Wednesday, August 10, 2016

`Non-Profit' Hofstra `Presidential Debate' University Paid Its Prez $1.1 Million In 2014

On September 26, 2016, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz will apparently allow Hofstra University's campus facilities in Hempstead, New York to be used for a televised U.S. presidential "debate" in which some of the U.S. presidential candidates on New York State's November 2016 ballot will be undemocratically blocked from participating in.

One reason Hofstra President Rabinowitz might be eager to have Hofstra University host a presidential "debate," in which some of the U.S. presidential candidates who don't represent the special corporate and class interests of the 1 percent are excluded from the campus "debate," is that the trustees of tax-exempt and "non-profit" Hofstra paid Hofstra President Rabinowitz a lot more in total annual compensation in 2014 than what most student-workers, non-student workers, teaching assistants, adjuncts professors and even tenured professors at Hofstra University are paid these days.

According to Hofstra University's 2013 Form 990 financial filing for the period beginning September 1, 2013 and ending August 31, 2014, Hofstra "Presidential Debate" University President Rabinowitz's annual total compensation package from "non-profit" Hofstra University was $1,104,344.

The same 2013 Form 990 financial filing also indicates that, between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014, the following 18 other Hofstra "Presidential Debate" University administrators were also given annual total compensation packages that exceeded $245,000 by tax-exempt Hofstra University's board of trustees:

1. Hofstra University School of Medicine Dean Lawrence Smith was given a total annual compensation package of $594,841 in 2014;

2. Hofstra University Vice-President and Treasurer Catherine Hennessy was given a total annual compensation package of $550,275 in 2014;

3. Hofstra University Vice-President for Planning and Administration M. Patricia Adamski Sr. was given a total annual compensation package of $536,612 in 2014;

4. Hofstra University Vice-President for Legal Affairs Dolores Fredrich was given a total annual compensation package of $500,394 in 2014;

5. Hofstra University Law School Dean Eric Lane was given a total annual compensation package of $488,378 in 2014;

6. Hofstra University Provost and Senior Vice-President Herman Berliner was given a total annual compensation package of $487,872 in 2014;

7. Hofstra University Vice-President for Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway was given a total annual compensation package of $454,892 in 2014;

8. Hofstra University School of Medicine Vice-Dean Vernonica Catanese was given a total annual compensation package of $440,721 in 2014;

9. Hofstra University Co-Director of Stem Research David Burghardt was given a total annual compensation package of $398,785 in 2014;

10. Hofstra University Vice-President for Information Technology Robert Juckiewitz was given a total annual compensation package of $375,773 in 2014;

11. Hofstra University Vice-President for Development Alan Kelly was given a total annual compensation package of $364,059 in 2014;

12. Hofstra University School of Business Dean Patrick Socci was given a total annual compensation package of $362,894 in 2014;

13. Hofstra University Vice-President for University Relations Melissa Connolly was given a total annual compensation package of $324,220 in 2014;

14. Hofstra University Vice-President of Facilities Joseph Barkwill was given a total annual compensation package of $304,186 in 2014;

15. Hofstra University Vice-President for Enrollment Management Jessica Eads was given a total annual compensation package of $304,186 in 2014;

16. Hofstra University Vice-President for Student Affairs Sandra Johnson was given a total annual compensation package of $299,331 in 2014;

17. Hofstra University Vice-President for Business Development Richard Guardino, Jr. was given a total annual compensation package of $274,781 in 2014; and

18. Hofstra University Vice-President for Institutional Research and Assessment Stephen Bushey was given a total annual compensation package of $245,034 in 2014.

One reason the board of trustees of "non-profit" Hofstra "Presidential Debate" University can apparently afford to pay such inflated annual salaries and compensation to Hofstra University administrators is that, according to its 2013 Form 990 financial filing, Hofstra University paid "0" in federal income taxes in 2014--despite its total annual revenue of $491,366,721 exceeding its total annual expenses of $456,233,999 by over $35 million between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014; and the value of Hofstra University's assets increased by over $70 million (from $532,575,815 to $603,500,548) during the same period. 

According to its 2013 Form 990 financial filing, the $9,829,702 in investment income that Hofstra "Presidential Debate" University collected from a $411 million-plus endowment portfolio that included $290,792,159 worth of "publicly-traded securities" was, coincidentally, "excluded from tax under sections 512-514."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Did Hillary Clinton Represent Arkansas Corporate Clients When Husband Was Arkansas's Attorney General and Governor?

Most people in the United States during the 1970's did not think it was ethical for a state attorney general or state governor's wife to enrich herself by providing legal representation and legal services for corporate clients in the same state, and at the same time in which her husband was supposed to be representing the public interest as a public official.

Yet in her 2003 book Living History (for which she was paid more than $10 million in book advance and book royalties by the Viacom-CBS media conglomerate's Simon and Schuster book publishing subsidiary), former Arkansas Attorney General and Governor Bill Clinton's wife--2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton--wrote the following:

"We were married...on October 11, 1975...He is still the most interesting...person I have ever met...Bill Clinton's first election victory as Attorney General of Arkansas in 1976 was anticlimactic. He had won the primary in May and had no Republican opponent...

"With Bill's election assured, we both felt free to get involved in [Jimmy] Carter's [1976 presidential] campaign when he became the Democratic nominee...Carter's staff asked Bill to head the campaign in Arkansas and me to be the field coordinator in Indiana...Carter did not carry Indiana...

"Bill and I had to move to Little Rock...Fayetteville was too far to commute, so I couldn't continue teaching at the University...I began to...consider joining a private firm...Representing private clients...would help us financially...The Rose Law Firm was the most venerable firm in Arkansas...I had gotten to know one of its partners, Vince Foster...After 1976, Vince and another Rose Firm partner Herber C. Rule III, came to see me with a job offer...In the first jury trial I handled on my own, I defended a canning company...

"...Bill...was elected Governor in 1978...In 1979 I was made a partner at the Rose Law Firm..."



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How Hillary Clinton Obtained Her U. of Arkansa Law School Teaching Job Revisited

During the 1970's, most people in the United States did not think that a teaching job at a publicly-funded state university law school should be given to an applicant with no previous law school teaching experience on the basis of nepotism--or just because the applicant's partner had local, state and national Democratic Party political connections and was a pal of the law school's dean.

Yet in her 2003 book Living History (for which she was paid more than $10 million in book advance and book royalties by the Viacom-CBS media conglomerate's Simon and Schuster book publishing subsidiary), former President Bill Clinton's wife--2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton--wrote the following:

"...One night, Bill and I ended up in the kitchen talking about what each of us wanted to do after graduation [from Yale's Law School in Connecticut]...Bill was absolutely certain: He would go home to Arkansas and run for public office...After the [1972 Democratic National] convention, Gary Hart asked Bill to go to Texas, along with Taylor Branch...to run the McGovern campaign in that state. Bill asked me if I wanted to go, too. I did. Anne Wexler...offered me a job heading up the voter registration drive in Texas...It was obvious to all of us that Nixon was going to trounce McGovern in the November [1972] election...

"After completing law school in the spring of 1973, Bill took me on my first trip to Europe...Bill was coming home to Arkansas and taking a teaching job in Fayetteville, at the University of Arkansas School of Law...We agreed that I would come down to Arkansas after Christmas 1973...By the time I arrived for New Year's, Bill had decided to run for Congress...

"That spring [of 1974]...I went with Bill to a dinner party where I met some of his law school colleagues, including Wylie Davis, then the Dean. As I was leaving, Dean Davis told me to let him know if I ever wanted to teach...I decided to take him up on the idea...I asked what I'd be teaching, and he said he would tell me when I got there...On a hot August [1974] evening, the day I arrived, I saw Bill give a campaign speech in Bentonville. The next day I attended the reception for the new law school faculty...I'd be doing what I could to help Bill in his campaign...Bill Bassett, President of the bar association, took me around to meet the local lawyers and judges...

"Classes started the next morning. I had never taught law school...and was barely older than most of my students..."



Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton's 1960's Work For GOP Politicians Revisited

During the late 1960's most Democratic Party voters who are now over 60 years-of-age did not work for Republican Party politicians like the then-Republican Minority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives (and later Republican Vice-President and Republican President) Gerald Ford or the then-Republican Congressional Representative (and later Republican President Nixon's Secretary of Defense) Melvin Laird.

Nor did most Democratic Party voters who are now over 60 years-of-age support the unsuccessful campaign in 1968 by the pro-Vietnam War, billionaire plutocrat and then-Republican New York Governor (and later Republican Vice-President) Nelson Rockefeller to get nominated as the Republican Party's presidential nominee at the 1968 Miami Republican National Convention.

Yet in her 2003 book Living History (for which she was paid more than $10 million in book advance and book royalties by the Viacom-CBS media conglomerate's Simon & Schuster book publishing subsidiary), former President Bill Clinton's wife--2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton--wrote the following:

"By the mid-1960s...I had been elected President of our college's Young Republicans during my freshman year...My Vice-President and friend, Betsy Griffith...stayed in the Republican Party, along with her husband, the political consultant John Deardourff...

"I had applied for the Wellesley Internship Program in Washington, D.C....Professor Alan Schechter, the program's Director...assigned me to intern at the House Republicans Conference. He knew I had come to college as a Republican...I...ended up reporting for duty to a group headed by the Minority leader Gerald Ford and including Melvin Laird of Wisconsin and Charles Goodell of New York, who befriended and advised me...

"...Goodell was later appointed to the Senate by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to replace Robert Kennedy...Toward the end of my internship, Goodell asked me...to go with him to the Republican Convention in Miami to work on behalf of Governor Rockefeller's...effort to wrest his party's nomination...I jumped at the chance and headed for Florida...We staffed the Rockefeller for President suites, taking phone calls and delivering messages to and from Rockefeller's political emissaries and delegates...I...didn't leave the Republican Party as much as it left me..."


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Did Hillary Rodham Clinton Campaign For GOP Opponent of 1964 Civil Rights Act in 1964 U.S. Presidential Campaign?

Most Democratic Party voters who are now over 60 years-of-age were glad to see the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed by the U.S. Congress. And most Democratic Party voters who are now over 60 years-of-age were glad to see that the 1964 Republican Party presidential nominee who voted in the U.S. Senate against passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Barry Goldwater, was not elected in November 1964 to be the U.S. President.

Yet in her 2003 book Living History (for which she was paid more than $10 million in book advance and book royalties by the Viacom-CBS media conglomerate's Simon & Schuster book publishing subsidiary), former President Bill Clinton's wife--2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton--wrote the following:

"...My father, Hugh F. Rodham, owned a small business...He started his own print plant in a building on the North Side [of Chicago]. He employed day laborers...

"...My dad was a rock-ribbed...conservative Republican and proud of it...By the Fall of 1960, my world was expanding and so were my political sensibilities. John F. Kennedy won the presidential election, to my father's consternation. He supported...Richard M. Nixon...Betsy Johnston and I...heard about a group of Republicans asking for volunteers to...uncover vote fraud...Betsy and I decided to participate...Betsy and I separated and went off with total strangers. I ended up with a couple who drove me to the South Side [of Chicago]...and told me to knock on doors and ask people their names so I could...find evidence to overturn the election...When I finished, I stood on the corner waiting to be picked up, happy that I'd ferreted out proof of my father's contention that `Daley stole the election for Kennedy.'...

"I was interested in politics from an early age...I...ran for student council and junior class Vice President. I was also an active Young Republican and, later, a Goldwater girl, right down to my cowgirl outfit and straw cowboy hat...Paul Carlson...a very conservative Republican...encouraged me to read Senator Barry Goldwater's...book, The Conscience of a Conservative. That inspired me to write my...paper on the American conservative movement...I liked Senator Goldwater...Years later, I admired his outspoken support of individual rights...When Goldwater learned I had supported him in 1964, he...invited me to come see him. I went to his home in Phoenix in 1996 and spent a wonderful hour talking to him and his dynamic wife, Susan..."






Friday, July 29, 2016

Would Hillary Clinton's Election As U.S. President Violate 22nd Amendment To U.S. Constitution?

According to the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "No person shall be elected to the office of the President MORE THAN TWICE, and no person who has held the office of President, OR ACTED AS PRESIDENT, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President MORE THAN ONCE..."

Yet in her 2003 book Living History (for which she was paid more than $10 million in a book advance and book royalties by the Viacom-CBS media conglomerate's Simon & Schuster book publishing subsidiary), former President Bill Clinton's wife--2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton--wrote the following:

"About...8 years I spent in the White House...with Bill Clinton...I walked into the White House on January 20, 1993...

"By the time I crossed the threshold of the White House, I had been shaped by my family upbringing...as the daughter of a staunch conservative father and...Bill's wife...

"Since leaving the White House I...embarked on a phase of my life as a U.S. Senator from New York...This memoir illustrates how my success as a candidate for the Senate arose out of...White House...

"My husband assumed the Presidency...I supported his agenda...He left office in January 2001...

"My 8 years in the White House tested...our nation's Constitution...This book is the story of how I experienced those 8 years.." 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Australian Anti-War Activist Joan Coxsedge's July 24, 2016 Letter




The following letter from Australian anti-war and Latin American solidarity activist Joan Coxsedge--who is also a former member of the Victoria state parliament--originally appeared in an Australian-Cuban solidarity group's newsletter.

“July 24, 2016

“Dear Comrades,

“Sad, sad times for mother earth with its wars and environmental and economic devastation. No wonder so many are unhinged. Evil begetting evil in spades. Some a direct consequence of the Iraq inferno. Six years in the writing, Chilcot’s damning 6000-page report on Iraq (so far we’ve only had a prĂ©cis), spelled out some of the catastrophic consequences, but only told part of the story.

“A Nuremburg trial would have been a better option for the Bush/Blair/Howard war criminals. Blalr snivelled about his dishonourable role and then had the gall to say the world is ‘better and safer’ as a result, with the other two amigos from the Coalition of the Willing agreeing. If they were helicoptered into Iraq, into Libya, into Syria, into Afghanistan, into the Gaza Strip, and left for an indefinite period, they might think again.

“But why is Gulf War One (1990-91) never mentioned? George Bush Snr's ‘Operation Desert Storm’ (launched to catch New York’s evening news) left Iraq on its knees. US men in their killing machines unleashed 90,000 around-the-clock bombing runs, the equivalent of seven Hiroshimas, precipitating one of the great civilian slaughters of the late 20th century.

“The cluster bombs, the fuel air bombs, the napalm, the phosphorous and fearful anti-personnel weaponry with names like Adam, Beehive and Bouncing Betty, went hand-in-hand with a decade of savage sanctions that destroyed Iraq’s entire infrastructure, its electricity, clean water, sewerage, communications, hospitals, schools and agriculture. Spare parts, embargoed like hospital equipment, drugs and pain-killers. Iraq was finished, but apparently not enough for George Bush Jnr and his clique of neo-cons who used 9/11 to unleash ‘Operation Rolling Thunder’ and full-on invasion and occupation, trumpeting it was ‘the greatest moral crusade since the Second World War’, a ‘moral crusade’ Australia rushed to join.

“But this wasn’t a war against generals or presidents. This was a war against ordinary people, people like us walking along roads, travelling in buses, in hospitals, in coffee shops, going to school, going to work, going to the market.

“The bombs weren’t unleashed to protect human rights. Gulf Wars One and Two were wars for oil, for US strategic interests and a reminder to the rest of the world that the global cop was back on the beat. To con us, PR hacks and spin doctors went to work with their phoney slogans and monstrous lies like Hill and Knowlton and the powerful Rendon Group. As Robert Fisk commented: ‘Don’t tell me that America would have invaded Iraq if its chief export was beetroot’.

“This week we heard ad nauseum the rather clumsy plagiarism by Trump’s missus in her keynote address to the Republican faithful. There were precedents. Tony Blair’s propaganda dossier on Iraq was a cut-and-paste job pinched from a student’s website, large slabs of which were then pinched by George W for his own inept presentation.

“But Washington believes it has a god-given right to do what it likes against anyone not sufficiently up its backside, but not Australia. Heavens no, we’ll give you what you want even before you ask!  We were there during Indonesia’s brutal 1965 anti-communist purge after the US gave its nod of approval, during the Vietnam War and had ASIS agents working with the CIA in the destruction of Allende’s Chile. We supply bases for their war games and assassinations and manipulation of trade unions and ignore their biological attacks against countries like Cuba.

“Currently, Washington has blockades against dozens of countries. Makes me wonder about the recent visit of Vice Pres. Joe Biden. You can bet London to a brick he didn’t come here to open Melbourne’s new cancer centre or chat with a few political nonentities. Apart from demanding more support for a buggeredup Iraq, what else?

“And here we are post-election, or what passed for one, with important policies on by-pass. Greed is Good Malcolm is back licking his chops getting ready to further stuff up our stuffed-up economy along with a new round of dire warnings and threats, with Governor-General Cosgrove on hand if needed.

“Some may recall that a few years ago, the then Major General Cosgrove, spoke at the Australian Army’s annual Land Warfare conference in Sydney which was reported in the Financial Review. Cosgrove recommended that the Australian Army should be prepared to to take part in operations against civilian dissidents or militant trade unionists in an industrial situation. The general warned that the attacks against the US had ‘blurred the hitherto quite distinct boundaries of the functions and responsibilities of the security, law and order and administrative arms of government…’ Thank you but no thank you, Mr Cosgrove. One former jumped-up CIA-run Governor-General by the name of Kerr is more than enough.

“In the UK Jeremy Corbyn has his back to the wall facing a virulent campaign from the Tories and the Blairites. He supports trade unions, the re-nationalisation of Britain’s  railway system and ignores public opinion polls, threatening the status quo.

“Union boss Len McClusky has accused Britain’s secret agencies of using agents provocateurs to undermine Corbyn. ‘We found out a couple of years ago that the chair of my union, the Transport and General Workers, was an MI5 informant when a strike was taking place that I was involved in (1972)’, said McClusky. ‘Anyone who thinks that isn’t happening doesn’t live in the same world that I live in…that there’s not all kinds of right-wingers able to disguise themselves and stir up trouble?’

“On the other side of Europe, Turkey’s hard man President Erdogan is having a field day purging large swathes of the army, the judiciary, municipalities, journalists, universities, anyone who might oppose him after the aborted coup d’etat, lists prepared in advance by an ASIO-type outfit who probably let the ‘coup’ roll on to justify his ‘cleansing’.

“So any chance you get, talk to people about a different society, one that puts people before profits… Viva!


“Joan Coxsedge”