Thursday, September 3, 2015
Aug 20, 2015 at 4:15p ET
Every father wants what’s best for their son and, when you’re a wealthy Swiss businessman, that means along the way you might be able to treat them to a new car or two. Just be sure it's the one they want.
A millionaire's son in Switzerland reportedly conspired to destroy a Ferrari his father had given him so that he could pay for a new, better Ferrari with the insurance money.
This is according to Swiss publication "20 minutes," which tells the sordid tale of a 19-year-old with 15 luxury cars -- including a Lamborghini -- and around $30 million in properties, as well as a monthly allowance ranging from $5,000-$10,000.
One of the cars gifted to him by his father was a Ferrari 458 Italia.
However, the new Ferrari 458 Speciale had just come out. The son went to a dealership to see if he could trade his Italia for it, but the value quoted by the dealership wasn’t enough. He also didn’t have the heart to tell his father he didn’t like his current Ferrari, the report said.
Consequently, he got together with three accomplices. While the son stayed home with an alibi, the accomplices took his Ferrari and crossed the border into Germany, where they soaked the car in gasoline and set it on fire in an attempt to claim enough insurance money to afford the 458 Speciale.
However, the act was caught by security cameras.
Consequently, the son, now 20 years old, is now serving 22 months of probation and paying off a fine of over $30,000, the report said, while his accomplices received probations of between 14 and 16 months.
No names were mentioned in the report.
Kermit has denied rumours that the woman he's been spotted out and about with is his new love - but that didn't stop people being outraged.
The grievance class is a pretty hate filled bunch.
"We’ve got a long time to go before our convention but I think she’s in a very good spot,” former vice president tells PJM.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president and predicted that the controversy surrounding her use of private e-mail would not affect her candidacy.
Mondale was asked why he is supporting Clinton and if he thinks the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s private server could prevent her from becoming the Democratic nominee.
“I don’t think that will affect her. I think she’s a very strong candidate. We just had our national DNC meeting in Minneapolis this past week. She spoke and made a really powerful impression – strong support all over the place. We’ve got a long time to go before our convention but I think she’s in a very good spot,” Mondale told PJ Media after the National Fair Housing Conference at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he endorsed Clinton before she announced her candidacy this year.
“In May of 2014 I spoke and encouraged her to run, so I’ve been doing all I can to encourage and be helpful and I think she’s going to be a fine president – and she’s going to do very well in Virginia and nationally,” Kaine said.
Mondale was recognized at the event for writing the Fair Housing Act of 1968. He described the challenges Democrats faced in the Senate while trying to pass the bill.
PJ Media asked Mondale for his opinion of the current legislative process and if he had any advice for the Democrats in Congress.
“We had two things going for us – bipartisanship and a strong, I would say, progressive Congress that wanted to do something even though the hill was high with 67 votes,” he said. “We needed cloture and as the issue built we were able to get it done. Regrettably, the bipartisanship has been shattered, a terrible loss – that’s why I mentioned in my speech it’s hard to know what happened there and it becomes much more difficult to pass things, but I don’t think we should give up.”
Mondale, who ran against former President Reagan in 1984, said he would like to see Congress act on the issue of “big money” in politics as well as voting rights.
“Big money is corrupting America, paralyzing us from doing what Lincoln said, have a government of and by and for the people, and efforts to obstruct the vitality of our Democracy such as the changes in the Voting Rights Act,” he said. “We need to open up voting to everybody – they need to be encouraged to vote. We need to get this curse of big money off our backs.”
Kaine said voting rights was not a partisan issue in the past.
“My father-in-law was a Republican governor of Virginia. The Republican Party had such a spectacular voting rights record up until the last 10 years – 15th Amendment to guarantee freed slaves the right to vote – that was a Republican Congress,” he said. “The 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote; now, that was a Democratic president but a Republican Congress. Both parties supported it. When the 26th amendment was passed that let 18-year-olds vote it was under the Nixon administration, it was bipartisan.”
Kaine said Democrats have not been able to get Republican support for changes to the Voting Rights Act.
“After the Supreme Court ruled in the Shelby case, getting rid of the pre-clearance requirement for essentially southern jurisdictions, and we have a fix that is a very reasonable fix to fix. We can’t get one Republican co-sponsor in the House or the Senate,” he said.
Hat tip P J Media
September 3, 2015
On Wednesday, according to a report by WJLA in Washington, "Barvetta Singletary, a White House staffer, resigned today following assault charges." This dramatic news, however, received scant coverage in the major media. As of Thursday morning, only The Hill and Roll Call had covered the resignation. All three reports credit an unnamed White House spokesperson for confirming the news.
WJLA provides a short summary of the facts of the case:
Tuesday, prosecutors said a White House staffer had been indicted on assault and other charges following a dispute with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at her home.Prince George's County say 37-year-old Singletary got into an argument with a U.S. Capitol Police officer after an alleged sexual encounter. Singletary then grabbed the officer's service weapon from a bag and fired once in his direction. No one was injured.
Singletary had been on unpaid leave since her arrest several weeks ago. Both Roll Call and The Hill note that the White House has accepted Singletary's resignation.
In contrast to the media silence regarding Singletary, the resignation of a Republican congressional staffer who had criticized President Obama's daughters on Facebook was covered extensively by major national media outlets in December 2014.
PBS is a outright shill for the Obama administration and not very well hidden anti Israel. I bet she has "Jewish friends" right?
By Michael Getler
Sept. 2, 2015
This column is not about me, but I start by acknowledging that I am something of a technological dinosaur. I still read printed newspapers and I don’t have a Twitter account or Facebook page. But the reason I don’t engage in social media is only in part because I’m a little challenged technologically. The real reason is that I’m the ombudsman at PBS and I don’t want to be glib or dash off something on Twitter that I would quickly regret, or that could easily be misunderstood, or could be used to either discredit me and my work or PBS. I had the same policy about pre-social media venues when I was the ombudsman at The Washington Post.
So that brings me to the real self-inflicted wound, which was a tweet by PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill on Wednesday—after it became known that President Obama had secured the necessary number of Democratic backers in the Senate to ensure that the nuclear agreement with Iran could not be blocked by opponents—that said: “Take that, Bibi.” That was a reference, of course, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has strongly opposed the agreement and came to Washington at the invitation of Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner to argue against it in front of Congress.
Ifill added the comment when she retweeted an illustration from an Obama administration Twitter account that is designed to support the case for an agreement.
As they say in today’s world, her tweet instantly went viral, picked up by bloggers, websites and a large number of Twitter followers and it quickly produced a lot of angry emails in the ombudsman’s inbox.
I asked Ifill and the NewsHour for a response and explanation. She explained, in an email to me and in a tweet to many others, that she was “RT'ing a @TheIranDeal tweet,” and added that she “should have been clearer that it was their argument, not mine.”
One would have to lean way over backwards to give her the benefit of the doubt that she was simply shedding light on the administration’s view of portions of Netanyahu’s arguments. But to personalize it by saying, “Take that, Bibi” is, in my book, inexcusable for an experienced journalist who is the co-anchor of a nightly news program watched by millions of people over the course of any week.
It is not the first time that I have written about Ifill and tweets. Three years ago a tweet supporting a former colleague, who made an inflammatory remark apparently unaware that his microphone had not been turned off, also brought about lots of criticism.
Ifill is a highly experienced journalist, very quick, alert, knowledgeable, and with an engaging on-air personality. She also has a talented eye for the ironies and political turnabouts in the daily flow of news that contributes to her presence. But PBS and the NewsHour are bigger than any individual and tweeting does not appear to be a tool, in these cases, that is appropriate for maintaining credibility, which is the bedrock for news organizations.
Posted on Sept. 2, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.
Mr. Getler is the PBS ombudsman.