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Hillary Clinton’s email scandal: media bias and the fall of a candidate

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

UPDATE: “Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides … Prosecutors also are expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself …”

“… the [Washington] Post summation makes clear that the mainstream press had almost nothing to do with uncovering the truth or advancing the story [of Hillary's email scandal]. …

So says Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) in an erudite op-ed headline story entitled “Clinton Email Scandal: How A Biased Press Tried To Ignore It.” Is it acceptable — even surprising — for many mainstream media titans to have willfully attempted to manipulate the outcome of a U.S. presidential election? Obviously, it is not acceptable — and I see more bias in “journalism” now than I ever have in my life. If Hillary Clinton were an average American, i.e., not a member of powerful dynastic family nor a former holder of high office, she would have already been indicted for damaging national security — at least have been forced to withdraw her candidacy for the U.S. presidency. (Our current two-party system has created many obstacles to prevent “little” or “average” people from getting anywhere near a position in high public office.) IBD editors paint a detailed, sordid, and well-documented portrait of America’s news media blatantly clearing a path for Hillary, whom they knew was and is most likely a felon, to become President of the United States:

… No one reading the [Washington] Post’s 5,000-word account can come away thinking that the Clinton email scandal is unimportant.

The FBI now has 147 agents chasing down leads. A key person involved in the scandal has been granted immunity. Hillary Clinton — who has already been caught in several lies — might be questioned by federal agents. There are fairly obvious violations of the law, even if it’s just those governing record-keeping. And there were, and continue to be, concerns that national security secrets were compromised, or at least casually disregarded. …

IBD does rightfully credit the Washington Post for reporting so thoroughly on Clinton’s flagrant flaunting of national security protocols. IBD itself appears 5th in a list of the “Top 5 U.S. Daily Newspapers with Paywalls” and 11th in a list of the “Top 25 U.S. Daily Newspaper Digital Editions.” We do thankfully still have at least some semblance of a free press. It is ironic that most media bias is driven by a philosophical/political agenda or plain greed, and is generally not a result of government coercion.

Hillary’s ability to, at least so far, walk on water is a symptom of the sad state of affairs in American politics: 1) too many citizens have disengaged from voting and grassroots activism, willfully or passively shirking their civic duty to protect democracy; and, 2) because citizens have disengaged, the U.S. has developed a professional political elite class, beholden mostly to the lobbyists with the fattest wallets and seeking to stay in office forever. George Orwell concluded his brilliant treatise Animal Farm with these words (you can read the whole book here):

… All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. … Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

As a nation, we’ve allowed some citizens to be more equal than others. We’ve allowed certain power-hungry individuals to obtain much more control over fellow citizens than our Founders intended (“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”). Letting another Clinton walk upon water would be an enormous mistake and would set a very undemocratic precedent. But there still may be hope.

Our national government still has some checks and balances. When Hillary and then-Senator Barack Obama were vying against each other for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, the two candidates and campaigns often traded vitriolic and acrimonious barbs. These solar system-sized egos bruise easily. Hillary has often distanced herself from Obama during the current 2016 race. The FBI is currently conducting a large-scale investigation of Clinton. As headlines continually announce new revelations of Hillary’s alleged crimes, the pressure will mount on the White House to steer clear of meddling with the FBI’s investigation:

A former U.S. attorney predicted this week that Hillary Clinton “will not make it to the finish line” in 2016 because she will soon be facing a criminal indictment from the FBI. During an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Tuesday, famed attorney Joseph DiGenova said that the FBI has “reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff” and predicted that it would come to a head “in the next 60 days.”

DiGenova, who rose to national prominence during the Clinton scandals of the ’90s, told Ingraham that if Attorney General Loretta Lynch refuses to indict Clinton, there will be a “massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an Attorney General.”

FBI Director James Comey has not indicated when his agents will wrap up their months-long probe into Clinton’s possibly illegal “homebrew” email server, but during a Senate hearing last month, he said the FBI doesn’t “give a rip about politics” and that President Obama has not been briefed on the investigation.

DiGenova said that the FBI already “has so much information about criminal conduct by her and her staff that there is no way that they walk away from this.” …

Hillary’s “Emailgate” is ethically too big to sweep under the carpet. Will it be too big politically to sweep under the rug?

Yes, many Americans are plain stupid about sharia law

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

“Sure, why not?” So happily blurt several California WOMEN about the possibility that Hillary Clinton would allow the imposition of (Stone Age) Muslim “law” in the U.S. I’ve watched the video shown below several times… None (none) of these people even know what Islamic sharia law means (misogyny, hatred, violence, intolerance). The interviewees feel an intense need to show that they are “progressive.” They don’t want to admit that they don’t know what they’re talking about (except for one, but she caved eventually). Too many people have succumbed to complacent ignorance, group-think, and/or the constant deluge of misinformation produced by the mainstream media, academia, the elite political class, social institutions… It’s really scary to see such blatant foolishness — especially watching WOMEN mindlessly accepting sharia, a belief system much of which is dedicated to misogyny. Note: According Pew Research (2015), Americans “know little or nothing about Islam.” Ignorance is not bliss. Sharia law is antithetical to all liberties that sane, common-sense Americans hold dear.

Sign Petition: Block President Obama’s Nominee for the Supreme Court

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

ONE-CLICK: ACT NOW TO Block President Obama’s Nominee for the Supreme Court. Fill in your name, email, zip, and let Heritage send this message to your senators. This country is so out of balance, the last thing we need is a Supreme Court hell-bent on “progressive” judicial activism. We need a balance of powers.

The Constitution just says that the President, “by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Judges of the supreme Court…” Note that regarding the Constitution, “There’s no timeline nor guideline for how to hold confirmation proceedings. The Constitution doesn’t even say how big the court needs to be…” Now let’s refute all the Democratic Party’s bullying (nonsense) as to why Republicans must obey “King” Obama.

How about “Flashback: Senate Democrats in 1960 pass resolution against election-year Supreme Court recess appointments” … or … “Democrats’ behavior in 1987-88 — when they engaged in shameful character assassination against Robert Bork … one of the most consequential triumphs of Senate obstructionism in our lifetimes”? How about “Joe Biden in 1992: No nominations to the Supreme Court in an election year” … and finally, “FLASHBACK: In 2007, Schumer Called For Blocking All Bush Supreme Court Nominations”?


Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


Take 1 minute to fill out a short form and click — or instantly get your House rep’s phone number and talking points. Letter text is already there and your message will be automatically routed to your senators and House rep. You can customize the text all you want or write your own letter. I’ve provided multiple links so you can pick and choose which organization’s form to use. There is very broad opposition to TPP/TPA/fast-track (Trans-Pacific Partnership/Trade Promotion Authority) spanning the political spectrum. This is a chance for good American citizens of all stripes to come together and do the right thing.

Do you want to let President Obama sign a “largely secret” [1] trade deal that will eliminate “millions of good jobs,” [2] give “the President More Power,” [3], increase “Trade Deficits,” [3], surrender American sovereignty, [3] allow “currency manipulation,” [3] and allow increased immigration [3] (ON TOP OF OBAMA’S AMNESTIES)? Many polls confirm Americans’ strong opposition to TPA/TPP, [4][5][6] and some House Republicans are taking note. [7]

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a sweeping international regulatory agreement that effects everything from the environment and energy to the minimum wage, food and immigration. If approved, it would have the force of a treaty. Its regulations would override U.S. law and the White House would not be obligated to follow any directives Congress offers on what those rules should look like.” [1]


Fill in your info and click the orange “ADD YOUR NAME” button (


Scroll down and click on the red “Take Action” button (you’ll be prompted for your zip code and then provided with your House rep’s phone number and talking points/script (Eagle Forum):


Enter your zip code and press the “Submit” button (Citizens Trade Campaign):


Scroll down to “Compose Your Own Message,” enter your zip code, and click the “Submit” button (Consumer Action):


Infosys Fine Highlights Needed Immigration Reforms

Monday, November 4th, 2013

By John Miano,

Infosys has agreed to pay a record $34 million dollar fine for visa abuse. Infosys was circumventing the H-1B quota by bringing foreign workers in under B visitor visas instead. Such foreign workers have to return home every few months to renew their visas.

This is a very common practice throughout the industry — and it is not just the Indian companies that are doing it. When I worked for the now-defunct American company Digital Equipment, they were doing the exact same thing.

Here are some points that this raises:


Immigration Policy Decision-Making by Insulated Decision-Makers

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

By David North,

The elite establishmentarians who make immigration policy — senators, foundation heads, ranking federal officials, corporate CEOs, and their ilk — are totally out of touch with the mass of Americans who are impacted by those policy decisions. And the former’s mas-migration decisions reflect this.

The policymakers’ kids and grandkids, of course, do not compete with international migrants for jobs at the bottom of the labor market. Likewise, the policymakers typically do not experience first-hand the impacts of over-population by, say, riding the New York subways.


Prelude to the Boston Bombings

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

by Dawn Perlmutter*

On September 11, 2011, three lifelong friends—Brendan Mess, age 25, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37—were brutally murdered in Mess’s apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts. The graphic crime scene was discovered in the early afternoon of September 12, 2011, by Mess’s girlfriend, who ran screaming from the apartment. The victims had been dragged to three different rooms and killed there. Their bodies had multiple stab wounds; their throats were slit from ear to ear with such force that they were nearly decapitated, and their mutilated corpses were covered with drugs and money. In addition to the seven pounds of marijuana found on their bodies, $5,000 in cash was left at the scene. Two of the three victims were Jewish, and several sources have identified all three victims as such.[1]


I grieve for the Naval Yard victims, but I must act now to protect gun rights

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families and friends of those lost to the senseless mass murder at the Washington Naval Yard on Tuesday. But I must grieve briefly because the power-mongers of our nation will use this tragedy to try to take away our guns even though guns would’ve stopped yesterday’s slaughter. The massacre happened at a military installation. If our good people in the U.S. military were allowed to carry their sidearms, yesterday’s evil murder-spree would’ve been stopped almost instantly. (If you’ve read enough, ACT NOW.) It’s almost incomprehensible, but:

… Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones. …

Do we take away carpenters’ hammers while they’re putting up a new house? Think about this:


Tell your House rep to de-fund Obamacare quickly and easily

Saturday, August 24th, 2013


NAGR Wins Legal Battle Over Right to Carry

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is proud to report that a federal judge in Denver ruled on Thursday that it was unlawful for the U.S. Postal Service to ban firearms in their parking lot.

“The federal judge made the right decision in recognizing Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” said Dudley Brown, Executive Vice President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “It’s a shame we have to go to court to protect our right to bear arms, but we will fight every time the government attempts to infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”


Second Amendment Supporters’ Toolkit

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

This article contains all the tools you need to protect the right to bear arms. Even though gun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment of our great Constitution, gun owners are continually besieged by those looking to dis-empower good American citizens. As gun owners, we must be ever vigilant, constantly reminding our elected representatives that our Constitution guarantees our right to bear arms — and guarantees our right to choose the firearms and accessories we deem necessary to defend ourselves, defend our democratic way of life, and defend our right to use firearms for sport, collecting, and hobby. The only way for us to protect the Second Amendment is to be engaged in our nation’s democratic process. We must be well-educated in the legal history of American gun ownership — like the unabashed support our Founding Fathers held for gun rights. We must stay up-to-date on current proposed legislation affecting gun ownership. We must contact our elected representatives regarding specific legislation. We must also occasionally remind our representatives of their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. Finally, we must support and vote for candidates or existing representatives who have a proven track-record of upholding Second Amendment rights. Use the links below to get and stay active in protecting the right to bear arms — you’d be surprised how effective you can be by becoming a grassroots activist:


Tell your senators to vote NO on immigration amnesty bill S.744!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

PLEASE ACT NOW! using the links below as the Senate is voting on the immigration amnesty bill, possibly the most wide-ranging piece of nonsensical legislation proposed in decades. The bill puts amnesty first and border security last (if ever). Tell your senators to vote NO on S.744! It will just take you a couple of minutes. (For information to present to your senators, see below.)

Senate Bill S. 744 is a piece of legislation that will destroy the American dream. Among its many heinous provisions are that it will grant amnesty to 11 – 20 million illegal immigrants, grant amnesty to “employers found to have employed illegal aliens or who are currently employing illegal aliens,” cost American taxpayers $6.3 trillion when our country is already drowning in debt and unemployment is high, take away jobs from Americans already struggling to find work or who are under-employed… This piece of legislation has been cobbled together using the old smoky backroom deal-making tactic. The devastating impact of S. 744 is summarized here, here, here, and here. You can use these links to learn about the immigration amnesty bill, find out why you must oppose it, and arm yourself with facts to present to your elected representatives when contacting them. PLEASE ACT NOW!

Bloomberg’s money loses to grassroots citizen activists on gun control in Nevada

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, billionaire, desiring to rewrite the constitution, and countrywide buttinski suffered a major “gun control” loss on Thursday in Nevada. He and his pet group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), “spent hundreds of thousands of dollars” to buy passage of the Nevada state legislature’s bill SB 221, another dangerous piece of gun control legislation dressed up to look palatable by applying the innocuous-sounding “background check” label to it. Bloomberg lost, and lost big-time, not because of a paid opposition wading in money, but because of a viral grass-roots effort organized by average Americans provided with information by several pro-Second Amendment advocacy groups. Bloom-baby: Money can’t buy you love.

New York City’s mayor plays machine politics, thinking that his billions can be used to buy the hearts and minds of American citizens. Bloomberg is thinking top-down. He is “a founding member of the group” MAIG, so how could this group be a spontaneous offspring of concerned citizens? He’s paying mercenaries to pursue his own agenda, and the ethics of his money-pump are being investigated by Judicial Watch. He and his allies immediately concluded that the ricin-tainted letters sent to him were an effort to stop his anti-gun crusade, but the truth behind the story was that some pathetic has-been actress decided to throw a tantrum and frame her soon-to-be ex-husband. Bloomberg’s efforts are not grassroots, while the opposition to his recent Nevada campaign was grassroots.


Portman Takes on Gang of Eight’s Flawed Version of E-Verify

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

By Jerry Kammer,


Press attention on yesterday’s Senate debate has focused on the battle over the amendment proposed by John Cornyn to tighten border security metrics. It is an important discussion that will continue for some time. But I was more impressed with the strong performance of Ohio Republican Rob Portman in exposing the problems with the Gang of Eight’s proposal for a new E-Verify system.


The Price of Justice for a Raped Pakistani Girl

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

by Phyllis Chesler

The American government has just gone into the anti-honor-killing “business.” Given my extensive academic and legal work documenting and opposing honor killing, I support this venture. I do find it a bit odd that the U.S. Consulate in East Jerusalem has just launched such a campaign–but for Palestinian women only.

I have written about honor killing among Palestinians and among Israeli Arabs; I also interviewed Palestinian feminist Asma Al-Ghoul about how she was fired and then arrested for her anti-honor-killing advocacy both in Gaza and on the West Bank. Thus, I favor some U.S. intervention in the matter.