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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

20 Degrees of Hillary Clinton.

In response to the accusations of murder, none of which have been proven, I decided to address the validity of the statement that those accusations are facts.

I checked several fact checking websites, all of which concluded that all the accusations were either false, misleading, inconclusive, distorted, or based on shaky connections. Of course, having been down this road before and I know that too many will reject these fact checking websites as part of the vast left-wing conspiracy.

I am open to looking at any non-liberal fact checking website in support of the claim, if one can be found. I ask that the website fits some simple criteria for the sake of this conversation:

  • They explain their methodology for evaluating a fact.
  • They offer links to supporting resources independent of their website.
  • I don't have to read through a 50,000 word manifesto to realize there point) (Yes, I realize that this one of mine comes close.)

I then googled the deaths related to the Clintons. Having become a cottage industry among conspiracy theorist there is no shortage of sites advocating the guilt of the Clintons. Oddly though there is not one that can provide a death that has ever provided enough proof that it has led to a charge of murder, manslaughter, negligence, etc., against the Clintons. (Or a successful Civil Suite??)

All these websites have common threads that raise suspicion about their conclusions. Getting keys facts wrong, such as cause of deaths, proper identification of the victim, lack of a specific motive (other than they are the Clintons). They ignore both convictions in the cases and the conclusions of the victims' families (there is no hesitation in accepting the families opinion when it concurs with their theory)

The most disturbing aspect of these websites and their so called proof is two things:

  1. Tenuous connections: Most of these murders are connected to the Clintons by a laughable stretch of the imagination that’s used to get a conclusion of 'guilt by association'. It's as if these guys got tired of playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon' and created a more challenging version called: '20 Degrees of Clinton and the Most Absurd Motive Possible’ game.
  2. An inconsistent body count:  The problem though is not high count alone. The problem is that depending on which source you accept the body count runs from less than ten to more than 90. This point alone defines the whole Clinton body count as a conspiracy and a theory, and oh yes… a conspiracy theory.

Why so many inconsistent counts? Because none are concrete or conclusive, some don't even get the rumored or the factual cause of death right, one is traced to Russian propaganda, most are traced to unnamed sources or chain email, some are drug dealers (people prone to being killed by any number of other people) only connected by the '20 Degrees of Clinton…' rule.

A search, just for the phrase 'Clinton body count' alone produces 9,480,000 results. It mystifies me why anyone would attempt to list over 90 supposed murders by the Clintons (which would make them two of the most successful murders of all time) without at least proving ONE murder first.

A preponderance of unrelated coincident does not change one of those incidents from fiction to fact, or validate the collection itself. Connect-the-dot talking points do not validate each other if those talking points are unrelated or unproven.

All of this is so sad because there is much to criticize Clinton on without resorting to conspiracy theories and outlandish accusations, but we can't get to the legitimate criticism because of all the BS.

The deaths of Foster, Stevens and Rich have formed the basis of some of the most avidly discussed theories about the Clintons being cold-blooded killers. But there are many others.

These conspiracy theories don’t just affect the Clintons. They’ve also increased and prolonged the pain of the families who have lost loved ones.clip_image001

“Now we have two problems we’re trying to deal with,” Joel Rich, Seth’s father, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “One is getting over the death of Seth and the hole that will be there forever... The other problem is this distraction of people trying to... mess up his reputation and his legacy with absolutely no facts.”
["Conspiracy Theorists Won’t Stop Accusing The Clintons Of Murder: The families who have lost their loved ones want the speculation to stop."]

NOTE: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game based on the "six degrees of separation" concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. Movie buffs challenge each other to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific character actor Kevin Bacon.

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