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Posted on Apr 4, 2008
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Hillary Clinton has released seven years of tax returns, which she filed jointly with her former president husband. While there is much poring over to do, one piece of information stands out: The Clintons are rich. America’s most famous power couple made about $109 million in seven years, thanks in large part to Bill Clinton’s speaking fees.


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According to a summary of the seven years provided by the campaign, the former president’s speech income since he left the White House totals $51.85 million and his income from his two books—“My Life ” and “Giving”—totals $29.6 million.

Hillary Clinton had $10.5 million in book income over the period from her book “Living History.” She donated earnings from her other book, “It Takes a Village,” to charity.

Clinton’s tax returns show that of the remaining presidential candidates, she is the one most able to access large amounts of personal money. She lent her campaign $5 million in late February and could contribute more if she finds herself falling far behind Obama’s proficient fundraising.

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By jimmyjam, April 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

So true ,as much of a conservative as I am, I feel we need to make the change and fast, and I’m not talking change from Bush’s pocket to Obamas,we need something vastly different.

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By weather, April 7, 2008 at 6:04 am Link to this comment
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I’d much rather be happy than right.

If we look at apathy, mis and disinformation, the cell phone as the device of choice to distract our already compromised attention span - and really examine our collective spiritual awareness then maybe we see our collective part in the state of affairs.

In short, if Obama is the one, no matter how flawed, no matter how capable,  how would his leadership benefit from embracing Eckhart Tolle as an advisor? Is Deepak Chopra MD the kind of Surgeon General who can best serve a country and system that needs to heal and fix itself?

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By cyrena, April 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment

•  “You know Cyrena, I dont reply directly to you, I reply directly to your comments, you made reference to me and you and Internet stalking, dont flatter yourself….”

Actually jimmyjam/gomerspile/Waxman,

You do NOT reply directly to my comments. THAT is the point. You DO NOT! Absolutely NONE of your posts reflect any of the substance or even the BS that I throw in from time to time.  You simply have focused on me to direct your rageand that’s pathetic. YOU are pathetic. Your country has let you down.

FLATTERED? Ha! Do your rape victims feel ‘flattered’ that you chose them, as opposed to the other ones that managed to get away? At least for the moment?

By the way, you aren’t the ONLY one that has escorted your dead comrades home. I’ve ESCORTED your escorts. I’ve also put in my own money to help your LIVE ones get the rest of the way home, when they’ve been too ‘uninformed’ to even know that their tickets were issued by EQUALLY uninformed people who sent them to Madison, WI instead of Madison, NC, or Jacksonville, FL instead of Jackson, MS. Or maybe Salem, OR, instead of Salem, MA. I could go on. And yep, phone money to call home, because they’re STRANDED, or food money, because they’re HUNGRY. (and STILL stranded, because they’re in the middle of the country, and don’t know north from south, or east from west). They don’t teach that stuff in boot camp anymore I guess.

The Iraqis have been doing the same for our hungry troops there as well. They serve them food and drink, because we know that the water provided by the Halliburton Contractors is unfit for them, and has left many of them sick.

And I suspect that anyone winding up in YOUR hospital emergency room probably wishes they had just died before they got there. So where do you work anyway? Maybe at the now renamed “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation’? That’s there in Fort Benning, GA. That’s were the US trains all of the Torturers that the Latin American Governments send to school there. So, you train the tortures, and then fix them up when a waterboarding or electric shock goes bad?

Sounds like something you’d specialize in. Or, maybe you’re the head honcho at Guantanamo Bay?

Yeah…that’s even more fitting.

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By cyrena, April 6, 2008 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

Weather,
You’re right on this..
•  “Cyrena;you’ve seemed to have captured the hearts and minds of a few as evidenced by the remarks to mensa.
•  We all need to heal, if you’re the least bit plugged into the ugliness of the countries state of affairs, you better muster something spiritual outside of self, because left to our collective best thinking we find ourselves in a dark place - and all of us had our role in it.”

Well, about mustering something spiritual outside of self. I definitely agree. BUT, I also believe that the best of our collective thinking is where the healing begins. But, the operative words there are BEST of the COLLECTIVE thinking.

It’s more ambiguous about us ALL having a role in the horror that we find ourselves in. I admit that I had a role, to the degree that I was long employed by a major corporation. And, while I was able to still “do good’ for the generally fleeting benefit of my fellow person, there’s no denying that as the corporate mentality became more and more corrupt, (and in my case, it really DIDN’T start out that way) I’m at fault for not having found a way to severe my relationship sooner. I chalk it up to a degree of laziness, and the ‘survival instinct’. Eventually, I was able to divorce myself from it, but the reality is that not everyone can, at least not practically speaking.

So, maybe the larger accomplishment would be for the COLLECTIVE to actually understand that it IS a dark place. (collectively), and how it has become that way. And while there will never be a time (at least in my lifetime) when the entire ‘collective’ will ‘get it’, the “healing” still has to be a collective healing. At least that’s my opinion. That’s not to say that I’m ignoring the ‘individual’ because that’s not true.

However, the damage has been done to us as a collective. And, we certainly are not the first to experience the torment. Many other formerly ‘open’ societies have been taken over by a totalitarian and repressive regime, and even now, long after the fact, we’re still trying to figure out how it all happened.

Yep, me too. Just trying to figure it all out. But, I’ve recently read an excellent book. A required course book actually, or I otherwise might never have read it. The professor mentioned at the time that it was assigned, that she’d read it many, many times herself, and still found something ‘new’ each time. A different concept to think or otherwise focus on. I’ve discovered that I too, keep returning to it.

The book is “A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers”. By Lawrence Weschler. It’s definitely worth the read, if you have time. Nothing that can really be ‘rushed through’ and it may even seem tedious. Many might wonder, “Oh why bother?” And, I’ve said the same myself, particularly as I’m inclined toward the believe that most of nature will in fact ‘self-correct’. But, when something malignant comes along, (like the current regime) it will hardly ‘self correct’ anymore than cancer is likely to ‘self-correct’. So the decision then becomes, do we leave it alone, (the cancer) and simply ‘live with it’? Yeah, that’s one way….and we can, until it kills us.

Or, we can try to correct it. So, it’s complicated enough to keep us busy forever, eh?

How do we kill the cancer without killing ourselves? It’s like chemo therapy, or the horrible decision that I once needed to make on behalf of my dog. To have the ‘heartworm’ treatment, (which is arsenic) or not. We did do it, and she lived another 6 years, and seemed to enjoy them, as best I could tell.

We all need to heal.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

Ooh, jimmyjam, you’ve come to the dark side.  Like I wrote on the Quitter post, if they all quit, I’ll vote for them.

There has never been a time when this country more needs a president and congress who think like Nader.

Electing McCain, Hillary or Obama will ensure at least four more years of business as usual—if the country doesn’t completely tank in the meantime.

This country TANKING might be the best thing that can happen.

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By jimmyjam, April 6, 2008 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

Boys at Enron backed Clinton also,Why dont the libs learn to keep their fight amongst themselves. as soon as you libs start screwing up, you ,instead of taking blame for your own errors you blame the republicans, or your best friends the MSM

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By jimmyjam, April 6, 2008 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

I think the hate here is just because some of you like Obama and will not change your stance, then on the other hand, you have some Clinton supporters that will not change their stance. I think they are both professional politicians who have earned your loyalty, with the typical political promises, whoever gets in , it will be more of the same. Now I know most of you find this hard to believe, but Dems and Libs are crooks and liars too, If one party controls everything, We are fucked.

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By jimmyjam, April 6, 2008 at 6:13 am Link to this comment

Most of this is Bills money,If people are so stupid as to pay him and listen to him talk, then so be it. Just think of the speaking fee Obama will charge. He has only been in the Senate a few years and already is on the way to Clinton money, I would say look at the charitable contributions, but Obama is just cheap, while the Clintons gave to their own foundations, makes them both cheap. Man we are angry here today.

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By weather, April 6, 2008 at 5:33 am Link to this comment
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Cyrena;you’ve seemed to have captured the hearts and minds of a few as evidenced by the remarks to mensa.

We all need to heal, if you’re the least bit plugged into the ugliness of the countries state of affairs, you better muster something spiritual outside of self, because left to our collective best thinking we find ourselves in a dark place - and all of us had our role in it.

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By cyrena, April 6, 2008 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

I’m only just reading up on Cyrena here. Obviously not the one I know.

I AM creeped out by Menstrual Member though. I’m not sure what’s to be done about he/she/it.

Mostly I’m just the shy type, and for reasons that I’ve yet to figure out, I have all of this unwanted attention. Menstrual Member, Douglas Chalmers, Jimmyjam, and remember the old Waxman? Do you think Menstrual or JimmyJamm might be a recreation of that one?

They say the same stupid shit, and I haven’t heard from Waxman lately. (no, I’m not trying to wish him up).

But menstrual member, you need to find another focus for your attention. Arent’t the rest of you guys feeling left out? Or do ya’ll just think I should ‘take one for the team’? Like let ME be the objective target for all the crazies.

What is it with me anyway? Is there a sign on my forehead (my beige colored forehead) that says, “Attention all crazies?”

NO. If so, only crazies can see it. I think all the rest of you should change your ID’s to Cyrena, and just put a number after it.

Then this crazy son of a bitch won’t know who the right one is.

Anyway, you got 1 out of 7 right menstrual member. I am a little person. Not in size, but in my social-economic standing.

So..the opposite of a CEO of anything but myself.

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By jackpine savage, April 6, 2008 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

I don’t begrudge them their money.  I do, however, find it distasteful that they pretend to “feel the pain” of the little people of the world.  There is nothing nefarious in these tax returns (nothing that anyone else wouldn’t do to pay a little less).  The reason that she didn’t want to release them was that she didn’t want the voters to know how rich they really are.

I do have a problem with passing off as charity money that you give yourself.  When you’re “for the little people” and only manage to donate 2.5M out of 100M to actual charities…that smacks of unabashed greed.  Setting up a charity for yourself, no matter who does it (and McCain does it too), is slimy.

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By jackpine savage, April 6, 2008 at 4:44 am Link to this comment

Spot on, Expat.

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By Outraged, April 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment

Listen to menstrual member… what’s the matter those estrogen supplements just not working out like you’d planned.

BTW, Google “degenerate” to find out who “menstrual member” is.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

We general lee overlook Ms. Spelling.  Ingleash is hard and bee sides, weir Moore interested in watt peep hole are saying than in how they say it. 

Are you sure it’s naught poor ring?  I don’t mean to be boar ring.  Butt, ewe can off in fig your out the intent of a post even if the spelling isn’t awl rite.  And there are a lot of smart people posting here.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 5, 2008 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

How small of you, to out Cyrena like that.  You’ve got to be a Republican to be that petty, misguided, sneaky and mean-spirited.

Go to your Time-Out Chair, think about how badly you behaved and then come back and play nice.

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By ribbie149, April 5, 2008 at 11:56 am Link to this comment
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So the Clintons are rich…and?  Why is it that Republicans are “businessmen”  and Democrats are hypocrites when they use the system the same way.  I’ll bet the boys at Enron (whom W was so close to) never had any scruples about “using”  the system to bilk the American Public out of their pensions and jobs.  You neoclowns are only upset because Bill and Hillary are skilled enough public speakers and writers to command such high figures. Do you think ANYONE is going to pay W to SPEAK or WRITE? (besides the people he sold himself out to during his administration)?  I can’t wait to read his first book- I’ll have to go out and buy some new crayons.

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By weather, April 5, 2008 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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forgive me, i have no business writing remarks as just posted, its arrogant, childish and negative - that can never be good.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 5, 2008 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

Ten thousand million????? = ten billion????

That’s quite a lot of change just for opening your pie hole and spitting out the fruit.

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By weather, April 5, 2008 at 9:24 am Link to this comment
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you sad and deluded little soul.

Ask your therapist if limiting your internet privledges might correlate to your drug protocols?

Based on your posts, you’re a star in your very own ‘Twilight Zone’.

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By Expat, April 5, 2008 at 8:00 am Link to this comment

^ I can feel your pain; blue collar?, oh yeah, I’m for you; poor and disenfranchised?, oh yeah, I’m for you.  None of these candidates are for YOU!  Get this through your thick skulls!  None as in NONE!  Your choice is the one you think will do the least damage.  That’s it……simple; get over it because it’s over.

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By cyrena, April 5, 2008 at 6:17 am Link to this comment

Purple Girl,

You always give me a chuckle.

I dunno about Cheney though. You could very well be right, in which case, I’d finally have to bail out, and go who-knows-where.

Besides, I always figured he’d be enroute to his diggs in Dubai, before the inauguration even happened. (skipping out ahead of the multiple arrest warrants)

Still, I admit that’s because I was expecting a sure Dem victory this year, and had momentarily disregarded the fact that unless Obama wins, there will not BE a dem victory.

Now I’ve said this before, and so it’s not news to anyone. I’ve long believed that the Repugs would be quite satisfied with Hillary in the left seat now, in the event that McSame falls through. So, this Obama guy has really upset those plans. All along, the repugs had it worked out that between Hillary and whomever ostensibly ran on the repug ticket, they couldn’t lose.

And, nothing has changed my mind since. Wouldn’t even surprise me if McCain selected her as his running mate.

(Ok, OK…maybe that’s stretching it).

Still, if it’s a Hillary-McCain match off, it’s a win-either-way for the repugs.

(or at least the neo-con royalty) They’ll be sure to keep all the money and the power in “the family”.

Hillary already said her first order would be to send hubby and the old fart bush sr on a ‘peace establishing mission’.

Guess that means she’s not planning the arrest warrents for the whole rotten batch of thieves and global terrorists.

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By cyrena, April 5, 2008 at 5:48 am Link to this comment

Just so ya’ll know. I think this is an excellent photo of them both, and Hillary looks especially nice. Don’t say I never said anything good about her.
Meantime
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When the Clintons Mine Big Bucks
  By Steve Weissman

  Frank Giustra has never been a lobbyist and has never contributed a dime to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, at least not directly. But if Hillary were to win in November, the Canadian mining mogul could reasonably expect to have a big say. Money talks, and Giustra is giving lots of it to Bill - not merely to enrich the Clinton family, but to redefine philanthropy toward the world’s poor.

  Giustra and his agenda should rank among the major issues in the Democratic primary. They do not, mostly because the Obama campaign has so far failed to question the newfound Clinton riches, both in the family coffers and the William J. Clinton Foundation. ..

  To their credit, the major corporate media have already dug up the dirt, though with small factual errors that let Giustra counterattack under the banner of sweet charity. Cleaned up, pared down and pieced together, the story is classic.

  A financial force in Canadian mining and oil, Giustra met Bill Clinton at a tsunami fundraiser in 2004 and soon joined the Clinton Foundation board. “All of my chips, almost, are on Bill Clinton,” Giustra told The New Yorker last year. “He’s a brand, a worldwide brand, and he can do things and ask for things that no one else can.”

  Brand Clinton

  In June 2005, Giustra provided his luxurious MD-87 jet for Clinton to make speeches in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. According to Bloomberg News, the tour earned Clinton $800,000 in personal income. Giustra “has since put his plane at Clinton’s disposal at least a dozen times to raise money for charity, his wife’s presidential campaign or himself,” Bloomberg reported.

  American law does not permit Giustra, as a Canadian, to contribute directly to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Whether providing his plane to raise campaign money counts as a contribution, I leave to the legal eagles.

  A far more telling payoff involved Colombia, which has long faced international condemnation for its well-documented violations of labor and other human rights. In the oval office and after, Bill Clinton never let this get in his way, steadfastly backing a free trade agreement with the country along with a $3 billion “Plan Colombia” to fight drug traffickers and guerrillas. As he publicly told Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and others in Bogota, he was “absolutely convinced that it was vital to American interests that Colombia succeed” against the left-wing narcotraficantes.

  In September 2005, Clinton hosted “a philanthropic event” at which one of his aides arranged for Giustra to meet Uribe. According to The Wall Street Journal, the two men sat in the hallway speaking for about ten minutes. A Clinton aide later told Giustra the meeting had gone well.

  Giustra wanted Colombian oil. He was working with a Canadian group that subsequently paid more than $250 million to operate oil fields in conjunction with Colombia’s state-owned petroleum company. Giustra’s associates - now operating as Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. - also signed an oil pipeline deal and was invited to do further oil-development work in Colombia, the Journal reported.

  Kazakhstan’s Uranium
  September 2005 was a busy month for Clinton and Giustra, but they made time to fly together to the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. According to The New York Times, the two men “were whisked off to share a sumptuous midnight banquet with Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultant A. Nazaebayev, whose 19-year stranglehold on the country has all but quashed political dissent.”

More at the link

Ethics, Anyone?

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040308R.shtml

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 5, 2008 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

“DON’T HATE ME BECAUSE I’M RICH”

The US tax code makes it possible for people to get and keep their wealth, legally.  If I were rich like the Clintons, et al, I’d use that code in every way I could to avoid taxes.  It’s the American way.

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By Purple Girl, April 5, 2008 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

The Clintons were intiated into the ‘Elite’ secret society - probably when they agreed to be the Operatives in the Dem party. They Gave her her Seat in the Senate and She has done a marvelous Job for THEM. so they Crowned her Queen. Unfortunatley WE have Not alllowed the Coronation, and that Pisses them Off. so they’ll just have to STEAL this Election Too. But if that does fall through they have their Second Horse - Mac who is as Sharp as Ronny (Who HAD ALZHEIMERS WHILE IN OFFICE!). Mac will be the perfect Replacement for W. who also is NOT the sharpest Tool in the Shed. And Cheney will lurk in th e’Shadows’ of his Admin too. Even ‘volunteer’ to step in should anything happen to cause Mac to become Obviously Unfit for Duty (which he is now- Stroke??)

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By jackpine savage, April 5, 2008 at 4:24 am Link to this comment

As it turns out, the $10M in charity giving was mostly given to the Clintons’ own charity. (Roughly one quarter of that was then given to other charities.)

Bill was the President; Hillary was the treasurer; and Chelsea was a “director”.  (No word yet as to whether they were paid for their work.)

http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2008/04/04/clinton_charitable_giving_is_to_clinton_charity

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By jackpine savage, April 5, 2008 at 4:20 am Link to this comment

Well, the syntax is getting a little better.  You must have spent a lot of time working on that post; it is, at least, fairly readable.  Keep working on it.  I’ll even give you a hint: if you use Firefox, there’s an automatic spell check function. 

I eat crackerjacks at the ball park, like any good American.  But i’m not much for joining clubs to prove my own worth to myself.  My IQ (135) is neither here nor there…it’s just a number, and it means far less than common sense. 

My guess is that your rock is somewhere in Arkansas.  Mine is the oldest exposed rock on the face of the planet.  Unfortunately, i don’t have a mining job.

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By Kendall, April 5, 2008 at 1:58 am Link to this comment

Hillary’s courted the blue-collar vote for months now.

Will this news make the wise up?

She can HARDLY identify with Joe-Six Pack..

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By mill, April 5, 2008 at 12:36 am Link to this comment

Problematic ... national politicians all get “support” that is all-but-bribery ... Nader isn’t entirely clean - check who bankrolled his last run - i was under an impression it included some fatcat Republicans who like his effect on liberal voters - and how he pays his bills

Obama got caught up in a real estate deal, the Clintons go way back on trading on Mr’s office
and Mr McCain was involved in the Keating 5 thing back in the savings and loan screw-up during Bush I’s term.  who’s clean, really?

anyone know if it is still the case that a Sen./Rep. can cash out unspent campaign funds when retiring from their office?  or is that another “fact” begging for evidence ... like Saddam’s WMD programs


when i vote
i’m going to stick to their policy and their ability to represent the US .... being able to speak English well counts ... sticking to American values (constitutional law, democracy, human rights) is huge .... i don’t share any of their religions and don’t trust any one of their ethics with money ... not a one sadly

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By mill, April 5, 2008 at 12:23 am Link to this comment

I remember when Reagan left office, he went to Japan and received something like $2 million for speeches.  i thought it was unseemly at the time since it looked like a payoff for his friendly trade policy at the time.  VP candidate Feraro (sp?) did a soda pop commercial right after her campaign failed.  Mr. Clinton has embraced capitalism vigorously, say?  With all that money, i still wouldn’t want to be POTUS .... anonymous wealth .. much better

It gets awkward when people take the money while still in office - sitting Supreme Court Justice taking book advances while on the bench, Senators left/right and center who cut book deals while still in office; my former governor (Ventura) moonlighted in staged wrestling while governor;  and Cheney still receives “deferred” income from his Halliburton gig i believe (check that assertion though) ... made me wonder about Halliburton’s non-compete phat federal contracts for work here and in the middle east

in the US people do the bidding of those who write the check - but public officials are double-dipping when they take private deals on top of their public pay.  seems wrong somehow.

how much does Mr. Clinton get for a speech?!? 

and we offer our marvelous insight at no added charge right here!  anybody want to pay me to write/speak/pontificate .... please!?!

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By cyrena, April 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment

You said it all right here Jackpine:

Of mental midget self-identified mensas


“...All over the world, people think that Americans are stupid.  You’re proving them right every day by posting your drivel on the internet.  Now, get back under whichever rock it was that you crawled out from under…”


Moron mensa has identified HIMSELF as a mensa member. There is not a single person reading his posts that would believe that.

At least I hope not. It really would give mensa’s a very bad name.

(even though most of them are pretty weird to begin with).

Now my own ‘conclusive evidence’ on the moron mensa came when he actually tried to make a connection between Jeremiah Wright’s sermon sound byte about ‘chickens coming home to roost’, and a comment allegedly made by Barack Obama (on the campaign trail) that he (Obama) had ‘eaten a lot of chicken dinners’ (again, on the campaign trail).

Yep, mensa moron actually tried to draw a connection between those two comments. So, somewhere out there is a tent or rock city named ‘mensa’ and that’s where this moron exists. No exposure to the real world.

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By P. T., April 4, 2008 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

Chelsea Clinton is cashing in.  She now has a job shorting the stock market.

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By jackpine savage, April 4, 2008 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

I’ll ask again: when did MENSA start putting membership cards in crackerjack boxes?  I understand that the organization is big on spatial relations and problem solving, but you’d think that grammar and spelling would count for something.

And when - oh self-proclaimed, giant brained one - did i say anything about Obama in that post?  What do the Clintons’ tax returns have to do with Rev. Wright?  I don’t care what color Jesus was, though the chances of him being lily white are somewhere between slim and none.  He probably looked a lot like Osama bin Laden.

You are that stupid; you can’t even get the syntax right to say, “I’m one person in this country who isn’t that stupid.”  What does “we will all have a change forever…” mean?  I highly recommend The Elements of Style (Strunk & White) or maybe On Writing Well (Zinsner).

All over the world, people think that Americans are stupid.  You’re proving them right every day by posting your drivel on the internet.  Now, get back under whichever rock it was that you crawled out from under.

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By Christopher Robin, April 4, 2008 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment
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“The Clinton Tax Returns: What Will They Reveal?”

An ABC News Review Has Found the Clintons Have Made More Than $50 Million Since Leaving the White House

By BRIAN ROSS and AVNI PATEL
April 3, 2008

excerpt:

“Clinton’s biggest patrons include New York-based investment firm Goldman Sachs, which paid him $650,000 for four speeches in recent years, and two foreign firms. Gold Services International, a Colombian-based event organizer, brought Clinton to Latin America in 2005 for four days of speeches, earning Clinton $800,000. Another company, Toronto-based Power Within, paid Clinton $650,000 for a series of motivational speeches in Canada in 2005.

Aides to the former president have said that his paid speeches are an efficient way for him to make money and devote more of his time to charitable work.

The annual disclosures do not require Sen. Clinton to fully report her husband’s income, which obscures the picture of how much the former president has made in his business dealings with longtime friends and fundraisers.

For example, an examination of the records reveals her husband is a partner in an investment fund, Yucaipa Global Partnership, registered in the Cayman Islands, and was paid “guaranteed payments to partner.” Sen. Clinton’s forms do not list the exact amount of her husband’s payments, only that they totaled more than $1,000 over four years.

“No average person has interest and funds in the Cayman Islands. This is all the above-average, non-tax-paying, super rich,” said Jack Blum, an attorney and leading expert on offshore tax havens.

Link:
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4581608&page=1

If Obama fails to win the nomination, I will gladly support Ralph Nader again. As much as that could mean John McCain in office.

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By Maezeppa, April 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment

The writer writes “While there is much pouring over to do” and the correct word is “poring”.

Yes, with all the disturbing internet illiteracy it’s a small thing but it’s the one that’s been getting my attention lately so I thought I’d contribute this small emendation.

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By jackpine savage, April 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

“Feel the pain” of the middle class, my ass…

If this country is stupid enough to elect these two again, then it deserves whatever it gets.

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