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Bernie Sanders' New Hampshire victory speech in a nutshell: We want what you've got.
For the life of me I can't understand how any red-blooded American can sit there and stomach such nonsense.
The guy's never worked a Real Job in his life. Or rather, he failed miserably at every job, except politics. Yet he believes he's entitled to take from those of us who didn't fail and live large off our efforts.
You can call it Socialism. You can dress it up as "fairness," except it really isn't all that "fair" to the guy forking over his hard-earned money.
What it really is, is Theft.
And what is theft but greed by another name? The Bible calls it "coveting." And that's the essense of Bernie's socialism. He covets his neighbor's goods. He envies your and my success. And his goal is to take what we have, by force.
How that is somehow better than the system we have now is left unanswered. Hipsters don't do irony, right?
So, riddle me this. Why should Bernie stop at Free College and Free Health Care and Free Housing and Free Drugs and Free Love? Why not Free Flat Screen TVs? Or Free Cars?
Bernie's vision of government is to meet everyone's "needs" without regard for their efforts or abilities. Marxism 101. Go ahead, look it up.
That's not "fairness." It's never been about "fairness." It's always, and I mean always resulted in abject misery, except for the Chosen Few.
Look at North Korea. Or Cuba, Venezuela, China, and of course Bernie's favorite dictatorship, Soviet Russia. Because that's Democratic Socialism in action.
I want them to understand what forced redistribution of wealth really looks like, up close and personal.
Alas, they won't believe it, will they. Not these kids. They're smarter than me; their professors told them so.
To them, Bernie Sanders is Santa Claus, albeit with armed reindeer and a naughty list a mile long. They're gonna ride Santa's sleigh to the promised land, because it's easier than getting up and going to work every morning.
But then, by the time Bernie gets around to screwing them over too, it'll be too late.
Too late for them. Too late for Freedom. And too late for America.
Which of course they'll characterize as
When everybody gets a trophy, "everybody" votes for Bernie Sanders.
Young Democrat millennials want free stuff.
Four of five millennial Democrats voted for Bernie Sanders.
What do they put in the coffee up in New Hampshire?
Because "Free Stuff or die" is not a reasonable state motto.
So what can we conclude?
Hillary Clinton is such a flawed candidate that Bozo The Clown could beat her in a head-to-head race?
Or the residents of New Hampshire are batshit insane?
I'm not optimistic that Basement Dwelling Progbots for Bernie isn't a real thing. That is, these kids actually don't understand (a) math, and (b) how to make it in the real world.
They're going all in for Other People's Money.
Sadly you can't argue with such abject ignorance. The BernieBots don't have the necessary frame of reference to be cognizant of the flaws in their hero's worldview. Their professors ensured they never learned how to critically deconstruct the logical fallacies of socialism. And they're not interested in learning the lessons of history.
When I was young petulant toddlers were simply told "no." And when they grew up they had garnered enough self-awareness along the way to understand why "no" was the correct response.
Except, growing up has now become optional. And apparently frowned upon.
How else can one explain the allure of this socialist charlatan?
It can't be his promise of "equality," not unless you believe in equality of misery.
It can't be his promise of "free" college, health care, housing, food, and weed. Not unless you're too stupid to read a balance sheet.
Here's a guy who's basically a professional bum telling all the wannabe bums they're entitled to everything all the rest of us have. Work is for suckers, because Bernie's gonna take from the hoarders and give to the slackers.
What happens when the workers give up is something Bernie and his sycophants never want to talk about. But if you Google Venezuela, it ought to be instructive.
200 years ago Alexis de Tocqueville penned the definitive takedown of so-called "Democratic Socialism."
If only the people who vote for Bernie Sanders would bother themselves to
Remember when General Patton minimized his carbon footprint before defeating the Third Reich?
Because Franklin Delano Obama wanted to ensure Operation Overlord didn't contribute to Globull Warming, right?
I'm sure it was one of Eisenhower's main goals. Unfortunately he forgot to write it down. Probably because he was a Republican.
Fast forward 72 years. Having defeated all of our current enemies, Barack Hussein Obama has decided the U.S. military should devote its might to combating Climate Change. ISIS? Not so much.
The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.
A new directive's theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show "resilience" and beat back the threat based on "actionable science."
It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of "climate change boards, councils and working groups" to infuse climate change into "programs, plans and policies."
A key scene in the movie Patton is when he asks the chaplain to come up with a prayer for better weather. In the new Obama Army, such a prayer would be disallowed, because snow makes Mother Gaia happy.
You win wars by breaking things and killing the enemy and letting the sea levels take care of themselves. You don't win by worrying that destroying an enemy's infrastructure might melt a glacier in a hundred years.
Who here still believes Barack Obama wants to "win" against ISIS?
Because Climate Change is a greater threat than Islamic terrorism dontcha know.
Obama actually called off bombing ISIS to save the planet.
A former CIA director said the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has been reluctant to attack oil wells controlled by the extremist group partly because of environmental concerns.
"We didn't go after oil wells -- actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls because we didn't want to do environmental damage, and we didn't want to destroy that infrastructure," said former spy chief Michael Morell, using an acronym for the Islamic State.
I'm sure Obama's directive sounds much more rational in the original German.
Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith was unavailable for comment.
Remember when high gas prices were bad?
Yeah, me neither.
But cheap oil means Obama's green energy buddies need even more subsidies to compete, so he's suddenly decided to impose another gas tax.
President Obama will propose a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to be paid by oil companies in order to fund clean energy transport system, the White House announced Thursday.
The fee would be phased in over five years and would provide $20 billion per year for traffic reduction, investment in transit systems and other modes of transport such as high-speed rail, the White House said. It would also offer $10 billion to encourage investment in clean transport at the regional level.
It's almost as if he doesn't want us to catch a break, because he really wants gas to cost $10 a gallon. But he'll settle for an additional $10 a barrel for oil as a good start.
For those of you who are bad at math (ie, Democrats), with oil currently trading around $34 a barrel, Obama is proposing what amounts to a 30% tax.
Does anyone here want to pay 30% more for gas? Besides all the shysters hawking solar panels and windmills of course…
Fortunately, Congress won't go along.
The proposal immediately faced resistance from Republicans.
"Once again, the president expects hardworking consumers to pay for his out of touch climate agenda," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement, arguing it would lead to higher energy prices and hurt poor Americans.
Ryan went on to describe Obama's plan as "dead on arrival" in Congress.
"The good news is this plan is little more than an election-year distraction. As this lame-duck president knows, it's dead on arrival in Congress, because House Republicans are committed to affordable American energy and a strong U.S. economy," Ryan said.
It'll be interesting to see Hillary Clinton defend this latest assault on consumers, seeing as how she's now running as Obama's 3rd term and all.
That is if anyone in the palace guard media bothers to ask her about it.
I spent most of today in Trenton, because my daughter won an award for Catholic Schools Week and it was presented to her at the State House by a member of Governor Christie's staff. Yes, it was pretty cool.
But that's not why I'm writing this post.
As part of the festivities we were given a tour of the State House. While seated in the Senate chamber, the tour guide pointed out the beautiful paintings of Liberty and Prosperity adorning the window alcoves. And she took particular note of one which showed Lady Liberty holding a musket, saying it represented our state's role in fighting for freedom during the Revolutionary War.
That's Lady Liberty in red, and she is indeed holding a gun.
She's also perched directly above the Senate President's desk. The desk at which Steve Sweeney sits as he works tirelessly to eradicate the Second Amendment rights of New Jersey's citizens.
And who said irony is dead?
Maybe instead of looking down at the latest polls Senator Sweeney (and his evil henchwoman Loretta Weinberg) should look up. Because then he'll see Lady Liberty reminding him that Prosperity is nothing without the right to protect our basic freedoms.
If Sweeney and the Democrats had had their way in 1776, we'd still be a colony of Great Britain. Because muskets would have been as scarce back then as respect for Liberty seems to be now.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
I think I'll suggest they mention that on the tour.
In case you hadn't heard, the Founding Fathers were Muslims. Obama said so today, it must be true.
Obama reminded the audience that political opponents of Thomas Jefferson accused him of being a Muslim. "So I was not the first," he said lightly as the audience laughed. "It's true. Look it up. I'm in good company."
Obama pointed out that the founding fathers also supported the religion of Islam.
"Jefferson and John Adams had their own copies of the Koran," he said. "Benjamin Franklin wrote, that even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach to us, he would find a pulpit at his service."
Jefferson vanquished the Barbary Pirates.
Obama gave Iran the atomic bomb.
I'm sure that's the same thing, right?
And it's no coincidence he said it at the Muslim-Brotherhood linked Islamic Society of Baltimore. When it comes to coddling terrorists, Obama is a terrorist's best friend. Just look at all the mutts he let go from Guantanamo.
So naturally he took the opportunity to lambaste "anti-Muslim rhetoric."
President Obama on Wednesday used his first-ever visit to a U.S. mosque to decry "inexcusable" rhetoric against Muslims and call on the country to unite against religious intolerance.
Obama blamed Republican White House hopefuls for fueling anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of terrorist attacks last year in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
He told the audience at the Islamic Society of Baltimore he's heard from countless young Muslims who fear they are "going to be rounded up" and thrown out of the country and other community members whose mosques have been vandalized.
Obama said it's a "time of fear" for Muslim-Americans, who are concerned about the threat of terrorism but also about being "targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few."
"That's not who we are," the president said. "We are one American family and when any part of our family starts to feel separate or second-class or targeted, it tears at the fabric of our nation."
Did you notice any mention of the Christians massacred by Muslims? Me neither.
There's a climate of fear alright, fear of the next San Bernadino. Because the Muslim Brotherhood isn't exactly known for it's sympathy to infidels.
In fact, it's Muslim countries that exhibit the most religious intolerance.
When was the last time you saw a highway sign that said "All Muslims Exit Here" or "Christians Only?"
Muslims are welcome in Vatican City. Christians in Mecca? Not so much.
Muslims are welcome in Jerusalem. Jews in Mecca? Islam teamed up with the Nazis to send Jews to the gas chambers, and not much has changed since then.
Their Koran is clear — kill the infidel.
While Obama is worried about hypothetical "anti-Muslim" activities, Muslims are busy killing Christians with ruthless efficiency.
How many of Obama's young Muslim friends have been burned alive?
How many beheadings are carried out in churches across America?
Where are the Jewish rape gangs?
Obama tells us Islam means "peace." Meanwhile, Islam is anything but peaceful, but, hey, maybe he doesn't always read the papers.
"The very word Islam comes from 'Salam' — peace," he said. "The standard greeting is 'As-Salaam-Alaikum' — 'Peace be upon you,'" he explained.
Except the practictioners of Islam say, Islam means "Submission." As in, we will submit to Islam's rule, or die.
Obama knows this of course. He was raised as a Muslim in Indonesia. But he pretends otherwise. Who knows what he really believes, he's a malignant narcissist, so he probably only believes in his own munificence. And he may even be right when he says "we" are not a war with Islam, because by "we" he means himself.
But make no mistake, Islam is at war with us. Islam is at war with
America, and all of Western Civilization. Islam and its barbarians are at the
gates. We open those gates at own peril.
Iowa doesn't always pick the winner, but it tends to weed out the losers.
Rand Paul is headed back to Kentucky to salvage what's left of his Senate career.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul suspended his Republican presidential campaign on Wednesday, after finishing fifth in the leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Though Paul actually exceeded expectations in the Iowa contest, Fox News is told he did not believe his campaign had the momentum to build upon going into the New Hampshire primary next week.
The barbarians are at the gates and Rand's isolationist foreign policy isn't what America needs right now. Speak softly and carry the gold standard won't keep us safe. Buh-bye!
Then, although Rick Santorum tried his best to get the band back together, sequels and reunion tours never do as well as the original.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is expected to suspend his 2016 presidential campaign Wednesday evening following a disappointing finish in the Iowa Caucuses on Monday.
The news comes just hours after his campaign announced that he was "postponing" his 46-county South Carolina tour until a later date in order to participate in some "media activities" on Wednesday.
Santorum, who won the 2012 Iowa Caucuses in an upset over eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney before going on to win 10 more states, has struggled to gain traction this time around.
Take another shot at the Senate Rick. You can still do some good there.
Seen on Twitchy:
Perry, Walker, Pataki, Huckabee, Paul, Santorum all out...looks like "everything's comin' up Gilmore."— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) February 3, 2016
I caught some Jim Gilmore action during the last debate. He reminded me of James Stockdale, only less coherent.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has decided to be a sore loser.
Somebody call the waambulance. And get Trump a baby bottle, STAT!
Because, really, this is presidential?
First he throws a hissy fit at Megyn Kelly, and now he's concocting conspiracy theories and demanding a do-over? Is he serious?
Ah, you hang out with Sarah Palin and pretty soon you start to sound like Sarah Palin. And not in a good way.
What's next? The full Ross Perot?
We already have a thin-skinned narcissist in the White House and look how well
that's worked out for us. Sorry Mr. Trump, but you're fired.
Hillary won the coin toss, and Bernie still hasn't decided which end zone he'll defend in New Hampshire. Probably the left one.
And she's not the only one who's confused today. I am too. What exactly is the allure of Bernie? It's like these kids have never learned how to think.
There's a young guy I know, a twenty-something who considers himself an up-and-comer in NJ politics, running for a council seat in a neighboring town. Nice enough fellow, just got his MBA from Rutgers. And he's gung-ho for Bernie. He even reposted that idiotic meme about student loan interest rates.
I can understand Bernie being economically illiterate. He's an imbecile. And a bum. But dude, you have an MBA. If you didn't learn anything about collateral or risk management you really should ask Rutgers for your money back.
Sadly though, this guy is not alone.
It's disheartening that an avowed socialist is a viable candidate for president of the United States. Socialism is a dead end. For hundreds of years, it has failed everywhere it's been adopted. The enthusiasm of our youth for the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is a symptom of our failure to educate them, not only in history, government and economics, but also basic morality.
But everybody got a trophy, so there's that.
Which of course is Sanders' schtick. Everybody gets a college education. Everybody gets health care. Everybody gets food, housing, broadband internet, and presumably a pony, or at least a bus pass. No one stops to think about who's paying for all that.
Or rather, they think "the rich" are gonna pay for it. Because it's their birthright or something. Until it all inevitably comes crashing down.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."
— Robert A. Heinlein
Every time some kid whines to me that life needs to be "fair" or she "deserves" something I want to scream and whack them upside the head.
Life. Is. Not. Fair.
And, Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.
Here's pro tip Berniebots. You don't deserve anything. You're a pimple on the asshole of progress, as my grandfather used to say.
You want something? Get off your ass and work for it.
While you're complaining about big banks, or corporate greed, or evil Republicans, or whatever Bernie's bugaboo is these days there's some kid who's putting his nose to the grindstone and cranking out The Next Big Thing. It's called "hard work." And, contrary to what your professors told you, it's The American Way.
In a sane world Ted Cruz will mop the floor with Bernie in a debate and cruise into the White House.
Alas, I'm not so sure we live in a sane world anymore.
2½ weeks ago President Quisling McGolfpants assured us our economy was doing better than ever.
Obama defended his economic policies, clearly in response to criticism from Republicans that the recovery has been too slow and that large threats remain.
"The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world," he said. Anyone who claims otherwise, he said, is "peddling fiction."
Who knew that his Department of Commerce was in the fiction business?
The U.S. economy's growth slowed sharply in the final three months of 2015 to a 0.7 percent annual rate. Consumers reduced spending, businesses cut back on investment and global problems trimmed exports.
The slowdown could renew doubts about the durability of the 6½-year-old economic expansion, though most economists expect growth to rebound in the current January-March quarter.
The government's estimate Friday of the economy's expansion in the October-December period was less than half the 2 percent annual growth rate in gross domestic product in the third quarter of 2015. It was the weakest showing since a severe winter reduced growth to a 0.6 percent annual rate in last year's first quarter.
But don't worry, the Obamabots say prosperity is right around the corner. Honest! And you should believe them too, because they've been saying it for 6½ years now, and by golly sonner or later they just have to be right!
Or not. Because, you know, they don't feel the pinch like you and I do.
Out here in the Real World we don't need the government to tell us the economy sucks. We're living it.
Speaking of food, it's more expensive than ever.
And escalating health care premiums continue to eat into our dwindling incomes.
The one bright spot is energy, especially gasoline prices. Of course Obama is doing everything he can to sabotage them, insisting on ever escalating mandates for "green" energy boondoggles and throwing roadblocks in front of domestic oil and gas production at every turn.
How do you spell "recession?" Because I spell it Obamanomics.
Hillary Clinton promises 4 more years of the same disastrous policies.
Bernie Sanders promises 4 years of socialism that'll make Obama's policies look like The Good Old Days.
Donald Trump promises, I'm not sure what exactly, but it'll be yuuuuge, or something.
And one of those 3 stooges is, barring a miracle, guaranteed to be our next president.
Buy ammo and canned good folks. We're in for a bumpy ride.
When Donald Trump said he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters" he was joking. At least I think he was joking.
In a sane world it's the stuff he says when he's not joking that ought to send his supporters scurrying for the exits. Like yesterday, when he came out in defense of Planned Parenthood.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump defended Planned Parenthood during an interview Tuesday night, doubling down on his remarks that part of the group should be funded.
"They do good things," Trump said during an interview with Sean Hannity that aired on Fox News.
"There's two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. You have it as an abortion clinic. Now that's actually a fairly small part of what they do, but it's a brutal part and I'm totally against it," Trump said.
"They also, however, service women," Trump said, adding later, "We have to help women. A lot of women are helped. So we have to look at the positives for Planned Parenthood."
Ah yes, the "positives." Like how Mussolini made sure the trains ran on time.
Where some of those trains were going? That wasn't his concern. Or, apparently, Donald Trump's.
Planned Parenthood is evil. They hack tiny babies apart while still alive, and sell the parts for profit.
When a pregnant woman goes to Planned Parenthood for pre-natal care, she is sent elsewhere, because they only care about performing abortions.
When a woman goes to Planned Parenthood for a mammogram, she is sent elsewhere, because they only pay lip service to "women's health."
But Donald Trump wants to give them our tax dollars. And if that thought repels Christian voters, well Trump has an answer for them.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday won the endorsement of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, the Trump campaign said.
There was a time when Christians, even evangelicals!, abjured murder.
Well maybe the Sixth Commandment is no longer taught at Liberty University. Or there's an asterisk, or something. I'm hesitant to ask, because I might not like the answer.
What's important though, is that a prominent Christian leader has blessed Donald Trump, and by extension, the public funding of abortion. That's yuuuuge, to coin a phrase. And deeply troubling.
I'm starting to believe this boorish buffoon could actually land the GOP nomination. And then what?
Well, then we get Mike "the nanny" Bloomberg throwing his hat into the ring too. Then we get ostensible "republicans" splitting their votes between two billionaires with more dollars than sense. Which of course propels Hillary Clinton, or God forbid Bernie Sanders, into the White House.
I'm gonna stock up on
ammo. And canned goods. You should too.
The Republican party is now officially in total disarray.
Donors are fleeing from Jeb!, because the annointed successor failed to actually be annointed. His idealogical clones (Rubio, Kasich, Christie) have likewise been unable to obtain traction outside of the country club set. Upstart Ted Cruz is Public Enemy Number One at RNC Headquarters, because he's actually got a plan to shrink government, when the GOP establishment is, and always will be, content to go along to get along, so long as their personal perks and prestige are protected.
Which leaves us with Donald Trump.
I had hoped, rather naively it turns out, that the Republican party would co-opt Trump's message.
Nope. They've gone and been co-opted by Trump.
They're now in bed with the devil. Because the devil has whispered sweet nothings in their ear.
Donald Trump is as Big Government as Big Government gets.
In fact, as The Lonely Conservative so artfully put it, "Donald Trump embodies everything we have been against for the past 8 years, but he says what people want to hear on immigration and suddenly nothing else matters. Why doesn't anyone care that he helped to elect the people that have done so much damage? I just don't get it."
Donald Trump's political donation list reads like a Who's Who of ultraliberal progressive elites. Hillary and Bill Clinton. Harry Reid. Ted Kennedy. Nancy Pelosi. Chuck Schumer. Bill de Blasio. Hundreds of thousands of Trump dollars have funded liberals and their causes.
This is a Republican?. This is a Conservative?
Which brings us to the Bizarro World part. National Review, as of late the official house organ of establishment Republicans, suddenly woke up from their Rich Lowry / Jonah Goldberg induced stupor long enough to denounce Trump.
Leading to them being summarily excommunicated by the RNC.
Tonight National Review was disinvited from the February GOP debate after its very public rebuke of Donald Trump.
This is the very same debate from which the RNC banished NBC for the antics of their CNBC subsidiary at a prior debate, only to replace them with the Clinton News Network (CNN). Presumably because Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper are more sympathetic to the conservative cause, and NPR said "no."
In other words, Reince Priebus has jumped the shark.
Oh, sure, I see what he's trying to do.
He's using Trump to take down Cruz, and then he'll try cutting Trump off at the knees so Jeb! can ride in on his white horse.
But if I can see through his paper-thin strategy, so can Donald Trump, because Trump has bested guys ten times smarter than the genius Priebus believes himself to be.
Not that it'll do the country any good mind you. In many ways, Donald Trump is worse for America than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton combined. In that regard NR is right, even as their self-immolation becomes apparent.
Meanwhile, the Democrats are lining up behind their own demagogue as the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua seems destined to finally join the Orange Suit Club.
A Trump - Sanders face off would be entertaining to say the least. But regardless of who wins, We The People will lose, big time. And any hope for a restoration of our Republic would fade into oblivion, never to be seen again.
Epitaph for a great nation: The people have spoken. And now the people must
U.S. Senate Democrats — including New Jersey's Robert Menendez and Cory Booker — blocked action on legislation that would impose new restrictions on admitting Syrian refugees.
The vote to consider the legislation was 55-43 with 60 votes needed. Two Democrats joined 53 GOP lawmakers to support the bill, and 43 Democrats voted no. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure.
Under the bill, which passed the House in November by a veto-proof 289-137 vote, refugees could only be admitted after the FBI director, Homeland Security secretary and the director of National Intelligence all concur. This would be in addition to the current 18-to-24 month background checks of refugees already conducted by the Homeland Security Department.
Because the vetting Obama's guys do is so thorough, and no terrorists can slip in through the cracks.
And the Tsnarnaev brothers were such fine, upstanding people, right?
Hey Bob and Cory I've got a really great idea. Pick some women you care about.
Tell them to bunk with your Syrian buddies. I'm sure everything will be
The mere act of running for president makes Chris Christie more conservative. It won't last, but I'll take what I can get.
So, on the last day of the legislative session, he pocket-vetoed a bunch of Democrat-sponsored impositions on our liberty.
First to go down — "Smart" Guns.
Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday quashed a Democrat-backed roll back of a personalized handgun law the sponsor hoped would shake loose investment in smart gun technology.
The pocket veto, in which governors can allow legislation to die if it was passed at the end of the two-year session, was offered without commentary. The Legislature does not have an opportunity to override pocket vetoes.
Loretta Weinberg has The Sads. She desperately wants everyone, except her security detail of course, to use these inaptly named "smart guns." The technology is unproven, unreliable, and unavailable. But that doesn't stop her from demanding that the gun control fairies deliver one to every gun shop in New Jersey.
Not today Loretta.
Next he nixed mandatory recess for elementary school kids.
Most (almost all?) kids get recess already. For the few that don't, the decision should be made at the local level, not mandated by Trenton busybodies. If parents want their kids to have recess, the parents can exert pressure on the principal, or the school board.
And in his 3rd blow to the overarching Nanny State, Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the smoking age from 19 to 21.
Amazingly, NJ Republicans sponsored this bill. Because you're old enough to vote, and old enough to die for their right to be wrong, but you're not old enough to buy beer or cigarettes. C'mon already; lower the drinking age and the smoking age back to 18. Treat adults like adults.
Finally, it's not a veto per se, but in a move that'll certainly help him impress my teenage daughter and her friends, Christie took a swipe at Michelle Obama's meddlesome school lunch requirements.
Siding with a boy who bemoaned the absence of "square pizza" and other favorite lunch foods since Michelle Obama became first lady, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at an Iowa pancake house Monday that if he becomes president, students will eat "whatevever you want."
"The first lady has no business being involved in this," Christie said during a town-hall meeting at the Village Inn in Council Bluffs. "This intervention into our school system is just another example of how the Obamas believe they have a better answer for everything than you do."
Parents should decide what their children eat, Christie said. "I want people to eat more healthy - I've been trying to eat more healthy - but in the end it's your choice," he said.
Christie was responding to a boy who asked what he was "going to do about the lunches," declaring that "now that Mrs. Obama's the first lady, they've gone down." Michelle Obama had backed new nutrition standards for the federal school lunch program.
"I don't care what you're eating for lunch every day, I really don't," Christie said. "If I'm president, back to whatever you want to eat, OK?"
Because, really, it isn't the government's job to micromanage your life.
One day after making himself the biggest financier of state-sponsored terrorism in the history of the universe, Barack Obama backpeddled ever so slightly.
The US has imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals over a recent ballistic missile test.
The new sanctions prevent 11 entities and individuals linked to the missile programme from using the US banking system.
The move came after international nuclear sanctions on Iran were lifted as part of a deal hailed by President Barack Obama on Sunday as "smart".
Ooh, I'll bet the Mullahs are quaking in their sandals now, eh?
But it's all right, we got 5 hostages back. Except we had to give Iran 7 terrorists in exchange.
And that's not all.
The EU is lifting restrictions on trade, shipping and insurance in full.
The US is suspending, not terminating, its nuclear-related sanctions; crucially, Iran can now reconnect to the global banking system.
Well, except for those 11 naughty boys he re-sanctioned today. But everybody else in Iran? Party on Mahmoud!
The UN is lifting sanctions related to defence and nuclear technology sales, as well as an asset freeze on key individuals and companies.
Nearly $100bn of Iranian assets are being unlocked.
Iran is expected to increase its daily export of 1.1m barrels of crude oil by 500,000 shortly, and a further 500,000 thereafter.
One hundred billion dollars for the Axis of Evil.
That sure does buy a lot of terrorism. Hezbollah just won the jihadi lottery. And Hamas is smiling with anticipation.
There's Obama's legacy: Terrorism. More terrorism than ever. Up to and including the Grand Prize, a smoking crater where Tel Aviv used to be, thanks to Obama's funding of Iran's nuclear ambitions.
If that's "smart" diplomacy, I'd hate to see what dumb diplomacy
Leave it to Genghis John Kerry to grovel before our enemies.
Secretary of State John Kerry thanked leaders in Iran on Wednesday for what he called a "quick and appropriate response" to return 10 American sailors back to the United States.
"These are always situations which … have an ability, if not properly guided, to get out of control," Kerry said in a speech on Wednesday morning at the National Defense University.
Here's a picture of our men, under "control," frame-grabbed from Iranian state TV. Looks "appropriate" to me; how about to you?
"Properly guided" indeed, for maximum propaganda value.
The sight of members of the American military, disarmed and under Iranian control, is of enormous propaganda value in Iran's ongoing war against the United States. To its allies in the Middle East, the photo demonstrates Iran's strength — how many jihadist countries have had this many American servicemembers under their power? — and it demonstrates American weakness.
Nations that take illegal propaganda photos, crow about their seizure of American boats, confiscate part of their equipment, and then point to our allegedly admitted faults aren't "easing tensions," they're flexing their muscles. I'm glad our sailors and boats are back in American hands — minus, apparently, their GPS equipment — but once again Iran has thumbed its nose at the U.S., demonstrating that it does what it wants — whether it's testing missiles, launching rockets near U.S. warships, or taking, questioning, and photographing American sailors who (allegedly) stray into Iranian waters.
Our country is in the very best of hands.
You could say this president hates the military. You'd be wrong. Barack Obama hates America. The military is just part of it.
American weakness is Barack Obama's goal. He welcomes it.
The Obama administration told us it was just two friendly countries helping each other with a broken boat. The Obama administration told us there was no "hostile intent." The Obama administration told us no apology was demanded.
None of it was true. Our military personnel were captured, forced to surrender on their knees, blindfolded, and photographed. Their images were then broadcast to the world on Wednesday morning by the Iranian regime, a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions. The American woman who was captured was forced to submit to Islamic law and don a hijab. State-run Iranian media announced that the whole affair was meant to be a "lesson" to "troublemakers" in the U.S. Congress.
And the presidential administration of Barack Obama went right along with the whole charade.
Anything to preserve his sham nuclear "deal" with the mullahs. By the time they get The Bomb he'll be retired and playing more golf than anyone thought humanly possible. The fallout will be somebody else's problem, and his palace guard media will make sure he's never blamed.
Iran just humiliated the United States for all the world to see. And Barack Obama went along with it, willingly, and without any concern for what it might portend for the future.
The only possible explanation for that is simple; it's what he wants.
Last month Obama's weaponized IRS sent a chill down the spine of every American with a proposal to force charitable organizations into reporting the Social Security Numbers of their donors.
Reaction was swift, and unpleasant. People cried foul, loudly, and for once the IRS backed down.
A wave of complaints forced the IRS on Thursday to withdraw its controversial plan to have nonprofit charities report the Social Security numbers of donors who give just $250 in any given year.
Under the proposed rule, the IRS would have created a voluntary system for nonprofits to collect and send the IRS personal donor information in their yearly report. The idea was to simplify the process for nonprofits — ranging from traditional charities to churches — and donors alike.
But lawmakers and nonprofits cried foul, and warned even a voluntary program could scare off donors who don't want to give out their Social Security numbers. Plus there were concerns that nonprofits would need to beef up data security to protect the information from hackers.
A new IRS notice to be published in the Federal Register says that, in the wake of these complaints, the proposal is being pulled.
"The Treasury Department and the IRS received a substantial number of public comments in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking," the notice said. "Many of these public comments questioned the need for donee reporting, and many comments expressed significant concerns about donee organizations collecting and maintaining taxpayer identification numbers. E Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking is being withdrawn."
Score one for the Good Guys!
Take that all you Lois Lerner wannabes! This time the people were on to you jerks, and we shut you down.
And don't you dare try to sneak it back in next year, because we'll be watching.
I touched on this massive regulatory overreach yesterday, but it deserves to be noted in big bold letters, because it forever changes the relationship between you and your doctor.
In his zeal to trample on the Constitution, Obama delegated to your doctor, actually to any doctor, the power to take away your right to own a gun.
No due process.
No ability to appeal.
One phone call, and you're banned from owning firearms. For life.
While President Barack Obama's planned executive action aimed at decreasing gun violence does include a plan for easier access to mental health care, it also calls for doctors to report mentally ill patients to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to details of the plan released by the White House, the rule allows for the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any barriers that could prevent health care providers from reporting patients with mental illnesses in order to disqualify those individuals from obtaining a firearm.
It's a page right out of Stalin's playbook.
Label your opponents "mentally ill."
Take away their guns.
Lock them up.
Then, when no one is looking, exterminate them.
It's not like his palace guard media is gonna complain, right?
And I'll bet you thought his electronic medical records decree was all about making things easier and more efficient for health care providers. Nope. It's all about making it trivially easy for his government to mine that data, and use it against us.
Now that he's opened the door, expect all manner of bureaucratic snooping into our medical history to become the new normal. He'll go after "fat" people, "heavy" drinkers, smokers, and anyone else who doesn't fit his definition of healthy. Coercion to conform will progressively ramp up, ending, of course, in denial of medical care for non-compliance with government diktats.
That's why this invasion of our privacy is such a Big Deal. And that's why it's vitally important to elect a president who'll guarantee to undo everything this megalomaniac has promulgated.
Ted Cruz for president. Because, freedom.
Did I say "car?" I meant gun. For Dear Leader hath decreed, every person who sells a gun, even if it's you listing your great-grandfather's 1913 Springfield rifle on Craigslist, is now reguired to register with the ATF and obtain a Federal Firearms License.
The Obama administration announced during a conference call with reporters Monday evening that the president's upcoming executive order may require somebody selling even a single firearm to obtain a Federal Firearms License.
During the call White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained the details of the order, which will be announced publicly by President Obama Tuesday at 11:40 a.m. The action, officials explained, would include guidance on how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will now determine who is "engaged in the business" of selling firearms under federal law and, therefore, who is required to obtain a license to sell firearms.
"Numbers are relevant. The ATF and DOJ did not identify a magic number of weapons that makes you engaged in the business because that would limit their ability to bring prosecution."
Jarret then said that selling as few as "two firearms" could require somebody to obtain a federal firearms license. However, later in the call, Attorney General Lynch revised that number down further. "It can be as few as one or two depending upon the circumstances under which the person sells the gun," Lynch said.
The federal firearms license application process takes several months to complete and costs a significant amount of money, according to the ATF website.
Death by paperwork. Tyranny by bureaucracy. Can you imagine the Founding Fathers asking the British for permission to purchase their muskets? You can? Then go learn the words to "God Save The Queen" because you aren't a Real American.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Oh, but infringe is the name of Obama's game. So get this. Even if you jump through all his hoops and get his royal permission to exercise your Second Amendment rights, you'll also have to grovel for one more signoff, from your doctor.
Delivering on its promise to deliver "common sense" gun control, the Obama administration on Monday finalized a rule that enables health care providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system.
Did you ever take an anti-depressant? Tell your doctor you were "angry," "depressed," or "suicidal?" Congratulations, you're "mentally ill" by the standards of the Obama administration. No guns for you!
Doctors will report everyone "just in case," because they can now be sued if they "negligently" fail to report someone who later commits a crime. Who'd risk his livelihood on that chance? So mass reporting to the FBI will be the new norm. Just like in every other totalitarian state that ever existed.
Because the first step to total control of the population is disarming the population. And if this country is stupid enough to elect Hillary Clinton as president she'll stack the Supreme Court with so many left-wing nutjobs that the Second Amendment will cease to exist.
And then she'll load us into boxcars.
There is only one candidate who has pledged, repeatedly, to undo this
unconstitutional power grab. Ted Cruz. It is imperative that
Ted Cruz is elected the 45th president of the United States. Our freedom
hangs in the balance.
Talk about lowering expectations. The greatest gun salesman in the history of the universe has now admitted that his upcoming "New and Improved" executive orders on gun control aren't really going to do anything to stop bad guys from doing bad things.
"This is not going to solve every violent crime in this country," Obama said, setting expectations for what he can do on his own. "It's not going to prevent every mass shooting; it's not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal."
But other than that, it's gonna be spectacular!
In other words, he's (a) pandering to give Hillary wiggle room by letting her say the Democrats are "doing something," (b) just spitefully going after innocent Americans exercising their constitutional rights merely because he can, or (c) lying, because he intends to push for gun confiscation.
I suspect it's some combination of all 3.
Confiscation is their ultimate goal. Never forget that. Every time they come up with another "common sense" restriction on our Second Amendment rights, they're tightening the screws around our ability to constrain their quest for absolute power. The right to keep and bear arms ensures that We The People remain the stewards of our destiny. Without it, we are merely subjects of an imperial, tyrannical government.
Molon Labe, Mr. Obama.
Or as my Tea Party buddies would say, Wolverines!
Are you an American citizen college student about to graduate and look for a job in business, design, medicine, programming, engineering, or science? Your president just screwed you out of your first job.
As the nation prepares to ring in the New Year, President Barack Obama is preparing a colossal new executive action that could print-up work permits for a huge number of foreign white-collar graduates every year, above and beyond the levels set by Congress.
This executive action, which directly bypasses Congressional lawmakers, is likely to reverberate across the presidential race, as GOP voters look to choose a nominee they believe will most effectively roll back the President's still-expanding agenda. And it will certainly raise new security concerns as it covers categories of immigration utilized by migrants from the Middle East and nearby regions.
President Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the proposed rule [today], the last day of 2015.
The 181-page rule focuses primarily on giving work-permits to foreign college-grads who will compete against Americans for white collar jobs, despite the large number of American graduates now stuck in lower-wage positions and struggling to pay off college debts. The rule will also make each foreign graduate much cheaper for U.S. employers to hire than many U.S.-born college grads.
Aren't you glad you voted for him?
The foreign graduates typically get entry-level jobs that would otherwise go to new U.S. business graduates, designers, doctors, programmers, engineers and scientists. Also, the foreign graduates are used to replace mid-level American professionals once they seek mid-career pay-raises to help pay for mortgages and child-rearing.
The incentive is, of course, money. It's currently cheaper to hire foreigners.
The policy will allow U.S. employers to hire foreign college graduates at very low salaries. The foreign graduates will gladly take those low-wage white-collar jobs because the new policy allows them to get deferred payments from the federal government — valuable permanent work-permits that are the first step on the golden pathway to Green Cards and citizenship.
So, who has a plan to rescind this attack on Americans looking to find their first good-paying job? Not Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, even though the kids most affected by Obama's new policy are enamored with one or both of them.
Nope, it's Ted Cruz.
A new bill co-sponsored by longtime reformer Sen. Jeff Sessions and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz would not only restore U.S. worker protections in the flawed H-1B program, but would also prevent "continued use of the non-statute-based Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program, and the creation and use of other similar programs, which have also been used to displace American workers under the guise of student training."
It's time to wake up and smell the coffee kids, which should be easy since you're probably working, or hanging out at Starbucks. Obama and the Democrats don't have your best interests at heart. But hey, if you want to keep voting for them, just remember that you'll have to learn how to say "do you want fries with that."
Happy New Year.
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