Lessons from Denny Hastert (The real Scandal)

Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert has been indicted for allegedly structuring bank withdrawals of $952,000 to evade bank reporting requirements and then making false statements to federal investigators.

According to various media outlets, quoting unnamed law enforcement sources, this was part of a $3.5 million “hush money” agreement he made in 2010 with a former student over some form of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.

However, it’s the method Hastert used for the withdrawals and the coverup that landed him in hot water with the Feds, not his actions with the former student.

If these allegations are true, they would be despicable.  Any sexual contact between an adult and a minor is against the law (although it may not be prosecutable due to the statute of limitations).   The wrong would be compounded, whether or not the act was consensual, because, at the time of the alleged incident, Hastert was in a position of power and influence over the student.  People in positions of power are held to a higher standard — or they should be —such as a  doctor and a patient or a president of the United States and an INTERN.   Anyone remember Monica? Continue reading “Lessons from Denny Hastert (The real Scandal)”

The Clintons’ “Get Rich Quick” Schemes

When Bill Clinton became president, he had earned a maximum salary of $35,000 as governor of Arkansas and another $5,000 from honorariums from speaking fees.   His wife, Hillary, pulled down $92,000 as a rainmaker at the Rose Law Firm.   Somehow, despite their modest incomes, and her profit sharing at Rose, they managed to accumulate assets greater than $1 million, which was placed in a public trust.

How did they do it?  No one knows for sure.  There was that infamous $100,000 Hillary supposedly made on cattle futures (no political payoff there).
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A Salute to a Modern Explorer

As a child, I was fascinated by stories of exploration.  I wanted to be an explorer.

My bubble burst when I discovered that most of the planet on which I lived had already been explored. The remaining parts were unfit for human habitation.

Little did I know that there were many unknown worlds too vast to imagine.

In recent years, the exploration that has had the most impact on the lives of average people is the Internet.  It has changed the way we communicate, work, shop, travel, educate, get our news, entertain ourselves and go to meetings.  It is hard to image life without it.  Yet, as late as 1993, the internet only accounted for one percent of the information flowing through our two-way telecommunications networks. Continue reading “A Salute to a Modern Explorer”

The “Shred of Evidence” Against the Clintons

For all practical purposes the Clintons are a political team.  In the run-up to the 1992 presidential election, we were told we could “buy one, get one free.”  They would be “co-presidents.”

That line didn’t sit too well with the public so it eventually was dropped from the campaign.  Hillary took a more retiring role until Bill was elected.  However, once the deal was consummated with the American electorate, all that changed.  Hillary was the first first lady to move into the West Wing, where White House insiders have testified that she ruled this roost.

In his book, The Dysfunctional President, psychologist and historian Dr. Paul Fick made a compelling case that, when Hillary was away on a trip, no big decisions were made until she returned.  Bill simply couldn’t, or wouldn’t, function without her.  Through their triumphs and many scandals they often quarreled, but they never ceased to function as a united political machine.    Continue reading “The “Shred of Evidence” Against the Clintons”

Poor Pitiful Hillary

It took “a village” to write Hillary’s latest tome, but it may take a city-sized team of professionals to get her out of this latest debacle.

In the acknowledgements for “Hard Choices” Hillary credits her “book team” for “making sense of her scribbles.”  Nevertheless, this experienced politician committed a colossal blunder in one of the first interviews to promote her latest memoir, which is seen as a dry run for her 2016 presidential campaign.

One wonders how ABC anchor Diane Sawyer managed to keep a straight face Monday night when one of the most pampered women in the world opined:

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,”  Boohoo!  Sob, Sob! “We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”

Either Hillary thinks the country has collective amnesia or she believes that the America people are so dumb that we have no knowledge of anything except the little bits of information she decides to feed us when it serves her purpose.

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Syria: Obama’s Bubba Imitation

It is popular in some circles to draw comparisons between Obama’s proposed action against Syria to Bush 43’s war in Iraq.  A far better example would be Clinton’s bombing of Iraq.  Even better: Clinton’s war on Kosovo.

Obama is simply following his Democratic idol in this latest wag-the-dog exercise.

For the uninitiated, “Wag the Dog” was a black comedy produced by Barry Levinson, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro that, in 2008, became a classic case of life imitating art. Continue reading “Syria: Obama’s Bubba Imitation”

Clinton: Crimes and Punishment

The impeachment trial of William Jefferson Clinton barely was over when loyalists suggested that those who crossed swords with this president would be singled out for punishment. Those familiar with the current occupants of the White House know that these people do not believe in turning the other cheek. While Bill was telling the nation he truly was sorry for his misdeeds and the pain he had caused his family and his country, his minions made it clear that they were out to destroy the House managers who were charged with presenting the case against him in the Upper Chamber.Apparently they feel Clinton’s enemies have to be destroyed in order to deter others. He has made too many compromises, cut too many corners, covered up too many actions, and bent the law too many times. Continue reading “Clinton: Crimes and Punishment”