topple the North Tower and crash it into the South Tower. Had the terrorist succeeded, they would have killed tens of thousands of innocent people on American soil. Because we as a country did not take the threat from Islamic terrorists seriously, we lost an additional 2,996 innocent people on September 11, 2001. The “head in the sand” mentality allows some to convince themselves that Islam is merely a “religion of peace” can be very deadly indeed.

 

 

 

Do Belgians Believe Obama?

After returning from a tour of Latin America nightlife complete with Cuban cigars and tango babes, Obama has taken to the airwaves to reassure Belgians that he “has their back.” I would love to hear from any western Europeans, especially French and Belgians who would like to respond to President Obama. Our President continues to believe that he can solve problems with speeches. Some people are comforted by his foolish rhetoric, but unfortunately reality is not optional. It always has a funny way of catching up with you.

Also, Obama seems to think that open borders are good for the Democrat party and therefore the United States. I would like some Europeans to speak to this topic. Should the U. S. government control who comes through our borders or not?

Frotho

VIRTUOUS HABITS: essential to the prosperity of a nation.

I cannot help concluding that human nature is unchangeable – the same problems identified 200 years ago are the same problems Americans are facing today. Unfortunately, we are farther down the road to our own destruction than we were in 1815. However, there have been Great Awakenings in the past – nothing is inevitable about the future State of our Nation. But will the hearts and minds of our citizens change in time to prevent further societal decay?

Frotho

“It is essential to the prosperity and happiness of a nation, that public spirit should extinguish all selfish views in exercise of political rights.

“The citizen should know no object but the good of his country– no passion but for its honour. Public spirit should elevate him above that selfishness, which would engage him in the arts of intrigue and the cabals of faction, in order to attain consequence or station. No scene can be more disgusting, and none to a patriotic mind more dismaying, than those political contests, where freemen, instead of calmly and disinterestedly exercising their political rights in reference solely to the best interests of their country, are arranged, in hostility to each other, under the banners of faction. I would earnestly impress the general truth that a nation, whose citizens are made subservient to the selfish views of conflicting political parties, is not destined to be long free, flourishing, or happy.

“VIRTUOUS HABITS are essential to the prosperity of a nation.

“Virtuous habits, as opposed to Indolence, luxury, and licentiousness.

“No nation was ever flourishing or happy, whose citizens were not distinguished by industry–by that industry which, steadily and vigorously pursuing some useful occupation or profession, leads to individual opulence and comfort, and to national strength and prosperity. Singularly favoured in this respect is our country. The innumerable avenues which it opens to wealth are crowded by its industrious and enterprising citizens, whose ingenuity in every useful art is equal; led only by their zeal and perseverance.

“Happy will they be if their energies are not palsied, nor their virtue corrupted, by the baneful influence of luxury–not that luxury which, employing wealth in the execution of ornamental and useful projects, sends it abroad to animate and to fertilize the nation–not that luxury which, making wealth, within the bounds of moderation, subservient to personal and social gratifications, expands, and refines, and exalts society–but that luxury which makes wealth tributary merely to splendour and to sensuality–that luxury which, engaging all classes of the community in the dangerous contest of ostentation, often ruins the individual in fortune, where it does not corrupt him in morals; and which invariably unnerves the public strength, and effeminates, debases, and destroys the public virtue.

“For in the train of luxury is licentiousness–that licentiousness which dissipates and debauches the higher classes of society, and plunges the lower into, the sinks of profligacy and vice—that licentiousness which knows no laws but those of appetite, and no idol but sensual gratification. A licentious people can never preserve their freedom, nor their prosperity. They will, in the first instance, be flattered and cajoled by those ambitious leaders who will afterwards enslave them, and rule them with the only rod that can keep in subjection a vicious people, the rod of arbitrary power. The profligate citizen is the enemy of his country, who is forging its chains. And, still more tremendous consideration, he is preparing it for the scourges…”

These words of wisdom are quoted from:

The Security of a Nation. A Sermon, Preached in the City of New York, April 13, 1815 by John Henry Hobart.

Does the Federal Reserve Know What it is Doing?

Did anyone see Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifying before the House Committee on Financial Services on February 10, 2016? She does not project confidence that the FOMC knows what it is doing with regard to monetary policy and the economy. The FOMC’s plan seems to be no plan except merely reacting to events. Yellen projects fear and uncertainty. When asked about the Fed’s legal authority to set negative interest rates, she squirmed in her chair. Ultimately, Yellen admitted that the Fed would use negative interest rates if a deteriorating economy warranted the action.

Here’s what Frank Hollenbeck of Mises Institute said recently about the subject of negative interest rates:

“The goal of such rates is to force banks to lend their excess reserves. The assumption is that such lending will boost aggregate demand and help struggling economies recover. Using the same central bank logic as in 2008, the solution to a debt problem is to add on more debt.

“The very low interest rate environment in Japan and the EU has done little to spur demand in an environment full of malinvestments and growing government constraints.

“So, the more you interfere with interest rates, the more you create a misalignment between demand and supply across time, and the greater will be the adjustment to realign output with demand to return the economy to sustainable economic growth with rising standards of living. Negative rates will only ensure an ever greater misalignment between output and demand.

“As with Japan, Western economies that pursue a long-term policy of low or negative interest rates can expect decades of low growth unless these “unorthodox” monetary policies are rapidly abandoned.” (Source: https://mises.org/library/why-negative-interest-rates-will-fail)

“Frank Hollenbeck teaches finance and economics at the International University of Geneva. He has previously held positions as a Senior Economist at the State Department, Chief Economist at Caterpillar Overseas, and as an Associate Director of a Swiss private bank.” (Source: Mises Institute)

From CNN Money:

“We’re all going to pay a horrible price for the incompetence of these central bankers,” famed investor Jim Rogers said Monday in a TV interview with CNN Money’s Nina dos Santos. “We got a bunch of academics and bureaucrats who don’t have a clue what they’re doing.”

“The Singapore-based American investor said central bankers are doing everything they can to prop up financial markets, but it’s all for naught. He predicts their unconventional monetary strategies will lead to a stock market rally in the near future, but deep trouble later this year and into 2017.”

“‘This is going to be a disaster in the end,’ he said. ‘You should be very worried and you should be prepared.’” (Source: http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/15/investing/jim-rogers-central-banks-stock-markets/)

Comforting, isn’t it.

Canutus