Saturday, September 15, 2007

Flower power on the campaign trail

The Norman Hsu story just won’t go away and gets stranger as it unfolds.

After finding out the Hsu got much, most, maybe all the money he was throwing at a variety of democrats (Hillary’s campaign got more than all the rest by far – (See Note 1) So far, Hillary has pledged (make me gag) to return, first Hsu’s direct contribution of $36,000, and now the bundled money ($850,000)) we learned that the person it came from, Joel Rosenman, was who put on the Woodstock Music Festival. So what, right? It was interesting as an aside; but now I’ve learned that Hillary had attached an earmark on some bit of legislation that gave $1,000,000 of your money to build a Woodstock Museum! (See Note 2)

That doesn’t even make sense though, does it? The guy coughed up $40 million to get one back? It’s like the more I hear about all this the less sense it makes.

Now, after Hsu ran out on a million dollar bail fifteen years ago, and two million dollars a week ago, some judge wants to “see if five million will hold him” (That’s what the judge said). Let me guess... No? He bilked Rosenman of $40M and it seems that there may an additional $30 million+ from other people caught-up in his new Ponzi scheme. ( So, you tell me, with $70+ million of other people’s money to play with, will he willingly go to jail in order to not forfeit $5 million that wasn’t his to start with? Would you?

Surely he has over $60 million stashed away somewhere… OK, he’s throwing it around, after $7 million in bail, a couple million in ‘donations’, a million here and there to things like ‘The New School’ in New York and other such things, like living large, so maybe he’s down to his last $50 million (poor baby). Suicide, indeed (or as it’s being called, Hsu-icide); he’s trying to find a way out of the country that doesn’t involve the obvious checkpoints (from where he was). He took a train from CA to Chicago – how hard is it to cross into Canada from that vantage point? He wouldn’t even have to show his passport driving across (not till June 2009). Once in Canada his US passport would easily get him to China or anywhere. Where is all that money now? That’s what I’d like to know. (That and how can I get my hands on it? LOL)

Of course Hillary knew nothing about any of this; how could she, right? Well, she has Secret Service protection and they run background checks on everybody that comes into contact with her; that’s one way… That begs the question of why they didn’t turn Hsu in from the start, doesn’t it? Surely they knew he was a fugitive, no? Hell, folks, you can’t take more than $4,999 in cash out of the bank without filling out Federal forms demanding to know why you need that much cash; and this guy dumps nearly a million dollars on Hillary’s campaign and nobody asked where the money came from or who Hsu was? (Sounds like something off of a Chinese menu – Who Hsu Was in Spicy Sauce. LOL

Ol’ hubby, Bubba, is in charge of those Secret Service guys; does that have anything to do with the answers to those questions? How many millions did he (presumably) have to return from his campaigns over the years from sources ‘he knew nothing about’? (“You could have knocked me over with a straw.” – that from a man who doesn’t know the meaning of ‘is’ or what ‘sex’ means. … and couldn’t remember having sex “with that woman, Monica Lewinski”! (I never knew a man who forgot a blowjob – but that’s not ‘sex’ right?))

Who knew Hsu and when did they know it? Why in the hell would Hillary give your money away to build a Woodstock Museum? (What would be in a Woodstock Museum? An x-rated casino? Isn’t there one of those in the Clinton Library and Massage Parlor?) The main question is, why would anybody vote for such an obviously corrupt, hedonistic, egocentric, self-absorbed, paranoid, politician with delusions of grandeur? (Personally, I like my corrupt politicians a little more discrete about their shenanigans!) Really now, they do the same things, over and over, learn nothing of a positive nature, and think that makes them savvy enough to be President (again)? Come to think of it, it does, doesn’t it? They may do the same things time and again but they get away with them time and again; so why not? No doubt they have the right to laugh their sick, twisted asses off at the people who continue to support them; after all, who are the stupid ones?

PS: I wrote the above yesterday but neglected to post it. Good, now I won’t have to send a second one with newer information just printed in the New York Post: …even their style rivals my own. That article concludes with the following (emphasis mine):

“…You might have thought that Hillary's intimate knowledge of that scandal-plagued cash drive would have prompted her to avoid "bundlers" like Hsu.
If so, you would be wrong.
Last June, when the California Democratic Party passed on concerns that Hsu was involved in shady business, Hillary's finance director responded: "I can tell you with 100 [percent] certainty that Norman Hsu is NOT involved in a Ponzi scheme. He is COMPLETELY legit."
It then emerged, of course, that Hsu had been a fugitive for 15 years on charges of defrauding investors. He promised to surrender, failed to do so, then got nabbed after having some sort of breakdown on a passenger train.
Clinton's campaign insists that Hsu fell through the cracks of a faulty computer search (though reporters checking the same database found records of a bankruptcy filing, multiple lawsuits and links to possible criminal cases).
And her campaign chairman - Terry McAuliffe, known for his methodical courtship of big-money sources for Bill and Hillary - is pleading ignorance, telling The Washington Post, "I don't know how [Hsu] became involved."
This, despite reports that Hillary told her top finance aides to carefully vet big-money people - so as to avoid anything that would conjure up bad memories of Clinton-Gore '96.
But as one unnamed major fund-raiser told The New York Times: "The Clintons are the ultimate pragmatists in who they hang out with. If you can be useful to them, they will find a way to make it work."
That explains why Team Hillary turned a blind eye to Norman Hsu.
But what about Sandy Berger?
Probably just nostalgia.”

The bottom line, though, is why should she act differently? What she learned was that there are no consequences, none, zero, zip, nada. Charlie Trie, et al were only embarrassments to Clinton’s campaign, he was elected regardless of all of them. Why not take a chance if there is nothing to lose and everything to gain? Wouldn’t we all?

Sandy Burger got his wrist slapped for stealing and destroying National Security documents right out of the National Archives; Scooter Libby’s life was left in shambles for being confused about phone calls three years past in an investigation over absolutely nothing. There’s the difference between the Clintons’ and the rest of the world. For ‘Team Billery’, nothing ventured, nothing gained, with nothing to lose.


The following pieces are off of the Rush 24/7 website. They are followed (there) with links to the news stories from where the information was extracted.

Note 1: “More Democrats announced yesterday that they would dispose of funds that Mr. Hsu gave or raised, including Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York ($25,000), Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts ($35,000), Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu ($11,700), Montana Sen. Jon Tester ($4,750), Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill ($20,700) and Pennsylvania Rep. Joseph Sestak ($2,500).”

Note 2: Yesterday, during our excursion into broadcast excellence, we had a big story from the Wall Street Journal detailing where Norman Hsu (Hsu Xiao Ling) got his money, $40 million. Where did he get it, and how did it end up with the Clintons? We know how it ended up with the Clintons and the Democrat Party. But where he got it was from a guy named Rosenman who is now a financier on Madison Avenue in New York, and it turns out that Rosenman was one of the guys who founded, and orchestrated, and put on Woodstock in 1967 at Max Yasgur’s farm. I got an e-mail yesterday afternoon after the program that said, “Do you realize that Mrs. Clinton has proposed that Congress pay or spend one million dollars to build a Woodstock museum?” You know, Mrs. Clinton is running around like she didn’t know who Hsu is and she didn’t know where Hsu got his money. She has no idea about this. She’s totally surprised. So I read this e-mail with a lot of interest. Well, my gosh, here’s a connection, if she’s authorizing a million dollars spent for a Woodstock museum! So I looked it up. We did Nexis research, ladies and gentlemen, and have two stories to report to you. The first is from the Des Moines Register July 4th of this year.

“A tax-cut group Tuesday took aim at a bill sponsored by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, questioning use of federal money for a Woodstock music festival museum, an online herbarium in New York, and a canoe-making program in Hawaii. Those projects are among more than 1,000 so-called ‘earmarks’ in a spending bill overseen by [Harkin] chairman of an appropriations subcommittee. ... Another earmark highlighted by Americans for Prosperity was $1 million for the Museum at Bethel Woods in New York, which according to its Web site seeks in 2008 to interpret the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. The money was requested by two New York senators, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer.” Then the Jawa Report on July 17th of this year: “Hillary/Schumer want $1 Million For Hippie Museum -- How many Troops will have to go without supplies, armor or food because Hillary and Schumer want to fund a church to hippies? ‘The grassroots free-market group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today released a list of Senate earmarks slated to be included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. The 1,016 earmarks total nearly $392 million, and include millions for questionable projects such as $1 million in tax dollars for a museum dedicated to recreating the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival...”

Now, you may be thinking, “So what, Rush?” Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve warned you I can’t tell you how many times: Nothing that happens with the Clintons is a coincidence. So we can spend all afternoon connecting the dots, or we can suspend disbelief, and we don’t have to spend all afternoon connecting the dots. Here you have this guy Rosenman who started Woodstock, who somehow gets in business with Hsu. He gives Hsu $40 million for what turns out to be a fraudulent investment scheme. He’s now trying to get the money back. Hsu ends up doing whatever with the money, but some of it ends up back to Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats at large. Mrs. Clinton said, “I had no idea who Norman Hsu is! Our vetting process totally broke down. I had no clue. We’re shocked and we’re stunned,” and blah, blah, blah, blah. But there is that $1 million earmark for a Woodstock museum. By the way, folks, remember all of the whining and the moaning and the complaining when that bridge in Minneapolis took the dumper? “We don’t spend enough on infrastructure in our country! We are falling apart! We gotta get people out of Iraq!” Yet we have $1 million for a Woodstock museum, ladies and gentlemen?

Best regards,
Ichabod Crane

There is a virtuous fear which is the effect of faith, and a vicious fear which is the product of doubt and distrust. The former leads to hope as relying on God, in whom we believe; the latter inclines to despair, as not relying on God, in whom we do not believe.Persons of the one character fear to lose God; those of the other character fear to find Him.--Pascal

“Democracies are most commonly corrupted by the insolence of demagogues.” —Aristotle

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” – Marcus Aurelius

Veritas vos Liberabit!

God Bless America, we need it!


Jim Baxter said...

Every September, I recall that is more than half a century (62 years) since I landed at Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division in the original occupation of Japan following World War II. This time every year, I have watched and listened to the light-hearted "peaceniks" and their light-headed symbolism-without-substance of ringing bells, flying pigeons, floating candles, and sonorous chanting and I recall again that "Peace is not a cause - it is an effect."

In July, 1945, my fellow 8th RCT Marines [I was a BARman] and I returned to Saipan following the successful conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa. We were issued new equipment and replacements joined each outfit in preparation for our coming amphibious assault on the home islands of Japan.

B-29 bombing had leveled the major cities of Japan, including Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Tokyo.

We were informed we would land three Marine divisions and six Army divisions, perhaps abreast, with large reserves following us in. It was estimated that it would cost half a million casualties to subdue the Japanese homeland.

In August, the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima but the Japanese government refused to surrender. Three days later a second A-bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The Imperial Japanese government finally surrendered.

Following the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese admiral said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant..." Indeed, they had. Not surprisingly, the atomic bomb was produced by a free people functioning in a free environment. Not surprisingly because the creative process is a natural human choice-making process and inventiveness occurs most readily where choice-making opportunities abound. America!

Tamper with a giant, indeed! Tyrants, beware: Free men are nature's pit bulls of Liberty! The Japanese learned the hard way what tyrants of any generation should know: Never start a war with a free people - you never know what they may invent!

As a newly assigned member of a U.S. Marine intelligence section, I had a unique opportunity to visit many major cities of Japan, including Tokyo and Hiroshima, within weeks of their destruction. For a full year I observed the beaches, weapons, and troops we would have assaulted had the A-bombs not been dropped. Yes, it would have been very destructive for all, but especially for the people of Japan.

When we landed in Japan, for what came to be the finest and most humane occupation of a defeated enemy in recorded history, it was with great appreciation, thanksgiving, and praise for the atomic bomb team, including the aircrew of the Enola Gay. A half million American homes had been spared the Gold Star flag, including, I'm sure, my own.

Whenever I hear the apologists expressing guilt and shame for A-bombing and ending the war Japan had started (they ignore the cause-effect relation between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki), I have noted that neither the effete critics nor the puff-adder politicians are among us in the assault landing-craft or the stinking rice paddies of their suggested alternative, "conventional" warfare. Stammering reluctance is obvious and continuous, but they do love to pontificate about the Rights that others, and the Bomb, have bought and preserved for them.

The vanities of ignorance and camouflaged cowardice abound as license for the assertion of virtuous "rights" purchased by the blood of others - those others who have borne the burden and physical expense of Rights whining apologists so casually and self-righteously claim.

At best, these fakers manifest a profound and cryptic ignorance of causal relations, myopic perception, and dull I.Q. At worst, there is a word and description in The Constitution defining those who love the enemy more than they love their own countrymen and their own posterity. Every Yankee Doodle Dandy knows what that word is.

In 1945, America was the only nation in the world with the Bomb and it behaved responsibly and respectfully. It remained so until two among us betrayed it to the Kremlin. Still, this American weapon system has been the prime deterrent to earth's latest model world- tyranny: Seventy years of Soviet collectivist definition, coercion, and domination of individual human beings.

The message is this: Trust Freedom. Remember, tyrants never learn. The restriction of Freedom is the limitation of human choice, and choice is the fulcrum-point of the creative process in human affairs. As earth's choicemaker, it is our human identity on nature's beautiful blue planet and the natural premise of man's free institutions, environments, and respectful relations with one another. Made in the image of our Creator, free men choose, create, and progress - or die.

Free men should not fear the moon-god-crowd oppressor nor choose any of his ways. Recall with a confident Job and a victorious David, "Know ye not you are in league with the stones of the field?"

Semper Fidelis
Jim Baxter
WW II and Korean War

Job 5:23 Proverbs 3:31 I Samuel 17:40

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I am proud to have your comments on my blog-site, sir. Semper Fi, indeed!
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