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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.
Sooner or later, everyone will be dependent on the government.
At least that seems to be the trend.
Medicaid, the public health insurance program expanded under the Affordable Care Act, now covers nearly one out of every five New Jersey residents, according to the latest enrollment figures.
More than 420,000 people signed up for insurance since New Jersey allowed more people to into the program, according to Valerie Harr, director of the division of medical assistance and health services for the N.J. Department of Human Services.
About 80,000 of those people already qualified for the program under the old income guidelines - but didn't realize it until they attempted to enroll in Obamacare policies and found they were poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.
All told, 1.7 million New Jersey residents will now have the bulk of their medical expenses covered by Medicaid.
Obamanomics — it's Trickle Up Poverty!
Of course, the Obamabots / Hillarians* consider putting 20 percent of New Jersey on the dole a success. Because they're not paying for it.
But, those of us who are still dumb enough to be working for a living?
*I am open to a better moniker for Hillary's Hypnotized Hordes. Hillaridiots? Hillunatics? Hillemmings? Hillbillies?
Remember Patricia Jannuzzi? She dared to post Catholic teachings on Facebook, and the homofascists went berserk. Initially it was reported that she'd been fired from her teaching job at Immaculata Catholic High School. But happily, that turns out to be incorrect.
Patricia Jannuzzi, the veteran Immaculata High School teacher suspended for her anti-gay Facebook posts, will be reinstated immediately, school principal Jean Kline said in a letter dated Friday.
Jannuzzi, a 33-year theology teacher at Immaculata, was forced by Immaculata to deactivate her Facebook page after several alumni started circulating screen shots of her sharply worded posts against gay marriage and gay rights. Two days later, the school placed her on administrative leave.
Don't you just love how the supposedly impartial media frames her statements? "Anti-gay." "Sharply worded posts against gay marriage and gay rights." As if she were evil. Or worse.
Let's put it into the proper perspective. Her postings were Pro-Catholic. It's no secret that Holy Mother Church opposes same-sex "marriage." It shouldn't be controversial for a teacher in a Catholic school to articulate that opposition. Especially a religion teacher.
If Immaculata isn't teaching Catholic doctrine in their religion classes, what exactly are they teaching?
One is left to wonder. Because the school continues to dance around the tenets of our faith.
Immaculata High School has reached an understanding with Mrs. Patricia Jannuzzi. It is the School's position that a Catholic school teacher must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful. Tone and choice of words matter and I trust Mrs. Jannuzzi's stated promise to strive always to teach in a spirit of truth and charity.
From the beginning this was a personnel and not a theological issue. We are now and always have been united in our understanding and commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church. By agreement with all parties involved, there will be no further comment on the issue.
Right. It's not "theological." And you can't talk about it.
The letter goes on to say that teachers have been told that if the issue comes up in the classroom, students will be told "this was a personnel issue and not one about theology" and there should be no further discussion about it. Kline encouraged parents to tell students the same thing if the issue comes up at home.
"Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
Since when are parents prohibited from talking about Catholic theology? By a Catholic school no less? That's disgraceful. And wrong.
What we need is more emphasis on morality. Instead we get vaccillation. And appeasement.
So let me introduce some clarity.
The Catholic Church thus teaches: "Basing itself on sacred Scripture, which
presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always
declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary
to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not
proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no
circumstances can they be approved."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357).
Catholics who participate in homosexual acts, or who advocate for same-sex "marriage," are wise to heed the stipulations of Canon 915:
Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.
Make note of these words Principal Kline — "obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin" — and be guided accordingly.
That goes for anyone who persists in promoting the homofascist agenda, too.
There is but one path for those with homosexual tendencies: chastity.
"Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that
teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship,
by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely
approach Christian perfection."
(CCC 2357. 2359).
Immaculata High School, and all Catholics, should have no problem making these
doctrinal points abundantly clear. Perhaps they could ask Mrs. Jannuzzi to
show them the way.
Her union protects her right to be an America-hating idiot. Marylin Zuniga, the Orange, NJ teacher who forced her third-graders to write "get well" letters to convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, has been suspended, with pay.
An Orange elementary school teacher has been suspended for having her third-grade students write "get well" letters to an inmate convicted of killing a cop, school officials announced today.
In a statement provided by Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee, district officials sharply criticized the assignment given by teacher Marylin Zuniga to write letters to former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
School officials said they "vehemently deny" having prior knowledge of the assignment, and said Zuniga neither sought prior approval nor notified parents about this "unauthorized activity."
The district is closed for spring break this week, but school officials said they will commence a full investigation into the matter when staff and students return on Monday.
"Ms. Zuniga will be immediately suspended with pay until such time the investigation is completed and based upon the results of the investigation additional action may be taken by the Board of Education," the statement reads.
Yeah, uh huh, they're doing the Sgt. Schultz Shuffle — I knew nuh-think! — while trying to cover their butts. Didn't anyone in the district follow her Twitter feed?
Senator Cory Booker was one of her followers. I guess that says a lot right there, doesn't it?
And I say "was" because, she's so dedicated to her revolutionary cause that she's taken down her Twitter page. Way to stand up for your principles, comrade.
This isn't her first foray into radical indoctrination either, which also ought to be a clue for the nitwits who hired her:
If a 3rd grader can tell it like it is..never underestimate youth.The mind of a child is where the revolution begins! pic.twitter.com/TBlNBa9ZRT
— Marylin (@Marylin_Zuniga) December 5, 2014
Today my students watched videos from Saturday's #MillionsMarchNYC and wrote their own creative chants/lyrics to be used at future marches..
— Marylin (@Marylin_Zuniga) December 16, 2014
But hey, they "vehemently deny" any knowledge of her assignments. Or her methods. Or where her "revolution begins."
Which sounds like the school's principal is either incompetently not monitoring her staff, or she saw nothing to complain about. Until, of course, sane people noticed what was going on in the third grade.
Sadly, my money's on incompetence. The school rates a 2 (out of 10). And Marylin Zuniga isn't doing much to fix that.
Let's hope she's fired. Soon. And that she never sets foot in another classroom
to brainwash unsuspecting young minds. Our children deserve better. And Mumia
Abu-Jamal deserves to rot in hell for all eternity.
"Fairness" my ass. The FCC's Net Neutrality power grab was about one thing, and one thing only — taxes.
Not long after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler swore that the FCC takeover of the Internet wouldn't result in new taxes or fees, it appears likely that new taxes will show up on Internet bills in the near future.
In mid-March, Wheeler told a House panel that he couldn't, in fact, rule out a new Internet fee to help pay for the government's "Universal Service Fund" (USF).
By shoving the Internet into the agency's Title II regulatory scheme — which was set up 80 years ago to regulate the telephone monopoly — Wheeler made it possible to do so.
He said a special board representing federal and state governments was weighing whether to impose that tax. Right now, the USF is paid for by a tax added to long-distance bills.
"How they resolve things in the future I do not know," he told the House committee.
These are Democrats. They never met a tax they didn't like. Or one they couldn't increase. You'd have to be an idiot, or an Obamabot, to pretend otherwise.
And The Los Angeles Times is calling the FCC out.
The Los Angeles Times doesn't seem to think so. An article published Thursday leads with: "Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive."
It quotes Hal Singer of the centrist Progressive Policy Institute, who figures the USF fee and various other charges that state and local government are likely to add to Internet bills will cost consumers around $11 billion a year.
Not exactly chump change, eh?
And remember, back in December Wheeler bumped the current USF tax by $1.5 billion so he could spend more on subsidies for broadband in schools and libraries.
Handing out free internet to his homies has always been one of Obama's policy goals. Now he's got 11 billion reasons to add an ObamaNet subscription to every ObamaPhone out there.
If you like your internet service, you can keep your internet service. You'll
just be paying a lot more for it. Which doesn't sound all that "neutral" to me.
Remember when children were taught to respect police officers?
Yeah, me neither.
Because now, they're taught to honor cop-killers.
A group of school children in New Jersey apparently wrote "get well" letters to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Abu-Jamal, a former death row inmate, was rushed to a hospital late last month to be treated for complications from diabetes, according to family members and supporters.
The former Black Panther was convicted of shooting and killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
"Fox and Friends" reported that a group of New Jersey third graders were encouraged by their teacher to write him "get better soon" letters. High school students also wrote letters for Abu-Jamal.
The letters were reportedly delivered to the killer by Johanna Fernandez, a professor of history at Baruch College in New York City.
Of course it's a tenured public school unionista behind this atrocity.
Marylin Zuniga, who teaches third grade language arts and social studies at Forest Street School in Orange, N.J. was apparently behind the letter writing campaign.
On Apr. 5, she tweeted: "Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez. My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia"
She won't be fired. Or reprimanded. Only teachers who speak out to defend traditional values get fired.
The public school system is a hotbed of radical leftist indoctrination.
You'd have to be an idiot, or a dedicated anti-American communist sympathizer, to belive that Wesley Cook (this "Mumia" character's real name) didn't shoot Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood.
Their "hero" shot a cop in the back. And then, execution-style, between the eyes. That's who this teacher wants to "get well." A cop-killing piece of trash who should have been fried in an electric chair and left to rot in an unmarked grave.
Putting your child in her classroom is parental malpractice.
Way to go Orange, NJ. We see where your priorities lie. Every day that
Marylin Zuniga retains her job tells us all we need to know. You're a town
the same page as the execrable Al Sharpton: "What do we want? …
Dead cops!" Thanks for showing your true colors.
Old and busted: Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.
"This framework is the result of tough, principled diplomacy," Obama said in his weekly address to the nation. "It's a good deal — a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon."
New hotness: Iran will absolutely get the bomb, in 13 years.
President Obama admitted Tuesday in a broadcast interview that his nuclear agreement with Iran only delays Tehran from eventually acquiring a weapon, which could come immediately after Year 13 of the agreement -- leaving the problem for future presidents.
Obama made the comments about Tehran's so-called "breakout time" in an interview with NPR News that aired Tuesday morning. The president was attempting to answer the charge that the deal framework agreed upon by the U.S., Iran, and five other nations last week fails to eliminate the risk of Iran getting a nuclear weapon because it allows Tehran to keep enriching uranium.
Obama said that Iran would be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms of uranium -- not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material.
"What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero," Obama said.
Now to be fair, Obama made that first promise a whole three days ago.
And 13 years is more time than Neville Chamberlain gave the Jews of Europe in 1938.
But make no mistake. This "historic" deal gives Iran the green light to wipe Israel off the map. They've been waiting for that day for 1,300 years. What's another 13 to them?
The path is clear. The plan is established. And Caliph Barack I is pleased.
I'm home alone for the week. The wife and kid are off to visit family. And somebody has to take care of the dog. He's a pretty good dog, so I don't mind. Plus, I have to do everybody's taxes. Should I hire an accountant? Probably. But I'm stubborn. I have a degree in Mathematics. Surely I can figure out how to compute the cost basis of municipal bonds Tammy's Mom bought for Sophie before she was born.
Good thing I bought extra batteries for my calculator.
The people who created America's tax code hate Americans.
So I haven't had a lot of time to tend to my blog.
Tonight I made a dinner I like — calves' liver, bacon, and onions. The girls turn their noses up at it. But it was delicious, and Roscoe (the dog) liked it just fine too.
Alright, it's time for Things I Might Have Blogged About If I Didn't Have To Appease The IRS.
Indiana's RFRA. Mike Pence is a putz. He should have stood firm against the homofascists. Instead he appeased the forces of darkness, and now it's open season on Christians. Because forcing us to violate our faith is much more important than asking a homosexual to find another pizzeria. Thomas Jefferson said so, when he erected that imaginary wall of separation between Church and State.
Riddle me this Batman. In Colorado, it's against the law to refuse to bake a gay "wedding" cake. But not to refuse to create a cake with "anti-gay" slogans on it.
Because one is "hate speech." And the other, isn't.
Freedom? Yeah, we don't have that. What we have is tyranny.
Here's a News Flash kids. The very idea of homosexual "marriage" is Hate Speech to me. But alas, I'm not allowed to have that opinion. My beliefs are "improper." And I'll soon be whisked off to one of Hillary's re-education camps, the better to align my thoughts with Progressive Conventional Wisdom.
Or they'll load me into a boxcar.
That's always the end result of fascism, loading people into boxcars. Homofascism will turn out no differently.
Speaking of Hillary, here's some food for thought: The same media machine that lied about the UVA rape hoax and "hands up don't shoot" and begat Brian Williams and Dan Rather will swear they're telling you the truth about Hillary Clinton and her 2016 GOP opponents. Honest.
And if you believe them? You're a moron.
Sadly, far too many voters will believe it. Hook, line, and sinker. Right after they get done telling you that Fox News is biased.
Just like they're hyped for Barry's hopelessly horrible Iran nuke deal. The guy who traded 5 high-level terrorists for a deserter; the guy who turned Libya into a quadmire; the guy who's still hoping the Muslim Brotherhood can destroy Egypt; the guy who pulled out of Afghanistan only to get sucked back in again; the guy who sacrificed Yemen to Al Qaeda; and the guy who gave Russia a blank check in Ukraine, this time he's got everything under control.
He promises that Iran won't get a nuclear weapon.
And if you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance.
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, right after Obamacare saves you $2,500 per year too.
Remember when Bill Clinton spewed the same nonsense about North Korea?
Iran will get The Bomb.
Then, Iran will destroy Israel.
And Barack Obama will smile.
Congratulations New Jersey workers. If you're crazy enough to have a job, you'll spend the first 4½ months of this year toiling to support the moocher class.
New Jerseyans will have to work an extra four days this year to be free of taxes, according to a report that once again says Garden State residents have the highest tax burden in the nation.
The right-leaning Tax Foundation's annual "tax freedom day" report card says residents in New Jersey and Connecticut will work the longest in the nation this year to pay off their taxes: until May 13. Last year, "tax freedom day" for both states was May 9.
"The sad reality is that every extra day middle-class taxpayers in New Jersey work to pay for government is one less day they are free to provide for their families, save for their child's education or their retirement, or to invest in their businesses in order to create jobs and opportunity," Americans for Prosperity State Director Erica Klemens said in a statement.
Government cheese ain't cheap.
And the people who vote for a living are never satisfied. They vote Democrat, because it's easier than getting a job.
Tell me again why I live here?
Corruption? In a politician from New Jersey's Hudson County? Where's my shocked face?
Bob Menendez's chickens have finally come home to roost. A federal grand jury indicted him today on corruption charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.
Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor.
A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.
Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the business interests of Dr. Salomon Melgen, including by intervening on the doctor's behalf in a medical billing dispute.
And no, this isn't an April Fools post.
Interestingly, news leaked earlier this week that Bob's co-conspirator is going to be indicted as well.
Federal prosecutors are moving toward charging a Florida eye doctor over his dealings with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, according to a person familiar with a Justice Department investigation into their relationship.
How nice. They can be cell mates. It's a bit of a step down from the private plane and fancy villa in the Dominican Republic that they're used to, but I suppose they'll muddle through OK.
And I guess we're gonna need to hold another special election. Steve Lonegan,
please call your office!
Will MSNBC's last viewer please change the channel?
Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for MSNBC, along came the quarterly ratings reports.
In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC endured its lowest quarterly demo numbers in a decade, and its total viewership since the final quarter of 2007. Prime-time viewership was down 45 percent in the demo from the first quarter of 2014, while daytime viewership was down 39 percent in the demo.
Between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, for instance, more people were watching Al Jazeera America than MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts and "The Cycle."
Sucking up to terrorists and libtards is not a winning strategy.
The Big Kahuna in the ratings war? Fox News! For the 53rd consecutive quarter.
With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen.
In fact, Fox News had the five top watched and rated shows on cable news for the quarter. Again. Leading the pack? Bill O'Reilly. Meanwhile, Rachel Madcow fell to 26th place, behind reruns of Bill O'Reilly.
Their own families don't watch MSNBC.
At some point the poobahs at Comcast will have to put profits ahead of ideology. At least I think they will. Who knows? They're obviously in the tank for the Hilldebeest, and if she wins, running MSNBC at a loss is probably cheaper than writing checks to the Clinton Foundation.
Still, it warms my heart to see the looney lefties down for the count. Their shrillness echoes so loudly because there are so few of them to absorb it, not because their message is powerful or noteworthy.
If a cable news network bloviates in the forest, and there's no one around
to hear it, does it even matter anymore?
Five years since it was shoved down our throats in the dark of night, and despite all the debacles encountered along the way, Obamacare's supporters continue to insist it's "working." Their definition of "working" must be different from mine. Because even if it might have succeeded in forcing people to buy health insurance, those people can't find a doctor who'll take it.
The Affordable Care Act has provided a path for 420,500 low-income New Jersey residents to gain insurance through the Medicaid program, but a new study says the state ranks last in the nation in doctors willing to treat them.
Just 38.7 percent of New Jersey physicians said they accepted new Medicaid patients in 2013 — far below the national average of nearly 69 percent, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Jersey is the only state where fewer than half of the doctors accepted new Medicaid patients. California, at 54.2 percent is second-lowest in the nation.
New Jersey also ranked at the bottom in a 2011-12 survey of 8,158 physicians, when 46 percent of primary care doctors said they had planned to take on new Medicaid patients.
Can you guess why?
Obamacare is long on promises, and short on payments.
New Jersey's Medicaid physician reimbursement rates — among the lowest in the country despite the state's high cost of living — have long suppressed doctor participation in the program known as NJ FamilyCare.
Are you surprised by that? Of course you aren't.
Obamabots believe doctors should work for free.
Notice how they don't hold themselves to the same standard.
A report by NJ Advance Media in February detailed the problems people on Medicaid have finding a doctor who will see them. Making the situation even more challenging to patients, an investigation of the insurance company lists of participating providers revealed those lists to be inaccurate or out-of-date.
Bad info from the Obamacare website? Say it ain't so!
Of course it's so. The whole thing is a train wreck.
It's the illusion of health care.
The doctor won't see you now. So, don't get sick.
NATO? That's so colonialist man.
So it's really no surprise when The Great And Powerful Obama chooses to snub his NATO counterpart.
President Barack Obama reportedly will not meet with NATO's new secretary general when he is in Washington this week, despite requests from the alliance chief's staff for a get-together.
Bloomberg View reported Tuesday that Jens Stoltenberg's office requested a meeting with Obama in advance of his scheduled visit, but did not receive any response from the White House. Instead, Bloomberg View reported that Stoltenberg had to settle for a last-minute meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
Send the new guy! There's golf to be played, and dictators to be coddled.
Perhaps Mr. Stoltenberg should try wallowing in a bathtub full of Fruit Loops. That seems to get Obama's attention…
The report of Obama's snub comes amid Russia's growing willingness to test NATO's military readiness. On Tuesday, NATO jets were scrambled after four Russian military planes were spotted flying over the Baltic Sea with their transponders turned off. Over the weekend, a Danish newspaper published remarks by the Russian ambassador to Denmark in which he hinted that Russian missiles could target Danish warships if Copenhagen joins NATO's missile defense system.
But the most far-reaching example of Russian belligerence came Tuesday, when Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that Moscow was preparing to lease 12 long-range bombers to Argentina in exchange for shipments of beef and wheat. The report comes after a round of rhetoric from Russian officials questioning Britain's claim to the Falkland Islands.
The Russian position echoed remarks made last year by Argentina president Cristina de Kirchner, who said, "The Malvinas [Argentina's name for the archipelago] has always belonged to Argentina, the same way that Crimea also belonged to the Soviet Union until it was given to Ukraine."
A Russian-backed attack on the Falklands is in effect a proxy attack on NATO. You'd think our president would be worried about that.
The United States is taking part in joint military operations with Iran, admitting it is providing aerial surveillance over the current battle for Tikrit.
Troops loyal to the Baghdad government, along with Iran-backed Shia militia and some Sunni tribesmen, have surrounded Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters in Saddam's old palace complex and one other part of the city, but have been unable to make further progress.
The attack has been openly master-minded by an Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, head of the internationally-focused Al Quds division of the Revolutionary Guard, who has been photographed on the front lines.
An official from the US-led coalition operating air strikes against Isil in Iraq and Syria confirmed to the Reuters news agency that it was now providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance from the air to support the attack.
The United States is also said to be awaiting an imminent formal request for the coalition to join in military operations directly from the air, which it would be likely to grant.
Hey, let's help Iran conquer Iraq! What could go wrong?
The sight of American jets effectively acting as an air force for Iranian regional interests will further alarm critics at home and in the Arab Sunni world already looking nervously at a possible rapprochement between the two old foes after a possible deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.
Gee, ya think?
Will our pilots be required to scream "Death To America!" too?
"Over the weekend, Ayatollah Khomeini gave a speech," Acosta said. "And during that speech, there were people in the crowd chanting 'Death to America' and the Ayatollah responded back to them according to various translations, Of course, 'Death to America.' Do those comments give this White House any pause about moving forward with a nuclear deal with that country?"
Nah. "Death To America" is Farsi for "Hope and Change."
Every Obamabot knows that.
Can you believe it's been 5 long years since Obamacare went into effect?
Can you believe there are still deluded people out there who like Obamacare?
Not for long. The pain, it is coming.
Half of the households that received subsidies to help pay health insurance premiums last year under the Affordable Care Act will probably have to repay some of that money to the federal government, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Taxpayers generally receive subsidies in advance, with the amount based on their projected household income for the year the insurance policy will be in effect. But they must then reconcile the estimate with their actual income when filing federal taxes. Kaiser estimated that subsidy recipients who underestimated their incomes will owe $794 on average.
There goes your refund. Please make your check payable to
America Ready For Hillary and don't forget to mail it in by April
Speaking of pain, small business is bearing the brunt of Obamacare's onerous record-keeping requirements.
Complying with the health care law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn't have to spend before the new regulations went into effect.
Brad Mete estimates his staffing company, Affinity Resources, will spend $100,000 this year on record-keeping and filing documents with the government. He's hired two extra staffers and is spending more on services from its human resources provider.
The Affordable Care Act, which as of next Jan. 1 applies to all companies with 50 or more workers, requires owners to track staffers' hours, absences and how much they spend on health insurance. Many small businesses don't have the human resources departments or computer systems that large companies have, making it harder to handle the paperwork. On average, complying with the law costs small businesses more than $15,000 a year, according to a survey released a year ago by the National Business Association.
"It's a horrible hassle," says Mete, managing partner of the Miami-based company.
That's $15,000 the business can't spend on raises, or expansion, or supplies. It's wasted, a lost opportunity really, dragging our economy down.
But don't take my word for it. Listen to Senate Democrats.
A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to delay a key portion of Obamacare because the results could be "harmful and disruptive."
The letter was signed by Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester and independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats.
"We are writing to share our concerns regarding scheduled changes to the definition of the small group market under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)," the senators wrote in the letter, dated March 12.
"Under the law, employers with 51 to 100 employees will be included in the ACA's definition of small group market starting in 2016. Instead of providing stability, we believe expanding the definition will force those historically defined 'large group plans' into the 'small group market,' where they could experience higher premiums, less flexibility, and new barriers to coverage. We therefore encourage you to delay the effective date in the definition change for two years so the market can more smoothly transition to the new rules."
Wait, I thought Obamacare was working swimmingly and all the kinks were worked out! How can these senators say it causes "higher premiums, less flexibility, and new barriers to coverage?"
Because the small group marketplace (aka SHOP) still isn't built, that's why. It's 2 years behind schedule. And I'll know you'll find this hard to believe, but it's actually more of a trainwreck than the original Obamacare web site.
As a guy who's already stuck in the hell that is Obamacare's small business marketplace, let me tell you, it's worse than you can imagine. Choices? Yeah, we have "choices." Between Expensive, Ridiculously Expensive, and Donald Trump Couldn't Afford This Plan. We liked our insurance. We didn't get to keep our insurance. And our employees are not happy. Not one bit.
Just wait until thousands and thousands more hapless schmucks are subjected to the same fate. No wonder these senators are worried, people who are pissed off at Obamacare might not vote for HillBillary. They might even decide to put that Ted Cruz feller into the White House. And then where would progressivism be?
Obamacare, it's so great they have to force you to buy it, and then they have to
keep postponing the really scary parts so they can retain their hold on power.
No wonder it's so popular!
Twitter is already inserting unsolicited, er "promoted" content into our timelines. Now they're gonna eat even more of our monthly mobile bandwidth with autoplay video ads.
Because what we all want is spurts of useless cruft annoying us at inopportune times, right?
It seems like everyone wants to shove autoplaying videos in your face and now Twitter wants to join the ranks of Facebook and Instagram in the fight for your eyeballs.
According to Advertising Age, Twitter is now testing video advertisements that automatically play in your feed. The test applies to promoted video ads and hopes to see if users are more likely to watch videos if they play without a tap.
Autoplay Video Must Die.
I don't understand the point of companies who set out to annoy their potential customers. And that's what autoplay is, annoying. It breaks my train of thought, sending me scrambling to find the mute or stop button, while cursing your company's miserable existance the entire time.
So listen up Madison Avenue. Write this down, because it's important.
An autoplay video ad for your product makes me hate you with the white-hot passion of 1,000 suns. And it makes me hate your product, too.
I guarantee I will be 100% dead-set against purchasing any product that annoys me with an autoplay video ad.
And I assure you, I'm not alone.
BTW, I also shun websites (Hi ABCnews, I'm looking at you) who autoplay content.
Because Autoplay Is Evil. Always. And forever.
Just Stop it. Now.
Who the hell died and put Moochelle in charge of our kid's snack time?
Well, as the saying goes, she's Large And In Charge. And if your kid is too fat, she wants to know.
Bureaucrats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and measure children in daycare as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The agency published a notice in the Federal Register on Friday proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much physical activity children perform.
"Children will be asked to cooperate with study staff who will weigh and measure them for the Standing Height and Weight Form," the notice said.
The study is required by section 223 of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama and passed in 2010. The main aspect of the law implemented new standards for school lunches.
A lesser-known requirement of the law is the "Study on Nutrition and Wellness Quality in Childcare Settings (SNAQCS)," which the USDA announced Friday. The public will have 60 days to comment.
The USDA said the data collection is important since more than 30 million kids are in daycare.
Privacy? Yeah, you don't have that.
Choices? You don't have those either.
But, nagging? For sure. Because your kid will eat what Moochelle tells her to eat. And nothing else.
I don't remember seeing this sociopathic control freak on my election ballot. How about you? The fact that she is monitoring our children, and then creating regulations governing what we feed them? Well, that's how I spell FASCISM.
If she wants to micromanage her own kids' meals? Not my concern.
And if people want to voluntarily submit to her tyranny? Well, there's apparently no law against stupidity.
But I'll be damned if I let an unelected busybody dictate what my daughter is allowed to eat.
Michelle Obama needs to go back to tending her White House vegetable garden.
Oh, excuse me, Michelle Obama needs to go back to asking Juan and Miguel and Esmerelda to tend her White House vegetable garden. And it might be nice if she forced her own little princesses to eat the crap she's foisting on our kids.
Fat chance of that. Do as Her Majesty says, not as she does. And of course
she gets to eat cake.
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