Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hillary Doesn't Deserve Our Admiration or Another Shot at the Presidency

    Conservative accusations of a fake concussion are enough to give Hillary a headache

    America is ready for her first female president, assuming there will be a 2016 Election, but Hillary Clinton is not the right choice!!

    By Marion Algier – AskMarion

    WND: Americans, Gallup tells us, admire Hillary Clinton more than any other woman in the world – again. This latest accolade marks the 17th time Gallup has found Clinton to be the Most Admired Woman (MAW?) since she became first lady nearly 20 years ago. Only Eleanor Roosevelt (13 MAWs) comes close. Only Mother Teresa (1995 and 1996) and Laura Bush (2001) have interrupted Clinton’s winning streak, and even then, Clinton came in second.

    And therein lies America’s cosmic flaw. A country that could time and again embrace Hillary Clinton as its MAW has lost its mind or its memory or both.

    Does the phrase “congenital liar” tinkle any bells? I know such non-admirable sentiments are thought to be in the worst of taste, if not also banishable offenses. Still, as conjured by the late New York Times columnist William Safire in 1996, the phrase described the then-first lady for her shameless prevarications. These included what sure looked like bribery (“cattle futures”), defrauding taxpayers (“Whitewater”), obstructing justice – or, rather, “finding” her Rose Law Firm billing records (under subpoena for two years) just days after the statute of limitations ran out – among other corrupt behaviors that must have slightly suppressed Hillary-admiration that same year. The phrase remains apt.

    “I remember landing under sniper fire,” Clinton declared on the presidential campaign trail in 2008, describing a 1996 trip to Bosnia. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down (chuckles) to get into the vehicles to get to our base.” It was a vivid but debunkable whopper, as CBS footage of the event proved. In reality, Clinton, accompanied by daughter Chelsea, made her ceremonial way into Bosnia through a warm throng marked by smiling faces and a kiss from a local girl – not bullets. Admirable?

    On a more nationally significant level, Clinton recently supported President Obama’s Big Lie that a movie trailer of “Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube “resulted” (her word) in the September attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya – a concerted falsehood for which neither Clinton nor Obama nor former CIA Director David Petraeus has yet answered. Even several days after intelligence agencies determined that a planned assault, not a video-driven protest, had taken place, Clinton went so far as to promise a grieving Charles Woods, father of slain former SEAL Tyrone Woods, that “we” were going to have the video maker “arrested and prosecuted.”

    Why was Clinton still perpetuating the false narrative that the exercise of free speech under the First Amendment, not Islamic jihad, had resulted in the attack? Was that admirable? Clinton has lately let it be known that she will voluntarily testify about Benghazi following her hospitalization for a blood clot, but I seriously doubt whether mere House members will risk asking this crucial question of the Most Admired Woman in America, especially now that she has risen from her sickbed. If they don’t, they’re not admirable, either.

    Meanwhile, the video maker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was indeed arrested and swiftly prosecuted, and is now serving one year in jail for “parole violations.” His incarceration, however, is better understood as punishment for violating the Islamic ban on free speech about Islam. To be sure, one year is nothing compared to the death penalty an Egyptian court recently slapped on Nakoula and other Americans associated with the movie in absentia – and without a peep of protest from the Obama administration, including Clinton.

    The fact is, Hillary Clinton has worked assiduously with the Islamic bloc nations, known as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to promote Islamically correct speech codes through the so-called Istanbul Process. The goal of this process – and the goal of transnational Islam – is to implement Shariah speech codes via U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which seeks to criminalize “defamation” – free speech – about Islam. In leading this drive against free speech, Hillary Clinton is actually leading a drive against the First Amendment.

    Most Americans don’t know about the Istanbul Process, let alone how Islamic speech codes are unconstitutional, but it is this policy against free speech that may stand as Clinton’s enduring legacy as secretary of state. It is of a piece with having presided over, first, the shredding of U.S. alliances with Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi and then supporting jihadist factions and organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, now implementing Islamic law across the Middle East. This, of course, is President Obama’s policy, but Hillary Clinton has been an active team player.

    Another aspect of this same foreign policy Clinton has spearheaded is the launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum. The forum’s roster of 29 nations plus the European Union is stunning for its exclusion of Israel, a leading counterterrorism force as much as it is a leading terrorism victim. But not so, according to Islamic definitions. Knowingly or not, as a leader of this forum, one-third of whose members come from the Islamic bloc, Clinton has accepted the Arab League and OIC definitions of terrorism, which both deny the existence of Israeli victims (sometimes U.S. soldiers) and legitimize the terrorism of Hamas, a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hezbollah.

    How could this be? What influences have led Clinton to formulate or follow such policies? We don’t know, although it is hard not to wonder about the input of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, a young woman with well-established familial and personal ties to Muslim Brotherhood figures and front groups (including a “charity” linked to al-Qaida and a group banned in Israel for ties to Hamas). Indeed, what may be most astounding and mysterious about Clinton’s whole public tenure is how Abedin ever received the security clearance necessary to work so closely with the secretary of state.

    Even broaching such a simple if burning national security question, as Rep. Michele Bachmann and others discovered last summer, is also a banishable offense. After all, Hillary Clinton is our MAW!

    That’s life. But it isn’t admirable.

    Don’t believe it?  Just take a look at this…

    Hillary Clinton's Brain Injury Makes It Impossible For Her To Commit Perjury… Really?  Now Isn’t That Convenient?!?

    hillary-clintonTea Party Nation: A bipartisan report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, “Flashing Red: A Special Report on the Terrorist Attack at Benghazi,” finds that the State Department made “a grievous mistake” in not permanently or temporarily closing the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “despite the inability of the Libyan government to fulfill its duties to secure the facility [and] the increasingly dangerous threat assessments” – and that there were no contingency plans to get military help to Benghazi in the event of an attack against U.S. facilities, The Washington Times reports.

    In mid-December, an investigation of the terror attack ordered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also concluded that because of “[s]ystemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” the security posture at the Benghazi consulate was “grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place” and that there had been “no protest” prior to the attack. Curiously, Clinton was not asked what she knew about the attack as it unfolded or the next morning – at which point, she had made two statements about “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” as being the cause – or even in the following days, as her repeated references to a “reprehensible video” touched off violent protests at U.S. embassies in more than two dozen countries.

    Thanks to a well-timed concussion – that reportedly occurred when dehydration from a bout of “stomach flu” (an idiomatic expression for gastroenteritis, which is caused by a virus, bacteria, parasites in spoiled food or contaminated water), contracted in Europe caused Clinton to faint – she will not be testifying on these and other murky matters before Congress any time soon. Former United Nations envoy John Bolton called Clinton’s malady a “diplomatic illness” that allowed her to duck an unpleasant duty; to the New York Post “Clinton’s story beggars belief”; and talk radio host Laura Ingraham dubbed her injury an “immaculate concussion.” Count The Stiletto amongst the skeptics for many reasons – all medical, not political – some of which she stated in a succession of Facebook posts on December 15th, including these two:

    Dehydration to the degree that causes loss of consciousness should be accompanied by an electrical disturbance in the brain if not an outright epileptic seizure and/or a heart rhythm abnormality because of a severe electrolyte imbalance. Or she could have had an ischemic stroke, as she is rather overweight and underexercised. Or she could have fainted because of advanced mitral valve prolapse. These are all very serious medical issues that require diagnostic testing w/MRI and EEG scans, blood chemistry and cardiac rhythm monitoring to determine if a heart rhythm disturbance threw off a clot that went to the brain. If none of this testing is done over next 48 hours then I call bullsh*t on this very convenient concussion. …

    Bottom line: A woman her age who faints would be kept in the hospital for a couple of days to undergo a battery of cardiac and brain scans, bloodwork and other assessments. If this testing is not done it suggests her medical issue (a) never happened; (b) isn't serious enough to prevent her from testifying before Congress; or (c) meant to ensure that there is no evidence to contradict a claim that she cannot remember the Benghazi episode clearly apart from what she read in the media so as not to foreclose this avenue of being able to avoid perjury charges should she ever be compelled to testify in a Congressional probe or a civil lawsuit brought by the parents of any of the four Americans killed in Benghazi.

    Clinton was hospitalized Sunday night to get the testing she should have had when she fainted two weeks ago – the CDC advises, “a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously” and the NIH considers fainting amongst “emergency symptoms” requiring “immediate medical care.” But the statement given to the press about Clinton’s hospitalization Sunday night raised additional questions because her spokesperson Philippe Reines refused to state the location of the blood clot doctors found “during an exam to follow up on a concussion she suffered.”

    The next day, Reines confirmed that the blood clot is inside her skull, but had not caused a stroke or other neurological damage, The Washington Post reports:

    “The scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear,” the statement said. …

    Doctors Lisa Bardack of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said they are treating Clinton with blood thinners and that she will remain hospitalized until her medication regimen is established.

    “Right transverse sinus venous thrombosis” is an artful way of referring to a rare type of stroke – known variously as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), cerebral venous and sinus thrombosis, (superior) sagittal sinus thrombosis, dural sinus thrombosis and intracranial venous thrombosis – that can be caused by infection, dehydration and local trauma, amongst other predisposing factors. How unusual is Clinton’s case? CVST accounts for 0.5 percent to 1 percent of strokes; 22 percent of cases occur in those age 50 and older; 8-10 percent of cases are associated with infections; CVST caused by trauma is so uncommon as to be thought of as a freak occurrence.

    Because CVST is what doctors call a “zebra” – and in a patient Clinton’s age, you’re looking at an albino zebra – delays in diagnosis are “common and significant,” according to The American Heart Association: “The median delay from onset of symptoms to hospital admission was 4 days, and from symptom onset to diagnosis, it was 7 days.” The main symptom is headache, which gets progressively worse until a patient seeks medical care; seizures and vision loss are also common symptoms.

    Unlike other blood clots in the brain, CVST is treated with blood thinners rather than with a procedure that is similar to clearing a blocked coronary artery. Clinton was discharged from the hospital Wednesday evening, and is expected to recover from CVST without lasting impairment – but it may be a different story for the concussion that caused the complication in the first place.

    A concussion can cause memory loss (amnesia) of events before or right after the injury, and recovery could take several months, during which time difficulty concentrating and memory problems could persist. Clinton plans to return to work next week, and an anonymous State Department source insists that she “remains committed” to testifying before Congress. But it seems a pointless exercise if she can’t remember key details – which obviates the plans of Senate Republicans to hold up Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation as her replacement until they hear her side of the Benghazi story.

    And if she is compelled to answer an interrogatory or to testify in a wrongful death suit brought by one or more of the families of the Americans killed in the Benghazi attack, Clinton can – hypothetically, of course – perjure herself at will by prefacing her testimony with a caveat that her recollections have been affected by her brain injury. It’s easy to see who’s got all the brains in the Clinton family.

    We are being played in typical Clinton fashion with the liberal media running interference at every point.  Former United Nations’ Ambassador John Bolton recognized the game from day one but few in the media, beside Fox News, aired his comments; the few who did attacked him.  

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    And if you think ‘The Stiletto’ or ‘Ask Marion’ remain too cynical, check out the conspiracy theories about how Clinton “really” got injured.

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