Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Cat's Cradle - A Tangled Web Hillary Tried to Warn Us About #WatchThisSpace

Ten days into the new administration, a Russian military push in the Arctic was the subject of concern and a post here. At the time, both Russian appropriation of Arctic waters for drilling and Russian control of Arctic sea routes as those waters thaw (guess why) were the issues. Days later, on Thursday February 2 came this post: Throwback Thursday: I TOLD You to #WatchThisSpace!!!  The issue there was disclosure of oil company funds going to foreign governments.

Here we are 13 weeks later, and oh what a tangled web we see described by Dr. Vanessa Neumann in The Daily Beast today.  Dr. Neumann, Daily Beast points out, is "a Venezuelan-American and president of the trade integrity and political risk consultancy Asymmetrica."

Russia Gave to Citgo, Then Citgo Gave to Trump

Many big oil companies funded Trump’s inauguration. Only one is deeply in debt to the Kremlin.

Dr. Vanessa Neumann

04.27.17

The oil company’s half-million donation to Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee wasn’t illegal. But it certainly wasn’t moral. And the cash may have come from the Kremlin, at least indirectly.
Recently released Federal Election Commission filings show that Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (known as PDVSA) gave Trump more money than Shell or Walmart. The donation is unusual for PDVSA: Citgo had not donated to previous presidential inaugural committees.
Citgo’s donation to the Trump Inaugural Committee and the horrifying images emerging from Venezuela’s weeks of brutally repressed protests (26 killed, 437 injured, and 1,289 arrested—according to Venezuela’s attorney general; Venezuelan prisoner rights NGO Foro Penal says 1,536 have been “detained” as of April 25) are connected: Russian money and influence is behind both of them. Some of those detained are tortured in Venezuela’s equivalent of CIA headquarters, known as “The Tomb,” for its subterranean torture chambers. The Inaugural Committee donation came days after Citgo (a Delaware-incorporated company with operational headquarters in Houston) mortgaged 49.9 percent of its holdings to Rosneft, an oil company controlled by the Kremlin. That enabled Citgo’s parent company PDVSA to make its bond payments. Rosneft is sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department. So is its CEO, Igor Sechin, “Russia’s Darth Vader.” One of the most feared men in Russia, Sechin is close to Vladimir Putin and is one of Putin’s key instruments of geopolitical power. Net net: If Venezuela defaults on its bond payments, Rosneft (i.e., Putin & Co.) could own several refineries, nine pipelines, and distribution terminals all across the Eastern U.S., from Texas to Maine, without any government oversight. If the Russians end up owning Citgo, they will be using American consumers to fund their autocracy and Assad’s brutality in Syria.
Yes, you read that correctly.  No, your eyes do not deceive you.  Holy moly!  Sechin's name comes up as does, in a very disturbing way, Rosneft.  Where did we see those names before?  Oh, right!  The Christopher Steele memos!  Those documents were highlighted in a second, then seemingly unrelated, post here also on February 2:  Throwback Thursday Part II: The Russians, the Memos, the Sanctions – The Art of the Steal.

Dr. Neumann has pulled the whole cat's cradle into a coherent web that reaches, now, from the Arctic to the Caribbean to the Middle East and remains about Russia, oil, money, Syria, and elections, and threatens a new refugee crisis.

As we approach the 100th day, remember this from 13 weeks ago?  We still do not know who bought those shares. It's a good guess that Carter Page knows.

The deal on the sale of a 19.5 percent stake in Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft will bring Moscow some $11.1 billion in revenues, the company announced Saturday.

Hillary Clinton and her team tried to warn us. But, you know, emails, wikileaks, ‘flawed,’ ‘ill,’ and ‘shrill.’ Not the perfect (female) candidate – which is the enemy of not just the good, but of the best yet.
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Keep watching this space!  Here's a pretty picture for #ThrowbackThursday.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Summer Soldiers and Sunshine HRC Supporters

There's a scene in "Erin Brockovich" where Julia Roberts, as the title character, says, "That's the kind of thing that pisses me off!"  That is how I felt when I read this passage in the viral Medium entry, "Tough Luck Destroyers of Hillary Clinton: You Won the Battle, You Won’t Win the War."
There is only one interpretation that I can give to this paragraph.
“It got so bad that her supporters had to shrink away in secret Facebook groups, afraid to put bumper stickers on our cars or lawn signs in front of our homes — afraid for our reputations, afraid to be exiled from Coolsville, afraid because we were watching a real live witch hunt. “
When the going got tough, you ran and hid rather than stand and fight.

Especially in the waning days of the campaign, after James Comey's stunning announcement only 11 days before election day, there was increasing concern that we could lose.  Those of us on the social networks front of the campaign received numerous messages during those last days warning that we did not have this sewn up and needed to redouble all efforts in order to reach 270.
Things were nasty those last weeks. Hillary herself, in a final op-ed on November 7 said this.
I know it’s been a long and difficult race. I’ve heard from so many people who are shaken by my opponent’s hateful, divisive rhetoric. One woman wrote to me about her son, Felix, who was adopted from Ethiopia as a baby. Felix is genuinely afraid that if my opponent wins, he’ll be taken from his parents and forced out of the only country he’s ever known. And his story is just one of many.
A lot of what we’ve seen and heard has been distressing, but we’ve also shared proud moments that remind us that we’re a country of fair-minded, big-hearted people. Millions of Americans—Republicans and Democrats alike—have stood up to say we’re better than this. And everywhere I go, I meet people who remind me of the diversity and determination that make this country great.
She knew exactly how vituperative it had become out here in the trenches, encouraged up to fight on, and thanked us for remaining loyally engaged.

The morning after Election Day, Hillary delivered these words.
And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook, even in secret, private Facebook sites – I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward.
The emphasis is mine.

When an essay goes viral and implies that "we," as a group, shrank away into secret Facebook groups and were "afraid" to put bumper stickers on our cars I tremble with fury. "We" did not!  We fought it out, as Hillary asked numerous times in those pre-election emails and messages, in public. Her true supporters never shrank away in fear.  We stood with her and for her. I, for one, still do.
“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” ― Thomas Paine, The Crisis


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hillary Clinton's Surprise Appearance at Tribeca is Earth Day Perfect!

The Tribeca Film Festival is going on in New York City this weekend, and Hillary Clinton showed up for a panel discussion of Kathryn Bigelow's "The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes" which is being featured at the festival. Bigelow, much acclaimed  for The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, has taken on elephant poaching in this latest opus, a documentary tracking a day in the life of rangers in a wild animal park. Hillary has been passionate and outspoken on the topic of wildlife poaching and trafficking for years. At Spring Studios, she joined the panel and answered questions, a surprise treat for the audience.  What a perfect ending to Earth Day 2017! 

Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance During Kathryn Bigelow’s VR Tribeca Panel






Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton surprised Tribeca Film Festival goers tonight, making a special appearance during Kathryn Bigelow and Imran Ismail’s The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes panel. “Thanks for seeing this remarkable film which brings to reality what we’re up against,” Clinton said. “I first became really focused on the horrific slaughter of elephants when I was Secretary of State. It was clear it wasn’t just a terrible crisis, it was the trafficking that was a lot of bad actors. A militia out of Sudan, Boka Harom. It was used to buy weapons and fund the terrorist activities of [many] groups.”





The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes, from National Geographic Documentary Films, is a VR documentary short that chronicles a day in the life of the rangers in Garamba National Park. With over 30,000 African elephants dying each year at the hands of poachers, and despite the global outcry over the killings, trafficking continues, the film is a call to action to help the conservation NGO African Parks and end the Ivory War
Two influential women standing up for these heroic rangers and the elephants they protect sends a powerful message, not only for conservation of wildlife but also in opposition to the the terrorism animal trafficking and poaching finance.

Learn more here >>>> 

Visit Garamba or donate >>>>







Read Arianna Huffington’s Speech Honoring Hillary Clinton for Her LGBT Service>>>>


Friday, April 21, 2017

LGBT Center Honors Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton was honored last night with the LGBT Center's Trailblazer Award at the organization's annual dinner last night.

 Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Mme. Secretary!




 


Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

Story highlights

  • Clinton is given an award at an LGBT dinner
  • She calls for supporters to focus on the 2018 midterm elections
Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights.
"We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues," Clinton said in a speech in New York.
Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid. But she told those gathered there to watch out for "the progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines for.
"It may not be as secure as we once expected," she said.
Read more and see video >>>>

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo Spotlight Free Tuition Plan

Hillary was beside Governor Cuomo today as he signed the free tuition bill into law. Hillary Clinton joined Gov. Cuomo in Queens Wednesday to promote his new tuition-free plan for New York’s public colleges.
“You move to New York you can get an affordable college education,” said Clinton, as Cuomo sign a bill at LaGuardia Community College to launch the program this fall at CUNY and SUNY.
“That would only be fair for young people who come here. I hope it will be the first of many states [that offer free tuition],” she said.
Read more >>>>

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Children's Health Fund to Honor Hillary Clinton

As First Lady, Hillary Clinton helped establish the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which provides coverage for eight million children.  To celebrate her advocacy, the Children's Health Fund will honor Hillary this Spring at their annual benefit.  Our best compliments, Mme. Secretary, on this well-deserved honor! Added bonus, Bernie Williams will accompany Paul Simon at this event!


Clinton will be honored with the American Heroes for Children Award, and will deliver the keynote speech at the event. CHF board member Jane Pauley will be honoured with the CHF Pioneers Award, and CHF co-founder Paul Simon will perform. Paul Simon will be joined by former New York Yankee and guitarist Bernie Williams.

Also being honoured at the event are CHF supporter Dr. David Dines and long-time corporate partner Morgan Stanley.

The event takes place at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC on Tuesday, May 23.
Read more >>>>
For more information on CHIP eligibility, go here >>>>>

In other news, ICYMI, Hillary was seen modeling the shoe Katy Perry designed for her.

Style

Hillary Clinton Models Katy Perry's 'Hillary Clinton' Shoe Design (Lucite Heel and All)

Posted on April 11, 2017


Katy Perry/Instagram

Over the course of her life, Hillary Clinton has had many important titles bestowed upon her. Of course, she was the First Lady of the United States for eight years, the Senator of New York for eight years, Secretary of State for four, and the first woman to ever be chosen as a major party’s nominee for President.
Now she can add “fashion muse” and “footwear model” to the list, thanks to Katy Perry, who designed a pair of pumps in her honor, dubbing them The Hillary. And when Clinton got her hands on a pair of the baby pink pumps, she was more than happy to show them off to their best effect for Perry’s Instagram.
Read more and see the shoe close up >>>>
Cute for Easter, they are affordable and come in small sizes, too!  Before I take any more abuse for talking about Hillary's shoes, yes we do talk about such accessories on men too!  I have seen lots of comments about extra-long neck ties that do not camouflage a big gut.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hillary Clinton at Annie's List in Houston

Annie's List, a progressive women's organization in Texas, hosted Hillary Clinton at their Houston luncheon event today.



 

Hillary Clinton Applauds "War Paint" on Broadway

Hillary, who has said she likes lipstick and wears it, attended a performance of the new Broadway hit, "War Paint" starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole.  The show focuses on the competition between Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden for the women's cosmetics market.  What a treat to see these women together! Disclosure: I am a HUGE fan of Patti LuPone.  Hillary is a huge supporter of women entrepreneurs. Here is a nice article from Variety.

Hillary Clinton at the 8th Annual Women in the World Summit

Samantha Bee introduced her and Nicholas Kristof conducted the interview when Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on Thursday.

No transcript yet, but this.  Hillary called for airstrikes in Syria.  This event occurred before tonight's airstrikes.  Please note that she did not make this call today. She was referring to a policy she had advocated for a very long time while she was Secretary of State and continued to advocate afterwards, i.e. not a new stance for her  - rather -  a longstanding one that she reiterated today before the strikes took place.