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Behind the scenes, Democrats don't believe their own bullshit. And DNC Chair Donna Brazile got caught telling the truth.
In an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta from February 2016, released Friday by WikiLeaks, now-acting chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile gave a frank and honest assessment of the Obama economy — it wasn't good.
"I think people are more in despair about how things are … yes new jobs but they are low wage jobs," she admits. "HOUSING is a huge issue. Most people pay half of what they make to rent," she continued.
Guess who's not getting invited to the coronation?
Nevermind that guys like me have been saying the same thing for 8 years now.
But then, if Hillary is elected, we'll likely look back on this time as The Good Old Days. Because if anything her policies will be even more distrastrous.
She'll tax us into "prosperity."
She'll put 12 million illegal aliens on the dole and push millions more Americans into poverty.
She'll pass out "free" college degrees like candy. (Repeat after me slackers, "Do you want fries with that?" It'll come in handy when your free degree turns out to be worthless.)
Speaking of "free," she'll, uh, fix Obamacare by replacing it with Single Payer Hillarycare. And if you think health care is expensive now, just wait 'til it's "free."
She'll finish Obama's war on cheap energy, so I hope you'll enjoy paying $8 a gallon for gas. And deciding whether to feed your kids or heat your house, there's a fun choice we'll all look forward to making, right?
Oh, and don't forget how Obama quietly and without fanfare just made air conditioning illegal. Not that you'll be able to afford it, but still, don't expect Hillary to feel sorry for you.
Because face it, if you don't come bearing a 6-figure check made out to her family foundation she won't give you the time of day. Heck, the King of Morocco dropped $12 million into her lap and all he got was a visit from Chelsea. Oh, wait, if you believe that's all he got, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you can have, cheap.
Hillary Clinton has made a career out of influence peddling. She grabs the "quid" from quid pro quo, if you get my drift. She'll turn the White House into a money laudering operation that'll make Columbian drug lords blush.
I guess that's her idea of "economic stimulus." Stimulate Hillary's economy! But without the trickle-down part of course.
The fact that so many people are willing to let her get away with it just blows my mind.
Donald Trump said "pussy." What's a little corruption compared to that?
In a recently released email exchange two of Hillary Clinton's top aides openly mocked Catholics.
A top spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign mocked Catholics and evangelical Christians in a 2011 email exchange exposed by WikiLeaks this week.
In the exchange reported Tuesday night on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File", Jennifer Palmieri, now the Clinton campaign's director of communications, says that politically conservative Catholics "think [Roman Catholicism] is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."
That snide remark was in response to a message from John Halpin, of the uber-liberal Center for American Progress. He was deriding Rupert Murdock's decision to raise his children in the Catholic faith.
"Ken Auletta's latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the [Wall Street Journal], are raising their kids Catholic," Halpin wrote. "Friggin' Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus."
"It's an amazing bastardization of the faith," Halpin added. "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
Wow. Don't hold back guys, tell us how you really feel.
Wait. It gets worse. Much worse.
John Podesta, Hillary's national campaign chairman, called for an end to the Catholic Church's "middle ages dictatorship" by fomenting an uprising of astroturf groups bankrolled by the DNC.
This is mind-boggling stuff folks. It means Hillary's disdain for the Catholic faith permeates her inner circle. And don't forget, she's already on record demanding that Holy Mother Church reverse its stance against abortion on demand.
Hillary Clinton essentially [said] that Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.
"Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we've passed don't count for much if they're not enforced," Clinton said, using the euphemism for abortion.
"Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper," Clinton argued. "Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."
Got that? A President Hillary will demand that Catholics embrace abortion, just like President Obama tried to do with The Little Sisters Of The Poor. The Sisters won that round. But if we allow Hillary to pack the Supreme Court with radical pro-abortion leftists, it's game over for the Catholic Church.
I'll say it again. A President Hillary Clinton could easily make adherence to the Catholic faith an illegal act. She'll force us to accommodate same-sex "marriages." She'll force us to recognize 57 different genders and open our bathrooms and locker rooms to every new flavor of the month. She'll demand we finance abortion, contraception, sterilization, and embryonic stem cell research. All at the point of a gun. All with no recourse except prison.
That is not the America our Founders envisioned.
That cannot be the America we pass on to our children.
Hillary Clinton will put the government above our religious faith. She's Henry VIII in a pantsuit, commanding the Pope and the faithful to submit to her will. Her disdain for our First Amendment rights must be stopped, no matter the cost. She hates us, and we cannot afford to turn the other cheek.Wolverines!
A short note to all my liberal friends:
Your condemnations of Donald Trump's vile comments seem sincere. So, welcome to Sexual Morality Club. Come on in, we don't bite!
First off, I'm glad you're finally seeing the light. For far too long our society has tolerated all manner of perversity, and your pre-Trump actions led me to believe you were all OK with that. From Hollywood to rap music to advertising to our public schools, sex and sexual innuendo is everywhere, and that's not how we roll here.
And so, I eagerly await your equally vociferous condemnations of pre-marital sex, cohabitation, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, abortion, extra-marital affairs, pornography, and homosexuality. Sins of the flesh aren't tolerated in Sexual Morality Club, and I'm told that the newest converts often become the most zealous enforcers. I sure hope so! We can use all the help we can get.
I also expect you'll be canceling your subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and most network television, because their depictions of sexual deviancy are legion. You won't be buying People Magazine, or watching the Oscars, Emmys, or Tony Awards either. By and large the participants in our entertainment industry lead lives of sexual depravity and I can't imagine you'll want to endorse that, right?
In the political arena, I'm sure you'll agree that politicians who aren't with us are against us. So Trump's out. And so's Hillary, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein. We're gonna need to draft a suitable candidate, and quickly too. I nominate Rick Santorum. He practically founded Sexual Morality Club, and he's currently a senior member in good standing. He'll get America back onto the straight and narrow in no time!
Because my friends, if we're going to force Donald Trump into upholding the Choir Boy Standard, then everyone, including you!, should uphold it too. Saul Alinsky said so.
Signed, with kind regards, Chris.
ps — Go To Confession!
Sigh. Eleven years ago Donald Trump made some really crude comments about women, and apparently that's the worst thing to have ever happened in the history of the universe.
Or so the liberal media would have us believe.
These are, of course, the same guys who cheer for all manner of sin — fornication, homosexuality, cohabitation, divorce, abortion, drug use. They're the same media which pooh-poohed Bill Clinton's many transgressions, gave awards to Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, and Lena Dunham, snickered over the antics of one Carlos Danger, and conveniently forgot that Ted Kennedy left a woman to die.
But now they're arbiters of morality?
Gimme a break.
Donald Trump is not perfect.
Neither am I. Neither are you.
Should he have said those vile things? No. But he has unequivocally disavowed them, apologized for making them, and owned up to his struggle to be a better man.
I believe him when he says he's a changed man.
It's time to put this behind us and move on.
Because, on the flip side, here's what the media isn't telling you.
Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs speech transcripts are finally seeing the light of day. And they are, as the saying goes, Real News.
Discussing middle class economic anxieties, Clinton told a crowd at a Goldman Sachs-sponsored speech that she is now "kind of far removed because the life I've lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy."
At the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, Clinton responded to a question from chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, who quipped that you go to Washington" to "make a small fortune." Clinton agreed with the comment and complained about ethics rules that require officials to divest from certain assets before entering government. "There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives," Clinton said.
Gee, I thought people went to Washington to serve their country and their fellow Americans. Nope. Hillary's going there, again, to get rich. At our expense, of course, since she's "kind of far removed" from folks like us.
Then, in another speech, she really ramped up the hypocrisy:
"You just have to sort of figure out how to … balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that's not just a comment about today. Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position."
Got that? Hillary needs to keep her machinations secret. But not Trump's! Hillary needs both a "public" and a "private" position, so she can fool the rubes while assuaging her corporate benefactors. But not Trump! He's gotta be pure as the driven snow while she can be as dirty as sin so long as she ends up where she needs to be.
There's the Democrats' double standard — the ends justify the means.
Look, I get it. Politics ain't beanbag. But good grief, surely you can see that there is one media standard for Democrats and a totally different, and vastly more stringent standard being applied to Republicans.
So let's focus on the issues. And on the issues, Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton like a rented mule.
Donald Trump will respect our Second Amendment rights. Hillary Clinton has pledged to stack the Supreme Court with rabid gun-grabbers.
Donald Trump will protect the unborn by re-authorizing the Hyde Amendment and working to overturn Roe v. Wade. Hillary Clinton praises Margaret Sanger while vowing to lavish federal funds on the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood.
Donald Trump will repeal Obamacare. Hillary Clinton helped craft Obamacare, insists it's "working" (nonwithstanding that her husband says otherwise), and would love to expand the government takeover of healthcare into a Single Payer system of socialized medicine.
Donald Trump will reaffirm America's place as the leader of the Free World and strengthen our military. Hillary Clinton is the architect of Obama's failed foreign policy. She presided over the disastrous dissolution of Libya, the debacle in Syria, the disengagement and surrender of Iraq to ISIS, and of course the farcical Iran nuclear deal, which virtually guarantees the mad mullahs will get The Bomb.
Donald Trump knows how to create jobs and get Americans working again. He'll renegotiate bad trade deals, cut onerous regulations, and grow our economy. Hillary Clinton plans to stay the course with Obama's ineffective economic policies of anemic growth and stifling government regulation wrapped up in bureaucratic central planning.
Donald Trump has pledged to cut taxes to put more money into our pockets. Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes by trillions of dollars and continue to inflate the deficit to finance an unprecedented expansion of the cradle to grave nanny state. Donald Trumps wants Americans to be self-sufficient; Hillary Clinton wants Americans to be dependent on government largess.
I could go on. On issue after issue, from energy policy to education to religious liberty to free speech to border security Donald Trump and the Republican Party are on the side of freedom and liberty while Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are determined to undermine the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and American sovereignty.
Donald Trump will make America great again. Hillary Clinton will continue Barack Obama's legacy of failure. The choice is clear. Donald Trump must become the next president of the United States.
The Clintons don't do anything by accident. So when everyone started hyperventilating because Bill Clinton was trashing Obamacare, I knew I needed to sit back and wait for the other shoe to drop.
I didn't have to wait long.
Right on cue, uber-liberal NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) introduced the "New Jersey Public Option Health Care Act."
And Bill himself "pitched a new system that would allow people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid," while calling for "a government-run 'public option,' describing it as 'the change we need' to help working class people who aren't covered."
Because what's better than a botched government takeover of health insurance companies?
A government takeover of all health care!
Doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacies, drug companies — they'll all fall under the umbrella of the omnipotent State. And promptly become as screwed up as the health insurance marketplaces are now. But that's not important.
What's important (h/t Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll on Facebook) is getting 51% of the people to vote for Hillary Clinton by promising that the other 49% will pay for their every whim.
And face it, universal Single Payer health care is the liberal holy grail.
With it they can enslave the population until the end of time.
Nevermind that truly successful government programs are few and far between.
Nevermind that of the three current government health care systems, the VA is an unmitigated disaster, Medicaid is rampant with fraud, and Medicare is woefully underfunded.
Hillarycare will be the bees knees. Honest!
Don't be fooled. Government health care will promote neither health nor care. It will provide lifetime sinecures for bureaucrats, and offer up unprecedented opportunities for graft, but as for helping the average American, well, that's gonna have to wait for the next Five Year Plan. Or maybe the one after that.
There's a reason no one from the U.S. travels to Canada (or Cuba or England or Sweden) for health care. Socialized medicine sucks. The lines are long. The care is subpar. The horror stories are legion. Venezuela is the model.
The only truly meaningful reform will come about via the free market. Remove the government from the equation entirely. Eliminate costly mandates, and let people buy the coverage they alone decide that they need. Institute pricing transparency, so that doctors and hospitals post their rates for all to see, and consumers can comparison shop. Free insurance companies from the artificial boundaries of state lines and allow us to purchase health care coverage from anyone willing to sell it to us. Expand the role of Health Savings Accounts to enable more of us to prepare for unexpected expenses.
Then watch prices drop as care improves.
That's how to reform Obamacare, no matter what Bill and Hillary might want
you to believe.
One-time Caldwell council candidate and current West Caldwell resident E. William Edge wrote a letter to our local paper last week taunting Donald Trump for saying this upcoming election might be "rigged."
Mounting his high horse, Mr. Edge proceeded to explain how his extensive experience as a voter guarantees that vote fraud could not possibly occur here in Essex County.
And he's got the straw man, complete with multiple mismatched raincoats, to "prove" it.
Now I happen to know Bill Edge from my Verona days. So I can call him out.
You've got a small problem there Bill.
Er, make that three not so small problems.
Problem #1: Carmine Casciano, a fellow Democrat, and former Superintendent of Elections in Essex County. He was in charge of voter registration, absentee ballots, and ensuring the smooth operation of the electoral process.
Mr. Casciano is a smooth operator alright. He's charged with second-degree official misconduct for giving unauthorized paid days off to the employees of his office so they could work on political campaigns and then telling them to destroy or alter their time logs so nobody would find out.
Penny ante stuff really. He forged time records so some folks could get extra paid days off. And for that he faces up to 10 years in state prison and a six figure fine.
But here's a deeper question. Why are employees of the office which is tasked with ensuring a smooth electoral process allowed to volunteer for political campaigns? Isn't that an enormous conflict of interest? They can hardly be even-handed in their official duties if they are actively working on behalf of a particular candidate or political party!
The guys in charge of running a "fair" election were working for the Democrats on the taxpayers' dime. But there's nothing to see here, right Bill?
Except he pleaded guilty. And a fish rots from it's head, as Gianine Narvaez, a suspended data processor in Casciano's office, also pleaded guilty to submitting phony absentee ballots while working for the 2007 campaign of State Senator Teresa Ruiz.
Leading us to Problem #2: Samuel Gonzalez. AKA State Senator Ruiz's husband. And vote fraudster extraordinaire. Can you guess that he's another well-connected Essex County Democrat? Gee Bill, I wonder why you two have never met? Anyway, Sam was quite skillful at the fraudulent absentee ballot game. His buddy John Fernandez helped rat him out. But he managed to avoid jail time because his wife is a hot shot protected by Essex County Executive For Life Joe DiVincenzo. Yeah Bill, it's good to have friends!
But the people around Teresa Ruiz keep getting caught. Enter Problem #3: Angel Colon, a Newark "campaign worker" who also managed to beat your supposedly impenetrable fraud detection system.
Wanna play the Bonus Round Bill?
Meet Rocio Rivera! She pleaded guilty to vote fraud too. And she fraudulently kept her Essex County job after entering her guilty plea. She landed a job with your fellow Democrat and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura even though she's got a felony conviction on her record.
It's almost like there's a conspiracy afoot, or something.
I won't hold my breath waiting for Sheriff Fontoura to uncover it though. He's too busy double-dipping at the taxpayer's trough to concern himself with such trifles.
But as for your protestations Bill?
Yeah, they're bullshit.
And you know it.
Vote fraud is rampant in Essex County.
And it's a nationwide problem.
Because if Democrats don't cheat, they can't win.
And you know that too.
Show of hands. Who thinks gas prices are too low?
OK, I see Chris Christie. Anyone else?
Didn't think so.
So bend over New Jersey, because he just raised the price of gasoline by 23 cents a gallon, ostensibly to fund "road improvements." Which, of course, is politician-speak for more light rail boondoggles and useless bike lanes.
And there I was blissfully unaware while rocking out at the LBI Chowderfest all weekend. (It was a blast, thanks for asking!) But I probably won't be able to afford to attend next year because all the extra money I don't actually have will be siphoned off for gas taxes.
Thanks Chris. Thanks a lot.
Oh but golly gee, he's countering with a 1/8 percent cut in the sales tax! And a bigger pension income exclusion for the geezer set.
My cup runneth over... Not.
Then, because he hadn't given enough of the store away yet, he tacked on a big bump in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which as we all know is a "refund" on taxes that weren't actually paid. But as a wise man once said, if you rob Peter to pay Paul, Steve Sweeney can always count on Paul's vote.
There's something to look forward to. Governor Steve Sweeney, the mastermind
behind Christie's capitulation. Say goodbye to the rest of your money New
Jersey. This is only his first salvo, and he's got a lot of people counting
on him to fill their pockets. None of those people are taxpayers. But that's
OK. The takers outnumber us now and they can smell the Benjamins.
Well whaddaya know, suspected terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami has greivances. People were mean to his family. And their lawsuit against the city of Elizabeth, NJ isn't getting any traction.
So, bombs away!
The family of Ahmad Khan Rahami, arrested in connection with weekend bombings in Seaside Park and New York City, sued the city of Elizabeth in 2011, alleging a pattern of harassment and religious discrimination by city officials.
According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, the Rahami family said Elizabeth police officers repeatedly forced the closure of their family restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, telling family members "Muslims don't belong here" and "Muslims are trouble."
Court papers show several members of Rahami's family were arrested during a multi-year dispute with city officials stemming from noise complaints at First American Fried Chicken. Ahmad Rahami is not named in the lawsuit, but his most recent listed address is that of the family restaurant.
Way to embrace that American dream there guys. You've got the victimology angle down pat. Let me guess, you're Ready For Hillary?
The suit is still active, but on hold. Their attorney recused herself after at least one Rahami family member pleaded guilty to interfering with a law enforcement officer back in 2015.
And not for nothing, but noise complaints at a fried chicken restaurant? Were they screaming "Death To America!" at all hours of the day and night?
Color me skeptical too on the "Islamophobia" complaints. Today's politically correct police departments wouldn't dare go on record saying those kind of things, not when every Ahmad, Omar, and Mohammed is carrying a cell phone camera. All it takes is one YouTube video of a cop saying "Muslim go home" and it'd be front page news for the better part of a year.
But that won't stop the Social Justice Warriors from launching into their "we need to learn from this" apologistic drivel. And right on cue there are commenters at NJ.com saying precisely that.
[M]aybe Mr. Rahami believed that he and his family could not get redress from the courts... disenfranchisement was cited as a motivating factor in the ISIS attacks in France...
Somebody called BS, and was promptly whacked with the Moral Equivalence Card.
Remember that guy in Texas who crashed his Cesna into the IRS offices? It's hardly a unique ideology...
Honestly, I don't know how someone that clueless manages to tie his own shoes.
But that's how liberals roll. Blame America first. Even if you have to dredge up a lone nut from 2005 to do it.
All we need now is for President Golfpants to tell us the Elizabeth police "acted stupidly." Or maybe he'll just crack another inappropriate joke before green-lighting the next wave of unvetted Muslim "refugees" who'll refuse to assimilate into our society.
Let's just hope that Obama doesn't simply excuse Rahami, because after all no
one was killed, and it's not like
one of his oldest and dearest friends wasn't, uh not guilty, of
the same thing, right?
New Jersey's Obamacare co-op is down and out.
Faced with "a deteriorating financial condition," another health insurance carrier is pulling out of New Jersey's health exchange marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, forcing 35,000 policy holders to find a new plan in 2017, the state's top insurance official announced Monday night.
Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey will serve customers through the end of the year, state Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Richard Badolato said.
The state is working out a "rehabilitation" plan that preserves the carrier's financial assets so medical providers will be reimbursed for the care they provide consumers for the remainder of the year, Badolato said in a statement late Monday.
"Rehabilitation plan" is regulator-speak for bankruptcy, although they're desparately pretending that everything is going to be OK, sometime in 2018, maybe. In the meantime they're taking a break.
Because no matter how you phrase it, New Jersey's Obamacare co-op is broke.
Health Republic got its start with $107 million loan through the landmark health care law, in an effort to create competition. But more than half of the nonprofit co-ops (or consumer-operated and oriented programs) have folded, crippled by higher than anticipated expenses and the financial requirements of the federal law.
Health Republic owes $46.3 million under the risk adjustment program tied to the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers which enroll healthier and less costly enrollees to contribute to a fund that would bail out plans serving a larger share of sicker and most expensive patients.
The words you're searching for are "adverse selection."
Sicker people, higher costs, expanded mandates, fewer choices. And as you'll recall, Aetna, Oscar, and UnitedHealthcare have also bailed on NJ.
So now there are only 2 insurers left in our Obamacare exchange: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and AmeriHealth of New Jersey. Neither are known for their low rates.
The marketplaces which were supposed to open up competition have instead driven away most of the competitors. Which must mean Obamacare is "working," or something.
The "something" being, of course, the inexorable march to Single Payer Nirvanna, where the costs can really rack up and the opportunities for graft are endless. Quality of care will go down the tubes (just look at the VA, which is as close to Single Payer as we've got) but that just means the rubes will die off faster. So long as the bureaucrats get paid and the expense checks for their junkets keep rolling in our Single Payer future will be touted as rosier than a Bernie voter's glasses.
Want a good health plan? Take my advice. Don't get sick.
In case you weren't already aware, the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua despises the common folks.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, told the fundraiser audience that half of the supporters for Trump, the Republican nominee, could be put into a "basket of deplorables."
"Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it," Clinton said. "There are people like that and he has lifted them up."
Can you smell the preening moral superiority? She's better than us, and her supporters are likewise better than Trump's supporters. In Hillary-ville, if you're not voting for Her, you need an "intervention."
Clinton was speaking at an LGBT fundraiser in New York City, where she encouraged supporters to "stage an intervention" if they have friends considering voting for Trump.
And if that doesn't work, after her coronation she'll ship us off to re-education camps.
"That may be one conversion therapy I'd endorse," said Clinton, referring to a type of counseling designed to urge gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender children to change their sexual orientation.
Winston Smith, please call your office.
Because the thing is, Hillary doesn't think she said anything wrong. Liberal Democrats actually believe in their moral and intellectual superiority. It's a part of their DNA. Their smugness is matched only by their insufferability. It's our fault for not recognizing their intrinsic munificence, and woe unto us for our unwillingness to submit to the obvious greatness of their political policies.
And guess what? Hillary's arrogance runs in the family.
Speaking in Homewood, PA on Friday, Bill Clinton criticized the "coal people" in West Virginia for supporting Donald Trump.
"We all know how [Hillary's] opponent has done well down in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky," the former president told the crowd at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum. "The coal people don't like any of us [Democrats] anymore."
Gee Bill, I wonder why.
But there they go again, assuming they know best, and anyone who disagrees must be some kind of slack-jawed luddite swigging corn whiskey and muttering about the gubmint.
Remember when Bill felt your pain? Yeah, well, he's moved on, and it was all a ploy anyway.
What kind of president despises and insults half of her constituents?
A fitting followup to Obama, that's what. He hates most of us, and he hates pretty much everything America used to stand for. Hillary will be the culmination of his fundamental transformation. They want a nation of serfs, obediently subservient to the Democratic Party elite.
I guess it's good to hear them finally admit it so openly.
Big Brother wants to count the votes.
Johnson said that the big issue at hand is that there isn't a central election system since the states run elections. "There's no one federal election system. There are some 9,000 jurisdictions involved in the election process," Johnson said.
"There's a national election for president, there are some 9,000 jurisdictions that participate, contribute to collecting votes, tallying votes and reporting votes," he said.
This of course is a feature of our Republic. But Democrats don't see it that way.
Because it's so much easier for them to cheat when there's only one central system for collecting votes, tallying votes, and reporting votes. So bring on DHS, under the guise of protecting us from "hackers."
"We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
"There's a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure," he said.
Here we go. In the same vein as Obama's weaponized IRS, EPA, and DOJ, his next power grab will put partisan hacks at DHS in charge of counting our votes.
Yes folks, this is how Hillary wins. By stacking the deck. Remember when Trump said the election was going to be rigged? Well Jeh Johnson is Obama's man for the job.
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast
the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
— Joseph Stalin
Jeh Johnson wants to count your votes, to make sure that your vote doesn't count.
And thus there will never again be a free and fair election in these United States. The outcomes will be predetermined by agents of the Democratic Party.
American Democracy, R.I.P.
Remember when self-proclaimed technophobe Hillary Clinton demurred over wiping out her email server? Her "Like with a cloth?" line turned out to be Yet Another Lie.
According to the FBI she used a sophisticated tool that promises the data can't be easily recovered.
As the ongoing saga of Hillary's email scandal trudges along, Trey Gowdy, House Oversight Committee member, claims Hillary used a special tool to wipe clean her home-brewed email server.
No, it wasn't a very special cloth. (I know, I figured that's what she used, too).
According to Gowdy, Hillary used BleachBit, a program that deep cleans files, cookies, and servers.
BleachBit is like the nuclear weapon of delete utilities:
BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean a thousand applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.
"Shredding files to to prevent recovery."
Well sure, that's what I'd use to delete emails about yoga lessons.
Can you say "obstruction of justice?"
Because that's what this smells like.
Fortunately the FBI, probably with a little help from their friends in the NSA, unshredded 14,900 emails Hillary would have preferred the world didn't see.
Her sycophants at State have until September 13th to release them.
A federal court ruled Thursday that the State Department has until Sept. 13 to begin handing over emails recovered by the FBI from Hillary Clinton's private server.
"The State Department shall search the material, determine whether any responsive records exist, and complete its first production of non-exempt records, to the extent any exist, by September 13, 2016," the court ruled.
Judicial Watch said the department has admitted in a court filing for a separate lawsuit that some of the emails that Clinton had deleted included some "Benghazi-related documents."
Was Chelsea's wedding held in Benghazi?
Then "Benghazi-related documents" aren't personal.
And deleting them is a felony.
Not that anyone in the Obama administration will prosecute the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua. Jim Comey made that fact painfully clear.
She's counting on being elected president in order to avoid prosecution.
Obamacare is working so well insurance companies are in a race to get out of it. The latest escapee is Oscar Health Insurance, announcing today they are completely withdrawing from the New Jersey market.
Oscar Health Insurance, a start-up insurance company founded by a scion of the Kushner real estate fortune and known for its cartoon advertising campaign in mass-transit hubs, announced Tuesday that it was pulling out of the market in New Jersey created by the Affordable Care Act.
The company started providing coverage to New Jersey residents in 2015, and insured 24,560 people, as of March 30.
Oscar also is withdrawing from the individual market in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will remain in New York, Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Orange County, a company statement said.
The exodus from Obamacare is now a stampede, as Oscar joins Aetna and UnitedHealthcare (Oxford) in abandoning the federally-mandated marketplace.
So now there are only 3 insurers left in NJ's Obamacare exchange: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, AmeriHealth of New Jersey, and Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey.
Blue Cross is of course the state's insurer of last resort, and they've got the astronomical rates to prove it.
Nationwide the trend is the same, or worse.
Residents in seven states won't have much of a choice in selecting medical coverage under ObamaCare next year because only a single insurer plans to offer policies in each market, it was reported Monday.
"Lower-than-expected enrollment, a high-cost population, and troubled risk-mitigation programs have led to decreased plan participation for 2017," said Dan Mendelson, president of the consulting firm Avalere Health.
Avalere's analysis indicates that Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming will each have only one carrier selling policies.
But people in those 7 states are still better off than residents of Pimal County, Arizona. No company will offer an Obamacare plan there next year. None.
The president says you have to buy it. But he forgot to tell someone that they have to sell it.
Which, if you think about it for a minute, is actually a feature from his perspective, and not the bug you'd expect it to be.
Because if no one is willing to provide Obamacare coverage, that opens the door to having the Federal government step in to provide coverage.
And before you can say "single payer," that's exactly what you'll get — health care with the compassion of the VA delivered via the efficiency of the DMV, all at a price that'll make your taxes skyrocket.
Gee, where do I sign up?
Hillary Clinton's top aide wears many hats, and new emails uncovered by Judicial Watch show that the most important one of them says "Cashier."
Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.
The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton's tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin's June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of "Clinton family matters."
Clinton Crime Family Matters, to be exact. Because the Clinton Foundation is the epitome of Pay To Play.
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through "normal channels" at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours.
How's that for service? And the price? A mere $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative, ostensibly for "scholarships."
Go ahead, read the whole sickening list of "donations" which resulted in immediate access to, or favors from, Hillary Clinton.
There's only one conclusion you can draw.
"These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law."
An independent investigation? You mean like Jim Comey's FBI whitewash? Gimme a break. Loretta Lynch would sooner prosecute her own mother before glancing in Hillary's direction.
Hillary and Huma are corrupt to the core. And yet they're poised to occupy the
highest office in the land. Because in the Democratic Party's quest for power,
anything goes, and crime really does pay. Handsomely.
Social Justice Warriors aren't good for business.
Earlier this year Target made a Big Deal out of letting men pee with women.
And in return, their customers voted with their feet.
Same store sales are down 2% over the last quarter, and Target is hemorrhaging money.
Retail giant Target reported sales for the second quarter that fell more than 7% from a year ago -- and warned that another key measure of sales may drop in the third quarter and fourth quarter.
The second half of the year is usually great for big retailers like Target. Back-to-school shopping tends to boost sales in the late summer and consumers typically splurge on presents for the holidays during the fall.
As a result, Target said same-store sales, which measures sales at retailers open at least a year, could fall as much as 2% in the third and fourth quarters. Target also slashed its earnings outlook for the third quarter.
Perverts are bad for business.
But instead of reversing their bathroom policy, Target is going to spend millions of dollars to install single-seat bathrooms in all of their stores.
Target Corp. said it will spend $20 million to add a private bathroom to each of its stores by next year, following customer protests over its policy allowing transgender individuals to use whichever restroom corresponds with their gender identity.
Sure, if you're losing money, it's always a good idea to spend more money on an unnecessary "upgrade."
Here's a pro-tip Target.
Go back to the old policy. Girls in the girls' room. And boys in the boys' room. It's not rocket science.
CEO Brian Cornell had promised to roll out family restrooms earlier this year and defended the company's stance on diversity.
Protests started at Target stores after the retailer said in April that it welcomed transgender employees and guests to use the restroom or fitting room that corresponded with their gender identity. "Everyone deserves to feel they belong," the company wrote on its website.
By "everyone" Mr. Cornell means "freaks."
Everyone else has left the building, because they don't belong in Target's Brave New World.
The boycott is working folks. Target's sales numbers don't lie. "Diversity" isn't profitable.
So keep up the good work America. Target will either reverse their perverted policy, or they'll soon be a dim memory, joining a long list of failed retailers on the ash heap of history.
Either way, our wives and daughters will be safe.
He's right, of course. The teachers union is far and away the most reactionary and destructive force in New Jersey, a cancer on the taxpaying citizens of the Garden State.
"This is a dreadful group of leaders and for the Senate president and others in the Democratic caucus to join that chorus, I welcome them — very late — to the amen chorus about the fact that the NJEA is the single most destructive political force in this building," Christie said, referring to the New Jersey Statehouse.
"It's not even close. There's not even a close second to these people," he said. "(They're) the most selfish, destructive people in this building — and everybody in both parties knows it."
Blue on Blue fratricide; man oh man, the schadenfreude is delicious.
Because for going on 50 years Steve Sweeney and NJ's Democrats have been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NJEA. The union says "jump," and the Democrats say "how high?"
At least until the pension bubble bursted.
Because there isn't enough money in the universe for Humpty Dumpty to put that shit back together again.
Sweeney sees the writing on the wall.
"I'll care about the children when the children start paying union dues."
— Albert Shanker
The NJEA only cares about one thing, their gravy train.
And if kids don't actually learn, well hey, that's not their problem.
The 31 school districts that receive billions of dollars in extra court-ordered state education aid each year have not narrowed the gap with the rest of the state when it comes to test scores and college attendance, according to a Record analysis.
Do tell! Money can't buy progress? Who'da thunk it?
The Record assessed the performance of those 31 districts in three categories — elementary and middle school tests, the SATs and the percentage of college-bound students — and found that the achievement gaps generally stayed the same over 10 years.
So, where did all that money go?
Into the pockets of the NJEA and its members!
They're living high on the hog, and the kids in their classrooms are left high and dry.
But wait, because they've got excuses!
But advocates say the lower-income schools desperately need the financial boost, which provides students access to preschool, counseling and technology and helps them graduate on time. Those advocates argue that hunger, violence and the lack of family support can have a major impact on performance.
"Our kids start from such a different place and have so many more needs," said Peter Rosario, a school board member in Passaic, one of the districts that would lose aid under Christie's plan. "I think that's the No. 1 factor in this that doesn't get talked about enough."
More money for the NJEA won't fix the "family support" problem.
That's been demonstrated time and again, as test scores stagnate and kids keep dropping out.
So, let's move the goalposts!
"The 1997 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling to increase funding for the Abbott districts was not premised on the idea that more money would automatically equate to an increase in test scores," said David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, the Newark-based organization that brought the Abbott lawsuit.
"Rather," he continued, "the justices said fair and adequate funding is essential to give children in high-poverty schools the same opportunity to succeed that is afforded to their peers in more affluent districts."
"Opportunity to succeed?" Without measurable results? Who's to say the "opportunities" are sufficient? David Sciarra?
Well sure. The Education Law Center is a taxpayer-subsidized arm of the Rutgers Law School. David Sciarra is a state employee, essentially paid to sue his employer. The day he says his mission has succeeded he's out of a job.
So to almost no one's surprise, his mission has not, and never will, succeed.
So let's go back to what that "more money" was designed to accomplish.
Because the Abbott district schools are not "equal" to the schools in the so-called affluent districts. In many cases they're significantly better. Hoboken and Jersey City have facilities my small town of Caldwell could only dream about. Indoor swimming pools. Science labs to rival the Manhattan Project. Elementary schools with turf fields. Middle schools with auditoriums better than Carnegie Hall.
You get the idea. I'm envisioning the mad scientist from Jurassic Park extolling how he "spared no expense."
That's the legacy of the sainted Abbott districts. They spared no expense. They didn't have to. All their money was "free," air-lifted in out of the pockets of us beleaguered taxpayers.
Remember when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg air-dropped $100 million into "fixing" Newark's public schools? How'd that work out?
1. Labor and contract costs: $89.2 million
That's right. The single biggest expenditure from his windfall ended up right in the pockets of the Newark Teachers Union.
One of the biggest failures in Zuckerberg's plan to reform Newark schools was the renegotiated teachers' contracts.
Zuckerberg envisioned the teacher contract reform to be a centerpiece of the reform and contributed $50 million — half of his total donation — to go to working on that cause.
Zuckerberg wanted to be able to create more flexibility in teacher contracts to reward high-performing teachers and to fire teachers with poor records of student achievement.
But those types of protections are determined by New Jersey law, and Zuckerberg couldn't simply come in and change the rules without going through the state Legislature to make the changes.
Instead, the opposite occurred. Chris Cerf, the New Jersey commissioner of education at the time, worked with the Legislature and was able to negotiate some new accountability measures in teacher contracts.
But the teachers' union only agreed upon those measures if the seniority protections remained intact.
The NJEA didn't look out for the children.
The NJEA protected its most inept members.
And who in the NJ legislature was the number one champion of teachers' union rights?
He blocked the necessary reforms.
He sealed the kids' fate when he stood up for retaining tenure, protecting teachers not on the merit of their achievements but rather on the longevity of their service.
Clock punchers won. And children lost.
So all of this recent Kabuki Theater is a charade.
Steve Sweeney is in the pocket of the NJEA.
And the NJEA calls the shots in Trenton.
Chris Christie will be gone in a little over 15 months.
And then? Steve Sweeney will probably be our next governor.
His first order of business?
Assuage the NJEA.
They'll get their pension guarantee. In spades.
But here's another guarantee.
Nothing Sweeney does while he's living in Drumthwacket will change the education status quo. Kids in the Abbott districts will keep on failing. And taxpayers will keep on getting hosed. But, and this is the key point, every NJEA member working in those districts will make out like a bandit.
Because that's how our tax dollars work in New Jersey.
There's Pay To Play, and then there's Hillary's State Department.
Hillary Clinton put the State Department up for sale, with top aides pulling strings and doing favors for fat-cat donors to the Clinton Foundation — including a shady billionaire, according to smoking-gun emails released Tuesday.
The stunning revelations include how wealthy contributors seeking influence or prestigious government gigs could fork over piles of cash to get access to Clinton's inner circle, including top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.
Read the whole thing. But briefly, the head of the Clinton Foundation arranged a meeting between top US officials and a shady Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire who gave them between $1 million and $5 million and also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative, all on the say-so of Hillary confidant Cheryl Mills.
The phrase "[it is] important to take care of" this person was used by Mills.
Hmm, "important" indeed. Gotta keep those dollars flowing.
Hillary also used her stint at State to enrich Bill. She went to bat for an embattled Bangladeshi banker who then arranged for payments to Bill from an Abu Dhabi oil company.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation traced the convoluted payment by TAQA — formally known as the the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company — to Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Bank. Yunus is a long-time friend and Clinton Foundation donor.
The oil company deal eventually put as much as $500,000 into President Bill Clinton's pockets via a speaking fee he got in Scotland.
Hey, remember when Dick Cheney divested his involvement in Halliburton but was still vilified because the company continued to make a profit? Yeah, good times. Because that's like totally different from how Hillary's family foundation helped Putin corner the uranium market.
Forget renting out the Lincoln Bedroom; a second Clinton presidency would put the whole White House up for sale.
Hillary puts the "quid" in quid pro quo, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
These are not new concerns. People had been speculating that the Clinton Foundation had become a private version of the State Department, offering easy access to the State Department policy decision-making process for the wealthy and well-connected throughout Obama's first term.
At no time did the U.S. State Department ever say to Bill Clinton that any of his unbelievably lucrative speaking gigs represented a conflict of interest — even if there was reason to believe a foreign government or entities closely allied with a foreign government were paying. Recall the State Department praising the progress of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as the president's ally invited Bill Clinton to give two speeches in exchange for $1.4 million dollars.
Isn't this kind of influence peddling pretty much what Bob Memendez was accused of doing? And yet he's facing criminal charges, while Hillary and Bill are scot free.
It's good to be Queen!
The homofascists enlisted the Supreme Court to redefine marriage. And now Madam Justice "Wise Latina" Sonia Sotomayor is ready to redefine it yet again.
Polygamist Kody Brown of "Sister Wives" fame have been granted more time to pursue an appeal in their case against Utah, FOX13 reports.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted the family until Sept. 10 to file a petition of certiorari to have the nation's top court review their case.
SCOTUS has not considered a polygamy case in more than 100 years. So this is a Big Deal, because the only reason to consider Kody Brown's case is to legalize polygamy.
Ostensibly, it's for the Mormons.
There are about 30,000 polygamists in Utah, according to court documents. They believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven — a legacy of the early Mormon church. The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned the practice in 1890 and strictly prohibits it today.
Now riddle me this Batman. Given that the Mormons have disowned it, what major religion still actively encourages polygamy and would benefit the most if it were legalized today?
Did you guess Islam?
Of course you did!
Sotomayor, like all good liberals, can't wait to usher Sharia Law into American jurisprudence. And what better way could they find than to enshrine a major tenet of Sharia as a bedrock Constitutional right?
Hence the rush to recognize polygamy.
Followed down the slippery slope, of course, by the legalization of pedophilia, and eliminating laws which define the age of consent. Because if Mohammed can marry a six-year-old, then by Allah every Muslim must be allowed to marry toddlers. The more the merrier! It's in the Koran!
Thanks homosexuals. Thanks a lot. Because all this is totally on you. You set out to erase the mores of Western Civilization in pursuit of your sodomistic hedonism, and now that the door is opened all sorts of depraved debauchery is moving in unencumbered by trite anachronisms like morality.
Love Wins, even if it's the love that dare not speak its name, yet.
While appearing at an event with multi-billionaire tax-avoider Warren Buffet, Hillary Clinton provided some insight on how her tax plan differs from Donald Trump's.
"Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich," Clinton said.
"Well, we're not going there, my friends. I'm telling you, right now - we're going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!"
The sycophantic sheep went wild, cheering for Hillary to raise their taxes.
There's video at the link in case your lyin' ears don't want to believe a known right-wing prevaricator like me.
Because wasn't it Joe Biden who said paying more taxes is patriotic?
Well OK then, get ready for a big dose of patriotism!
Hillary Clinton comes up $2.2 trillion short in paying for her policy agenda, despite hiking taxes by $1.3 trillion, according to a new analysis of the Democratic nominee's campaign platform.
The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Thursday finding Clinton's domestic agenda would "have a dramatic effect on the federal budget."
Gordon Gray, American Action Forum's director of fiscal policy, based the report on estimates of policy proposals from the Clinton campaign itself, as well as independent analyses from the Tax Policy Center and the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Pay up suckers, because Free Stuff ain't cheap.
Clinton's most expensive policy proposal by far is guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of paid family leave at a cost of $1.598 trillion. Her "College Compact" plan that would give free community college tuition for students who work 10 hours a week would cost $347 billion.
Clinton's child care plan would cost $337 billion, while debt free college for future students would cost $107 billion. The tab for universal preschool reaches $66 billion.
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about Real Money.
So listen up Hillarians. Yup, I'm talking to you, oh displayers of Hillary signs and bumper stickers. I hope you like Hamburger Helper. Because you're gonna bear the brunt of paying for your queen's quest for utopia. And those taxes won't be easy on the budget, leaving you a lot less left over for luxuries like food.
Don't come crying to me though, because I'll just say I told you so.
For 7½ years Barack Obama has promised us that recovery is just around the corner. Except around every corner there's always more bad news.
Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.
The Commerce Department said Friday that the gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the economy — grew at a 1.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. That was far below the 2.6 percent GDP growth rate that economists had been forecasting.
The government also revised down its estimate of first-quarter growth to 0.8 percent from 1.1 percent. The economy has now grown at lackluster rates for three straight quarters.
It's interesting that their forecasts always unexpectedly fail to match reality. It's also interesting how their initial reports inevitably get revised downward.
So don't put a lot of stock in that 1.2% figure. It's almost certainly too rosy an estimate.
And don't forget that Hillary Clinton promises to keep on keepin' on, as in she'll follow Obama's economic playbook, chapter and verse. Are you ready for 4, or God-forbid 8 more years of economic malaise?
Ask yourself, are you really better off today that you were in 2007?
I know I'm not.
If you're being honest, you'll admit you aren't either.
Keep that in mind on November 8th.
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