Adhanom, Tedros

The first non-physician and first African to serve in the role as Director General of the World Health Organization.

During his bid for the $260,000 a year job as the head of the WHO, Dr. Tedros was serving as Ethiopia’s health minister and had served as foreign minister.

He vowed to make universal healthcare his central priority if he managed to become the World Health Organization’s Director-General. Dr. Tedros hired a public relations firm to help him clinch the top job at the WHO.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Tedros graduated from university education where he holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health from the U.K.’s University of Nottingham and a Master of Science in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London. He went to work as a health official in the regime of Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, while the country was ruled by the Derg military junta.

Later, after the dictatorship was overthrown, he joined the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in the 1990s. According to the British journalist Thomas Mountain, who has lived in neighboring Eritrea for many years and has reported on the corrupt Tigray regime, Tedros had a direct role in the atrocities alleged to have been committed by the government.

According to the BBC, Dr Tedros then joined the hard-left TPLF – which started life as a Communist party and played a major role in overthrowing Mariam in 1991. It later became part of the EPRDF, a coalition of left-wing parties that ruled Ethiopia until last year. (Daily Mail)

Tedros was the recipient of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in 2011 when he was Ethiopia’s minister of Health.

As foreign minister from 2012 and 2016, Tedros became the face of a government that human rights groups accused of systematic torture, disappearances and repression of the media and civil society.

“Large-scale and unprecedented protests swept through Ethiopia’s largest region of Oromia beginning in November 2015, and in the Amhara region from July 2016. Ethiopian security forces cracked down on these largely peaceful demonstrations, killing more than 500 people,” the Human Rights Watch said in a report during the time.

“Scores of people fleeing security force gunfire and teargas during the annual Irreecha festival died in a stampede on October 2 in Bishoftu, Oromia region. On October 9, following the destruction of some government buildings and private property by youths, the government announced a draconian and far-reaching six-month countrywide state of emergency, which prescribes sweeping and vaguely worded restrictions on a broad range of actions and undermines free expression, association, and peaceful assembly.”

The report added,

“The protests occurred against a background of nearly non-existent political space: in parliament, the ruling coalition has 100 percent of seats, there are restrictions on civil society and independent media, and those who do not actively support the government often face harassment and arbitrary detention.”

It was Tedros who has been reported to have been responsible for the removal of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders following Ethiopia’s brutal massacre of Ogaden citizens in Somalia, which was immediately followed by a cholera outbreak.

When the Ethiopian government proposed expansion of the municipal boundary of the capital, Addis Ababa, in 2016, protests followed in which “security forces arrested tens of thousands of students, teachers, opposition politicians, health workers, and those who sheltered or assisted fleeing protesters.” The HRW also said the government at the time sought to control and gag the media and forced many journalists “to choose between self-censorship, harassment and arrest, or exile.”

In Ethiopia’s controversial 2015 general elections, Tedros’ ruling EPRDF declared that it won all 547 seats of legislature amid reports of continued repression. (Quartz Africa)

In 2016, while Dr. Tedros was the Foreign Minister, he got into a public fight with Human Rights Watch for their reporting on the EPRDF’s brutal attacks on their own citizens.

In September 2017, about four months after Tedros, 55, was elected as WHO director-general, some U.S. doctors specializing in infectious diseases, wrote an open letter to him, holding him and the WHO responsible for refusing to classify a cholera outbreak in Sudan in an attempt to guard its global reputation. They wrote:

“Your silence about what is clearly a massive cholera epidemic in Sudan daily becomes more reprehensible. Your failure to transport stool samples from victims in Sudan to Geneva for official confirmation of cholera makes you fully complicit in the terrible suffering and dying that continues to spread, out of control, with daily new reports confirming that this is indeed a cholera epidemic.

“The inevitable history that will be written of this epidemic will surely cast you in an unforgiving light.”

In October 2017, Dr. Tedros tried to appoint Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador” for the WHO–which should tell you all that you need to know. He’s apparently not a great judge of character and is completely tone-deaf.

The plan by World Health Organization (WHO) director-general to appoint Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador has backfired and been rescinded after an international outcry…

…Mugabe, 93, one of the longest serving leaders in the world, seems a particularly unusual appointment for goodwill ambassador,  given his high profile as the leader of a government with a poor record of democratic freedoms.

Critics were particularly offended at the idea that Mugabe was appointed because of his contributions to public health given the collapse of Zimbabwe’s healthcare system under his watch, along with the country’s economy in recent years.  Mugabe, along with several others African leaders, has long trips abroad for medical treatment.

Source: Quartz Africa

It is believed, according to former World Bank geopolitical analyst Peter Koenig, that the appointment of Dr. Adhanom was due to Bill Gates’ influence. Tedros is the former Chairman of Gates funded GAVI Vaccine Alliance. GAVI’s sole mission is to vaccinate every child in the world. The WHO and the US and British governments are the primary partners and the largest funder is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Times UK reported that the appointment of Mugabe as goodwill ambassador was to appease China, a long-time supporter of Mugabe, for using its influence to have Dr. Tedros elected Director-General. The Times also notes, “China has praised the authoritarian development model of Ethiopia’s regime, which rules under emergency powers and has put down pro-democracy protests.”

While Dr. Tedros was Foreign Minister, he managed to assist in the negotiation to boost U.N. funding to Ethiopia as part of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. United Nations funding records show that Ethiopia received millions of dollars in funding–including from China who had previously contributed very little to the country.

In 2015 and 2016 China gave some $16million to Ethiopia in spending commitments and cash contributions, largely in support of food or refugee programmes.

In 2011, just before Dr Tedros took up the role, and in 2017, just after he left, China handed over another $44million in commitments and contributions.

Its total contributions outside of this period, dating back to the year 2000, were just $345,000.

Source: Daily Mail

At the time of Dr. Tedros’s appointment to the WHO, Frida Ghitis of the Washington Post noted that China “worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help Tedros defeat the United Kingdom candidate for the WHO job, David Nabarro. Tedros’s victory was also a victory for Beijing, whose leader Xi Jinping has made public his goal of flexing China’s muscle in the world.” (Emphasis added)

He is accused of covering up several cholera epidemics in Ethiopia while he was Health Minister.

According to the BBC, while he was Health Minister, “his ministry was known to discourage journalists from reporting about suspected cholera cases in the country.”

During the 2017 election itself, several groups within Ethiopia opposed Dr Tedros’s appointment due to his links with the TPLF and allegations that they stifled journalists and repressed minorities.

Dr Tedros was also accused of covering up three separate cholera outbreaks in 2006, 2008 and 2011 by mis-reporting it as ‘watery diarrhea’, allegations he dismissed as a ‘smear campaign’ by his British rival.

Source: Daily Mail

In one scathing Letter to the Editor of the Addis Standard, a Ph.D. candidate wrote:

Dr. Tedros left the Ethiopian health sector very much politicized and crippled, which has to be yet depoliticized if it has to function properly. The more than 35,000 female health extension workers trained for six months and deployed across Ethiopia during his tenure, which many praise him for, are more of political cadres who are deployed in rural household families to serve the TPLF than helping health workers. This has been verified by their own internal memos and reports on various occasions.

An article in Madote describes the conditions that doctors were working in Ethiopia under Dr. Tedros’s term as Health Minister–no access to water for handwashing, and delivering babies at night using flashlights from a smartphone were particularly jarring examples cited.

Even though he was a political appointee with no experience in health care, Dr.Tedros was lucky to have the international community pouring millions of dollars of donation to support the Ethiopian health care system from the AIDS and Malaria crises that engulfed the nation in the mid-90s.

Thousands of primary health care centers were built all over Ethiopia, and Addis Ababa particularly. Most of these buildings were built by contactors owned by the political party that Dr. Adhanom was representing. I will not go into the details of how these substandard two and three floor buildings were built to show how the government was investing in health care. The devil is in the detail. As a young health care practitioner with ambition to help the public, I was enthusiastic to give my best knowledge in to practice. The two-story building that housed about 25 health care providers, has no the bare necessities a health care office should have. In the very small room I was assigned to see patients, consumable health care items such as sterile gloves, paper exam gowns and covers for exam tables, cotton swabs, gauze, tongue depressors, alcohol prep pads, sample containers, chemical test strips, suturing equipment, syringes, disposable instruments, stethoscope, water sink, and restroom supplies were non-existent. This is a fact in most health care centers in Ethiopia.

Yes, this is the legacy of the man that has been running interference for China regarding the Wuhan coronavirus.

In 2017, at a meeting between Chinese Communist leaders and their creature Ghebreyesus, the WHO received a large financial contribution from China, which wanted to build an $80 million headquarters for the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The new centre was to be in Ghebreyesus’ home country, Communist Ethiopia. U.S. intelligence services reckon that China intends to use it as a base for spying.

However, anonymously speaking to Bloomberg, three officials said the U.S. intelligence community noted in a classified report to the White House last week that China lied about the extent of the COVID-19 outbreak, under-reporting the number of infections and deaths.

In late January 2020, Tedros met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and then praised the Chinese government for “setting a new standard for outbreak control” and its “openness to sharing information.”

Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform committee wrote to Tedros in April 2020:

“Despite the WHO’s purported mission to operate as an apolitical international institution within the United Nations, recent media reports suggest that the WHO helped Beijing disseminate propaganda, downplayed the extent of the disease, and possibly delayed ordering a public health emergency.”

“Given the actions and statements of WHO officials during the past few months, we are concerned that the WHO is no longer serving the needs of the world and is instead taking its cues from China. Throughout the crisis, the WHO has shied away from placing any blame on the Chinese government, which is, in essence, the Communist Party of China.” The Hill

Rebel Media’s Keean Bexte covered lots of this and some more interesting tidbits in the following video.

That John Martin quote cited by Bexte really does sum it all up:

In a sane world, instead of leading a global organisation, Tedros and his cronies would be put on trial at the International Criminal Court, tried for his crimes, and if found guilty, should spend the rest of his life in prison.

Source: Rough Estimate

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Buffet, Warren

Leftist and affirmed agnostic billionaire born in Omaha, NE on August 30, 1930. Buffett is noted for his frugality despite his personal fortune (he still lives in the same house in Omaha he bought three decades ago for $31,500, and drives an older Lincoln Towncar). His father, Howard Buffett, was a stock broker who was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1942. Warren entered the University of Pennsylvania at age 16 to study business, and transferred two years later to the University of Nebraska, graduating at age 20. After earning a master’s degree from Columbia Business School in 1951, he spent three years selling securities for Buffett-Falk and Company, followed by two years working as an analyst for the Graham-Newton Corporation under the late economist and finance professor Benjamin Graham, who had been his mentor at Columbia. Buffett would later credit Graham’s book, The Intelligent Investor, for the great impact it had on his life.

In 1952 Buffett married Susan Thompson, a rebellious New Age leftist with whom he went on to have three children. Thompson was a strong ideological influence on Buffett, passing on to him her views in support of population control, abortion rights, and a nuclear freeze. According to Forbes magazine, these issues “remained a life-long passion, even an obsession, for both,” and were “heavily funded by their foundation” – a reference to the Buffett Foundation, which the couple used as a vehicle for charitable giving, and which was renamed the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) in 2004 after Thompson’s death. For many years before that he took a mistress (with Susie’s approval; the three of them would sign Christmas cards together); upon Susie’s death he married his mistress.

Over the years, STBF has contributed huge sums of money to pro-abortion groups like the National Abortion FederationNARALCatholics for Choice, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood. Buffett once described Planned Parenthood as “the closest thing we have” to a vehicle by which to “make every child born in this country and this world a wanted child,” adding: “Until women have the right to determine their reproductive destiny, we’re in an unequal society.” Even before the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973, Buffett helped sponsor a “church” named Ecumenical Fellowship, which assisted women in finding places to obtain abortions.

In 1956 Buffet founded the Omaha-based investment firm Buffett Partnership Ltd. (BPL). Utilizing techniques he had learned from Benjamin Graham, Buffett was successful in identifying undervalued companies, including a textile company in New England named Berkshire Hathaway. He began buying stock in that company in the 1960s and assumed control of it by 1965.

After his father died in 1964, Buffett, who was already a liberal Democrat at heart, officially changed his party affiliation to Democrat.

In 1969, Buffett dissolved BPL despite its success, to concentrate on Berkshire Hathaway. Phasing out its textile division, Buffett expanded the firm by buying assets in media, insurance, and oil. His success in investments earned him the moniker, the “Oracle of Omaha.”

Buffett and his wife separated in 1977 but remained married until the end of Susan Thompson’s life 27 years later. Before relocating to San Francisco in ’77 to pursue a singing career, Thompson arranged for Astrid Menks, a Latvian-born woman whom she and her husband had met and befriended in recent years, “to become,” as Forbes put it in November 2012, “Warren’s live-in housekeeper and to look after him in whatever ways he needed … as a kind of wife substitute in all ways except in law.” Two years after Thompson’s death in 2004, Buffett and Menks married.

In 1980, Buffett denounced the famed publisher William Randolph Hearst for having spent so much of his wealth on the construction of his mansion in San Simeon. “Just as the Pharaohs did when building pyramids,” wrote Buffett, “Hearst commanded massive amounts of labor and material away from other societal purposes to satisfy his personal consumption desires.” Buffett also stated that people who lived off of their family inheritance “might feel themselves perceptive in observing the debilitating effects of food stamps for the poor but would fail to observe that they themselves are the beneficiaries of an almost boundless lifetime supply of privately-funded food stamps bestowed upon them at birth.”

Buffett became director of Berkshire Hathaway in 1989, by which time he had accumulated a net worth of $3.8 billion, and he held that position until 2006.

In 2006 Buffett announced that he planned to donate, over time, his entire fortune to charity, with 85% going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2010, Buffett and Bill Gates collaborated to form The Giving Pledge, a campaign intended to recruit wealthy contributors to charitable causes.

In March 2012, bestselling author Peter Schweizer explained how Buffett in 2008 had exploited his political connections to President Barack Obama to push for federal bailouts of the banking industry, bailouts that in turn generated an enormous windfall for Buffett. Wrote Schweizer:

“During the financial crisis in the fall of 2008, Buffett … [w]hile pushing for calm and advocating specific market interventions in both public and private … was also investing (sometimes quietly) so he could profit once his policy advice was implemented….

“[O]n September 23 [he invested] $5 billion in Goldman Sachs, which was overleveraged and short on cash. Buffett’s play gave the investment bank a much-needed cash infusion, making a heck of a deal for himself in return: Berkshire Hathaway received preferred stock with a 10 percent dividend yield and an attractive option to buy another $5 billion in stock at $115 a share.

“Wall Street was on fire, and Buffett was running toward the flames. But he was doing so with the expectation that the fire department (that is, the federal government) was right behind him with buckets of bailout money. As he admitted on CNBC at the time, ‘If I didn’t think the government was going to act, I wouldn’t be doing anything this week.’

“Buffett needed the bailout. In addition to Goldman Sachs, which was not as badly leveraged as some of its competitors, Buffett was heavily invested in several other banks, such as Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp, that were also at risk and in need of federal cash. So it’s no surprise that Buffett began campaigning for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that was being hammered out in Washington….[2]

“During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama made it clear that … ‘Warren Buffett is one of those people that I listen to’ and was one of his ‘economic advisers.’ […]

“Early in the financial crisis, Obama … had been cautious and lukewarm about a possible bailout. But in the days following Buffett’s multibillion-dollar play for Goldman Sachs, and with fears of economic collapse mounting, Obama became a powerful champion of the government rescue…..

“Publicly, Buffett struck a posture of cheering on the bailout from the sidelines. ‘I’m not brave enough to try to influence the Congress,’ he told The New York Times in a September 24 article. But Buffett’s actions directly contradicted his words. Days later, he participated in a conference call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats during which he pushed them to pass the bill, warning that otherwise the country faces ‘the biggest financial meltdown in American history.’

“The stakes were high for Buffett as well. If the bailout went through, it would be a windfall for Goldman. If it failed, it would be disastrous for Berkshire Hathaway. The first vote failed, as Congress faced enormous heat from voters angry about the prospect of aiding Wall Street. On the eve of the second TARP vote in the House, Buffett moved toward the fire again, buying a $3 billion stake in corporate giant General Electric (GE). As with Goldman, he was able to negotiate advantageous terms, receiving a 10 percent dividend on his shares. He also purchased the option to buy $3 billion in stock at discounted terms. GE was in even worse financial shape than Goldman, thanks to its financial arm, GE Capital. Eventually it would receive $140 billion in taxpayer capital to stay afloat….

“In all, Berkshire Hathaway firms received $95 billion in TARP money. Berkshire held stock in Wells Fargo, Bank of America, American Express, and Goldman Sachs, which received not only TARP money but also Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) backing for their debt, worth a total of $130 billion. All told, TARP-assisted companies constituted a whopping 30 percent of Buffett’s publicly disclosed stock portfolio…. [T]he Houston Chronicle concluded in an April 2009 investigative piece [that Buffett] was ‘one of the top beneficiaries of the banking bailout.’

“Buffett received better terms for his Goldman investment than the government got for its bailout. His dividend was set at 10 percent, while the government’s was 5 percent. Had the bailout not gone through, and had Goldman not been given such generous terms under TARP, things would have been very different for Buffett. As it stood, the arrangement with Goldman Sachs earned Berkshire about $500 million a year in dividends…. The General Electric deal also was profitable [to the tune of $1.2 billion]. As Reuters business columnist Rolfe Winkler noted on his blog in August 2009: ‘Were it not for government bailouts, for which Buffett lobbied hard, many of his company’s stock holdings would have been wiped out.’

“By April 2009, Goldman share prices had more than doubled. By July 2009, Buffett had already received a return of $2.5 billion from his investment.”

Buffett’s political connections to Obama also gave Buffett the confidence to invest heavily in railroads in 2009. As Peter Schweizer explains:

“In late 2009, Buffett made his largest investment ever when he decided to buy Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF). It was not just an endorsement of the railroad industry’s financials; it was also a huge bet on the budget priorities of his friend Barack Obama. As The Wall Street Journal reported, ‘Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s planned purchase of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. represents a bet that upcoming Washington policies to improve infrastructure and combat climate change will be a boon to the freight-railroad industry. President Barack Obama has said railroad investment will be a cornerstone of his transportation policies, given the environmental benefits and improved mobility that come with taking cars and trucks off roads.’ […]

“Buffett bought BNSF just as the Obama administration was beginning a series of initiatives to rapidly expand the government’s spending on railroads. After Buffett took over the railroad company, he dramatically increased spending on lobbyists. Berkshire spent $1.2 million on lobbyists in 2008, but by 2009 its budget had jumped to $9.8 million, where it more or less remained….

“Obama’s plans to invest heavily in railroads, including a commitment to high-speed rail, put BNSF in a position to benefit handsomely…. The 2009 stimulus package [officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] include[d] $48 billion (of the total $787 billion) for infrastructure improvement, a chunk of which [was] headed for railroads.”

In 2010, Buffett penned a folksy New York Times op-ed thanking his “Uncle Sam” for the bailout funds; he signed the letter as Sam’s nephew, “Warren.”

Later that year, Buffett became a key propaganda figure in President Obama’s push to raise taxes. Most notably, he was a vocal advocate for tax hikes on wealthy Americans like himself, calling it unjust, for instance, that he himself was taxed at a lower rate than his own secretary simply because his income came from investments rather than in the form of a salary. “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress,” Buffett wrote in 2011. “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” President Barack Obama, of whom Buffett was an enthusiastic supporter, often cited and lauded the so-called “Buffett Rule” which held that households earning more than $1 million per year should be taxed at a higher rate than their middle-class counterparts.

Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway has been fighting with the IRS for almost a decade over taxes it owes, estimated to be $1 billion.

By early 2011, Obama had placed the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Buffet’s neck.

Continuing to build his Berkshire Hathaway empire, Buffett purchased the H.J. Heinz Company in 2013, Duracell in 2014, and Kraft Foods in 2015.

In 2015-16, Buffett praised the presidential bid of Senator Bernie Sanders, even though he formally backed Hillary Clinton‘s campaign. Characterizing Sanders as an “articulate” spokesman for his cause, Buffett said: “I think we all have lessons to learn from him.”

Calling it “highly likely … that climate change poses a major problem for the planet,” Buffett in 2016 boasted that Berkshire Hathaway Energy “has invested [$16 billion] in renewables and now owns 7% of the country’s wind generation and 6% of its solar generation.”

In 2017, Buffett opposed the Republican tax cut bill which was signed into law by President Donald Trump.

In 2017 as well, Buffett criticized President Trump’s calls for enhanced border security and the stricter enforcement of immigration laws. “A tide of talented and ambitious immigrants” had been key contributors to “the greatness of the country” during its development, said Buffett, implying that Trump’s position was blind to that reality.

In March 2020, Buffett — much as he had done eight years earlier by investing heavily in Goldman Sachs at the dawn of the financial crisis — suddenly invested enormous sums of money in airline companies whose stocks were plummeting as a result of the increasingly serious coronavirus pandemic. His expectation was that those companies would eventually receive financial bailouts from the federal government. Thus, Buffett increased his stake in Delta Airlines to 11% ownership.  He also owned between 8% and 10% of United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines.

For additional information on Warren Buffett, click here.

Further Reading: “Warren Buffett” (Biography.com); “When Warren Went Left: The Ideological Seduction Of Warren Buffett” (Forbes, 11-29-2012);  “Warren Buffett Gives Millions to Pay for Abortions” (National Review, 3-5-2014); “Soros Clones: 5 Liberal Mega-Donors Nearly as Dangerous as George Soros” (Media Research Center); “Warren Buffett: The Billion-Dollar King of Abortion” (Media Research Center); “Warren Buffet: the Sugar Daddy of Baby-Killing” (PoliticalOutcast.com, 5-14-2014); “Warren Buffett: A Wealthy Philanthropist with Some Bad Ideas” (Capital Research Center, 11-2-2011).

Footnotes

  1. STBF has also supported organizations like DKT International and Gynuity Health Projects, both of which work to expand access to abortion in developing countries. Moreover, the Foundation has gone so far as to purchase abortion machinery and donate it to clinics in poor nations.
  2. TARP allowed the Treasury to buy or insure up to $700 billion in “troubled assets” from banks and other financial institutions.  These assets included subprime mortgages, mortgage-backed securities, and derivatives.

Sharpton, Al

Born in Brooklyn, NY in Oct 1954, to relatively prosperous parents. He demonstrated considerable verbal dexterity at an early age and began preaching when he was 4 yrs old. He was touted as “the wonder-boy preacher” by age 7, when he toured with gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and Pentecostal minister F.D. Washington. In 1971, Sharpton established the National Youth Movement, an organization that sought to organize young African Americans to push for increased voter registration, cultural awareness, and job-training programs. He would lead the group for the next 17 years until he was arrested and indicted on charges of stealing at least $250,000 with 67 counts of grand larceny, falsifying business records, and scheming to defraud.

In 1983, Sharpton tried to arrange a cocaine smuggling deal with an undercover FBI agent. He injected himself into the case of a 15-year-old black girl named Tawana Brawley, who claimed that she had been abducted and raped by a gang of six whites. Sharpton fabricated the story and lied about facts and evidence to enhance the hoax, eventually losing a $345,000 court judgment of which he was responsible for $65,000 which he never paid. He also condemned the innocent Duke Lacrosse ‘rapists’ who wereinnocent in another hoax. He later defended a group of black teenagers following the gang-rape of a jogger who was nearly beaten to death in NY’s Central Park, despite the defendants’ graphic and detailed confessions. All five suspects were convicted for their involvement in the crime and were sentenced to prison.

Sharpton has a history of shaking down and extorting corporations for money with boycott threats for affirmative action violations and racial accusations. In April 2009, Sharpton and his NAN were fined $285,000 for having violated election rules during Sharpton’s 2004 presidential bid. According to the Federal Election Commission:

  • Sharpton’s campaign illegally accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in extravagant contributions from private sources.
  • Sharpton’s campaign “kept poor records of its activities and expenditures” and illegally commingled funds from the nonprofit NAN with his for-profit ventures.
  • Sharpton lied to authorities regarding the amount of money he had raised during his 2004 campaign–so as to illegally qualify for federal matching funds.

In September 2012, Sharpton was a guest speaker at the annual fundraising banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), where he called CAIR “one of the most important civil-rights organizations in the United States today.”

As of 2013, Sharpton earned an annual salary of just over $241,000 from the National Action Network (NAN), even while the organization was $1.1 million in debt. His exact MSNBC salary has not been publicly disclosed, but it is believed to be a six-figure sum that exceeds his income from NAN. In 2014, Sharpton was paid a $348,244 salary plus a $64,400 bonus. In 2016, he took in a $250,000 salary plus a $437,555 bonus. And in 2018, his $324,000 salary was augmented by a $159,596 bonus and $563,352 in “other compensation.”

In spite of owing millions in taxes, Sharpton routinely flies first-class to speaking events and stays overnight at expensive, upscale hotels. As Sharpton’s assistant, Abyssinia Tirfe, wrote in an August 14, 2014 e-mail to authorities at Michigan State University, where Sharpton was slated to speak: “In terms of travel, Rev. Sharpton travels first class on flights and will require a large black SUV for transportation and, if the trip requires lodging, he will require a suite in a four/five star hotel. Also, Rev. Sharpton travels with [an] aide who will require [an] economy ticket and a standard hotel room (if needed).

In December 2018, Sharpton accepted $531,000 from NAN, his own non-profit organization, in exchange for his “life story rights for a 10-year period,” according to the organization’s latest tax filing. Under the terms of the deal, NAN was free to subsequently sell those rights to Hollywood or anyone else at a profit.

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Bush, George Walker

the 43rd President of the USA and son of a lifelong intelligence operative, George (H. W.) Bush Sr., the 41st US President. He was sent to Yale university where (like his father and grandfather) he became a member of the Skull and Bones society. He went to Harvard Business school, but showed little aptitude for business. George W. was in a primary school in Florida when 9/11 occurred, and after being informed that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, he continued to read a story to the class of primary children. He followed 9/11 by flying the Bin Laden family home when no other planes were allowed to fly, declared a phony War on Terror”, created a false WMD story to support the Iraq War at a cost of trillions of dollars and millions of lives.

George W. Bush wasn’t born a cowboy. He entered the world in New Haven, Connecticut, hallowed hamlet of Yale. His bloodlines include two presidents and a US senator. The cowboy act came later, when he was famously re-birthed, with spurs on his boots, tea in his cup and the philosophical tracts of Jesus of Nazareth on his night table. Bush is a pure-blooded WASP, sired by a man who would later become the nation’s chief spook, a man frequently called upon to clean up the messes left by apex crooks in his own political party, including his own entanglements (and those of his sons) with the more noirish aspects of life. His grandfather was a US senator and Wall Street lawyer, who shamelessly represented American corporations as they did business with the Nazi death machine. Old Prescott narrowly escaped charges of treason. But those were different times, when trading with the enemy was viewed as, at the very least, unseemly.

His mother, Barbara, is a bitter and grouchy gorgon, who must have frightened her own offspring as they first focused their filmy eyes onto her stern visage. She is a Pierce, a descendent of Franklin, the famously incompetent president, patron of Nathaniel Hawthorne and avowed racist, who joined in a bizarre cabal to overthrow Abraham Lincoln. (For more on this long neglected episode in American history check out Charles Higham’s excellent new book Murdering Mr. Lincoln.)

Understandably, George Sr. spent much of his time far away from Barbara Bush’s icy boudoir, indulging in a discreet fling or two while earning his stripes as a master of the empire, leaving juvenile George to cower under the unstinting commands of his cruel mother, who his younger brother Jeb dubbed “the Enforcer.” This woman’s veins pulse with glacial melt. According to Neil Bush, his mother was devoted to corporal punishment and would “slap around” the Bush children. She was known in the family as “the one who instills fear.” She still does…with a global reach.

How wicked is Barbara Bush? Well, she refused to attend her own mother’s funeral. And the day after her five-year old daughter Robin died of leukemia Barbara Bush was in a jolly enough mood to spend the afternoon on the golf course. Revealingly, Mrs. Bush kept Robin’s terminal illness a secret from young George, a stupid and cruel move which provided one of the early warps to his psyche.

Her loathsome demeanor hasn’t lightened much over the years. Refresh you memory with this quote on Good Morning America, dismissing the escalating body count of American soldiers in Iraq. “Why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many,” the Presidential Mother snapped. “It’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?”

Even Freud might have struggled with this case study. Imagine young George the Hysteric on Siggy’s couch in the curtained room on Berggasse 19. The analysand doesn’t enunciate; he mumbles and sputters in non-sequential sentence fragments. His quavering voice a whiny singsong. The fantasy has to be teased out. It’s grueling work. But finally Freud puts it all together. This lad doesn’t want to fuck his mother. Not this harridan. Not this boy. He wants to kill her and chuckle in triumph over the corpse. Oh, dear. This doesn’t fit the Oedipal Complex, per se. But it explains so much of George the Younger’s subsequent behavior. (See his cold-blooded chuckling over the state murder of Karla Faye Tucker.)

Perhaps, Freud isn’t the right shrink for Bush, after all. Maybe the president’s pathology is better understood through the lens of Freud’s most gifted and troubled protégé, Wilhelm Reich. (I commend to your attention Dr. Reich’s neglected masterpiece Listen, Little Man.) Sadly, we cannot avail ourselves of psychological exegises of either Freud or Reich. So Justin Frank, the disciple of Melanie Klein, will have to substitute. In the spirit of his mentor, Frank, author of Bush on the Couch, zeroes in on the crucial first five years of W’s existence, where three factors loom over all others: an early trauma, an absent father and an abusive mother. It is a recipe for the making of a dissociated megalomaniac. Add in a learning disability (dyslexia) and a brain bruised by booze and coke and you have a pretty vivid portrait of the Bush psyche.

With this stern upbringing, is it really surprising that Bush evidenced early signs of sadism? As a teenager he jammed firecrackers in the orifices of frogs and snickered as he blew them to bits. A few years later, as president of the DKE frathouse at Yale, Bush instituted a branding on the ass-crack as an initiation ritual. Young pledges were seared with a red-hot wire clothes hanger. One victim complained to the New Haven police, who raided the frathouse. The story was covered-up for several decades until it surfaced in Bush’s first run for governor of Texas. He laughed at the allegations, writing the torture off as little more than “a cigarette burn.” From Andover to Abu Ghraib.

In his teens, this man child was shoved into a distant boarding school. It must have been a relief for him. The squirrely adolescent with the pointy ears did just enough to get by. At Andover they called him “Bushtail.” Ambition wasn’t his thing. And he didn’t have the athletic talent or thespian skills to do much more than play the role of class goof. So he went on to an undistinguished academic career, highlighted only by his ebullient performances as a cheerleader and a reputation for selling fake IDs. Even in his youth he was adept at forgery.

George the Younger snuck into Yale on a legacy admission, a courtesy to his father and grandfather. He was a remedial student at best, awarded a bevy of Cs, the lowest score possible for the legacy cohort. Repositories like Andover and Yale know what to do with the dim children of the elite. George nestled in his niche. No demands were made of him. He spent much his time acquainting himself with a menu of designer inebrients. He was arrested twice. Once for petty theft. Once for public drunkenness. No one cared.

When Vietnam loomed, Lil’ George fled to New Haven for Houston and the safe harbor of the Texas Air National Guard, then jokingly known as Air Canada–a domestic safe-haven for the combat-averse children of the political elite. It was a deftly executed dodge. His father pulled some strings. Escape hatches opened. The scions of the ruling class, even the half-wits, weren’t meant to be eviscerated in the rice paddies of the Mekong–that’s why they freed the slaves.

But soon George grew bored of the weekend warrior routine. And who among us wouldn’t? He slunk off to Alabama, and promptly went AWOL for a year and a half. Nobody seemed to miss him. He wasn’t a crucial cog in anyone’s machine. George? George Bush??

How did the president-in-training fritter away those idle days? Supposedly he was lending his expertise to the congressional campaign of Winton “Red” Blount. But he apparently soon went AWOL from this assignment as well. Other campaign staffers recall young George ambling into the campaign office in the late afternoon, propping his cowboy booted heals on a desk and recounting his nocturnal revels in the bars, strip joints and waterbeds of Montgomery. The other staffers took to calling him the “Texas Soufflé.”. As one recalled, “Bush was all puffed up and full of hot air.”

Precisely, how did he wile away those humid nights on the Gulf Coast? According to the intrepid Larry Flynt, he spent part of his time impregnating his girlfriend and, like a true southern gentleman, then escorting her to an abortion clinic. Checkbook birth control, the tried and true method of the ruling classes. A year later, according to Bush biographer J.H. Hatfield, George W. got popped in Texas on cocaine possession charges. The old man intervened once again; George diverted for six months of community service a Project PULL in a black area of Houston and the incident was scrubbed from the police blotter and court records. Today, Bush denies all knowledge of those squalid indiscretions. Just two more lost weekends in George’s blurry book of days.

Speaking of cocaine, Bush, by many accounts, had more than a passing familiarity with the powder. Several acquaintances from his days at Yale tell us that Bush not only snorted cocaine, but sold it. Not by the spoonful, but by the ounce bag, a quantity that would land any black or Latino dealer in the pen for at least a decade. Young Bushtail had become the Snow Bird of New Haven.

Even the Bush family, so smugly self-conscious of its public image, didn’t seem to care much. Jr wasn’t the star child. They just wanted him alive and out of jail. (The habitual drunk driving was already a nagging problem. On a December night in 1973, George came up from Houston to visit his family in DC. He took his younger brother Marvin out drinking in the bars of Georgetown. Returning home after midnight, Bush, drunk at the wheel, careened down the road, toppling garbage cans. When he pulled into the driveway, he was confronted by his father. Young Bush threatened to pummel his old man, mano-a-mano. Jeb intervened before young George could be humilated by his father. A couple of years later, the drunk driving would later land him in the drunk tank of a Maine jail-his fourth arrest.) No need to plump up his resumé with medals or valedictory speeches. Anyway back then, the inside money was riding on Neil, who they said had a head for figures, or perhaps young Jeb, whose gregarious looks hid a real mean streak. (Neil, of course, came to ruin in the looting of the Silvarado Savings and Loan (though he deftly avoided jail time), while Jeb proved his utility in Florida and amplified his presidential ambitions.)

By all accounts, the family elders saw George as a pathetic case, as goofy as a black lab. They got him out of the National Guard eight months early (or 20 months, if you insist on counting the Lost Year) and sent him off to Harvard Business School. He didn’t have the grades to merit admission, but bloodlines are so much more important than GPA when it comes to prowling the halls at the Ivy League. The original affirmative action, immune from any judicial meddling. In Cambridge, he strutted around in his flight jacket and chewed tobacco in class. The sound of Bushtail spitting the sour juice into a cup punctuated many a lecture on the surplus value theory. At Harvard, one colleague quipped that Bush majored in advanced party planning and the arcana of money laundering. George met every expectation.

Then came the dark years. Booze, drugs, cavorting and bankruptcy in dreary west Texas. There he also met Laura Welch, the steamy librarian who had slain her own ex-boyfriend, by speeding through a stop sign and plowing broadside into his car with a lethal fury. (Rep. Bill Janklow got 100 days in the pen for a similar crime; Laura wasn’t even charged.) They mated, married, raised fun-loving twins. In 1978, George decided to run for congress. His opponent cast him as carpetbagger with an Ivy League education. It worked. And it didn’t help his chances much that Bush apparently was drunk much of time. After one drunken stump speech, Laura gave him a tongue lashing on the ride home. Bush got so irate that he drove the car through the garage door. He lost big.

Eventually, Laura got George to quit the booze–though the librarian never got him to read. It wasn’t a moral thing for her. Laura still imbibes herself, even around her husband. She smokes, too. Refreshingly, so do the Bush Twins, who have both been popped for underage drinking.

George was Laura’s ticket out of the dusty doldrums of west Texas. She sobered him up and rode him hard all the way to Dallas, Austin and beyond. “Oh, that Welch girl,” recalled a retired librarian in Midland. “She got around.” Wink, wink.

If the son of a millionaire political powerbroker can’t make it in Midland, Texas, he can’t make it anywhere. George was set up in his own oil company in the heart of the Permian Basin. His two starter companies, Bush Exploration and Arbusto, promptly went bust, hemorraghing millions of dollars. His father’s cronies in a group called Spectrum 7 picked up the pieces. It flatlined too. A new group of savoirs in the form of Harken Oil swooped in. Ditto. Yet in the end, George walked away from the wreckage of Harkin Oil with a few million in his pocket. One of the investors in Harken was George Soros, who explained the bail out of Bush in frank terms. “We were buying political influence. That was it. Bush wasn’t much of a businessman.”

Among the retinue of rescuers in his hours of crisis was a Saudi construction conglomerate, headed by Mohammad bin Laden, sire of Osama. The ties that blind.

Flush with unearned cash, George and Laura hightailed it to Arlington, the Dallas suburb, soon to be the new home of the Texas Rangers, perennial also rans in the American League. Bush served as front man for a flotilla of investors, backed by the Bass brothers and other oil and real estate luminaries, who bought the Rangers and then bullied the city of Arlington into building a posh new stadium for the team with $200 million in public money, raised through a tax hike, for which Bush, the apostle of tax-cuts for the rich, sedulously lobbied. Here’s a lesson in the art of political larceny. The super-rich always get their way. When taxes are raised, public money is sluiced upward to the politically connected. When taxes are cut, the money ends up in the same accounts. As William Burrough’s hero Jack Black (the hobo writer, not the rotund actor) prophesied, you can’t win.

The Rangers deal was never about building a competitive baseball team for the people of Dallas/Ft. Worth. No. The Bush group seduced the city into building a stadium with nearly all the proceeds going straight into their pockets. It was a high level grifter’s game, right out of a novel by Jim Thompson, the grand master of Texas noir. Bush played his bit part as affable con man ably enough. Even though he only plunked down $600,000 of his own cash, he walked away from the deal with $14.7 million-a staggering swindle that made Hillary Clintons’s windfalls in the cattle future’s market look like chump change.

As team president, Bush printed up baseball cards with his photo on them in Ranger attire, endulging his life-long fetish for dress-up fantasies. He would hand out the Bush cards during home game. Invariably, the cards would be found littering the floors of the latrines, soaked in beer and piss.

George W. Bush came to office in 2001 through a Supreme Court decision following a contested plurality of 537 votes in Florida, and his defeat by over half a million votes in the popular election. Most Americans know how narrow the vote was in Florida, but not why.

Five months before the election, George Bush’s brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, had 57,700 people purged from the voter rolls—ostensibly for being convicted felons, who were not allowed by Florida law to vote. As it turns out, over 90% of the voters on the hit list were not felons at all. Some of their supposed felonies were actually dated in the future. It was an overwhelmingly Democratic list of voters—over half blacks and Hispanics. Had these citizens not been prevented from voting, Al Gore would have been elected President of the United States.³

With six years in public office as Governor of Texas, Bush was new to foreign affairs, as evidenced by an interview during the campaign in which he could not identify a number of leaders of major countries. But savvy political handler Karl Rove knew that Bush’s surplus of style could make up for his deficit of substance with many American voters. Rove groomed Bush’s image as a Washington outsider (though a Yale-educated President’s son), born again Christian, and down home cowboy.

The cowboy image required a “ranch,” a la Reagan, so in the year before the 2000 election, Bush purchased one in Crawford, Texas. Although no actual ranching ever went on there, the President busied himself clearing brush and riding his mountain bike around the property. He liked his “ranch” so much that he spent a greater percentage of his time on vacation than any President in American history.4

But then, George W. Bush had many cares of the office to escape. While at the ranch on a six week vacation in August, 2001, he received a memo from Condoleeza Rice entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

That’s what happened a few weeks later on September 11 —apparently after no special effort by the White House to step up protection against the hijackings that were being predicted by intelligence reports. Several days after the attacks, when U.S. air space was still closed, Bush authorized special flights back to Saudi Arabia for Osama bin Laden’s relatives and other wealthy Saudis, “for their safety.” The White House then vigorously fought creation of the 9-11 commission, which Bush and Cheney finally testified before together (try that at your local police station). With 14 of the 18 hijackers from Saudi Arabia, the administration redacted multiple pages of the commission’s report on Saudi involvement in the attack.

Although US President at the time of the attacks and although he used the event as an excuse for a lot of blustering later on, George W. Bush appears not to been deliberately sidelined during the 9-11 event, notwithstanding the suggestions (for example, by Mark Gorton) that 9/11 was planned by his father). George W. was in a primary school in Florida when the events occurred, and after being informed that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center,[2] “he does not even turns his head, it is obvious he knew what was up, if he were really surprised his first reaction would have been to look in the eyes of the person whispering to him”.[3] Bush continued to read a story about a goat to the class of primary children, reportedly because he didn’t want to upset them. The US Secret Service also apparently saw no problem with leaving him where he was, strongly suggesting that they did not perceive the events of that day as a threat. Bush appears therefore to have been kept out of the way and out of the loop by his handlers.

Four years later, while on another extended vacation at the “ranch,” Bush was briefed on the destruction about to be unleashed on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, including the likelihood that levies in New Orleans would be breached. In the videotaped meeting, Bush asked no questions. He then flew to California to raise money for Republican candidates.

The man he left in charge, his politically appointed director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown, was woefully unprepared to handle the disaster that ensued when the levies broke and New Orleans flooded. (The only thing he’d managed before the FEMA job was Arabian horse shows.)

His popularity, extremely low before 9/11, rose dramatically in its aftermath, his inaction notwithstanding – a demonstration of the effectiveness of the strategy of tension.

In between 9-11 and Katrina, Bush’s “War on Terror” lost track of Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and turned its attention to invading Iraq. Removing Saddam Hussein from power was imperative, Bush said, because (a) he had weapons of mass destruction, (b) was linked to Al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the U.S. on 9/11, and (c) needed to be removed to make that country safe for democracy. All of the reasons given for the war were soon discredited by real events, but Bush dug America in for the long haul, saying that “future Presidents” would decide when we’d leave Iraq.

After all, there was much to be gained by staying. Halliburton, the firm formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, was one of the biggest beneficiaries, gaining multi-billion dollar contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as America’s ravaged gulf coast, by sealed, noncompetitive bids. In gratitude, in 2007 the company moved its corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai, thereby avoiding U.S. taxes.

The Bush family was not left off the War on Terror’s money train. Uncle “Bucky” earned millions in a war firm sale in 2006.

Other Bush scandals include: the secret meetings of Cheney’s “Energy Council,” followed by systematic weakening of America’s environmental laws and staffing of the EPA and other agencies with industry insiders, the attempt to dismantle Social Security, the dumbing down of American education through No Child Left Behind, an inherited budget surplus turned into record deficit by waging two wars while cutting taxes–with the vast majority of benefits going to the super-rich, the torture of prisoners and loss of American goodwill overseas, the bullying of administration whistle blowers such as Joseph Wilson (whose wife was outted as a CIA agent), another tainted election with Ohio voting irregularities in 2004, the arrest of White House appointees for assorted crimes, the mistreatment of returning war veterans at Walter Reed and other hospitals, and for a grand finale, a leading role in the collapse of the economy through its aggressive deregulation and non-policing of the financial markets.

With so much bad news for Americans to handle over eight years of corruption and incompetence, Karl Rove and other White House insiders took to calling any favorable news events that could help people forget bad news as “page turners.” Historians may well judge the Bush scandals as more extensive than any that disgraced Grant, Harding, Nixon, or any other American president, due to their sheer scale. He ranks 39th out of 43 presidents in the Siena Institute’s survey of 238 presidential scholars released in July, 2010.

Bush was found guilty of war crimes, including the authorization of torture, which is illegal under the United Nations Convention Against Torture which the USA has ratified. Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak has given expert opinion that Bush has no immunity as a former head of state. US attorney Vincent Bugliosi, forcefully argued in his 2008 book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder that since Bush intentionally misled Congress and the US population about the reasons for invading Iraq, under the felony-murder rule the deaths of over 4,000 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqi civilians amount at the very least to second-degree murder. Bugliosi has argued for Bush’s impeachment and offered to work with any US State’s Attorney General interested in pursuing the prosecution.

Bush was tried in absentia and convicted by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission both for crimes against peace and conspiracy to commit war crimes, specifically torture, after the Iraq War and torture carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. No sentence was pronounced, but the tribunal referred their findings to the chief prosecutor at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

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Chronological History of Events Involving George W Bush

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Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria

A socialist NWO puppet politician who was formerly a Bernie Sanders presidential campaign organizer and was propped up by Billionaire George Soros to run for the House. As an underdog, she won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district in 2018, defeating the 10-term incumbent, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley due largely to her online presence. The NY Times reported “Members linked to Soros-funded digital media asked Ocasio-Cortez… to run for office – guaranteeing favorable coverage by a media network that reaches almost 300 million people monthly (Soros-funded The Media Consortium).” Cenk Uygur, a member of the Soros funded media, founded Justice Democrats with the sole role of getting “Sanders-like” politicians elected to Congress.

After Amazon’s announcement that it would not build a second corporate headquarters in Long Island City, which is close to, but not within, Ocasio-Cortez’s district, Ocasio-Cortez thought it was wonderful that her constituents would not have the option to compete for the 25,000 jobs it would have brought to NY.

You know, I think it’s really important that we understand that we need to invest in our economy, but we need to invest in our people, and to give away $3 billion to a company that has a history of worker exploitation that’s paying below what the cost of New York City is not acceptable for us.

Of course, New York wasn’t going to “give” Amazon anything, let alone $3 billion. The $3 billion is an estimate of foregone tax revenues. In other words, money that Amazon won’t pay New York, not money that New York will pay Amazon. This is childishly simple, but apparently too much for AOC:

What’s great is that our economy, our local economy, is already growing. So I firmly believe that if we want to take that $3 billion dollars that we were willing to give to Amazon and invest it in our local community, we can do that. We can make those jobs. We can make 25,000 jobs. But we don’t have to give away and allow our subway system to crumble so that Amazon essentially owns a part of New York City. We can create 25,000 jobs with Mom-and-Pops; we can create 25,000 jobs with companies that are willing to come to the table, but we should not be giving away our infrastructure, our subway system, our schools, our teachers’ salaries, our firefighters’ budgets, to a company that has not shown good faith to New Yorkers.

This is almost unbelievably stupid. Obviously, there is no “$3 billion dollars that we were willing to give to Amazon.” No one ever proposed to give money to Amazon. Those were dollars that “we” hypothetically would have refrained from collecting from Amazon. Those dollars do not exist. They are not in the possession of New York State or any other public entity. They cannot be “invest[ed] in our local community.” The absence of those funds will not “allow our subway system to crumble.” No one has ever proposed “giving away our infrastructure, our schools, our teachers’ salaries, our firefighters’ budgets,” to Amazon or anyone else. This isn’t complicated stuff. If Ocasio-Cortez is really this stupid, she shouldn’t be representing many thousands of constituents who must assume that she is of at least average intelligence as a member of Congress. (via Powerline Blog)

AOC embarrassed herself online when she couldn’t remember the three branches of government her party needed to win:

She also does not understand Socialism or Capitalism. Certainly, anyone that truly understood socialism would only be in favor of it if they were an elite who would benefit from the enslavement of manking through its deceptive principles of tyranny.

Her “Green New Deal” was so flawed as both a political document and an exercise in proposing public policy that she has pulled it from her website.  Even hysterical climate change advocates were saying it was an impossible task to get to “net zero” carbon emissions in ten years and if implemented, Americans could be forced to turn to cannibalism to avoid starvation. Mirth-makers on Twitter mercilessly made sport of her ignorance to the point that she felt it necessary to remove the document from public view. Her hypocrisy is evidence that she doesn’t even believe her own rhetoric. While claiming ‘The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,’  the progressive darling’s campaign heavily relied on those combustion-engine cars — even though a subway station was just 138 feet from her Elmhurst campaign office, and logged 66 airline transactions costing $25,174.54 during campaign season.

The Democratic firebrand or her staff took Amtrak far less — only 18 times — despite high-speed rail being the cornerstone of her save-the-world strategy that eliminates air travel. Good enough for the rest of us, but not good enough for her!

In more irony, the Uber-loving politician took a tough public stand against the conveyance after a New York City taxi driver committed suicide in February 2018. “Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber,” she tweeted on March 21. “What was a living wage job now pays under minimum.” Her campaign billed only seven rides in yellow cabs in a year and a half, federal filings show.

And while she is quick to dispense all sorts of planet-saving tips to her constituents and fans, telling a high school assembly in Queens that they should “skip disposable razors and switch to safety razors” and “skip meat/dairy for a meal,” she doesn’t always take her own green advice. In a Feb. 24, 2019 Instagram video filmed in her kitchen, Ocasio-Cortez railed against plastic grocery bags — then appeared to toss two of the sacks, which can be recycled, into the trash. “It drives me crazy,” she said of plastic bags. “I wish they didn’t exist.” In the video, Ocasio-Cortez peeled a sweet potato while calling for a “universal sense of urgency” to save the Earth. But she discarded the vegetable scraps into the same receptacle she had just used for the plastic bags, rather than setting the food waste aside for compost. (NY Post)

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt,” Abraham Lincoln said.  Every time she opens her mouth, she proves Lincoln’s adage.

In March 2019 it was revealed that AOC’s top Harvard educated aide, 33-year-old Saikat Chakrabarti, allegedly funneled a pretty massive sum of money into his own private companies and appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used. The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had been accused of stealing tips from a coworker at a bar where she once waitressed. Yet she also could perhaps be accused of helping steal the jobs, in a manner of speaking, from workers at its sister establishment, in which she also waitressed. This is because iconic New York City restaurant The Coffee Shop closed its doors forever — largely because of its state’s new $15 minimum wage — which Ocasio-Cortez supported.

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