None of his fellow solons was impolite enough yesterday to ask U.S. Sen. John Forbes Kerry the only question anybody really wants him to answer. “Senator, are you really worth $193 million?” Secretary of state? Who cares. I want to know how he got all that dough, and please, no jokes about how he made it the old-fashioned way, he married it. Whatever happened to prenups? I’d always heard Mama T gave him a couple Old Masters oil paintings or some other kind of art worth maybe $10 million so he wouldn’t feel like what he is,
Howie never fails to entertain and to open old wounds. Kerry has done quite a job of fooling enough people into believing that he is a competent senator. About the only qualification he can claim is nice hair - if it´s real.
I don´t think he should be confirmed until he pays his back taxes. He owes taxes on his yacht which I don´t think he paid for with his Senate salary. Ask him about his medals which he threw away. Please ask him anything. Don´t just sit there praising him. It makes them all look bad. Confirmation hearings have become a Farce unless of course, they are Borking a Republican.
I find it interesting that for the last several summers, buried in a cape cod newspaper, are pictures of him partying at bars with teenage girls. Not that that means anything and if teresa thinks that´s ok, what else matters? But it does show the intellectual level he seeks out and is comfortable with.
Another question "Liveshot" will never hear asked by his Senate "frat brothers" at a public forum..."Please tell the committee how you rate your very own picture/exhibit, in a place of "honor," inside the Communist War Remnants Museum in downtown Ho Chi Minh City?"
I heard he was worth $207 million OF HIS OWN and wondered the very same thing. Where´d it come from? Isn´t it amazing that people get elected, go to DC and by golly, they´re millionaire$! Can you say lobbyist payoffs and God only knows what else. I also find it amazing that Romney only has $170 million and look at the beating he took for being a 1%´er. When are they going to start on Jon Cary with all his ill gotten gains. At least we´re pretty sure where Romney´s came from, and it wasn´t from his rich father.
I think this guy doesn´t have a clue what he´s in for when he becomes SOS. In fact, I heard hecklers already at his speech yesterday.
When a known traitor skates through congressional hearings to become a cabinet member, you know that this country is truly over.
I find myself pulling away from everything that´s happening these days, even to the point of spending a lot less time here on Lucianne. I no longer want to know or to care. I only want to live out my remaining years with my family, surviving as best we can and taking what little joy we can still find in what was once a magnificent country.
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The five-year-long dance between the Clintons and President Obama has always been an interesting show, but never more so than now as the runner-up in the 2008 Democratic presidential contest starts to maneuver in preparation for 2016. Hillary Clinton spent her four years as secretary of state playing the good soldier for the president, doing little of value but also (and unlike her spectacularly inept successor John Kerry) causing him little trouble. She exited the cabinet with a presidential love fest that had to annoy Vice President Joe Biden, her only likely rival for 2016. But now that she is
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Federal authorities are investigating three senior Navy intelligence officials as part of a probe into an alleged contracting scheme that charged the military $1.6 million for homemade firearm silencers that cost only $8,000 to manufacture, court records show. The three civilian officials, who oversee highly classified programs, arranged for a hot-rod auto mechanic in California to build a specially ordered batch of unmarked and untraceable rifle silencers and sell them to the Navy at more than 200 times what they cost to manufacture, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors. The purpose of the silencers remains a mystery. According to
If Edward Snowden can be charged with espionage and threatened with arrest if he returns to the U.S., why can’t his associate, Glenn Greenwald, be charged as well? That’s the question some in the media are asking as Greenwald prepares to return from abroad for a scheduled appearance before a Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), on Saturday. Snowden depended on Greenwald, formerly with the Guardian and now working for the billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, to release and publicize his illegally acquired classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA). Omidyar is described as a French-born Iranian
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