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Saturday, July 31, 2010

US Royal Wedding: The Joining of Two Felonious Families

Ah, the media is in full leg tingle for the glorious and the unholy event of the Clinton -Medvinski union.
The New York Times brings us the wonderful news:

At 7:23 p.m. came an announcement from the family via e-mail: Ms. Clinton was now married to Marc Mezvinsky.

“Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends,” the Clintons said in a statement. “We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family.”

President and Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, also thanked Rhinebeck for its welcome and good wishes.

Ms. Clinton, 30, wore a gown designed by Vera Wang, who caused a commotion of her own when she showed up in town on Saturday. The mother of the bride wore Oscar de la Renta.

The interfaith ceremony was conducted by Rabbi James Ponet and the Reverend William Shillady. Ms. Clinton is Methodist, and Mr. Mezvinsky is Jewish.

It included elements from both traditions: friends and family reading the Seven Blessings, which are typically recited at traditional Jewish weddings following the vows and exchange of rings.

A friend of the couple read the poem “The Life That I Have” by Leo Marks.

The bridegroom, Marc Mezvinksy, is the son of former Pennsylvania Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and former Iowa Congressman Ed Mezvinsky, both longtime friends of the Clintons. Ed Mezvinsky, who served from 1973 to 1977, was convicted in 2002 of defrauding investors and sentenced to nearly seven years in prison. He was released last year.

The mother of the bride, Hillary Clinton

  • Took a $100,000 bribe, camouflaged as futures trades, from Tyson Foods Inc. At issue was a $100,000 windfall from cattle futures after a $1,000 investment.
  • Speculated in Health Care industry futures while overseeing legislative reform of same.
  • Failed to correct false testimony by co-defendant Ira Magaziner in Health Care trial.
  • Ordered members of the Health Care Task Force to shred documents that were the target of a court probe.
  • Obstructed justice by ordering the shredding of Vince Foster's documents in the Rose Law Firm.
  • In 1996, Hillary was accused by the Senate Special Whitewater Committee of ordering the removal of potentially damaging files related to Whitewater from Foster's office on the night of his death and telling aides to lie about their removal. Of course, Hillary denied everything.
  • Obstructed justice by keeping her billing records, a document sought under subpoena, in the White House residence.
  • Lied to investigators about her knowledge about billing record.
  • Lied to investigators about her involvement in the Castle Grande land flip con
  • Ordered the use of the FBI to discredit Travel Office employees.
  • Lied to investigators about her involvement in the firing of Travel Office Employees.
  • In May 1993, the co-president was accused of having a central hand in firing several long-time employees of the White House Travel Office, the better to give the pricey travel business to her Hollywood pals, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason. Hillary denied everything and when Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Ray investigated Travelgate, he concluded that there was substantial evidence that involved Hillary but not enough to warrant an indictment.

William Jefferson Clinton

Some of the associates of Bill Clinton included:
  • Convicted drug dealer Jorge Cabrera.
  • Chinese arms dealer named Wang Jun.
  • Grigory Lutchansky, linked by Interpol to the Russian mafia, whose company, Nordex, was on Clinton's CIA watch list and who was denied entry into Canada because he failed a background check.
  • Jorge Cabrera, convicted Colombian drug dealer.
  • Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie, convicted felon.
  • Eric Wynn, a twice-convicted securities promoter who pleaded guilty to stock manipulation that benefited a member of the Bonanno organized crime family and who served two years in prison for theft and tax charges, attended a December 1995 White House coffee with Clinton.
  • Roger Tamraz, an international fugitive from Interpol, donated $177,000 to Democrats and the DNC through his companies and attended several White House dinners and coffees in 1995-1996
  • Norman Hsu, former Democratic fundraiser, was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison in 2009.
  • Jim McDougal, was indicted on 19 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, making false statements and false bank reports, and misapplying funds. McDougal did three years in federal prison.
Bill Clinton was impeached by Congress and lost his license to practice law o a perjury conviction.


  1. I'm so thrilled.

    Oooh, I think I wet myself.

  2. Say what you will.

    Damn fine SecState.

    And Bill appears to behave.

    Best wishes to the happy couple.

    Both of them.

  3. Speaking of SecsState, there is far less gnashing of teeth among Republicans wrt Clinton than there was among Republicans wrt Powell and Rice.


  4. What does it TAKE to be a "damned fine" Sec of State?

    You don't shoot the Queen of England? You don't get caught boinking Hugo Chavez?

    I mean, damn, is there, like, a "batting/fielding" average, or something?

    Is that, like, when you give away the Whole missile defense system, not just half of it?

    Is that, like, when you only "slightly" misspell "reset."

    Or is that for funnelling the "Max" possible to the Taliban through the Pakis that tell you to your face how much they Hate you.

    Must be a heck of a job.

    "Heckofajob Hillary"

  5. We Know what side Hillary's on, Trish; we were Hoping Powell would be on OUR side.

  6. Man, I cannot get any fucking agreement on anything.

    This is why I have to spend increasing amounts of time at that blog where everyone agrees with everything I say.

  7. We luvs ya, Toots. We knows what keeps bringin ya back. :)

  8. I thought this was kinda funny:

    Beware the 'progressive agenda'

    Since taking office nearly 18 months ago, Barack Obama has failed to deliver on his promise to close Guantanamo Bay, has expanded the war in Afghanistan, has dropped cluster bombs on civilians in Yemen, has intensified a proxy war in Somalia and is currently seeking the authority to search every Americans e-mail and web history without so much as a warrant from a rubber-stamping intelligence court. In other words, he's been successfully advancing the progressive agenda, or so liberal magazine The American Prospect tells me in a piece that notes the bulk of the professional bloggers and Democratic activists who attended the recent "Netroots Nation" conference in Las Vegas likewise believe our smooth-talking murderer-in-chief is a Pretty Swell Guy.

    Take it away, Jamelle Bouie:

    "The Netroots Nation straw poll, conducted during the conference by Revolution Messaging, shows President Obama with an approval rating of 84 percent among the attending activists, journalists, and bloggers. Given the mostly somber mood of the conference, this is higher than I expected, but on reflection, I'm not too surprised. Among conference attendees, there didn't seem to be much disagreement with the idea that Obama has been pretty successful in advancing a progressive agenda. While I'm sure there was plenty of disappointment over the lack of a public option in the Affordable Care Act, for example, I don't think anyone challenged the notion that passing health care is a defining achievement for the administration."

    I particularly like the last line: while sure the president didn't actually deliver on his promise to enact a public option, much less the single-payer system desired by much of the liberal left, passing something and calling it "health care reform" was certainly an achievement, and shouldn't we all be proud of that? Absent from the piece, you'll of course notice, is any mention of all those dead foreigners that liberal cosmopolitans purportedly care about, which I guess might just indicate that they never really cared about them. A civilian killed by a Democratic president in an unjust landwar in Asia just doesn't inflame a liberal's passions as much as when it's a nasty 'ol Republican dropping the bombs.

    Beyond just the sickening partisan morality of these activists, the Netroots poll also shows that the liberal lore that the Democratic rank-and-file are more willing to stand up to their politicians than their mouth-breathing Republican counterparts -- carbon-copies, I say -- is just that: Lore. Fiction. Bullshit. The Netroots liberals are just as impressed by the pomp and prestige of the presidency, are just as worshipful of authority and liable to join a creepy cult of personality, as any conservative.

    What, too much? A bit unfair? Yeah, well: 84 percent.

  9. Okay, I'll agree with that.

    There. Satisfied?

  10. Score.

    I'm so pleased with myself.

  11. Balloon Juice:

    Open Thread

    by John Cole

    Another failed shopping adventure. Looked around and could not find anything I liked. Ended up getting some boxers, some kitchen utensils, and some towels for the spare bathroom, then just said to hell with it and got a pedicure. And you can joke all you want about the pedicure, I don’t give a shit. Best thirty bucks I’ve spent in a helluva long time. Especially since I damned near ruined my feet wearing cleats and then army boots for all those years. Although I alway feel sorry for the poor bastard at the salon that draws the short straw and has to handle my Fred Flintstone feet.

    Just sayin', rufus, you too might consider it.

  12. Yeah, I'll be rat there, Trish. Save me a spot.


    Thanks, that's the first time I've laughed in two days.

  13. This word keeps buzzin around in my head:



    Yeeah, hit that left little pinkie again, would'ja darlink? Iss got a li'l rough spot onit.

    An a little more a dat silki smooth loshun, willya? Ah yeah, that's it. Thankee dear.

    I bet I coud sell tickets to that'un.

  14. I coud make a couple hunnert just off my family, alone.


  15. An, pour a little more a that cold water on my nuts, there, willya dear. Us elifant guys like ta feelum "COOoontractin."

    Ah yeah, feel them tings a'pullin up. Where's my fishin pole? I gotta urge to go flyfishin.

  16. The U.S. Army RANGERS!

    Snoopin' an Poopin' - Looking for that "Purfect Pedicure."

    Barack Hussein Obama is President.

    Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State.

    And, The Rangers are gettin "Pedicures."

    We're Fine. We're just a'doin Hunkey funking Dorey.

  17. Hey, who knows. You might stumble on Osama's Pedicurist. Get an Intro. Could happen.

    Could discuss "Pedicurin" techniques. You know? Sideways vs Up and down. Favorite Loshuns. That type o thing.

    Oughta be Just Grand.

  18. Reactions in the comments section varied:

    "Football season can’t get here quick enough."

    "I could never get a mani/pedi. I have no problem with other people getting them (guys included) but we’ve got nail places in every strip mall here in SoCal and I can’t walk to the grocery store without having to see a dozen people getting their feet operated on by little Vietnamese women behind the big fishbowl window, like it’s some kind of show they’re putting on. It just creeps the fuck out of me. Might as well give people enemas outside of Starbucks. Would have about the same effect."

    "Every time my nephews come home on leave they get pedicures and manicures. It was recommended to them while they were in boot camp by their commanding officers."

    And this:

    "This Foot Thread appears headed to the honorable pantheon of Threads About Gross Stuff That Everybody Comments On, to join its distinguished predecessors:

    The Tunch [the cat] Asshole Abscess Thread
    The Stepping In Lily’s [the dog's] Vomit Thread and
    The John’s Junk Thread.

    I ask you, what other blogger can accomplish this feat? (tee hee)"

    Not to be outdone, but I believe we have had the

    Rat Is An Asshole Abscess Thread

    Look Out For Doug's Vomit Thread

    and the...

    Um, you know, I don't think we've discussed anyone's junk.

    Well, bob's testicles make the occasional appearance.

  19. I'm going ta bed. Dream about Pedeecures.


    Think I'll leave off the nutz-contractin Cold Water, though.

    Don wanna have TOOooo much fun.

  20. Yeah, I believe Captains and up probably all get pedicures.

    Dumbest fucking people on earth. They probably think they're "getting laid."

    Well, that's what their mommas told'em it was all about.

    I saw the Cap'n once, when I was in Boot Camp. For about two minutes.

    He did look like he was late for his pedicure.

  21. "The U.S. Army RANGERS!"

    It's a brave new world.


    Night, rufus.

  22. From the Halls of Montezu'uma, to Nancy Ho Chin Li's foor emporium.

    Sounds about right. For anyone rank of Captain, that is.

    I know Majors don't get pedicures. No way those fuckers could find their way into town - much less back to base.

  23. Night Trish. Thanks for the levity. I needed it. :)

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  25. "I thought this was kinda funny..."

    The girl has a strange sense of humor.


  26. Now, this isn't racist, I just got up to take a piss, and have a smoke, but there's this big black dud here, real cool, at the desk, with real dark sunglasses on. What's up with that? Hell, it's midnight. And this is Idaho.

  27. And I just had a good talk with the desk lady, he's outta here, we're both glad. Nothing racist about it, just normal human concern. Sunglasses at midnight---nah.

  28. Progressive poutrage, Quirk.

    It *is* funny.

  29. "It *is* funny."

    If you say so.

    The banality of progressives being enraged over their pouts tends to drain the humor from constantly observing it. At least for me.

    Perhaps too much of a good thing.

    However, that being said, I do apologize.

    The ability to laugh at oneself reflects a certain degree of confidence and maturity. For whatever reason, I’ve observed that that ability is not always evident in the distaff side. To see a woman display it should be applauded.

    (Besides it was late and I was just looking to see if anyone else was on the board. I couldn’t think of much else to say since I am not into things like pedicures and trimming pubic hair. Not that either or both might not prove interesting, but I’m afraid it’s a little late for me to be changing at this point.)


  30. "I’m afraid it’s a little late for me to be changing at this point."

    What, you think I'm actually attempting to prod anyone here into changing?

    It was late and I was bored and making light, pointless conversation.

    Sorry it didn't do anything for your night.

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  32. "What, you think I'm actually attempting to prod anyone here into changing?"

    My last post was a mere casual observation. I in no way insinuated you were prosletyzing for pedicures.

    You sound like you've got a little bit of the bitch on this morning.

    Or perhaps I am misreading your tone as a result of the lack of the "bitchy font".

    Have another cup of coffee.


  33. "You sound like you've got a little bit of the bitch on this morning."

    Does occasionally happen.

    I don't need coffee.

    I need sleep.

  34. I've noticed that for what seems to be a fairly normal person, you seem to have some pretty strange hours.

    What's with all the prowling around in the middle of the night?


  35. I've always been a night person.

  36. I see.

    As good a reason as any other I suppose but in this instance it seems just a little...mmmm...mundane.



  37. " this instance it seems just a little...mmmm...mundane."


    I really don't like feeling lost in a conversation, you know. Though this seems to happen with increasing frequency.

  38. "...In...what...way?"

    Well, let's face it Trish, you are the closest the bar has to an international woman of mystery, the poor man's Mata Hari if you will.

    I had hopes for something a little more dramatic perhaps even romantic.

    "I walk the halls at night because of past sins...

    "...because of a lost love..."

    "...because I'm tortured by the siren call of the children of the night..."

    You know. Stuff like that.


  39. "Well, let's face it Trish, you are the closest the bar has to an international woman of mystery, the poor man's Mata Hari if you will."

    Yeah, well, I'm one of three women here. How hard was it to achieve (totally accidental though it was) that particular status?

    I walk the halls at night because it's quiet. It's peaceful. You're alive and awake while the world sleeps. There's something about that. And the best hour is the hour right before dawn.

    (Don't bring time zones into this. Obviously, "the world" never sleeps. And even my nearby convenience store is always open. You get my drift.)

    Is that better?

    'Course, sometimes I'm up just hoping others will be, too.

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  41. "Is that better?"

    Much, much better.

    However, I still think you could have punched it up a little if you could have somehow worked the children of the night into it.

    Besides given Bob's lupine phobia, that would have had the added advantage of irritating the heck out of him.


  42. "However, I still think you could have punched it up a little if you could have somehow worked the children of the night into it."

    Next time.

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