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Archive for April 23rd, 2015

The Middle East & other national security issues with Barry Jacobsen

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GUEST:  Barry Jacobsen, blogger and military historian…..we will look at the Middle East crisis…..ISIS in Iraq and Syria…..the implosion in Yemen…..Israel in the middle of the regional crisis…..……Saudi Arabia…..US ships heading to Yemen… update on the war on terror………Jordan and other friends in the region….Russia selling missiles to Iran….the Iran nuclear deal……….

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April 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

RIP: James Venture, 93, Dies; Resistance Fighter Survived Nazi Death Train.

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April 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Melanie Sturm: Our era of reputational beheadings

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April 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm

The Clintons and their “conflicts of interest”

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Let’s hope that the Clinton defenders catch up with reality.     The Clinton Foundation was a “cash machine” for the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign.  

It was also a conflict of interest, as reported by The New York Times:

“American political campaigns are barred from accepting foreign donations.

But foreigners may give to foundations in the United States. In the days since Mrs. Clinton announced her candidacy for president, the Clinton Foundation has announced changes meant to quell longstanding concerns about potential conflicts of interest in such donations; it has limited donations from foreign governments, with many, like Russia’s, barred from giving to all but its health care initiatives.

That policy stops short of Mrs. Clinton’s agreement with the Obama administration, which prohibited all foreign government donations while she served as the nation’s top diplomat.

Either way, the Uranium One deal highlights the limits of such prohibitions.

The foundation will continue to accept contributions from foreign individuals and businesses whose interests, like Uranium One’s, may overlap with those of foreign governments, some of which may be at odds with the United States.”

The moral of the story is that former presidents should not go around the world soliciting money, specially if they are married to the current Secretary of State who is planning to run for president.

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April 23, 2015 at 9:30 am

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1564: We believe that William Shakespeare was born today

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We say happy birthday to the great British author:

“According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564.

It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn.

Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known, however: it was April 23, 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before.”

Well, let’s wish him a happy birthday!   

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April 23, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Maybe the Nisman murder will inspire the next great tragic tango from Argentina

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(My new American Thinker post)

Let me tell you about tango, the dance of Argentina.  The songs are passionate.  The lyrics are always about intrigue, heartbreak, and those things in life that no one can understand.

It won’t be long before the tragedy and heartbreak of Mr. Nisman’s death becomes another tango.

This week, the murder of Alberto Nisman took a rather intriguing turn.  This is from Jonathan Gilbert:

A criminal case against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner seemed to dissolve Monday when a federal prosecutor dropped accusations that she and her foreign minister had conspired to shield Iranians suspected of planning the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center here.

The prosecutor, Javier de Luca, said in a court document that there was no crime on which to base an investigation. The case had been brought by another prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, who died of a gunshot wound to the head hours before he was to present his findings before Congress.

Mr. Nisman, who had conducted a lengthy inquiry into the bombing, which killed 85 people, charged that Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite movement, carried it out and that Iranian officials planned and financed it. In a criminal complaint, Mr. Nisman said that an agreement between Argentina and Iran to expedite the investigation into the bombing was actually the veneer for a secret deal in which Argentina, under the orders of Mrs. Kirchner, promised to absolve former Iranian officials accused of masterminding the attack. 

In exchange, Mr. Nisman wrote, Iran would send oil to Argentina to ease its crippling energy deficit.

The bombing case remains unresolved.

And the murder of Mr. Nisman will remain unresolved, too.

Fausta’s Blog reported that the dismissal came on the day that Mr. Nisman’s mother filed a writ before the Supreme Court to keep her son’s complaint afloat.  She also posted that the prosecutor, a man with strong connections to the Fernandez presidency, argued that the negotiations between Iran and the president’s inner circle cannot be considered a crime since conspiracy is not included in the Argentine Penal Code.

The dismissal of Mr. Nisman’s case is an insult to the intelligence of every citizen of Argentina.  It is also another dagger in the heart of the rule of law.  It is shocking!

I can understand now why our friends in Argentina are so cynical when it comes to politics. 

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April 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Maybe the Nisman murder will inspire the next great tragic tango from Argentina

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April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am