Well for sure the prisoners are

“Is China still harvesting organs from executed prisoners? Doctors divided.

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Laws are for the little donors; big ones get a work-around

But I CAN'T be a crook, I'm AGAINST crime - I've said so for years!

But I CAN’T be a crook, I’m AGAINST crime – I’ve said so for years!

Hillary finds a legal loophole to accept huge sums from influence buyers contributors.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has found a work-around for the Democratic Party to accept donations beyond the $33,400 legal limit — despite the presidential candidate’s pledge to reform the campaign finance structure.

The scheme works like this: The Hillary Victory Fund — a joint Democratic fundraising arm — accepts the money, allocates the maximum allowed by law to the national party ($33,400), and then routes additional money to various state Democratic parties that in turn return the same amount to the national party.

Bloomberg Politics cites as one example S. Donald Sussman, who donated $343,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund in March. The next month, the maximum donation — $33,400 — was transferred directly to the Democratic Party.

Later that month, on April 25, the fund transferred $179,000 to the Democratic Party of South Carolina. On April 25, exactly $179,000 was transferred by the Democratic Party of South Carolina to the Democratic National Committee. The donation back to the national party in Washington did not include a disclosure of donors.

Bloomberg found Sussman’s donation was similarly distributed to 10 other states — and, likewise, similarly redistributed to the national party.

“I’m not aware of any case law or regulations that would prohibit a state party from transferring to a national party committee funds raised through a joint fundraising committee,” election lawyer Robert Kelner told Bloomberg.

“But as a practical matter, it does appear that the DNC may be using Hillary Victory Fund as a mechanism for allowing donors to give more to the DNC indirectly than would otherwise be permitted directly.”

The Clintonian answer to this expose is their standard one: don’t blame us for (X), because we’ve always said we’re against X, so we can’t really be doing anything bad, even if we’re doing X”.

“Campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin told Bloomberg: “Hillary Clinton has fought for campaign finance reform her entire career and, as president, will make it a priority to overturn Citizens United and restore the role of everyday voters in elections.”

Feel better? Of course you do; what she’s doing is only a necessary evil, done to make sure she wins office and can clean this mess all up. Just like the Clinton Fund™’s going to be clean as a whistle, all illegal activity suspended, once she’s president. They’re even keeping their lovely daughter on the board (and payroll) as a watchdog, just in case a wicked Saudi or Uzbekistan dictator bearing gifts tries to slip in.

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The aGovernor hasn't always been so circumspect

The Governor hasn’t always been so circumspect

Maine’s Governor LePage calls state rep a socialist cocksucker. To be precise, he called him  “you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker, you”.

Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage left an expletive-filled voicemail for a state lawmaker who called his recent comments about drug dealers racist, the Portland Press Herald reports.

LePage called the lawmaker a “socialist cocksucker” and later said he would like to have an armed duel.

“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” the governor said on a voicemail to Democratic State Rep. Drew Gattine. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker, you — I need you to, just friggin’ — I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”

LePage then let local media know that he had left a voicemail and invited them to his house to speak with him.

There the governor said: “When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I’d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825. And we would have a duel, that’s how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be [Alexander] Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he’s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”

On Wednesday, LePage said at a town hall that he keeps records of every single drug dealer who has been arrested in Maine. “I don’t ask them to come to Maine and sell their poison, but they come and I will tell you that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book, and it’s a three-ringed binder, are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Conn., the Bronx and Brooklyn,” the governor said.

He was later confronted by a reporter who said that he talked to Gattine and that Gattine had called LePage a racist.

Democrat knee-jerkers have been calling their opponents racists for so long that it’s become a part of their vocabulary, a Pavlovian response as firmly fixed in their lizard brain stem as the automatic reference to northerners was in southerners, back when they were still miffed at the results of their little rebellion. My mother’s Louisiana grandmother, a rarified, genteel lady who abhorred vulgar language, had no word in her lexicon for Yankee, only “damnyankee”. Until now, Republicans have responded as gentlemen to these people the same way their ancestors might have answered the irate Louisianan gentlelady, which is to say, they didn’t respond as all, but that has only encouraged them. I’m not suggesting that Governor Lepage call me up and describe my great-granny as a cocksucker, but taking on a socialist bedwetter like Drew Gattine sounds just right to me.


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Do you suppose they contributed to the Clinton Fund™ to get her business?

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A technology company that provided the program Hillary Clinton’s team used to scrub her private server of emails bragged on its website Thursday that it had prevented the FBI from accessing deleted records.

Bragging or gloating, or both? Or collaborating? We link to Bleachbit’s website, you decide.

The IT team for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe systems “so even God couldn’t read them,” according to South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News. His comments on the “drastic cyber-measure” were in response to the question of whether her emails were simply about “yoga and wedding plans.”

BleachBit is mentioned at about three minutes into this video that aired live on the Fox News television station.

Rep. Gowdy told Fox News:

She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn’t just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridemaids emails. When you’re using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.

Palancar concluded, “Bleachbit stifles investigation” of Hilary Clinton.

Perhaps Clinton’s team used an open source application because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors. In response to the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, privacy expert Bruce Schneier advised, “Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software,” in an article in which he stated he also uses BleachBit. Ironically, Schneier was writing to a non-governmental audience.

Last year when Clinton was asked about wiping her email server, she joked, “Like with a cloth or something?” It turns out now that BleachBit was that cloth, according to remarks by Sen. Gowdy.

@ThreatcoreNews compared the situation to the 18 minutes of audio erased from tapes from President Richard Nixon’s Oval Office.

Jonathan Zdziarski quoted on CNN.com argued, “Someone trying to cover their tracks would likely pay for and use a much more expensive, specialized data destruction tool,” but commercial tools leave a money trail.

As of the time of writing BleachBit has not been served a warrant or subpoena in relation to the investigation. BleachBit is free of charge to use in any environment whether it is personal, commercial, educational, governmental, Republican, or Democrat. The cleaning process is not reversible.

Immediately when the story broke the morning of August 25, traffic to the BleachBit web site and download servers spiked. As the story went viral on Twitter, a second, larger wave of traffic came to the site. The new servers are fully handling the loads.

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And savings, and profits

And he wants your guns, too

And he wants your guns, too

Glenn Reynolds: SO WE TAX SODA TO DISCOURAGE SODA-DRINKING. And we tax earnings to. . . . ?


To Glenn’s point, add this related one: the justification for these sin taxes is always based on the “cost to society” unregulated behavior engenders. What costs? These days, the most popular argument is: “Your stupid behavior is forcing me to pay for your medical care”, and that’s why ObamaCare™ was designed to fail: usher in a centralized, one payer system, and all behavior becomes a legitimate object to control. The Californian rule, “all behavior is forbidden unless expressly permitted” is sweeping across the land, and that’s no accident.

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They sold in May and went away

Where'd everybody go?

Where’d everybody go?

Well not quite, but if you’re wondering where the real estate news is during these past weeks of August, there is none. Lots of rental closings as the start of the school year approached, but that’s about it. Sales of single families, contracts, even (significant) price cuts are MIA. I expect this somnolent air to linger until the week after Labor Day when, at least historically, the market revives.


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I hadn’t realized that there were liberal Mormons

Mark of the beast

Mark of the beast

Utah man intends to spend his entire fortune, $250 million, building a liberal wet dream utopia for the masses. 

David Hall lives in a 3,500-square-foot, redbrick home in a quiet suburb of Provo, Utah. In five years, he and his wife, Karen, plan to move into a space of 200 square feet.

“Big houses are lonely,” says Mr. Hall, 69.

The Halls are going to a unit in a 24-room Provo hotel that Mr. Hall is developing. It will be the test case for his far more ambitious and controversial plan. Helped by the proceeds from the sale of a drilling-technology company last year, Mr. Hall says he has spent about $100 million—and eventually plans to spend $250 million, or roughly his entire net worth—on planned communities based on a 19th-century vision of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church.

These planned communities, which he describes as “massively scalable and sustainable econosystems,” will be nonreligious, says Mr. Hall, who is Mormon. Each community will house around 20,000 people in 200-square-foot rental apartments. The apartments will be highly adjustable, with storage units under the floors holding furniture that can be raised to create living rooms or bedrooms as needed.

Residents won’t have cars: They will get around through enclosed pedestrian walkways and a transportation system. Greenhouses will provide food; retail stores, offices, labs and workshops on the ground floors will provide employment and services. Multipurpose community buildings will provide space for sports, meetings and education.

For this project, called NewVistas, Mr. Hall has been buying up entire neighborhoods—about 200 acres of land in Utah, including about 40 houses, and another 1,200 acres in Vermont, including 10 houses. Construction is decades away, but he already has launched 25 startups, working on products like kitchens with cabinets behind walls that rotate at the push of a button; soundproof plastic walls that can easily be rolled up and shifted to create different room configurations, and window blinds that use solar power to close and open based on temperature.

Mr. Hall says his goal is to stop not only suburban sprawl but also the isolation that often accompanies it.

Mr. Hall grew up in Provo. After high school, where he says he was never a great student (“I was more of a daydreamer”), he studied mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University.

In 1976, Mr. Hall came across an 1833 housing plan created from a vision by Mormon founder Mr. Smith in an old Mormon history book. Consisting of a community plot and a building plan, it argued that a scalable pattern exists that could enable all people world-wide to live a modern, prosperous lifestyle sustainably, without overtaxing natural resources or the environment, according to Mr. Hall.

For the next couple of decades, Mr. Hall spent much of his free time figuring out how it might work. After several years at industrial-equipment manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand and earning an M.B.A. from Rider University, he moved from Princeton, N.J., back to Utah. In 1990 he went to work for his father, who had started a drilling-technology company. Mr. Hall expanded the company, which became Novatek, and sold it last year for an undisclosed amount to Schlumberger, the large oil-field services outfit.

The money he earned from the sale allowed him to step up his property purchases, which caught the attention of Nicole Antal, who was then working as a librarian in Sharon, Vt. When she published a story online about Mr. Hall’s purchases in March, it spurred meetings, protests and a move to create a conservation organization. The concern, says Ms. Antal, is that Mr. Hall is driving up housing prices and destroying communities; then there is the prospect of 20,000 people moving in.

“He is a really nice guy and he’s been very open,” she says. But “people don’t like that an outsider is coming in and telling them they’re not doing a good enough job being sustainable.”

Opponents in Utah are also holding protests. In an open letter online, residents of one neighborhood where Mr. Hall has been buying homes wrote: “Your actions have engendered anger, worry, fear and instability in our neighborhood, and threatened the security of our homes and long-range plans for our lives and families.”

C.S. Lewis warned about people like Mr. Hall:

My contention is that good men (not bad men) consistently acting upon that position [imposing “the good”] would act as cruelly and unjustly as the greatest tyrants. They might in some respects act even worse. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under of robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some points be satiated; but those who torment us for their own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to heaven yet at the same time likely to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on the level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.


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Down south, the fruits of socialism continue to ripen

Karl Marx Bakery enjoying unprecedented demand

Karl Marx Bakery enjoying unprecedented demand

Faced with permanent food shortages, that model of the leftist dream, the country whose socialist program was described as recently as three years ago as an “Economic Miracle”, Venezuela  yesterday,banned citizens from forming lines outside of bakeries . That’ll fix that!

And up north, here in Connecticut, a similar approach to a social problem: more government, more control of people “for their own good”.

Problem: 45% increase in CT car fatalities this year. Solution: make people ride buses, bicycle and walk.

The National Safety Council report issued Thursday says the increase in fatal crashes supports the need to prioritize mass transit, biking and pedestrian programs.

“This new data should be a wake-up call that we cannot continue to waste billions on new and wider highways that only serve to incentivize additional driving while neglecting critical investments in non-driving modes of transportation and repair of existing roads,” said John Olivieri, National Campaign Director for 21st Century Transportation at the United States Public Interest Research Group. “Driving is one of the least safe forms of transportation we have available to us. This year alone, we are on track to lose 110 lives a day. That is simply unacceptable.”



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Gone with the windbag

As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick us. We're going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If we have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, we'll never be hungry again.

As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick us. We’re going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If we have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, we’ll never be hungry again.

WSJ: Chelsea Clinton will stay on the board of her family’s foundation [sic]

Because she needs the money, obviously. Oh yes, the article also reports that the foundation “may” continue to accept contributions from foreign governments and corporations.

Critics pointed out years ago what the Clinton Foundation was actually set up to accomplish: it was intended to, and did serve as a place to keep Clinton political operatives employed and in the stable while Hillary readied her run. All that is, to use a Clinton favorite, “old news”, although after three years of stonewalling to protect her, the State Department has finally been forced to cough up enough secret emails to show that the more accurate term is “on-going news”.

 This piece by The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel, written last year in June, 2015 has a succinct summary of who those people are,

The scandal of the century at the IRS was that agency’s secret targeting of conservative nonprofits. Perhaps a close second is the scandal of what the IRS hasn’t been investigating: the Clinton Foundation.

The media’s focus is on Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, and whether she took official actions to benefit her family’s global charity. But the mistake is starting from the premise that the Clinton Foundation is a “charity.” What’s clear by now is that this family enterprise was set up as a global shakedown operation, designed to finance and nurture the Clintons’ continued political ambitions. It’s a Hillary super PAC that throws in the occasional good deed.

That much is made obvious by looking at the foundation’s employment rolls. Most charities are staffed by folks who have spent a lifetime in nonprofits, writing grants or doing overseas field work. The Clinton Foundation is staffed by political operatives. It has been basically a parking lot for Clinton campaign workers—a comfy place to draw a big check as they geared up for Hillary’s presidential run.

The revolving door is spinning quickly these days. There’s Dennis Cheng, a finance director for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 bid, who went to the Clinton Foundation as its chief development officer. There he built a giant donor file, which he earlier this year took with him to head up fundraising for the Clinton 2016 campaign. There’s Katie Dowd, who raised $100 million as Mrs. Clinton’s new media director in 2008, then went to a Clinton PAC, then to the State Department, then to the foundation as a “tech adviser.” She’s now at Clinton 2016 as digital director.

Some operatives don’t even bother feigning separation. Longtime aide Cheryl Mills served as general counsel to Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 campaign, then worked at State. She then joined the board of directors of the foundation and remains on it still, even as she works on Clinton 2016. Nick Merrill, an aide to Mrs. Clinton at State, has continued on as her press liaison. Last year his name popped up on a news release as a contact person for the Clinton Foundation. Mr. Merrill will be a campaign spokesman for Clinton 2016.

Maura Pally was until recently the acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation. Her training for this important job was working as a lawyer in the Clinton White House, as a counsel to Hillary 2008, and in cultural affairs at the State Department. Valerie Alexander is the foundation’s chief marketing officer, and the woman responsible for turning the outfit into a Clinton PR machine. She worked as a senior communications adviser for Hillary 2008.

Amitabh Desai is the foundation’s foreign policy director. He was a legislative aide to Sen. Hillary Clinton. Craig Minassian is the foundation’s chief communications officer. He worked on Hillary 2008. Ira Magaziner is CEO of the Clinton Health Care Access Initiative. He is one of the Clintons’ oldest advisers. Bari Lurie, chief of staff to Chelsea Clinton, worked on Hillary’s Senate campaign and her 2008 run, and for her PAC. Erika Gudmundson is the foundation’s deputy director of communications initiatives. She was a press aide for Hillary 2008. You get the point.

The question isn’t how or whether these folks will help with Clinton 2016, but when and in what capacity. Ditto more than a dozen other staffers at the foundation who lack long histories with Clinton but who came straight out of politics—either working for the Democratic National Committee, other politicians or super PACS.

The other question is how many more operatives are cashing foundation checks that we don’t know about—as “consultants” for the group. We now know longtime Clinton pal Sid Blumenthal drew $10,000 a month. For what?

Then there’s Mrs. Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin, who worked as traveling chief of staff during the 2008 campaign, then went to State. There she was granted a special arrangement to continue earning money as a private-sector consultant. Among those she consulted for? The Clinton Foundation. Ms. Abedin has transitioned back as vice chairman of Mrs. Clinton 2016 campaign. There are surely more.

This is typically Clinton, which means it is typically on the edge of legal. The foundation operates as a nonprofit, raising hundreds of millions as a “charity.” We know from foundation tax filings that it spends an extraordinary portion of its funds on travel and staff. How many donors are unaware that their money is going to keep Clinton friends in full employment? How many are aware and give precisely for that reason—to help elect a new president, one who will gratefully remember their help?

Lucky for the Clintons, nobody looks. As a charity (and unlike a super PAC), the foundation is subject to almost no oversight. The IRS in the past has stripped charities of their tax-exempt status when they are shown to be operating for a purpose other than benevolence. The agency has shown no real interest in the Clinton Foundation. Go figure.

Clinton allies are insisting to all who listen that the foundation exists to do good. It does. It exists to do very good things for Hillary and Bill and all their longtime allies. And in that, it has succeeded beautifully.


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One more picture from last evening

Another windjammer skipper took this picture of our sloop, Frances, as we went past. Nice to know that John was on his way.

France, Portland, Maine, off Peaks Island

Frances, Portland, Maine, off Peaks Island


Aw heck, one more one more. We have tons of photographs of John, but this will always be my favorite

John Fountain 12/22/82 - 12/06/15

John Fountain 12/22/82 – 12/06/15



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So long, Johnny Boy

So as you heard, we took sail this afternoon on a sloop owned and captained by a friend of John’s, Megan Jones, along with 30-35 of his friends from Portland’s sailing and music worlds, to honor his request that his ashes be scattered at sea. The way things work out in the mysterious world, yesterday Nancy and Sarah found a box among things moved up from Greenwich that contained the ashes of Casey the Wonder Dog, our 90-lb lab who was John’s best companion growing up and who died way back in 2002. No one could remember how Casey’s mortal remains disappeared back then or how they ended up here, but it seemed perfectly right to set boy and dog loose on the ocean to wander together, so that’s what we did.

Good music, many fond remembrances, a lot of laughs, on a tawny, late summer evening, with a freshening breeze from the west. A glorious send off for a fine son.

A couple of pictures, but, because it was absolutely John’s favorite movie and because he and I laughed about this when we were discussing his final wishes, I just have to include the ashes scene.








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And then there was one

Now owned by a member of the Patel clan, naturally

Now owned by a member of the Patel clan, naturally

Penultimate HoJos closing in Bangor, leaving just one up in St. George.

I’m tempted to make the trek to Bangor for a last supper, just to go full circle. The year it opened, 1966, was the year a group of us stopped in for breakfast after coming off a three-week trip down the Allagash and I ordered fried claims, 6:00 AM or not. I was warned against it by my older brother and others, but I persisted, and learned a valuable lesson at 13: don’t order seafood away from the ocean.


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Sooner or later reality can’t be denied

Head for the hills

Head for the hills

Ct pension funds – even more underfunded than pretended thus far

Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier said the 0.35 percent return posted by the state’s $29 billion retirement system in the year that ended in June underscores the need to adopt more realistic investment assumptions.

The teachers’ and state employees’ funds, Connecticut’s two biggest pensions, target an 8 percent annual return. Such retirement plans are being forced to re-evaluate projected investment gains that determine how much money taxpayers need to put into them, given record-low bond yields, slow economic growth and declining stock prices.

“If return assumptions are set at levels unlikely to be attained, it will be difficult to achieve them without pursuing high risk-investment strategies,” Nappier said in a statement Monday. “It is far more prudent to structure the portfolio based on what is achievable, rather than what is desirable.”

In an April 2016 report, McKinsey & Co. forecast that under a slow growth scenario, U.S. stocks will return 4 percent over the next 20 years while government bonds won’t make any money. Ten-year returns for Connecticut’s teachers’ and state employees’ pensions is 5.25 percent and 5.14 percent, respectively, far short of the annual gains it currently expects.

Connecticut’s pensions are among the worst-funded in the nation, with a combined unfunded liability of $26 billion, according to Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. If Connecticut lowers its investment assumptions, that liability will grow.


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Glenville sealed bid sale

2 Tree Tops Terrace

2 Tree Tops Terrace

2 Treetops Terrace (no active link to direct you to, thanks to the GAR monopoly), listed for $1.095 million back in June, went to sealed bids and closed yesterday at $1.105. Owners paid $1.325  back in 2004, and tried to get $1.595 for it back in 2007. I saw it then, and decided that they’d overpaid in 2004. At this price, meh – it’s housing, and at what passes for a reasonable cost in this town.

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Business as usual on Capitol Hill

YOU may think that, but of course, I couldn't possibly comment

YOU may think that, but of course, I couldn’t possibly comment

Makers of anti-allergy “EpiPen” push bill through congress mandating its use in all classrooms, then quadruples the price.

Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan’s 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch.

If lawmakers follow the usual script, Bresch could get called up to Capitol Hill next month to explain her company’s justification for raising the price on the life-saving allergy shot. But that could be awkward, since she’s the daughter of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Mylan spent about $4 million in 2012 and 2013 on lobbying for access to EpiPens generally and for legislation, including the 2013 School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Office of the Clerk for the House of Representatives. Mylan also was the top corporate sponsor of a group called Food Allergy Research & Education that was the key lobbyist pushing for the bill encouraging schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors, of which EpiPen is by far the leading product.

But Bresch’s connections to Capitol Hill already have some lawmakers tiptoeing around the usual Washington blame game.

For example, Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a co-sponsor of the 2013 schools bill, asked Bresch in a letter Monday to explain the “shocking price increases.”

However, in an interview Tuesday, he was less eager to talk about Bresch herself or the prospect that she might soon be testifying to the committee.

He initially answered during one telephone call that he was unaware that she had any direct involvement in the pricing. Then, in a follow-up call, Blumenthal responded when asked again about the possibility of her coming before Congress by saying, “I am just not going to comment on that.”


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My goodness, even the mainstream media is catching on to Hillary

And that's the way it is; good night

And that’s the way it is; good night

The Associated Press has matched State Department records with Hillary’s private audiences, and found that the majority of those privileged few had contributed to her foundation.

WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton’s help with a visa problem and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm’s corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.

The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.

The AP’s findings represent the first systematic effort to calculate the scope of the intersecting interests of Clinton foundation donors and people who met personally with Clinton or spoke to her by phone about their needs.

When you’ve lost the Associated Press; hell, when you’ve lost Snopes, you’ve lost the country.



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FBI investigation report of Hillary’s role in Vince Foster’s death is missing from the National Archives

July 19, 1993: The Shrillery discusses her health care plan with Vince Foster,

July 19, 1993: The Shrillery discusses her health care plan with Vince Foster,

Reader Chris passes along this link to a Daily Mail article, out today:

FBI agents’ reports of interviews documenting that Hillary Clinton’s stinging humiliation of her friend and mentor Vince Foster in front of White House aides triggered his suicide a week later are missing from where they should be filed at the National Archives, Daily Mail Online has learned exclusively.

You can read the whole thing, or not, as your curiosity and your time determine, but basically, the investigation showed that Hillary had publicly screamed at and humiliated Foster at White House meeting over the failure of Hillary Care™, and it was speculated that this drove or contributed to Foster’s suicide. Not all that much there so far as culpability, but it’s not too far fetched to think that public exposure of  her behavior would embarrass her now, when she already has enough embarrassing things raining down on her head.

And no one I know would put it past her to have the records disappear.


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Sale Price reported, Old Stone Bridge

62 Old Stone Bridge

62 Old Stone Bridge

62 Old Stone Bridge (sorry, the only link I could find with pictures still up was this marketing video with annoying music), $1.8 million. Previous owners tried for $1.830, but that was in September, 2008, just as the market collapsed, and couldn’t sell it until 2010, when these sellers paid $1.560 million.

They did  terrific job of bringing it up to date, with a new kitchen, a new breakfast nook, and fresh painting to erase the sins of the past, so I hope they made a little money for their efforts, but I suspect it was the buyers who made out best here. Nice house.

New vs Old

new kitchen

new living room


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Wordy son of a bitch, ain’t he?

t need both

The brand or the bumper stickers – you don’t need both

Wesleyan’s president has published a long, long screed accusing Donald Trump of everything from infanticide to bestiality and calls for doing… something – I didn’t read past his wind up – when in fact his entire position is perfectly presented in just eight words, one phrase: “I identify as a person on the left”.

The new leftspeak is all about equating feelings with reality, so when this scholar says he (or aer, em, gem or per) “identifies as a person on the left” and can’t bring himself to say something so basic and assertive as “I am“, we need no go no further: he’s not a man of the Trump. Duh.

This academic presides over a student body that this year self-censored itself by shutting down the college newspaper for publishing an editorial mildly criticizing the Black Lives Movement, and as far back as 2007 was voted “most annoying liberal arts school in the country”, so writing an editorial against Trump is about as redundant as sticking an Obama sticker on his (aer em, gem, per) Prius.

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$30 million over budget, 6 years overdue, the GHS Music Palace is almost done

I got my gig through the BOE

I got my gig through the BOE

Hip hip hooray – Byram pool, here we come.

The new classroom space will allow the school to expand its music programming and serve more students.

In the electronic music program, for example, the high school was unable to accommodate all the students interested because the class had to share computer lab space with art classes, said Greenwich High School Headmaster Chris Winters.

“The nice thing about electronic music is you don’t have to have a music background to come and enjoy electronic music,” said Winters. “It’s very hard in some of the other ensembles, you sort of have to have had some experience.”

With the new electronic music classroom, the school will be able to meet the full demand and offer new classes such as a singer/songwriter course.

Winters and MISA Building Committee members hope the new technology in the electronic music classrooms, recording studio and performing arts center can help students gain technological savvy useful in future careers.

Electronic music is “a direct vocational route through doing sound engineering and recording,” said MISA Building Committee Vice Chair Jackie Welsh. “We have people that go into that, so this is twenty-first century technology in their classes.”

What’s more popular today than electronic music? And Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and John Lennon would never have achieved success without singer/songwriter classes in their high schools. So hats off to our school board and RTM for making all this possible. Too bad that it came at the expense of eliminating the high school’s vocational training classes, where children could learn actual marketable skills, but Greenwich is a college town, geared to raising elite students who will go on to careers in corporate cubicles and San Francisco coffee bars. The country might have a shortage of skilled workers, but it will never lack for caterwauling noise distortion machine operators, protest songs by spoiled children, corporate drones or even baristas, thanks to the generosity of Greenwich taxpayers.


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