Hillary: You know, we totally struggled to get a mortgage

She’s still digging.

“You recently described your financial situation during the presidency of your husband Bill Clinton as dead broke,” says Der Spiegel.

“Well, when we came out of the White House, we were deeply in debt because of all the legal bills that we owed because of the relentless persecution of my husband and myself, and he had to work unbelievably hard to pay off every single penny of every debt we owed. And we did,” Clinton responds.

The magazine posits, “Today, you are multimillionaires. Your husband has earned $104 million with his speeches since 2001.”

To which the former secretary of state responds, “We are very grateful for where we are today. But if you were to go back and look at the amount of money that we owed, we couldn’t even get a mortgage on a house by ourselves. In our system he had to make double what he needed in order just to pay off the debt, and then to finance a house and continue to pay for our daughter’s education.

Chelsea attended Stanford, Oxford, and then Columbia. The Clintons average six-figures per speech. Hillary’s book advance was $8 million. From 2001 to 2007, the years immediately after the White House, the Clintons reported $108 million earned and $33 million in taxes paid.

This is Clinton’s latest failed attempt to address the “issue” of her wealth — an issue only because Democrats have spent years attacking the idea of wealth as evil. Hillary, a certified member of the 1%, is trying her best to play the “I’m just like you!” card, but the numbers just don’t add up.

“Public Service”: The Unbelievable Salary and Benefits for One School Superintendent

A school district in California has fired its superintendent after it was discovered he was making $663,000 per year with a guaranteed 9% annual raise.

Now-former Superintendent Jose Fernandez of the Centinela Valley school district was placed on leave back in March when reports of his excessive pay first surfaced.

Fernandez further secured a $910,000 low-interest loan from the district to buy a home. In an attempt to save his job, Fernandez offered to return his raise and the $14,500 bonus he received in 2013.

The final vote to terminate the newly-funemployed superintendent was 5-0. If it is determined he was fired without cause, the district could be on the hook contractually for $500,000 in severance pay.

Top Obama Official Blasts Israel, Refers to “Occupation”, Questions Peace Commitment

A top US administration official speaking in Tel Aviv yesterday blasted Israel, referring to her “occupation” and questioning her commitment to peace. He further praised Palestinian leadership.

In an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make the compromises needed to reach a permanent peace agreement. Jerusalem “should not take for granted the opportunity to negotiate” such a treaty with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has proven to be a reliable partner, Gordon said.

“Israel confronts an undeniable reality: It cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. Doing so is not only wrong but a recipe for resentment and recurring instability,” Gordon said. “It will embolden extremists on both sides, tear at Israel’s democratic fabric and feed mutual dehumanization.”…

In his 25-minute speech – which marked the first time a senior White House official had directly addressed the Israeli people since Obama’s March 2013 speech in Jerusalem — Gordon rejected any alternatives to the two-state solution. He called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resume peace talks with the PA, suggesting that Abbas is the best Palestinian leader Jerusalem could hope for. “Israel should not take for granted the opportunity to negotiate such a peace with Abbas, who has shown time and again that he’s committed to non-violence and co-existence and cooperation with Israel.

The event at which Gordon was speaking was interrupted today when rockets launched from Palestinian territory entered into airspace over Tel Aviv. Luckily, Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system was functioning. It was just the latest rocket attack by terrorists operating on Palestinian soil.

Last week, the bodies of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped in June were found by Israeli authorities. They had been shot to death. One boy was also an American citizen. The oldest was 19-years-old. It is believed Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas was behind the murders. Hamas also holds a majority of seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council. But sure, let’s attack Israel for not rushing into an agreement with the people trying to destroy them.

The Great American Extremely Wealthy Political Dynasty Smackdown of 2014

On one side you have a former Massachusetts Governor and son of a late Michigan governor and business giant, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The challenger: A former Secretary of State and wife of a former President of the United States, who rakes in six-figures per speaking engagement and is worth a probable tens of millions of dollars.

Loser pays the winner’s yacht taxes.

It’s the Great American Extremely Wealthy Political Dynasty Smackdown we all hoped for. Although may I suggest that you’ve screwed up when your best available pushback is, “Sure I’m rich, but I’m not Mitt Romney rich”.

Top US General: Southern Border Crisis is Existential Threat

Turns out leaving your southern border largely unprotected is a national security threat. I know, I’m shocked too. If only someone had been saying this for many, many, many years. But then that person would almost surely be a racist.

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has asked Congress this year for more money, drones and ships for his mission – a request unlikely to be met. Since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants has made the dangerous journey north from Latin America to the United States border. Most are children, and three-quarters of the unaccompanied minors have traveled thousands of miles from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Kelly told Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”

In spring hearings before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Kelly said that budgets cuts are “severely degrading” the military’s ability to defend southern approaches to the U.S border. Last year, he said, his task force was unable to act on nearly 75 percent of illicit trafficking events. “I simply sit and watch it go by,” he said. But the potential threats are even greater. Kelly warned that neglect has created vulnerabilities that can be exploited by terrorist groups, describing a “crime-terror convergence” already seen in Lebanese Hezbollah’s involvement in the region.

Talk of Hezbollah exploiting weak border security has been around for years. Those who brought it up previously were alarmists. Those who warned of the open southern border being a national security threat were labeled nativists and compared to the Soviets building the Berlin Wall. And Democrats were hardly the sole offenders.

Now the massive problem is staring us in the face. Now top leaders and even pro-amnesty Democrats are recognizing we have a serious issue. And now the United States government will act out of panic because we waited so long to deal with an entirely predictable crisis. Hat tip to Hot Air for the story.

Depressing Quote of the Day

In the context of reforms underway in Ukraine post-revolution:

Yet each time this happened in the past, all they really did was change the players… not the game. They just ended up with a different set of criminals in charge.

This time around there seems to be serious effort to at least change the rules.

Many are talking about major revisions to the Constitution (leading one local journalist to ask– “Why don’t we use the American Constitution? It was written by really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and they’re not using it anymore…”)

Ouch.

Putin whines to America: I want better treatment

That’s nice. You know what I want? Ukraine to have Crimea back. We all want things we’ll never get.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called for an improvement in ties between Russia and the United States on Friday in an Independence Day message to Barack Obama, urging Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner.

“The head of the Russian state expressed hope that … ties between the two countries will develop successfully on the basis of pragmatism and equality despite difficulties and disagreements,” the Kremlin said in a statement, outlining a telegram sent to Obama on the July 4 holiday.

“Vladimir Putin also highlighted that Russia and the United States, as countries carrying exceptional responsibility for safeguarding international stability and security, should cooperate not only in the interests of their own nations but also the whole world.”

Invading and annexing neighboring countries is in direct conflict with all of those stated goals.

Moscow thinks the Obama Administration is stupid, and sadly Moscow may be right. Don’t be surprised at all if the administration interprets this bullcrap as an authentic peace offering. We’re talking about the same people who were caught off-guard by Russia’s invasion of Crimea because, hey, Vladimir Putin promised he wouldn’t.

Russia wants, or rather demands, a respect that doesn’t come with destabilizing peaceful neighbors and then using the opportunity to steal regions. There isn’t much Washington can do to directly stop Moscow’s aggression, but we sure as hell shouldn’t reward it with “equality” and “respect” in our dealings.

The Dangerous Consequences of Europe’s “Right to be Forgotten”

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the “right to be forgotten” is a newly-recognized right in the European Union to have internet search results about you removed. Basically, you have the right to force the deletion of information about you from the internet.

It’s a concept that sounds great when we’re talking about children or other vulnerable members of society. But there are dangerous consequences to this infringement on the free flow of information. The new “right” is already being abused in entirely predictable ways.

BBC News economics editor Robert Peston reports that this has already started happening because apparently Google has removed his 2007 article about former Merrill Lynch CEO Stan O’Neal from its European search results. The article in question detailed O’Neal’s disastrous tenure running the firm, which got sold to Bank of America after suffering massive losses from overexposure to subprime mortgage derivatives. There was absolutely nothing factually incorrect about the piece, which was a harbinger of even worse things to come in the 2008 financial crisis.

“There is an argument that in removing the blog, Google is confirming the fears of many in the industry that the ‘right to be forgotten’ will be abused to curb freedom of expression and to suppress legitimate journalism that is in the public interest,” Peston writes.

One thing is clear: If the “right to be forgotten” is allowed to expand from private citizens to public figures such as politicians, businesspeople and celebrities, then it will be a massive loss for our ability to find important information. You can bet that Rob Ford and Anthony Weiner, among many others, are watching this case very closely.

Rob Ford and Anthony Weiner nothing. The big problem isn’t when it comes to widely-discredited figures whose names have become national punchlines. The problem comes when politicians, businessmen, and other public figures abuse the removal system to hide lesser-known transgressions.

It would be one thing for Google to have an appeal process to remove results in cases where exceptional circumstances make it the right thing to do. But the government forcing information sources to toss previously-public information down the memory hole is downright Orwellian. In fact, disappearing information and altering the historical record was literally Winston Smith’s job. Now Europe has made that very concept a “right”.

Teenage Cheerleader Executed in the Street in New Jersey

Horrid.

Cheyanne Bond wanted to be a nurse, but the money her family had saved for the 17-year-old’s college tuition is now being spent on her funeral.

The cheerleader, who graduated from high school just two weeks ago, was shot dead in Newark Sunday night, and police haven’t identified a suspect or a motive.

“They told her to get on her knees and they shot her in the head execution-style,” her uncle tells CBS New York. “Just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.” Cheyanne was walking with her ex-boyfriend, who was also shot but survived.

She was the third person murdered in the city in less than 24 hours. Good thing the city and state have strict gun control, otherwise things could turn tragic.

Desperation: McDaniel Now Offering Cash Payments for Evidence of Voter Fraud

They’re looking for something, anything, to affirm their belief that the election was somehow stolen. Now they’ve reached the point where they’re offering cash payments for evidence of their conspiracy theories. Ugly.

A day saying in a fundraising email that incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran stole the election, McDaniel announced he is offering up to 15 bounties valued at $1,000 each. The bounties are being offered “for evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud on or leading up to the June 24, 2014, Republican primary runoff election in Mississippi,” according to a new webpage on the campaign’s site.

And they want you to finance it.

But the email isn’t just about the bounty, mind you. They are trying to raise money, this time $15 at a time.

“Senator Thad Cochran’s campaign allegedly paid $15 per vote to steal the June 24 Republican primary election,” the webpage reads.

The campaign says it is trying to establish 15 rewards valued at $1,000 each, and they are asking people to contribute $15 to help fund them. Neither the email nor the webpage says what will happen to the money if no rewards are paid out.

I’m guessing to help McDaniel feel better about the money his team spent on a losing campaign.

More: Ugh.

Only a fool would dispute that McDaniel is the clear choice of Republicans in [Mississippi],” Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin told Breitbart’s Matt Boyle. “He is, by all rights, the Republican nominee, regardless of what state law states.”

Yeah, that’s not how it works.

This is what happens when people live inside an ideological bubble for too long. They’ve convinced themselves that most everyone agrees with them, so any loss can only result from a mass criminal conspiracy.