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Bernie’s Wife update

A couple weeks back, we noted that:

Bernie Sanders’ wife is under FBI investigation for possible fraud after she exaggerated (some would say lied) to get her employer, bankrupt Burlington College, a $10 million bank loan.

The loan was for Jane Sanders’ ill-advised plan to expand the college. Arguably, she bankrupted the college? Also, some say that Senator Sanders may have pressured the bank for the loan, and that some of the $10 million may have gone to cushy jobs for family and friends, or Jane’s $200k severance when she left.

Natch, Bernie has said it’s all a partisan witch hunt, how dare they go after his wife, it’s so low and vile, yadda yadda. But

  1. The FBI started the investigation under Obama.
  2. Judicial Watch has obtained records showing that Jane Sanders, for one, evicts disabled people who get in her way.

    [Jane’s land] purchase included a [Roman Catholic] facility that served as a group home for disabled people and, under the terms of the deal, Jane was supposed to negotiate the transfer of the disabled residents before the school took over…

    [But] In a lengthy letter to the attorney (Todd Centybear) representing the group home for the disabled Jane indicates that she’s having trouble evicting the 16 residents from their building…She writes: “It is simply not fair to expect the College to continue to carry the burden of the expenses associated with housing both your population and ours until February 2012.” The home for the disabled was being leased from the diocese and Jane was supposed to help relocate the residents, not evict them. The exchange shows, not only Jane’s heartlessness, but also her incompetence as the college president for not ensuring the negotiated transfer of those disabled people before the school took over the property.

If she’s ever exonerated, I’ll try to wrap up loose ends by posting on that.

Times Change

Kinda funny, ain’t it? Back when Russia was the USSR, had full-on Communism and 30,000 nuclear warheads pointed at the USA, Democrats loved the Russians. Then, they lose an election and all of the sudden the Democrat Party has turned into 1950’s John Birchers seeming the Red menace in every shadow.

A Reasonable Point Undermined by Self-Conscious Status Signaling

Posted by V the K at 12:32 pm - July 16, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

So, unless this is the only blog you read, you heard about David Brooks’s column this past week. Most of the attention was focused on the paragraph where he takes a (probably made-up) friend with “only a high school degree” to a fancy-pants hipster sandwich shop. His poor little friend couldn’t deal with the fancy names on the sammitches and had a panic attack. So Brooksie took her to Taco Bell or something.

Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.

Reminder: David Brooks is a very silly person who thought the sharp crease in Obama’s pants meant he would be a great president. I guess the arrogant liberal elite word for him would be “fatuous.” But if he weren’t so self-consciously status-signaling to his fellow arrogant liberal elites, the main point of his column might not have been obscured. And it was a pretty good point, about how the American upper middle class is screwing over the lower middle and working classes, and one of the way they keep other people down is through self-conscious social-status signaling.

But the other ways are also notable, and he notes them. For example, hyper-leftist cities like New York, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle enact housing and zoning laws specifically intended to restrict the availability of housing. (They call it, “Smart Growth.”) What this does is restrict the housing supply so that the upper middle class can be assured that the value of their homes will increase. They also game college admissions to ensure that the elite colleges act as connection clubs for their own kind. But mostly he focuses on the social status signaling; how the elite signal to each other that they are part of the club through conformity in their tastes and causes. (Which is why upper middle class women are suddenly all nutzoid about trannies.)

The parts Brooks doesn’t talk about are the parts he doesn’t want to talk about for fear of risking his own social status. One is the explosion in the administrative class in government, education, and health care. The reason all of these have become so much more expensive is the proliferation of useless expensive Golgafrincham Arrk Fleet B-Ship people. The amount of doctors and nurses in health care has been fairly constant, but the numbers of overpaid health care bureaucrats has exploded. (Michelle Obama got a no-show $300K per annum administrative job at a hospital when her husband was a senator; a job that was eliminated after she left). Colleges could eliminate every staff member with the word “diversity” in their job description and eliminate all the useless departments with the word “Studies” in them and education would be a lot more affordable to people from the lower classes. But the upper middle class likes these things, or pretends to, for the sake of preserving their status.

Not to mention, unchecked mass immigration … which Brooks supports… is helpful to the upper middle and upper classes, but devastating to the lower middle and working classes. But he can’t say that, or even think it, because what would the other arrogant liberal elites think?

Social stratification — when people become locked into their socio-economic classes and cannot move — is a terminal symptom of a stagnant and declining society.

Hillary corruption watch

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 4:15 am - July 16, 2017.
Filed under: Democratic Scandals,Dishonest Democrats,Hillary Clinton

Huma Abedin had her own user account on Hillary’s illicit email server, and Judicial Watch has been doing FOIA requests and lawsuits to get Huma’s emails, as well as Hillary’s. JW has uncovered hundreds of emails that Hillary did not turn over to the State Department. (She claimed to have turned over everything work-related.)

In one email, Hillary admits to using her Blackberry “against the advice of the security hawks”. It (further) establishes her intent to break the law, something that James “Leaker” Comey had denied on her behalf. It shows that Hillary was briefed on how she was required to behave, security-wise, and she enthusiastically did the opposite.

Meanwhile, Huma’s emails contain classified material and show Clinton Foundation donors getting special treatment.

The heavily redacted [ed: because they were packed with classified stuff] documents from Abedin’s non-government account include an email from Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, to Abedin revealing that he acted as a go-between for a Clinton Foundation donor, Richard Park. And they reveal Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band instructing Abedin to “show love” to Clinton donor Andrew Liveris.

The documents included six Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to at least 439 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department, and further contradicting a statement by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to the State Department…

The emails show that Clinton Foundation operative Band was involved in personnel matters at the Clinton State Department…

The emails also show that Abedin received advice from her mother, Saleha Abedin (a controversial Islamist activist), regarding whom the Obama administration should appoint as the US Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation…

On July 4, 2009, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Jonathan “Scott” Gration sent Abedin an email that the State Department has classified in part…Gration would later be fired for, among other things, using personal email accounts to send government information.

That’s only a part of what Judicial Watch has uncovered; visit their site.

Next – Did I cover this in June? A Senate investigation into Secretary Clinton’s interaction with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, which was almost indescribably corrupt.

  • A businessman, Mohammed Yunus, was a longtime Clinton donor.
  • Separately, he was under investigation in Bangladesh.
  • Allegedly, Secretary Hillary told the Prime Minister’s son to convince his mother (the Prime Minister) to call off the investigation, or else Hillary would have the U.S. IRS audit the son.

Finally – are you in the mood for some dirt? Google “Bill Clinton Dolly Kyle”. She had a book in June. It sounds astounding.

A couple of deaths where “Clinton” pops up

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 2:31 am - July 16, 2017.
Filed under: Democratic Scandals,Hillary Clinton,National Security

First, the strange tale of Peter Smith, 81.

  • He was a GOP donor and opposition researcher. He was trying to locate the 30,000 emails that Hillary had “bleached” in defiance of a Congressional subpoena.
  • In May, ten days after he gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal where he explained his strategy of reaching out to hackers (five hacker groups claimed to have the Clinton emails), he was found dead in his hotel room with a plastic bag tied over his head, and a helium tank to aid the asphyxiation process.
  • Per the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal’s lead reporter initially told people that Smith had died of natural causes – but that was false:

    …the lead reporter on the stories said on a podcast he had no reason to believe the death was the result of foul play and that Smith likely had died of natural causes.

    However, the Chicago Tribune obtained a Minnesota state death record filed in Olmsted County saying Smith committed suicide…

  • And now, even the suicide story is in doubt.
  • Per the Chicago Tribune, Smith was staying at a hotel “near the Mayo Clinic”. (Mayo refuses to confirm whether he was a patient.) Smith was expected to check out, the day they found his body. The day before, he told a hotel worker “Tomorrow is my last day” – which seems like it could apply to either his stay, or his life.
  • Smith was found with a suicide note, which claimed he was facing a serious illness and stated that “No foul play, whatsoever” was to blame. Some find a note like that suspicious in itself.
  • Friends and associates say they had no idea of Smith being ill or planning a suicide.
  • This includes Charles Ortel, a fellow researcher into Clinton corruption, who spoke with Smith the day before the alleged suicide.

    “He may have been a fantastic actor but I certainly didn’t leave that phone call saying, ‘oh sh*t, the guy’s at the end of his rope,’” Charles Ortel…told The Daily Caller…

    “This does not seem like a settled story. It made perfect sense to me he might have died of natural causes, but little chance he would have killed himself,” Ortel said.

    …Ortel knew Smith personally. “We had countless discussions,” Ortel recalled of his relationship with Smith. “He was using his unique decades of experience in politics to offer me advice how to expose the Clinton Foundation.”

Next and more recent, Klaus Eberwein, 50.

  • Allegedly, he shot himself in the head at a Quality Inn near Miami.
  • Per Miami Herald:

    A supporter of former Haitian President Michel Martelly, Eberwein served as director general of the government’s economic development agency, Fonds d’assistance économique et social, better known as FAES…

    [a childhood friend and business partner] said he last spoke to Eberwein, 50, two weeks ago and he was in good spirits…

    During and after his government tenure, Eberwein faced allegations of fraud and corruption on how the agency he headed administered funds…

    Eberwein was scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Haitian Senate’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission…

  • So, what’s the Clinton connection? Some far-out sites say that he was a critic of the Clinton Foundation’s operations in Haiti, and was set to testify specifically about Clinton Foundation wrongdoing.
  • I want to see better reporting on the connection before I narrate it as “truth”. But as a possibility, it seemed worth mentioning.

Addendum: I want to make clear that I’m not suicidal, never have been, and never will be. In the unlikely event that I ever “commit suicide”, or “have an accident”, there should be automatic and deep suspicion of foul play.

Inspired by Judi McLeod’s timely article. She reminds us of another strange case from 2016, John Ashe – although this one was an alleged exercise accident:

…disgraced UN official John Ashe… — who was facing trial for tax fraud — died Wednesday afternoon [late June 2016] in his house in Westchester County. The UN said he’d had a heart attack. [ed: an initial falsehood about natural causes, same pattern as Peter Smith] But the local Dobbs Ferry police said Thursday that his throat had been crushed, presumably by a barbell he dropped while pumping iron.

Ashe was due in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, who is charged with smuggling $4.5 million into the US since 2013 and lying that it was to buy art and casino chips.

Ng was identified in a 1998 Senate report as the source of hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally funneled through an Arkansas restaurant owner, Charlie Trie, to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration. (Ng was not charged with any crime.)

Ng and Trie had visited the White House several times for Democratic fundraising events and were photographed with then-President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton.

One source told me, “During the trial, the prosecutors would have linked Ashe to the Clinton bagman Ng. It would have been very embarrassing. His death was conveniently timed.”

I do believe in coincidences – which is why I still have not committed, for example, to the theory that Seth Rich (of the DNC email leaks) had to be a political murder. But the Clintons, over the years, do seem to get a LOT of these coincidental deaths of people who might have something on them.