Western Free Press http://www.westernfreepress.com Straight News & Strong Opinion. Arizona Politics and Arizona Elections Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:55:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 The Ten Steps Hillary Clinton Takes to Avoid Being Held Accountable for Any Scandal http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/the-ten-steps-hillary-clinton-takes-to-avoid-being-held-accountable-for-any-scandal/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/the-ten-steps-hillary-clinton-takes-to-avoid-being-held-accountable-for-any-scandal/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:15:06 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376925 She has the largest number of scandals in her past of any living American public figure.

She ducks out of sight for a while and then pops up again—stronger than ever.

She has avoided being held accountable for actions the mere allegation of which would have driven any Republican from public life 40 years ago. 

She is . . . the most corrupt woman in the world.

So how does she do it? How has she amassed, over decades, a list of crimes and corrupt acts any one of ...]]> She has the largest number of scandals in her past of any living American public figure.

She ducks out of sight for a while and then pops up again—stronger than ever.

She has avoided being held accountable for actions the mere allegation of which would have driven any Republican from public life 40 years ago. 

She is . . . the most corrupt woman in the world.

rnc-hillary-clinton-dos-equisSo how does she do it? How has she amassed, over decades, a list of crimes and corrupt acts any one of which rightly should have ended her public career?

Well, it certainly is true that having the media on your side is not only invaluable, but essential. If the media wants someone destroyed, they have the power to do it. If they want to give someone cover, they can almost always manage that too.

But the situation is more complex—and much more disturbing—than mere media bias. The ugly truth is that the Clintons have discovered—and now the Obamas have too—a ten-step method to get away with any scandal. In order to do something illegal, unconstitutional, extraconstitutional, corrupt, or just plain sleazy, either for personal gain or political power, they simply do the following:

Step 1: The cloak

Establish multiple laters of secrecy. Build in layers of deniability. If that fails and word of their corrupt actions begins to come out out . . .

Step 2: What did (s)he know and when did (s)he know it?

Allow questions to swirl about who knew what and when. It’s far better to be thought of as out of the loop—even incompetently so—than to admit full knowledge of and control over a scandalous situation. Make the issue about knowledge rather than actions. Claim to have “learned about in on CNN.” Let the people chew on that for a while. If that doesn’t make it go away . . .

Step 3: Blame the underlings

Allow the media to fixate on the Under-Secretary of This-or-That or the Deputy District Something-or-Other. They will eagerly do so for almost any Democrat. If that fails and the scandal begins to focus on the major player(s) . . .

Step 4: The X-Files Method

Hide a more serious crime by allowing people to focus on a less serious aspect.

All these years later, a line still sticks in my head from the series “The X-Files.” I don’t remember now whether it was The Smoking Man or Deep Throat, but it was said in one of those dark-alley, revelatory—but not too revelatory—conversations between Mulder and one of his many shadowy informants (a plot device that, frankly, started to get a little old there near the end). I cannot remember it exactly, but the gist was that the government (or shadow powers or whoever) would admit to a smaller bad thing in order to deflect attention away from the much worse bad thing that they wanted to keep hidden. As trite as that show eventually became, that moment stuck with me because it had a ring of truth. And after years of watching the Clintons, I now understand why it had that ring.

So, for example, by getting the conversation to focus on Clinton’s email server and her “possible” violation of the Records Act, less attention is directed at the much more serious question of what she was hiding. The media focuses on the smaller scandal for a while. Clinton protests, all the while knowing that the worst that will happen for such a violation is a slap on the wrist. The media makes no effort to uncover the real scandal. They make it seem like they are doing their job as watchdogs, but they don’t dig for the much more damning truths. People argue about the low-level aspects of the scandal for a while, and the media allow them to believe that they are covering the story.* Then, the principals simply . . .

Step 5: Hold . . . HOLD . . .

Ride out the wave of unrest about the scandal until the short attention span of the American people shifts, with the help of the media, to something else. At this point, the only people still talking about it begin to sound obsessed. Eventually, the principal players, with the eager help of a scornful media, begin to . . .

Step 6: “At this point, what difference does it make?”

Portray those still talking about the issue as being obsessed with something that is “old news.”  Now, the only remaining power that can hold these players accountable is Congress, whose inevitable “investigation” is still “ongoing,” and will be for many months, further diverting the attention of the people towards other news or simply to their daily bread and circuses. So, the principal players simply wait for the report, and when it comes out, they  . . .

Step 7: The findings are what we say they are 

Allow the media to focus in on a small piece of language in the report that seems to exonerate them or mitigate the case against them while ignoring what the report really says. Once that is done, the media simply declare the matter decided. That the report said nothing of the kind is of no consequence—they create the narrative. Now, all the principals have to worry about is Congress actually acting against them, which, because Congress has essentially neutered itself, never happens. So now they simply . . .

Step 8: Scandal fatigue

Laugh as Congress does nothing, and then allow the scandal to become one of the many on the list. Ugh, are you STILL talking about Benghazi? Whatever—I have to pick my daughter up from ballet. Almost done. Now, all they have to do is . . .

Step 9: Tinfoil hats for everyone!

Rely on historical ignorance, scandal fatigue, and media bias to consign each scandal to the status of something that may or may not have actually happened in the distant past. The fact that they got away with it is further proof that it was never really anything to begin with. Anyone who focuses on the list of scandals is a conspiracy theorist. In fact, the worse the allegations—such as murder, etc.—the more the effect is enhanced. Few people focused intently on the facts at the time. Many of the people around today were too young at the time to even care. Now, it all seems so hazy, and the only people know know about it are treated like cranks. Finally . . .

Step 10: Later, rinse, repeat

Do it again—preferably sooner rather than later.

Perhaps most disturbing of all is that they have figured out that the more scandals on the list, the more all of these effects are enhanced. In fact, if they can squeeze several of them together at once, in what is sometimes called a scandal cascade, it becomes even easier to get away with all of them. It simply becomes too much noise—people just don’t want to hear it, or they cannot believe that anyone could possibly get away with all of it, so it must not be true. La la la, I can’t hear you. Besides, I need to go get the tires rotated on the SUV.

After 30 years of this, the Clintons have learned the lesson well: they can get away with pretty much anything.

 

Coda

* Sometimes, an alternative media source or some other honest entity will force the mainstream media’s hand, introducing a topic that cannot be simply ignored, buried, or under-covered. Sometimes, it even brings someone down, as with Rathergate and the faked Bush National Guard memo.

We may have such a moment, now, with the yeoman’s work Judicial Watch has done on the subject of the extralegal money Clinton appears to be taking from foreign entities—entities that do not have our best interests at heart. Will that bring Clinton down, or will she survive using the ten-step method laid out above?

Time will tell, but if the fact that the Clinton Machine has already survived numerous other scandals involving foreign money is any guide, I would not hold your breath. Unless the media decides to turn on her (perhaps to clear the way for a new horse to back), she will probably get away with this as well.

And then it will be up to the only people left who can hold her accountable in any way: the electorate. And if past performance is any guide, I would not recommend hanging one’s hopes there either.

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Gosar Funding Rider Blocking EPA Water Grab Included in Final House Energy & Water Appropriations Bill http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/gosar-funding-rider-blocking-epa-water-grab-included-in-final-house-energy-water-appropriations-bill/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/gosar-funding-rider-blocking-epa-water-grab-included-in-final-house-energy-water-appropriations-bill/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:41:52 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376422 “The House must utilize the power of the purse to stop the EPA from imposing devastating economic consequences for farmers, ranchers and small businesses throughout the country”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2016 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which included Congressman Gosar’s language request prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from using ...]]> “The House must utilize the power of the purse to stop the EPA from imposing devastating economic consequences for farmers, ranchers and small businesses throughout the country”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2016 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which included Congressman Gosar’s language request prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from using any appropriated funds for the proposed “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule:

“I am very pleased to see my House colleagues on the Appropriations Committee accommodate my request, supported by 103 bipartisan members of Congress, to block all funding for the EPA’s proposed water grab. The House must utilize the power of the purse to stop the EPA from imposing devastating economic consequences for farmers, ranchers and small businesses throughout the country.

“Returning to regular order while using an open appropriations process is the key to reining in out-of-control federal spending as well as an overreaching executive branch. This critical aspect of our Constitutional checks and balances ensures that the will of the people is carried out and stops unelected bureaucrats from taking the law into their own hands.”

Background

The funding rider request that was made by Rep. Gosar and 103 other members of Congress to Chairmen Calvert and Simpson and Ranking Members McCollum and Kaptur of the House Appropriations Committee, can be found HERE. This language is also contained in H.R. 594.

On January 28, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which can be found HERE. This bill prohibits the EPA and U.S. Corps of Engineering from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing” the proposed rule and any successor document, or any substantially similar proposed rule or guidance.

On March 25, 2014, the EPA and the Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over nearly all areas with even the slightest of connections to water resources, including man-made conveyances.

According to a recent report by economist and University of California-Berkley faculty member Dr. David Sundling, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Water Act rule is rife with errors and lacks transparency. Dr. Sundling concluded that the miscalculations in the EPA’s analysis are so extensive that it should be rendered useless for determining the true costs of this proposed rule. His report underscores the need for EPA to withdraw the rule and complete a comprehensive and transparent economic review that complies with federal law.

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Documents Reveal Possible Serious Conflict of Interest for Clintons with Saudis http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/documents-reveal-possible-serious-conflict-of-interest-for-clintons-with-saudis/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/documents-reveal-possible-serious-conflict-of-interest-for-clintons-with-saudis/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:45:08 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376565 Judicial Watch: State Department Documents Reveal Concern about Bill Clinton’s Activities with ‘Saudi Entities’

Judicial Watch announced that it has received 126 pages of documents from the State Department related to Hillary Clinton’s possible conflicts of interest regarding her position as Secretary of State. The initial Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was placed on May 2, 2011. These documents are being released as a result of a federal court order ...]]>

Judicial Watch: State Department Documents Reveal Concern about Bill Clinton’s Activities with ‘Saudi Entities’

Judicial Watch announced that it has received 126 pages of documents from the State Department related to Hillary Clinton’s possible conflicts of interest regarding her position as Secretary of State. The initial Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was placed on May 2, 2011. These documents are being released as a result of a federal court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department on May 28, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-00772)).

Judicial Watch also disclosed that the State Department turned over nearly 1,000 records to the Clinton Foundation, beginning in January 2014, for review prior to public release.

The lawsuit is ongoing and had previously forced the disclosure of documents that provided a road map for over 200 conflict-of-interest rulings that led to $48 million for the Clinton Foundation and other Clinton-connected entities during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Previously disclosed documents in this lawsuit, for example, raise questions about funds Clinton accepted from entities linked to Saudi Arabia, China and Iran, among others.

The latest group of documents shows that State Department officials had concerns in January 2011 about Bill Clinton’s activities related to Saudi Arabia. An email chain, begun on January 25, 2011, includes several members of the State Department’s Legal Advisor Office, and the subject line “Clinton Foundation Request – Saudi entities.” The discussion is almost entirely redacted in the three-page email chain.

Other documents previously forced out through this lawsuit show that Bill Clinton worked with Tanmiah Commercial Group, a Saudi group based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that paid Clinton $300,000. The Clinton Foundation told the State Department he would participate in the 2011 Global Competiveness Forum, a five-day event in Riyadh. The event was co-sponsored by the Dabbagh Group Holding Co., which “comprises 28 autonomous companies, operating in diversified businesses in 30 countries. Mohammed Husnee Jazeel currently serves as Dabbagh Group’s CFO.” The Clinton Foundation described the event as:

[A]n annual meeting of global business leaders, international political leaders and selected academics and journalists. It was founded in 2006 by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and is held under the patronage of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

Established in 2000, the SAGIA encourages investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provides licensing and support services to investors.

The “ticketed event” targeted “the Saudi Arabian business community.”

Also, discussed is a Clinton Foundation request regarding an undisclosed country in Asia in August 2010: “Spoke to Jim [James H Thessin], on this and he plans to speak to the EAP [East Asian & Pacific Affairs] PDAS [Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary] and get his views.”

A June 2010 message chain addressed to then-Deputy Chief of Mission in Tanzania Larry E. Andre and others is labeled “URGENT RE: Clinton Foundation Issue, ” and states: “Former POTUS Clinton is on the ground in Tanzania… we need guidance fairly urgently to still be relevant.”

Also in the documents is a fully redacted June 2011 exchange between longtime Clinton associates Cheryl Mills and Doug Band.

Band assisted in creating the Clinton Global Initiative and is a founding partner and president of Teneo.  Also previously disclosed, documents show that the State Department approved a consulting arrangement between Bill Clinton and Band. The Clintons ended the deal after only eight months, as criticism mounted over Teneo’s ties to the failed investment firm, MF Global. Mills defended Bill Clinton during his 1999 impeachment trial. She also was on the Clinton Foundation’s board prior to joining Mrs. Clinton at the State Department. Ms. Mills reportedly negotiated the “ethics agreement” on behalf of the Clintons and the Foundation that required the Clintons to submit to rigorous conflict-of-interest checks. Despite this, and in apparent violation of Obama administration ethics rules, Ms. Mills was involved in ethics reviews as chief of staff for Mrs. Clinton at the State Department.

A January 2013 email from Clinton Foundation Scheduler Margaret Steenburg to State Department attorneys says a list of speech hosts for conflict-of-interest review was provided to them (but the list is conspicuously absent from the FOIA production documents).

The State Department just disclosed that it turned over 128 records to the Clinton Foundation for review under Exemption 4 of FOIA. Exemption 4 allows the withholding of commercial information about third parties that could cause them competitive harm. Judicial Watch understands that over 1,000 records have been turned over to the Clinton Foundation under this unusual review process, resulting in more delay.

Dozens of State Department attorneys’ emails are heavily redacted and neglect to include the records Judicial Watch specifically sought in its FOIA request, such as Mrs. Clinton “SF 50s,” the standard form the government uses any time an employee changes jobs, or has an increase in step, grade or pay. Judicial Watch also sought all “SF 85s,” “85Ps,” or “SF-86s,”which would pertain to Hillary’s clearance for various types of information. Also noticeably scarce are the requested ethics waivers issued to Mrs. Clinton, and the communications relating to Mr. Clinton’s speech schedule and his personal or charitable financial relationships with foreign leaders and governments.

Last month, the State Department promised to conduct a supplemental search of email records allegedly turned over late last year by Hillary Clinton. The State Department has been silent on obtaining or recovering other emails from Hillary Clinton’s secret accounts or any secret accounts of her top staff, including Cheryl Mills.

“The State Department allowed Hillary Clinton to remove and destroy government email records. And now we’ve figured out the State Department is improperly giving government documents to the Clinton operation – documents that should have been turned over to us years ago,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Our lawsuit, which first exposed the Clinton foreign fundraising racket at the State Department, continues to be obstructed by Mrs. Clinton’s political operation. With these revelations of State Department concerns about the Clinton machine’s Saudi and Asian dealings, this simple FOIA lawsuit is providing the road map for those tracking Hillary Clinton’s abuse of office as secretary of state. In the meantime, the State Department seems to be more concerned about helping Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign than following federal disclosure law.”

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Flake Votes For Loretta Lynch; Supports Obama’s Lawlessness http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/flake-votes-for-loretta-lynch-supports-obamas-lawlessness/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/flake-votes-for-loretta-lynch-supports-obamas-lawlessness/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:45:18 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376709 In a move that will mark his future in the Arizona Republican Party, Senator Jeff Flake’s vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General was an affirmation of President Obama’s lawlessness and a violation of the Senator’s oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

Once expected to be a close vote, Lynch won confirmed by a vote of 56 to 43. Ten Republicans joined every Democrat to confirm Lynch. Texas Senator Ted Cruz did not vote.

The ten Republicans who voted to ...]]> In a move that will mark his future in the Arizona Republican Party, Senator Jeff Flake’s vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General was an affirmation of President Obama’s lawlessness and a violation of the Senator’s oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

Once expected to be a close vote, Lynch won confirmed by a vote of 56 to 43. Ten Republicans joined every Democrat to confirm Lynch. Texas Senator Ted Cruz did not vote.

The ten Republicans who voted to affirm Obama’s lawlessness was a grab bag of Senators with diverse motives. Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, and Rob Portman are up for reelection next year. Why Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, and especially Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supported Lynch is anybody’s guess.

After the Lynch vote, Flake issued a short statement explaining his vote. His rationale for the vote was both factually inaccurate and embarrassingly shallow.

“While I disagree with Ms. Lynch on many policy positions,” Flake said, “I have always believed that the Senate should give deference to the president to pick his Cabinet unless there is something disqualifying in a nominee’s background.”

As a member of the Judiciary Committee who participated in the Lynch confirmation hearing, Flake certainly knows that there was “something disqualifying” in Lynch’s background. It was her testimony under oath at the hearing.

She found President Obama’s legal justification for his illegal amnesty declaration “reasonable.” She refused to cite any limitation on prosecutorial discretion. She would not make a distinction between eligibility for a job between a U.S. citizen and an illegal immigrant. She refused to say if a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the IRS scandal.

Flake concluded his brief justification for supporting Lynch by stating that the Lynch confirmation meant that Eric Holder’s tenure at the Justice Department would now draw to a close. But at her confirmation hearing, Lynch refused to cite any meaningful way in which she would differ from Holder.

Then, in concluding his statement, Flake declared triumphantly: “Not a bad day in Washington.” Actually, it was a very bad day in Washington when ten Republican senators failed to honor their oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

Now Loretta Lynch will ratify every unconstitutional scheme hatched by Obama and Holder. She will serve as a lawless placeholder for the last 20 months of the Obama administration.

Jeff Flake could not explain his vote because it’s inexplicable. Legions of grassroots Republicans in Arizona will be disappointed and angered by Flake’s vote to endorse Obama’s lawlessness. They will not forget. Eventually they will have a rendezvous with Flake at the ballot box.

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Hillary Shocker: Clinton Foundation “SOLD” America’s Uranium Production to Russia! http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/hillary-shocker-clinton-foundation-sold-americas-uranium-production-to-russia/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/24/hillary-shocker-clinton-foundation-sold-americas-uranium-production-to-russia/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:15:21 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376564 IS THE CLINTON FOUNDATION A GIGANTIC MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION?

IS THIS THE STORY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WILL TRY TO MINIMIZE AND NOT REPORT?


Hillary Clinton’s campaign releases rebuttal to stories about her corruption and greed: “There isn’t a shred of evidence” they will assert.

That’s true. Not a shred . . .

A mountain.

A $140 million mountain that landed at the Clinton Foundation, courtesy of Vladimir Putin, who may have also sent along a bouquet of roses with the money transfers.

Team Hill shouts: “It’s ...]]> IS THE CLINTON FOUNDATION A GIGANTIC MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION?

IS THIS THE STORY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WILL TRY TO MINIMIZE AND NOT REPORT?


Hillary Clinton’s campaign releases rebuttal to stories about her corruption and greed: “There isn’t a shred of evidence” they will assert.

That’s true. Not a shred . . .

A mountain.

A $140 million mountain that landed at the Clinton Foundation, courtesy of Vladimir Putin, who may have also sent along a bouquet of roses with the money transfers.

Team Hill shouts: “It’s a RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY you hear! It is financed by the Koch Brothers!”

Sure it is.

Questions keep arising daily about the largest deposit-only ATM machine in the world: The Clinton Foundation.

Just as the Clinton Foundation is refiling its taxes for the last five years, possibly ten, after having been exposed, we hear that Hillary Clinton expects to raise an unheard record $2.5 billion for her presidential run. With new scandals hitting the headlines daily, the left is circling the wagons around Hillary in their best attempt to not report this story. What you’ll read next is about the woman the progressive left presents to the American people as its viable presidential candidate, the person who represents the political left’s values and principles.

Sources reveal allegations about the Clintons self-enriching through the sale of political influence at the expense of America’s national security. These recall  earlier stories now confirmed: the Clintons selling of missile secrets to the Chinese. Behind these curtain calls emerging chapters raise the curtains again to reveal how the largest North American uranium refiners’ executives brazenly funneled money to the Clintons and their cohorts (calling it “charity” and taking tax deductions for it) while enriching a potential enemy of the United States with billions.

This group of American and Canadian investors and executives first built, and then sold off to (whom Mitt Romney correctly identified during the presidential debates, as America’s primary nuclear-armed enemy), the Russians, the largest and most productive North American uranium mining enterprise.

The New York Times‘ headline:

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company

“The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.”

The Russians are the largest producers of uranium, and this multi-billion dollar deal that allegedly a former United States president and his now-candidate wife for the same office facilitated, will make Russia the owner of at minimum 20% of US uranium production. This is a national security matter that was approved by the State Department while Clinton was its chief.

The New York Times:

“Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation.”

In isolation this story would be mind-biggling and certainly would make Hillary’s presidential prospects charitably described, “unclear” if the mainstream media did its job. With all the other stories circling Clinton’s wife like vultures, it is explosive!

Consider: The US sells uranium to Russia which then sells it to Iran while The U.S. is negotiating the removal of uranium from Iran.

It’s been understood for years that the Clintons, who advised Obama during his presidency to do likewise, are above and beyond the law and human decency.

Impressively, Team Hillary went on the attack for earlier allegations of her bribe-taking, selling political influence, and funneling money to the Clinton Foundation, by attacking the character of Peter Schweizer, the author of the explosive new book that unraveled the Clintons’ activities. They then attacked the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy whom they blamed for their troubles, while not being able to rebut the content of the stories circling the media that some are, taking notice…this time.

She tells us “they” (the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy) have nothing else to talk about but me” – while not answering the charges. Meaning, that Hill and the appropriately-named Slick Willie had nothing to do with self-enriching themselves, but rather, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy had everything to do with it.

Narcissists to the core like their pal Barry Obama, the Clintons change the subject and always see themselves as the center of the universe.

“The New York Times’s examination of the Uranium One deal is based on dozens of interviews, as well as a review of public records and securities filings in Canada, Russia and the United States. Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.”…”the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.”

It gets worse, The Times continues:

“Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.”

The Clinton Foundation is now refiling its IRS returns for five years, possibly for ten, based on stories from the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, rather than their own misdeeds’ having been exposed.

“…shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.”

Considering the potential of Uranium 1, Russia may shortly own more than half of United States’ uranium production, courtesy of the Clintons who had made for themselves at least $140 million from the deal, with possibly more receivables on the way. The good news is, they are grooming daughter Chelsea for more of the same in the foreseeable future!

No words can soften the impact of this story that must leave readers as astonished and speechless as it has left this writer. Two words however will add to it, and only these two come to mind that the United States Justice Department and the US Congress will have to acknowledge. Reflecting on the historical record of the Clinton’s behavior, deceptions, subterfuge, lack of transparency, abuse of power, potential criminality, greed and their willful self-enriching at the expense of these United States, the two are:

Rico Act.

LINK to the NEW YORK TIMES

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FURTHER READING ABOUT HILLARY by Andrew Benjamin

HEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HEREHERE and HERE

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GOP Leadership Blocking Timely Religious Liberty Bills http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/gop-leadership-blocking-timely-religious-liberty-bills/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/gop-leadership-blocking-timely-religious-liberty-bills/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:30:00 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=375595 by Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review

Make no mistake about it; the GOP establishment does not stand for marriage or even religious liberty in any meaningful way – so long as it requires fighting the radical sexual identity movement.  And they only marginally stand for life. Case in point? Their effort to block conservatives from overturning the anti-religious bigotry on display at the D.C. City Council.

As we noted last month, Republicans have the opportunity to stand for religious liberty by overturning two laws ...]]> by Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review

Make no mistake about it; the GOP establishment does not stand for marriage or even religious liberty in any meaningful way – so long as it requires fighting the radical sexual identity movement.  And they only marginally stand for life. Case in point? Their effort to block conservatives from overturning the anti-religious bigotry on display at the D.C. City Council.

As we noted last month, Republicans have the opportunity to stand for religious liberty by overturning two laws passed by the D.C. local government. They can do so with a simple majority in both the House and Senate. We are constantly being entreated to the incessant excuses for why Republicans lack the votes to accomplish anything.  Here is a perfect opportunity to stand for life, traditional values, and just plain liberty without facing a Democrat filibuster.  In fact, aside from budget reconciliation, this is the only major initiative that can be sent to Obama’s desk with a simple majority vote.

Yet, GOP leadership will have none of it. 

What’s at stake?

In early March, pursuant to the 1974 Home Rule Act that granted D.C. a degree of autonomy in governing their affairs, the city council transmitted to Congress a pair of anti-religious-liberty bills for review.  The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA) would coerce all employers within the district to provide abortion-related coverage in their health insurance plans.  The Human Rights Amendment Act would require all private schools in D.C., including religious schools, to provide a platform to individuals or groups who wish to promote activities on their campus contrary to the school’s beliefs, such as ‘gay pride’ or ‘transgender day’ events.

On the one hand, these bills could be dubbed as anti-life and anti-traditional values respectively, but they are more than that –they plainly represent anti-liberty.  Most every Republican runs on traditional values and every Republican claims to support individual liberty.  But GOP leaders are essentially running out the clock on conservative efforts to overturn these flagrant displays of anti-religious bigotry.

On March 18, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), introduced a pair of joint resolutions to disapprove and nullify the D.C. laws –S. J. Res. 10 to disapprove of RHNDA and S. J. Res. 11 to disapprove of the Human Rights Amendment Act.  Congress only has 30 legislative days to countermand the laws, and the parliamentarians have set that calendar date at May 4.

Accordingly, Republicans have a unique opportunity to force a privileged motion on the floor that is not subject to a filibuster nor can be amended.  But time is of the essence.  Furthermore, these resolutions of disapproval can only obtain privileged status if they are passed out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and if the resolutions originate in the Senate first.

Sadly, the committee chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (70% C) has not scheduled a markup for either resolution all month, and there are only two weeks remaining.  Nobody in leadership is willing to touch these bills with a ten foot pole. They have all offered a torrent of excuses as to why they lack the time to conduct a markup and half-day floor consideration of the resolutions.  Evidently, confirming Loretta Lynch and passing the Corker ‘Democrat loin cloth Iran bill’ is of more importance, even though this is the only issue that has a definitive and pressing deadline – and can be sent to the president’s desk with just 51 votes.

Nobody ever assumed that Johnson would have the courage to stare down Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), his home state Democrat on the committee, with regards to the anti-religious bigotry of the sexual identity agenda, but the refusal to take up the pro-life bill is quite puzzling.

The situation in the House is only slightly better. Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark up the resolution (H. J.Res. 43) to disapprove of the anti-life RHNDA. After dragging their feet for weeks, it looks like leadership will allow the bill to come to the floor, knowing that the Senate has no plans to pass it.

They have absolutely no plans to bring up the companion resolution (H. J. Res. 44) to disapprove of the anti-liberty law forcing the sexual identity movement’s agenda on Catholic schools.

What message does that convey to the D.C. City Council? They will now be emboldened to persecute the plethora of conservative groups with offices in D.C. by passing laws forcing them to violate their conscious.

If Republicans have no intention to fight for religious liberty – much less social conservatism – at a time when it is under unprecedented assault, they should just be honest and open about it.  They should just amend the GOP platform to say: “Republicans will only push for life, marriage, and religious liberty to the extent Democrats are willing to cooperate.”  That way, conservatives can work to create a party that will actually fight for basic tenets of the Bill of Rights.

Daniel Horowitz is the Senior Editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.

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Video: Bret Baier Offers Clarity on #ClintonCash and Russian Uranium http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/video-bret-baier-offers-clarity-on-clintoncash-and-russian-uranium/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/video-bret-baier-offers-clarity-on-clintoncash-and-russian-uranium/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:43:20 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376614 All of the scandals are starting to blur together into one large, “how can she be the nominee?” scenario.  Bret Baier breaks it down in this summary, ahead of his exposé tomorrow:

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All of the scandals are starting to blur together into one large, “how can she be the nominee?” scenario.  Bret Baier breaks it down in this summary, ahead of his exposé tomorrow:

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The Rolling Stone Gathers No Facts http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/the-rolling-stone-gathers-no-facts/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/the-rolling-stone-gathers-no-facts/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:30:24 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=375568 When the Rolling Stone devoted a great deal of space to a cocked-up story about a gang rape that took place at a University of Virginia frat house, they had a pretty good idea it never happened. After all, they knew that the reporter had not spoken to anyone but the alleged “victim.” Even the Stone wouldn’t cover a traffic accident without interviewing those involved, the police and any eye witnesses. All of that is covered in the first week ...]]> When the Rolling Stone devoted a great deal of space to a cocked-up story about a gang rape that took place at a University of Virginia frat house, they had a pretty good idea it never happened. After all, they knew that the reporter had not spoken to anyone but the alleged “victim.” Even the Stone wouldn’t cover a traffic accident without interviewing those involved, the police and any eye witnesses. All of that is covered in the first week of Journalism 101.

However, all the rules are tossed out when the story involves any of the left’s favorite narratives. So if black hooligans riot, it’s reported as if it were an insurrection of slaves in 1850 Mississippi. If a white cop shoots a black thug, it’s reported as if it’s 1950 Mississippi. And if college boys are accused of rape, it’s assumed the rape actually took place, although even government statistics indicate that it’s just about as likely that the sex was consensual and that the coed woke up the next day, entertaining second thoughts.

Keep in mind I’m not diminishing the horror of rape. In fact, I have long proposed that actual rape, along with child abuse, would be a capital offense in a civilized society. That’s because it can never be defended on the grounds that a bank robber was merely trying to support his family, that a teenage car thief couldn’t resist showing off for his girlfriend or a killer was acting in self-defense.

A reader recently asked me why so many people, particularly Republicans, are so reluctant to refer to black-on-white or even black-on-black crime, but will leap at the chance to pretend that white-on-black crime is rampant in America. I replied that white people, politicians in particular, are terrified of being called racists. What makes their concern so peculiar is that no matter what they say or do, blacks and other liberals will always label them as such. As I see it, being someone that Obama, Holder or Sharpton, calls a racist is a commendation. But leave it to craven Republican politicians to worry about people who will never vote for them not voting for them!

Speaking of Democrats, they’re fond of repeating the mantra that all lives matter when expressing their solidarity with the likes of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, but suddenly when the victims are those not yet born, they don’t seem to matter quite so much. In fact, to listen to the head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, they don’t matter at all. As for Barack Obama, he made his own feelings clear when he was still taking up space in the Illinois legislature and voted to legalize the killing of those babies who survived a botched abortion.

I keep receiving messages from my readers insisting that Obama is a Muslim. As proof, they send me photos of him holding up his index finger as a symbol of solidarity with the followers of Islam. Or they’ll explain it’s why he is so reluctant to confront Islamic terrorists or to even call them Islamic.

I have no idea if he’s a Muslim. I don’t even care. How much worse would it make him? I mean, he attended Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years and listened to sermons damning America, white people, Jews and Israel. Would it really have been worse if he’d spent two decades attending services in a Chicago mosque?

Besides, he also refuses to confront Vladimir Putin. He won’t even supply Ukraine with arms so they can defend themselves against Putin’s aggression. Should we take that to mean that Obama was born in Minsk?

What I assume is that he inherited his father’s hatred of white people. Isn’t it enough that Obama despises America and has only contempt for those who gave us a Constitution that never mentioned the redistribution of wealth, and that he openly despises those Judeo-Christian values that inspired the Founding Fathers?

On April 15th, I happened to drive past a church billboard that read: “Thank you, God, that tax day is only one day a year.” If I hadn’t been running late, I would have stopped and pointed out to the resident minister that we live in California, where every day is tax day, thanks to Jerry Brown and his sock puppets in Sacramento.

Because I like to share other people’s observations nearly as much as I do my own, I thought it worthwhile to let you know that Anatole France once advised people to never lend books. “Nobody,” he pointed out, “ever returns them. The only books I have in my own library are those which people lent me.”

Speaking of books, Lily Tomlin once asked: “Why if you read a lot of books, you’re considered well-read, but if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well-viewed?”

Ms. Tomlin also wondered, “Why is it that when we talk to God, we’re said to be praying, but when He talks to us, we’re called schizophrenic?”

And, finally, Anne Lamott observed: “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”

I see her point. For my part, though, inasmuch as that happens to be my criteria for picking my friends, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be the same for my God.

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Video—Iranian Resistance Figure Mohammad Mohaddessin: Iranian Regime Is Weak http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/interview-with-iranian-resistance-figure-mohammad-mohaddessin-on-islamic-fundamentalism/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/interview-with-iranian-resistance-figure-mohammad-mohaddessin-on-islamic-fundamentalism/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:30:38 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376022

From the National Council of Resistance of Iran:

April 16, 2015 – First let me address the uprising of the teachers across the country. According to reports we received so far, since this morning teachers in 27 out of 31 provinces of Iran, including in Tehran, started demonstrations and protests. Teachers are an important part of the Iranian society numbering more than one million and covering 13 million students. They have widespread influence in the Iranian society.
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From the National Council of Resistance of Iran:

April 16, 2015 – First let me address the uprising of the teachers across the country. According to reports we received so far, since this morning teachers in 27 out of 31 provinces of Iran, including in Tehran, started demonstrations and protests. Teachers are an important part of the Iranian society numbering more than one million and covering 13 million students. They have widespread influence in the Iranian society.
Meanwhile labour strikes and protests also have taken new dimensions, covering large parts of the country.

These are clear examples of widespread dissatisfaction of the Iranian society and their demand to overthrow the religious fascism ruling Iran.

Result of the meddling of the Iranian regime in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen and the result of the Iranian nuclear projects has been poverty, unemployment, rocketing inflation, and the people want to stop them.

Today the world and especially our region is faced with a major disaster by the name of fundamentalism and Islamic extremism whose epicenter is in Tehran under the mullahs’ rule. The clerical regime has extended its interventions in recent years to Baghdad, Damascus and more recently Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. This interference is not limited to these countries and the apparatus of export of terrorism and fundamentalism to Palestine and other Arab and Islamic countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Afghanistan is actively working.

The main question here is how the international community can push back these interventions? Or should this situation be accepted as a bitter reality and recognize the hegemony of the religious fascism ruling Iran in the region?
My short answer is that we can push back the invasion wave of the regime in the region and free Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and other countries in the region from the regime’s occupation. And it costs far less than what it is thought. Iran’s regime is extremely weak and fragile.

The Iranian regime wants the international community to believe that Qods Force is strong and mighty.

The terrorist Qods Force is not a powerful and invincible army, as it is portrayed. This force has spread itself in the region only because of wrong foreign policies in particular of the US. Over the years no barrier existed against it except unarmed and defenseless people, and with the excuse of nuclear talks or fighting ISIS, this regime has been rewarded rather than being punished.

We have no doubt that if this regime is confronted with a firm policy, and if the international community and the countries of the region stand firm against the aggressions of this regime, the regime will necessarily withdraw to within the Iranian borders and then quickly will be overthrown by the Iranian people and resistance.

Over the past years, I draw your attention to four big and critical mistakes on Iran. These are factors for the current situation:

1- After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the first Gulf war in 1991 we declared that Islamic fundamentalism was the new global threat that would threaten peace, democracy, and security of the region and the world, and that its epicentre was in Iran. At the time, not only due attention was not given to this warning, but in the aftermath of the Soviet Union collapse and the Kuwait war, many of the western governments opened the door for the Iranian regime. On the opposite side, they put pressure on its opposition, i.e. the Iranian resistance, and labeled it as terrorist. At that time, the US State Department authorities officially considered the threat of fundamentalism that we were pointing out as exaggeration.

2- After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the danger of fundamentalism was clear for everyone. However once again, under the excuse that the perpetrators of September 11 were Sunni Muslims who had come from Arab countries, the heart of fundamentalism i.e. the clerical regime was forgotten and the Tehran regime continued spread of fundamentalism under the light of fighting Al-Qaeda and war with Afghanistan and Iraq.

3. The biggest mistake was that with the overthrow of the government in Iraq, the United States, rather than confronting the influence of the Iranian regime in Iraq, opened gates of Iraq to them and the spies, terrorists, and the mullahs flooded the country. The US also disarmed the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which was a strong politico-cultural obstacle against fundamentalism, and besieged it, and subsequently in 2009 handed over their protection to Maliki, who was a mercenary of the Iranian regime. Handing over Iraq to Iran by the US government was the world’s greatest political disaster in the past 50 years. The danger of Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq is a hundred times higher than the danger of a nuclear bomb.

4. Silence against the massacre of the Syrian people by Bashar Assad and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards that we are all familiar with.

If each of these errors did not occur, there is no doubt that the Iranian regime and the region were not in the current point, ISIS and Al Qaeda either would not have been formed or they would have been marginalized or small groups. Charlie Hebdo would not have happened. The Houthis would not have occupied Yemen. Situation in Libya and Palestine and other Islamic countries would have been different.

Development of a nuclear bomb is part of the regime’s policy for the export of terrorism and fundamentalism and a tool to exert hegemony over the region. Some people mistakenly think that a firm policy against the regime in the region will cause the regime to refuse to sign an acceptable agreement in the nuclear negotiations. But on the contrary, just when the regime advances in the region, it demands more concessions on nuclear, while the reverse is true as well.

The operation “Decisive Storm” was the first barrier against the regime. Our detailed information from inside the regime shows that in this case the regime was quite surprised and did not expect such a reaction.

If this coalition in Yemen continues, here is no positive scenario for the regime. That is why it seeks ceasefire with all its power to maintain part of its position in Yemen in order to be able to exert its domination in the next step. The situation would have been different if the regime was confronted in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Today I declare that the entire region, particularly Yemen, Iraq and Syria, is an interconnected whole. We should not be confined to Yemen, but the regime must be evicted from Syria and Iraq. In this situation the regime will be evicted from the whole region.

With the continuation of the coalition, the crisis within the regime will escalate. The mullahs have lost their potential. We should not compare this regime to that of Khomeini in 1980’s. Its capacity for loss is very low and its vulnerability is very high.

Let’s mention a few points about developments in Yemen within the regime:

• The regime has heavily invested in it over the past 25 years. The Qods Force has long been training the Houthis with equipped weapons, and both politically and strategically has followed their issues. The advances of Houthis from Saada toward Sanaa were completely planned and organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qods force.

• In the last year, Qods Force commanders were constantly traveling to Yemen and Houthis were present in Iran. In February 2015 a delegation of Houthis went to Iran and met with various organizations including the office of Khamenei, the Qods Force and other related organs. The issue of Yemen is under the auspices of Khamenei, and the Qods force follows this issue in direct communication with Khamenei. Many government agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are active in this regard but work under the auspices of the Qods Force.

• Based on the specific information of the Iranian resistance, Brigadier General Amiriyan is directly responsible for Yemen in the Qods Force.

• Following the start of the “Decisive Storm” operation and closure of previous means of aid to the Houthis, Tehran specifically has continued to help the Houthis in the following three areas:

1. Presence of the Qods Force commanders in the scene who are actually responsible for the planning and directing the Houthis.

2. Establishing the necessary communication systems such that the Houthis can communicate directly with the Qods Force in Tehran and get the direction and guidance from there.

3. Dispatching more commanders and force from the Lebanese Hezbollah to help Ansarullah (Houthis): Given the intensification of war and confrontation, the presence of Iranians (specifically non-Arab forces) in Yemen has become more difficult, therefore, the focus has been on the deployment of members of Hezbollah who can maneuver and operate better than the Iranians given the current situation.

• Inside the regime, while all of the regime leaders such as Rafsanjani and Rouhani condemn the coalition and the Decisive Storm following Khamenei, and use the strongest terms against the Saudi government, but every day that passes, the differences and divisions within the regime about the performance of Khamenei and the Qods Force in Yemen increase and even within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, there are protests about this issue.

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Woman on Welfare Wants Taxpayers to Pay for $15,000 Wedding, Being A Bride Is A ‘Basic Human Right’ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/woman-on-welfare-wants-taxpayers-to-pay-for-15000-wedding-being-a-bride-is-a-basic-human-right/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/04/23/woman-on-welfare-wants-taxpayers-to-pay-for-15000-wedding-being-a-bride-is-a-basic-human-right/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:30:21 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=376079 First, the story:

Anna Broom has been on welfare since she was 19-years-old since she was deemed too overweight to work. In total, she has collected over $149,000 in benefits but says that simply isn’t enough as she now wants taxpayers to pay for a dream wedding costing $15,000. Broom claims that being a bride is a “basic human right” and that she is entitled to a “‘traditional English wedding and party in a castle.”

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Anna Broom has been on welfare since she was 19-years-old since she was deemed too overweight to work. In total, she has collected over $149,000 in benefits but says that simply isn’t enough as she now wants taxpayers to pay for a dream wedding costing $15,000. Broom claims that being a bride is a “basic human right” and that she is entitled to a “‘traditional English wedding and party in a castle.”

The Daily Mail reports that Broom, from Kent in Southeast England, is requesting that her “dream wedding” be paid for as a “basic human right.” However, Broom isn’t requesting just any old wedding. Instead, the blushing bride says she wants a traditional English wedding complete with a party in a castle. Her request includes funds for the church ceremony, a designer dress, champagne and even a horse and carriage. In addition to the elaborate wedding, Broom also wants an extra $3,000 to cover a honeymoon in Mexico.

Broom says she is too overweight to work, but that she has a basic human right to be a bride and that means a large traditional wedding. Broom goes on to say that being a bride will increase the prospect of getting a job as it will boost her confidence.

The middle part of the story, which you should also read, is the tragic tale of how she was passed over for a promotion in favor of a “skinny blonde” and was so demoralized that she began bulking up on a surfeit of bon-bons, thus rendering her unemployable.  Now we are supposed to feel sorry for her and pony up the dough for the dream wedding she “deserves.” (On some basic level, I do feel sorry for her, but her attitude makes it difficult for that feeling to extend as far as it otherwise might.)

While most who hear her bizarre expectations are rightly seized with a shudder of revulsion at the lazy, self-pitying, where’s-my-hasenpfeffer sense of entitlement on display, she is actually right about one thing: Being a bride is a human right!

Choosing a consenting mate, sanctifying a union with that mate, and celebrating it however you’d like are all human rights. So is not working and eating lots of candy. You have a right to do all these things, and many more. In fact, your rights are theoretically infinite, save where they directly encroach upon the equal rights of others.

What is NOT a human right, however (*drum-roll, please*) is . . .

FORCING ANYONE ELSE TO PAY FOR IT.

For the love of crumbcake, when will our civilization get that, once and for all?!

Now, to cleanse the palette a bit . . .

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