What’s money got to do with it… WTF 4/20

 

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Money…

So,  what does money have to do with it?

Seems these days it’s a lot… if your Hillary… or some CEO of a burger flipping place… or the Clooneys…

Hand full of gimme and a mouth full of much obliged…

joe1“There are people that will SAY all the right things but truly have ZERO intention on putting in the work it takes to be the BEST…”

That’s a tweet from former college women’s basketball player and present Connecticut Sun player and sometime ESPN announcer… Chinenye Ogwumikhillary 1

Fits Hillary to a T… she’s a promise you anything to get your vote and then just be another politician who might throw ya’ll a bone once in awhile but all in all she’ll just do what her special interests (aka bosses) tell her do just so long as it stuffs her pocketbook.

Get the idea I’m not exactly enamored with Hills? Then ya’ll would be right in that assumption…

Her history makes me real scared of trusting her…

Like in the 1990’s… when she called young people who commit violent crimes “super predators” but now it’s like “I said that… naw and aw pshaw… it was all just a misunderstanding…  I misspoke”… and… she’s all hanging with Black women and saying we need to stop police violence and help young black people from being victims of institutional racism… and… I won’t forget you when I become president because we can’t come into the Black community making promises;  get elected and then turn our backs…

Word of warning… most people are what they are… they change but not that much…

Or… how she was paid $675,000 for a series of speeches to Goldman Sachs… yet now she claims… she’ll fight to break up the banks… control Wall Street…

Speeches where she made “… $11 million in 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 for 51 speeches to banks and other groups and industries.”

Where the New York Times says that “Her conditioning her releases on what the Republicans might or might not do is mystifying. Republicans make no bones about their commitment to Wall Street deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Mrs. Clinton is laboring to convince struggling Americans that she will rein in big banks, despite taking their money.”

Kinda like letting the mouse guard the cheese… eh?hillary sachs

Or… how she is all for gun control… and, yes, her history does say she is for many laws that aim to control weapons being brought by folks in the god old U.S. of A…. but… now she goes to the extreme of using the good folks of Sandy Hook as well as Black folks who have lost their children to the violence of the streets and/or police brutality to punch home the point that Bernie is weak on gun control because he is against allowing people to sue gun manufacturers for selling legal weapons that somehow fall into the hands of domestic terrorists who prey on innocent people.

How she tried to take Bernie to the wood shed during their last debate and continued to push this stance despite the fact it was totally taken out of context (see last week’s WTF) and how she tries to make it either “You’re all in against gun violence or you’re all out.” No middle ground. Which is absurd as extremes… either way… never get us anywhere in society. There are always shadings. Life is about negotiations. From a child and his mom; to folks in the streets getting from here to there… for a student dealing with his peers… or teachers… or… workers and their bosses… all the fucking way to the top of the top… and in governments from small town  councils to the White Hose and the Senate chambers…

It’s all about negotiations… giving and taking and then coming to a consensus that hopefully is the best for we the people in the end.

For gun laws that protect us all and respect us all.

But… Hillary… that’s not the way she presents things… she doesn’t ever give ya the entire story. But, then that’s just the way she operates. Has always operated. That is it ain’t until it don’t serve her needs no more, then the chameleon changes… her story changes and her presentation morphs into what ever serves her best… her needs… to get what she wants.

People change but not that much…

Take for instance this tidbit from an article on the International Business Times (IBTimes) website in May 2015….

In 2011 as SecState she was “… formally clearing a $29 billion deal to deliver fighter jets to the United States’ oil-rich ally in the Middle East. Despite the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.”

No mention was made at the time that it appeared there could be a conflict of interest due to the fact Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation… or… just two months before the deal was completed  Boeing, who made one of the jets being supplied to the Saudis made a $900,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation.hillary 7

And… according to an International Business Times investigation that Saudi deal was only “… one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire.”

What about gun control then? On an entirely different and in some ways even more horrific stage?

Not that gun control on any stage shouldn’t be a priority. Still…

IBTimes also says that under Hillary “…the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation…”

Now the kicker… IBTimes adds “That figure… (during) the three full fiscal years of Clinton’s term as Secretary of State… represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.” (My italics)

Also, in what can be seen as direct conflict of interest… or at best an ethical faux pas… “American defense contractors also donated to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and in some cases made personal payments to Bill Clinton for speaking engagements. Such firms and their subsidiaries were listed as contractors in $163 billion worth of Pentagon-negotiated deals that were authorized by the Clinton State Department between 2009 and 2012.”

Despite the fact WIKIleaks says that Hills accused some of the Middle East countries of failing to properly assist us, and our mostly European allies, in the fight against terrorists who prey on their own innocent people as well as others throughout the world.

And in a report from December 2009…

  • Clinton complained of “an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority.”
  • She said that “Qatar’s overall level of CT cooperation with the U.S. is considered the worst in the region.”
  • And that the Kuwaiti government was “less inclined to take action against Kuwait-based financiers and facilitators plotting attacks.”hillary-emapathy-for-sale

According to IBTimes every one of “… these countries donated to the Clinton Foundation and received increased weapons export authorizations from the Clinton-run State Department. (And) In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Clinton’s State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton family, according to foundation and State Department records.”

So…. how can you be against gun violence domestically… in America… but sell weaponry to foreign governments who in one form or another give the same weaponry to terrorists who then kill our soldiers and/or wage terror across the globe against innocent citizens?

Arming terrorists… either domestically or internationally… is arming terrorists. No?

IBTimes cites Lawrence Lessig, the director of Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics, who says that Hillary’s attitude to do State department business with corporations and governments who also financed her foundation brings up some damn serious concerns about how she would conduct the business affairs of the country as the Commander in Chief.  Lessig told IBTimes, “Can it really be that the Clintons didn’t recognize the questions these transactions would raise? And if they did, what does that say about their sense of the appropriate relationship between private gain and public good?”

And, now, she comes out against the Bamster and his support for keeping mum on 28 pages of a Congressional joint inquiry into certain government agencies and their “intelligence” failures that led up to the 9/11 attack on America. That report which has done in 2002 and was initially “held back” by Bush II “in the interest of national security.”  She comes out in support of legislation, that is back by Chuck Schumer ( D-NY) and Bernie among many others, which will enable families that lost people… relatives… sons and daughters… moms and dads… sisters’… brothers… that would allow these folks to sue Saudi Arabia for their “alleged’ support of those responsible for perpetrating that insane violence against America and those specific families on September 11, 2001.

I’m not going to get into the entire ordeal of what’s what, because, frankly, a lot of it is way beyond any expertise I possess and a long time ago I was taught… or learned through experience… ya should shut your fucking mouth when it comes to things that you have no idea about.  And… that right or wrong… all the political implications about this issue is something I don’t have a whole hell of a lot of knowledge about…

I will just say…

That this diplomatic bullshit and horizontal mambo that governments sometimes get caught up with is sometimes really just that… bullshit and a whole lot of fucking around. And, my gut feeling is that if there is evidence that the Saudi government supported those terrorists…  or any terrorists (not just some rich bastards in Saudi Arabia but the government), then we need to think seriously about our relationship with peeps who handshake us all with one hand and then stab us right in the back with other.

But… back to the Hills…

She is in support of this legislation… she now suddenly wants total and full disclosure from the government at its highest level… but… she won’t even tell us…we the people… what the hell was in her speeches to some fat cat corporations like Goldman Sachs?hillary 6

Or… when she authorized fucking selling weaponry to governments… handed out government contacts to certain corporations to make and sell to governments… who she herself said shouldn’t have them because they either supported terrorism or had committed gross violations of basic human rights against the people of lived under the jurisdiction of those governments…

She now thinks that the Bamster is wrong… whether he is or isn’t, is not the argument right here and now…  She is willing to throw him under the bus but cries the old crocodilian tears… just last week in fact… when she says…  “Why is there one standard for me, and not for everybody else?”

She sold guns and weapons and jets and bombs and all sorts of nasty ass stuff to these governments but tries and make it seem she is all nice clean and everything is peachy keen? She has the chutzpah… the gall… the temerity… the fucking big damn cherries to suggest she is just a poor misunderstood creature who is the victim?

Pleaseeee… I got a fucking bridge to sell ya’ll in Brooklyn, too…

The reality?

People change but not that much…

Hillary is who she is… what makes anyone think she can radically change her spots now?

Yep, I don’t like Hillary all that damn much…

Round up the usual suspects…

While I’m on the Clinton topic… what’s with hubby… Wee Willie?

Last Friday he says “One of the few things I really haven’t enjoyed about this primary… I think its fine that all these young students have been so enthusiastic for her opponent and (he/Bernie) sounds so good… (but)… Just shoot every third person on Wall Street and everything will be fine.”bill says shoot them

Yep… he actually said that during an event at Fort Washington, New York.

Later he told MSNBC that it was “It’s a joke. It’s a total joke. It’s meant to point out that that’s the unilateral explanation for everything that’s wrong with America. You know we all need to lighten up here, have a little sense of humor.”

Okayyyy…

Think if the Bamster had said something like that it would just be taken as a joke? Or, the Bamster could just “Aw shucks” it and said take it easy peeps… lighten the fuck up?  Bernie?  Or… God forbid any of the elephants… especially the Trumpster or the Cruzan dude.

And, Hillary is the one who has the audacity to say why is there a double standard?

Yes, there is and it all favors her. She, hubby and her peeps, manipulate it that way. Every chance they get they pull out her “Poor, poor pitiful me” crying bitch card.)

Bernie tweeted, “We should be encouraging young people to get involved in politics, not disparaging them. This seems to be a pattern.”

But, it’s beyond stupid and completely around the bend that he said what he said, when many folks… if not most… are up in arms about guns and violence in America today… and… the fact he thought that it was just a throw away comment … a joke.

Funny… I never thought gun violence, or violence of any kind, was really all that funny when ya’ll come right down to the truth of the matter. I mean pain and suffering and sometimes death is hardly a joking mater when ya come right down to the nitty-gritty of the matter.

Hate to hear what he thinks about ethnic cleansing… or AIDS… or  Syrian refugees…or Black kids and police brutality…

This is right after his wife… the Hills… got into with Bernie about gun control during their most recent debate.  Or, how she is making sure she is being seen everywhere saying she’s gonna be tough on guns… all the while talking about Sandy Hook or on some stage with some Black moms who lost sons to police using their guns just a tad faster than they should.

It was serious then, but, now, it’s a joke?Bill says its sexist

This is the same dude who also tried to say there were there were “different standards”  his wife and Bernie over who is more qualified to be president… hint… hint… he is trying to say there is rampant sexism going on… but..if someone opposes his wife it’s okay to take out every third one of them…

Just to send a message… ya know… can’t let the riff raff get too uppity… gotta keep them poor losers in their place. Damn millenniums…

Sounds like something the Trumpster might say…

But all bedazzled up in some Clintonian doublespeak… good old boy and “first Black prez” who can blow a sax with Aresnio talk… its cool… it was just a joke… cheese and crackers…  lighten up ya’ll…

Damn… can’t nobody take a joke around here?

Funny… but I somehow just don’t find shooting folks to be real damn funny…

But maybe that’s just me…

Are you serious????

A young 18-year-old woman and her 17-year-old friend go to a mall and meet this dude. One thing leads to another and he winds up buying them a bottle of booze. They decide hey lets do this again tomorrow but the dude suggest going over to what I assume is his house. They get to drinking again and the 17-year-old gets drunk and the dude decides he’s gonna have sex with her.

One problem she doesn’t want to have some with him. She protests but he decides hes gonna have sex with her with or without her permission.  He begins to rape her.

The other girl… the “friend” … begins to livestream the rape. Before ya know it… it’s getting eyes and peeps actually like the “event.”

Both the dude and the “friend” are now charged with multiple felonies that include rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor.

She livestreamed rape... ..
She livestreamed rape… ..

The attorney for the 18-year-old enters a plea of not guilty and says his client did film the rape but only after trying to get the girl who was being assaulted out of the house. But when that failed that was when she started the filming the rape but only for evidence of the crime being done and while it was being filmed began asking those peeps that were following the livestream, “What should I do now? What should I do now?”

Hmmmm… this girl… filmed a rape?  And… she had followers? People were “liking” a damn serious criminal act as it was happening? And… then she… her attorney… have the balls to say she ain’t to blame for anything because she didn’t know what to do?

Are you people fucking serious?

Hey! Ya’ll had a damn freaking phone in your hand… why the hell didn’t ya fucking call the damn cops?

Is that so damn hard to fucking grok?

9… 1… 1 …

And all them “followers” who were liking this? Damn it… I hope, somehow, the authorities can get your names and bust your asses, too. For accessories during and after the fact… for starters

Not one of them peeps were able to move their grimy little paws to dial 9… 1… 1…?

They could tap keys to “like” the rape but not to expend the extra energy and effort to tap on a 9… and a 1… and… a 1 again?

The prosecutor says the 18-year-old only very briefly appears like she is trying to get the dude to stop committing his sexual assault on the 17-year-old during the 10-minute video.  Otherwise she did nothing whatsoever to stop the crime even though the victim is clearly screaming “stop” and “no” during the assault.

I think ya know how fell on this entire nastiness. If, this is what went down then I hope the little bitch gets everything that’s coming to her… in duplicate.

Hey, buddy, can ya spare $345,000?

George Clooney and his wife recently hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton… with prices to get into the affair that were described as “an obscene amount of money.” Including a cost of $353,400 per couple to sit at a table with Hillary and the Clooneys.clooney hillary

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” Clooney was asked about the event and if he thought he price to get into the event was ridiculously obscene.

Clooney said, “Yes, I think it’s an obscene amount of money. You know we had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San Francisco… and they’re right to protest, they’re absolutely right, it’s an obscene amount of money. The Sanders campaign, when they talk about it, is absolutely right, it’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics, I agree.”

Others have already asked this question… I am asking it now… then why the fuck did ya’ll go and do it George? If ya really believe that? Then why the hell did ya go and charge that much?

Ya damn hypocrite.

How much is that burger?

The McDonald’s CEO got his salary super-sized… The fast food chain’s chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, brought home a whopping $7.91 million last year… a 368% raise over his 2014 salary of $1.69 million…  while low-wage McDonald’s workers are striking around the country for a livable income.

Ummm… is there something here that I’m missing? Does it seem like it should be a slam bam, thank ya ma’am conclusion that  maybe he should give back some of that salary so Mickey Ds can afford to give its employees a living wage?mickey ds in denamrk

I mean… without them employees doing what they do where exactly would MacDonald be?

Oh, I’m sorry that’s right they didn’t have anything to do with building that corporation into what it is today… did they?

But, then again… maybe this is all a bunch of fabricated hooey. A prevarication…  A fucking lie…

In Denmark why is it that McDonald’s can afford to pay their workers $21 an hour, with paid sick leave, OT pay and guaranteed hours that includes at least two days off a week…

Oh, yeah… the Big Macs do cost more in Denmark… a Whopper (oops) total of 56 cents more!

Random thoughts that have entered my brain this week…

Religious freedom…rf

What I don’t understand about all of these religious freedom types who want to be protected from LGBT folks is they don’t think that in their everyday lives they ever interact with LGBT folks constantly? I mean, what’s the odds you go through a day in your life and never interact with someone who is gay or bi?

So, if that’s the case…

Peyton calls it quits… manning

Peyton Manning says it just felt like it was the right time to retire…

Ya think? I mean… he sucked all season; then got lucky and was able to do just enough not wrong to let his defense win the Super Bowl which meant he got a ring despite sucking hind tit all year… including in the Super Bowl…

Yeah… good call, Peyton.

Another thousand words…

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Mara Teigen (21) is a model…

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