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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bill Clinton Created Shell Company So Hillary Wouldn't Have To Report Income In Financial Disclosure

Bill and Hillary Clinton used a legal loophole to avoid reporting some of their income on Hillary's financial statements.  The latest  financial report on Hillary and Bubba does not include a shell company "with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services"

The company  WJC, LLC, (WJC=William Jefferson Clinton) has no financial assets, and no employees Hillary Clinton's campaign was not obligated to report its existence officials with Bill Clinton's private office and the Clinton campaign told the Associated Press

Those officials told the AP that the WJC was a "pass-through" company designed to channel payments to the former president.
While Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches have provided the bulk of the couple's income, earning as much as $50 million during his wife's four-year term as secretary of state in the Obama administration, the former president has also sought to branch out into other business activities in recent years. Little is known about the exact nature and financial worth of Bill Clinton's non-speech business interests.

The identities of several U.S and foreign-based companies and foundations that Bill Clinton worked for have been disclosed in Hillary Clinton's recent financial report as well as in earlier reports during her stint as secretary of state.

Under federal disclosure rules for spouses' earned income, Hillary Clinton was only obligated to identify the source of her spouse's income and confirm that he received more than $1,000. As a result, the precise amounts of Bill Clinton's earned income from consulting have not been disclosed, and it's not known how much was routed through WJC, LLC.

WJC, LLC was set up in Delaware in 2008 and again in 2013 and in New York in 2009, according to documents obtained by The AP. The company did not appear among holdings in the Clintons' financial disclosure released last week or in previous Hillary Clinton disclosure reports between 2008 and 2013, when she resigned as secretary of state. Bill Clinton signed a document as its "authorizing person" in a corporate filing in Delaware in 2013.

(...)The purpose of Bill Clinton's U.S.-based company was not disclosed in any of the corporate filings in Delaware and New York, but State Department files recently reviewed by the AP show that WJC, LLC surfaced in emails from Bill Clinton's aides to the department's ethics officials.

In February 2009, Clinton's counselor, Douglas Band, asked State Department ethics officials to clear Bill Clinton's consulting work for three companies owned by influential Democratic party donors. Memos sent by Band proposed that Bill Clinton would provide "consulting services regarding geopolitical, economic and social trends affecting the entity and philanthropic opportunities" through the WJC, LLC entity.
It’s unclear how much money was routed through the company and into former President Bubba's pockets, or what speeches or consulting work was directed that way, though the Associated Press found mentions of the company in emails between his aides and State Department officials in which they sought approval for him to consult for companies of a trio of major Democratic donors.
None of the proposals detailed how much Bill Clinton would be paid.

While Hillary Clinton's 2011 federal disclosure report did not mention WJC, LLC, it reported that Bill Clinton received "non-employee compensation over $1,000 from Teneo," but did not disclose a more precise amount. Federal disclosure rules require the spouses of filers to disclose the identity of any income sources over $1,000, but they do not have to provide exact figures.
Don't be surprised if the media doesn't pay the same attention to the Clinton shell company as they did to the the Romney one that  became an issue in 2012 when:
Republican candidate Mitt Romney disclosed a private equity entity worth $1.9 million despite failing to report the company on his previous federal disclosure. Romney aides said the company previously held no assets but then received the $1.9 million "true up" payment — a catch-up payment to make up for private equity fees from defunct investment advisory businesses that had not been previously paid.
While this process and shell company are entirely begs the question what are they hiding? Was it simply not wanting to seem too wealthy and out of touch just like the Democrats did with Mitt Romney? Or are they hiding something even more nefarious?  Who knows-- it's a secret.

Hezbollah Has Human Shields, Tunnels, And Missiles In Place For Summer War With Israel

The reports keep coming...Hezbollah is gearing up for war against the State of Israel.

Back in January Former Israeli National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, outlined the threats to the Jewish State from non-state entities in a report released by the Begin Center for Strategic Studies ​ (BESA). The most serious existential threat to the Jewish State by non-state entities is the terrorist group Hezbollah, with 150,000 missiles, which according to the General is a “rare and substantial firepower apparently even exceeded the firepower possessed by most of the European states combined.” After having been accustomed to a situation in which large regular armies with armor, artillery, hundreds of aircraft and thousands of troops were arrayed on Israel’s borders, there can be no doubt that Israel has moved into a different world.

Since then there has been an onslaught of reports that Hezbollah empowered by the successful Iranian negotiations against an impotent Barack Obama was planning to use those missiles against Israel.

Variations of this story have been bouncing around for the last few weeks. Two weeks ago there were major recent pieces in the New York Times and Associated Press, where journalists got to look at IDF aerial photography showing that Hezbollah has moved the vast majority of its military infrastructure into Shiite villages. They've taken that arsenal of up to 150,000 rockets including Burkan rockets with half-ton warheads, ballistic missiles including Scud-Ds that can hit all of Israel, supersonic advanced anti-ship cruise missiles, anti-aircraft assets, drones and mini drones, tunnels, etc. - and embedded it across hundreds of villages and probably thousands of homes.

The Iran-backed terror group has the ability to saturation bomb Israeli civilians with 1,500 projectiles a day, every day, for at least 100 days. They will try to bring down Tel Aviv's skyscrapers with ballistic missiles. They will try to fly suicide drones into Israel's nuclear reactor. They will try to detonate Israel's off-shore energy infrastructure. They will try to destroy Israeli military and civilian runways. And - mainly but not exclusively through their tunnels - they will try to overrun Israeli towns and drag away women and children as hostages. Israeli casualties would range in the thousands to tens of thousands.

And know the American media and President Barack Obama as well as Israel's supposed allies in Europe will find a way to blame Israel for the attack and (God forbid) the Israeli casualties.

This weekend's round of stories actually came from Hezbollah's side. As-Safir - a Lebanese daily and a major Hezbollah mouthpiece - published a series of puff pieces about how Hezbollah has turned all of southern Lebanon into a vast military complex.
Hezbollah has built a vast network of advanced tunnels along the border with Israel for use in a future war, using them to conceal tens of thousands of rockets aimed at the Jewish state, a Lebanese newspaper with ties to the Lebanese terror group reported on Friday.

In a series of articles published over the weekend, the daily As-safir examined Hezbollah’s preparations for war against Israel, painting a picture of a military force highly prepared for conflict, both in terms of equipment and of infrastructure.
It should be noted that As-safir, a mouthpiece for the Shiite organization, is neither an objective nor necessarily a credible news source. So there is a bit of bravado on their reports.
According to the reports, based on a tour of Hezbollah facilities given to the newspaper, the group has built a sprawling underground array of tunnels, bunkers and surveillance outposts along the border with Israel, which it is manning at peak readiness for battle.

The tunnels are said to be highly-advanced, with durable concrete, a 24-hour power supply via underground generators, a ventilation system to prevent damp from damaging military equipment and a web of secondary escape shafts in case of attack. The tunnels are said to be housing tens of thousands of rockets ready for launch, themselves wrapped in protective materials in order to preserve them.

Should a war occur, Israelis will have to mobilize massive forces to shorten the duration of a future war. One of the things they'll do is immediately is move to eliminate as much of Hezbollah's vast arsenal as possible. But that doesn't matter to the terrorist group.  Hezbollah is counting on the resulting deaths of their human shields and they've guaranteed to that the body count will be significant - to turn Israel into an international pariah the way Hamas did in last summer's Operation Protective Edge, when the American President, media and the world governments blamed Israel for the Hamas human shield losses.

But the Israelis can't let Hezbollah level their entire country with indiscriminate rocket fire and advanced missiles, just because no one in Lebanon is willing or able to expel the group from Shiite villages.

None of this is new. In early 2013 veteran Israeli war correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai did a deep dive into Hezbollah military posture. He revealed among other things that Hezbollah had given away thousands of homes to poor Shiite families, on the condition "that at least one rocket launcher would be placed in one of the house's rooms or in the basement, along with a number of rockets, which will be fired at predetermined targets in Israel when the order is given."

Then in 2014 air force chief Major-General Amir Eshel gave a speech outlining how Hezbollah has embedded its military assets in "thousands" of residential buildings, emphasizing that Israel would have no choice but to target that infrastructure in a war. Reuters picked up the speech under the headline "Hoping to deter Hezbollah, Israel threatens Lebanese civilians"

And of course there is the more recent report from the Begin Center mentioned above.

But there's a lot of chatter in the Middle East about a summer war between Israel and Lebanon, which is why you are seeing so many stories about what that war may look like. On one hand the Israelis and Hezbollah are saying the same thing: all of southern Lebanon is now one big military compound. But only the Israelis are pointing out that Hezbollah has made sure that in that military compound there are tens of thousands of civilians.

The real question is will anybody care? After all it is very popular to condemn the Jewish State when she tries to protect her citizens.

Media's Protecting Hillary With Refusal To Recognize Bernie Sanders Candidacy

Another example of the media's anti-GOP bias was highlighted by an article in The Week, which condemns the media for failing to recognize the legitimacy of Bernie Sanders' campaign to become the Democratic Party nominee for the 2016 presidential campaign.
What ideas go in which sphere is an inescapable part of journalism, though most reporters don't acknowledge they're doing it. And at the moment, the idea of Bernie Sanders as a candidate is getting placed in the deviant sphere. As Steve Hendricks noted, the media has mostly presented Sanders as a non-serious kook:
The Times, for example, buried his announcement on page A21, even though every other candidate who had declared before then had been put on the front page above the fold. Sanders's straight-news story didn't even crack 700 words, compared to the 1,100 to 1,500 that Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Hillary Clinton got. As for the content, the Times' reporters declared high in Sanders' piece that he was a long shot for the Democratic nomination and that Clinton was all but a lock. None of the Republican entrants got the long-shot treatment, even though Paul, Rubio, and Cruz were generally polling fifth, seventh, and eighth among Republicans before they announced. [Columbia Journalism Review]
Indeed, if anything Sanders is more credible than the likes of Paul and Cruz [their opinion not mine] He has risen markedly in the polls of late, where his support has about tripled since the end of last year. He's doing particularly well in New Hampshire, where a recent poll put him in second place at 18 percent support. As an opponent of the Iraq War and a longtime advocate for more progressive policy, he has a natural constituency in the liberal left, where he is genuinely admired.
Truthfully when one considers Sanders' positions of tax the rich and redistribution of income they aren't that much different than the rest of the progressive Democrats. But the media is trying to protect Hillary Clinton by ignoring Sanders.

According to the Real Clear Politics average, the GOP race looks like this. Despite their low standing candidates such as Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Santorum are getting plenty of coverage (not that its a bad thing).  And even Donald Trump who is not included in the RCP average gets coverage as a legitimate candidate.

On the other hand for the same time period the Real Clear Politics average has Sanders at 7.4% of the Democrats polled a bigger percentage of Democrats than candidates such as Christie, Fiorina, Graham, Santorum and Trump has amongst the Democrats.

Understand the argument here is not to take away coverage from the lower rated Republicans, but to ask the question if the mainstream media is treating Rick Santorum, Chris Christie and Donald Trump as legitimate candidates why don't they treat Bernie Sanders as legitimate.

The reason is obvious. They are protecting their candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Labor Judge To Union: Stop Threatening To Physically Attack Dissidents

When a union gets reprimanded from a member of  Obama's pro-Labor National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) you know that things are bad.  A NLRB arbitrator ordered the Kansas-based AFL-CIO affiliate the Aerospace Workers District 70, Local 839, an (IAM) to stop threatening bodily harm against union dissidents it was supposed to represent in a grievance case.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sanctioned the Kansas local,  "for using intimidation tactics against dissidents. The board's regional director concluded the union had used threats of physical abuse and had attempted to get non-members fired from Spirit Aerosystems."

Specifically he ordered the union to:
Cease and desist from:Attempting to cause or causing Spirit Aerosystems to discharge employee-members because of their dissident union and and/or other protected concerted activities. Threatening employee-members with bodily harm or impeding their grievances because of their protected concerted activities. Discriminatorily and/or arbitrarily processing employee-members' grievances because of their protected concerted activities.
The union dismissed the charges in a statement following the April decision.
In response to an April 29 ruling by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Michael Rosas, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 70 in Wichita, KS, said today it will appeal the decision to the NLRB.

“We are aware of the decision and believe it was wrongly decided on the facts and the law,” said District 70 Directing Business Representative Frank Molina. “We intend to appeal it to the NLRB and we are confident that the NLRB will reverse it.” The IAM represents more than 4,000 members at SpiritAerosystems in Wichita, KS, in addition to more than 600,000 active and retired members across North America.

According to the Washington Free Beacon
Jarrod Lehman and Ryan Hastens were employees at the Wichita plane manufacturer and previously held leadership posts with the union. They filed unfair labor practice complaints against the IAM in July 2014 alleging that the union pushed for their firings against company policy.
 And then the union claimed they tried to reverse the firing which is the union's responsibility.

The AFL-CIO has a tradition of violence. Richard Trumka head of the AFL-CIO has a history of being a violent thug who has made violence and even murder part of the union arsenal as he is suspected of doing inn the Pittston Coal strike and the Murder of Eddie Yor.

Official Palestinian TV: We Will Fight Till Our Entire Land Is Liberated

According to the Obama Administration and much of Europe the Palestinian Authority led by President Abbas desires peace.  But if they really have peaceful intentions why do they continue to talk war in their official TV station? In a May 15 interview on the official Palestinian Authority TV channel, Amna Muna, a Palestinian terrorist who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and exiled to Turkey, said: "Nothing will break our resolve - not imprisonment, not exile, and not martyrdom... We shall continue on our path until our entire land is liberated." Muna, who was speaking over the Internet, was imprisoned for her involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenager Ofir Rahum in 2001.

Interviewer: The glorious Palestinian fighter, our beloved sister Amna Muna, is joining us from Turkey. You lost your father while you were in prison, and today, instead of enjoying your freedom among your family and loved ones, you have been exiled. What would you like to say, sister Amna?

Amna Muna: Good morning to you, Samer, and to all our viewers and listeners. Let me first salute my beloved Palestine and Jerusalem, my hometown, and greet my entire family, my loved ones, and my friends, along with the prisoners and detainees, and of course, President Mahmoud Abbas. Today, I am sharing the Palestinian air with you, even if only through a broadcast. Let me bow my head out of respect and esteem, because the most cherished thing for me is to be in Palestine, even if only over the air waves. Being in prison was a very difficult experience. It was a shock...

Interviewer: We must linger over what we just witnessed. We must linger over what you just did, sister Amna, because you, a glorious Palestinian woman, are saying to the entire world, over the air waves: What are you doing about the suffering of our people? What are you doing about the suffering of our female prisoners? Indeed, all glory to you, oh glorious woman. Go ahead.

Amna Muna: Thank you, although believe me, I have done nothing. Our struggle is still in its early stages, and I have not completed my duty. I have done very little, and Allah willing, there is still much to be done for Palestine, which is in need of us all. Nothing will break our resolve - not imprisonment, not exile, and not martyrdom. Nothing. We shall continue on our path until our entire land is liberated, Allah willing.

[...]From this podium, I say to my family, my mother, and my Palestinian people, to my friends, to my dear ones, and to the world in its entirety: I shall return to Palestine. I shall return to my home, to Jerusalem. Sooner or later I shall return, Allah willing.

Interviewer: Here in the studio, our sister Umm Wa'd is showing her enthusiasm by clapping. Your revolutionary zeal and determination to adhere to the pledge is evident. January 19, 2001 - what does this date mean to you?

Amna Muna: Of course it is a meaningful date for me. It is when I was kidnapped from my life. It is the date of my arrest, when I was thrown into prison. It is a painful day of my life, but it is not the most severe pain. I was expecting it. We live under occupation. We are fighters and fedayeen. We expect this. People await martyrdom. So I was expecting that day to come, but it is a day that is seared upon my heart, the day hat I was torn from Palestine. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

Interviewer: Sister Amna, January 19, 2001 is the day you were kidnapped, and I can assure you that that day will be recorded in the chronicles of Palestinian glory. But they will mark another day too - the day that you will embrace your mother and your family, and you will kiss the soil you love so much. We hold you in the highest esteem, sister Amna. We were happy to communicate with you, and in the name of the Palestinian people, in the name of everyone, young and old, every infant, we salute you, along with all our glorious women. We will meet again, in our homeland, sister Amna.

Amna Muna: Allah willing. My greetings to everyone.