Category Archives: Hypocrisy

How do you tell when Hilliary Clinton is lying?


It’s whenever her lips are moving, or so it would after watching this deftly done video from Anonymous Official:

Anonymous — Hillary Clinton: Lying for 12 minutes straight

H/T to Undernews.

Headlines of the day II: Lesser of two weasels?


Two headlines from today’s London Daily Mail perfectly summarize the extent of the devolution of Republican Party presidential politics on the day of a make-or-break primary.

First up, pouring on the bile with Terrible Ted:

Ted Cruz uncorks furious last ditch tirade on ‘narcissistic’  Trump for ‘sleaze and lies’ and rips rival as a ‘serial philanderer’ while Indiana voters go the polls

  • Texas senator labels Trump ‘pathological liar’
  • Brings up ’97 quote about dodging STDs as Trump’s personal Vietnam
  • Calls rival ‘utterly amoral’ and ‘serial philanderer’
  • Attack follows Trump citing story linking Rafael Cruz to JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Outburst comes as Trump looking to score knockout in Indiana primary 
  • Trump responds that Cruz is ‘ unhinged’ and ‘a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign’

And next, The Donald proves that he can up the crazy with a statement that will serve as a perfect recruiting device for ISIS:

EXCLUSIVE: Trump insists Israel should keep building West Bank settlements as he says Netanyahu should ‘keep moving forward’ because Palestinians fired ‘thousands of missiles’ at Jewish state

  • In interview with DailyMail.com, Donald Trump says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu should continue building West Bank settlements
  • Rejects call for a pause in settlements as a precursor to peace talks with Palestinians
  • ‘I don’t think there should be a pause,’ Trump said; ‘Look: Missiles were launched into Israel’
  • The billionaire GOP front-runner said of Netanyahu: ‘I don’t know him that well, but I think I’d have a very good relationship with him’

Headline of the day II: UC Follies show continues


From ProPublica, the University of California administration never fails to not disappoint:

University of California Regent Violated Ethics Rules, Review Finds

A secret 2015 report found that a doctor on the UC board of regents tried to negotiate a deal between his eye clinics and UCLA, and engaged in discussions in which he had a financial interest. He denied wrongdoing but resigned as chair of the regents’ health committee.

Air strike at Doctors Without Borders hospital


For the second time in less than a year, a hospital staffed by Doctors Without Borders has fallen prey to an aerial bombing attack.

This time the hospital hit was in Syria, just which country’s planes were responsible for the attack is, as yet, unknown.

From the Washington Post:

Airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo destroyed a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders, the aid group said Thursday, killing at least 14 patients and staff in the latest attacks that have all but unraveled a cease-fire accord.

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The overnight raids — including a direct hit on Aleppo’s al-Quds hospital — killed at least 27 people, rights monitors and rescue volunteers said. At least 14 patients and medical staffers were killed at the hospital, Doctors Without Borders said on its Twitter account.

The group, also known by the French name Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, said at least three doctors, including one of the last pediatricians in the city, were among the dead.

But in an attack on another hospital staffed by Doctors Without Borders nine months earlier, the identity of the attackers is known.

The bombs and the planes carrying them were American.

But if you expect those responsible to be jailed for their killing 42 innocent people, like, say a reckless driver who fatally struck another motorist on an American city street, well, fuggedaboudit.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Pentagon has disciplined 16 service members for mistakes that led to the deadly airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan last fall, but no one will face criminal charges, The Times has learned.

The punishments follow a six-month Pentagon investigation into the disastrous Oct. 3 attack, which killed 42 medical staff, patients and other Afghans, and wounded dozens more at the international humanitarian aid group’s trauma center in Kunduz.

The 16 found at fault include a two-star general, the crew of an Air Force AC-130 attack aircraft, and Army special forces personnel, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal investigation.

One officer was suspended from command and ordered out of Afghanistan. The other 15 were given lesser punishments: Six were sent to counseling, seven were issued letters of reprimand, and two were ordered to retraining courses.

Reckless driving? A crime, and you got to jail, losing your job and a whole lot more.

Reckless bombing? Hey, no jail time and you get to keep drawing the old paycheck.

By way of contrast, from a 4 September 2015 NBC News Los Angeles story:

A Southern California woman who was texting and chatting on her cellphone before she slammed her Toyota Prius into the back of an idling car on an Orange County freeway, killing the 23-year-old driver, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.

Jorene Ypano Nicolas, of San Diego, tearfully apologized to Deanna Mauer’s family.

“The thought of you not being with your daughter is absolutely killing me every day,” she said. “From the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of my pain, I’m sorry you can’t physically be with your daughter anymore.”

Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven Bromberg wasn’t swayed by the apology. He imposed the maximum term under the law on the 32-year-old defendant, saying that her lack of remorse was “deafening.”

Headline of the day: Why aren’t we surprised


Or Cruzin’ for a buzin’ with the theobot.

From United Press International, a “common touch” gambit fail:

Ted Cruz calls basketball hoop a ‘ring’ in embarrassing ‘Hoosiers’ gaffe

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz butchered a scene from the famous basketball movie Hoosiers while speaking in Indiana on Tuesday, calling the rim on the basketball hoop a “ring.”

Iceland’s president nailed by the Panama Papers


Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the Icelandic president first elected to office in 1996 as a political science professor turned politician, has become the second national politician linked by the Panama Papers to offshore bank accounts, coming only three days after he denied an such connections.

The revelations come less than a month after the nation’s then-Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson was driven out of office over similar ties discovered in the massive leak of emails and files from a Panamanian law firm.

From the Reykjavík Grapevine:

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson does in fact have connections to at least one offshore account, despite contentions to the contrary with CNN.

While the President told viewers of CNN that neither he nor his wife, Dorrit Moussaieff, have any connection to offshore accounts, The Grapevine has received documents that show this contention to be false.

The matter concerns a British company called Moussaieff Jewelers Limited (MJL), which is Dorrit’s family’s business. According to the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements for MJL in 2006, Lasca Finance Limited (LFL) – a company registered in the British Virgin Islands of which Dorrit’s parents are shareholders – was paid interest payments by MJL from at least 2000 until 2005, which was the last time we saw reported interest. Lasca also appears in the widely-reported Panama Papers leak.

In 2006, LFL all but disappears, and a new company appears in Hong Kong: Moussaieff Limited, of which Dorrit’s mother is the sole director and shareholder, and has been active through at least March 31, 2015. While not defined as a tax shelter by Icelandic law, Hong Kong does rank in second place on the Financial Secrecy Index.

Grapevine art director Sveinbjorn Palsson has created the perfect video mashup to accompany the story:

H/T to Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

Headline of the day: Flushed with excitement


From the Independent:

Ted Cruz accuses Donald Trump of ‘political correctness’ over transgender bathroom controversy

Senator Ted Cruz has accused Donald Trump of pandering to political correctness after the tycoon said he believed transgender people should use the lavatory they wish to.