Many praise John McCain for his ability to garner bipartisan support.  He even stated that he, “promised the people a full repeal and replacement plan,” and he wouldn’t settle for anything less.   His supporters feel that he’s the biggest person in the room because he claimed that the bill should have bipartisan support.

To hell with those people.   I say McCain knows too damn well how to play both sides.   The man is far too comfortable lying.  McCain has  to work in politics because no where else is being a known liar as rewarded as in Washington D.C.

 

Classic McCain flipflop
Classic McCain flipflop

 

John McCain it is time to air your dirty laundry.  You’ve betrayed your people long enough.  It’s been over 30 years and it is time for you to go.

Keating  5

I doubt many people today even think of the Keating 5.  But the internet tells me that at the time it was a really bid deal.  This kind of scandal should have destroyed McCain’s career.   Somehow he slithers away from taking too much harm, no matter what the scandal.

Five U.S. senators were accused of trying to pressure federal thrift regulators to back off their political benefactor Keating, whose Lincoln Savings & Loan would collapse during the savings-and-loan crisis of the late 1980s at a cost of $3.4 billion to taxpayers.   The other Senators are not important.  McCain is the only one left in politics.

In 1991, the Senate censured one and reprimanded the others.  That one wasn’t John McCain.  McCain received the lightest punishment of all.  A gentle tap on the butt and a light scolding for “poor judgment.”  Somehow this happened when McCain was the only with any personal ties to  Keating.

The two had become personal friends sometime after 1981.  Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates.  Mrs. John McCain and her father were also involved with the businessman.  In the form of a  $359,100 investment in a Keating shopping center a year before McCain met with the regulators.

If that doesn’t scream suspicious then perhaps McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter making nine trips at Keating’s expense.  Or flying in Keating’s jet Keating’s Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay.

Yet the Songbird himself was exonerated from any wrong doing.  The Ethics Committee ruled that the involvement of McCain in the scheme was also minimal, and he too was cleared of all charges against him.  The report also said that McCain’s “actions were not improper nor attended with gross negligence and did not reach the level of requiring institutional action against him….Senator McCain has violated no law of the United States or specific Rule of the United States Senate.”

How did McCain manage to get himself out of this one?  By doing what he does best.  Singing. McCain, leaked to reporters naming who did what for Keating.  He desperately tried to put himself of the scandal by volunteering to go on any radio or television station that would him to shout he was innocent.

The rest is history.  McCain was involved in one of the biggest political scandal in the last 50 years and he escaped without a crash on them.  Who was it who said that Trump firing Comes was the biggest thing since Watergate?  He must have forgotten about the Keating 5.

“I have carefully avoided situations that might even tangentially be construed as a less than proper use of my office,” McCain and co-author Mark Salter wrote of the lessons he learned. “I have refrained from intervening with regulators or supporting legislation or advocating anything for any purpose that doesn’t serve an obvious public interest and that isn’t in accord with my general governing philosophy.”

McCain Foundation

The Maverick has a lot in common with Hillary Clinton.  It doesn’t surprise me that they’re friends.  They both ran for President twice and lost, and they both lost to Barrack Obama.  They also both love to talk about charities!

The Clinton’s may have the most infamous foundation, but John McCain does try his best to keep up.  Two things to look for when spotting a corrupt politician:

  1. A position of power- This has to be something more than just being a senator.  Maybe being the chairman to the Senate Committee on Armed Services.  (What’s that?  John McCain isis chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Armed Services, which oversees the military?)
  2. A large charity or foundation–  The foundation is always for some grand and noble purpose. However, when you look closely you find donations from powerful foreign interests and random businesses from around the world.  (The McCain Institute educates, raises awareness and implements innovative, action-based solutions to end modern slavery.)
  3. They sponsor lavish mixers– The upper echelon of society world wide convene at these get togethers.  (The Sedona Forum is a “high level, private gathering” held at the luxurious Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz.  John McCain just happens to be the honorary Convener)

Remember that big beautiful bipartisan supported campaign finance reform bill called the McCain–Feingold Act?  Oh the irony of John McCain being the sponsor of campaign finance reform.

The latest scandal involving Mr. McCain comes from the McCain Institute for International Leadership.  It appears that he might have some funny money games being played through the Institute.

  •  In 2012, the McCain Institute received $8,685,619 in donations, gifts and grants. Yet their expenses were a mere $500,000. In 2013 they again, only contributed $500,000 of their endowment. In 2014, the McCain Institute received $1,305,000 and donated $1,500,000. All of the donations made by the McCain Institute in 2012, 2013 and 2014 went to the Arizona State University Foundation,
  • Most board members have a tenuous connection at best to human rights, but plenty to do with industries McCain oversees in Congress.
  • Take copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan, which gave at least $100,000 to the McCain Institute, and whose former CEO sits on the McCain Institute Board of Trustees. Sen. McCain has vocally supported McMoRan’s copper mining plans in Arizona, even as Freeport-McMoRan has continued to engage in a highly controversial mining operation in Indonesia, and the institute’s annual Sedona Forum has let Freeport-McMoRan execs and Indonesian authorities bond in luxury and privacy at the Enchantment Resort.

The McCain-Feingold Act mentioned above  required public disclosure of all contributions of at least $250 in federal elections.  Guess who is getting in trouble for not disclosing big donor contributions?  The McCain Institute.

Arizona also can’t get access to these donors because the Institute is hosed in the Arizona State University Foundation and the donations are unavailable under the state’s open records law.

Of the donors we do know  37 donors who contributed $100,000 or more to the McCain Institute, one in three originate from either foreign principals, overseas corporations or foreign governments, according to the nonprofit’s web site. One big donor is anonymous.

King Campaign Finance Reform himself is close to a lot of iffy transactions.  His response of course is to say that he has minimally to do with Institute.

McCain the friendly neighborhood ISIS supporter

The saying goes that McCain has never hear of a war he didn’t want fought.   He possesses a pathological desire to enforce regime changes and has no qualms about using airstrikes, ground wars, special ops raids, and even military confrontation as wielders.

In February he made an unannounced secretive trip to Syria.  This was just days after President Trump demanded his Generals institute a plan to defeat ISIS.  McCain met with the “rebels” in Syria for God knows why.  He’s always been rabid at the mouth to take down Assad and supported Obama’s plan to arm and train the “rebels.”

There would be a whole article devoted to McCain’s high jinx in the Middle East.  In particular I would I highlight McCain’s relationship with Saudi rulers, Erdogan, and Qatar.  There just isn’t enough space here to do it.

Since the mid-1990s, he’s pushed for regime change in more than a half-dozen countries—occasionally with disastrous consequences.  Perhaps it would be easier to forgive McCain if he hadn’t been in one of the deadliest and costly wars in American history.  But he is all to willing to send our troops into danger.

U.S Forrestal Fire

Read this excerpt from the post:

Fifty years ago, on July 29, 1967, he was sitting in his jet on the deck of the USS Forrestal, an aircraft carrier, when a rocket from another aircraft accidentally fired, struck a nearby plane and ignited a fire that threatened to engulf McCain’s. He scrambled out of the cockpit to safety, seconds before the fire set off bombs that had fallen off another plane.

A chain reaction of explosions ensued. McCain saw a fellow pilot whose clothes were on fire. “I ran toward him,” he told the New York Times the next day. “He was 50 feet in front of me. I got closer and then the first bomb exploded. I was knocked back about 10 feet. I never saw him again.”

I threw up a little in my mouth reading this.  The Democrat establishment is real pleased with McCain right now.  The Post loves to wax poetic and omit details.  They missed a few things about McCain.

He was a bad soldier who partied too much and flew very recklessly. McCain began as a sub-par pilot who was more than a few times careless and reckless.  During the early to mid-1960’s,  McCain  crashed two planes and flew a third into power lines in Spain because of, as he put it, “daredevil clowning.”

His third crash involved a T-2 trainer jet in Virginia. A 1966 navy report could not corroborate McCain’s claim of an engine explosion and cited several other McCain errors in judgment and procedure.

Then there is the big one.  The USS Forrestal fire.  In July 1967, a fire broke out on board the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. “An electrical anomaly” had caused the discharge of a Zuni rocket on the flight deck, triggering a chain-reaction of explosions that killed 134 sailors and injured 161.

Sometimes a lie becomes the truth with the right publicity.  Do you really believe that McCain was injured during USS Forrestal fire because he was pulling another pilot from a plane?  McCain was at the center of this ordeal.   Whispers around the internet swirl that the official narrative isn’t really the truth.  Maybe maybe electrical anomaly is slang is coverup for the Admiral’s son?   Who knows?

McCain was a U.S. Navy pilot at the time, he was actually in his aircraft around the time of the explosion.  Some say he did a smart ass punk attention getting trick by doing a “wet start” up of his jet.   This and the large subsequent electrical surge and apparent (incorrect and against policy) weapon arming (by the pilot) caused the launching of a powerful Zuni rocket across the carrier’s deck hitting other parked planes (photo below) that were packing 1,000 high-explosive pound bombs. The subsequent massive explosions, fire and destruction went several decks below and nearly sunk this major 82,000 ton U.S. aircraft carrier.

Debate ranges on the level about whether McCain was injured during the blast.  One thing is for sure though, he left the ship soon after the explosion while many others were scrambling to put out the fires and extract the shared bodies.

McCains father and grandfathers were four star admirals in the Navy.  His father was an admiral at the time of the explosion.  Further investigation into the Forrestal fire was in the hands of Adm. Thomas Moorer, chief of naval operations and a close friend of McCain’s father.

Shortly afterwords McCain was stationed on another ship.  The circumstances surrounding this incident smell like a made up story.  As is often the case with this man.

Hated by Vietnam POW veterans, i.e Mr. Songbird

The last damning evidence in McCain’s laundry list of scandals is how much he is hated by Vietnam war veterans.   For good reason,  This Vietnam veteran who was a POW himself has repeatedly blocked the repatriation of other POW soldiers.  He’s fought venously to keep records sealed pertaining to Vietnam POWs.

While fighting so hard against any release whatsoever about Vietnam POWs, McCain never released any of his own records.  Only thing the public has access to is a list of his awards and medals, all of which were given only after he became a prisoner of war.

Does he have something to hid about his time as a POW?   The only reasoning he ever gave were excuses about  “harming the families.”  It makes no since however since it was the families requesting the information.

The families were seeking this information, not to harm McCain, but to learn if there were any POWs left behind after the War ended.  The amount of POWs returned was smaller than how much Intelligence communities had estimated.

In 1989, 11 members of the House of Representatives introduced a measure they called “The Truth Bill.”  This bill would have required the head of each department or agency to release any information they had on American POWs.  It would also require the Department of Defense to make a complete of personnel classified as prisoner of war, missing in action, or killed in action (body not returned) from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict.

The biggest opponent of the bill? John McCain.

The bill stalled but was reintroduced in the next Congress where it died.  That was until a new piece of legislation called “The McCain Bill.” This measure turned “The Truth Bill ” on its head. It created a bureaucratic maze from which only a fraction of the available documents could emerge.  This one of course went through.

The law stated that the Defense Department is not obligated to tell the public about prisoners believed alive in captivity and what efforts are being made to rescue them. It only has to notify the White House and the intelligence committees in the Senate and House. The committees are forbidden under law from releasing such information.

You see why a lot of veterans are angry at McCain?  You see why this Maverick is little more than a blustering charlatan?  In my eye McCain is even worse than the Clintons.  Hillary may be viscous but McCain is a coward.

 

P.S.  Diary entry curtesy of Cynthia Assam.


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