When you listen to Hillary on the political stump you can’t help feeling the Helen Reddy, 1970’s, Birkenstock wearing, tambourine slapping, hair in the armpits, Maude, Femi-Nazi influence in her life.
Hillary likes to think of herself as a modern day Helen Reddy singing, “I am Woman, Hear Me Roar!
On the other hand, listening to Hillary shrill is like hearing someone scrape their fingernails across a blackboard. (Millennials, Google pre-1990 school blackboard)
In actuality, Hillary’s campaign motto should be…”Vote for Hillary because she deserves it!”
The ringleader of one of Baton Rouge’s largest crack cocaine distribution rings won’t serve his 50-year sentence because he is one of the 61 drug dealers that Obama released from prison.
John E. “Boo” Milton III, 50, a drug kingpin, will be released on July 28 under the president’s order. He has served 19 years of that sentence and is being held at a federal prison in Alabama.
Is 19 years enough?
Milton was responsible for bringing 210 pounds of powder and crack cocaine to Baton Rouge from 1992 to 1996 and had his office right near a school, but the judge who sentenced Milton in 1997 said the actual amount surely topped that estimate.
He lived a posh lifestyle and rode around in fancy cars, always had lots of cash. He set up cocaine shipments even after he was indicted in 1996.
The late U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola, who sentenced Milton, called the amount of drugs in the case “astonishing.”
Milton deeply regretted his criminal actions after he was caught and sentenced. Satan made him do it.
A tearful Milton told Polozola at the time, “It seemed like every time I’d make a dollar, Satan would take it and keep me working, like a yo-yo.”
In 1999, Milton, trying to get his sentence reduced, claimed government officials were responsible for creating the drug market trade. Polozola deemed his allegations “outrageous.”
Milton’s sister, Tangi Milton Williams, who has been working on his release wrote in a Change.org petition that he saw it “as a way out” of his financial difficulties. Obviously! He needed money! Don’t we all.
Meanwhile, a man who was sentenced to 55 years in prison simply for selling marijuana did not have his sentence commuted.
Weldon Angelos has been rotting in jail and the sentencing judge, Paul Cassell, who was forced to follow the sentencing guidelines, has asked Obama to commute his sentence.
He called the sentence the must troubling of his career.
Angelos has been the poster child for the movement to lighten sentences so why wasn’t he released but the career criminal and drug kingpin was? Obama also released some drug dealers with weapon charges but not Angelos. This man might be good on posters but he needs to be freed now.
It’s a public health problem, Obama says.
The Islamic State “has an apocalyptic ideology and believes there is going to be a final war with the United States,” expects to win that war and “would need very powerful weapons to do so . . . if they ever did turn to nuclear weapons, they have more people, more money and more territory under their control and more ability to recruit experts globally than Al Qaeda at its best ever had.” ~ Professor Matthew Bunn of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
I have sometimes disagreed with Matthew Bunn – mostly on missile defense issues. But I applaud his apt summary description of essential aspects of the existential threat posed by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). ISIS is my preferred label rather that the “Islamic State,” whose operatives reportedly are now present in at least 20 countries around the world, including the United States, and seek to extend globally their intended Caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
Bunn’s quotation was buried in an important March 25, 2016 New York Times article, “Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants are Vulnerable.” As my regular readers know, I am seeking to assure that our nuclear reactors remain viable following a major electric grid shutdown. So, I find this concern to be valid, and not only in Belgium. Indeed, the reported attacks on nuclear reactors in Belgium are clear warning of possible ISIS interest in carrying out such an attack more generally – including here in America.
The nuclear power plant in Doel, Belgium.
Before elaborating this point, let’s reflect on the conditional aspect of Bunn’s warning of the existential threat that ISIS will pose “if” they turn to nuclear weapons. Surely they will turn to nuclear weapons if they can.