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Friday, October 19, 2007
 
Hillary's Funny Money
by Cordeiro
Running for the office of President of the United States costs money – lots of it. Candidates spend more time raising money than they do actually campaigning – some people decry this fact of political life, but it remains a fact. Money enables a candidate to spread his/her message to the general electorate. If you have cash, you have a voice. If you don’t, the MSM is your voice and you’re in trouble.

In today’s LA Times, Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger report on Hillary’s fundraising efforts with a specific demographic which has been very generous with their donations to her campaign. It’s a demographic which – on the surface at least – wouldn’t seem to be able to part with the large sums of money which have been traced back to it.

Yes, dear reader, we’re talking about a demographic made up of dishwashers, waiters, and other residents of New York’s Chinatown district. This demographic has given heavily to Hillary – some $380,000 in an April fundraiser alone.

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter, shall we? Let’s put a reality translator to the flowery, non-offensive language of the LA Times writers and find out how an area that gave less than $24,000 to John “Lurch” Kerry managed to increase their donations by some fifteen fold.

Let’s start with “neighborhood associations” enlisted by Hillary! to “encourage” donations:

Clinton has enlisted the aid of Chinese neighborhood associations, especially those representing recent immigrants from Fujian province. The organizations, at least one of which is a descendant of Chinatown criminal enterprises that engaged in gambling and human trafficking, exert enormous influence over immigrants. The associations help them with everything from protection against crime to obtaining green cards.

In the real world, we refer to these types of “neighborhood associations” as Mafioso type thugs. You give them money or they break your legs.

Are all the enthusiastic donors to Hillary! living, breathing, eligible voters?

The Times examined the cases of more than 150 donors who provided checks to Clinton after fundraising events geared to the Chinese community. One-third of those donors could not be found using property, telephone or business records. Most have not registered to vote, according to public records.

[snip]...most of the Chinese reported as contributing to Clinton's campaign have never voted. Many speak little or no English. Some seem to lead such ephemeral lives that neighbors say they've never heard of them
.

Ummm, that would be no. At least in the Chicago school of vote rigging, the voters had once been alive.

Where do these donors come up with the cash to give Hillary!?

And several dozen were described in financial reports as holding jobs -- including dishwasher, server or chef -- that would normally make it difficult to donate amounts ranging from $500 to the legal maximum of $2,300 per election.

Well, if they don’t earn it, that means the money must come from some other source. In layman’s terms, that means somebody is laundering campaign contributions through the dishwashers.

This isn’t the first time Team Clinton has made use of the Chinese ATM. Astute readers will remember the infamous Johnny Chung mugging for the camera with Bill shortly after he delivered wads of cash to the 1996 campaign. Of his $336,000 in bundled donations, $35,000 could be traced directly to China’s military intelligence service.

Sticking to the time honored principle that “You Dance With The One That Brung Ya”, Hillary! made great use of Norman Tsu’s bundling abilities, only to have that Ponzi Scheme collapse when Tsu was arrested on an Amtrak train in Colorado.

There is an ancient Chinese proverb which states that “the fish rots from the head down”. Hillary’s thinly veiled fundraising sham is a disgrace to the American political system – and believe me, it takes talent to do that.

Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
 
Stars Left At The Wall
by Cordeiro
I was tipped to the subject of this post by Blackfive and RedState. I was hesitant at first to comment on it, but then I figured so much of what doesn’t really matter is trumpeted from the rooftops that a simple act of remembrance should not go unnoticed.

If you have never been to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC you have truly missed one of the best tributes to fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines ever to have been conceived and built. It is a hauntingly stark reminder of the high price paid by those who wear the uniform of this nation’s Armed Forces.

For some, it is the only place where they can come to remember their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, and children who went to fight their nation’s battles and never came home. For others, it is a place to remember those people with whom they forged a bond in the fire combat of south-east Asia.

Every day, people leave things at the Wall. I’ve seen letters, flowers, flags, pictures, and other memorabilia left beside the inscribed names. Each one is touching – a memory etched in the soul of the country.

There is a burden borne by those who lost men and women under their command – whether it was in Vietnam or any other conflict. Commanders live with the fact someone’s son or daughter died fulfilling orders given them. It’s easy to forget the weight of that responsibility.

On October 1, 2007, this makeshift memorial was left at the Vietnam Memorial.


Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Edwards, USMC (Retired) found these cards with the following inscription:


These are Yours - not mine!
With Love and Respect,
Your Platoon Leader,
Pete Pace

October 1 was the last day that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, USMC wore the uniform of his nation. After nearly 40 years of service – which began with him serving as a platoon leader in Vietnam where he wore the butter bars of a Second Lieutenant, one of his last acts was to remember those men who died following him into battle so many years ago.


As you can see by the sheer volume of General Pace’s medals, he rose to the very pinnacle of the United States Military. Even at that level, he never forgot the men he first went to war with – and the price they paid for doing so.

When you look up “Squared Away Marine” in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of General Pace. Thank you for your service, sir. America is in your debt.

Here endeth the lesson.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007
 
Believing Hillary
by Cordeiro

These days it takes a willful suspension of belief in reality to take Hillary Clinton seriously.

 

Just this week she has introduced – and retracted – a $5,000 "savings bond" to be issued to each and every child born in America.  She billed it a starter fund to help start saving for college expenses.  While this may sound like a fantastic idea to parents staring down the loaded gun-barrel of higher education expenses, Hillary! failed to explain one important detail of her pork barrel program – it's a pretty important detail:   She never said where the money would come from.

 

That means, of course, she planned on soaking the rich – again – to pay for the 5 grand per child program.  That's a tried and true Clinton strategy.  It worked so well under Bill's watch that it drove the country right into a recession in the final year of his term.   Yes, Virginia, it was Clinton's recession – not W's.

 

Yesterday, Hillary! announced her plan to create a "bold new" American Retirement Accounts plan.  She bills this plan as an opportunity for all Americans to have "universal access" to a "generous" 401K plan.   The government will match individual contributions and the rising market will increase the value of the account over time.

 

Sigh.

 

Bear in mind, dear reader, this plan comes from a woman who has wailed, ranted, and raved against anything even remotely resembling a partial privatization of Social Security.   What she proposes to fix with her 401K plan is what Social Security was designed to do in the first place.  Social Security was originally conceived to act as a retirement safety net.   People would pay into the system and draw a check when they retired.

 

Social Security has since ballooned into the biggest wealth redistribution system this country has ever seen.  Yes, it provides funds to retirees.  It also has been expanded to provide disability benefits, supplementary income and other welfare-like services to a wide range of people – not just retirees.   It takes huge sums of money from every paycheck of each and every worker.  It takes an equal amount from employers – a hidden tax nobody really sees unless they pay their own taxes.  

 

Hillary's solution for the Social Security problem isn't to fix the problem, but rather create yet another government bureaucracy to administer this new 401K program.   To refer to this idea as a shameless gimmick would be far too optimistic.

 

I'm well aware most politicians have gotten into the habit of "buying votes" with empty campaign promises.   Bill Clinton wrote the book on this strategy back in 1992 when he rode into DC on a white horse promising a "middle class tax cut".  You can refer to it as the "tax cut that wasn't" because it took Der Shlikmeister all of two weeks to renege on his promise.  He said he worked as hard as he could, but there just wasn't enough money to pay for it.

 

Keep this in mind as you read all about Hillary's tax cut promises.  Past performance, in this case, is a pretty good indicator of future results.  Radicals like Hillary! only understand one level of taxation – and that is "more".

 

Here endeth the lesson.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007
 
Lt. Nolan A. Herndon, United States Army Air Corps
by Cordeiro

It was April of 1942 and America was still licking its wounds from Pearl Harbor and several other battles in the early days of what would come to be called World War II. The Japanese were expanding their influence in the Pacific and there was a real question as to whether or not their expansionist goals could be countered on any level. Japan was half a world away – too far for any real American armed response to hit them the way they hit us.

It was then that an Army Air Corps pilot named Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle came up with the hair brained idea of launching a squadron of B-25s from a carrier with the mission of bombing downtown Tokyo. This was in the very early dawn of carrier based naval operations and pilots were having a hard time launching and landing fighter planes from carriers to say absolutely nothing about big bombers.

Doolittle's idea became reality on April 18, 1942 when he led 16 B-25s on a raid over Tokyo. They struck at the heart of the Japanese mainland – inflicting little damage but giving an enormous boost of confidence to the American people that they could, in fact, prevail in that conflict. Dooittle's Raiders met various fates after they dropped their bombs. Most made it to mainland China where they crash landed. Lt. Herdnon himself was interned in Russia for a year after the raid before returning to active duty in the United States. For his actions on that day he, along with all 80 of the Raiders, received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Along with Doolittle flew Lieutenant Nolan A. Herndon. He was a navigator and bombardier on that special mission. All the men flying those bombers knew there was a very real possibility their trip might well be one way. Herndon knew this – and he went anyway.

Lt. Herndon died Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the age of 88. Truly this man represented all that was great about his generation. May we carry a part of his courage with us.

Godspeed, Lieutenant. Welcome home.




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