Tag: Corruption

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Here is Mark Steyn’s take on Hillary’s contempt for the law- http://www.steynonline.com/7564/laws-are-for-the-little-people Steyn notes the lack of outrage from the ineffectual Republican politicians, and their willingness to distance themselves from Trump, while no prominent Democrats have denounced Hillary. He also contrasts the ‘straight arrow’ James Comey to J.Edgar Hoover. Preview Open

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*UPDATE* @Pseudodionysius has already posted on this, -so my bad.  As I explained during a recent Whiskey Politics Podcast, James O’Keefe has paid dearly for his brand of undercover journalism. This is the first of a series revealing just how horrible things are, and what gentle conservatives are up against not just this year, but […]

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A while back I saw an article (possibly here on Ricochet :) ) about how two neighboring states would compete for large businesses to move jobs to their own state. In the article, it said that government workers or contractors would offer businesses tax breaks or other subsidies to get them. So my question is […]

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Five words describe Hillary Clinton: “She gets away with it.” Hillary commits felonies in front of the entire country knowing that she will never be indicted, tried, convicted or legally penalized. Everyone observing her knows the same thing. It’s simply the expectation. Preview Open

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In this episode of the 10Blocks podcast, City Journal editor Brian Anderson interviews Steven Malanga, author of the recent City Journal article “Bloated, Broke, and Bullied,” about corruption and mismanagement at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   Preview Open

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Some recent stories from Venezuela, Brazil, and Nigeria caught my attention; they have some interesting similarities. They are all oil-producing countries–with state-owned oil companies–that have been impacted by falling oil prices. And they are also reaching levels of political maturity where corruption is becoming more scandalous. In Venezuela, the opposition has resolved to oust Chavez’s successor Nicolas […]

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‘Tis the Oppo Research Season

 

oppoHere on Ricochet we often discuss the strange phenomenon of the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect, a term that comes from Michael Crichton’s 2005 talk, “Why Speculate?

Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I call it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.)

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

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The headline is copied verbatim from Legal Insurrection. I think Mr. Jacobson has it right. GOPe doesn’t like him, but thinks it can work with Trump. He will install himself in the White House, but won’t bring any other cronies to work with him. He makes deals, and the GOPe will be able to deal […]

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Our government is now officially in the propaganda business. Of course we saw this already with the Pajama Boy idiocy with the roll out of Obamacare, but if you have any reason to peruse any other government website you will find this same egregious self promotion there too. Case in point for today: The Department […]

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For years, the Democrats and the media protected the Clintons, no matter what they did. In the 90′s anyone who publicly criticized the Clintons or questioned their fitness for office was widely ridiculed. Anyone who was willing to testify against them had the whole world come down on them. That is the Democrats, the media, […]

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No, Congress is Not a Small Business

 

shutterstock_52991284Was Barack Obama worried that if legislators had to live under Obamacare they might be more sympathetic to the law’s critics? Many believe that’s exactly why the President administratively arranged a special waiver for Congress. Their “waiver” contravenes unambiguous language in the Affordable Care Act that defines Congressional participation. But how do you administer such a patently illegal exemption? Through the friendly DC Small Business Exchange of course.

Congress must be the biggest “small business” ever served by the DC Small Business ObamaCare Exchange. The application was signed by someone from the Senate and someone else in the House (their names have been redacted) and the fact that they each swore (upon penalty of perjury) that each body has only 45 employees – since 50 is the legal maximum – is being studiously ignored by all involved. (Scroll down here to see the redacted documents received by Judicial Watch from their FOIA request.)

Apparently, giving them a special waiver that goes through a small business exchange is just “small potatoes” as far as the Administration and legislators are concerned. In fact, Rand Paul (!) recently led four other Republican Senators in opposing a Senate committee’s subpoena to uncover who actually signed the perjured application. They joined together with nine Democrats so that Small Business Committee chairman Senator David Vitter’s motion to uncover the signers failed.

About Those Smoking Guns

 

In January, Robert F. McDonnell, 71st governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release after his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption. He, and especially his wife, behaved badly. But it’s worth taking a closer look at what was considered criminal in McDonnell’s case, because, at least so far, some in the press are suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s conduct must meet a much higher threshold to be considered problematic.

When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash on Sunday, Stephanopoulos played the informal role of Clinton defense attorney. Skipping right over the truly squalid appearance of conflict of interest inherent in the Clinton Foundation accepting contributions from nations and firms having business before the State Department while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, Stephanopoulos focused only on law breaking. “Do you have any evidence that a crime may have been committed?” he demanded. When Schweizer said he thought the material he, the New York Times, and others unearthed certainly merited further investigation, Stephanopoulos jumped on it: “But a criminal investigation? . . . Is there a smoking gun?”

On Honor and Shame

 

In 1946, American anthropologist Ruth Benedict wrote a study of Japanese culture. Her landmark work, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, introduced to the public the concept of “guilt cultures” and “shame cultures.” Her audience was familiar with (American) guilt society, in which personal conscience keeps people voluntarily on the straight and narrow. In contrast, she characterized (Japanese) shame society by the threat of ostracism for the appearance of wrongdoing. It’s a useful analytical distinction. Today, it’s common to see it applied to Muslim vs. Western societal norms.

Where do shame and guilt come from? Both types of societies invoke the idea of honor — but the term means different things in each case. For example, “honor killing” is an oxymoron in the West, but a perfectly coherent idea in tribal cultures. That’s because in shame societies, “honor” means honor of the family, tribe, or group. It is judged by other people. Guilt societies, on the other hand, understand “honor” to mean individual honor before God. It is the root of conscience: What you do in private, too, is witnessed and under scrutiny. In shame cultures, one works to preserve appearances; in guilt culture, one works to preserve the truth.

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As I understand it, Hillary Clinton didn’t merely ignore an arbitrary policy when she employed a personal email for official government business — which certainly included classified information — and even went to the very unusual length of setting up her own private server at home. She broke the law. Her actions were criminal. Yet […]

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Whelp, Illinois has done it again. Aaron Schock has just resigned from his congressional seat representing the 18th district. I suppose that’s O.K. given that he: Was involved in at least one shady real estate deal Got caught taking rides on private jets at taxpayer expense Was given tickets to a sold out Katy Perry concert […]

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The question that needs to be asked here is how do you know that Senior Adviser to the President, Valarie Jarrett, is lying? It’s simple, her lips are moving. Don’t you just love the incredulous expressions on the faces of the two Bloomberg anchors when they asked if she received E-mails from Hillary Clinton while […]

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