Category Archives: Politics

Questions for Hillary Clinton About Her Emails?

The press goes easy on her, asking softball questions when she’s on talk shows, but she does make it hard for any journalists who take their jobs seriously to ask questions. She hasn’t had a real press conference since early December 2015. But, if they were to get the chance, what are the questions we want to hear the candidate asked that the media just aren’t asking?

A State Department Inspector General report on Clinton’s use of a private server for government business was released recently. It found that use was a violation of policy.

We have some questions for Secretary Clinton about the report. Let’s start with who was using the private server and for what purpose.

  1. Have you read the report?
  2. Have you discussed it with your staff?
  3. Which staff members had an email address on your private server?
  4. Did they use that email address for government business?
  5. Did they also use those email addresses for State business? (Emails that would not necessarily be preserved as required by law.)

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Candidates Schedules?

Trying to find when and where you can see your favorite (or least favorite) candidate? These sites list candidate events.

Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders

Donald Trump

Ted Cruz

John Kasich

Reasons People Like Donald Trump?

1. He says what they can’t say. Even when he’s too extreme, it’s still refreshing to hear someone who doesn’t care about being politically correct. He’s not afraid of controversy…maybe even craves it.

2. He would have to do better than what we’ve had lately.

People watch the news about migrants in Europe – closing the Chunnel between France and England – or setting their own tents on fire in Slovenia.

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The current administration’s failed policies in Syria have played a big part in forcing these people to leave their homes. What would Trump have to do to screw up more than this? We were promised “smart diplomacy” that would bring the world back to our side. Instead we got failure in Iraq, an increase drone strikes, and inept negotiations with every country from Russia to North Korea.

3. He’s a leader. People want to hear him tell the Republican establishment politicians, “You’re fired!” Okay, so he can’t actually fire them, but he won’t put up with their bullshit either.

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4. He builds things – buildings, a TV show, a business empire, a fortune. Politicians like to tell us about “evil rich” people who are keeping us from getting our share of the pie. Yeah, the economy isn’t a pie. There’s not a limited amount of wealth available. Your neighbor’s success doesn’t prevent you from succeeding. If anything, government regulations that protect established businesses at the expense of entrepreneurs do that.

Chicago Trump building photo

There are only a few candidates that have been successful in the private sector. (None of the major Democratic candidates can claim this.) Other notable candidates that have done this are Dr. Ben Carson, who was raised by a single mother in Detroit and grew up to become a neurosurgeon. At age 33, as the director of pediatric neurosurgery, he was the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history.

Another candidate that has been successful in the business world is Carly Fiorina. She was AT&T’s first female executive officer and then went on to be CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

5. He’s like a character in Arrested Development.

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Top Legal Blogs?

October 5 was the first Monday in October and that means that mans the Supreme Court of the United States has finished their summer recess.

SCOTUS Blog does one thing – it’s all Supreme Court, all the time. It’s pretty comprehensive and even has a section to describe the cases in plain English for those of us who don’t speak legalese.

If you just want brief summaries of what’s happening, you can follow their Twitter feed.

Wall Street Journal Law Blog: Supreme Court covers news stories relating to the Supreme Court. The WSJ also has sections for news stories about Law School (Currently – Scores on this year’s bar exam may be the worst in decades), Constitutional law (Wisconsin Court says sex offenders can photograph children in public), Lawyers and Law Firms (New York weighs plan to let foreign attorneys practice in the state), State Legislation (In Ohio, residents fight for the right to mow), and Intellectual Property (Restaurants can finally sing Happy Birthday, To You without worrying about hefty royalty fees. Servers who are tired of singing “fake” birthday songs rejoice. And hope this means bigger tips.)

Find Law: Supreme Court of the United States This section of their site is meant for legal professionals but it’s not that hard to follow for anyone interested in the Court’s goings-ons.

If you’re in a SCOTUS mood now, here’s the trailer from the 1981 movie, First Monday in October. It’s about a fictional first female justice on the Court. The movie had been planned for release in February 1982 but President Ronald Reagan, the first of his name, appointed the actual first female Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor on July 7, 1981 so the movie release was moved up to August 1981.

Now that we’ve had our break, time to move on to some general legal blogs.

Above the Law offers insider comments on current legal events.

American Constitution Society posts news stories related to Constitutional law. It’s a good way to get insight that the TV News talking heads won’t provide.

Overlawyered is published by the Cato Institutue, a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.

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And here are some that focus on specific subjects:

Cruise Law News It offers breaking news with legal commentary on what’s happening in the cruise ship industry.

Dashboard Insights covers the auto industry and its unions.

All About Advertising Law is a mystery. I feel like the title is trying to tell me what it’s about. I think that after decades and decades of potentially getting all my ad media via subliminal messaging, the title is too straightforward for me to understand.

Trademarkology covers trademarks and branding with a touch of humor.

Art Law Report covers law relating to museums and visual arts.

BeLabor the Point is about employment law. Some of the weirdest stories (short of Florida Man news stories) are here.

Election Law Blog so you can enjoy the sometimes important, sometimes petty legal wranglings of politicians trying to decide how they will let you exercise your voting rights.

There are a lot of others. If you have a favorite, whether it’s general law or just about criminal law that happens on Thursdays in the Florida Panhandle, leave me a link and if I like it, I’ll add it to the list.

Songs Used by the CIA for Enhanced Interrogation (Torture)?

Any parent of toddlers will tell you that these first two are a given. When my kids were little there was just VHS tapes so I had a few seconds of sanity while the tape rewound where I could pray for the tape to break or jam so I didn’t have to hear it for the hundred and eleventith time that day. Now with all of the digital delivery systems (Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV…) that can be set to repeat ad infinitum, I don’t know how parents stay sane. Turn off the router, maybe?

The Barney Theme Song

Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination
And when he’s tall
He’s what we call a dinosaur sensation.

The Sesame Street Theme Song

Everything’s a-okay
Family, neighbors, friends
That’s where we meet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?

And there were a couple that made sure to let the terrorist know just who they had pissed off.

America by Neil Diamond

Everywhere around the world
They’re coming to America
Ev’ry time that flag’s unfurled
They’re coming to America!

American Pie by Don McLean – It’s not the song that’s torture, it’s that they refused to explain the lyrics.

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Stayin’ Alive the theme to Saturday Night Fever by The BeeGees.  If it were me being interrogated, I would tell them everything they want to know just to make the disco music stop.

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm, I’ve been kicked around
Since I was born.
And now it’s all right. It’s OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times‘ effect on man.

Some of them don’t seem that offensive on the surface. Babylon by David Gray, for example. Nice easy melody and it seems that the Babylon reference might inspire nostalgia and give them some resolve not to talk. On the other hand, dude, you’ve been blind and a fool.

Friday night I’m going nowhere
All the lights are changing green to red
Turning over TV stations
Situations running through my head
Looking back through time
You know it’s clear that I’ve been blind, I’ve been a fool
To open up my heart to all that jealousy,
That bitterness, that ridicule.

Or Raspberry Beret by Prince. Such an upbeat song about a woman who dares to show her skin! And hair!

She wore a
Raspberry beret
The kind you find in a second hand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her.

They mixed in some metal for a nice contrast. Songs like Fuck Your God by Deicide. I’m not including any of the lyrics because you can’t understand them! It seems like any metal song would work as well, unless they told them the title. That’s what I’d do. Play this song and say, “This is called Fuck Your God.” Then I’d play a bunch of different metal songs and say that all of them are called Fuck Your God.

Other artists who made the CIA playlist include AC/DC. Eminem, Dope, Metallica, 2Pac (Tupac), Christina Aguilera, Rage Against the Machine, and Matchbox 20.

I don’t know how much thought the CIA put into this list but I do know that they’ve been out done by a couple of 11-year-old boys.

Or would have been out done if it weren’t for this..I am linking to it against my better judgement. Imagine hours of hearing that and only that.

Favorite Foods of the Past Five Presidents?

When Barack Obama was asked by a child what his favorite food is, he said it was broccoli. I don’t want to say the man’s lying to a child, but, really? Out of all the foods out there, that is his favorite? I like broccoli, but it’s still way down on the list of favorites.

He enjoys cooking chili and getting carry-out from Italian Fiesta Pizzeria (presumably not at the same time, he’s no Clinton, after all.) According to White House staff, he likes salmon and favors Polynesian dishes (no surprise from someone who grew up in Hawaii!)

George W. Bush likes chicken pot pie and biscuits. One of his favorite meals in the White House combined two of his other favorites, Cheeseburger Pizza. And like any good Texan, he favors Tex-Mex cooking. He frequently had huevos rancheros for his Sunday morning breakfasts.

Cheeseburgers are a favorite of Bill Clinton along with enchiladas, barbecue, most of the McDonald’s menu, and desserts (which may or may not include interns.)

George H.W. Bush liked to snack on pork rinds with Tabasco sauce which is a nice low carb snack, but on the other hand, he also likes his wife’s chocolate chip cookies. I couldn’t find much about the 41st president’s food likes but there was one thing he made clear, he does not like broccoli.

When Ronald Reagan was president, it was well-known that he kept a jar of jelly beans on his desk (he preferred the licorice.) He also liked macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, well-done steak, and monkey bread.

Reagan and Bonzo