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Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Be Indicted, Part 2

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Since my last essay as to why Hillary Clinton cannot be indicted, a few interesting things have happened. First, President Barack “I lied, period” Obama stated on Fox News Sunday’s 10 Apr 2016 episode:

“I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations.  I do not talk to the FBI directors about impending investigations.  We have a strict line and have always maintained it.  I guarantee it.  I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI; not just in this case, but in any case.  Full stop.  Period.  Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department because nobody is above the law.”

There are several problems here.  Obama said “impending” investigations, not “active” ones.  He did not claim that no one on his staff (such as the President’s Counsel) discusses investigations with the DoJ or FBI.  Every time Obama says “period”, you know he’s lying, like the time he said you could keep your doctor and your health plan, “period”.  If there really is no political interference, surely there would be no need to assure the public about it. Second, Obama endorsed Clinton on 9 Jun 2016.  Now ask yourself, when was the last time any political figure endorsed another, if there was even a 1/100th of 1% chance that the latter could have legal problems?  Never — that isn’t how politicians operate.  He endorsed her because he knows she will not have any legal problems because he and his staff have taken steps to make sure of it. Third, Bill Clinton met secretly with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix airport on 27 Jun 2016.  He went out of his way to wait for her private plane, then requested access (which was granted), and they spoke for about 30 minutes.  Of course, it was all about golf and grandchildren, if you are naïve and gullible enough to believe it.   The respective security details prevented anyone from taking pictures on the tarmac (a public place), and it was discovered only by local Phoenix reporter Christopher Sign (KNXV-TV) based on tips from his local contacts.  What political figure, or lawyer, or government official would be dumb enough to meet secretly with the spouse of a person being investigated by their department?  Ms. Lynch is not dumb. Today she stated that she would “accept” (not “act upon”) the FBI’s recommendation regarding Hillary Clinton.  What was the plan before?  Are we to believe that the fix was in before, but now that she met with Bill Clinton, she will go along with a criminal indictment if the FBI recommends it? Here is what I believe will happen.  As I said in my previous (8 Mar 2016), all the evidence against Hillary is being collected up to be destroyed or permanently sealed just the way Hillary wanted it.  But the FBI report will state that she “or her staff” had “accidentally or inadvertently” committed some “errors of judgment” that would normally amount to “technicality-type” misdemeanors, but in view of her “outstanding  public service”, and “to avoid a political crisis”, no charges will be recommended.  So Lynch will be off the hook.  Hillary, knowing the evidence is safely hidden or destroyed, will then pretend to issue an apology for some “inerrant carelessness by her staff”.  She will do her best to keep from bursting out laughing.  Then the whole thing goes away. That is how things work in banana republics, and that is how our federal government works when high-ranking political figures like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and Hillary Clinton are involved.  The one thing we do not know is how deep the corruption has pervaded the rank-and-file of the FBI and Justice Department.

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The Penn State Penalties

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Former Assistant Coach of the Penn State football team, Gerald A. “Jerry” Sandusky has been convicted on 45 charges of child abuse against 10 victims between 1998 and 2010, some of which had occurred on Penn State property.  As a result of these child molestation charges, Graham B. Spanier, President of the University during this period, was removed from office, and charges are pending against two other university officials for their role in the cover-up of Sandusky’s crimes.

When Sandusky went to trial, NCAA President Mark Emmert commissioned a study, undertaken by Freeh, Sporkin, and Sullivan, SSP, to determine how and why these crimes could go on so long.  The resulting report was released on 12 Jul 2012; it revealed a pattern of cover-up on the part of the head coach, athletic department, and university officials. It faulted the “leadership and board of Penn State” for allowing a predator like Sandusky to operate within its program, even though his crimes were known or suspected by several members of the athletic department and university staff.  Specifically, the Freeh et. al. report concluded, among other things, that: a) University President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance and Business Gary C. Shultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley, and Head Coach Joseph V. Paterno failed to protect children against a sexual predator on the football coaching staff; b) the Board of Trustees did not perform required oversight duties and ignored red flags in Sandusky’s conduct thus allowing Sandusky to entrap more victims; and c) Spanier failed to notify the Board of Trustees about specific 1998 and 2001 allegations against Sandusky, including one that was witnessed by a graduate assistant.  The report also concluded that one of the primary underlying motivations for the cover-up was to avoid bad publicity for the very popular football program.

On 23 Jul 2012 the NCAA announced penalties against Penn State for its failure to adequately supervise and report the misconduct of Sandusky.  The NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State are based on the university’s failure to adhere to certain standards as specified by the NCAA Constitution and Bylaws; specifically, that Penn State: a) failed to uphold standards of institutional integrity; b) failed to maintain adequate standards of conduct; and c) failed to maintain moral standards as an example to the students.   Current Penn State President Rodney Erickson quickly agreed to the sanctions even though the NCAA did not follow its usual due process.  They are considered to be the most severe punishment ever handed out by the NCAA to a football program in its 102 year history.

The penalties imposed by the NCAA included:

1. The loss of 10 football scholarships for the next four years (from 25 to 15);

2. The football program is banned from post-season play for four years;

3. The football team roster is to be reduced from 85 to 65 for four years, beginning with the 2014 season;

4.Penn State must vacate all its football victories from 1998 to 2011;

5. The university is to be placed on probation for 5 years;

6. Penn State will pay a $60 million fine over five years which will fund an endowment to prevent future child abuse and victim assistance (and cannot be used to fund any Penn State programs); and

7. Penn State will pay $13 million over four years into a fund for charitable organizations that will in turn fund programs to detect, prevent, and treat child abuse.

The $60 million figure is approximately one year’s average revenue from the football program; the $13 million figure is the amount the school would have received as its share of post-season revenues over four years.

The experts on college sports have concluded that the first three penalties cited above will reduce the quality of the football team for a decade or more.  These three penalties are of questionable merit.  Neither the football players nor the fans committed any crimes.  It doesn’t make any sense to marginalize the team and its fans as a penalty for the crimes and failures of the university management.  Is the NCAA now trying to suppress the exuberance of college football fans?  Maybe they should inform Alabama and Oklahoma.  The NCAA apparently requires the players and fans now to share the blame for what Sandusky did as some sort of cathartic collective guilt.  Privatize the crimes, socialize the penalties; same old weak-sister group-blame attitude.  If the NCAA sees fit to exact some sort of non-financial punishment for this scandal, they should direct it at those who are responsible.

The fourth penalty, vacating wins from 1998 to 2011, will reduce Coach Paterno’s overall win record from 409 to 298, thus lowering his rank of winning football coaches from number one to number seven.  The NCAA now proceeds to rewrite history.  Will the players from those years have to give back their trophies and other awards?  Does anyone believe that changing a coach’s win/loss record is in any way a suitable retribution for covering up child molestation?  This penalty is simply divorcement from reality; the attempt to equate two things which cannot even be remotely related.  It is a weak and pathetic way to remind the public of Paterno’s role in the scandal. Here is a recommendation.  Let Mr. Paterno keep his win/loss record.  In the long run, who cares anyway?  The NCAA should add an asterisk next to Paterno’s name in all the NCAA record books, and any placwe where he is honored, which would refer the reader to a footnote, which would read:

“Coach Paterno, aided and abetted by Graham B. Spanier, Gary C. Shultz, and Timothy M. Curley, knowingly and willfully covered up numerous crimes of child molestation committed by Assistant Coach Gerald A. Sandusky over a period of 13 years.  The football franchise was protected.  These four leaders represent the finest in football over substance.”

The other three helped Paterno cover up for Sandusky to protect the football program?  Excellent — now they’re all in the record books.  Those who were responsible now take the blame instead of the fans and players.

No reason to stop there.  The same inscription should be carved into the stone on the outside of Penn State’s stadium, large enough to be read from 100 yards away.  The famous statue of Coach Paterno, the one where he is seen striding onto the field, pointing his finger into the air (“number one”) should be returned.  It should be placed nearby such that the line of sight from Paterno’s finger would point to the inscription above, so that everyone will be reminded where the four gentlemen’s priorities lay when it mattered most.

As for the financial penalties, it is no wonder Penn Sate was willing to accept them without objection.  It gets the issue with the NCAA settled (presumably Penn State will be required to pay compensation to the victims through the normal court system).  More importantly, the penalties amount to a little more than one year’s revenue although the irresponsibility of the principals lasted 13 years.  If the NCAA is going to impose a financial penalty, it makes more sense to link it to the duration of the failure.  A 13-year loss of football revenue would not be too much of a burden especially given the size of Penn State’s endowment.  This way, neither the players nor the fans suffer, only the institution that failed.

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On Charlie Sheen

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I guess we’ve all heard about the latest antics of Mr. Charlie Sheen, the famous actor.  We have endured the detailed description of how was acting in a somewhat bizarre fashion, even for Hollywood types.  We’ve all heard the psychobabble analysis by talking heads about his success, his failures, his drug use, no, now he’s been sober for a long time, etc., etc.

Some would have us believe he is the typical Hollywood bad-boy, independent spirit; or success has gone to his head, or maybe he is simply doing what comes naturally for his personality, now that he can afford it.  And yes, there is the drama associated with the professional life, how some network fired him from his day-job acting on a sitcom, but he’s going to sue them, but wait, no, the network is going to sue him first yeah, yeah, yeah.

We have also heard that the general public (?) is greatly interested in his story because we like to see our bigger-than-life heroes (?) take a dive, thus reassuring us that they are really just mortals like ourselves.  On the other hand, some claim the public interest is generated out of envy for Mr. Sheen’s unique lifestyle, his fame, his fortune, his fancy cars, his beautiful girlfriends etc. etc. etc.  But he sure is a lousy example for kids……

It sure is nice to know that these things matter.  But as for me, when I hear about Charlie Sheen, I am inclined z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z. More importantly, whenever a well-acted publicity stunt is hatched, especially involving a great acting talent like Charlie Sheen, I just can’t help but z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z.  And that is all well and good because you see, if it weren’t for Charlie Sheen, z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z.

I want to leave you with this one thought: Charlie Sheen might z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z.   But to us regular guys, its fun to daydream about what it might be like to live Charlie Sheen’s z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z.  Isn’t that interesting, how Charlie Sheen z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z. Yep, good old famous Charlie Sheen z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z.

Dang, is it morning already?  The last thing I remember was watching the evening news — they had a story about Charlie Sheen z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z……..

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