Tag: Corruption

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I hail from a family that lived on the south side of Chicago proper in the 1950s; a time when that area was known for its lush city parks, friendly communities, and a general aura of prosperity.

But it was also a city community in which “da mayor” ruled over everything with an iron hand. That man was Richard Daley, Sr., who back in the Nineteen Teens and Twenties, had attended the same city schools as my father. It was not unusual for the phone to ring on a Saturday afternoon and one of Daley’s lieutenants ask to speak with my dad.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Impeachment and Getting My Facts Straight

 

I want to make sure I have the facts straight before the trial to impeach the president begins. They are as follows:

The President of the United States called and congratulated the newly elected president of Ukraine on his win. They chatted a few minutes and Trump asked if he would look into some of the corruption that has been going on for years in that country. While he was about to release aid to Ukraine, Trump did not mention a holding on any aid unless certain information was given to him. The newly elected president of Ukraine ran on cleaning up the corruption which has been rampant for a long time, especially under his predecessor, and said yes, he would.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. If a Tree Falls in the Forest…

 

…does it make a sound?

Well, yes. Yes, it does. As much as I wish it weren’t so, there just isn’t a meaningful distinction between “sound” and “noise” that lets me get away with saying that someone has to perceive the former in order for it to have occurred.

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Of course a pundit is supposed to KNOW about the subject, but nonetheless I nominate Dan Rather. Not that I actually “follow” him, but a friend on Facebook linked one of his posts (he’s on Facebook) and it was about the President using his office to enrich himself, as confirmed fact with nothing behind it, […]

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Number one and Number two gone! This actually described President Trump’s announcement that our Special Forces nailed the No. 1 and No. 2 leadership of ISIS this week – huge news and accomplishment! The leadership behind mass murder, terror, beheadings, rape, kidnappings and torture has gone to meet his 64 virgins in paradise, and his […]

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Yes, you’ll need subtitles to understand what is going on, but this is a brilliant series that illustrates how corruption in high (or mid-level) places hurts needy people the most. Ordinary men and women lose incentive to try their best when they are caught in high-pressure circumstances created by those using the system for their […]

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Some advice, though he is quite famous for not taking advise. If you want to change up the focus a bit try this, make the following announcement: More

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The falsely styled “whistleblower,” a possible felon within the intelligence community who is seeking to subvert our Constitution, with the complicity of (fellow) Democrats and their Trump-loathing TruCon lapdogs, is already blowing up in “Wile E. Coyote’s” face.

President Trump had a wonderful time in his sit-down press availability with the Australian Prime Minister. He spoke plain truths: that the “fake news” media represented in the room had just had one of their worst weeks and was now doubling down to discredit themselves even further.

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In Brazil, a woman suffering from bipolar disorder shoved a priest off the stage when he was speaking to the audience during an outdoor Mass in Brazil. According to a report in The Daily Caller, the priest, one Father Marcelo Rossi, is referred to as to Brazil’s “pop-star” priest and (emphasis mine): More

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Yesterday in the Catholic Church we celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost, the great feast day whereby the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church. During the psalm, we sang, Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. We sang the Sequence by starting, Veni, Sancte Spiritus – Come, Holy Spirit. And during […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Mueller: This Should Not Be The End

 

Mueller has concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. After two years of concerted attacks by a biased press and a corrupt bureaucracy, the collusion fantasy has been laid to rest.

Now let’s talk about collusion.

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Dear Elizabeth Nolan Brown, I think you missed something in your otherwise terrific piece on the recent strange reluctance of Democrats to press for approval of over-the-counter birth control pills. The clue is found here: Yet under the current status quo, obtaining birth control generally requires a specialized doctor’s visit and fee plus a separate […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. February Summit on Clerical Sexual Abuse: The Inaction of a Corrupt Church

 

Back in September of 2018, I reported on the call by Pope Francis to have the presidents of the Catholic Church’s bishops conferences meet in Rome in February 2019 to deal with the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Today, the Vatican released new details on this summit:

The February Meeting on the protection of minors has a concrete purpose: the goal is that all of the Bishops clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors. Pope Francis knows that a global problem can only be resolved with a global response. The Pope wants it to be an assembly of Pastors, not an academic conference – a meeting characterized by prayer and discernment, a catechetical and working gathering.

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Nicole Gelinas joins City Journal associate editor Seth Barron to discuss Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address, his aspiration to run for president in 2020, and his attempts to position himself as a national progressive leader.

“There’s plenty of money in the city—it’s just in the wrong hands,” de Blasio proclaimed in a speech loaded with tax-the-rich rhetoric. Since his first mayoral election in 2013, de Blasio has tried to position himself as a revolutionary. But in practice, Gelinas notes, he is “more old-school, big-city Democratic pragmatist than new-school, Democratic Socialist of America.”

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Donald J. Trump has been president for two years. He’s at the border and is asking for a wall, oh wait, no – now a steel fence, and compromise and dialogue with the Democratic Party. He was asking for a little over five billion to shore up the Southern border. He said “I’ll take less […]

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In case some of you have not (and I can’t see how that’s even remotely possible) been following what has been dubbed by Dan Bongino as the Spygate scandal, VDH gives a fairly comprehensive overview in NRO.   More

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OPB on Oregon school ratings:

The full summaries of Oregon school ratings are out, after attempts to delay their release until after the November election drew public outcry this week.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Responsibility

 

“Responsibility is a unique concept… You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you… If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.” ― Hyman G. Rickover

Rickover was always a controversial figure. Yet this quote gets to the heart of much what is wrong in today’s society. No one is held responsible, and the higher your position the more responsibility is avoided. The only ones held responsible are low-level suckers too low on the totem pole to avoid holding the bag of responsibility. Worse still? A society where position and prestige shields one from the responsibility which goes with that position is fundamentally corrupt.

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Sergio Moro, the corruption buster who jailed a former president and is draining Brazil’s vast swamp of public graft, addressed Notre Dame’s graduating class. Kudos to Fr. Jenkins for such an excellent choice. MIT, my alma mater, could only manage Matt Freakin’ Damon! As an American of Brazilian birth, I’m thrilled about the choice of […]

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