Tag: Corruption

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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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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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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 […]

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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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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

 

Dear Mr. Romney:

I read your opinion piece in The Washington Post under the interesting heading: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. You called it: “The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.”

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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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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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I really don’t watch much news from tv media but I did tune in today to get updated on the Syrian situation. There still seems to be a propaganda offensive from Russia amid reports that an independent Swiss Lab has determine that the poison gas used in the Skipral case in the UK was produced […]

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The former president of South Korea was ousted from office because of a corruption scandal, and now has been sentenced to 24 years in prison and a $17 million fine. The judges found Park guilty of participating, sometimes indirectly, in a scheme to coerce and solicit bribes from major South Korean companies, including Samsung and […]

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Trusting the Braintrust

 

What have they been thinking? Given the latest revelations about Peter Strzok, his lover Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr and his wife — how is it possible that Comey and then Mueller weren’t aware of their attitudes and agenda? Either these characters were so skilled at pulling the wool over their supervisors’ eyes, or their supervisors were incredibly naive, or their supervisors knew exactly what they were doing. Any of those scenarios is alarming. The House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees need answers and they need to hold the DoJ and the FBI in contempt if they don’t get them. The spotlight on corruption, collusion and obstruction of justice is pointed in the wrong direction and that was the original intent of the embedded Clinton operatives involved.

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Quote of the Day: Governmental Power

 

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” – Ayn Rand

I am not a big fan of Ayn Rand. (I know some of you are, but please don’t bother to convert me. It is a waste of time.) She has brilliant insights at times, however, and this is one. Somehow it seems particularly relevant after recent revelations about the corruption within the Mueller investigation.

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In the mid- to late-90s, during the Clinton years, I had a number of international gigs as an affiliate with two consultancies with technology and futures practices. The Internet was hot, I had somewhat of a track record of calling its trajectory, and governments everywhere were interested in getting their piece of the action – […]

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From an editorial in the Hindustan Times: Having risen to power on a plank of avowed opposition to dynastic politics, it probably wasn’t easy for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite United States President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump to India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in November. India and the United States will co-host […]

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This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime. Following Sen. Rubio’s remarks, […]

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Imagine you are a very successful business person. You have hotels and investments all over the world and are living a very comfortable life.  You raise a family of smart, successful children who are also doing extremely well on their own merit. You decide, feeling a sense of patriotic duty, to throw your hat in […]

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