Tuesday, 17 November 2015

An Ed Klein Report worth reading....dry, but solid and we begin to move to more pleasant things


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Why Hillary Isn’t Qualified to be Commander in Chief
The terrorist attack in Paris—and the fear that such a horrific fate could befall a major American city—has recast the presidential race and prompted former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to brag that she is the most qualified candidate in either political party to be commander in chief.

That, at least, is the story line that Hillary and her campaign are feeding the American public.

But is it true? Let’s refresh our memory.

When Barack Obama offered Hillary the job of secretary of state, she was suspicious of his motives and skeptical that he would allow her to put her stamp on foreign policy.

“I don’t want to be a pantsuit-wearing globetrotter,” she told Bill Clinton in the presence of several friends, two of whom I interviewed.

Her suspicions proved to be accurate. Obama and Valerie Jarrett, his senior adviser, never let Hillary run foreign policy. As one official told Politico, Hillary practiced “odometer diplomacy,” with a “focus on globetrotting to bolster America’s relationships abroad coupled with attempts to cope with an array of pop-up crises.”

Hillary extracted a promise from Obama that she would be free to choose her own deputies, but that is not how things worked out. Jarrett insisted that Hillary hire James Steinberg as her deputy secretary of state, even though Hillary didn’t like or trust Steinberg.

As part of the Obamas vs. the Clinton blood feud that I have written about, the White House went out of its way to humiliate Hillary. For example, Hillary would be summoned to the White House for a meeting only to discover when she arrived that the meeting had been canceled without anyone bothering to tell her. Other times, she was left in the dark about the timing of cabinet meetings.

Bill Clinton urged Hillary to stand her ground with the White House and hit some foreign policy homeruns. But when she tried to follow his advice—as she did in Libya, the “reset” with Russia, and the “pivot” to Asia—the results were disastrous.

Libya became a breeding ground for the Islamic State; the Russian “reset” gave Vladimir Putin an excuse to annex Crimea; and the Asian “pivot” encouraged Beijing to create an archipelago of militarized islands in the South China Sea.

Finally, Hillary’s claim to commander in chief status was demolished once and for all by the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, where four Americans lost their lives, including our ambassador to Libya.

If this tragedy had been inflicted on any other major industrialized country, the foreign minister would have been forced to resign.

That’s exactly what Hillary should have done—taken responsibility for Benghazi and resigned. The fact that she is still trying to wiggle her way out of taking any blame is proof that she is not qualified to be commander in chief of the United States.


     And, of course, we have to climb onto the crippled horse, and point out other small, but salient, points.

     It is more than certain that (Sir Edmund) Hillary slipped up a bit during the Benghazi episode.  She had poisoned her own well by making the silly, sophomoric campaign advertisement, questioning Barry Soetoro's competence and/or willingness to answer the telephone at 03:00 hours, a call that portended grave news of great import.   Could an incompetent puppet with no transcripts, with known antecedents of having had sexual harassment charges filed against him by various men that had been settled "out of court" by Harvard University, and who had no military, economic,  diplomatic, or any other understanding about anything do better than (Sir Edmund) Hillary?
     But when it came time for her to step in to deal with a matter under her purview....the imminent collapse of a consular facility complete with a trapped Ambassador.....while Barry Soetoro, the Indonesian exchange student was AWOL in Las Vegas where he had made a Royal Decree against all business executives to visit for any purpose, especially when flying corporate jets....(Sir Edmund) Hillary tripped over the gin bottle by the bed.

     Upon understanding the gravity and gravitas of the situation, (Sir Edmund) Hillary's first concern was "To whom shall I pass the cup?  I shan't take a sip, that's for sure!    So she went wringing her already trembling hands to Chief Body Man Huma Weiner shrieking about "How do I get this monkey off my back....Help me!!  Help me, Huma !!"

     A quick run through the labyrinth of sedition led to the other Huma, one Valerie Jarrett, daughter of two communists from Persia (Iran).  Although Huma and Valerie are both Persian and hate each other's guts, they also have that contradictory two sided badge they both wear, the one with an Islamic Star and Crescent Moon on one side, and a Hammer and Sickle on the other.

     Valerie says that Barry Soetoro...."...cannot be bothered right now, but there's an idea that might work.   Some guys playing computer games a couple of months ago came across a really funny video-short about Mohammed that was kind of disgusting.  We can say the Muslims were protesting this video.  We can say it had nothing to do with an organised terrorist attack.  And we'll start to cover up the arms and ammunition trans-shipments to that Islamic State group that's helping us against Assad.  Romney will step into the mess, and then we can blame Romney for being a racist and is just trying to score racist points against Barry and Islam. We'll put you on the Sunday parade of boring in-depth boring pro-Obama and pro-Hillary boring apologists, and you can repeat the same boring lie so many times that there won't be any newspaper space or television time on MTV to contradict the video story."

     To which Huma Weiner says, "Works for  me.   Look, I gotta go.  Another girl is calling me to complain that Anthony is sending her some of his naked pictures again.   Just don't know what to do with that man...."

      The last thing (Sir Edmund) Hillary knew about any of this stuff was when Huma steered her towards the right place to stand at the Dover AFB hangar where the coffins of the dead Americans and their Ambassador were being received and recognised.   "Remember, your Highness, repeat 'we're going to get that guy who made those videos' ...it's the only thing you have to tell these stupid people who want to know what their mercenary sons were doing....'we're going to get that guy who made those videos...we're going to get that guy who made those videos."
     Huma whispered to Valerie during the ceremony, "She's still groggy from last night.   She's always been really confused early in the morning and late a night....and....well....actually pretty much all day.   We give her an upper when she has to testify and we try to remind her not to look down at the floor because it's a sure sign of lying, but she goes right to it when she starts lying, every time."

     All of that which follows below, as much of the above, is the spawn of literary license.
      But it fits so well, it might well wind up being true....However it is also an un-abashed attempt, in deference to the Father-in-Law of my daughter, and of whom I am the Father-in-law of his son, to write more about Mexico and its peculiar, touristy, non-touristy, incredible, fascinating, curative, cathartic, conduit to the Ancestors and internal peace, birdwatching, expunging of evil spells, aches, pains, memories, and general ills.   He also wants more historical portrayals and political/cultural commentary.   Actually, his advice is correct. S0....


A bunch of Gringos, foolishly enjoying themselves. when there
is so much income disparity and starvation and  obtuse 
cresellisbquadong, a disease as yet not known but
killing millions of minority children per/week in
America's inner cities even as we
write this.

   Valerie Jarrett leaned over, not knowing El Gringo Viejo was listening and intoned, "Listen, we go through the same thing with Barry...his dance card is a little...strange.  His golfing buddies are all billionaires, but they mainly dance at the other end of the ball-room, if you know what I mean.   He still prefers weed and beer, but that water buffalo I set him with only wants him to drink white wine at the state dinners and banquets, and with an ice cube in it to boot.   When all of this is over we can go to Zihuatanejo and have some fun, okay?"

A shopping lane for deranged females who
 suddenly have to buy something they 
could not live without, although
 they had never seen it

Condos on the hill...with correct plastering.
   Their 11 room place is somewhere mid-way
 up and carries the bank guaranteed
 notification and local real estate
 tax payments. The property 
taxes are very low, but
 the National sales 
tax is 16%

   These places, pictured above,  is where Huma and Valerie might go for triple-islamic-margaritas, shopping, and entertaining while they compare notes about the pair of honkeys they had to spoon feed for a generation.   They took out the 99-year lease-transferrable to heirs package for their tiny 11 room condo with 3 bathrooms and two jacuzzis, where they can read the Quran and laugh about the Gentiles and Jews they tormented during the years they were running America.

    That lease is important, and handled by a bank of registry, because foreigners cannot own land within 50 kilometres of a maritime boundary or 100 kilometres of a terrestrial national boundary.   The bank...you choose the bank...will administer the title and lease preference with honest and open procedure.   You will be responsible for the city and county taxes, and you will be responsible for the taxes, exhibited by the bank,  which are, in Gringo terms, ridiculously low.   They make up for it with a 16% national sales tax, among others.  The bank can, and usually does, fold these nominal taxes into the monthly or annual lease payment.   Our payment for a wholly-owned, "we pay the county/city/state taxes direct sometime in February, for bit less than two acres and a relatively large House (for the area) 2 / 2 with a parlour, some air-conditioning, and niceties, is presently about 200 pesos per year (14.00 / American dollars).

       El Gringo Viejo confesses that some of the later part is promoted by the fact that the Father-in-law of my daughter (and of whom I am the Father-in-law of his son) has charged, impelled, and compelled El Gringo Viejo to write more about Mexican and Texian history and cultural matters.   And, oddly enough, El Gringo Viejo agrees.   It is just that I am an addict....in recovery, but I am an addict.

     The sneaky lead-in about people who should never been anywhere near the White House, we move quickly to the problematic question...."If things are so bad in Mexico as O'Reilly says and the Obsolete Press says, and everything is totally corrupt and there is no law, and everybody is killing everybody all the time, then why do we hear about people going to this "Playa" and the other "Playa" and this "Zona Colonial" and that "Zona Colonial", etc. ?

     It's true.  All the gringos have been killed and are being killed all the time.  Everybody is dead and they dig them up and kill them again.   In spite of the free and  equal press, however, the fact is...right now....there are about 450,000 Gringos at this moment, wasting their time in Mexico.

    This does not count the resident Gringos who spend 50% or more of their time in Mexico or who have micro-businesses to entertain themselves in an active "retirement"...(figure another 100,000).   Baja California is not even imaginable in terms of most Americans' understanding.....it is essentially an extension of the United States of America, as California is an extension of Mexico.

     So, we ask you all.  Please review the various vignettes that have been placed here, above this commentary.  These are not done for, by, or with the people who made the video vignettes.    Remember, we are not here to sell anything.   Just enjoy.

El Gringo Viejo