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You're already paying a surcharge on your phone bill so Obama can give out free cell phones to his most loyal supporters. Now the FCC is going to make you pay for their porn downloads too.
The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to expand its Lifeline program to help subsidize Internet service for low-income Americans.
The plan floated Thursday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler could face resistance from some Republicans who point to lingering waste and inefficiencies in the $1.7 billion program, which helps low-income individuals pay for phone service.
Wheeler and the two other Democrats on the commission have made the update a priority, saying the program, first started in the 1980s, needs to adapt to current technology. While nearly all high-income individuals have access to broadband, studies have shown less than half of households making $25,000 or less have access.
The commission is set to vote on the proposal next month. A final order would have to be crafted and approved before any changes take hold.
The plan seeks to establish minimum service requirements on companies to make sure speeds and Internet data keep up with modern demand.
Remember when we had to pay for wiring up all those schools and libraries so "low-income" people could have internet access? Because I'm pretty sure we did that.
Ah, but library internet access doesn't compel folks to vote for Hillary. Whereas free broadband from the government, paid for by "rich people" of course, reminds the recipients to thank their benefactors at the ballot box.
And if you were thinking that "free broadband" meant a router or a modem, guess again. The FCC is hoping to upgrade all those Obamaphones into ObamaSmartPhones.
It remains unclear if customers will use those subsidies more for mobile or fixed broadband. One senior FCC official noted, however, that studies have shown smartphone use is popular with low-income individuals.
Here's a pro-tip kids. If you're walking around with an iPhone, you're not poor.
When I was a kid, we were poor. And we, like many of our friends and relatives, had a party line, which we paid for ourselves. I did my school report research in the public library. Somehow we managed to get by.
But the prospect of putting more people onto the dole is too enticing for Democrats to resist. So the other side of the Net Neutrality debacle falls into place. The FCC will tax your internet access so they can give away broadband to Obama voters for free.
Entitlements for everybody! What's the next "right" the Free Stuff crowd
is gonna demand? Free cigars? Booze? Cars? Yeah, I know, don't give 'em
Tapping the estimated $19.4 trillion dollars in private pension plans is every progressive socialist's wet dream. I warned you Obama had his eye on your 401(k), and now a little noticed Supreme Court ruling just gave him the green light to seize your money.
The US Supreme Court ruled last week in the unanimous, 8-page decision in Tibble v. Edison holding that employers have a duty to protect workers in their 401(k) plans from mutual funds that are too expensive or perform poorly. That is simply astonishing since there is no constitutional requirement for even government to provide social benefits.
Remember when the Constitution provided a limit to government power?
Yeah, me neither.
Now the Constitution says the government has to protect you from your own bad investment decisions. Er, SCOTUS says the government has to protect you from your own bad investment decisions. The Constitution is silent on the matter. But, emanations of penumbras, or some such rubbish dontcha know.
Monday's unanimous ruling sends a warning to employers that they now must improve their plans and it is now an obligation to project employees. This comes just in time for then the next step is government to seize private funds and prosecute employers who choose badly a fund manager. This fits perfectly just in time for the Obama administration's next assault as they prepare a landmark change of its own by issuing rules requiring that financial advisers put the interest of customers ahead of their own. This creates a very gray area wide enough to justify public seizure of pension funds under management.
Read that again, in case you didn't catch the part where the government is going to decide if your 401(k) is "good enough."
Yet this decision is even deeper. It sets the stage to JUSTIFY government seizure of private pension funds to protect pensioners. When the economy turns down and things get messy, they are placing measures in place to eliminate money in and physical physical dimension, closing all tax loopholes, shutting down the world economy with FATCA, and preparing for the final straw of Economic Totalitarianism with the Supreme Court reversing its entire construction of the Constitution to impose a duty upon employers to ensure the 401K plans perform in a world where interest rates are going negative. You really cannot make up this level of insanity.
Oh, this level of insanity is just what a guy like Bernie Sanders ordered. It's the nanny state, writ large.
Bureaucrats answerable to Sanders' cohort Elizabeth Warren will now get to decide if your 401(k) plan cuts the mustard. They'll arbitrarily set a cap on management fees, and punish any fund that exceeds their idea of a "reasonable" profit.
The punishment? Seizing the fund's assets, and forcing your money into an investment in Treasury bonds.
Then you're just another creditor to Obama, standing in line behind all the geezers on Social Security. Good luck getting paid, after all you're also collecting Social Security, and sooner or later you've made enough money.
Between the court ruling and the Obama administration's push for stronger fiduciary rules send a strong message that government can much easier seize the pension fund management industry of course to "protect the consumer."
Who's gonna protect us from the government?
You knuckleheads shoulda thought that through before you elected a committed
Marxist to the presidency.
One uses money from unsuspecting donors and questionable accounting tricks to fund the lavish lifestyles of its leadership team while devoting mere pennies to charitable work.
The other pretends to help people with cancer.
Wanna guess which one the feds took down for fraud?
In 1984, the American Cancer Society forced James Reynolds out of a job. He had led the respected organization's Knox County, Tennessee, office, but ACS accused him of sloppy record-keeping and of stealing a vintage car donated for an auction. Reynolds was apparently undeterred. He promptly opened up a new charity, giving it a name that was shamelessly similar: the Cancer Fund of America. He'd go on to found several other similar charities.
On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced charges against Reynolds and several aides, alleging that the organizations were charities in name only. In fact, the government says, the four organizations stole $187 million between 2008 and 2012 in donations, which they diverted into "lucrative employment for family members and friends, and spent consumer donations on cars, trips, luxury cruises, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, sporting event and concert tickets, and dating site memberships."
Less than 3 percent of the money raised went to patients, the FTC said. All 50 states and the District of Columbia joined the FTC in the charges.
Scumbags to be sure.
Now contrast James Reynolds with Hillary Clinton.
The Clinton Foundation's finances are so messy that the nation's most influential charity watchdog put it on its "watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month.
The Clinton family's mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.
The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.
In all, the group reported $84.6 million in "functional expenses" on its 2013 tax return.
"It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons," said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group where progressive Democrat and Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout was once an organizing director.
Hmm. Her charitable foundation raked in hundreds of millions of dollars too.
And spent most of it on "administration, travel, salaries, and bonuses" while devoting just 6½ cents of every dollar to actual charitable work.
In July 2013, Eric Braverman, a friend of Chelsea Clinton from when they both worked at McKinsey & Co., took over as CEO of the Clinton Foundation. He took home nearly $275,000 in salary, benefits and a housing allowance from the nonprofit for just five months' work in 2013, tax filings show. Less than a year later, his salary increased to $395,000, according to a report in Politico.
Braverman abruptly left the foundation earlier this year, after a falling-out with the old Clinton guard over reforms he wanted to impose at the charity, Politico reported. Last month, Donna Shalala, a former secretary of health and human services under President Clinton, was hired to replace Braverman.
Nine other executives received salaries over $100,000 in 2013, tax filings show.
Yeah, I'd call that "lucrative employment for family members and friends," wouldn't you?
But wait, there's more! Like the income the Clintons "forgot" to report.
The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups.
The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign.
The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as "revenue" rather than donations, which is why they had not been included in the public listings of its contributors published as part of the 2008 agreement.
And what 3 names sit atop the board of directors at this bastion of philanthropy?
Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.
They're ostensibly "unpaid." But they live large on the foundation's dime.
While IRS filings show the Clintons do not receive a salary, compensation comes through other means, such as travel, speaking fees and consulting contracts.
Speaking of speaking fees, well, they're not exactly chump change.
Former President Clinton was the biggest earner for speeches, giving three that brought in anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million.
Both he and his wife gave a smattering of speeches to foreign companies and other organizations for anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000. Bill Clinton spoke to Thailand's Ministry of Energy, China Real Estate Development Group, Ltd, and Qatar First Investment Bank; Hillary Clinton spoke to Goldman Sachs, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, among others.
Those speeches are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and former president Bill Clinton earned in excess of $25 million for delivering 104 speeches since the beginning of 2014, a huge infusion to their net worth as she was readying for a presidential bid.
Now a cynic would call that "influence peddling."
And if it were being done at the "James Reynolds Foundation" the FTC would call it fraud.
Instead our palace guard media yawns, the feds look the other way, and the low-information voters will swoon over the coronation of our first woman president. Then you'd better watch out America. Becuase once she's back in the White House, Hillary Clinton is really gonna cash in. The phrase you're looking for is "pay to play" and it's a game the Clintons practically invented.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
The unemployment picture in New Jersey is supposedly starting to look better.
New Jersey's employment picture brightened Wednesday with the release of figures for April showing the state added 4,300 jobs, the 10th consecutive monthly increase.
The state added 300 private-sector jobs and 4,000 government jobs, according to the monthly employment report by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Congratulations on finally landing that job! Unfortunately, as one of only 300 new private sector hires, you're now responsible for carrying 13 freshly minted bureaucrats too.
Hey, government's gotta govern, and governing ain't easy. Those regulations don't write themselves you know! Bureaucracy begets bureaucracy, and Steve Sweeney can't ride into Drumthwacket without thousands more public employee unionistas dutifully contributing to his campaign fund.
So, that's where you come in! Before taking care of mundane things like feeding
your family, please sign over your paycheck to "State of New Jersey - TGI"
and mail it in the enclosed envelope. The taxes in this state are never
gonna go down, so you might as well get used to forking over all your
money for the government to
waste "invest" as they see fit.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Cory Booker got out of Dodge before the full effect of his incompetence hit. Which left Ras Baraka to finish the job his Marxist anti-Semite father started in 1967. Amiri Baraka (nee LeRoi Jones) lit Newark on fire. His son has succeeded in burning Newark's finances.
The city of Newark — its finances already under state control — has been hit by a major credit downgrade relegating some of its outstanding debt to junk bond status.
The move targeting the state's largest city comes amid growing questions by Wall Street over the financial strength of at least five other struggling municipalities — including Atlantic City, Paterson, Union City, Asbury Park and Kearny — in the wake of New Jersey's own fiscal troubles.
The debt of both Atlantic City and Paterson have also been downgraded below investment grade by Moody's Investors Service. The three other municipalities were rated as an increased risk.
Among the downgrades announced in the past week by Moody's included a drop in Newark's general obligation unlimited tax rating affecting $374 million in debt, to Baa3 from Baa1, indicating substantial credit risk. Another $39 million of general obligation limited tax bonds dropped from Baa2 to Ba1, a rating considered junk bond debt.
What do Newark and those 5 other towns have in common?
Decades and decades of Democratic Party rule.
Yeah, I'm wearing my shocked face too.
Where Democrats reign, despair, decay, disinvestment, and now downgraded debt inevitably follow.
For his part, Mayor Baraka disclaimed any responsibility, and threw his predecessor under the bus.
Newark officials said they were dismayed by the downgrades, but called the city's weakened financial position a "legacy of prior administrations." The city's new business administrator, Jack Kelly, said Mayor Ras Baraka — who was elected last year — had been in office less than eight months when Moody's requested a credit review.
"The majority of the city's two previous year ending deficits were caused by overestimating revenues to close budget gaps. When these overly optimistic revenues didn't materialize, both the 2013 and 2014 budget years ended with deficits," Kelly said.
Well, Cory Booker was busy running for Senate, so getting Newark's budget in order probably wasn't on his to-do list. Meanwhile, his designated seat-filler, Luis Quintana, didn't even really try to get anything done.
Of course Booker sang the same song as Baraka when he tweeted into town — all this stuff is Sharpe James' fault!
And, if you're old enough to remember when James took over, he blamed Ken Gibson, who I recall "inherited a mess" from Hugh Addonizio.
Excuses, Newark's always got 'em, in a never-ending supply.
How's that song go? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
What amazes me is that the people of Newark keep falling for it. They got the government they apparently wanted, and it's failure is their failure.
Because I assure you, they'll definitely get fooled again.
I want some of what he's smoking.
Actual Obama quote: Camden, NJ is "a symbol of promise for the nation."
President Obama came to this New Jersey city on Monday to "hold you up as a symbol of promise for the nation."
"This city is on to something," Obama said in a speech before almost 300 people at the Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which offers programs for recreation, performing arts, early childhood and job training.
So, let me guess, his girls will be attending Camden public schools in September?
Because, not to put too fine a point on it, but Camden is a shithole.
And you'd have to be an idiot, or a Democrat, to believe it's ever going to be anything but a shithole.
Here, see for yourself, the first 9 pictures that came up in a Bing images search for "Camden, NJ".
Yeah, I can't wait for my neighborhood to look like that. How about you?
Camden can "hold up" something alright. Hopium. And I challenge Barack Obama to spend more than an hour there, preferably without his Secret Service detail. You know, just like the average Camden resident. Who definitely wouldn't agree that his city is any kind of "symbol" of anything. Except crime.
Speaking of inner city crime, guess what else Obama did today?
He cut cops off at the knees, unilaterally denying them access to military surplus weaponry. Unfortunately, the Bad Guys aren't subjected to the same restrictions. So now the police will really be outgunned.
I suppose that's "more like" what Obama wants for America too.
Some students at Seton Hall University here in NJ are rallying behind a priest who they say was fired for pro-gay-"marriage" postings on Facebook.
A priest at Seton Hall University claims he's being removed from his job over a Facebook post he made in support of a campaign promoting same-sex marriage.
The Rev. Warren Hall, the college's director of campus ministry and an adjunct professor of Catholic studies, posted Friday on Twitter: "I've been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT "NO H8". I'm sorry it was met with this response. I'll miss my work here."
He has since deleted the tweet, but confirmed in an email Saturday that he had posted it. After a social media outcry from students, he wrote: "Grateful for all the support. Dont [sic] be angry!! Turn this into an opportunity for open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus."
The online "NOH8" campaign aims to promote marriage, gender and human equality for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to its website. Supporters, including many celebrities, typically post pictures of themselves with their mouths taped shut.
What bothers me is that students at a catholic (yes, small-c) university don't understand why.
So I'll spell it out for them.
Homosexual "marriage" is a sin.
You bozos could look it up in the catechism. The relevant teachings aren't hard to find.
Archbishop Myers and Co-Adjudator Archbishop Hebda shouldn't have to explain that to you. Unless your professors have failed in their duty.
Here's a pro-tip. "Open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus" starts with the Magisterium. You will discuss how to uphold Catholic teaching. Anything else is heresy.
You are free to disagree. But please do so from outside Holy Mother Church. I hear the Anglicans are hiring.
Alas, Tom Moran's Gay Gazette didn't get the memo either.
He pretends to be catholic. While enthusiastically editing a newspaper that advocates for same-sex "marriage," abortion, and free contraception, all while endorsing politicians who deviate even further from Church teaching.
Canon 915 Mr. Moran. Read it, and repent.
As an ostensibly Catholic institution, Seton Hall University should hold themselves to a higher standard. They have a duty to uphold Catholic doctrine. All Catholic doctrine.
Alas, it would seem that the administration at Seton Hall is more interested in winning basketball games than they are in promoting Catholic values.
Celibacy is a noble endeavor. And Holy Mother Church can guide him on the path to the straight and narrow. May he help the Pirates win many basketball games. And more importantly, may he aspire to be an inspiration to young men who feel the pull of iniquity.
Yes, until proven otherwise, I'm going to be an optimist here. I'm going to
believe that Seton Hall has recruited this young man in the hope that he will
embrace the Magisterium and live his life in accordance with the catechism.
I'm also going to pray that the students who misguidedly are protesting the
firing of Father Hall will come to realize that Truth is transcendental, and
Fr. Hall needs their prayers much more than he needs petitions at change.org.
Regulations promulgated during the height of the Depression have no business being enforced in the 21st century. Landline phone service is an anachronism, expensive to maintain, and priced artificially low to satiate socialist regulators' need for control.
New Jersey is looking to change that. So naturally all the usual suspects have their shorts in a knot.
As early as next week, state regulators could approve an agreement that would allow Verizon New Jersey to be exempt of certain state regulations for basic landline telephone services.
Opponents of the deal believe it could greatly affect rural areas throughout the state like Cumberland and Salem counties by allowing Verizon to neglect certain service quality standards for landline-only telephone customers. They also claim it could allow Verizon to increase rates by 36 percent over a five-year period.
"The backbone of the phone system was built on the statuary obligation ... of (maintaining) the landline system," said Hopewell Township Councilman Greg Facemyer.
Facemyer added: "So what is the farmer, the person who lives in a rural area, what are Salem and Cumberland counties going to do, how can businesses, students compete today."
The agreement would remove pricing regulations for residential basic telephone service, single-line business telephone service, nonrecurring charges for residential service connection and installation, and residential directory assistance services.
But Verizon spokesman Lee Giercynski said the services are not being eliminated or deregulated, but rather "reclassified" as "competitive services."
"Which means we have more flexibility to make changes to pricing without BPU's approval," Giercynski said.
Hooray for Verizon and the NJ BPU.
Look, if you want to keep a landline, you can keep your landline. (OK, maybe that was a poor turn of phrase...) But really, nothing about your phone service has to change, except you'll have to pay what it actually costs to keep that phone on your kitchen wall. Why should the unregulated wireless and internet businesses keep subsidizing your landline?
Short answer, they shouldn't.
Verizon landlines aren't the only game in town, not any more. But they're the only company burdened by mountains of archaic regulations.
"Keep in mind, Verizon is the only provider that is subject to these rule and regulations," said Giercynski. "None of the competitors have to follow these rules. But this ... takes an incremental step in leveling the playing field."
Giercynski said the regulations are "old, outdated and obsolete" — claiming that they mostly having to do with "reporting metrics" like requiring Verizon to respond to a customer call in a certain amount of seconds.
Regulations add costs. Costs Verizon can't currently recoup due to, wait for it, regulations. That might have made sense when there was one Bell System. But not now. The cable companies provide phone service. They're not regulated. Cell phones are ubiquitous, and their technology is rapidly evolving, sans regulations.
Once upon a time everybody had a landline. That's no longer true, and will
never be true again. The dwindling user base cannot expect to continue with
business as usual. It's not realistic, or practical. Kudos to New Jersey's
BPU for recognizing that, and getting government out of the way. It's not
often that you see bureaucrats willingly relinquish one of their fiefdoms,
and I applaud their willingness to adapt to changing times.
As its meeting stretched past midnight, the Orange school board on Wednesday voted to terminate the employment of a third-grade teacher for allowing her students to write "get well" letters to a convicted cop killer.
Over the course of about 90 minutes inside the auditorium at Orange Preparatory Academy, supporters of Marylin Zuniga called for her reinstatement in public comments to the board.
Then, in under three minutes, the board unanimously approved a personnel agenda and abruptly adjourned the meeting without discussing or explaining what was just voted on.
Outside the school building soon afterward, school board Vice President Jeffrey Wingfield declined to explain whether the board had voted to terminate Zuniga's employment.
"Let her tell you," said Wingfield, referring to Zuniga. "I want her to tell you."
After being contacted by a reporter, Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee confirmed in an email on Wednesday afternoon that the board had voted to terminate Zuniga's employment as part of the personnel agenda.
That should be the end of this sordid affair. Except Zuniga plans to sue.
Zuniga is now considering legal action to challenge her termination, which could take the form of an arbitration proceeding or a lawsuit.
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Zuniga's attorney, Alan Levine, said that by firing her, school officials "abdicated their responsibility to the community and to the children of the school district."
"They lost a teacher that everybody agreed was a remarkable teacher," Levine said. "There isn't a school district around that wouldn't be happy to have Marylin Zuniga teach in it."
Yeah, he really said that.
No, nobody believed him.
Marylin Zuniga is, and ought to be, radioactive.
But this is Essex County. And in Essex County, it's like Bizarro World, only weirder.
As members of the public later addressed the board, the people voicing support for Zuniga included local civil rights activists, fellow educators and elected officials, including Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake.
Holding Zuniga's hand in the air, Timberlake told the board members "you ought to be ashamed of yourself for trying to crucify her."
The freaking president of our county Freeholder Board is siding with a cop-killer? Did I read that right? Because that's what it looks like. Marylin Zuniga worships a cop-killer. And the, ahem, Honorable Britnee Timberlake stands hand-in-hand with Marylin Zuniga.
That's messed up.
Where did the Democrats dig up this clown? The Activists R Us rent-a-whackjob division? She was only elected to her first term last year and already she's president of the board. That's gotta be some kind of record, even for us, where "the fix" is always in.
Anybody got the guts to ask Joe D what he thinks about his newest henchwoman's antics? Because I can't believe she landed where she is without his blessing. So I gotta wonder if he's secretly on the #FreeMumia bandwagon too.
I'm appalled. And all of you knee-jerk Democrats who voted for Britnee
Timberlake are the ones who ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You really
picked a winner. Thanks. Thanks a whole lot.
The Hawaii Health Connector has prepared a contingency plan to shut down operations by Sept. 30 after lawmakers failed to pass legislation to keep the state's troubled Obamacare insurance exchange afloat.
"Now that it is clear that the state will not provide sufficient support for the Hawaii Health Connector's operations through fiscal year 2016 (ending June 30, 2016), the Connector can no longer operate in a manner that would cause it to incur additional debts or other obligations for which it is unable to pay," Connector officials said in a report released Friday to the nonprofit's board of directors.
The plan, obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, states the Connector will cease new enrollments Friday, discontinue outreach services May 31 and transfer its technology to the state by Sept. 30. The Connector's workforce will be completely eliminated by Feb. 28. The exchange has 32 employees, 29 temporary staff and 12 full-time contractors.
"Staff reductions will commence immediately, with the executive director (Jeff Kissel) exiting once the bulk of operational activities end," the report said. "If the state cannot facilitate an orderly transition, the Connector's operations will abruptly end, as the Connector does not have the resources to continue operations."
37,000 people will lose their health insurance, and have to scramble onto the federal exchange if they want coverage.
That's the same federal exchange, if you're keeping score at home, that's likely to be eviscerated by the Supreme Court next month. Oh, but HHS has a contingency plan for that too. Tell the states to set up their own exchanges!
The CEO of HealthCare.gov on Monday said states would not be able to immediately set up their own insurance marketplaces if the Supreme Court rules against ObamaCare this summer.
Kevin Counihan, the director of HealthCare.gov, told an audience at the National Health Insurance Exchange Summit that creating an exchange is a "very, very complex activity" that could not be achieved in just a few months.
"It would not be something that folks could do for this next open enrollment period," he said during a question-and-answer session, referring to the sign-up period that begins in November.
I don't think Hawaii is gonna be ready for that. Which ought to make things,
um, interesting for Dear Leader when he goes back there for another
We know Democrats believe in voting for a living. But I never expected one to actually come out and say it so succinctly.
Not right: A min. wage-earning single parent of two must work 50 hrs/week to escape poverty. http://t.co/QafnNscfql— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 7, 2015
Hard work is what exactly? Overrated? Too hard? Not worth it?
Only somebody who's never held a Real Job in his life could believe such nonsense.
.@CoryBooker Working hard to escape poverty is overrated, amirite?!— The Real Bepo (D) (@TheRealBepo) May 7, 2015
When I started out, I worked a helluva lot more than 40 hours per week.
As a matter of fact, I still do.
No wonder I'm not a Democrat.
Take it away James Franco!
All I know is that when I needed McDonald's, McDonald's was there for me. When no one else was.
In 1996, I moved to Los Angeles from Palo Alto at age 18 to study English at UCLA. I soon realized that half the city was working in the movie industry and the other half was trying to get into it, and because I hadn't applied to the theater department as an incoming freshman, I would have to wait two years to even apply.
Someone asked me if I was too good to work at McDonald's. Because I was following my acting dream despite all the pressure not to, I was definitely not too good to work at McDonald's. I went to the nearest Mickey D's and was hired the same day.
I was given the late shift drive-thru position. I wore a purple visor and purple polo shirt and took orders over a headset.
After a month, they allowed me to work the front counter during the day.
After three months of working at McDonald's, I booked a Super Bowl commercial for Pizza Hut. Because it was for the Super Bowl, it was very elaborate: a computer-generated Elvis singing and serving the new Deep Dish pizza. From that point on, I could support myself through acting.
I was treated fairly well at McDonald's. If anything, they cut me slack. And, just like their food, the job was more available there than anywhere else.
And the rest, as they say, is history. From humble beginnings, great things can be accomplished.
"Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as a result of
— Booker T. Washington
I doubt Cory Booker has ever set foot in a McDonald's, let alone worked the late shift at the drive-thru. What the hell does he know about "not right?"
"Not right" is counting on McDonald's as a career. Not that it isn't honest work, and if you can live off the salary, great. But entry-level jobs are just that, entry-level and the goal isn't to spend the rest of your life flipping burgers.
Hard work is the stepping stone to success.
Unless, of course, you're an affirmative action hire at a guilty white liberal law firm. Then you're just an out-of-touch putz pretending to stand up for The Little Guy. Except he's probably working his butt off right now and he isn't actually interested in what senators playing pundit on Twitter have to say.
Oh, who am I kidding? That preening senator and his cronies are going to
promise their gullible
suckers voters a quick path to
Easy Street. No work required. Just vote Democrat, and sit back while
the wealth redistribution rolls in.
It's unsustainable in the long run of course. But they don't care. By the
time "the long run" hits they'll be rich and retired. All the suckers who
bought their bullshit? Not so much.
Those who don't know history are doomed to be brainwashed into believing in Obamaunism.
Results of the "Nation's Report Card" released this week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that only 18 percent of 8th-graders are "proficient" or above in U.S. history, and only 23 percent are proficient in civics.
Despite hundreds of billions of dollars poured into education programs in the United States via the U.S. Department of Education, the "Nation's Report Card" states that 8th-graders' average NAEP scores in U.S. History, Geography, and Civics demonstrated no significant change since 2010 when students were last assessed. In geography, just 27 percent of U.S. 8th-graders performed at or above the proficiency level on the NAEP assessments.
So the teachers unions, as wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democrat Party, are doing their level best then. They're ensuring we're breeding a nation of ignoramuses, ripe for brainwashing into Progressive dogma. And the brainwashing is in full swing.
Without the context of our uniquely American experience, kids might get the idea that Rights are granted by Government. And that which government grants, government can take away. For our own good, of course.
Absent a solid basis in the principles of Federalism, kids might get the idea that everything ultimately belongs to the government, and it is government which benevolently deigns to let us use our property, so long as we use it in accordance with the diktats of government.
Unless they understand how America was founded, kids might get the idea that our nation is not unique, and not deserving of their efforts to sustain and improve it.
In short, historical illiteracy serves to impede critical thinking skills, and enables the presentation of ideals antithetical to those upon which this great nation was founded. Out with self-sufficiency, in with the welfare state. Discount the pursuit of happiness and equality of opportunity, instead ensure that everybody gets a trophy. Deprecate the contributions of Old White Guys while sensationalizing the marginal achievements of fringe minority groups, as if America would not exist without the latter, and manages to scrape on by despite the impediments created by the former.
Children who aren't versed in how our nation was founded won't grow up into
adults willing to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution our Founding
Fathers fought and died to establish. And that's exactly what the Obamunists
want. When you don't believe in Something, you'll fall for Anything.
It just depends on what his meaning of "the poor" is, I guess.
Former President Bill Clinton defended his family's foundation amid mounting conflict-of-interest questions, claiming there's nothing "sinister" at work -- while saying he might consider stepping down as foundation president if his wife wins the presidency.
Clinton addressed the issue during an interview aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The interview comes as media reports raise questions about donors potentially benefiting from their relationship with the Clintons.
But Clinton described the criticism as a "very deliberate attempt to take the foundation down."
"And there's almost no new fact that's known now that wasn't known when she ran for president the first time," he said.
As for the foundation's work, Clinton said there's nothing "sinister" in trying to get wealthy people and countries to spend money in a way that helps the poor.
Because devoting a mere 6½% of its budget to charitable work is the very model of altruism, or something.
The Clinton Foundation's finances are so messy that the nation's most influential charity watchdog put it on its "watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month.
The Clinton family's mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.
The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.
In all, the group reported $84.6 million in "functional expenses" on its 2013 tax return.
"It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons," said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group where progressive Democrat and Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout was once an an organizing director.
Gee, I wonder how anyone could get that impression?
The Clintons are just Plain Folks. And they're "broke," remember?
Clinton also said he will continue to speak at events if asked. Some people have questioned his paid speaking engagements, which can command as much as $500,000 or more.
"I've got to pay our bills," he said.
It's tough being a Clinton. No wonder Hillary is running for president, she
needs the paycheck, to help, uh, "the poor."
The partisan Democrats at
Eric Holder's Loretta Lynch's
Justice Department have landed their first punch against presumptive GOP
presidential candidate Chris Christie. They convinced David Wildstein, a
long-time Christie ally and friend,
to admit he conspired to close lanes of traffic leading to the George
Washington Bridge as "punishment" to Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich.
Former Port Authority official David Wildstein today pleaded guilty to a two count information, admitting to a federal judge that he conspired with Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni to close lanes of traffic leading to the George Washington Bridge as punishment to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.
Wildstein affirmed that he and Kelly — then the deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie and Baroni, then the deputy chief of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — came up with the scheme as a response to Sokolich's decision not to endorse Christie's 2013 reelection.
The former director of capital projects for the Port and chief of staff to Baroni did not implicate the governor in his appearance today.
Governor Christie maintains he knew nothing about the lane closures until he read about them in the newspapers. Since this is the same lame excuse Barack Obama uses to dodge his administration's myriad scandals, you'd think the media would buy it this time too.
Nope. Christie is a Republican. The rules are different for Republicans.
And the media smells blood in the water.
So what was basically a frat-boy prank, and certainly not the worst dirty trick ever played by a New Jersey politician, is now a federal crime.
By pleading guilty to the two counts — one detailing interference with Fort Lee residents and the second focusing on his misuse of Port resources — [Wildstein] waived an indictment.
Wildstein admitted to the judge that he had a September 2013 discussion with Kelly and Baroni in which Kelly acknowledged disappointment with Sokolich's decision not to back Christie. Wildstein said he agreed with Baroni and Kelly to cause traffic problems in Fort Lee by reducing local traffic lanes to the upper toll booth on the bridge from three to one.
Wildstein said he, Baroni and Kelly timed the closure to coincide with the first day of school in Fort Lee — for maximum negative impact. The three agreed to ignore Sokolich's pleas, he said. He also acknowledged that the trio later misled the public with its "traffic study" story, which Baroni presented to the Assembly Transportation Committee headed by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), who was in the courtroom today.
Childish and stupid? Yes. Pointless, too, given all the blowback that immediately started heading Christie's way. If the goal was to hurt Mark Sokolich, these 3 stooges missed their mark, by a mile.
But c'mon already. With all the corruption rampant in our government, this is what's important? This is what deserves a multi-year investigation costing untold millions of dollars?
Chris Christie already punished Baroni, Kelly, and Wildstein. They're done in NJ politics. Prosecuting them has only one aim, to get one of them to "flip" on the Big Guy himself.
Like the "John Doe" investigations into Scott Walker's Wisconsin allies, this prosecution reeks of political undertones. Chris Christie isn't my first (or 100th) choice for president, but he's apparently enough of a threat to Her Royal Highness Hillary to warrant special investigative attention.
Now don't get me wrong. People who break the law should be punished accordingly. But it would help the "optics" if punishments were handed out a little more even-handedly. Lois Lerner is still walking around free even though the dirty tricks she and her IRS cronies perpetrated were far worse than a lane closure.
And speaking of the IRS, Al Sharpton owes them millions of dollars in back taxes. Yet he's free as a bird too. I supposed it's just a coincidence that they only have time to crack down on Tea Party groups.
So go ahead. Applaud Chris Christie's downfall. Just don't act surprised
when the spotlight turns toward Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Our government
has been weaponized by rabid partisan Democrats. And they will leave no
stone unturned in their quest to maintain a stranglehold on power.
Like a famous man once said, everybody is "guilty" of something,
Anybody here remember a fellow named Chris Christie? He ran for governor, promising to "do something" about New Jersey's perennially high property taxes.
Boy oh boy, I sure do wish we'd elected that guy.
Because according to a recent study, 7 of the 10 counties in America with the highest property taxes are right here in the Garden State. Where, rumor has it, Chris Christie is actually the governor.
It's no secret that New Jersey homeowners are hit with some of the highest property taxes in the nation. But just how high, relative to other parts of the country, might be a bit of a shock.
A typical homeowner in Bibb County, Ala., paid just $228 in property taxes in 2013, according to an analysis by Zillow, the real estate website. Compare that to someone paying the median in Paramus or Ridgewood in Bergen, who shelled out $9,546 — about 45 times as much.
Bergen and Bibb lie on opposite ends of a list of median property tax rates nationally. Bergen was third-highest in the country, and the highest in New Jersey, while Bibb joined several other Alabama counties boasting some of the very lowest property tax bills for single-family homes.
Sigh. I'd be ecstatic if my property taxes were only $9,546. Alas, I'm paying closer to $16,000, and Essex County is supposedly way down the list at Number 4.
1. Westchester, N.Y., $13,842
2. Rockland, N.Y., $10,550
3. Bergen, NJ, $9,546
4. Essex, N.J., $9,288
5. Nassau, N.Y., $9,091
6. Passaic, N.J., $8,978
7. Union, N.J., $8,926
8. Morris, N.J., $8,549
9. Hudson, N.J., $8,407
10. Hunterdon, N.J., $8,392
Yay New Jersey.
Once upon a time I naively thought that electing a Republican congress would put the brakes on Obama's lawless destruction of our once-great nation.
Why did these bozos just vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General? Do they want more gun control? Do they like seeing unlimited late-term abortions? Do they enjoy it when "law enforcement" seizes private property without due process?
I suppose that they do. Which makes Mitch McConnell no better than Dingy Harry.
Need more proof of that?
OK, Ole Mitch is gonna bail out Obamacare's subsidies if SCOTUS strikes them down. Because we elected his team so Obamacare could live another day, didn't we?
Yeah, well, there's an election to be won. Or something. Ergo, pandering trumps statesmanship.
But wait, there's more treachery.
Cryin' John Boehner says he is "open" to eliminating spending and borrowing caps, and thus effectively handing Obama a blank check for the last 2 years of his term. Because our taxes aren't already too high, and we clearly haven't borrowed enough money yet.
Oh, but the government might shut down again and The New York Times will be mad about that. Boo freakin' hoo, right? Wrong. Cryin' John is scared to death that liberals might be mad at him.
Can we please find some Republicans with balls? Is that really too much to ask?
Is there a sucker born every minute?
Former governor and U.S. Senator John Corzine may soon add another title to his resume — hedge fund owner.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the fund would likely be launched with Corzine's own personal wealth, along with contributions from a handful of outside investors.
You remenber Jon Corzine, right?
He's the financial genius who took over MF Global, ran it into the ground, vaporized more than a billion dollars of his clients' money, and then tried to weasel his way out of any responsibility for the debacle.
You know, just the kind of guy you'd want looking out for your life savings!
So, what's his sales pitch this time?
Because I'm pretty sure that "Give me all your money, never see it
again!" isn't going to win him very many customers.
The Obamabots will tell you the economy is "improving," because their Dear Leader has created millions of new jobs.
What they won't tell you is what kind of jobs he's managed to create.
Lots and lots of low-pay, low-skill, dead-end jobs.
As in, "do you want fries with that?"
In a post-recession world where many once-familiar occupations continue to automate, move offshore or disappear outright, one of the most basic questions remains:
It turns out the vast preponderance of job openings these days consists of low-skill, hourly wage work with high turnover.
The current slate of "help wanted" ads overwhelmingly involves cashiers, waitresses and waiters, personal care aides, janitors, those who stock store shelves, and the likes of Hardee's and Taco Bell.
Of the top 10 "Occupations with the Most Openings," nine fall into government-designated wage categories of "very low" and "low," according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The proliferation of bottom-rung openings casts a light on an epidemic transformation within the national economy, one that has been accompanied by a long-term contraction of middle-skill occupations that often pay family-supporting wages.
"Workers in many types of middle-rank positions — such as skilled production-line workers and people in clerical or administrative jobs — have had to migrate into jobs as food-service workers, home health-care aides, child-care employees and security guards," according to a study by David Autor, economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For Obama so loved the poor, he made millions more of them.
"This is not an overall improvement in job quality," Autor said. "The problem with many of these jobs is they require fairly generic skill sets, which means workers have limited negotiating power and are fairly interchangeable. These are not, in general, attractive jobs."
What's remarkable is how deeply the low-wage sector — once seen as temporary and transitional — has entrenched itself in the world of work.
According to the Labor Department, the No. 1 employment opportunity in the U.S. is for retail salespeople.
Typical retail work requires "less than high school" education.
Retail jobs do not always pay well, but there are plenty of them: Nearly 200,000 open up on average each year in the U.S.
And who's competing for those retail jobs? Obama's DREAMers, illegal aliens, here to ensure you'll never work again.
No wonder then that so many Americans have simply given up on looking for real work. Why bother? There aren't any more good jobs out there.
The only other growth sector? Government. Hey, Big Brother is always hiring.
And always getting in the way.
Wherever Bob Menendez goes, corruption isn't far behind. And it looks like that buying himself a pet U.S. Senator isn't going to help Salomon Melgen avoid prison.
New federal charges of Medicare fraud involving tens of millions of dollars were filed late Tuesday against Salomon Melgen, the Florida eye specialist who was indicted earlier this month with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez for allegedly bribing the senator in exchange for help with financial and personal matters, including a Medicare billing dispute.
Bob says "billing dispute," the Justice Department says "fraud." With a capital "F."
The new charges, contained in a 76-count indictment handed up in Florida, accuse Melgen of falsely diagnosing patients with a potentially blinding eye disease and then fraudulently billing Medicare for doses of an expensive drug he did not buy, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern Florida.
Between January 2008 and December 2013, the release said, Melgen billed Medicare for more than $190 million and his company, Vitreo-Retinal Consultants of the Palm Beaches, was reimbursed more than $105 million. Prosecutors said that "a substantial portion of these reimbursed payments were allegedly obtained through fraudulent billing.""Patients fearing blindness sought treatment from Dr. Melgen's office," said Shimon Richmond, special agent in charge of the Miami office of the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Instead, they allegedly received medically unreasonable and unnecessary tests and procedures for which they and taxpayers paid millions of dollars."
And coincidentally, some of those millions found their way into Bob Menendez's pocket, as well as into the coffers of the DNC.
Reached late Tuesday, Tricia Enright, a spokeswoman for Menendez, said of Melgen's new indictment: "The senator knows nothing about this. It has nothing to do with the senator's case."
Dr. Melgen should've bought a dog instead of a Senator. At least then he'd
still have a friend.
Cop-killer loving teacher Marylin Zuniga tried to defend herself last night in front of the Orange, NJ Board of Education.
And since she had nothing to stand on, she played the Race Card.
Zuniga, clutching a written statement in her hands, leaned into a microphone and made her first public remarks about a controversy that has gained international attention.
In her remarks at Tuesday's meeting, Zuniga addressed how she became a teacher, her efforts to help the local community - and the circumstances that led to the "get well" letters to Abu-Jamal.
After feeling disconnected as a teenager, growing up in a predominantly white community, Zuniga said she decided to become a teacher in her senior year of high school.
"Growing up in a predominantly white suburb, attending a majority white school district, my teachers and peers marginalized me as a first generation immigrant, Peruvian-American," Zuniga said.
"The cultural gap between my educators and me caused me to feel disconnected from my school work and learning altogether. It wasn't until my experience in the classroom my senior year of high school that I realized I could be the teacher I never had."
Translation: I had every opportunity to get ahead, but I decided to become a Marxist because white people didn't bow down to my multicultural sensitivities.
Remember when immigrants assimilated? Yeah, me neither.
So, our Ms. Zuniga felt "disconnected," eh? But not in the way that Daniel Faulkner is disconnected from his life. Her disconnect is more metaphorical. And harder to endure, of course. Because, racism.
The poor dear, she had to settle for a second-rate education, too.
Oh, wait, no she didn't.
After graduating with honors from Montclair State University, Zuniga decided to pursue her master's degree at Columbia University before entering the \classroom. "I felt that my future students deserved the best and the only way they would receive that is if I was fully equipped as an educator," she said.
Darn those racist white people! How'd that lowly Peruvian sneak into one of their most esteemed graduate programs? Columbia already graduated that Obama fellow, you'd think that would've satisfied the quota gods. But no, they took in a "disconnected" young lady, laid the world at her feet, and were rewarded for their trouble in the only way a Marxist knows. Anger.
Then she brought her politics into the classroom, the better to indoctrinate her charges into the cult of victimhood. She got caught. And her only regret is that she blabbed about it.
Zuniga apologized for highlighting the letters on social media.
"I was very proud of my students' work and I shared this on social media," Zuniga said. "I do apologize to parents, students and community members for having done that."
She's not sorry she brainwashed a room full of eight-year-olds.
She's sorry she got carried away with enthusiasm for her success.
Her "apology" isn't really to the parents and the taxpayers. It's to her fellow travelers, for outing their insidious agenda. She regrets not keeping the whole sordid affair under her hat, at least until she achieved tenure, when of course she'd be free to assign The Communist Manifesto for summer reading.
And get this, she wants a second chance.
"Given my record, I do not believe this one episode justifies my termination. However, if the board has decided to terminate me, then I am prepared to submit my resignation to avoid the consequences to my career that would follow from termination."
Oh, I'd say it's a little too late for avoiding consequences. Not unless Google vanishes from the face of the earth.
As for it being "one episode," well then, I guess the results of her "hands up, don't shoot" assignment have already been fed into a shredder. Which is a pity, because I'd really like to have read the radical slogans she undoubtedly fed to her students.
Marylin Zuniga is but a cog in academia's leftward march. She's hardly unique.
But we need to make an example of her. Show the bastards that we're not going
to take it any more. Prevent her from poisoning any more young minds. Fire her.
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