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It's not exactly a smoking gun. And it's certainly not a stinging rebuke. But at least it's not a total whitewash either. The State Department's Inspector General has finally issued a report on Hillary Clinton's private email server, and yes, it says she broke the rules.
The State Department's independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton's email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the "security risks in doing so."
The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton's use of private email for public business was "not an appropriate method" of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed.
The report says Clinton, who is the Democratic presidential front-runner, should have printed and saved her emails during her four years in office or surrendered her work-related correspondence immediately upon stepping down in February 2013. Instead, Clinton provided those records in December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office.
The report found that a top Clinton aide was warned in 2010 that the system may not properly preserve records but dismissed those worries, indicating that the system passed legal muster. But the inspector general said it could not show evidence of a review by legal counsel.
So far so good, right?
Here comes the "but."
The 83-page report reviews email practices by five secretaries of state and generally concludes that record keeping has been spotty for years.
It was particularly critical of former secretary of state Colin Powell — who has acknowledged publicly that he used a personal email account to conduct business — concluding that he too failed to follow department policy designed to comply with public-record laws.
And there you have it. The "everybody else was doing it" defense.
It's a smokescreen big enough to hide all of her transgressions.
You watch. The FBI will say they can't recommend indicting Hillary because they didn't indict Colin Powell way-back-when.
And then all the way to November, no matter what Trump says about Crooked Hillary, her media sycophants will keep spinning the lack of an indictment as "proving" she was "cleared."
I told you guys the fix was in.
Damn, I hate being right all the time.
Remember back in March when I noted that Obama bypassed Congress to send $500 million to a UN climate slush fund?
Congress didn't appropriate any money for his green dreams, so he took the $500 million from "somewhere else."
Well, Thanks to Senator James Lankford (R-OK) now we know where that money was supposed to go. Zika prevention.
I've said several times on the Senate floor, over the last two weeks, that the Zika virus is a serious threat and should be dealt with responsibly by funding immediate vaccine research and aggressive mosquito population control.
In a floor speech last week, I also shed light on the fact that Congress last December provided the Obama administration with authority to pull money from bilateral economic assistance to foreign countries.
They can use those funds to combat infectious diseases, if the administration believed there is an infectious disease emergency. In the middle of the Zika epidemic, the administration did use their authority to pull money from foreign aid and spend it, but they didn't use it for Zika.
You might ask — so what did the administration spend the infectious disease money on earlier this year?
You guessed it… climate change.
In March, President Obama gave the United Nations $500 million out of an account under bilateral economic assistance to fund the U.N.'s Green Climate Fund.
Congress refused to allocate funding for the U.N. Climate Change Fund last year, so the president used this account designated for international infectious diseases to pay for his priority.
Sorry pregnant women, Mother Gaia takes priority over you.
While I understand that intelligent people can disagree on the human effects on the global climate, it is hard to imagine a reason why the administration would prioritize the U.N. Green Climate Fund over protecting the American people, especially pregnant women, from the Zika virus.
Oh c'mon Senator, of course you can imagine why this president would prioritize climate change over human suffering. It's his legacy. It's how he collects accolades from preening liberals like Leonardo DiCaprio. And face it, what Leo thinks is far more important to Mr. Obama than the suffering of some nameless, faceless children.
It's called Virtue Signaling.
Combating Climate Change gets him invited to all the best parties and fawning coverage from the New York Times. Fighting Zika is harder, prone to possible failure, and not something limousine liberals care about because if it affects them at all, it's only because the maid or the gardener is prattling on about it instead of doing what they're paid to do.
Climate Change is the cause du jour.
Zika is somebody else's problem.
Fortunately Senator there is another arrow in your quiver. Introduce legislation
to bring back DDT. If nothing else, hilarity will ensue.
Choices? You now have fewer.
The number of insurance companies offering health coverage via the Affordable Care Act marketplace in New Jersey will dip to four next year when Oxford Health Plans, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, pulls out.
UnitedHealthcare, the nation's largest insurer, announced in April that it would leave the Obamacare marketplaces next year in most of the 34 states in which it offered coverage. High health costs for the small number of people who signed up in those markets led it to project $650 million in losses this year, the company reported. The company did not reveal its plans for New Jersey at that time.
A state insurance official notified the company on Tuesday 5/17 that the withdrawal of its HMO offerings was approved, to take effect on Jan. 1. The HMO will no longer be offered either on healthcare.gov or in the state's unsubsidized individual market.
There goes my plan.
I liked it. But, I can't keep it.
Of course I liked my pre-Obamacare plan better, but I couldn't keep that either.
Oxford customers affected by this move are to receive notification letters in late June. They will be able to shop for replacement coverage during the open enrollment period that begins on Nov. 1.
Yippee Kai Ay.
The insurers currently approved to sell coverage through the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey are Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, AmeriHealth of New Jersey, Health Republic of New Jersey, and Oscar Health Insurance, which is available in nine counties, including Bergen and Passaic.
With competition decreasing, watch for rate hikes. Big rate hikes. Because anyone who thought "affordable care" meant lower prices is an idiot. Or a Democrat. But I repeat myself.
Donald Trump says he'll shut Obamacare down.
I think I'm ready to vote for that.
Verizon's unionized workers voluntarily walked off the job, to demand higher pay and more lavish benefits. Now they're earning zero, and crying poverty. So naturally New Jersey Democrats want to bail them out with our tax dollars.
Striking workers could be eligible to collect unemployment benefits in New Jersey under a bill approved by the state Senate Labor Committee on Monday.
The bill is aimed at assisting Verizon workers who've been on strike for a month, but would change the rules for receiving unemployment insurance for all during labor disputes.
The committee approved the bill (S2160) 3-1.
I wanna shake the hand of the person who voted "no."
"This legislation we obviously think is important for the thousands of workers who have really almost (been) forced to be off the job, walked off their job, because of the contract dispute and the way in which Verizon has negotiated this contract and what Verizon has asked their employees to do in order to maintain their employment," state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex), who sponsored the bill along with state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester).
Um, OK. Except Verizon didn't lock them out. They could be working right now, earning a paycheck, which as it happens, is already bigger than current telecom industry norms.
The unionistas voluntarily walked off the job.
Actions have consequences. And one consequence of walking off the job is that you no longer get paid.
Nicholas Sheola, a chief steward for CWA Local 1000, said that while CWA has a strike relief fund that pays out about $300 a week, IBEW members don't have the same benefit. To get by, he said, they're borrowing money from family and friends or "they're robbing Peter to pay Paul."
The IBEW doesn't have a strike fund?
Don't their members pay union dues? Where does that money go?
Oh, right, it goes toward campaign contributions to Democrats.
Which, of course, is why the Democrats are so eager to pander to them with our money.
"We don't know when we're going back to work. It's a big hit," he said. "A lot of us have families. We don't have medical anymore, so we may have to pay for Cobra or something like that. So another source of income would be good to have."
Yo, Chief, I know when you can go back to work.
Show up. Do your job. And amazingly Verizon will pay you!
But that's harder than taking a taxpayer-funded vacation, so it's obviously a non-starter with you wannabe socialists.
Fortunately Governor Chris Christie is almost certain to veto this insanity.
So it's merely grandstanding by bought-and-paid-for Democrats for their
gullible unionista donors. Vote Democrat, it's easier than showing up for
That man in the girls' locker room? You're gonna pay to put him there.
Right behind his coed bathroom mandate, General Secretary Obama also decreed that health insurance companies participating in Obamacare must now cover sex change operations.
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final regulation Friday that will pressure health insurers to cover sex change operations, which could then be subsidized by taxpayers through Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.
The regulation "prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability; enhances language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protects individuals with disabilities," the agency said in a release.
Doctors and health insurers also cannot deny "health care or health coverage based on an individual's sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping."
In a fact sheet on the portion of the rule regarding sex discrimination, the government explains that health care providers cannot refuse to cover all services related to a sex change — such as hormone therapy, breast implants, and the surgery itself — as a matter of policy.
Let's tack on another expensive mandate! Because our premiums aren't high enough already, right?
Meanwhile, the folks who pioneered sex change surgery no longer offer that form of treatment. Here's why:
At Johns Hopkins, after pioneering sex-change surgery, we demonstrated that the practice brought no important benefits. As a result, we stopped offering that form of treatment in the 1970s. Our efforts, though, had little influence on the emergence of this new idea about sex, or upon the expansion of the number of "transgendered" among young and old....
I am ever trying to be the boy among the bystanders who points to what's real. I do so not only because truth matters, but also because overlooked amid the hoopla — enhanced now by Bruce Jenner's celebrity and Annie Leibovitz's photography — stand many victims. Think, for example, of the parents whom no one — not doctors, schools, nor even churches — will help to rescue their children from these strange notions of being transgendered and the problematic lives these notions herald. These youngsters now far outnumber the Bruce Jenner type of transgender [autogynephilia]. Although they may be encouraged by his public reception, these children generally come to their ideas about their sex not through erotic interests but through a variety of youthful psychosocial conflicts and concerns....
When "the tumult and shouting dies," it proves not easy nor wise to live in a counterfeit sexual garb. The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people — extending over thirty years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered — documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.
Speaking of Bruce Jenner, word is that he's going to "de-transition." So had this regulation been in place when he invented "Caitlyn," Obama would have us paying for both sex changes.
At least he's an adult, and if he wants to screw around with his plumbing and his hormones, well that's why we have tabloids and celebrity gossip columnists.
But when kids decide to reconfigure their biology, it's a whole lot more consequential.
Transgender people descend into despair when even all the medicine and medical advances that everyone encouraged can't change their biological reality. In fact, the medicine used on younger individuals prior to surgeries causes its own harms.
As gender dysphoria becomes more accepted as normal for children, "supportive" adults lead children to "helpful" doctors who use various "treatments" to block puberty. Some can merely delay puberty for a few years. But the blockers lock the child into sterility and health risks in their tweens and early teens.
For what other issue would any parent accept an increasing risk of cancer and suicide? We obsessively control our kids' diets and activities for far less dire outcomes based on far flimsier research.
According to Obama, a school that can't legally give a child an aspirin, can, and indeed must, honor that child's "perceived gender" with nary a question or raised eyebrow. And doctors who would cringe at seeing a teenage girl enter a tanning booth or smoke a cigarette won't hesitate to give her life-altering drugs that radically revise her transition into puberty.
Not only that, but according to Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist in chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, it's "impossible" too.
He went on to write that changing sexes is impossible and that what transgendered people actually do is become "feminized men or masculinized women."
Hmm. Now we're on to something. "Feminized men" and "masculinized women." That's the goal of Third-Wave Feminism, isn't it? Erasure of gender norms, leading to a society ruled by militant lesbians, with heterosexual men marginalized or eradicated altogether.
It's just one more way for cultural Marxists to
fundamentally transform America.
He's got a pen and a phone, and he's fundamentally transforming every corner of America. Your child's school is now in the crosshairs of his social justice warriors, and with it any expectations of privacy and decency.
(Cue Yul Brynner voice… So let it be written. So let it be done!)
The Obama administration is sending out an edict today to every school district in the country, insisting they open bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers to all children, regardless of sex, or risk federal discrimination lawsuits and yanked federal funds. Schools must treat children as transgender and thus entitled to open facilities access as soon as parents say they are, not after a medical diagnosis or birth certificate change. Schools may, however, give all the other kids with healthy gender identities curtains to hide behind or license to use toilet stalls to change.
Because in topsy-turvy SJW world, no one should feel "unwelcome," except, you know, all the normal kids.
"No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus," [Education Secretary John B.] King said. "We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence."
The only "harassment" here is coming from the LGBT bullies. They've already shoved a redefinition of marriage down our throats, and this is the next front in their all-out war on morality, decency, and common sense. To accommodate their radical agenda the vast majority of us must be inconvenienced, and of course irritated into mindless acceptance of their distorted worldview.
So if every girl in your school now feels "unwelcome" in the locker room when there's a boy showering with her, that's not a Real Problem. Because, "tolerance!" And the onus is on parents to seek "additional privacy" for our daughters, instead of quite reasonably creating a gender-neutral facility for the allegedly transgender child.
Do the rights of boys who identify as girls trump the rights of girls who are born girls?
That question is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by dozens of Illinois parents after the Obama administration's Department of Education strong-armed their school district into allowing a transgender student the right to use all girls' locker rooms.
"The girls are mortified," said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco, a religious liberty law firm representing some 50 families. "They are in a constant state of fear that their bodies are going to be exposed to a male in these settings. It's a constant state of stress and anxiety for them."
At least one of the plaintiffs, a female student at the high school, was harassed and bullied because she is uncomfortable changing in the same locker room with a biological boy.
While she was in the changing stall, other girls who were in the locker room began calling her names, including "transphobic" and "homophobic," the lawsuit states.
But that's not "bullying," right SJWs? Because to them it's "education." It's "awareness." It's "empowerment."
Which of course is nonsense on stilts.
Our daughters have Rights. And their rights are just as inviolate as the newly-minted rights of the confused teenage boy pretending to be a girl.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he will stand up for our daughters' rights by filing a lawsuit against the Department of Education over the mandate.
God bless Texas. And North Carolina.
I can't wait to see Hillary Clinton try to defend this policy on the campaign trail. It's gonna make her awkward encounter with a West Virginia coal miner look like a walk in the park in comparison.
Republicans could have a field day with this in the general election. Except we've managed to put forth a candidate who agrees with the bathroom bullies.
And down the rabbit hole we go.
Remember when President Bill Clinton rented out the Lincoln Bedroom?
That was just the warm-up act.
He and She Who Would Be Empress have collected at least $100 million dollars from Arab sheikhs and their autocratic and anti-Semetic regimes.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic presidential candidate Hillary's claim she can carry out independent Middle East policies.
As a presidential candidate, the amount of foreign cash the Clintons have amassed from the Persian Gulf states is "simply unprecedented," says national security analyst Patrick Poole.
"These regimes are buying access. You've got the Saudis. You've got the Kuwaitis, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. There are massive conflicts of interest. It's beyond comprehension," Poole told TheDCNF in an interview.
Overall, the Clinton Foundation has received upwards of $85 million in donations from five Persian Gulf states and their monarchs, according to the foundation's website.
The Clinton Foundation's ties go beyond support from governments. Four billionaire Saudis, along with groups the Dubai Foundation and Friends of Saudi Arabia, contributed another $30 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the foundation's website.
Those governments are some of the most horrific abusers of human rights in the world.
For years, the accusations have centered on the Persian Gulf practice of importing hundreds of thousands of poor foreign laborers who work for low wages, including hundreds of thousands of female "domestic workers" who have no labor rights and often face exploitation and sexual abuse.
I wonder how all the Clinton supporters wailing about North Carolina's "bathroom law" feel about that? Oh, right, it's a non-story, because Hillary has a vagina.
And money in politics is only bad when it comes from the Koch Brothers. Pure-as-the-driven-snow Hillary would never let a donor influence her stance on an important issue. Honest!
Yet as secretary of state, Clinton consciously and actively sought to legitimize the sheikdoms through many new Department of State programs.
It's unclear what kind of promises or concessions the Clintons may have given the monarchs in return for their lavish financial support over the years, but last month the candidate reversed her long-standing support for fracking.
Hillary's new position, unveiled last month at a CNN presidential debate with Democratic opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, put her in alignment with the Gulf State policy that opposes North American oil and gas fracking.
Imagine that. Purely coincidental!
So, to ask this question, is to answer it.
How would the American people ever know with any certainty that a decision by President Hillary Clinton was made to advance the best interests of the U.S. or to make the Clintons even richer?
Hillary's presidency is For Sale.
Eva Peron, eat your heart out.
New York City councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) is largely responsible for the plastic bag fee about to hit the Big Apple. And why is he so gung-ho about it? Because he wants the government to "irritate" you.
"It works by irritating us into changing our behavior," Lander said of the bag tax.
It works by irritating us. There can be some debate about the accuracy of one of those verbs, but not the other. Government, when it's being honest, acknowledges it isn't your buddy, your helper, your protector, your go-to source for inspiration and dreams.
Nope, the government is now proudly proclaiming itself your irritant. Let me suggest a very slight rewording of Lander's remark: "Our work is irritating you." And let it be inscribed in granite in public places.
This is the Progressive Democrats' raison d'etra, to irritate you.
And of course to signal how virtuous they are.
Do they care if their irritants cause real hardships for real people?
Don't make me laugh.
It's a display of self-love by upscale liberals. The Emmas and Sebastians of New York are already gaga about their nifty canvas tote bags and their virtue-signaling designs (NPR, Ready for Hillary, whatever) — and are crazily obsessed with getting the poor to act more like eco-conscious social-justice warriors.
But being poor is so stressful, so saturated with worry, that remembering to bring a reusable shopping bag stands to be more difficult for many of those with lower incomes (though those who buy with food stamps will be exempted). The same goes for old people. It can take a lot of bags to bring your groceries home. For some, 50 cents is a significant expense. Forcing the grandmothers of New York to pay up to teach them a lesson is an exercise in cruelty.
Hey, they bankrupted an entire industry (coal), putting millions of people out of work, devolving vast swaths of West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio into soul-crushing poverty. Do you really think they care about some old lady in Queens living on Social Security? Her electricity rates have already "necessarily skyrocketed." What's another 50 cents?
Think of how many Democratic party policies have at their core the propensity to irritate us. Which they always manage to say is for our own good, of course.
It's dictatorship of the nanny state.
Progressives always know what's good for us better than we do. Just ask them. It's necessary for them to control us, because then we're busy complying with their mandates and we don't have time to get our own ideas. Once in a while they throw us a bone and we lap it up like good little automatons, because making choices is hard and making good choices is harder still.
Several years ago I actually had a person tell me in response to some new bureaucratic diktat or another, "why should I worry about that when the government has already decided the best way to handle it?"
Then in the next breath she complained about the Iraq war, but the disconnect in those two statements was completely lost on her. The government is only omnipotent when it's doing things Progressives believe in, I guess.
Oh, by the way, those reusable cloth bags come with their own problems. So get ready for an "unexpected" jump in e. coli infections, disproportionally affecting the elderly and the poor, that all the progressive media outlets will dutifully report on but dare not connect with Councilman Lander's plastic bag ban.
And then the progressive virtue signalers will mandate cloth bag testing
stations, manned by unionized government workers, who'll issue Certificates
Of Cleanliness that must be exchanged for your groceries. Sure that'll cost
a lot, but it'll save lives and you didn't think the government
wasn't going to protect you, right?
The bald eagle. A majestic symbol of America. Proud. Unafraid.
And, protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Unless you're the owner of an Obama-approved Wind Farm.
Then, let the killing begin!
In support of President Obama's renewable energy plans, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are pushing for giving 30-year permits to wind farms that would forgive them for thousands of eagle deaths expected within that frame of time.
Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies would be allowed to accidentally kill up to 4,200 bald eagles anually via their wind turbines without repercussion — nearly four times the current limit.
Bald Eagle sushi! It's "conservation."
"The permitting system gives us access to eagles and eagle mortalities that we wouldn't otherwise have," an unnamed source told ABC News. "It's a great mechanism for us to work proactively to prevent eagle deaths."
Eagle chop suey prevents eagle deaths!
Also work makes you free.
If even one bald eagle got coated in oil, you can bet your bottom dollar Obama's ecowarriors would be screaming from the ramparts, and fighting tooth and nail to shut that oil company down.
But "green energy" boondoggles trump ecology every time in Obamaville.
He'll throw hundreds of millions of dollars at the failure that was Solyndra, but pledge to bankrupt tried and true coal producers.
Sneeze in the direction of a piping plover, and New Jersey will put your in prison. But slaughter thousands of bald eagles and Obama will praise your dedication to combating "climate change."
Nevermind that more than 14,000 abandoned wind turbines dot the landscape, monuments to the stupidity of "green energy."
The good news is they aren't killing any more bald eagles.
The bad news is we wasted billions of tax dollars creating these eyesores.
You know what never killed a single eagle? Or for that matter, any piping plovers?
And nuclear energy.
So ask yourself this. Why do the econuts oppose both?
I'll help you out.
It's because at the end of the day they aren't pro-environment.
Much hay is being made today about how sanctimonious Obama administration "foreign policy advisor without any actual foreign policy experience" Ben Rhodes snookered Americans into supporting the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.
And this Rhodes fellow surely is a piece of work. He created a panoply of astroturf "experts" and fake Twitter feeds to disseminate a plethora of fabrications supporting his boss's policy. How did he get away with it?
Because the people he was feeding it to are a bunch of naive know-nothings.
"All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus," Rhodes said. "Now they don't. They call us to explain to them what's happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That's a sea change. They literally know nothing."
We literally have a media that doesn't know what it doesn't know.
And worse, an American public that by and large doesn't care.
These know-nothings are given the power to shape our policy discussions and sway public opinion because they're educated, having graduated from Ivy League bastions of liberal indoctrination.
Harvard and its academic siblings, American culture's spoiled institutional trust fund children, fully intend to safeguard their position as the conformity factories manufacturing America's leadership class. They are an assembly line of indoctrination that bolts together elitists out of socialism, amorality and entitlement, and then sets them loose on American society reeking of that new snob smell.
When I grew up in the 1970s the mantra was "question authority."
Today's kids are force-fed appeals to authority. From "climate change" to "tolerance" they are being told what to think and no one is teaching them how to think. Is it any wonder then that our politics are so polarized?
As traditionally conceived, liberal education would temper the all-too-common tendency to demonize those fellow citizens with whom we disagree. In no small measure, the value of a liberal education — to the individual and to the public — stems from the ability it cultivates to explore moral and political questions from a variety of viewpoints. This virtue entails putting oneself in another's shoes. It promotes toleration, civility, and mutual respect. In "On Liberty," John Stuart Mill called this the virtue of "many-sidedness."
Ben Rhodes and his ilk are the antithesis of John Stuart Mill.
However, as currently practiced at our leading colleges and universities — through which a disproportionate percentage of our elites pass — liberal education cultivates single-sidedness and reinforces the polarization of our politics. The campus assault on free speech, the abandonment of the fundamental requirements of due process in university disciplinary procedures regarding accusations of sexual misconduct, and the hollowing and politicizing of the curriculum have become distressingly entrenched features of academic life. Their toxic effects are harming the country.
Those who have failed to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
We now live in an age where all ideas are considered equally valid. Why? Because, feelings. "I feel" has replaced "I think."
I feel, therefore I am, uh, valid, or something, said Voltaire, in a Common Core history lesson detailing the French revolution's disparate impact on transgender people of color.
It's impossible to have a rational discussion if the other person equates disagreement with hurting their feelings.
So my opposition to Obama's policies is automatically racism. Investigating potential terrorists is de facto evidence of Islamophobia. My support for traditional marriage and living my Catholic faith must be due to my hatred of homosexuals. End of discussion. There can be no other reason, because, feelings.
Feelings begat Bernie Sanders. And coed bathrooms. The right to not be
offended trumps the Constitution now. Give me
liberty a Safe
Space, or give me, well, certainly not death. Extra cookies perhaps.
Meanwhile the perpetually aggrieved willingly submit to authority, because authority pays lip service to all those things that make them feel good about themselves. Hard truths make people uncomfortable, and look!, it's Kim Kardashian!
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Bruce Jenner is a woman.
This image was recently posted to Facebook, seen as one of those "a friend of a friend liked this" things that oftentimes pop up, tagged "I'm proud of my political ignorance."
I didn't know whether to laugh, or cry.
This person votes.
And she is, of course, hardly unique.
She is also Ben Rhodes', and his media sycophants', target audience.
I'm sure all her friends consider her to be a Model Citizen too.
The problem with our nation isn't that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will succeed Barack Obama as our next president.
The problem with our nation is an education system that produced a citizenry willing to elect Barack Obama and then accept Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as our next president.
They don't know what they don't know. Which is exactly how the pupppet masters
A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
The law, which also requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that conform to the sex on their birth certificate, has been broadly condemned by gay-rights groups, businesses and entertainers, some of whom have relocated offices or canceled shows in the state. Several other states have proposed similar laws limiting LGBT protections in recent months.
In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the Justice Department said federal officials view the state law as violating federal Civil Rights Act protections barring workplace discrimination based on sex. Provisions of the state law directed at transgender state employees violate their anti-discrimination protections, the letter said.
Men, including genetically identifiable men, can use the men's room.
Women, including genetically identifiable women, can use the ladies room.
That's science. And reality.
But reality has no bearing on how the Obama Administration operates. They'll withhold federal education dollars unless North Carolina let's men pee with women.
"To use our children and their educational futures as pawns to advance an agenda that will ultimately open those same children up to exploitation at the hands of sexual predators is by far, the sickest example of the depths the Obama Administration will stoop to 'fundamentally transform our nation.'"
A few molested kids is a small price to pay for transgender "equality," depths of depravity be damned.
The important thing here is that sexual deviants and mentally ill children "feel good" about themselves.
Nevermind that those same children cannot ingest an aspirin, get a tattoo, pierce their belly button, or lay in a tanning bed. But by golly they can pretend they're "transgender!"
This is what the Obama administration is defending.
Children, deciding to reject their bodies, because "civil rights."
You know what? I was a fat, dorky kid in high school. Perhaps I should have "identified" as a linebacker. Where's my varsity letter?
North Carolina is well within their rights to define the extent of their laws.
No law in North Carolina will prevent a woman from doing anything all other women do. And no law in North Carolina will prevent a man from doing what all other men in North Carolina do.
But I suppose Obama's transgender deviants have never met the Tenth Amendment.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
In North Carolina, the "people" have spoken.
But Obama hates federalism.
He demands obeisance, because that's how he fundamentally transforms America.
So go ahead Obama. Punish the children of North Carolina. Show their parents just how petty and vindictive you really are. Withhold your federal education dollars. Close the national parks and shut down highway construction too. Make it clear that the citizens must acquiesce to deviancy just to recoup their own tax dollars.
Just remember that the Boston Tea Party arose for a comparatively lesser
tyranny. And be advised accordingly.
America is doomed.
Democrat Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee.
My wife is at this moment watching CNN, where Anderson Cooper is cumming in his pants at the prospect of Hillary Clinton being elected president.
He's not alone.
The forces of darkness are rejoicing.
Trump was, is, and always will be a stalking horse for Hitlery.
That's why Bill Clinton convinced him to seek the GOP nomination.
That's the plan the three of them concocted in Chappaqua, to divide and conquer the Real Republicans.
Remember how Trump praised Hitlery, time and time again? That's because he believes in her.
And you morons fell for it.
Mark my words, Donald Trump cannot, and will not win in November. His negatives are sky-high. His appeal is skin-deep.
Not that he'd be any better if he did win. In many ways he's more liberal than she is. Can you imagine his pro-abortion, sharia-loving sister on the Supreme Court? You'll beg the senate to confirm Merrick Garland.
Here's my advice America, buy another gun.
Hell, buy ten more guns. And a truckload of ammo too.
Lay in canned goods, bottled water, and batteries. Fill your jerrycans.
Hunker down, because things are going to get really ugly.
Hillary Clinton's tyranny will make you yearn for Barack Obama. The IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, OSHA, ATF, TSA, probably even the postal inspectors, they're all coming for us. Re-education camps won't be the half of it.
I wonder if I'll be loaded into a boxcar before the Islamists face off against the homofascists. Seventh century shithole, here we come.
Because freedom was just another word for everything we had to lose.
Cecile Richards is undoubtedly the most vile woman on the planet. In her role as CEO of Planned Parenthood she has presided over the murder of 55 million children. And when asked to cite her "proudest moment," she didn't hesitate to emphasize her organization's vendetta against Catholic nuns.
TO: And your proudest moment at Planned Parenthood?
CR: Definitely the day President Obama called to say he was about to announce that birth control would be covered for all women under their insurance plans, because it had been a hard-fought battle, long before I came to Planned Parenthood. We were fighting to make sure that insurance companies covered it and pharmacies would fill prescriptions. The fact that now, I believe, for your generation, all women will be able to get it without a fight, and they'll be able to get the best birth control, is an enormously important moment. It was a win for the movement.
Her "movement," it should be noted, is hell-bent on imposing its will on Catholic nuns.
The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation.s highest court to ensure they do not have to comply with Obamacare's abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
The abortion company Planned Parenthood is pushing on social media and organizing a rally at the Supreme Court today to force the nuns to pay for the abortion drugs.
Abortion is the highest, most sacred sacrament of feminism. No woman is really complete until she's had one. Just ask Gloria Steinem, the Patron Saint of feminist theory.
Planned Parenthood has, of course, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Which means that her administration will redouble Obama's efforts to extinguish Christian opposition to abortion.
Prison for pro-life views is then not outside the realm of possibility. Because Hillary is 100% in favor of infanticide. Criminialization of opposition viewpoints is the hallmark of her supporters' fascist worldview.
And yet there are millions of Americans who are ready to annoint Hillary as
our next presient. One can only assume they are to a woman OK with seeing
Kermit Gosnell as the next Surgeon General, as they gleefully send
Catholic nuns to martyrdom.
One of the few good things to come out of Chris Christie's quixotic quest for the presidency was his embrace of the Second Amendment. Earlier this month he issued an Executive Order relaxing gun permit and transport regulations. Because, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. And New Jersey issues fewer than 500 carry permits annually, mostly to retired law enforcement officers. Which didn't help domestic violence victim Carol Bowne, whose application for a firearms permit was held up by red tape, allowing her stalker ex-boyfriend to murder her in cold blood in her own driveway.
Well, as much as it sounds incongruous, State Senator Loretta Weinberg is OK with Bowne's murder. How else to explain her opposition to Christie's attempt to make it easier for women like Carol Bowne to legally carry a gun?
Top Democratic leaders in the state Legislature said Monday they are acting to block Gov. Chris Christie's effort to issue gun permits to anyone in New Jersey who can prove a "serious threat" against their life, saying the move oversteps state gun control laws.
Speaking at the Statehouse, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) assailed the newly relaxed regulations as expanding "the scope of the right-to-carry well beyond what is authorized under current law."
"To put it simply, if these regulations were adopted, it would allow every cab driver, pizza delivery driver, Uber driver and anyone else living or working in a high-crime neighborhood to qualify for a firearm permit," Weinberg said.
Woah. Loretta Weinberg only wants the criminals to have guns!
Hmm. The very definition of a "high-crime neighborhood" is where the bad guys have the upper hand. Meaning, they have guns, and we don't.
Seems to me that leveling the playing field ought to cut down on crime. And cutting down on crime is good, right?
Nope. Loretta Weinberg and the NJ Democrats would prefer that law-abiding NJ residents remain victims instead of standing up for our rights.
Because victims vote Democrat. Especially when they're dead.
Because he's a constitutional scholar dontcha know, and he don't need
no "advice and consent" from no stinkin' Senate. Besides, it's
Lenin's birthday, and he can't help but feed into the symbolism of the
whole thing. So,
let the wealth transfer begin!
World leaders converged at United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday — Earth Day — to sign the historic Paris climate accord.
The U.S. and China, which together account for nearly 40% of global emissions, have said they intend to formally join the agreement this year, according to the Associated Press. Both nations' leaders signed the document Friday.
"The United States is looking forward to joining the Paris Agreement this year, and we invite our partners to do the same," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who held his young granddaughter as he inked his name on the pact.
Not so fast there Lurch. It's a treaty. And Jim DeMint says treaties need to be ratified by the Senate.
The Paris Agreement is certainly a treaty. I reviewed enough treaties during my time in the Senate where I served on the Foreign Relations Committee to know. But don't take my word for it. The State Department's internal guidelines make clear that the Paris Agreement is a treaty.
Those guidelines, known as the Circular 175T procedure, demonstrate that the Paris Agreement is a treaty. For example, the Agreement makes environmental commitments that affect the U.S. as a whole. The Agreement is formal and complex rather than informal and routine. The Agreement is open-ended and requires the U.S. to deliver untold billions of dollars to a "Green Climate Fund" for redistribution around the world to pay for "green projects" in foreign countries. These all indicate that the Agreement is a treaty and not a mere executive agreement, as the president claims.
Ah yes, the "Green Climate Fund." To which Dear Leader has already sent $500 million of our tax dollars as a down payment on his annual committment of $3 billion or so. Think of it as reparations for Climate Justice, but please don't call it a treaty.
The Senate ought to stand up (for once) and deny President Pen-And-Phone his legacy. Defund the EPA. Defund the State Department's travel and conference budget.
It's what Lenin would have done.
Seven years of Obama and now nobody knows what bathroom to use…
Transgender people should be able to use whatever bathroom they want, Donald Trump said Thursday.
"Oh, I had a feeling that question was going to come up, I will tell you. North Carolina did something that was very strong. And they're paying a big price. There's a lot of problems," the Republican presidential candidate said during a town hall event on NBC's "Today."
New York Values!
I'm hoping all his faux-conservative supporters are jumping with joy this morning. Phyllis Schlafly, try to spin this as "pro-family,", OK?
Only now the perverts are protected by liberals pandering to the LGBT bullies. Your pre-teen daughters? Yeah, not protected. Not one bit.
And if you object? You're the hater. You have to change your ways. You need to go find an alternative restroom, and shame on you for judging the Max Klingers of this Brave New World.
Democrats and their media allies are determined to make coed bathrooms the next bastion of "tolerance." Hillary Clinton is enthusiastically on board. And ESPN just fired baseball great Curt Schilling for the unpardonable crime of stating the obvious. Because apparently women are totally vulnerable to sexual assault on college campuses nationwide, except when they walk into a coed restroom or locker room. Then they're completely safe! Honest!
So who's the one candidate willing to stand up for our moms' and daughters' restroom privacy?
'Men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls,' Cruz said during a taping of an MSNBC town hall today. 'As the father of daughters I'm not terribly excited about men being able to go alone into a bathroom with my daughters.'
'That is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make,' he told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd.
Of course it's perfectly reasonable. So naturally Democrats, and Donald Trump,
are opposed to it. They won't be satisfied until every societal more is ripped
to shreds, sacrificed on the alter of "tolerance." Except the one thing they
refuse to tolerate is dissent from their totalitarian worldview.
In Newark, NJ the price of Liberty is $10 million dollars.
Because that's how much Uber agreed to pay in exchange for the "right" to operate there, after the city council threatened to impound drivers' cars unless they each paid $1,000 a year for a "Liberty License."
Hours after announcing the deal that will allow Uber to continue operating in the city, the office of Mayor Ras Baraka on Saturday released details of the tentative agreement.
Under terms of the deal, Uber will pay the city a $10 million fee to operate at Newark Liberty International Airport for the next 10 years.
The company has also agreed to provide $1.5 million in liability coverage for all drivers in its network, conduct background checks of each one and to install and enforce a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol abuse policy.
Gangster government at its, uh, finest.
Oh, by the way, this agreement means Baraka sold out his taxi driver buddies.
Lionel Leach, president of CWA Local 1039, the union that represents nearly 300 taxi drive and has pushed for regulations to "level the playing field" between taxi and rideshare companies said the agreement fails to meet that goal.
"This is an agreement for $10 million that benefits the city and the rideshare companies, not the [taxi]drivers. "Based on what I see right now, the only thing that it creates an unfair balance."
Of course it "fails to meet that goal," because Uber coughed up more protection money than you did.
See, that's the problem with buying politicians. They never stay bought.
Remember when the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) was investigating Essex County Executive For Life Joe DiVincenzo's blatant misuse of campaign funds?
And remember how that investigation suddenly ground to a screeching halt, which of course the media spun as a "victory" for Joe D?
Wanna know who swept the mess under the rug?
Walter Timpone, the Democrat
Steve Sweeney Chris Christie
just nominated to sit on our state supreme court.
Surprise, surprise, surprise!
The long and the short of it is this. Earlier in his career, Timpone reached out to Joe D for a favor, because his nephew needed a job. Joe D found the kid a spot, as a field representative in the Essex County Citizen Service Office at $45,000 a year.
Fast forward a dozen years, and Timpone is the lone Democrat on ELEC when Joe D's alleged misuse of campaign funds comes to light. Rather than move the investigation forward, Timpone recused himself, citing that favor Joe D did for his nephew.
State law says ELEC must have at least one member from each party, so no Timpone, no investigation. Which works out nicely for Joe D, seeing as how he and Timpone are both good friends with Chris Christie.
Now you may ask yourself, why are there only 2 people sitting on ELEC, one Democrat and one Republican, when there should be 4?
Ah, you can thank Chris Christie and Steve Sweeney for that one. Christie didn't appoint a second Democrat to the commission after the previous guy died in 2011. In retaliation, Sweeney is blocking Christie's second Republican nominee, which Christie then cites as his reason for not appointing a second Democrat.
Yeah, the whole thing stinks to high heaven. Because a cynical guy like me might see Timpone's nomination as a thank-you for him helping Joe D. And a cynical guy might further notice that once Timpone is confirmed, ELEC will be effectively defanged, right before a presidential election this year, and a gubernatorial election next year in which Sweeney hopes to prevail. Not to mention that whole Bridgegate thing…
Welcome to New Jersey. Please hold your nose.
On Tuesday an administrative law judge ruled that Ted Cruz is a "natural born" citizen, eligible to run for president.
The Trumpanzees promptly appealed the ruling to Lt Governor Kim Guadagno, in her role as Secretary of State.
And today she told them to get stuffed.
In her four-page decision, Guadagno, who doubles as New Jersey's secretary of state, said she reviewed the record and the objections raised to Judge Jeff Masin's initial ruling.
"After full consideration of the record, as well as Judge Masin's thorough and well researched initial decision and the exceptions filed with my office, I, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, as secretary of state and chief election official of the state of New Jersey, adopt Judge Masin's initial decision in its entirety," Guadagno said.
Trump's birther bozos also lost in Texas yesterday, when a federal judge laughed them out of court for lack of standing.
They're now 0 for 9. In addition to New Jersey and Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Utah, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Alabama have all ruled in favor of Cruz's eligibility.
Will the Trump slappies give up on this silliness now?
Don't count on it.
They're still whining about getting their butts kicked in Colorado's caucuses because they forgot to read the rules. And I hear they're setting themselves up for a similar whooping in California, again because complaining is easier than working on a competent ground game.
Oh, but take heart Trumpaholics, Karl Rove is "warming up" to your lord and master. And we all know how effective his endorsement has been lately, right?
Incidentally, I watched Ted and Heidi Cruz on CNN's townhall last night, and I gotta tell you guys, they both came off great. Ted was relaxed, confident, and well received. Heidi really completes him too. She's one dynamite lady. And their kids? Cute as buttons. The whole hour was focused on "family" so there were no policy questions, but that's OK because seeing and hearing the human side of a candidate is equally important.
I've heard people say that Ted's demeanor is off-putting and "prosecutorial." Well, that certainly wasn't the case last night, which bodes well for his candidacy.
Ted Cruz: Cleveland or Bust!
Ted Cruz is a "natural born citizen." No matter what Donald Trump's misguided minions may say to the contrary.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas meets the criteria for a "natural born citizen" and can run in New Jersey's Republican presidential primary on June 7, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday.
Would you believe the Trumpanzees tried to convince the judge otherwise?
Would you believe they're still not giving up?
Hey, nobody ever accused Trump's supporters of being rocket scientists.
Judge Jeff Masin's decision now heads to the desk of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who in her capacity as secretary of state can choose to accept the opinion in full or in part, or reject it.
Victor Williams, one of the two challengers who questioned Cruz's eligibility to run in the New Jersey primary, said he had "full confidence that Kim Guadagno will do the right thing and reject Mr. Cruz's falsified ballot petition and certificate." If she fails to do so, Williams said he would appeal.
Mr. Williams also undoubtedly has "full confidence" that the moon is made of green cheese.
A similar challenge was rejected by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court late last month.
But don't count on sanity permeating the Trump cult. One of their biggest Internet cheerleaders, Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, posted this headline after today's defeat: New Jersey Judge Rules Former Canadian Ted Cruz Can Appear on State Ballot.
Dude, the whole point of Judge Masin's ruling is that Ted Cruz is not a Canadian, former or otherwise. Try to keep up, OK?
These clowns are doing one potentially useful public service though. By repeatedly pushing this birther foolishness now they're taking the issue away from Hillary and the Democrats. By the time the nominations are sewed up all these frivolous lawsuits will have played themselves out, which means she can't relitigate them in the fall.
Do I think the Trump slappies are smart enough to have thought of that?
Nah. But it's fun to watch them spin their wheels and stomp their feet. The comments over at Hoft's site are, uh, bizarre, to say the least. Upping their medication is probably in order.
And if nothing else, their hysteria reminded me to send Ted a few more bucks.
Which ought to make them even more mad. Oops.
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