Sunday, June 25, 2017

Domestic Affairs

Domestic Affairs

Domestic Affairs
Over the past few year, four leaders of Colombia’s brutal El Dorado cartel were arrested by U.S. authorities and subsequently convicted of shipping nearly 1,000 tons of cocaine into the country. Three got unusually light sentences and, for reasons...
Throughout the primary season, the polls were consistently off, sometimes significantly, in capturing the outcome of the primaries and caucuses.  This is important because the polls don’t just capture reality, in theory anyway, they help shape it. People want to...
I don’t know what’s funnier, watching Hillary plummet in the polls and soar in her unfavorable ratings, or watching her media sycophants frantically try to ride to her rescue. I’ll be honest with you here, I would love to...
Hillary Clinton was posed picture perfect yesterday for her feature in Humans of New York, in which she recounted a harrowing encounter while taking a law school entrance exam at Harvard in the 1960s. This story was meant to...
We all now by now that Donald Trump is pretty nuts, but is he literally crazy and technically a narcissist? If so, does that really matter? After all, we’ve had some deranged lunkhead presidents in the past and the...
The sad tale of "pension reform" — less politely put, the construction of a pipeline from the public treasury to Wall Street — provides a unique, panoramic view of Democratic Party corruption through the tiny keyhole of every public...
The Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association is one of the most innocuous-sounding organizations one could imagine, ranking up there with the Canadian ice growers lobby and the like. What scary political demands are likely to emanate from Sinatra fans whose most audacious...
Ethan Brown is an investigative journalist and author who has written for the New York Observer, GQ, Rolling Stone, Men’s Vogue and The Village Voice. He has written three books that have covered the subculture that created Hip Hop,...
To think that Donald Trump has any goal as president other than boosting his tawdry brand is naive in the extreme and about as useful as dwelling about whether Santa Claus really exists. Still, his candidacy has revealed a lot about...
John Kiriakou is the first U.S. intelligence officer to reveal information about the CIA’s use of torture in the “war on terror” and as a result was prosecuted and imprisoned under President Barack Obama. After being released last year,...
It’s been widely reported over the past few days that Donald Trump’s Foundation made a $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013 and that as a result she failed to look into complaints about Trump’s for-profit...
As the primaries were starting to heat up last March and Bernie Sanders was starting to look like an actual threat to Queen Hillary’s coronation, the Democratic monarch  felt she needed to spring into action. On March 6, two...
We’ve heard a lot about problems surrounding Trump University, which sounds like a pretty big scam. We’ve heard a lot less about Baltimore-based Laureate Education, which is one of the world’s largest for-profit schools. Unlike its major American competitors,...
Long-time reporters in Washington will often tell you that journalists used to cover up the sexual peccadilloes of politicians but don't do it any more. These boring drones will invariably cite JFK's years in the White House and note that...
Not so long ago I wrote here about how male politicians involved in sex scandals tended to fare better than the women they were involved with, citing, among others, Louisiana Senator David Vitter. I mentioned that Vitter — who...
One of the major foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation is a Nigerian billionaire named Gilbert Chagoury, who’s best known for helping former dictator Sani Abacha hide vast sums of money offshore. Chagoury, who has an estate in Los...
I used to love the Monty Python Show when I was a young lad and I remember one segment that mocked those brain-dead Sunday TV shows during which bland, predictable journalists and “expert” panelists gather to discuss the week’s...
Before heading out for the weekend, let’s discuss Jeffrey Epstein, America’s best connected political pedophile, shall we? If you haven’t heard of him, Epstein’s the super-sleazy Palm Beach billionaire who was busted some time back and convicted for conspiring...
The release last Friday of a forensic audit of the Rhode Island public pension system's real estate portfolio reveals a dire situation for state Treasurer Seth Magaziner, son of longtime Clinton power player Ira Magaziner. The audit, prepared by Benchmark Financial Services,...
Hey, what’s up? It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in. Is everyone enjoying this spectacular 2017? Glad to hear it. With all the great news pouring in from around the world, it’s hard not to be lovin’ it, amirite?...
In Rhode Island, a state known for cronyism and corruption, the 38 Studios scam may go down as one of the greatest ever. And the best part of it all is that it involves the political troglodyte and toxic gas bag...
Washington Babylon reported several times last month on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner's continued sexting and said that if underage girls were involved, his conduct should draw a criminal investigation. I knew at the time that Weiner was sexting at...
Back in the mid-2000s, Bill Clinton was the spokesman for a now defunct search engine firm called Accoona.com. The company was a self-evident scam. It was founded by a French national named Marc Armand Rousso — though he used...
Tevi Troy is a presidential historian, former White House aide and Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is the author of "What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White...
I admit I’m baffled by all the praise being heaped on Senator Elizabeth Warren for her comments to Well Fargo criminal mastermind and CEO, John Stumpf. She “grilled” him, “ripped” him, “excoriated” him, and “eviscerated” him, ran the headlines....
In 2010, during the Louisiana Senate race between then-Democratic Congressman Charlie Melancon and Republican incumbent David Vitter, I was approached by a political operative with a tip that Vitter may have engaged in a long-term relationship with a prostitute...
Before the debate Monday, the Internet was buzzing about the appearance of Gennifer Flowers allegedly orchestrated by Donald Trump. This was billed to be quite the showdown. Ms. Flowers seated up front so she could stare down Hillary Clinton,...
Yesterday Washington Babylon published its case for Hillary Clinton, which argued that she is preferable to Donald Trump but urged the nation to not vote in this year’s elections because both candidates are unfit to hold the office of...
One of the great mysteries of modern politics is why millennials have the lowest voter turnout rate of any age group. The U.S. system is vibrant and dynamic — just look at 68-year-old Hillary Clinton and 70-year-old Donald Trump...
Last week, I discussed here some of the questions surrounding Edward Snowden, the NSA “whistleblower,” who has been embraced by liberals and the left. The uncritical support Snowden enjoys was personally reinforced for me by the hate mail and...
In August, we wrote about how Hillary Clinton used the Flint Water Crisis for political gain and how her “initiative” to help the victims was pure campaign circus. Now, the Podesta Emails confirm that Hillary's Flint appearance was about creating a "perception of...
I had a story in Fusion last week about the Clinton Foundation's dismally meager achievements in Colombia and Bill's relationship with Canadian businessman Frank Giustra. The latter, who is said to be the Clinton Foundation's biggest donor, has extensive business interests in...
Former SEC attorney Edward "Ted" Siedle is an expert on Rhode Island's public pension system, which had been plundered by Democratic Party state officials, including Seth Magaziner, the son of Clinton crony Ira Magaziner. Desperate retirees, spearheaded by the Rhode Island...
I've written a lot about pay-to-play think tanks, whereby big donors get all sorts of perks and are allowed to influence specific projects, even those in which they have a financial stake. What's great for donors is that think...
No matter how awful his opponent, Donald Trump during this campaign has shown himself to be unfit to win the presidency. You can't offend almost every African-American and Hispanic voter, as well as a sizeable majority of women (among...
OK, so James Comey has announced that the FBI will reopen the investigation related to Hillary Clinton. This has something to do with Anthony Weiner -- the disgraced former congressman and sexual predator who we wrote about here, first...
During the past few weeks I've been overcome by a near smothering wave of election fatigue, which includes high levels of nausea and despair. This campaign has been going on for nearly two years and at a cost that could...
So it turns out that Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate after all. Who could possibly have predicted that holing up in the Hamptons in August to fundraise wouldn't look good?  Or that having the overwhelming support of Hollywood --...
Now that the election is over and Hillary is out of the way, we can finally turn our  attention to Donald Trump. He ran as as outsider and promised crowds he would take on the corrupt political establishment. It...
My friend Craig Pyes, a great investigative reporter, posted an interesting original interview with a Trump supporter on his Facebook page yesterday. Since Trump voters are still seen by most reporters as alien beings, I asked Craig if I could...
After spending a few weeks at a sex rehab facility near Nashville, disgraced former Congressman Antony Weiner was spotted at the apartment in New York that he shared with top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, the Daily Mail reported. It's...
If you're a conservative Republican who longs for a return of the "free market" economic policies and military interventionism of the Reagan years, Donald Trump's cabinet picks no doubt warm your heart. If you're just about anyone else, including...
Ever since Donald Trump won the election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, liberal groups, the New York Times, MSNBC and assorted pro-Hillary media outlets have thrown a prolonged temper tantrum about the results — remember when they all pointedly asked if...
Donald Trump has filled much of his cabinet, but the key post of secretary of state remains open. There have been about a dozen candidates who’ve crawled on bended knee to meet with Trump in the hopes that he...
I don't know about anyone else, but I wish 2016 would hurry up and get the fuck out of the way, so the world can move on to a happier and better 2017. Surely, it can't be any worse....
Donald Trump has been busy assembling his administration as he awaits to be inaugurated this next month and there are quite a few nominees of concern. I reported recently on Trump's pick for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and...
I'm not sure this is a nationwide trend but my local porn shop has a diversified offering of materials that extends to bed wear, accessories, and bongs. I mention this because this is roughly akin to the nature of...
Every year around this time, Americans shower Martin Luther King, Jr. with love. Since 1986 his birthday has been a national holiday, providing all of us with a chance to learn more about him. School kids get exposed to...
Barack Obama has been busy commuting sentences, mostly for nonviolent drug offenders, with more than 1,100 prisoners receiving clemency during his presidency. That's still a pretty small number given that during the 1980s and 1990s "hundreds of thousands of people...
Well, here we are a few days out from the inauguration and political discourse and intelligence in this country could not be any dumber. We should just officially proclaim as our national slogan "You're Either For 'Em or Agin...
For months before the election, Donald Trump's opponents predicted that he would soon drop out of the race for one reason or another. It was said, for example, that he ran as a publicity stunt and never expected to...
Last week I left my safe space, my small town in Mississippi, to make a solo pilgrimage to Washington D.C. to check out the Trump inauguration. I had a few “small town girl visiting the busy city” moments while...
In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex? To consider that question now is the equivalent of asking if the Pope is Catholic. The United States...
Well. I have to admit, the Trump presidency turned ugly far more rapidly than I had anticipated. On the positive side, since I'm ever the optimist, I believe Hillary Clinton represented her own uniquely toxic threat to democracy and...
Here we are nearly three months after the presidential election and there's hardly a day that goes by that Hillary Clinton's supporters don't blame her loss on something other than its very obvious cause, namely the fact that she ran...
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Bannon the Hutt

Steve Bannon is probably the strangest character in the rogues gallery that is Donald Trump's cabinet, an unrepentant white nationalist who has turned the Breitbart website into the veritable Der Stürmer of the alt-right. Or so we are told. Lest I...
For some conservative Americans who are sitting back and watching protest and violent acts unfold across the United States in response to executive actions by President Trump, the world seems to have gone completely mad and they are disgusted...
John Legere, the “hip” CEO of T-Mobile, the allegedly pro-consumer telecom “un-company” that markets heavily to millennials, repeatedly trashed Donald Trump on Twitter last year but quickly began sucking up to him ever since he won November's  election. The T-Mobile CEO has nearly...
Republican political leaders have long treated the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a devilish plot and used it to stir up voters across the country. Now they have released their own plan to reverse the “cursed’ ACA and...
For all the progress Mississippi, has made over the years, it still finds itself at the bottom of most national rankings. Some of its more noteworthy un-honors are abysmal ratings in economic growth, poverty and unemployment. Throughout the years,...
Over the past several days the Republican American Health Care Act (ACHA), proposed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare, has been shown to be nothing but a complete boondoggle in the making. Everyone from Bernie...
A familiar pattern is becoming apparent with terror attacks or would-be terror attacks in the United States. As we wait for the suspect to be identified, some hoping that identity meets their specific narrative, we are often given some early...
The word fascism has been so recklessly thrown around in the past year that quite frankly I cannot judge if it should be totally shoved down the memory hole and forgotten for a generation. The word has the ideological...
Many of my friends are appalled by the bizarre behavior of President Trump. His press conferences seem like a class with a rambling, free-verse Beat poet who downed a few shots of tequila before teaching a graduate seminar on the...
The Portland stabbings that took the lives of two men and severely injured another elicited a bizarre response from many people that shows U.S. politics at its ugliest. For many people, the killer's political affiliations and who he voted for...