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The White House & Google love affair is kept private on Google. When looking today, in two pages, I did manage to see two relevant articles; one was in NR, the other in the UK’s Daily Mail. There have been 230 White House visits from Google in the last 7 years, roughly one per week. On election night, 2012, […]

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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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ‘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.)

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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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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.)

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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?”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-asks-for-expedited-review-of-hillarys-secret-emails-on-rices-benghazi-talking-points/ “….a brazen decision to flout the law”. Well that’s what the Clintons call “Thursday”. More

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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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Some people among my Facebook followers have asked me privately, why I so detest Hillary Clinton? It’s pretty simple, and this ignores all her past history (Whitewater, dubious campaign financing both in Arkansas and on the national level, the White House travel scandal, her politics of personal destruction, foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Should the Federal Government be Involved in State Corruption Cases?

 

Some of you might be spending this week wallowing in the schadenfreude of the recent corruption scandals across the country, all of which happen to involve Democrats.

 

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Charlotte Democratic Mayor Arrested on Corruption Charges — DC McAllister

 

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested today on theft and bribery charges after a four-year FBI sting operation. According to the Charlotte Observer, the FBI is alleging “he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes – including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor’s office where he also solicited $1 million more.”

In return for the money, vacations, access to a luxury apartment, and other goodies, Cannon promised to help undercover agents posing as real estate developers with zoning, planning, and permitting. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI first learned that he might have been involved in illegal activities several years ago, leading them to open an investigation in 2010. 

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