The Clinton Blind Spot

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hillary Clinton Laments ‘Missing’ Black Men as Politicians Reflect on Baltimore Unrest.

“There is something profoundly wrong when African American men are still far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than are meted out to their white counterparts,” Hillary Clinton said Wednesday. “There is something wrong when a third of all black men face the prospect of prison during their lifetimes.“You’re singing my song!” Hillary Clinton told students and educators at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, near the end of her first official event of the 2016 presidential campaign.Hillary Clinton swung big in her 2016 policy debut, declaring on Wednesday that “we have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance” and vowing to end the “era of mass incarceration.” Given how few particulars she offered (getting body cameras to every police department, cutting off federal funding for military equipment and mandatory minimum-sentencing reform), she should talk to 3 Bs: Bill her husband, Bill her City Hall frenemy and her old boss Barack about just how tough it is to rebalance the system.

Barely two weeks after launching her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is embroiled in a major new scandal involving money, influence, and the Clinton Foundation and her work as secretary of state. And an estimated 1.5 million black men are “missing” from their families and communities because of incarceration and premature death.” Profoundly, brutally, incomprehensiby wrong. High school students had been talking about how they were getting a leg up, taking college-level courses at the school and getting both high school and college credits for their work. First, President Clinton, who in 1994 signed a landmark crime bill, with $30 billion for new cops and prisons and harsher sentences for drug offenders.

Even as Clinton was overseeing much of US foreign policy in her post at the State Department, her family’s foundation continued to accept donations from multinational corporations, some of whom stood to gain from her decisions as secretary — sometimes to the tune of billions. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks during a rally at the University of Iowa, Friday, April 10, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press) Today’s Rand Paul news: After the Kentucky GOP senator cited family breakdown and absent fathers as a cause of Baltimore’s rioting during an interview, his presidential campaign followed up with a news release that tried to contrast his criminal justice record with that of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. “Earlier today, Hillary Clinton proposed various criminal justice reform ideas in an attempt to undo some of Bill Clinton’s work — the same work she cheerfully supported as First Lady,” said a release from the campaign. “Not only is Hillary Clinton trying to undo some of the harm inflicted by the Clinton administration, she is now emulating proposals introduced by Senator Rand Paul over the last several years, and we welcome her to the fight:” Bloomberg Politics On Wednesday, Paul introduced legislation to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality regulations, putting him at the forefront of fighting Internet regulations that are reviled by conservatives. One young woman said she was going to a four-year college next year and would be able to finish in two because of the credits she’d already accrued—thus cutting her college loans in half. Hillary didn’t mention that in her speech, nor did she note that the steep rise in imprisonment that bill led to came just after the peak of a 30-year era of rising crime rates that decimated cities.

Clinton’s speech, at Columbia University in New York, represented the first major policy address of her nascent presidential campaign, and it set down a marker for what is emerging as an indelible issue for presidential candidates from both parties. So far, none of the revelations suggest that Hillary Clinton shared protected information with large donors or that State Department policy was shaped by contributions.

A statement from Paul called the regulation “a textbook example of Washington’s desire to regulate anything and everything.” He said it would “do nothing more than wrap the Internet in red tape,” and he does “not want to see the government regulating the Internet:” National Journal Even though Paul is thought to have great appeal to younger voters, a new survey from Harvard’s Institute of Politics found he fares no better than other Republicans among those age 18 to 29: Los Angeles Times Paul’s prospects in Nevada could be hurt if the state’s Republican party switches from a caucus system of selecting a presidential nominee to a primary system: Washington Post Paul will visit Michigan on Monday for a “Stand with Rand” event in Grand Rapids hosted by Rep. And yet, until recently, mainstream Democrats — especially Democratic governors who came of age politically during the turbulence of the crack epidemic in the 1980s, those Democrats who (directly or indirectly) encouraged the stigmatizing of welfare recipients when speaking to white, working class voters — wrote and sold the policies that recruited the parade of horribles that Secretary Clinton brought up.

It’s precisely because crime rates have plummeted in the two decades since, that the new national conversation about policing’s dark side has emerged. Bush builds case with Hispanics: Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination, told a group of Hispanic evangelicals on Wednesday the U.S. immigration system is broken and must be fixed. They didn’t do so maliciously; President Clinton’s policy advisers will point to a dozen reasons outside of politics when confronted with evidence that their war on crime did not in and of itself reduce crime, and in fact, may have exacerbated tensions between poor people, black people, and the police. 1. Much of the recent scrutiny has been inspired by conservative author Peter Schweizer and his forthcoming book “Clinton Cash,” parts of which have been shared with various media organizations. Clinton has delivered a substantive policy address in a fledgling presidential race that had to now been defined by candidates’ upbeat announcements and vague promises.

For those seeking the White House, the conflagration in Baltimore exposed a complicated truth: The racial comity that the election of Barack Obama seemed to promise has not materialized, forcing them to grapple with a red-hot, deeply unresolved dynamic that strays far from their carefully crafted messages and favored themes. “I don’t think any of the candidates want or expect the summer of 2015 to be like the summer of 1968,” when race riots hit major American cities, said Rick Wilson, a longtime Republican political strategist who is not aligned with any campaign. Where no one thinks the NYPD is funding New York City, podunk Ferguson, Mo., relied on the police to shake down citizens to pay for the city government. There’s indeed a national crisis of confidence in policing and justice, but it’s less clear there are national solutions outside of halting the war on drugs — which Clinton didn’t directly mention.

But that won’t be enough for an endorsement. “I think groups are going to want to endorse the candidate who represents their issues in a way they think is best and who has the best chance of winning,” a political operative who works on environmental issues told the publication. Yet Clinton’s apparent evolution also seems to suggest a building bipartisan momentum in the US public toward reassessing whether the policies created to deal with high violent crime rates in the cities are appropriate in an era where those rates have sunk to historic lows. “The fact is, the American public is complicit in the ways in which our police act in the inner city,” says Robert Kane, author of the upcoming book “No Justice, No Peace: Smart Crowds, ‘Dumb’ Policing and #FergusonRebellion.” “But I think that since Ferguson, it’s clear that [events throughout the country] have brought issues of police [and justice system] accountability into the public discourse, and one reason is these events where police can be seen treading on the dignity of people they’re supposed to be serving,” said Mr. And it seemed to me that this was a perfect way to launch her campaign, doing something she loved to do—something profoundly unphony—-promoting a program that could really help middle-class Americans.

President Obama more or less conceded that failure in his own remarks about Baltimore a day earlier, saying national “soul-searching” was needed and pointing to the Republican-run Congress to excuse his failure to do more. Many of the get-tough policies, including the 1994 crime bill, were aimed at quelling the most glaring violence in society – black-on-black crime, including killings, in the nation’s toughest neighborhoods. Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is expected to declare his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, bemoaned the overly punitive legislation of the Clinton era. “There’s a lot of rethinking of that type of legislation,” he said in an interview. “If for no other reason just financially it makes more sense to provide jobs and education than building jails.” While elected officials had embraced the tough-on-crime approach decades before Mr. But as the violent crime rate has been halved since 1992, aggressive police tactics such as broken windows and zero tolerance have gone from solution to problem, critics say, creating urban zones where people can hardly walk, bike, or drive without being suspected of wrongdoing.

Democrats promoted data-driven policing as a way to ensure the efficiency of police tactics, applying a technocratic gloss to a profession that doesn’t lend itself naturally to metrics. Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal called it “the most inept, phony, shallow, slickily-slick and meaningless launch of a presidential candidacy I have ever seen.” Others were less charming. Clinton took office, the adult prison population after his signing of the law nearly doubled from the early 1990s to about 2.2 million prisoners today. “What I read in Clinton’s speech is a repudiation of the notion that more prisons and more punishment equals more safety,” said Nicholas Turner, president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice.

According to Clinton, the effects of such aggressive policing, as well as mass incarceration for nonviolent offenders, continue to devastate black neighborhoods. A more direct path, however, seems to have connected Clinton Foundation donors with Bill Clinton himself, who earned at least $26 million giving speeches to major donors between 2001 and 2013.

Democrats were reluctant to take on the NRA at crucial points, institutionally failing to back up a focus on gun violence (which seems to work to reduce crime rates) with the political will necessary to pass legislation making it easier to track guns and reduce the available stocks of ammunition. 4. It was all about the cynicism of the launch, of Hillary Clinton pretending to be one of the people. “You’ve got to be cynical about the Clintons,” said a young journalist I admire. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has in the past criticized policing policies that disproportionately affect black neighborhoods, noting awkwardly that he was glad the train he was on, which pulled through Baltimore, “didn’t stop” Monday.

Many Democrats supported the prison building boom, and had no problem with a policy that jailed people for non-violent drug offenses, took away their property, and then prevented them from using their family’s concerns as a mitigating factor for their sentences. An entire cohort of young black men went to jail for not being violent, and then were released, having been subject to the violence of a prison system, for no real good reason at all, given how inoffensive their crimes were. In retrospect, we can find the justifications that Clinton, Vice President Biden, and others gave in 1994, when the major crime bill was signed into law, and some make sense. The difference in the way that rich and poor experience life is astonishing, from school quality to health care access to daily stress levels to the quality of the environment to job opportunities. There is the Clinton who is cautious to the point of paranoia, who surrounds herself with sketchy sycophants and launches scorched-earth campaigns against anyone who would doubt her.

The charges leveled against the Clintons by Peter Schweizer in his book Clinton Cash, and confirmed by a raft of mainstream publications in recent weeks, cannot be dismissed as a right-wing hack attack. A team of MIT computer scientists have figured out how to do just that, turning a chip bag into a “visual microphone.” This amazing video shows three demonstrations of sound being recovered through video: one where a melody is captured in the vibrations of leaves on a plant, another where speech is captured in the vibration of a chip bag, and a third where a song is identified solely through a video of the ear buds through which the song was playing. With few exceptions, the candidates first grappled with the city’s turmoil from the safe distance of written statements released by aides or brief postings on social media.

Those worried about the potential eavesdropping or spying applications of the technique can take comfort in the fact that it works best with very high rate, memory intensive video capture — but not too much comfort. We could be witnessing the next installment of that old story, where a series of suspect coincidences and circling innuendo fails to cohere into any real evidence of a clear violation — and the campaign continues unaffected. As shown in the video, it is possible to get a much better than expected result with a regular consumer camera by taking advantage of artifacts resulting from a “rolling shutter” capture. Martin O’Malley rushed back on Tuesday from paid speechmaking in Ireland to the West Baltimore neighborhood he once oversaw as mayor, seeming at once heartbroken and eager to project calm.

Rubenstein also has a fascinating TEDx talk about the motion magnifying technique that shows how regular video can be transformed to show blood pumping behind skin, a baby’s breathing, or a wine glass pulsating to a singer’s voice. Air Force is on the cusp of flight testing a new tail-kit assembly that will upend the old way of conducting tactical nuclear combat, should the United States ever enter a shooting match with a nuclear-armed state like Russia or China. No doubt, the lad was chuffed to be in the presence of Bill Clinton; no doubt, he made his contributions to the CGI in recognition of its excellent work.

Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital seeking the Republican nomination, evoked his own time as a Baltimore resident, and denounced “irresponsible individuals” and “uncontrolled agitators.” And Rand Paul sounded oddly off-key, chuckling about the terror he has felt while traveling by train through Baltimore. “I’m glad it didn’t stop,” he said. The Clintons’ familiarity with the global elite could make it harder for Hillary to credibly campaign as the “champion” of “everyday Americans,” as she put it in her first campaign video. The Boeing-built guidance unit adds range and accuracy, turning it into a “smart” nuke compatible with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and future Long-Range Strike Bomber.

Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a likely Republican candidate, remained in the shelter of his cautious Twitter stream. “Our prayers for restoration of peace in Baltimore,” he posted on Twitter, without elaboration. The flying branch’s weapons office at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida has been working with Boeing to design and develop the tail-kit assembly since 2012.

The tail kit will resemble a non-nuclear Joint Direct Attack Munition, with strap-on strakes for range, and tail fins guided by a GPS-aided inertial navigation unit. The equipment will work even if America’s navigation satellites are shot to pieces — a likely scenario during a nuclear war — and is hardened to survive the electromagnetic pulse generated by a high-altitude nuclear explosion. You would have to assume a high-mindedness that surpasses all understanding to argue that these speeches, and the generosity of their funders, had not even a subliminal impact on the mind of the Secretary.

Perhaps the most egregious, confirmed by the New York Times, was sponsored by Russian oligarchs—Schweizer claims some of them had KGB ties—for $500,000 as Clinton Global Initiative donors were selling their uranium-mining company, including U.S. assets, to the Russians. I believe that the Obama Administration’s “reset” with Russia was more than a shell game to enrich the Clintons, but you have to ask: What on earth was Bill Clinton thinking when he took the $500,000 from the friends of Vladimir Putin? The National Nuclear Security Administration — which oversees America’s nuclear warheads — has the tougher task of refurbishing the complete weapon. It’s hard to say no when a “friend” invites you to his vacation home, all expenses paid, to rest and relax after all that tough work saving the world. Those flights took place between July and December 2014. “This series is the first of many flight tests for the B6–12 life-extension program,” a Feb. 9 press statement noted. “The testing is a key building block between ongoing system ground testing and the first development flight test drop scheduled in fiscal year 2015.” The Air Force will test the first complete tail kit on an F-15E Strike Eagle using an inert bomb.

If the flight tests are successful, Boeing will pass the design review and proceed to the next round of development, with a plan to deliver the first production unit in 2018. Strategic Command determined that with the accuracy provided by a tail kit, the yield provided by today’s lowest yield B61 variant would be sufficient to meet all of the strategic and non-strategic requirements for gravity systems,” Donald Cook, the NNSA’s deputy administrator for defense programs, told Congress in 2013. Strategic Command advocated for what’s still known as the “3+2 Strategy,” where the U.S. would move toward a nuclear stockpile with three interoperable ballistic missile warheads — for the submarine and land-based legs of the nuclear triad — and two air-delivered warheads.

The U.S. has already cut its nuclear stockpile by 80 percent compared to its Cold War peak, and the Pentagon estimates it could still meet its nuclear deterrence strategy with one-third fewer weapons. Then I ask them: Let’s leave the politics aside; how do you feel about the way the Clintons ran their foundation? “Nauseated,” said one. “Atrocious,” said another. “It’s no surprise,” said a third. It’s near impossible for Hillary Clinton to go around saying, with a straight face, much less a sense of outrage, that the “deck is stacked against” everyday Americans when Bill’s partying with the deck stackers.

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