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I'm sure the timing of this announcement is purely coincidental.
According to an exclusive report published first by CNN, Democrat Senator Bob Menendez will be indicted by the Department of Justice on federal corruption charges.
The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.
People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors' request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.
The government's case centers on Menendez's relationship with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who the senator has called a friend and political supporter. Melgen and his family have been generous donors to the senator and various committees the senator is associated with.
I am no fan of Bob Menendez. But this thing stinks. He's been vocal and persuasive in his opposition to Dear Leader's policies on Cuba and Iran. And this "investigation" has been percolating for six years.
So why now?
"Will no one rid me of this turbulent senator?", cried President Valerie Jarrett. And lo, Eric Holder unleashed the hounds.
I got a buck that says if Bob pipes down and acts like a good boy the whole thing will go away. That's how the Obama White House operates. They punish their enemies, and they reward their friends.
Bob Menendez didn't get with their program. So now he's gonna get an orange
Sorry Net Neutrality knuckleheads, don't say we didn't warn you. But now it's too late to be complaining about how when the jackbooted thugs of the FCC take aim at the internet they're gonna squash your hopes and dreams too.
Exhibit A: Netflix! They got what they wanted, except they've decided they didn't really want what they got.
Netflix CFO David Wells, in comments at an industry conference, said the company's preference was that broadband Internet service should not be regulated by the U.S. government as a telecommunications utility — appearing to backtrack on Netflix's previous stance on the issue, although the company later said that its position remained unchanged.
Last year, Netflix urged the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecom service, under Title II of the Communications Act. In a July 2014 filing, Netflix said that "Title II provides [the FCC with] a solid basis to adopt prohibitions on blocking and unreasonable discrimination by ISPs. Opposition to Title II is largely political, not legal."
But Wells said that the FCC's adoption of Title II regulations covering broadband was not, in fact, Netflix's preferred outcome. On Wednesday, Wells — speaking at the 2015 Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco — said that, while the streaming-video company wanted to see "strong" net neutrality measures to ensure content providers would be protected against ISPs charging arbitrary interconnection fees, Netflix ultimately wanted the situation resolved without government intervention.
"Were we pleased it pushed to Title II? Probably not," Wells said at the conference. "We were hoping there might be a non-regulated solution."
Translation? We didn't expect the FCC to regulate us, just all those other guys.
Yeah, tough noogies numbnuts. The Title II ship has sailed, thanks in no small part to you and your company's mendacity. You asked for it, you got it. Now live with the consequences.
Speaking of "consequences," here's Exhibit B: 5G wireless services were specifically designed to prioritize different classes of data. Now, of course, such a rollout runs smack-dab into the Net Neutrality mavens' silly "no fast lanes" mantra.
Net neutrality and 5G may be on a collision course as the mobile industry tries to prepare for a wide range of mobile applications with differing needs.
The net neutrality rules passed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission last week have raised some eyebrows at Mobile World Congress this week. The full text of the rules isn't public yet, but mobile movers and shakers are having their say. The latest questions involve 5G, the next-generation standard that everyone here is trying to plan for.
The most common thing they think 5G will have to do is to serve a lot of different purposes. Regulators' attempts to ban "fast lanes" and other special treatment might make that impossible, people who've been thinking about 5G said Wednesday.
Industrial sensors, self-driving cars and other emerging uses of the Internet have needs that can't be met by a general-purpose network, Ericsson Group CTO Ulf Ewaldsson said during a panel discussion. That's driving a global discussion on a so-called "industrial Internet" alongside the regular Internet that's grown up around the Web and other consumer activities, he said.
Regulatory efforts like the FCC's rules don't see a distinction, Ewaldsson said. He didn't slam the agency for this but said the mobile industry needs to do a better job of explaining what it's trying to do. Most importantly, it's not trying to block or throttle people's access to the Internet, he said.
Gee, a law written in 1934 isn't compatible with the technology of 2015. Who'da thunk it! And when it turns out that government is incapable of accommodating nuance, yeah that's not exactly a News Flash either. Except, maybe, to the starry-eyed utopians who put their faith in bureaucracy instead of the free market.
Now there is a federal agency involved, and it has a bunch of power that it didn't before. Good luck to Mr. Ewaldsson. Good luck to Netflix. Good luck to Google. Good luck to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Good luck to the Progressive Policy Institute. Good luck to the Internet Society. You made your bed. Now lie in it.
Here's where I remind you turkeys of Ronald Reagan's wisdom — "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
Welcome to the party boys.
This president really does believe he's our king. That we must bow before him. That he can impose his will upon us by fiat. The Constitution? That's so old, who cares about it anymore? Certainly not anyone in his administration!
He's got a pen and a phone, and he's going to use them to unilaterally raise taxes.
President Obama really does think he is a king or an emperor of some type. Now he claims that he is going to use executive orders to raise taxes on us all.
This arrogant prince thinks he can do anything he wants just by his say-so. No act of Congress needed.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.
"The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans," Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.
Tyranny. Pure, unadulterated tyranny.
The reason the Constitution requires that all new taxes originate in the House is because its members face reelection every two years, and are thus very responsive to the desires of their constituents and/or are quickly replaced. At least that's the theory. A big hole in that limitation is that there doesn't seem to be any sort of enforcement mechanism available, otherwise ObamaCare!!! — which originated, taxes and all, in the Senate — could never have become law.
Bad as that is, at least the Senate also faces popular pressure, so much so that half of the Democrat Senators who voted to pass ObamaCare!!! have since been removed or exited gracelessly from their jobs.
But the executive? Raising taxes on his own accord? Because the House, most closely representing the will of the people, won't succumb to his will and enact his "preferred option" on its own?
Remember the concept of "no taxation without representation?" Yeah, me neither.
The Founding Fathers declared independence over less. The list of abuses and usurpations imposed by this president is unparalled in history.
And he grows bolder with each passing day.
Consider that just last week he moved to ban AR-15 ammo, the most common bullet sold in the United States.
And yesterday he announced a plan to Federalize every local police department in the country.
He's preparing for something big. And if We The People allow him to succeed, if we do not stand up, united in opposition to his tyranny, Freedom and Liberty will die. Forever.
The president who bombs everybody vetoed an Israeli first strike against Iran's nuclear weapons facilities. Not only that, he threatened to shoot down IAF planes if they tried.
In a shocking report, a Kuwaiti newspaper is claiming that President Barack Obama once threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they went through with a plan to target Iranian nuclear sites.
Citing "well-placed sources," Al-Jarida claims that sometime in 2014, the Israeli government made plans to attack Iran when they heard that the United States and Iran were on the cusp of striking a secret nuclear deal behind Israeli's back. The decision was made after Israel learned the terms of the deal were supposedly "a threat to Israel's security."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly came to the decision after four nights of deliberation with commanders, and Israeli jets even managed experimental test flights in Iranian airspace after evading Iranian radars. But when an Israeli official with good ties to the Obama administration revealed the planned airstrikes, Obama allegedly threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets.
No wonder Dear Leader doesn't want Netanyahu to speak before Congress! Suppose the Prime Minister gets up there on Tuesday and confirms this report? Suppose he says, yes, Barack Obama is actively working to ensure that Iran gets The Bomb?
Because, face it, if Obama was in fact helping Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, what exactly would he be doing differently?
Actually there are reports saying exactly that.
The deal that the United States and the P5+1 powers are working towards would enable Iran to produce nuclear weapons only a few years after the signing of the accords, if Iran demonstrates "good behavior" during the years the agreement is in effect, Israel's NRG reported on Monday citing The Associated Press. The report cites an official involved in the talks between the Western powers and Iran who leaked details of the agreement emerging between the two sides.
Does this scare the living shit out of you?
Because I'm freaking out. Iran has told the world exactly what they'll do with an atomic bomb.
Maybe Obama is OK with smoking craters where Haifa and Tel Aviv used to be, but anyone who's sane would be recoiling in horror.
Here's what I hope.
I hope Israel launches that strike. Soon. They know how.
And I hope our pilots and air group commanders will stand down and refuse
to attack an ally of freedom. Because an order from
Valerie Jarrett to attack Israel is so far beyond the pale that it must
be seen for what it really is. Treason.
They were going to throw her off the ballot anyway.
Just an hour after her running mate said he will not support her re-election, state Assemblywoman Linda Stender announced she will call it quits when her term ends in January.
Stender (D-Union) is facing controversy over her husband's use of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate to demolish a Sandy-damaged home he owned in Manasquan, and for his attempt to use the non-profit to build a much larger and more luxurious house on the site.
"Over the last several days, it has become apparent that personal issues involving my family and a nonprofit group have become an insurmountable distraction to me, to my running mates and, most importantly, to the constituents I have been proud to represent for more than a decade," Stender said in a statement. "As a result, I have decided not to seek reelection."
Don't feel bad for her though. She'll be keeping that $90,000 per year job her cronies created for her at the Union County Improvement Authority.
Hey, they're not mad about what she did, they're mad because she got caught.
Obama's FCC really did it. They really voted to regulate the internet. They dusted off a 1934 law used to rein in Ma Bell and said those rules need to apply to your home broadband connection in 2015.
Forward, into the past!
Forget visions of "half fast" internet. Those days are gone now.
Henceforth the internet will run at the speed of government.
And the government will decide who can connect.
The government will decide how you'll connect.
A bureaucrat will determine if your internet usage is in "the public interest." And fine you if it isn't.
How many of you are old enough to remember when the FCC regulated telephone service? I am.
We could have any kind of telephone we wanted, so long as we wanted a black rotary dial desk phone.
We could call anywhere in the world we wanted, so long as we scheduled all "long distance" calls in advance and paid upwards of $20 per minute.
And we could connect anything we wanted to our telephone line, so long as we submitted it to the FCC first so they could "certify" it, a process that typically took dozens of years.
In 1982 Judge Harold Greene nuked the FCC's control over the telephone system. He ordered the breakup of AT&T, and he initiated a technological open season which in a few short years brought us the iPhone, FiOS, Wi-Fi, Google, Amazon, and yes, the internet as we knew it.
Yes, knew, past tense.
Because today Barack Obama's lackeys on the FCC turned back the clock. The internet will henceforth be classified as a "telecommunications service" as defined in Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
By invoking that archaic law, the FCC gave itself broad power to control every aspect of your internet experience. To pick the websites you're allowed to visit. To restrict which devices can be attached to your home network. To block "harmful" protocols like bittorrent. And of course to restrict anonymonity via internet drivers licenses.
My friends, this is tyranny, pure and simple. And it came at the direct orders of Barack Hussein Obama.
Oh, and one more thing today's action gives the FCC — the power to tax the internet. Ever notice the lines on your landline phone bill for "Universal Service Fund" and "FCC Subscriber Line Charge"? Go look for them. Look at how much of your bill they represent. Then get ready to see the same charges on your internet bill, because the main thrust of Title II isn't regulation. Oh sure, Title II gives the FCC the authority to regulate. But it also gives the FCC the ability to impose fees on regulated "telecommunications services."
Fees, just another name for "taxes."
Barack Obama loves taxes.
Once the government imposes a fee it takes an Act Of God to rescind it. Did you know that until 2006 you were paying a 3% surcharge on your phone bill? And you'd been paying that 3% surcharge since 1898 when it was imposed "temporarily" to help pay for the Spanish-American War? That was one of thse "tax the rich" chimeras by the way. Back in 1898 only "rich people" had telephones.
It took 108 years to get rid of that "temporary" tax.
Wanna bet FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has a similar plan to tax your broadband service so he can give internet access to everybody who signed up for an Obamaphone?
Welcome to ObamaNet.
Where your home page defaults to MSNBC, and no, you can't change it.
New Jersey is broke. That fact is not in dispute.
But greedy public employee unionistas sued to force Governor Chris Christie into fully funding their gold-plated pension system. And an activist judge said "yes."
In a significant blow to Gov. Chris Christie, a judge ruled today that the governor broke a law he signed by cutting $1.57 billion from a pension payment this year, and must now work with state lawmakers to restore the money.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson sided with a group of public worker unions who sued to stop Christie from slashing the payment to New Jersey's retirement fund for hundreds of thousands of government workers after his administration's revenue projections fell far short and left a gaping hole in the spending plan that began last July 1.
The decision could blow a massive hole in the current state budget, sending the Republican governor and the Democratic-controlled state Legislature scrambling to come up with the funds by June 30, when the fiscal year ends.
State Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald said today he doesn't know where they would find $1.57 billion in this year's $32.5 billion budget and warned it would take "draconian" cuts to accomplish.
"The impact on programs at the end of the year would be devastating," Greenwald (D-Camden) said.
Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.
The only way to fully fund the bloated pension system's overly generous benefits is to cut discretionary spending.
So Governor Christie, cut. And then cut some more.
Decimate every sacred cow near and dear to New Jersey's libtards; cut state aid to education, slash municipal assistance, refuse to spare Medicare, and layoff legions of unnecessary unionistas.
Hit 'em where it hurts.
The retirees get their bloated pensions, but everybody under 40 gets screwed. Let's see how long that equation remains viable.
I give it 15 minutes.
Then the folks who still have jobs will decide to cut their losses and let the "biological solution" take care of the grumpy grifters.
Or not. In the end it doesn't matter who gets screwed, so long as it's not us taxpayers.
Chris Christie wants to be president. Ergo, he won't raise taxes to satiate
the pension behemoth. So whatever constituency does get hosed, I'll be the
guy over there laughing in the corner.
Three counties have a solution to salvage an $88-million-dollar solar project that went bust: borrow more millions to pump into the project and hope it will eventually turn a profit and ease the pain to taxpayers, officials said.
Some officials view the solution as damage control. Others are calling it a repeat of a mistake, one they will fight to avoid.
Freeholders in Sussex, Morris and Somerset counties will vote on settlement agreements this week that would end multiple lawsuits and get the projects back on track, officials said.
It couldn't make money when it cost $88 million. So obviously the "solution" is to pour even more money into it!
Did these clowns fail math?
Of course they did.
In a deal that will be "nearly identical" to one in Morris and Somerset, Sussex will pump millions into the settlement and take over its part of the solar development, according officials.
Sussex plans to borrow $7 million, buying its own bonds using an emergency reserve account from the sale of a county-owned nursing home in 2012, said county officials.
In the Real World, we call that "throwing good money after bad."
In government, they call that "Tuesday."
When you donate to Habitat for Humanity, you expect your money will go toward helping needy people put a roof over their heads.
And it's kinda hard to believe an NJ Assemblywoman and her husband qualify as "needy," especially since she's a well-connected Democrat who was just appointed to a $90,000 per year job at the Union County Improvement Authority, on top of her $49,000 legislative salary.
But Monmouth County's Coastal Habitat for Humanity thought differently. They approved the Stenders' application for Hurricane Sandy relief with plans that call for an impressive 2000 square foot, two story, 4 bedroom, 3 and ½ bath home to be built at the Jersey shore.
When state Assemblywoman Linda Stender's husband asked a Habitat for Humanity group for help after his nearly half million dollar Manasquan bungalow was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, he wanted to replace it with a two-story house that would be nearly three times larger, documents show.
Zoning plans filed with Manasquan's construction office show that Richard Stender, who owns a printing company and is married to the longtime Union County Democratic assemblywoman, sought to replace the 700-square foot, single story bungalow that the Monmouth County-based Coastal Habitat for Humanity demolished for him with a 2,000-square foot house.
The "Stender residence" plans, filed in August 2014, show a proposed home far from the more modest ones Habitat for Humanity groups typically build for lower-income families.
The plans call for four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, a two-car garage, a wood-burning fireplace, a screened porch on each floor, and an outdoor shower with a "louvered ceiling," privacy screen and a changing area.
And gold-plated fixtures too?
Habitat typically builds modest "starter homes" with 3 bedrooms and 1 and ½ baths. And the Stenders earn far more than the maximum income that ought to qualify for Habitat's help.
[Habitat] helps homeowners who make up to 80 percent of Monmouth County's median household income, which is $84,526. However, Linda Stender's legislative financial disclosure records shows her combined income with her husband was at least $99,000 a year in 2012 and 2013.
Now for the best part. Manasquan in Monmouth County is far outside of Linda Stender's Union County district. But it's OK! She "lives with her mom." Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
The financial disclosures also list the Manasquan property as the only one owned by either Stender or her husband. Stender registered to run for reelection in 2013 from a Scotch Plains address, and told her district-mate, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Union), that she lives with her mother and that her husband lives in Manasquan.
So, it appears that Assemblywoman Stender is either scamming the voters, scamming Habitat, or more likely, doing both. In other words, she's a typical Democrat!
The good news is, Habitat is "re-evaluating" the Stenders' application.
And in November, the voters will get a chance to "re-evaluate" Linda Stender's employment. I hope they make the right choice.
Saying it will "not allow itself to be taken advantage of," a Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity affiliate today said that state Assemblywoman Linda Stender's husband owes it $11,000 for demolishing his Manasquan home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The charity, Coastal Habitat for Humanity, which is set up to help low-income homeowners, in a statement today also put Linda Stender (D-Union) directly into the growing controversy. According to the group, Linda Stender attended a meeting with Habitat officials and her husband to discuss the house he wanted to build on the site of the demolished home — one three times the size of the modest bungalow her husband owned.
The group is fighting back because the home the Stenders proposed was far larger and more elaborate than the houses it typically helps homeowners build or repair.
Sounds like Habitat for Humanity is in Damage Control Mode.
If they held a meeting with the Stenders, and if they saw plans for a McMansion, why didn't they raise a red flag?
I think it's time to break out the popcorn. Because this ain't over, not by a longshot.
The state Attorney General's Office is investigating the dispute between state Assemblywoman Linda Stender's husband and a Monmouth County charity that claims the Stenders tried to take advantage of it to transform a damaged bungalow into a luxury shore home, NJ Advance Media has learned.
As part of the investigation, authorities are looking into whether her husband, Richard Stender, was deceitful in his claim that his home in Manasquan, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, qualified for help as a primary residence, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.
NJ has been pretty aggressive in prosecuting Sandy fraud. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
These clowns can't get anything right. Today's Obamacare debacle? 800,000 bogus tax forms.
The White House has some bad news for those ObamaCare-insured taxpayers who prepared for early tax filing — or actually had already filed. That form that they sent out about premiums and subsidies? More than ten percent of them turned out to be wrong, so … you'll have to either wait to calculate your taxes, or have a do-over.
They'll mail corrected forms "soon."
Hey, filing your taxes wasn't painful enough, right?
It's not just the federal exchange, either. The Covered California system issued 100,000 erroneous tax forms, too. The AP has no word on other state exchanges, but it's beginning to look like ObamaCare may snarl tax preparation for weeks.
But don't worry, your health care is in the very best of hands!
Really. You'd think Obama would take a few minutes from playing golf or apologizing to Muslims to make sure his signature legislation isn't screwing over the people he's claiming to help.
Meanwhile, HHS has Hillary's back — if a low-information voter has been living under a rock for the past 5 years she can still sign up for Obamacare even though enrollments are technically "closed" for 2015.
The Obama administration said it would allow people to sign up for plans on HealthCare.gov through April to avoid tax penalties for going uncovered in 2015.
The extension, which adds more than two months to the enrollment period for health coverage this year, was announced by Health and Human Services officials on Friday.
People who pay penalties for going uncovered in 2014 and are still uninsured will be allowed to visit HealthCare.gov until the end of April, said Andy Slavitt, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the HHS unit overseeing implementation of the law. They will be able to apply for coverage starting March 15 as long as they attest that they didn't learn about the health law's requirement to carry insurance or pay the fine when they filed their taxes. The site had closed Sunday for most users.
Democrats were in a panic that their voters would get socked with two tax penalties this year, and take it out on Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions in 2016.
Besides, deadlines are for suckers. Obama's minions just rewrite the law to suit their whims, because, uh, it's good to be king!
It's us peons who have to live with the fallout. Good thing I haven't filed
my taxes yet.
Remember that day after Pearl Harbor when FDR told Harry Hopkins to set up a WPA office in Tokyo because the "root cause" of Japanese aggression was the lack of good jobs?
Yeah, good times.
And it's what probably would have actually happened if Barack Obama had been our president back then.
Two incomprehensible news items today.
Item #1 — State Department spokesidiot Marie Harf:
We cannot kill our way out of the IS problem; we have to address the "Root Causes" and give the IS killers jobs.
I hear Target is hiring greeters.
And not for nothing, but given Obama's ability to create jobs, we're doomed.
Item #2 — Hey Egypt, couldja please stop bombing ISIS? Because it's making us look lame, or something.
The United States does not support Egyptian and Emirati airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya because the U.S. believes the crisis in Libya must be resolved politically and without outside interference, a Department of Defense spokesman said Tuesday.
What color is the sky on their planet?
Obama's strategy is working so well, ISIS just torched another 45 "random" people.
They're barbarians. But Obama can't bring himself to contextualize their depravity.
The Obama White House said Monday that there's no evidence Muslims are more likely to become radicalized than any other group of people in America, and said that.s why this week's summit on countering violent extremist won't focus on Muslims in particular.
The Obama administration has repeatedly avoided saying that radical Islamic extremists are the cause of recent terrorist events around the world, drawing criticism from Republicans who say the White House is ignoring reality. White House officials followed up that logic Monday by saying domestically, it's not right to profile people based on their religion when considering strategies to counter violent extremists.
I ask again, what color is the sky on their planet?
Here's a pro tip. Denying reality doesn't make reality go away.
Officials did acknowledge that the Islamic State is behind several terrorist activities in the Middle East, but they dismissed the idea that this group is Muslim at all. Instead, they said the group is using a "warped interpretation" of Islam.
You wanna know who's interpretation is "warped?" Obama's. And all his sycophants'.
While they equivocate, ISIS marches on.
While Obama dithers, the world burns.
Remember his remark about "the JV team?" Yeah, there is a JV team alright, only it's his team that's not ready for prime time.
He's either woefully incompetent, or, and this is my real fear, he's rooting for the other side and actively working to ensure a worldwide Islamic victory.
Sometimes I start to think that maybe Democrats do have principles. But then, reality always obviates me of that silly notion.
The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.
Three senior House members told The Associated Press that they plan to strongly urge the administration to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers who will be facing fines under the law for the first time this year.
The three are Michigan's Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, and Lloyd Doggett of Texas. All worked to help steer Obama's law through rancorous congressional debates from 2009-2010.
So they were for the penalties, until the penalties started biting their key demographic (low-information consumers of government) in the ass.
The lawmakers say they are concerned that many of their constituents will find out about the penalties after it's already too late for them to sign up for coverage, since open enrollment ended Sunday.
That means they could wind up uninsured for another year, only to owe substantially higher fines in 2016. The fines are collected through the income tax system.
This year is the first time ordinary Americans will experience the complicated interactions between the health care law and taxes. Based on congressional analysis, tax preparation giant H&R Block says roughly 4 million uninsured people will pay penalties.
That's 4 million people who'll be less likely to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Whoa, we can't have that! To the ramparts! Fight the penalties!
"Open enrollment period ended before many Americans filed their taxes," the three lawmakers said in a statement. "Without a special enrollment period, many people (who will be paying fines) will not have another opportunity to get health coverage this year."
Wait, you mean President Selfie Stick didn't get his message out to everyone on the DNC's list of likely Hillary voters? It's been 5 years now, just how out of touch are their sycophants?
Apparently, pretty darned out of touch. Because Obamabots are getting blindsided, and they're not liking it, not one bit.
Janice Riddle got a nasty surprise when she filled out her tax return this year.
The Los Angeles resident had applied for Obamacare in late 2013, when she was unemployed. She qualified for a hefty subsidy of $470 a month, leaving her with a monthly premium of $1 for the cheapest plan available.
Riddle landed a job in early 2014 at a life insurance agency, but since her new employer didn't offer health benefits, she kept her Obamacare plan. However, she didn't update her income with the California exchange, which she acknowledges was her mistake.
Now, she has to pay back the entire subsidy, which is forcing her to dip into her savings.
"I was blindsided that the subsidy has to be paid back," said Riddle, adding she didn't even use the coverage, which she had until she qualified for Medicare in October. "I'm in shock…but I have no choice. Do I want to argue with the IRS or the Obama administration?"
Bwahahahaha! Sucks to be you Toots.
Who here thinks Ms. Riddle is going to learn from her mistake?
Yeah, me neither. She'll still vote for the Democrats and their false promises. Because you just can't fix stupid. But you can mock it. Mercilessly.
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The concept behind the massive solar project sounded simple enough: borrow $88 million to install panels on public buildings in Morris, Somerset and Sussex counties and then sell excess electricity, using the revenues to pay off the debt.
The concept was called the "Morris model," held up nationally as an example of how to produce renewable energy through public-private partnerships. It was the second project of its kind and the previous one was hailed as a success.
But now, nearly four years later, taxpayers could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars the counties owe bondholders, after work ground to a halt amidst cost overruns and lawsuits.
What's more, the $88 million that must be repaid to bondholders could cause "unmitigated disaster" to the three counties, according to court filings.
The ambitious plans called for a developer, SunLight General, to use $88 million in borrowed money to erect thousands of solar panels atop schools and other public buildings in the three counties. They would repay the counties with the future solar revenues and local governments would get cheaper electricity.
Except, and this is the key part, they weren't actually selling electricity.
Nope, they were selling tax credits. And it turns out, the market for those tax credits dried up.
But the market for state solar-energy tax credits -- a key part of the deal -- plummeted in the months after the deal was struck. Cost overruns mounted, and the developer and contractor became embroiled in a dispute that ended in lawsuits, according to court papers. Work ground to a halt. And while the projects in Somerset were mostly completed, only about half were completed in two of the counties, Morris and Sussex.
Green energy is simply not viable without taxpayer subsidies. The subsidy either comes on the front-end via tax credits, or on the back-end as we see here. Either way the taxpayer is left holding the bag just so the ecotwits can smugly preen in their coal-powered Priuses.
There's a reason private enterprise won't build these boondoggles without government guarantees. They're too risky, and the potential returns too meager. Remember Solyndra? Or the myriad failures of wind power?
Meanwhile environmental groups like the Sierra Club raise hundreds of millions of dollars from their deluded supporters, which they use to lobby government into wasting tax dollars on green energy. Here's an idea. They should put up their own damn money. Pledge their $88 million instead of mine. Walk the walk. Stop blowing smoke up my ass.
They won't, of course. Because they're not stupid, and they know that green
energy is Teh #Fail.
My conservative friends have noticed a "loophole" in Obama's Executive Amnesty plan — it'll be trivially easy for non-citizens to register to vote.
President Obama's temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver's licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.
While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won't have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.
All is proceeding according to President Valerie Jarrett's diabolical plan. She intends to turn Texas blue, and thereby hand the presidency to Democrats forever. Registering illegal aliens to vote is the quickest way to do that.
According to Capitol Hill sources, de facto president Valerie Jarrett wants Texas and its 38 electoral votes... badly. More troubling is she has apparently been working very hard to make the state turn blue in the very near future, a result that would finalize far left control of the United States in every national election to follow. Jarrett is doing so with a combination of hundreds of thousands of recent immigrants flooding the state, combined with billions of dollars in federal giveaways like Obamacare that will unofficially pledge those new votes to the increasingly far left/progressive/globalist Democratic Party...
..."She is invading Texas with the clear intent to take it over. Look at the public campaign w/La Casa Blanca. That's her campaign. That is the more immediate primary purpose of his executive amnesty. They'll have Texas and that means they'll never lose another national election. Ever."
Jarrett is hinting at 743,000 "more people" immediately coming into Texas via the president's executive amnesty. Logic dictates that within just a few more years this number would easily surpass the one million mark (and likely already has) — a coordinated invasion via the federal government into the only state that gives voters a choice between Republican and Democrat in national elections. The only state that makes such a choice have any semblance of being competitive.
One million votes represents the difference between Texas giving a Republican its 38 electoral votes in a national election or those votes going Democrat. It is the difference between Texas being a blue state, or remaining a red state. Valerie Jarrett has been working very hard to permanently alter the Texas electoral landscape to ensure it forever after favors far left Democrats in future elections.
This is why it's vital for the Senate to defund Executive Amnesty. Mitch McConnell must not flinch on the DHS funding bill. Once illegals start voting, America as we knew it is gone forever because the allure of free stuff will have them lined up behind the Democrats for sure.
Go nuclear Senator, it's what Valerie Jarrett would do.
Politics ain't beanbag. Obama and Jarrett are playing for keeps. Punch back
twice as hard!
Censorship is coming to the WyBlog. Obama's FEC commissars are going to regulate political blogs and websites, subjecting us to their byzantine campaign finance regulations.
Liberals on the Federal Election Commission are discussing new rules to regulate websites and blogs. The new regulations would require websites to disclose their political donors.
The better for Lois Lerner to harass those donors, of course.
So, nonwithstanding the First Amendment, I can have opinions, just so long as they're the approved opinions.
I'm pretty sure the Founding Fathers wouldn't approve. Can you imagine the absurdity of Thomas Paine reporting to King George on the sources of his funding for Common Sense? Yeah, me neither.
The fact that so many liberals do approve speaks volumes about their mentality. They want to be told what to think; it frees them from having to take responsibility for their actions. They want to be insulated from contrary opinions; it relieves them from contemplating right vs wrong.
Welcome to communist America. Where the government controls the media. And citizens aren't free to speak their minds.
Noting the 32,000 public comments that came into the FEC in advance of the hearing, Democratic Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub said, "75 percent thought that we need to do more about money in politics, particularly in the area of disclosure. And I think that's something that we can't ignore."
But a former Republican FEC chairman said in his testimony that if the agency moves to regulate the Internet, including news voices like the Drudge Report as GOP commissioners have warned, many thousands more comments will flood in in opposition of regulation.
"If you produce a rule that says we are going to start regulating this stuff, including the internet and so on, I think you will see a lot more than 32,000 comments come in and I don't think staff will analyze them and find that 75 percent are favorable to more regulation," said Bradley Smith, now with the Center for Competitive Politics.
They don't care what we want. They're going to impose their will. They're going to shut us up. They're going to shut me up.
This isn't America anymore. And if you voted for Obama, then you don't deserve to call yourself an American. You're a communist. Move to Cuba or North Korea already. Because I am not going to stand idly by and let you and this power-mad president destroy the last vestiges of my freedom.
I have a RIGHT to speak my mind. And Barack Obama can go to hell.
At Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California homosexuality is now compulsory, and dissent will not be tolerated. Because, Tolerance!
Teenagers at a California high school were publicly shamed for disagreeing with speakers allowed to push an LGBT agenda during an English class, according to several upset parents.
The Queer Straight Alliance at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, lectured students in several ninth-grade English classes on Jan. 29 about LGBT issues, according to Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the parents.
During the class, the students, ages 14 and 15, were instructed to stand in a circle. Then, they were grilled about their personal beliefs and their parents' beliefs on homosexuality, PJI alleges.
"The QSA had students step forward to demonstrate whether they believed that being gay was a choice and whether their parents would be accepting if they came out as gay," PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds said. "Students who did not step forward were ridiculed and humiliated."
That's funny, when a someone ridicules or humiliates a kid who says he's LGBT, that's bullying. But the Rainbow Warriors are "peer educators," immune from criticism, or accountability.
Superintendent John Nickerson tells me it's all about tolerance.
"The classroom instruction in question was part of a tolerance workshop led by peer educators under the supervision of teachers," Nickerson wrote to me in an email.
Sounds a lot like peer pressure to me. In my day it was all the cool kids are smoking dope, so why aren't you? Now it's all the cool kids are taking it up the ass, and if you don't, you're a hater.
There is no bully quite as viscious as a homofascist preaching "tolerance." And I've got the fan mail to prove it.
The parent I spoke to bristled at the notion the LGBT class was about tolerance.
"They are tolerant of everyone except people who have Christian values," she told me.
But of course. Christian values are antithetical to the homosexual agenda. And we all know which way our secular intellectual overseers view the issue; only homosexuals can tell us what we're allowed to think, Christians need to get with the program.
So when your kid shows up for her next English class, don't be shocked if she's asked point blank, "Are you now, or have you ever been a homophobe?"
Next week they'll ask if her parents voted Republican.
Remember the Golden Rule? Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you?
Yeah, the homosexuals never got the memo. Maybe because it came from that
Jesus guy, and we all know how much He hated people who weren't
exactly like Himself. Oh, wait…
The Alabama state constitution defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. You know, the way it's been for millenia. Late last month a meddlesome federal district court judge, operating at the behest of the homofascist juggernaut, decreed the Alabama constitution to be, get ready for this, unconstitutional.
Usually states capitulate when federal courts dictate what they can, and cannot do. But not Alabama. Chief Justice Roy Moore is drawing a line in the sand.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Sunday evening ordered the state's probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The outspoken social conservative told judges in a six-page letter that a federal judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage was not binding on state courts, and that it had caused "confusion" in the state.
Issued hours before same-sex marriage was expected to become legal in Alabama, the letter says "no probate judge shall issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent with Article 1, Section 36.03, of the Alabama Constitution or § 30-1-19, Ala. Code 1975." The named sections refer, respectively, to the state's 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and the 1998 law doing so.
Chief Justice Moore contends, rightly I might add, that Alabama probate judges report directly to him and not to any federal jurisdiction. Only his court, or the U.S. Supreme Court can order them to impose same-sex "marriage" on the good citizens of Alabama. And early this morning, SCOTUS punted.
Now it's up to Governor Robert Bentley to uphold his state constitution and his oath of office.
Naturally all the usual suspects are freaking out, whinging about "due process" and "equal protection" while equating Roy Moore to George Wallace.
Yeah, that makes sense. Because homosexuals are routinely being prevented from attending school, eating lunch, or earning a living. And we sure as shootin' don't let 'em vote, right?
Er, no (just in care you're sarcasm-impaired). We don't stop any man from marrying a woman, or any woman from marrying a man. But, men marrying men, women marrying women, that's something completely different, a new and expanded "right," totally different from any previously recognized definition of marriage. Yet somehow it's now being touted as "equal."
So riddle me this Batman. Suppose Judge Moore had told his probate judges to stop issuing gun permits. Unlike the totally invented right to same-sex "marriage," the right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in black and white in the U.S. Constitution. Yet states restrict that enumerated right every day. States refuse to honor valid gun permits issued by other states every day. People are arbitrarily and capriciously denied the right to keep and bear arms every day.
Yet I don't hear any liberals whinging about "equal protection" when it comes to guns. Shouldn't all laws be equal? Why is it that sexual deviancy gets special status when the clear intent of the Founding Fathers does not?
Remember Shaneen Allen? She made the mistake of bringing a totally legally owned gun from Pennsylvania into New Jersey. She managed to avoid 3 years in jail only after an internet outcry shamed the prosecutor into dropping charges against her. Sadly, she's not alone.
PA resident James McCoy was pulled over by a Lawrence Twp. cop last week. Mr. McCoy presented his PA firearms ID card along with his license and registration. And quicker than you can can "travesty" he was in handcuffs for the diabolical crime of possessing an unloaded gun and amnunition in a locked container inside his vehicle.
If he'd presented a same-sex "marriage" certificate, he'd be free and clear. Because equal protection dontcha know. But his PA gun permit isn't valid in New Jersey. Or anywhere else. Because?
Beats me. I'm just a humble blogger with common sense who's generally good at reading comprehension. You have to be a liberal control-freak fascist to get your mind around the idea that an enumerated right isn't worth the paper it's printed on while an invented "right" trumps the will of the people of Alabama, not to mention 6,000+ years of human history.
Godspeed Judge Moore.
Atheist killjoys have lost another round.
The phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the rights of those who don't believe in God and does not have to be removed from the patriotic message, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
In dismissing a lawsuit brought against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, Superior Court Judge David Bauman said the reference to God in the pledge is more of a declaration of patriotism than it is of religious beliefs.
Bauman, who heard arguments on the issue in November, also noted that the word "God" is such an integral part of New Jersey's constitution that it has become a recognition of the state's history, not religion.
"The Pledge of Allegiance, in this historical context, is not to be viewed, and has never been viewed, as a religious exercise," Bauman wrote in his 21-page decision issued on Wednesday.
He said the pledge is a way to "transmit core values of duty, honor, pride and fidelity to country."
The ruling comes after the American Humanist Association sued the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District on behalf of an unidentified family claiming the phrase "Under God" violated the protections given to atheists and others who don't believe in God or gods.
It's also the sixth time the American Humanist Association has lost its attempt to have the phrase removed from the pledge by filing suits in various federal and state courts.
They came venue shopping to New Jersey, hoping our famously activist judiciary would be sympathetic to their pettiness.
That's because another student, 18 year old Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School, fought back.
Jones fought back, telling Fox News last November that the phrase "acknowledges that our rights don't come from the government but from a higher power, so they can't take away the rights."
She described America as a country of many beliefs and claimed all of those beliefs — including those of atheists — are protected by "one nation under God."
"I don't think that it's as much about religion as it is about our rights. Everyone has the right to remain silent but they don't have the right to silence everybody else," she told Fox News.
After the school district and Jones won their case, she said in a statement released Friday that "I'm so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn't be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values."
"Ever since I was little, I've recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great. The phrase 'under God' protects all Americans-including atheists-because it reminds the government that it can't take away basic human rights because it didn't create them," she said.
Bravo Miss Jones, bravo!
No one has the right to tell us what, or what not, to say.
Sadly though, the American Humanist Association vows to appeal. They can't
let this go, because they won't be happy until everyone is as miserable as
Today Barack Obama's hand-picked FCC chairman laid out his rational for taxing and regulating the internet. It's because AOL's Steve Case ate his lunch back in the 80's.
I personally learned the importance of open networks the hard way. In the mid-1980s I was president of a startup, NABU: The Home Computer Network. My company was using new technology to deliver high-speed data to home computers over cable television lines. Across town Steve Case was starting what became AOL. NABU was delivering service at the then-blazing speed of 1.5 megabits per second—hundreds of times faster than Case's company. "We used to worry about you a lot," Case told me years later.
But NABU went broke while AOL became very successful.
Steve Case built a better mousetrap. Tom Wheeler went into government.
Vengence is mine, sayeth the Obamabots.
Tom Wheeler failed at business. So he's going to punish everyone who has managed to succeed.
That's the whole story. Sour grapes. Because the thing is, the problem Tom Wheeler's 1980s company encountered won't be alleviated by his definition of Net Neutrality.
My proposal will modernize Title II, tailoring it for the 21st century, in order to provide returns necessary to construct competitive networks. For example, there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, no last-mile unbundling.
Can you guess what NABU needed to make its cable internet venture successful?
Last mile unbundling.
Tom Wheeler needed the government to seize the private property of cable operators to make his dreams a reality. He needed free access to the wires coming into your house so he could put his magic gizmos on them. The very thing he's saying he won't demand.
But the fact remains, he didn't want to pay for those wires. He didn't want to rent those wires. He wanted them to be handed to him, on a silver platter, for free.
So why isn't he now requiring last mile unblundling as part of his Net Neutrality initiative?
Because regulating the internet is only the first step. Nationalizing the internet is his, and his president's goal. Total government control of what you download, what you see, and where your surf. For your own good, of course.
We used to call that censorship. Now it's called Obamunism.
Imagine if the internet was an actual highway. (Remember Al Gore and his "information superhighway?") Along the highway are billboards. Some of those billboards are bigger than others. Some are brighter. Some are closer to the road. Tom Wheeler's billboard is in the next county. Nobody sees it. So his "solution?" Force you to drive on a 2 lane dirt road just so you do see it.
That's Net Neutrality. Every billboard is equal.
Except, that's not how America works.
Net Neutrality means everybody's internet is equally slow.
You want to pay for faster internet? Sorry, you can't. Because some schlub in Cleveland might be sad if he finds out his internet is slower than yours.
Adding insult to injury — the 16.1% tax Tom Wheeler is going to impose on your monthly internet bill.
Think of of it as Obamacare for the internet. He'll tax you to subsidize broadband for "the underserved." I'll leave you to imagine how the population of the underserved intersects with the population of slacker Obama voters.
They want free internet. And Tom Wheeler and Barack Obama want you to pay for it.
There's the dirty secret behind Net Neutrality. You pay. Obamabots get free downloads.
And Tom Wheeler gets to use his government position to stick it to Steve Case's progenitors, so he can exact his pound of flesh and pretend he "won."
The thing is, Steve Case did more to build and perfect the internet than Tom Wheeler ever could. And in 1,000 years, when history looks back at this era, Steve Case will be lauded as a visionary, while Tom Wheeler and Barack Obama will be forgotten, if not vilified and ridiculed for their pettiness.
Small comfort, for sure, when you and I are writing the checks.
What do you do when you realize that millions of low-information voters are going to get hosed by your signature piece of legislation? Well, if you're Barack Obama, you unilaterally decide not to enforce the inconvenient provisions of that law.
So it should come as no surprise that the IRS has "clarified" how they'll recapture excess Obamacare subsidies come April 15th. They won't. Not right away anyway.
If you got health insurance subsidies last year, and you're worried that you got too much in federal tax credits and will be faced with a huge tax bill for repayment, then you can worry a little less: The IRS says that people who are liable for repayment ("clawback") of excess subsidies won't have to pay by April 15.
It's not relieving you of the obligation to repay; it's just saying that you won't be liable for a penalty if you don't repay by the deadline. Interest will continue to accrue, but the interest rates that the IRS charges are actually pretty reasonable (and probably much better than what your credit card company charges). It's the failure-to-pay penalties it layers on top -- half a percentage point a month, with even stiffer penalties for failing to file -- that really make your tax bill add up fast.
Well, isn't that special? Pay your taxes whenever you feel like it! That is, if you're somebody the Democrats are counting on to help put Hillary Clinton in the White House.
As the saying goes, Obama's got more nerve than cheap veal cutlet. This is,
what, the 914th time he's decided he can just ignore the law whenever it
turns out to be politically embarrassing? Underpayment penalties are fine
and dandy when they're incurred by regular schmoes like me. But folks who
bought into the Hope and Change? They gotta be given special dispensations!
They can't feel the pain of their own electoral dysfunction. They might,
gasp!, vote Republican!
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