Am I the only one who……..by, Michael Hawke

……..thinks the Russian election investigation is nothing but a ruse that most of the politicians and media understand and are perpetrating in order to handcuff President Trump from getting to his agenda.

……..thinks the reason most of the politicians in Washington (are bought and paid for) are feeding this fake investigation is because they have special interest support, of which much of it comes from overseas companies and countries who stand to lose if the American people win by Trumps trade, jobs, and other policies. In other words they do not represent we the people any longer.

…….thinks all of the praise heaped on Jim Comey from both sides of the aisle was vomitous to hear and only supports my thought above.

…….thinks both many Republicans and most Democrats serving as our Representatives in Washington should get to work and quit the endless, mindless, and phony investigations?

……..thinks about 90 percent of media stories are either totally fake or partly fake?

……..thinks there is an agenda to mug President Trump in order to handcuff him from doing the hard work of making America a better place for us….the American people?

……..thinks Jim Comey should have been fired and was in fact a big part of the leaking of fake news for personal and political reasons?

……..thinks Jim Comey gave Hillary Clinton a get out of jail free pass by determining she had “no intent” to commit a crime….and in fact should be investigated for his possible criminal behavior?

……..thinks that most people no longer trust the media, print, television, internet, or radio, to include their “fake low approval” polls?

……..thinks President Trump is naive about how dirty Washington Politics is but wants to truly fix and improve America and has good ideas for American workers, families, and our children’s futures?

…….thinks our elected Representatives are mostly self serving and have little willingness to work together to help America solve problems and go forward?

……..thinks listening to the media today, in any form, is a total waste of time. Their credibility as the presenters of factual information is completely ruined by their own doing.

……..thinks President Obama’s midnight plane delivery of millions in cash to Iran was kind of worth looking into by the FBI and was a real crime.

……..thinks Hillary Clinton’s giving of 25 percent of the United States  uranium reserves to the Russians, followed a few months later by her husband Bill’s $400,000 paid fee in Moscow for one speech, was kind of also worth looking into by the FBI as to the clearly criminal deal making on a personal level by the Secretary of State.

……..thinks that come the 2018 elections the Republican numbers will increase in both the House and Senate due to the American people not being the dumb nucks the politicians think we are.

The Daily Mix…….by, Michael Hawke

18%    …The percentage of seats the University of California, at all campuses, reserves for out of State and out of Country incoming students. Almost 1/5th of all seats go to those not raised, schooled, or living in California. To all you parents dealing with your kids getting rejection letters because they do not cut the mustard, my sympathies. The only mustard you kids lack though is not smarts, but green money, and lots of it. Out of State and our of Country students get charged a whopping 27% fee on top of out of State tuition. Kind of looks like the Regents of the University of California are not running a California State University System but rather a play for pay at the expense of your kid and mine.

Students Walk Out:  On Vice President Pence’s commencement speech. I believe it is a commencement and they do not have to be there. They made their point. Now the school should take their time mailing out the diplomas, say like….. four years from now.

I understand the speech was very positive, uplifting, and motivating. Here again we see students, no, college graduates, who have not learned the lesson of listening to someone with a different point of view. I think in future years colleges will offer multiple halls where students can pick their commencement speaker. Can’t ruffle their feathers after all now that they are about to enter the real world.

The Russian Affair: My earlier piece on the Lobby System sheds light here. In sum though, what we need to understand is Russia, Turkey, China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia….and so many more have lobbyist in Washington D.C. calling on your Congressperson and mine to win favor and gain influence. This is nothing new. Our political leaders make professional hookers look like nuns. As long as the good Democrats keep wasting time not doing the work of the American people and pushing all this Russian collusion fake news they will face a whopping loss of seats in 2018. You heard it here first.

CNN Fake News: The problem with CNN and their reporting on this “Russian Affair” is they will do to the Democrats in 2018 what they did to them in the recent election…only much worse. They will cause the loss of more seats in both the Congress and the Senate. The problem with Democrats is they coexist with the liberal media creating and disseminating the fake news.  After a while they start believing their own lies thinking it is truth.  Hillary did this “bigley” and look at her now.  The American people recognize bull dung when they see it. You heard it here first.

Boy Kim: The recent photo of North Korea dictator Kim next to a rocket mounted on mobile rocket launcher made me think of my son and I when he was a kid. We used to have a “blast” firing model rockets. So many near misses and rocket engine failures along with successes too! I wonder if Kim is just playing with big toys in his mind, little as it is?

Memorial Day: I think we can all agree we need a mandatory military / civilian corps, service requirement for all young people. Young people who served in the military come into the work world with a whole lot more to offer than these spoiled puff balls coming out of colleges today. Think of the future; sacrifice and dedication to our nation right out of the chute is a win win for everyone, but mostly for them.

Difficult Things To Swallow….. by, Michael Hawke

The meaning of the title of this piece may not be clear to some so I will explain it. Difficult Things to Swallow means things that are just so wrong, so backward, so manipulative on their face, that they should be recognized for the lies they are. They are hard to listen to, hard to believe they are even presented with such presumed legitimacy…..these things are difficult for me to swallow….and I hope for you too. MH

China’s First Airliner: Everyone knows the design of this plane was reverse engineered and copied from both Boeing and Airbus plans. The Chinese are great at intellectual plagiarism and espionage. Kudos for that maybe, but not for the way they built this plane. They buy, steal, cheat, and then try to look smart. “Difficult to Swallow”.

The Pre-existing Health Condition Issue: Rush Limbaugh and many on the right argue that any new government health care program cannot cover people with pre-existing issues. They argue correctly that insurance is based on actuarial statistics and that it works because so many pay who have no problems and there is money to cover those who do have problems, just like car insurance.

The current new bill, just passed in the House, does not offer coverage for pre-existing conditions. The difficulty here is that they are acting like we are stupid, I mean really, really, dumb. As you will remember when Obama Care came in many people lost their health care and had to join one of the plans. These included people who had paid on policies for years and as they aged developed conditions. Now they are tossed into the Affordable Health Care program (Obama Care) and five or six years later are flat out of luck. Obama Care has collapsed and now Trump is putting forward Trump Care. So all of these people who now have pre-existing conditions have had their insurance ripped out from under them two or more times.

So who wins here? Think about it….the insurance companies win. As the companies begin to support Trump care they will charge these pre-existing people through the roof due to their joining with their pre-existing conditions.  Mr. Limbaugh, Mr. Trump, and all the rest of you so called leaders….we need a single payer health care plan to cover all Americans. The bottom line is we the people want this…we do not want more F-35s.  We want health care. Get it done Political people or move over and let someone take over who can get it done.  Just stop with the ” pre-existing condition bull dung”….it is just too “Difficult to Swallow”. 

Building the Border Wall is Racist: This is so obviously wrong on several levels it is almost funny. Yet the left wing media, along with Twitter, Facebook, and the rest, have kept promoting this lie. First of all the “Wall” as it is referred to is already there in some places. San Diego has had a fence, and then a double border fence, for over thirty years. Guess what America, it has worked just fine. It has directed people to the gate, to the door, so to speak. Want to enter America? Use the front door. The left wing media labelling Trump a racist for wanting to secure our national borders is just wrong. Not only do they call him racist they are calling him fascist for wanting to keep this campaign promise. Remember left wing media….we conservatives voted for Mr. Trump because of his promise to secure our borders. I challenge the left wing media to go to downtown San Diego and fill a bus with homeless people and take them to the homes of all their reporters….I know they would welcome them right into their homes, no questions asked, right?  “Difficult to Swallow”.

Turkey Is Our Friend: Turkey is continually referred to as our friend. In fact Donald Trump is welcoming the Dictator President of Turkey to the White House. Turkey has been the friend to many politicians and former political and military leaders. They have made millions working for the Turkish Lobby. Yes, for those of you naïve about the Lobby System in America, foreign governments lobby our Representatives and government leaders. Quid Pro Quo and all that be damned. Turkey has undermined our government and gained undue influence. I say to the Turkish Government; acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, the current effort to eliminate the Kurds, and the cozy sleeping arrangements with Russia.  Turkey is not our friend, never has been, and likely never will be. “Difficult to Swallow”.

The NBA is Real Basketball: This one gets me. NBA basketball is a long, long way from real basketball. Everyone knows it yet they keep the lie going. Eventually it will collapse in on itself, like a stock that has been supported way beyond it’s true value. No, the current game is not basketball, it is ” Tall Ball”.  Want to watch real basketball? Widen and lengthen the court, raise the hoops, increase the size of the ball, and then we can see the real game of basketball played again. The current game of professional basketball is a fake.  “Difficult to Swallow”.

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo…..and other things…. by, Michael Hawke

Cinco de Mayo is remembered for the unlikely victory over the French occupying Army at Puebla, Mexico. The Mexican Army was hugely outgunned yet prevailed. This was a great victory of courage and determination by the Mexicans and a shocking defeat for the French. The result of this defeat led to the French Army getting bogged down and unable to effectively move North to support the South in the American Civil War.

Cinco de Mayo is also remembered for the birth of Eva Guerrero in Veracruz, Mexico, on this date. Her family moved to Tijuana, Mexico where she was raised and where she has dedicated her life to women’s support groups, family, her many friends, and promoting La Ciudad de Tijuana North of the border, and throughout the world. She is known as “Eva Guerrero of Tijuana “, since just about everyone in Tijuana knows her or knows of her. She is one of the most beautiful women in all of Mexico and Latin America. Send her a Feliz Compleanos at 858-705-8486.

Street Tacos: If you have not been to Tijuana and eaten a real “street taco” you have not lived. This is something you must do before you die or your life will be an incomplete failure. Going to Tijuana is fun and easy from San Diego.

Caesars: If you go to Tijuana and fail to eat at Caesars you have missed one of the great world wide restaurants. People come from all over the world to dine there and you should too. The food is spectacular, the prices fair, and the service 5 Star. Did I mention the Caesar salad was invented there, that the Beatles ate there, that many of the Hollywood set over the years have eaten there? Caesars is a great dining and social experience not to be missed.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo…….Michael Hawke

 

 

 

The Daily Mix……by, Michael Hawke

San Diego Weather: Cooler and overcast today. We have had a great Spring with so much rainfall that the California Drought was officially ended. Now we will be looking ahead to hot days, and what could be a very dangerous fire season by summer’s end.

I used to call my mother almost everyday in her later years. We had great talks, which I really miss. Mom would almost always start with  “How’s your weather out there?”.  My reply was usually short since our weather was always pretty tame compared to her Midwest weather. She always had the more interesting weather be it freezing rain, snow storms and blizzards, tornados, or unbearably humid days with house shaking thunderstorms.  Mom could discuss the weather for fifteen minutes and by the time she finished you knew what was happening. She missed her calling as she would have been a Phenom as a weather woman……Mom was really tough on those weather reporters!

Baseball: San Diego Padres are playing down to expectations. They play good but still manage to lose two or three out every four games. A repeat of last season awaits. Management has tried hard to assuage fan fears by marketing the fact “they are a young, and exciting team”.  While this is true, I do not buy into their “developing for the future….just be patient a few years” line. In a few years, when these young guys are hitting smoking bats and throwing flaming balls, guess what will happen?  Free agency baby….money talks and players walk…and it will be by by-by San Diego.  This has been our history, it has happened before and it will happen again, and again, and again. San Diego baseball?  Well, it’s a lot like our weather; nice, but pretty darn boring after you have been here awhile.

An Athlete And A Gentleman:  Speaking of baseball….Tim Tebow had a great hitting week. It is only a matter of time before he is moved up to double A ball. Not because he is necessarily going to make the “Biggs” but because he is in the “Biggs” wherever he plays. Fans and kids love Tim Tebow.  So sorry the media and sports gurus need to continually knock him, it just does not matter to the rest of us.  The regular folks see his sincerity, goodness, and athleticism, and they like it. The guy is nothing but an incredible athlete and an awesome human being. We could use a few more role models like Tim Tebow in sports, and the world in general.  Go Tim Tebow, I am rooting for your dream, brother.

The Death of the Factor: Bill O’Reilly had his run, and what a run it was. I am sorry to see him go. I was walking down the dock at Cabrillo Isle Marina where Endeavor is berthed and saw two beautiful women and an one average looking fellow getting ready to shove off in a fishing boat. I made the following comment, which could be labeled a tad sexists by certain people; “Wow, what a lucky guy you are going boating with not one, but two, beautiful women”. I immediately felt like I crossed a new red line for talking to women and so I stupidly said…. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound like Bill O’Reilly”.  (Where that came from who knows? Maybe the constant CNN bashing on him being a womanizer, sexist, and an arrogant bully, was starting to register in my own head as factual).  The women both laughed and the red head replied….”No problem, I really like Bill O’Reilly and I am sorry to see him go off the air”.  I was surprised but I guess he did not get to be #1 by only appealing to men. He was right on the mark on so much of what he did on air.  Bill O’Reilley is now certainly in a new ” no spin zone” partly of his own making.  Meanwhile the rest of us males are just get more and more confused about how to talk and act around women. We too are now living and working in the “new no spin zone”. Thanks a lot Bill.

Coyote Spotted: A very large coyote….yes they showed him on TV and he is very large,  was spotted running through a Rancho Bernardo neighborhood today. He was caught on cameral and put on local news running with something in his mouth…probably a cat, rabbit, or small dog. Pets are easy prey for these wild beasts.  Watch out for coyotes. They are incredible hunters and your dog or cat is a delicacy they cannot resist. Coyotes can easily hop an 8′ high fence.

Dan’s “My Dream” Update: Dan crossed the equator moving into the Southern Ocean yesterday.  Now, due the time zones, hemispheres and all the rest, I am temporarily confused on when exactly yesterday was for Dan.  My magnetic compass is now swinging amiss and the variations and deviations are backwards too. Whenever yesterday was “it happened”. Dan wrote he is only about 500 miles from his first landfall, at Hiva Oa.  Sailing at about 100 miles a day he is just five days from returning to civilization. That bacon cheese burger is getting closer and closer Dan. Not too bad for a guy who left San Diego March 28th sailing all alone in his 35′ sailboat named “My Dream”.  He is now a member of a very small club of human beings in the history of the planet to have accomplished this feat sailing solo.  I put his courage, talent, and spirit, right up there with the likes of John Glenn and all the other great explorers. Dan, whenever you get back I am voting for you! We need leaders like you brother.

 

 

 

“My Dream” Easter Sunday In The North Pacific…… by, Michael Hawke

Dan’s Easter Sunday Update: Current location: lat/lon 07*51.8’N / 138*29.8’W

Hello to everybody, and Happy Easter. Halleluiah, He is Risen.

Not much to report today. Winds were good overnight. I shook out two reefs and flew the full main until a “system” rolled over me. I reefed again, just in time. It’s been slow going ever since and I think I will leave it this way for the night. I’d rather not have to get up in the middle of the night and reef in a blow, it’s safer that way. About four more days to the equator.

Love you all, Dan

Dan is solo sailing toward Tahiti and posts almost daily updates. He left from San Diego, California on March 23, 2017. Currently he is about three weeks North of Hiva Oha and is low on food. His spirit is strong and his sailing skills growing by leaps and bounds.

“My Dream” A Voyage of Courage, Vision, and Inspiration……by Michael Hawke

The Voyage of “My Dream” :  My friend Dan is on a solo sail to the Pacific Islands. He departed San Diego five days ago and is heading on a southwesterly course as we read this copy of his log, dated 4/10/2017.  Dan’s boat is named “My Dream” and sailing to the South Pacific has been his dream for most of his adult life. He is now following “His Dream”.  I will be keeping you up to date on Dan’s progress as his voyage evolves.

Tim Tebow was asked by a famous sports announcer how he could even think about trying to play major league baseball when his “best chance to succeed” was in football?  He replied ;  “Chances?…. it’s not about chances, it’s about following your dreams….”.   Thanks for following your dreams Dan.  You inspire us “big league”, and we are rooting for you brother!

Hi,

Boy did we have a ride last night. Winds blowing 20 kts. I had to put a second reef in the main before dark and was flying only the stay sail. Still we were doing 7-8 kts before I went to bed, and several hours after that.

When I started my day at 06:30 (local time) we were still doing 5-6 kts, so I left the sails as they were. The boat was more upright yet cruising along at a decent clip. I wanted to charge the batteries and make some water. After an hour and a half the AP the AP indicated it had reached it’s “current limit”. What did that mean? I had no idea, so I shut down the generator and water maker, ate a brunch, and took a nap.

After a nap I tore all the stuff out of the lazarette to find the shelf (which happens to be unsupported and was holding a half a bucket of chain) had fallen in the path of the tiller arm, which prevented the AP drive from moving the rudder as it was supposed to do. Moving the chain to supported shelf in the lazarette  should prevent that from happening again, but there is now a new project on my list of things to do when I get to some place where it an be done ( it would be VERY difficult to tab in a support while under way.

I shook out one reef and left the stay sail up at 1700 (local).

Current Location=lat/lon 17* 48.6′ N, 124*38.9′ W

This has been a 142 mile day!….Yippee! Now that’s what I’m talkin about.

H-1B Visa Liars….Companies say “No American Workers” for these jobs…… by, Michael Hawke


The H-1B Visa Spin: The special interests have this thing spinning fast and furious…right out of President Trump’s White House. What, you say?  How can that be?  Donald Trump promised to end the abuses of the H-1B Visa underwriting program for big companies. He said these companies must fill the jobs with American workers first.

Wall Street Journal Fake News: This program has been going on, and growing on, for years now. The Wall Street Journal posted an article on page A6 on Tuesday titled; ” U.S Puts a Curb On Visa Program”. Great propaganda….or as Mr. Trump would say, “Great Fake News Story”.

Read the first paragraph….” The federal government began accepting visa applications for a fresh round of high-skilled foreign workers, without the wholesale changes President Donald Trump promised in his campaign. ” Just how does this opening paragraph line up with the Wall Street Journal headline….”A Curb on Visa Program”? Well, it doesn’t. The headline says one thing and the article another.

Smoke and Mirrors:  (page A6 contd.) ” The companies say they are adhering to the program’s rules and only hire foreigners because they can’t find Americans for the jobs, but they are under substantial political scrutiny.” Last year the government gave out 85,000 visas of which 20,000 were for people with advanced degrees. The implication being these were well scrutinized by the government and found to be valid needs.

Campaign Statement: President Trump said during the campaign these visas are for temporary foreign workers , imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay. He went on to say he was committed to eliminating rampant wide-spread H-1b abuse.

How It Works: It does not take a rocket scientist to see the H-1B program for what it really is;

1.H-1B is nothing more than a back door entry to America. Jobs for these foreign workers and their families. Yes, they can bring their families, which very often leads to American born babies… which leads to anchor residency. You get the picture.

2. H-1B is a way for companies to cut significant costs from paying highly skilled and educated American workers, of which there is no shortage. We have the greatest Universities on the planet and this is a cow dung claim of  “we just can’t find skilled American workers”. This is a lie folks….a doosey too!

3. H-1B is nothing more than a “Recruiting Shell Game”. How, you ask, can these companies claim they have tried to find American, skilled and highly educated, workers to fill these jobs and just cannot do it?  Here is how they do it. They use a recruiting program that sorts out all applicants by their applications and resumes and educations. They present such tightly wound requirements for the jobs that not many, if not most, applicants simply do not fit and the computer rejects them. Then when the program comes up wanting the companies go to the government and say “see, we tried, visas please”. This Zip Recruiter on steroids is how they do this. The government then meekly agrees…got to give these guys visas washing their hands of it….taking the money.

4. H-1B is big money for the politicians. K Street lobbying is how these companies operate. I guarantee you folks there is no K Street lobby for your son or daughter who is just graduating with that science or computer degree and looking for one of these jobs only to be told he or she does not meet the requirement. No sir, no ma’am,  we just cannot find these “highly skilled workers”.

H-1B Visa Hypocrisy:  President Trump wants to build a wall to keep our borders and our nation safe from people illegally entering the United States. He wants to have legal immigration with proper vetting to insure fairness. He has called for all people to get in line saying, “America wants immigrants, but we want those most deserving and willing to contribute”. Then, it would appear, he winks and nods on this H-1B visa program just like GW and Obama did.  H-1B is simply a way to cut in the line. It is not fair by any stretch of the imagination.  If you believe there are 85,000 jobs that cannot be filled by our very best and. Brightest then you are just plain stupid. The fact is, last year there were 85,000 H-1B visas granted…. while companies applied for a whopping 236,000 visas.

H-1B Visa Transparency Please: Companies should have to not just present the unfilled job needs to the government when seeking these visas, they should have to publish them in newspapers, colleges, and on web sites for 180 days. All Americans, and more importantly all American job seekers, should be able to view these jobs and challenge the claims of these companies.  They should also not be allowed to put the “micro filter” on the recruiting program, which is just a manipulative technique designed to keep our sons and daughters on the outside, and foreign workers on the inside.

H-1B Foreign Companies: Many of the high tech foreign companies do not want American workers. Their goal is to bring workers from their own countries. You can look at communities where these companies are located and you mostly find their workforces being foreign born and H-1B visa legal. We should demand honesty for our workers and students. After all you would never be able to put American companies in China, India, or anywhere else and bring in American workers. So why are we so stupid?

The University Link: I would be remiss if I left out the link of our Universities to the H-1B Visa lie. American schools have been selling seats at the table to foreign students at record rates, and making good profits doing so. In the process your kid and mine has been faced with the “college application nightmare”. Not just Universities but Community Colleges are also taking foreign students. The result is our students have impacted classes, difficulty getting class schedules filled, and longer time finishing a two year program. Think of it this way you pay taxes on the schools for 20 years and then when your kid gets to college the schools are impacted.

Once these foreign students, who are here on student visas, graduate they are supposed to return home to their country of origin. American schools are supposed to feel good about providing highly educated workers for their home countries. A kind of  indirect “Peace Corps” benefit if you will.

The problem is these students do not want to leave. So enter the companies who can tap them for a lower cost to do the high tech job. H-1B to the rescue. Not only do these students get to stay, the can now bring their families. So when you look at the big picture here is what you see. We are bringing in foreign students so colleges can make big bucks, then we are letting them stay so companies can make big bucks, and then our own citizen students can get the H-1B shaft, high student loans, and limited job opportunities.

“Winners and Losers”…..”Liars and Fools” :  The H-1B Visa program is a big lie. The politicians support the lie. There are more than enough American highly educated and skilled workers who can meet the requirements of these companies. Do the companies need to pay more for the American workers?  You bet they do! We have created a system that allows for back door immigration at the expense of our best and brightest. Why you might ask?  Greed…..it is all about the money.

To President Trump a little advice from the Gipper: ….”

“Dance with the one that brung you”.

Michael Hawke

The Daily Mix……..by, Michael Hawke

Golf: You will want to watch this years Master’s Golf Tournament in Augusta Ga. It is being touted to be the best ever. There are strong indications that Phil Mickelson will win his fourth Green Jacket, to tie Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods.

Baseball: San Diego Padres opened the season at Los Angeles losing 12-3 ….or something like that. Hope this is not an indicator of our season. They are a young team. Did I say they were young?

Love: There are reportedly five languages of love ( from the book of the same title ). Pay attention to this list…it is true.

  1. Gifts
  2. Quality Time
  3. Positive Affirmations
  4. Physical Touch
  5. Acts of Service

Jack Lallane: Remember this great athlete? Look him up if you do not know who he was. I will continue to be inspired and motivated by his life and teachings.

Sanctuary State: The California State Senate just passed SB 64 calling for California to become a Sanctuary State. They are nowpassing it over to the Assembly for their confirmation of this law. Kind of makes you wonder if we are moving away from the “UNITED” States of America and into some sort of Regional States system. Certainly not a good idea but hey this is California….. where we cry for the criminals and blame the victims. Oh, and the people have cell phones which keep them docile and happy.

Michael Hawke

 

 

The Lobby System…… by, Michael Hawke

LOBBY SYSTEM: This report is the first of a series on how the lobby system works, most often to the harm of the American people, and to the benefit of the political leaders in Washington.

Daniel Webster: On Lobbying and Bribery.

Lobbying:  to conduct activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation. 1. To promote (as a project) or secure the passage of (as legislation) by influencing public officials. 2. To attempt to influence or sway(as a public official) toward a desired action.

Bribery:  the act or practice of giving or taking a bribe.  Bribe:  1. money or favor given or promised to a person in a position of trust to influence his judgment or conduct. 2. to induce or influence.

Fat Albert Navy Scandal: is at the top of the news. The government has now charged several more people, to include a Rear Admiral, in the ever widening bribery scandal. What makes this such a non story is that this is how the Defense Department and the Government, as a whole, have operated for the last sixty plus years. These Navy guys got greedy and went outside accepted boundaries however I would dare say a re-look at how the Navy operated in the Philippines during the latter half of the 20th century would make this Fat Albert bribery scandal look fairly like business as usual.

The Arab Lobby…by Mitchell Baird: “The Saudi lobbying campaign resulted in one of the most successful manipulations of American business and American foreign policy ever attempted by a foreign power…..The offensive was led by Prince Bandar, who became Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States in 1983 and served for the next twenty-two years.  He exemplified the personal touch involved in lobbying and the way the Arab lobby, as represented by the Saudis, influenced policy through direct access to the President and his advisors. Bandar was not just a diplomat but chief tennis partner of Secretary of State George Schultz, and racquetball opponent of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David Jones.

Colin Powell developed such a close relationship with Bandar over more than two decades that he referred to him as a brother. Powell said Bandar was such a frequent visitor to the top officials in the Reagan administration that he acted as if he were a member of the Cabinet. ”

Prince Bandar was often referred to as Bandar Bush so close was he to the President, and the Bush family. Treacherous and briberous was this whole affair. Shame on President Bush, and his oil rich father before him. Do the American people understand the lobby system? No, the average citizen is totally clueless. These crimes are so far above the Watergate matter that brought President Nixon down it is almost funny, but for the sobering impact it has on our security as a country, both now and in the future.

My thesis, in this, and the coming articles, is the American people need to understand the lobby system inside and out and demand transparency in all things related to it.

New laws will need to be passed to end this “legal corruption”. Yes, it is “legal corruption” because the politicians simply have passed laws to make legal what is obviously illegal, self enriching, behavior.

Oh….you might look for information on the Mercedes Benz Colin Powell received from the Saudi’s after he retired. Yes…..after ….. for all his support to the Saudi Government. The tip of the ice berg….just the tip.

Keep looking for more Lobby stories by….. Michael Hawke