RANT: Hillary Clinton’s payola

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Washington Post: Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches
By Editor on May 19, 2015

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While it is common for former presidents to receive top dollar as paid speakers, Hillary Clinton is unique as a prospective candidate who received large personal payouts from corporations, trade groups and other major interests mere months before launching a White House bid. In some cases, those speeches gave Clinton a chance to begin sounding out themes of her coming campaign and even discuss policy issues that a future Clinton administration might face.

Companies that paid her to speak include industry giants such as Xerox, Cisco Systems and Qualcomm, as well as start-ups and trade groups focused on biotechnology and medical technology.

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No, no corruption here. Any more than the contributions to the “Clinton Foundation” by foreigners when she was Secretary of State.


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RANT: Fedex screw up

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Wasting my time. They say I wasn’t here. If not, where was I then. I’d like to know. Argh!

And it’s not like they didn’t have my phone number!


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RANT: ‘Deflategate’ is hot air. Fuhgeddaboudit!

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Holes in NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Report
May 7, 2015

Exclusive: A high-profile NFL probe into the champion New England Patriots concluded that “it is more probable than not” that quarterback Tom Brady’s footballs were intentionally deflated prior to a January playoff game, but the report sloughs off scientific evidence that undercuts the finding, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

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A key assertion by people accusing Brady was that it made no sense that the footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC championship game last January – when tested at halftime – would have lost significantly more air pressure than those used by their opponents, the Indianapolis Colts. But scientists hired by the NFL discovered that measurements varied sharply depending on when at halftime the balls were tested.

According to a study by Exponent, a California-based testing firm, footballs lose air pressure during games in chilly, rainy weather, the conditions that existed on Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, but when returned to the warmth of a climate-controlled room, their air pressure rapidly rises close to the original internal pressure.

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At the end of the game, four balls from the Colts and four from the Patriots were tested again. Three of the four Colts’ balls were underinflated while none of the Pats’ balls were. In other words, while the Patriots’ footballs were deflated in the first half, the Colts’ balls were deflated in both the first half and second half.

Another possible factor why the Pats’ balls tested relatively lower in psi could have been the way the balls were prepared before the game. The Pats’ balls were rubbed down to remove any slickness while the Colts’ balls were left slicker or more water resistant. One of the findings by the Exponent scientists was that wetter balls recovered their psi more slowly than drier balls when brought into a climate-controlled environment.

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I “have no dog in this fight”, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), this seems like a lot of “hot air” with out “evidence”. (You know that stuff that fair minded people demand before anyone goes running their mouths off about stuff they have no knowledge of!)

As a baby fat old white guy injineering student in Brother Barry Austin’s “Measurements” class, we was taught that there are “errors and blunders”. But at no time do you get to just throw stuff away or throw stuff around. 

It appears that in this case, there were plenty of blunders to muck up any findings.

Two gauges — one is “not accurate”. So how does one certify that the gauge your using is correct and in proper working order?

And wet balls regain pressure due to temperature faster than dry ones.

And, the whole controversy over pressure in the locker room versus pressure in the game conditions.

It all sounds like there is a lot of opinionating going on and not much evidence or factual understanding.

Hence, imho, fuhgeddaboudit! (translation from the Brooklyn dialect: “forget about it” with a sneer.) 

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RANT: I say “eliminate” the FDA and he talks about “reform”. Regulatory capture!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dear Mr. Reinke,

Thank you for contacting me about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform. In order to best represent you as your United States Senator, it is vital that I hear your views on this and other important matters.

I share your concerns about the need to reform the FDA. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative arm, reported that the FDA’s inability to oversee medical product and food safety would be added to its list of “high risk” government programs and practices. Reports like these are troubling and require us to take action. As we discuss FDA reform, we need to be honest about what works and what does not. This means establishing better, more robust results-oriented performance measures, aligning activities and resources to meet strategic goals, and enhancing the use of performance information. We must implement policies that adequately prepare the FDA to keep pace with changing demands.

Thank you again for contacting me. I will keep you thoughts in mind. Please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns as we move forward in the 113th Congress. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://warner.senate.gov.

United States Senator

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RANT: Were murder charges appropriate?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Baltimore: Why Marilyn Mosby may not be able to convict police on murder charges in Freddie Gray’s death
By Alex Ferrer
Published May 01, 2015

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Further complicating her case is the fact that every day people who are arrested often claim to be injured, in pain or having difficulty breathing. It is a common tactic used to get an officer to loosen the handcuffs or release their grip on the defendant so he can continue to fight. As a result, officers faced with such claims sometimes transport the defendant to the hospital wing of their local jail for checkup, but they don’t usually stop on the road and wait for Fire Rescue to arrive. Under those circumstances is a jury going to feel that officers who don’t take immediate action on those frequent claims of injury not only deserve to be sued but deserve to go to prison? Clearly, if they had known Freddie Gray would die, the officers would have transported him quickly and directly to an emergency room. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.

In the end, a jury will decide what criminal charges, if any, are appropriate in this case. Based on the facts laid out today, however, the prosecutor failed to lay out a basis for murder and even manslaughter may be a difficult sale.

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Apparently, this is another rush to judgment by “over charging” the police.

Then, there will be more riots when they are eventually acquitted.

The politicians and bureaucrats make political points pandering to the mob.

And the Nation suffers all the damages.


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RANT: About releasing the 9/11 info

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dear Mr. Reinke,

Thank you for contacting me regarding Res.428 – Urging the president to release information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States. I appreciate the benefit of your views on this important issue.

As you know, on 12/02/2013, this legislation was introduced by Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-NC) and was referred to the House Committee on Intelligence Should the Senate consider this legislation or similar proposals in the future, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind.

Again, thank you for contacting me. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://www.warner.senate.gov.

United States Senator

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SO go away and stop bothering me?

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RANT: Drug addiction is a MEDICAL problem

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Advisory: Police / Health Officials Warn of Spike in Overdoses Related to Synthetic Marijuana

Dear Nixle User,

Police and Health Officials Warn of Spike in Synthetic Marijuana Overdose Cases

The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System is issuing an alert for a “Street Drug” causing life-threatening reactions. The agency along with state health officials are warning people not to use products sold as synthetic marijuana (often called spice, k2, etc.). In the past week, there have been approximately 30 people admitted to hospitals in NJ and many more in NY suffering the consequences of using these products. As of now, no one really knows what is in these substances. However, what is known is that people are getting very sick from it; severe agitation, seizures, renal failure, and other life-threatening reactions are being reported.

On Tuesday South Brunswick Police and EMS responded to a township home where a 22 year old female was convulsing and throwing up. Officers found her lying on the ground shaking uncontrollably. Friends indicated that the woman had been smoking synthetic marijuana. Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad transported the woman to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment.

The large increase in overdose cases in New Jersey mirrors recent activity in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania where more than 39 cases have been reported in the past week. Lehigh County officials indicate that some of the patients had various degrees of intoxication that resulted in at least one being intubated. In some cases patients have shown aggressive behavior toward police officers and emergency medical services personnel.

Health officials want parents and community members to be aware of the dangers of these substances. For more information please contact a poison expert at 800-222-1222.

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When was the last time you heard something like this in the non-illegal drug marketplace?

Excedrine poisoning, maybe.

And the makes immediately resigned the packaging to be tamper proof.

The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” ENSURES that we will suffer these types of episodes REGULARLY.

Maybe that’s what the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats want!

Drugs are bad. We need Mommie and Daddie Gooferment to protect us.


Drug addiction is a MEDICAL; not legal problem.

Repeal the drug laws. (How did they ever get passed in the first place with our experience with Prohibition!)

Let WalMart, Walgreens, RiteAid, and CVS dispense “good” “illegal” drugs — that are clean and of a know quantity and quality.

Just like at the casinos, tell folks where to go to get help if they have a problem.

(Why is that “good enough” for problem gamblers and problem drinkers, but not for some drug abusers?)


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