Category Archives: crime

No Sanctuary for Kate Steinle

150710-sanctuaryIllegal immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has served 181 months in prison over 15 years. He’s been convicted of seven flelonies and deported five times. After serving each of his various terms was returned to Mexico and then sneaked back over the border for more of the same.

The Lopez-Sanchez round trip crime tour came to an end April 15. Rather than ship him back to Mexico again, a local sheriff released him onto the streets of San Fransisco. At that point Lopez-Sanchez would have been untouchable, San Fransisco being a Sanctuary City. But he claimed he found a gun and shot 32 year old Kate Steinle while she walked with her father.

Here’s Michael Daly’s account in a Daily Beast story slugged The Murder Shaking San Francisco’s Liberal Soul.

A memorial for Kate Steinle was held on Thursday. Family and friends told stories of an adventurous, exuberant, and uncommonly kind young woman. They had a phrase for the sunny, uplifting impact she seemed to have on everybody, wherever her wide travels took her:

“The Kate effect.”

 

Hillary Email

150618-Hillary -emailsSid Blumenthal turned over email he had sent to Hillary Clinton. This was email Hillary had apparently failed to turn over to the committee herself. This is interesting because Blumenthal’s emails advised Hillary on taking credit for the fall of Qaddafi in Libya. The Obama administration had banned Hillary from hiring Blumenthal as an advisor. Also, the email was sent to Hillary’s private server in violation of State Department rules.

Hillary Email

Hillary claims she turned over all the email from her private account related to her work as Secretary of State. A WSJ editorial says, “This must depend on the definition of “all”… “

Financial Struggles of Rubio and Hastert

150611-hastert-rubioThe NYT is on Marco Rubio’s case. The paper reported he’s had 4 traffic tickets in 17 years! Not only that, he used an $800,000 book advance to pay off $100,000 in student loans and buy an $80,000 fishing boat – or a “luxury speed boat”.  All this packed into not one, but two stories. The second story appeared on Wednesday’s front page under the headline Rubio Career Bedeviled by Financial Struggles

The editors seem unaware that Rubio’s financial struggles are the same struggles bedeviling a lot of normal people. Jon Stewart is on The Times’ case.

Meanwhile a picture directly above the Rubio story, in the print edition, features the financial struggles of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Hastert’s struggles aren’t so much like those of normal people. He’s accused of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in blackmail. Paying blackmail isn’t illegal, but using your own cash to do it is, if you withdraw over $10,000. Hastert tried to avoid that by taking out less than 10 grand more often. Apparently that’s illegal too.

Jon Kass of the Chicago Tribune is not happy with Dennis Hastert.

Cyber War

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NSA may have cut back on stealing your data but China hasn’t. Chinese government operatives continue to hack U.S. government, university, and corporate networks. A WSJ editorial titled The Chinese Have Your Numbers claims they made off with the personnel files of 2.1 million fed employees. Could be you’ve earned a purple heart in a cyber war and don’t know it.

Prison Press Pass

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President Obama is good at getting prisoners released from GITMO but not so much from Iran. While he polishes his nuclear deal, a Washington Post reporter rots in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.  Jason Rezaian has been the Supreme Leader’s guest there since last July.

Rezaian’s trial was yesterday. Secret – like the nuke deal. So far no word on the outcome.