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Meet the Clinton Charity They Didnt Want You to Know About

"Though much has been said concerning the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, analysts have not yet trained enough attention on another tax-exempt organization the Clintons control, The Clinton Family Foundation.

Unlike the better-known charity started almost 21 years ago as an archive and research center for presidential records created during Bill Clinton’s eight-year White House tenure, the second entity — a grant-making charity whose Employer Identification Number is 30-0048438 — was formed in December 2001 and can only make donations to validly organized and operated public charities.

According to information provided by the larger Little Rock-based charity, the Clinton Family Foundation has contributed $5 million to $10 million cumulatively through the end of 2016. For now, let’s concentrate on problems seen through examining history from 2013 through 2017 and leave other problems dating back to 2001 for another day.

Records available through the New York State Attorney General Charities Database (insert “Clinton Family Foundation” or “30-0048438” into relevant search fields) show that the Clinton Family Foundation contributed a total of $3,365,000 in 2014 and 2015 to an entity incorrectly described as the “William J. Clinton Foundation.”

Balance of article at the link.
Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Mar 29, 2018, 11:39 AM (1 replies)

Nasty, 3ft-long parasitic worms are on the cusp of being wiped from the planet

"It all starts with a sip of water that’s contaminated with the worm’s larvae. Inside a human host, the larvae punch through the digestive tract, entering into the body cavity to quietly grow. Within a few months, the male and female worms meet and mate. Then the males die off. The surviving female worms mature, reaching 60 to 100 centimeters (2 to 3 feet), and migrate into the victim’s muscles. About 10 to 14 months after that tainted drink, the female worms burn through the skin by oozing acid, creating a searing blister. This can happen anywhere in the body, but it’s usually in the legs or feet.

Not coincidentally, dunking the blister in water eases the pain—and gives the female worm the opportunity to burst out of the wound and spew a milky slurry containing millions of larvae, which starts the cycle all over again. From there, the victim can slowly try to pull the worm out. But yanking too quickly could break the thin parasite (measuring only 1 to 2 mm wide), which could cause an infection. Instead, it has to be slowly extracted, usually by winding the end around a piece of gauze or twig and turning it a few times each day. The process often takes weeks.

The nasty culprit here is the Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis). The infection is called dracunculiasis, Latin for “afflicted with little dragons,” after the burning blisters they create on their way out.

In 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million cases of dracunculiasis in 21 countries on two continents. But today, we’re on the cusp of completely eradicating the fiery infection, thanks in large part to work by the Carter Center, a philanthropic organization co-founded by former President Jimmy Carter that led the charge to eliminate Guinea worms."

Kudos to former President Carter and his organization. Well done, sir.

(Balance of article at the link.)
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Mar 28, 2018, 07:40 AM (4 replies)

France Hostage Situation Ends; 4 Dead, Including Gunman

How nice. Broward County S.O. got out-sacked by the French.

"PARIS — A gunman killed three people in southwestern France on Friday in a burst of violence that included hijacking a car, shooting at police officers and opening fire and taking hostages in a supermarket.

The gunman, who witnesses said claimed to be acting on behalf of the Islamic State, was later killed by police officers who stormed the market. An officer wounded after exchanging places with some hostages was “fighting against death” in the hospital on Friday night, President Emmanuel Macron said.

The attack rattled nerves in a country that has been hit hard by terrorism in recent years, and it underscored the threat posed by individuals inspired by terrorist propaganda but who act outside of any structured networks, making it difficult for intelligence services to monitor them.

“The level of the terrorist threat on our territory has not waned,” said François Molins, the Paris prosecutor, who handles terrorism investigations nationwide. “It is the result of radicalized individuals who are on our national territory.”

Balance of article at the link.
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Mar 23, 2018, 07:40 PM (0 replies)

Former Georgia governor, U.S. Sen. Zell Miller has died at age 86

"ATLANTA - Former Georgia governor and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller has died after battling Parkinson’s disease. He was 86.

Miller's family confirmed he died peacefully at this home with his family by his side on Friday.

We're remembering the impact he had and legacy he leaves behind in Georgia, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

“The people of Georgia have lost one of our state’s finest public servants," his grandson, Bryan Miller, said in a statement. “As his grandson, I learned more from Zell Miller both professionally and personally than from anyone else I have encountered. He was more than my grandfather. He was my dear friend and mentor. I cherish all the time we spent together. I will never forget the lessons he taught me, his witty sense of humor, or his contagious smile. Our family will miss him terribly.”

Miller retired from public life in October."

Balance of article at the link. He was a complicated person. Probably responsible for Clinton being elected in 1992; his HOPE Scholarship was well intended but led to problems down the road.
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Mar 23, 2018, 10:50 AM (3 replies)

Students' visit to gun range 'none of your damn business,' parents say

"Angered by word of the disciplining of two Lacey High School students for a gun-related social media post, 200 parents, community members and other supporters of the Second Amendment on Monday let the Board of Education know they don't want the district trampling on their rights or meddling in their home lives.

"You guys are reaching into our private life, the private life of our children," said one parent, Lewis Fiordimondo, who has twins in pre-kindergarten and a daughter at the high school. "It's not your place. It's not the school's place."

Another dad, Frank Horvath, whose son is a senior at Lacey High, put things in blunter terms.

"It's none of your damn business what our children do outside of school," Horvath told the seven board members toward the end of a four-hour meeting, most of it occupied by speaker after speaker venting anger and frustration at school officials largely unable to respond due to confidentiality rules."

I bet it was a heck of a meeting. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall.
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:00 PM (9 replies)

The Media Slams Yale Student Verdict on Rape

"Last week, a New Haven jury acquitted Yale student Saifullah Khan of rape. Coverage of the case provided only the latest reminder of the one-sided, often effectively misleading manner in which the mainstream media covers the issue of campus sexual assault.

Because criminal charges were filed against Khan, he was entitled to constitutional protections (the right to representation from a lawyer who could fully participate in the process, the requirement that the state turn over all exculpatory evidence in its possession) that students accused through the campus Title IX process lack. An explosive filing from Khan’s lawyers on the eve of the trial suggested that the Yale Police Department withheld exculpatory information from the prosecutors; that investigators made improper comments about Khan’s ethnicity; and that Yale Title IX officials might have improperly disclosed FERPA-protected information about Khan. (The latter issue, ironically, also was raised in the Jack Montague case, which took place about the same time as the Khan allegations.)

This framework, however, appeared nowhere in coverage of the verdict, neither in the campus press nor in the mainstream media, which instead displayed a thinly-concealed bias that the jury got things wrong. The New York Times set the tone for coverage. The paper ran a long article on the case before the start of trial, framed under a thesis that the number of campus allegations reported to police was “vanishingly small.” Times reporter Veronica Wang wrote, “The Department of Justice estimates that between 4 percent and 20 percent of female college students who are raped report the attack to law enforcement.”

The 20 percent figure actually comes from a DOJ study, conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. (It applies only to college students who say they’re raped, since, of course, non-reported allegations can’t be tested for accuracy.) But the “4 percent” study, though funded by the Justice Department, contains the following disclaimer: “Any opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of BJS and the U.S. Department of Justice.” It’s puzzling, therefore, that Wang would refer to the 4 percent figure as a DOJ “estimate[].”

Balance of article at the link above. I'm always amazed at those on the Left who are willing to abandon Due Process in pursuit of the latest shiny object.
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 12:21 PM (4 replies)

Today's DU Funny......

Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Mar 20, 2018, 03:10 PM (4 replies)

Doctor Dresses Like Chewbacca to Deliver Great News to Teenage Patient

Putting this in "Politics" for visibility, we need some good news!

Quick, but worth it. Fifteen-year-old Austin Eggleston was awaiting a new heart and, when one became available, his doctor donned a Chewbacca costume to bring him the great news. Happy Monday.
Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Mar 20, 2018, 01:15 PM (14 replies)

Why Do Leftists Think So Poorly of Blacks?

" Some weeks ago, my friend Larry Correia wrote an article in which he defended poor people against the charge of not being able to cook, or otherwise take care of themselves. An elitist snob claimed – basically – that poor people had no choice but to buy fast food because learning to shop and cook from scratch, let alone buy the utensils necessary to the process, was an impossible ramp to climb.

Larry, who grew up, if not poor on paper, certainly not particularly well-off in reality, had lots of fun with this concept. So did all of us who read his article.

Imagine our surprise when that same day his Wikipedia entry was vandalized to identify him as a white supremacist writer. (This was doubly puzzling since Larry is, as I am, of Portuguese origin–his slightly more remote–and we are, according to the State Department, Latin.)

We–friends and fans–thought this was just a coincidence and it was some nut who otherwise hated Larry. But that day or the next, Larry got an email referencing his article and calling him a white supremacist, and we’ve reason to believe that it was the same person who vandalized his Wikipedia entry.

Now I want you to go read that article above–go ahead, I’ll wait–and tell me where Larry mentions race or says at any time that one race is superior to another."

I enjoyed reading Correia's fisking. Clearly, someone wasn't amused and sought to sabotage the Wikipedia article.
Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Mar 19, 2018, 06:56 PM (15 replies)

New York Times Columnist Warns Of Climate Change While On Companys Global Private Jet Tour

"New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is warning, yet again, about the perils of climate change and the need to be good stewards of the environment.

This time, however, Kristof is not writing from the Manhattan offices of the “old grey lady” because he’s in the middle of a New York Times-sponsored around-the-world private jet tour that costs $135,000 per person.

Kristof’s column, entitled, “A Parable of Self-Destruction,” was written on Easter Island off the coast of South America. It tells the story of how the island became uninhabited due to deforestation and unsustainable practices by the natives.

“That brings us to climate change, to the chemical processes we are now triggering whose outcomes we cant fully predict,” Kristof wrote after recounting what is alleged to have happened to the natives. “The consequences may be a transformed planet with rising waters and hotter weather, dying coral reefs and more acidic oceans. We fear for the ocean food chain and worry about feedback loops that will irreversibly accelerate this process, yet still we act like Easter Islanders hacking down their trees.”

Kristof was on the island as part of an around-the-world tour organized by the New York Times. Limited to only 50 people at a cost of $135,000 per person, “based on double occupancy,” the tour offers the chance to “circle the globe on an inspiring and informative journey by private jet, created by The New York Times in collaboration with luxury travel pioneers Abercrombie & Kent. This 26-day itinerary takes you beneath the surface of some of the world’s most compelling destinations, illuminating them through the expertise of veteran Times journalists.”

Balance of article at the link. Is Kristof trying to outdo Al Gore as biggest environment hypocrite?

Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Mar 19, 2018, 05:11 PM (5 replies)
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