by Brent Scher • Washington Free Beacon
The reelection campaign for Bernie Sanders spent more than $400,000 to travel on private jets during the midterm elections, Federal Election Commission filings show.
The Washington Free Beacon first reported on Sanders’s use of private jets in 2017 after he disclosed a payment of just under $40,000 to Apollo Jets, a New York-based company “dedicated to providing a luxury flight experience.” The campaign stepped up its use of private planes in the campaign’s final weeks, spending $297,685 with Apollo Jets for a nine-state tour at the beginning of October.
The campaign’s latest filing, submitted to the FEC late last week, shows an additional $6,772.50 payment to Apollo Jets on October 30, bringing Sanders’s total spending on private air travel to $403,024 for the midterm cycle.
Sanders’s extensive use of private jets on the campaign flies in the face of his rhetoric on climate change, which he views as the “single greatest threat facing our planet.” The transportation industry is viewed by many, including Sanders, as a major environmental culprit, given the volume of emissions produced by aviation. Continue reading
PBS covered the Republican convention for three hours of prime time on Monday night, in association with its pubcasting buddies at NPR. But they were allergic to showing any Hillary-scandal films that were offered on the convention floor. As a mini-documentary ran about Benghazi, PBS anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff clumsily talked over it, and NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson had a wide-eyed freakout at what she claimed was a historically “intense animus” against an opposing candidate.
GWEN IFILL: Mara Liasson, why is it that this Benghazi episode gets so much attention? Why does it resonate, as it is tonight with the crowd?
MARA LIASSON: This is something that really for a lot of Republicans, and Hillary Clinton opponents, kind of crystallizes the worst thing about her, that she caused the deaths of these, of these soldiers and other personnel. I don’t know if Mark remembers a time when so much intense animus has been directed at the opposing candidate. This strikes me as being pretty intense. Continue reading
Where’s the outrage over the Clinton Foundation’s wage gap?
By Peter Roff • USNews
On a day when most every media outlet in the country is giving its full attention to the Donald Trump/Paul Ryan summit, out comes a report from The Daily Caller that should be of interest to anyone following the financial dealings of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Apparently the former and potentially future first couple “received at least $100million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic president candidate Hillary’s claim she can carry out independent Middle east policies.”
It’s a revelation that won’t shock anyone. The Clintons are notorious for doing a cash-only business, as just about everyone knows. No one cares – though they should – whether a “pro quo” went along with the “quid” as the funds were being raised. Continue reading
by Matt Barber • Townhall
What was President Obama’s immediate and instinctive response to this month’s Islamic terror attacks in Paris? Did he offer prayers for the families of the slaughtered and vow to wipe out the global cancer that is Islamic Jihad? Did he pledge to come alongside France and work with our wounded European ally until every last Islamic State barbarian is wiped from the face of the earth?
No, America’s eunuch-in-chief preened like a petty peacock, mocking and berating the very Americans he’s sworn to protect and serve. He stated – vomiting the word “Christians” with sanctimonious disgust – that there will be no “religious litmus test” on Syrian refugees, while hypocritically employing a religious litmus test of his own that favors Muslims over Christians by a rate of 97 to 3 percent. Continue reading
Although the Obama administration currently refuses to temporarily pause its Syrian refugee resettlement program in the United States, the State Department in 2011 stopped processing Iraq refugee requests for six months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered evidence that several dozen terrorists from Iraq had infiltrated the United States via the refugee program.
After two terrorists were discovered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2009, the FBI began reviewing reams of evidence taken from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that had been used against American troops in Iraq. Federal investigators then tried to match fingerprints from those bombs to the fingerprints of individuals who had recently entered the United States as refugees: Continue reading
But now he says it would be “un-American.”
by Hannity.com Staff
President Obama has offered some heated rhetoric in response to suggestions that the U.S. might want to reconsider it’s policy as it concerns accepting refugees from Syria. The president has called Republican plans to put a hold on accepting Syrian refugees a “potent recruitment tool” for ISIS and “un-American.”
Just today, the President tweeted out:
Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do.
By Shawn Macomber • Lawfare Tyranny
As he awaits his fate at the hands of Dutch immigration authorities, Mathieu Ngudjolo — the first person acquitted of crimes against humanity charges by the International Criminal Court — has given a fascinating interview about his nearly five years imprisoned at the Hague wherein he discusses his bafflement at his charges (“There were people who were much more powerful. The leader of the FNI, [Floribert Ngabu] even testified as a witness, but no charges were brought against him. The Congolese president [Jospeh Kabila] was never indicted either,”) his daily activities (case-building, tennis, football), the strange bedfellows an international prison makes (“When I arrived in 2008 it was calm because there were not many people. Lubanga and Charles Taylor [ex-president of Liberia] were there already; Jean-Pierre Bemba [ex-vice president of the DRC] and others came later. But there were no problems at all. Never. At night we all had dinner together”), and a host of other interesting tidbits.
What’s most surprising, however, is Ngudjolo’s undeterred support for the Court (!):
I still support the court. The world needs a strong ICC and I’m the first one to back it. But currently it is not functioning well. We need people and politicians who support it so the court can prosecute everyone. At the moment many people are not prosecuted for political reasons.
Here are three thoughts on the epic understatement, “currently [the ICC] is not functioning well”:
قمنا من قبل بالإشارة لظاهرة ممارسة بعض الدول لمفهوم تسليط العدالة الدولية على الغير و أستثناء أنفسهم منها. هذه الظاهرة تلازم المناداة بتدخل المحكمة الجنائية الدولية. و ما حدث هذا الأسبوع لا يعتبر أستثناءً للقاعدة.
أولاً، قامت برس تي في (أول قناة إيرانية للأخبار العالمية تبث الأخبار باللغة الأنجليزية على مدار الساعة) ببث التالي:
في قمةٍ يوم الأربعاء في طهران جمعت آية الله صادق أمولي لاريجاني بأعضاء سامين من السلك القضائي، قام الأول بالتعبير عن أسفه فيما يتعلق بالقصف على اليمن، البلد الفقير، ذاهباً إلى أن التدابير التي أتخذتها المملكة (العربية السعودية) في اليمن ترقى إلى منزلة جرائم الحرب حسب ميثاق روما المؤسس للمحكمة الجنائية الدولية.
و أردف: “المسؤلون السعوديون يجب مقاضاتهم في المحكمة الجنائية الدولية كالقادة النازيين.”
و المثير للغرابة أن إيران أختارت أن لا تصادق على ميثاق روما و ألا تنضم إلى صفوف رادعي النازييين الجدد هؤلاء. و في الحقيقة، يقول المستشار القانوني لرئيس المحكمة الجنائية الدولية حيراد أبتاحي ، الجمهورية الإسلامية (إيران) “لها موقف متردد إزاء ميثاق المحكمة الجنائية الدولية يتأرجح ما بين التأييد المتحمس و التشكيك الصريح.” –تأرجح يصعب معه معرفة ما إذا كانت المحكمة تسعى وراء صديق لإيران أو عدو لها.
و في غضون ذلك في كينيا، كان نائب الرئيس الكيني وليام روتو “السياسي الوحيد في هذه البلاد الذي أستثني من لقاء وزير الخارجية الأمريكي جون كيري.”
و أيضاً، حسب مصادر دبلوماسية، فإن روتو من غير المرجح أن يلتقي بالرئيس الأمريكي باراك أوباما عند زيارته لموطن أبيه الراحل بسبب التهم المتعلقة بالجرائم ضد الإنسانية التي وجههتها له المحكمة الجنائية الدولية…
بينما كان الرئيس الكيني يلتقي بوزير الخارجية جون كيري، كان روتو يقوم بتدشين فعالية للإحتفال باليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة بالفندق العالمي بنيروبي.
التقرير أيضاً إحتوى هذه الجزئية المثيرة:
من المثير للسخرية في نفس الآن أن نائب الرئيس روتو هو من أستقبل الرئيس الأمريكي السابق بيل كلينتون و إبنته تشيلسي في مطار جومو كينياتا الدولي يوم الجمعة من الأسبوع الماضي.
و هذه لعبة التقرب من كلا الطرفين الكلاسيكية لكلينتون.
و لكن هل تريد أن تعرف ما هو المثير للسخرية بحق؟ أن إدارة الرئيس الأمريكي أوباما الغارقة بصبيانية في حب توجهها العصري العالمي و التي لم تظهر مقدار ذرة من الإهتمام بجعل نفسها –أو قواتها التي تستمع المحكمة بالتقرب منها من أجل إرضاء أربابها- تحت رغبة المحكمة، تنهق بشكل شديد العلانية منذرة بعقاب الآخرين ممن وقعوا في مرمى تصويب المحكمة:
قبل الإنتخابات الرئاسية الكينية في العام 2013، حذرت القوى الغربية بإشارات قوية من إنتخاب إثنين من المشتبه بهما يواجهان خطر المثول للمحاكمة في المحكمة الجنائية الدولية و حذرت من الامر سيكون له “عواقب” بالنسبة للبلاد دولياً.
و قال مساعد وزير الخارجية الأمريكي لشؤون أفريقيا في ذلك الحين جوني كارسون: “إن للإختيارات عواقبها.”
هنا إحدى الأشياء التي يبدو أن حكومتي إيران و الولايات المتحدة تتفقان عليه: ما يناسب الأوزة ليس مما يناسب ذكر الأوز عندما يتعلق الأمر بالمحكمة الجنائية الدولية.
By Shawn Macomber • Lawfare Tyranny
We’ve noted previously the hammer-of-international-justice-for-thee-but-not-for-me phenomenon that seems to go hand in hand with pleas for International Criminal Court intervention, and this week has provided no exception to the rule.
First, via PressTV (“the first Iranian international news network, broadcasting in English on a round-the-clock basis”), comes this nugget:
At a Wednesday summit with high-ranking judiciary officials in Tehran, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani voiced regret over the bombardment of the impoverished country, saying the monarchy’s measures inside Yemen amount to war crimes according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
“The Saudi regime’s officials should be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court like Nazi criminals,” he said.
And yet curiously Iran has chosen not to ratify the Rome Statute and join the ranks of these supposed neo-Nazi slayers at the Hague!
Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian
by Lachlan Markay • Washington Free Beacon
A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president of a London-based investment firm whose president until recently chaired the board of the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft.
In addition to those roles, Hoskins is a director at a company called Klein Ltd. No one knows where that firm’s money comes from. Its only publicly documented activities have been transfers of $23 million to U.S. environmentalist groups that push policies that would hamstring surging American oil and gas production, which has hurt Russia’s energy-reliant economy. Continue reading
Shadowy donor club to shield donor names, internal deliberations from public view
by Lachlan Markay • Washington Free Beacon
The Democracy Alliance says opacity in political funding and the influence of “big money” is corrosive to the democratic process, but the group currently discloses nothing about the hundreds of millions of dollars it steers to leading liberal and Democratic organizations. Continue reading
by Mark Steyn
On his radio show the other day, Hugh Hewitt caught me by surprise and asked me about running for the United States Senate from New Hampshire. My various consultants, pollsters, PACs, and exploratory committees haven’t fine-tuned every detail of my platform just yet, but I can say this without a doubt: I will not vote for any “comprehensive” bill, whether on immigration, health care, or anything else. “Comprehensive” today is a euphemism for interminably long, poorly drafted, and entirely unread — not just by the people’s representatives but by our robed rulers, too (how many of those Supreme Court justices actually plowed through every page of Obamacare when its “constitutionality” came before them?). The 1862 Homestead Act, which is genuinely comprehensive, is two handwritten pages in clear English. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is 500 times as long, is not about patients or care, and neither protects the former nor makes the latter affordable.
So what is it about? Continue reading
Shortly after a crazed gunman opened fire on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and almost two dozen others in the immediate area, the mainstream media and the professional Left began to blame conservatives for creating a climate of anger and hatred. We did not even know the gunman’s name or even if there were co-conspirators, but the Left went into full spin mode to blame, not the gunman, but conservatives. Politico reported that a “veteran Democratic operative” advised President Obama “to deftly pin this on the tea partiers.” This blame game is stunningly dishonest and shockingly opportunistic and cynical. Continue reading