I think I am pretty good at writing topical material, even on short notice. I just happened to see that this contest was on Infowars.com the day it was due. The background is that Hillary Clinton called on The Laugh Factory to remove video of comic making fun of her. Odly she has pretended to believe in freedom on the internet. So Alex Jones put out a challenge with a prize of $5,000 first place for a video up to five minutes long making fun of Shillary. With ten hours to whip something together I wrote a pretty good set of jokes and filmed this bit. Hope somebody can get a few laughs out of it, even if I do not win the contest.
A new book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” exposes a tendency for large amounts of cash paid to the Clinton's who then seem to have made decisions benefiting the sources of the money. Of course with the two-party system construct the Clinton's and allies can write off the book as a right-wing attack. This is pretty goofy in the sense that the political spectrum is so narrow in the pro-wrestling-ish drama of politics today. They are all part of the political wrestling business where they do not attempt to actually hurt one another, nor do they openly admit their scheme to anyone outside the circle.
Historically, “Of the 13 [Bill] Clinton speeches that fetched $500,000 or more, only two occurred during the years his wife was not secretary of state.” Bill Clinton made $13.3 million for speeches in 2011 alone. The article also notes ties with the conflict in Ukraine:
from 2009 up to 2013, the year the Ukrainian crisis erupted, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which is headquartered in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, calling into question whether the donations were an attempt to curry favor from the US State Dept. Several alumni of oligarch Pinchuk's program have already graduated into the ranks of Ukraine’s parliament, while a former Clinton pollster went to work as a lobbyist for Pinchuk at the same time Clinton was working in government.
Another unusual example cited Hillary changing her position as Secretary of State on Columbia, after millions of donations to the Clinton Foundation from a Columbian oil-company she changed her positions and supported a US-Columbia trade deal. Another layer of questionable practices came from McClatchy noting Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates gave $40 million in donations to the CF. All of those countries are involved with terror funding and human rights violations. The Wall Street Journal reported $68 million in CF donations from "elite donors with close ties to foreign governments and state-run companies while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state."
How do these practices not appear to be a payoff to a member of the existing government mafia? The CF is revising its policies in the midst of this press fallout which is a clear admittance of questionable practices that a unlikely to do anything to retroactively remedy those donations. It will be useful funds in Hillary's second run for president, just one layer of the unfair competition in US elections.
If you are interested check out this old school character Norman Dodd who discussed revelations he had as director of research for the thwarted attempt at a congressional investigation into the activities of tax-exempt foundations.
This rather lengthy article, "The Case Against Rahm," chronicles a well-sourced history of apparently quite corrupt actions under the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Rahm and his friends have been lining their pockets with public money while doing a crap job at whatever service they are supposed to provide for the city. The recipients reciprocate by stuffing cash into Emanuel's campaign funds.
Magic Johnson has a cleaning company with an $80 million contract, pretty funny coming from a guy who got AIDS, and no surprise the schools are disgusting. The company gave to a summer jobs program and tax write-off $10 million and donated a quarter million dollars to Rahm's campaign.
Another somewhat clear political circle-jerk is seen in the management of the cities billion of dollars in pensions. Managers of one firm have given a half million dollars to Rahm's campaign efforts. This breaks Rahm's own rule against taking money from city contractors and the Securities and Exchange Commission rules against bribing public officials.
Why stop at pensions? The Chicago Public School system is over a billion dollars in the hole and a $20 million no-bid contract was given for the purpose of helping school principals. One board member of CPS appointed by Rahm tripled their CPS contracts with companies they own. One board member started discounting bills to less than $25,000, the ceiling at which board approval is needed. Shady?
There are a few other examples of poor manage but I will skip to Rahm's reduction of the police force budget by $190 million, a 25% reduction in detectives and the resulting massive drop in solved cases from 70% in 1991 to 30% today.
Great article subtitle, "People Will Pay a LOT of Money to Live Near the Money Spigot." DC is apparently the most expensive city in the US.
This is my response to an article on Reddit, How the GOP stopped caring about you:
Virtually none of either party care about any of us, these partisan articles are pretty stupid. For instance, the Young Turks break down how members of Congress can't even eat a normal lunch since they are obligated to raise money like whores from their corporate elite pimps by doing their dirty work. This commentary arose from Seth Rogan testifying before a virtually absent committee:
The GOP is just the bad side in a soap opera only if you want to pretend you enjoy freedom. Vice Versa if you want to pretend you only care about big business. Everyone has the same core desires and needs and it is a shame we are pitted against each other in an elusive duopoly.
Bill Hicks said it best "I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking":
Huey Long, the assassinated governor of Louisiana also put it great. Look this guy up if you haven't heard of him. The movie All The Kings Men was based on his character but I believe the crisis he rode a political wave on was the perceived deliberate flooding of poor neighborhoods to save rich white elite property in New Orleans:
"The rich fat cats that are drowning you will do it again and again and again. They lead you into imperialist wars for profit, they take away your schools and your hope and when you complain, they blame Blacks and Jews and immigrants. Then they push your kids under. I say, Kick'm in the ass and take your rightful share!"