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we ugly Americans have a saying:

"you should have quit while you were behind."



if it's any consolation, I suspect there is very little worry that an ambassadorship is in your future.
Do you want to kill me now? Should I be afraid?
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Should I be afraid?
lol, the list of things that apparently frighten you - Americans, Muslims, non-Bernese idioms, ambassadors - is already sufficiently long and I am perfectly harmless. whatever it is that angers you, however, it isn't me, and it certainly shouldn't be the US ambassador, either.

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Old 27.08.2014, 17:08
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All Ambassadors are politically appointed.

What is the relevance of religion, race, gender, etc. to being appointed as Ambassador? In normal everyday life in America, we don't ask nor judge based on these attributes. Such decisions are based on a person's capabilities.
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All Ambassadors are politically appointed.

What is the relevance of religion, race, gender, etc. to being appointed as Ambassador? In normal everyday life in America, we don't ask nor judge based on these attributes. Such decisions are based on a person's capabilities.
Obtaining an appointment as US Ambassador might also have something to do with the size of campaign contributions that the appointee has made.

Political campaign contributions (1999 to 2014):
Suzan LeVine, Seattle: $274,346
Eric LeVine, Seattle: $274,929
Total: $549,275

http://www.campaignmoney.com/politic...e.asp?cycle=14

http://www.campaignmoney.com/politic...e.asp?cycle=08

Eric LeVine even gave $1,000 to Senator Carl Levin's campaign. There may be no greater hater of Americans abroad than the fossil, Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan.
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Old 27.08.2014, 23:10
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Obtaining an appointment as US Ambassador might also have something to do with the size of campaign contributions that the appointee has made.

Alright, you got me. But you see it takes skillz and connections to move around in those circles. Knowing who to play how, etc. Skills you obviously do not have, otherwise we'd have a mennonite ambassador already.
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

The percentage of US ambassadors who are non-career and "politically appointed" has varied with administrations. http://www.npr.org/2014/02/12/275897...cal-appointees

LeVine is obviously not a career diplomat. Nor are many in some of the more pleasant posts. Raymond Seitz was one of few career diplomats in London, but then he made the faux pas of criticising his president (Clinton) while in post. I suspect he did that to curry favour with the kind of right-wing American business leaders who hired him immediately thereafter and assured his future wealth. But what do I know.
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

Three biggest lies ever told:
1) Bill Clinton, US President:
"I didn't have sexual relations with that woman."

2) Walter Ulbrecht, East German Premier:
"No one intends to build a wall."

3) Suzan LeVine, US Ambassador:
"My grandfather founded the American Legion."
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

The husband of Mrs Ambassador is in the wine-trade. So that wine-trade between Switzerland and the USA may profit. The US embassy being a centre of wine trade is something new
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BUT before you were bitten by the ape
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Old 28.08.2014, 12:21
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The husband of Mrs Ambassador is in the wine-trade. So that wine-trade between Switzerland and the USA may profit. The US embassy being a centre of wine trade is something new
It goes without saying that wine aficionados like to drink the stuff. Concerned citizens should keep an eye out for the LeVines for signs that they are over-indulging and, if so, promptly call the police when they climb into their armored SUV for the trip back to embassy. An intoxicated driver in an SUV could be a murder weapon. It should matter little that they are über-wealthy and have diplomatic status here. Switzerland has strict drunken driving laws.
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

Alright, so out with it... why are you fanboying the Ambassador?
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Alright, you got me. But you see it takes skillz and connections to move around in those circles. Knowing who to play how, etc. Skills you obviously do not have, otherwise we'd have a mennonite ambassador already.


It all hangs on the defintion of a person's "cababilities"...
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BUT before you were bitten by the ape
those who go a little slower take a little longer.

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Obtaining an appointment as US Ambassador might also have something to do with the size of campaign contributions that the appointee has made.

Political campaign contributions (1999 to 2014):
Suzan LeVine, Seattle: $274,346
Eric LeVine, Seattle: $274,929
Total: $549,275

http://www.campaignmoney.com/politic...e.asp?cycle=14

http://www.campaignmoney.com/politic...e.asp?cycle=08

Eric LeVine even gave $1,000 to Senator Carl Levin's campaign. There may be no greater hater of Americans abroad than the fossil, Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan.
US Ambassador Suzan LeVine's husband contributed to Senator Carl Levin's campaign. Carl Levin seems to think that an American having a "foreign" bank account is a tax evader:

"As FATCA approaches [Carl Levin] is likely to become more prominent! He is the “darling” of the Financial Task Force.
Carl Levin is a U.S. Senator from Michigan. He is obsessed with tax Havens and is the architect of the proposed “Tax Haven Abuse Act”. Mr. Levin can’t seem to comprehend that there may be legitimate reasons to have a foreign bank account or to live outside the United States. He operates with a presumption that all foreign bank accounts are for criminal purposes. Jamie Downey writing for the Boston Globe notes that the disclosure requirements in FATCA (and presumably FBAR):
“… seem to create a presumption that those with foreign assets are evading taxes. In reality, most of the account owners are merely living abroad or have lived abroad in the past. The vast majority are complying with the tax law. So the significant minority evading taxes create a massive disclosure for the significant majority complying with the law.”

In the world of Carl Levin there is no good reason to have a foreign bank account. Maybe Senator Levin has never been outside the United States."

Is this US Ambassador Suzan LeVine's view of "foreign" bank accounts too?

http://renounceuscitizenship.wordpre...31/carl-levin/
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Ambassador LeVine made a similar claim in her written statement to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "my grandfather, a WWI veteran and co-founder of the American Legion".

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/me...n%20LeVine.pdf

Her grandfather, Sergeant Fox, appears to have been an "extra" in the crowd when the American Legion was established.
It is surprising that Ambassador LeVine wishes to claim that her grandfather "founded" the American Legion. The American Legion has a history of racist view as well as an affinity for right-wing politicians and causes over the years. As an example, several years after Ambassador LeVine claims that her grandfather founded the American Legion, its "Weekly" published an article called "The Facts of the Japanese Question", based on a report from its National Oriental Committee. It discusses the "Yellow Peril" to America, the concern that Japanese were immigrating to the US in spite of a "gentleman's agreement" to prohibit this and the apparent fact that the Japanese in America worked harder and were more successful than the "white race".

It raises the question of who borrowed more from the other, the American Legion or the KKK.

Ambassador LeVine, is this the kind of organization that you want your name to be associated with?

https://archive.org/stream/americanl...ge/13/mode/1up
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US Ambassador Suzan LeVine's husband contributed to Senator Carl Levin's campaign. Carl Levin seems to think that an American having a "foreign" bank account is a tax evader:

"As FATCA approaches [Carl Levin] is likely to become more prominent! He is the “darling” of the Financial Task Force.
Carl Levin is a U.S. Senator from Michigan. He is obsessed with tax Havens and is the architect of the proposed “Tax Haven Abuse Act”. Mr. Levin can’t seem to comprehend that there may be legitimate reasons to have a foreign bank account or to live outside the United States. He operates with a presumption that all foreign bank accounts are for criminal purposes. Jamie Downey writing for the Boston Globe notes that the disclosure requirements in FATCA (and presumably FBAR):
“… seem to create a presumption that those with foreign assets are evading taxes. In reality, most of the account owners are merely living abroad or have lived abroad in the past. The vast majority are complying with the tax law. So the significant minority evading taxes create a massive disclosure for the significant majority complying with the law.”

In the world of Carl Levin there is no good reason to have a foreign bank account. Maybe Senator Levin has never been outside the United States."

Is this US Ambassador Suzan LeVine's view of "foreign" bank accounts too?

http://renounceuscitizenship.wordpre...31/carl-levin/
Suzan LeVine also contributed $1,000 to Carl Levin's re-election campaign:

"Suzan Levine pours money into Democrat Senatorial campaign
Seattle donor makes generous gift to Carl Levin (D)
By STAFF REPORTS

A Seattle donor's cash is supercharging Democrat efforts to control the US Senate.
Suzan Levine gave $1000.00 to the Senatorial campaign of Carl Levin (D) on 06/06/2007, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC.)
Suzan Levine , whose occupation is reported in campaign filings as "N/A/None" and employer as "," made their contribution payable to Friends Of Senator Carl Levin."

http://www.primarypost.com/fec/2008/...ATTLE-WA-98119

Ambassador Suzan LeVine's contribution to the greatest hater in the US government of US citizens living abroad may speak volumes about her own extremist views. Suzan LeVine is unsuited to be US Ambassador to Switzerland and needs to be recalled.
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Are you having a debate with yourself Menno? Who is winning?
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I'm back on US Ambassador Suzan LeVine's tail for claiming that her maternal grandfather, Philip Fox, founded or co-founded the American Legion. Based on my research, there is no evidence that he played any significant role in its founding.

Two authoritative book have been written on the history of the American Legion:

1) "The Story of the American Legion", by George Seay Wheat (1919):
Philip A. Fox is listed on the Roster on p. 208 with 1,044 other names as having attended the St. Louis Caucus in 1919. A P.A. Fox, who is likely the same person, is one of 50 members of the "Committee on the Emblem". Those are the only mentions of Philip Fox in this 272 page book. This book is available at gutenberg.org

2) "The American Legion, An Official History 1919-1989", by Thomas A. Rumer (1990): This is a 604 page history book with at least 5,000 names mentioned. I have read through the book and could not find a single mention of Philip Fox or a similar name. This book appears to be available only in print and not electronically.

3) American Legion "Weekly" and "Monthly" magazines: I have searched on approx. 100 American Legion magazines from 1919 to the early 1950s and did not find a single mention of Philip Fox. American Legion magazines have been scanned and are available at archive.org.

It is one thing to lie to a newspaper and another thing to lie to Congress. As part of her confirmation hearing, Suzan LeVine submitted a written statement to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee stating that her grandfather had "co-founded" the American Legion. By submitting such a statement, Ambassador LeVine blatantly lied to this US Senate committee, based on my research. She has joined the ignoble ranks of others who have lied to Congress such as James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. Suzan LeVine should be fired from her post as US Ambassador to Switzerland.
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I'm back on US Ambassador Suzan LeVine's tail for claiming that her maternal grandfather, Philip Fox, founded or co-founded the American Legion. . . .
Where this is a purely American v.American thing I won't get too involved. It doesn't concern me. Generally though, if I find people useless or idle, I have learned to accept that. Even if they reach positions of power and influence. I won't see my blood pressure rise 1mm of mercury because of it. If, however, they are positively damaging, that is where I draw my line of tolerance.
Why not focus your undoubted energies targeting people of this ilk ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0uvgHKZe8 . Much more deserving of a wooden stake through the heart than someone who told a few fibs about her Grandfather's contribution to some little heard of Gentlemans' club.
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I'm back on US Ambassador Suzan LeVine's tail for claiming that her maternal grandfather, Philip Fox, founded or co-founded the American Legion. Based on my research, there is no evidence that he played any significant role in its founding.

Two authoritative book have been written on the history of the American Legion:

1) "The Story of the American Legion", by George Seay Wheat (1919):
Philip A. Fox is listed on the Roster on p. 208 with 1,044 other names as having attended the St. Louis Caucus in 1919. A P.A. Fox, who is likely the same person, is one of 50 members of the "Committee on the Emblem". Those are the only mentions of Philip Fox in this 272 page book. This book is available at gutenberg.org

2) "The American Legion, An Official History 1919-1989", by Thomas A. Rumer (1990): This is a 604 page history book with at least 5,000 names mentioned. I have read through the book and could not find a single mention of Philip Fox or a similar name. This book appears to be available only in print and not electronically.

3) American Legion "Weekly" and "Monthly" magazines: I have searched on approx. 100 American Legion magazines from 1919 to the early 1950s and did not find a single mention of Philip Fox. American Legion magazines have been scanned and are available at archive.org.

It is one thing to lie to a newspaper and another thing to lie to Congress. As part of her confirmation hearing, Suzan LeVine submitted a written statement to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee stating that her grandfather had "co-founded" the American Legion. By submitting such a statement, Ambassador LeVine blatantly lied to this US Senate committee, based on my research. She has joined the ignoble ranks of others who have lied to Congress such as James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. Suzan LeVine should be fired from her post as US Ambassador to Switzerland.
is it really worth making a Federal case out of the difference between "co-founder" and "founding member"? because it is not all that unusual for people to be referred to as "founding members" if they are in the first class of a new organization.

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