Thursday, September 15, 2016

NY Happenings With A Special 20 Questions From Hillary - UPDATED

Just a couple of issues to discuss in no special order:

1. It sounded like a such a great idea. Replace the old telephone booths in NYC with new state-of-the-art cellphone powering stations with free WiFi and internet service complete with keyboards and monitors all paid for by the taxpayers! LinkNYC was born. Cool, eh? However, it has not turn out exactly the way that Bloomberg/DiBlasio envisioned it.

The idea that some Midwestern tourist or Wall Street executives would use these kiosks to power up their cell phones in an emergency and while they were waiting they could surf the internet to find stuff, read the news, keep in touch with loved ones sounded like a great repurposing of outmoded space. Again, that is not what's been happening though. See, along with these blooming kiosks, we have a blossoming garden of "homeless" living on the street. And, they have cleverly begun to occupy many of the kiosks to host "movie nights" with their other fellow "homeless" friends. Yeah, we have provided our ever burgeoning homeless population with free internet service with video screens for their very own outdoor entertainment centers, just pull up a chair. And the indoor-living neighbors that live around these kiosks have started to complain loudly about their outdoor neighbors occupying their streets playing movies loudly late into the night and through to the early morning.

I guess someone at City Hall has heard the complaints and is finally taking some action. It is being reported that the "internet browser" portion of this new service will be disabled...LINK Oh well, it sounded like a good idea at the time. Though I guess it['s better than their other idea. That was to outfit "homeless" with mobile WiFi equipment that people could pay to hook up to for a small fee to the human WiFi connection. I am not kidding...

2. And there's Hillary Clinton sent a series of tweets from her sickbed to Donald Trump with the following 20 questions. This comes at the same time that it was announced that the NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into Trump's charitable foundation for suspected "pay-to-play" donations. [Side note: NY AG Schniederman is also a consultant to the...yes...Clinton campaign.].

I have to admit I did a spit-take when I read the questions and I just had to consolidate them into one long list. Amazingly, many of these are questions she has herself refused to answer honestly. Especially the ones that could relate to recently disclosed emails about her own Clinton Foundation and the special access and favors to donors (foreign and domestic) given from Hillary's State Department after making hefty donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Her answer to all those "right-wing" attacks was that "It wasn't true. There has never been any cooperation between her State Dept and the completely separate Clinton Foundation even if it might look that way in all those emails. And anyway when she is President, they will never do it again. She vowed that Bill and she would completely disconnect from the daily Foundation operation, but Chelsea would have to remain because she has absolutely no connections with government and has no access to either of her parents.

All I can say is, that she and her campaign operatives have finally become completely divorced from reality.

1. Will you sever ties with your company linked to foreign leaders, questionable organizations, and criminals if you become president?

2. How will you handle non-cancelable contractual obligations with parties whose interests conflict with those of the United States?

3. While refusing to release your tax returns, how will you confirm that you do not have dangerous financial ties to bad actors abroad?

4. If you were willing to work with Qaddafi—a known terrorist and dictator—is there anyone you aren't willing to make a deal with? Who?

5. How can you be tough on Iran, given your business partnership with someone connected to Iranian money laundering?

6. Given that you've already questioned our commitments to NATO allies, what is your answer to this?

7. To what extent would your foreign policy be dictated by potential financial benefits for your business partners?

8. Will you disclose the nature of your personal and business relationships with all of the Russian oligarchs you are “close” to?

9. Have you or your campaign discussed U.S.-Russian relations with the Russian billionaires with whom you've done business?

10. How did the Russian mob boss who ran a criminal organization out of Trump Tower get a VIP pass to your Miss Universe pageant in Moscow?

11. With business ties to politically-connected Indian developers, how can you conduct foreign policy that puts the U.S. above your profits?

12. How can we be sure you'd be willing to be tough on any nation if necessary, if it would put your interests and profits at risk?

13. How can we know you won't (again) impulsively damage relationships with crucial allies to preserve your own ego?

14. We know you engaged extensively in pay-to-play here at home. Have you bribed foreign officials or other parties abroad?

15. To what extent are you and your family currently contractually tied to payments from foreign business partners, or governments?

16. You've mentioned ~120 foreign deals, including in countries with national security implications. Where and with whom are you working?

17. Will your children disclose all of the foreign trips and business deals they've undertaken during the campaign, and with whom they met?

18. We'll let @kurteichenwald ask this

19. In sum, how will Trump guarantee that if forced to choose between America's security and his own bank account, he won't pick the latter?

20. It's pretty clear: Trump's spent his life unscrupulously looking out for his own wallet above all. Why would that change as president?

I particularly like the last one. All of this reminds me of the same delusional disconnect when Hillary boldly proclaimed that all rape victims should be believed and listened to...

UPDATE - There are not words to describe this. Now the Clinton campaign apparatus isn't even pretending not to lie.



tryanmax said...

I'll need something other than a smartphone to respond adequately with. In the meantime, I'm going to sleep and hope not to inadvertently choke on my pillow after reading these. Good gravy!

AndrewPrice said...

Wow, talk about gall! I wonder if the syphilis... uh, "pneumonia" has gotten to her brain?

As for the homeless, New York should harness them for power. Or strap a free mobile Starbucks to their backs and watch the chaos unfold.

Anthony said...

Clinton is not on a position to question anyone's honesty, not even Trump's.

None of the questions are good zingers, so they are pointless.

Anonymous said...

Bev: The homeless taking over the kiosks is a classic! Headslap! Doh! Who didn't see that coming,lol! They tend not to be fastidious about their bathroom habits too. In Cincinnati they did a multi million dollar makeover for the city parks a few years ago. Now instead of standing around crowded up and looking conspicuous the drug dealers have shady booths to sit in.

BevfromNYC said...

Gypsy - I wish our city "parents" (Can't call them "city fathers" anymore 'cause that would be cis-sexist and inaccurately gender-identity specific as this is a group effort) had spent more time working on ways to spend our tax dollar than free wifi/tablets at every street corner. That money could have been better used to the homeless find shelter not on the street. In all fairness, Bloomberg did a great job in curbing the homeless problem by most likely paying out of his own pocket to ship them elsewhere. DiBlasio on the otherhand, has exacerbated the problem by closing off the shelters to single men...who, as it turns out, have been using the kiosks to surf porn sites.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

BevfromNYC said...

Interestingly, I did not see one word so far publishing this list of questions. I would think this would be a hot topic for all the liberal leaning Clinton loving/Trump hating media! So out for that lead balloon overhead.

Oh, yeah, I just saw the latest polls...Trump leading by 6 points. I don't take polls that seriously, but I think the Clinton political machine is in need of an overhaul. Politico was opining that Bill Clinton just doesn't have that old political charm that he used to have and is now being relegated to the B-Team.

AndrewPrice said...

GypsyTyger, I saw the South Park bit you were talking about. That's hilarious!

"The cops got our stuff back so its safe to hate them again..." LOL!


AndrewPrice said...

Bev, On Hillary's health, I find the media spin amazing. Here's how the media has evolved:

1. Trump won't tell us about his health - the most important thing to know about a candidate! He needs to be disqualified.

2. Sure, Hillary got dizzy, but it's just the right wing trying to make something of nothing.

3. I see nothing wrong with Hillary. Health is not a legitimate issue to discuss.

4. There's a video of Hillary collapsing? Oh crap. And she lied about being overheated? She needs to go!!!

5. Wait, the talking point is pneumonia. I'll take that on faith and assume pneumonia is not a big deal. Nothing to see here. Health is irrelevant.

6. (Today) You know, Trump is the one who invented the whole health issue. He's the only reason anyone is talking about Hillary's health. It's sexist! And health should be off limits.

7. Can we really trust Trump's health statement? Hell no! Trump won't tell us about his health - the most important thing to know about a candidate! He needs to be disqualified.

All this without getting whiplash and no sense of shame either.

tryanmax said...

Initially, I thought to retort to each one, but I think everyone here sees the flaw in Hillary even asking these questions. More to the point, Hillary has taken up the Trump line that the media is the enemy. To be fair, she's been at it since "vast right wing conspiracy" but that has faded from people's memories. Then she declared war on Pepe the Frog.

Hillary 1998: "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy!"

Hillary 2016: "Vast Alt-Right Conspiracy!"

The more things change...

BevfromNYC said...

Andrew and Anthony - I am glad it is just not me...;-(

Anonymous said...

More bad news for Hillary. Apparently her policy book Stronger Together was just released and it sold under 3,000 copies in the first week. And it's review average at Amazon is 1.6 stars. Now granted, Trump supporters are pounding up the one star reviews. But what the low rating means is that no Hillary supporters are riding to the rescue with 5 star reviews. The election is a helluva long way from over and the debates are still ahead but she doesn't seem to be the draw she once was.
If this had just been released one year ago it would have sold a lot more than 3000 copies and Amazon would have been flooded with 5 star reviews.

tryanmax said...

Latest: Hilary has a disease that doesn't even exist!

BevfromNYC said...

Tryanmax - And she has had medical tests that other doctors ahve stated publiclly don't exist.

BevfromNYC said...

>>On Hillary's health, I find the media spin amazing.<<

Andrew I know! That is the anatomy of EVERY issue with them. Make it an issue for the opposition, suddenly it becomes a Clinton issue, blame opposition for pointing that out, etc...

Look at the video I added at the bottom of my post with Donna Shalala from an interview. It is just mind-boggling. She actually says that...oh, just watch it.

tryanmax said...

In other words, Hillary could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and Donna Shalala would say it didn't happen.

BevfromNYC said...


AndrewPrice said...

This is rich. The media is now asking if Trump tricked Hillary into using the word deplorables. I would say that Trump is definitely under their skin if they are imagining he's an evil genius who is using Svengali-like tactics to Jedi mind-trick the brilliant, overqualified definitely-not-sick Hillary Clinton.

tryanmax said...

Andrew, that is amazing! In a roundabout way though, there is some truth to that. Trump did it before against Rubio et al. He played the cad until everyone dropped to his level. This did two things. 1) It drew his opponents out of character and their comfort zones and 2) it made him look less bad.

Now, against Hillary he needed to up his game a bit. So he added a twist. This time, he played the bore until Hillary joined him, then he abruptly stole her place. She never saw it coming!

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