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Memo to NJ public employee unions: You can't get blood from a stone.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to intervene in the multi-billion dollar pension dispute between Gov. Chris Christie and government worker unions.
The justices denied the unions' petition for review, leaving in place a June New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that said Christie didn't have to make scheduled pension payments into the declining public pension system.
The petition had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to apply federal contract protections to an agreement between the state and public employees that the state Supreme Court declared "unenforceable" in June.
Unions argued the agreement ostensibly created a contract entitling them to pension contributions, while the administration said that arrangement violated certain state constitutional principles dictating how the state appropriates money and accumulates debt.
The U.S. Supreme Court was the unions' last hope in trying to enforce the agreement.
Promises that can't be kept won't be kept.
And not to put too fine a point on it, but NJ is broke. We don't have the $55 billion the unionistas want. We're never gonna have the $55 billion either.
Oh, but we had it, once, they'll tell us! Give it back!
Sorry, it's gone. Spent. Borrowed. Lost on crummy investments. Or a combination of all 3. A parade of governors and legislatures, Democrat and Republican alike, repeatedly raided and / or failed to fund the pension system.
And the unions went along, for the most part, because they were promised even bigger payouts in "the future." Those payouts weren't funded, but hey, they were promises and we all know that politicians always keep their promises, right?
So now Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Ironworkers Union) wants to enshrine the pension payment into our state constitution. Ahead of everything else like schools and hospitals and police and snow plowing. Because what's important is protecting public workers' cushy retirement packages.
Unless you're a taxpayer, of course.
He'll probably get his wish. The legislature is overwhelmingly Democrat. And the Democrats believe in government of the unions, by the unions, and for the unions. The folks who pay the bills don't get a vote. At least until basic services stop being provided while unionista retirees live high on the hog.
Then the pitchforks are gonna come out...
Mass psychosis. The only possible explanation for conservative stalwart Jeff Sessions endorsing reality-TV charlatan Donald Trump is mass psychosis.
C'mon, no sane conservative would go there, right?
2016 GOP presidential frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump picked up the most significant endorsement any presidential candidate in the GOP can get here on Sunday: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Sessions, the intellectual leader of the future of the conservative movement, has provided the brainpower behind the populist nationalist revolt against political elites that's been emerging since at least 2013.
Please tell me it's an imposter.
The real Jeff Sessions is smarter than that, isn't he?
At a warm and windy rally here with thousands present in a packed football stadium just outside Huntsville, Sessions appeared on stage with Trump to back him for president. Sessions' endorsement provides Trump with even more legitimacy as Trump's two remaining serious opponents — Sens. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — attempt to undermine him in a desperate bid by the donor class to regain control of the party from populists revolting in elections around the country. Sessions backing Trump is a significant blow to both Rubio and Cruz, as now the powerful Alabamian will be putting his entire operation all in behind Trump.
"The donor class?"
If "the donor class" is behind Ted Cruz, who by the way is the only real conservative in this race, I'm a monkey's uncle.
So either the guy endorsing Trump and claiming to be Jeff Sessions is an imposter, a not altogether improbable scenario given Trump's show business proclivities, or the real Jeff Sessions has been replaced by a pod person.
Because before today I was happy to believe in two absolute truths.
(1) Jeff Sessions is one of the leaders of the conservative movement. And, (2) Donald Trump is about as far from "conservative" as a candidate can get.
The negation of those truths should not be possible.
Jeff Sessions, we hardly knew ye.
But while you're standing there kissing Trump's ring, answer me this. Are you
now, or have you ever been,
a member of the KKK?
When you devote all your resources to persecuting enemies of the state you don't have anything left over to protect your subjects' personal information.
Lois Lerner's IRS compatriots are not only incompetent, like her, they're liars too.
Remember when they said "only" 100,000 tax returns were compromised?
Feh. Try 700,000, at least until they inevitably "revise" the totals upward again.
WHEN THE IRS first reported a hack that exposed taxpayer accounts. vulnerable information, it pegged the number of affected people at a little over 100,000. Today, in its second upward revision, the number of affected people now stands at over 700,000.
As WIRED originally reported last spring, the hack gave attackers access to entire tax returns, which means people's social security numbers, address, and incomes were all compromised. The hackers used personal information already in hand to get unauthorized access through an IRS application called "Get Transcript."
Don't worry though. If you're one of the 700,000, Obama's gonna send you a letter, some time after February 29th, which'll tell you you're screwed, but don't panic, because he'll front you Equifax identify theft protection for a whole year!
And, bad guys have never waited a year before exploiting personal information for profit, right?
Once your info is out there, it's out there forever. The Internet never forgets. And if you're one of the unlucky 700,000 everything about your financial life was laid bare by a bureaucracy that's more worried about its own survival than it is about your ability to sleep at night.
They. Don't. Care.
And you can't make them care.
I assure you, no one at the IRS will be fired over this. No one at the IRS will even be reprimanded over this. The culpabable parties have probably already been promoted. That's how it worked at the VA, and their malfeasance affected far more people.
It's the Chicago way.
Hey, do you know who's in charge of keeping all your health care records secure?
The IRS. The same guys who didn't secure 700,000 tax returns.
I betcha can't wait until they screw that up too!
Any remaining vestige of respect I had for Chris Christie is now gone.
Donald Trump? He seriously endorsed Donald Trump? For president?
Gov. Chris Christie is endorsing Donald Trump for president.
Appearing next to Trump in Fort Worth, Texas, Christie said Trump would "do what needs to be done to protect the American people."
"The one person Bill and Hillary Clinton do not want to see on that stage is Donald Trump," said Christie.
"He is re-writing the playbook of American politics," said Christie, "The best person to beat Hilary Clinton in November is undoubtably Donald Trump," said the governor.
Trump, the front runner for the party nomination, called Christie a great friend and great talent.
Trump, for his part said of the governor's endorsement that "To me, it's a very big endorsement. Generally speaking, I'm not too big on endorsements — but this is the one endorsement I feel very strongly about, that I wanted to get."
Some "conservative" Christie turned out to be, eh?
In 2012 his bromance with Barry sunk Mitt Romney.
And now his endorsement of Obama's GOP doppelganger lends instant establishment credibility to Trump's campaign. Which signals to me that the GOPe flirtation with Marco Rubio is officially over. Because Chris Christie is one of the real GOP insiders. Remember, he was briefly "their guy" when Jeb! first faltered, until, of course, Christie fell flat too.
Whether this means Trump has made peace with the establishment remains to be seen. But it seems likely that he has, and Chris Christie has opened the door for Reince Priebus and the rest of the RNC to get on board the Trump Express.
Which from our perspective means that yes, the light at the end of tunnel is indeed an oncoming train.
C'mon guys. Try hard to care.
The stories are hauntingly similar. Tech worker lands a good job, builds her skills, compiles an impressive litany of customer accolades, garners years of favorable performance reviews, and when she least expects it, she's replaced by a Pakistani brought in by a foreign outsourcing company.
Adding insult to injury? She's gotta train Habib to do her job.
A Disney IT worker who was laid off and replaced by foreign workers along with hundreds of his colleagues broke down in tears before a Senate panel Thursday while telling his story.
"During the holiday season of 2014, I was sent a meeting invitation by a prominent Disney executive. With an excellent review in hand along with company announcements of record profits my mind buzzed with thoughts of a promotion or a bonus," Leo Perrero, the former Disney worker testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. "I walked into a small conference room with about two dozen highly respected fellow IT workers. The Disney executive made a harsh announcement to us all."
That harsh announcement, Perrero said, was that Disney was laying him and hundreds of others off. He would be without a job in 90 days.
"Your jobs have been given over to a foreign workforce," Perrero recalled the executive saying. "In the meantime you will be training your replacements until your jobs are 100 percent transferred over to them and if you don't cooperate you will not receive any severance pay."
It's a scene repeated countless times across the American technology sector. Cheap foreigners, with no discernable skills, are replacing seasoned American workers.
And in addition to the humiliation accompanying having to train your language-challenged replacement, there's the "non-disparagement clause" in your termination agreement, in which you certify that you, your family, friends, and acquaintances, will never speak ill of your former employer, including any complaints about H1-B visa abuse.
It's almost as if they've got something to hide.
"I started to think what kind of American was I becoming? Was I going to become part of ruining our country by taking severance pay in exchange for training my foreign replacement? How many other American families would be affected by the same foreign worker that I trained?" he said through tears.
A better question is, what kind of "American" sells his soul to foreign outsourcers?
I'll bet you're thinking right about now, Wysocki is going to tell us that Ted Cruz will protect American jobs.
And with God as my witness, I sincerely with I could say that to you.
Alas, it would be untrue.
Because Ted Cruz loves the H1-B visa scam. He's all-in for foreigners. It mars, perhaps fatally, his otherwise examplary record of conservative fortitude.
Don't count on Marco Rubio either. Senator Amnesty wants to triple the number of foreigners coming here to take our tech jobs.
So, who's the only candidate who says he'll return American jobs to Americans?
You guys know I'm no Trumpeter. In fact, I find him to be obnoxiously execrable.
But on this issue he has a point. He's firmly out in front of protecting American jobs. And as it happens, the issue of H1-B visa abuse could sway my vote. So if Donald Trump is serious, if he's really going to send foreign carpetbaggers back to Bangalore and Timbuktu, well, I could see myself holding my nose and pulling his lever in November.
It occurs to me that if a candidate wanted to build a broad-based coaliton, he'd emphasize a bunch of disparate issues that appealed to disaffected swaths of the electorate. And he'd cobble together those swaths into a force that exuded inevitability.
Then he'd sit back and wait for the electorate to coalesce in favor of his platitudes. Who knows, it might be enough to send him across the finish line.
Am I on the Trump Train?
But I'm thinking about taking an Uber to the station.
His prosecution was politically motivated from the get-go, but it's nice to see that Rick Perry really didn't do anything wrong.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cleared Wednesday of all criminal charges against him related to allegations he misused his power while in office.
In a 6-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the abuse-of-power charge that had loomed over the former Republican governor -- including during his short-lived presidential campaign, which ended last September.
The charge was filed after Perry threatened — and then carried out — a veto of state funding for a group of public corruption prosecutors after the Democratic head of the unit refused to resign.
In the ruling, the court said veto power cannot be restricted by the courts and that prosecution of a veto "violates separations of powers."
Perry's lawyer, Tony Buzbee, told The Associated Press it is "a shame that it took that long to get something as weak and misguided as this to be dismissed."
In July, a lower appeals court dismissed another charge -- coercion by a public servant — against Perry.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, left office in January 2015 while facing the felony indictment handed down the previous summer by a grand jury in Austin, a liberal bastion in otherwise mostly deeply conservative Texas.
The process is the punishment. It's known as "lawfare," and it's how Democrats roll. Perry, and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker before him, were targeted, marginalized, and victimized, all to ensure they couldn't garner the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
You know what? It's past high time for our team to play by their rules. Let's start with Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. Among other questionable things, he uses campaign funds to take his buddies to a Super Bowl party in Puerto Rico every year. That doesn't pass the smell test, and you and I both know it. So far he's evaded prosecution, mostly because Chris Christie appoints Democrats as Essex County prosecutor.
What's up with that?
Can't we find someone to hold the corruptocrats accountable?
And with Cory Booker's name being floated for Hillary's Veep, shouldn't we know more about his association with Linda Watkins-Brashear and the totally corrupt Newark Watershed Commission? And there's still the matter of the payments he received from his old law firm while steering city contracts their way.
Maybe that's one reason his presidential campaign failed to gain traction.
Look, I'm glad Rick Perry's nightmare is over. On the other hand, I'd be even gladder if he was still contending for the GOP presidential nomination.
The process is the punishment.
The Democrats never needed to convict him. They only needed to sow FUD.
So, they threw mud on the wall, and waited to see what stuck.
Politics ain't beanbag. And if the Democrats want to throw out the rulebook, well, why in the world are we still trying to be nice guys? Fuck 'em. Take no prisoners. Find an out-of-the-way county prosecutor to indict Hitlery. When her media sycophants cry fowl, indict them too. God knows the New York Times is guilty of violating the Espionage Act. Lock up Pinch Sulzberger and Carlos Slim and every reporter who jeopardized national security.
It's what their team does to Conservative journalists.
And Lois Lerner would be proud.
The Constitution says Barack Obama can nominate someone to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
The Constitution also says the Senate provides advice and consent.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said members of the panel reached a "consensus" that there should not be hearings or a vote on President Obama's nominee.
"My decision is that I don't think we should have a hearing. We should let the next president pick the Supreme Court justice," he said after emerging from a meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office.
All 11 members of the panel signed a letter to McConnell Tuesday declaring they would not hold hearings to ensure the next president, not Obama, pick someone to replace the late conservative justice, Antonin Scalia.
"We wish to inform you of our intention to exercise our constitutional authority to withhold consent on any nominee to the Supreme Court submitted by this president to fill Justice Scalia's vacancy," they wrote.
And why shouldn't they stand firm? After all, it was originally Joe Biden's idea.
If you're keeping score, this means that the current president, current vice president, current Senate minority leader, and incoming Senate minority leader have all gone on record in the past in favor of obstructing a Supreme Court nominee.
Inconvenient, that. But funny!
Of course the only fly in the ointment is who gets elected as our 45th president. As of now there are 5 people with a reasonable shot at the title, and I gotta tell ya, at least 3 (probably 4) of those 5 aren't exactly predisposed to nominating someone with Scalia's intellect, principles, or disposition.
This election is for all the marbles kids. Don't screw it up.
Once again I am damn glad I no longer subscribe to Tommy The Commie's Star-Ledger. Today's editorial chastising opponents of Islamic Sharia law is arguably the most idiotic item he's ever published.
After getting himself into a lather over folks who can't see themselves rewriting the Constitution to please Allah, he comes up with this gem:
"And Ted Cruz claimed that Islamic terrorism is our greatest threat," Sues added, "when statistics show over the last 10 years that Americans were more likely to die from choking on peach pits."
We checked. He's right.
Good. Freaking. Grief.
Ten years? As in after that little incident involving some planes landing in Lower Manhattan? I'm sure the Star-Ledger covered it; although probably not on Page 1, seeing as how that's usually devoted to their never-ending series extolling the virtues of gun control.
But, still… Someone there should have thought to mention 9/11, right?
Their zeal to slander Ted Cruz (and all Republicans) while sucking up to the enemies of freedom means they, like their messianic president, can't bring themselves to admit the existence of Islamic terrorism. Even when it kills 3,000 innocent victims on national television.
Peach pits. There's the Real Menace.
I suppose that if I were to invent a gun that fired peach pits, the Star-Ledger newsroom would convulse in synchronized apoplexy.
One can only hope that Obama has asked Joe Biden to take the lead on eradicating the Peach Pit Scourge. We must act, and act now! Because surely that's more important than curing cancer, or defeating the Mohammedan hordes.
Or so Tom Moran would have us believe.
I wonder what color the sky is on his planet.
It looks like GOP primary voters are finally waking up to just how much of a charlatan Donald Trump really is.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has surpassed Donald Trump for the top spot in a new national survey of the Republican presidential race from NBC News/Wall Street Journal.
Cruz leads the poll with the support of 28 percent of those surveyed, followed by Trump at 26 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 17 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent, and Ben Carson at 10 percent.
Trump dropped seven percentage points since last month, and hit his lowest point in the NBC/WSJ poll since October 2015 when Carson took the top spot. Cruz and Kasich each gained eight percentage points since January, the largest improvement of any candidate, and received their highest level of support ever in the poll.
Notably, this latest poll was conducted after Trump's New Hampshire primary win and after that circus of a debate put on by CBS in South Carolina.
Which means most people now see the real Donald Trump, and his New York Values, for what they really are.
Because when you get the Code Pink endorsement, sane people start to wonder about your commitment to conservative principles.
And when you angrily spout Democrat talking points, Republican voters begin to question your dedication to stopping progressive Democrats in their tracks.
Then there's this graphic, which is making the rounds on Facebook. Notice anything unusual?
Who's the last Republican you've met who gave that much money to so many far-left liberal Democrats?
Ted Cruz is the consistent, constitutional, conservative choice.
And I have a feeling the voters of South Carolina and Nevada are going to
make that fact abundently clear to Donald Trump real soon now.
Ole Chuck doesn't like it when people take him at his word.
The Senate's No. 3 Democrat said Tuesday that his 2007 promise to block a conservative Supreme Court nominee should not be used by the GOP to justify its own plan to ignore President Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said his pledge to stop a nomination by then-President George W. Bush is an "apples to oranges comparison" to the current vacancy because he would have at least entertained the nomination and voted on it.
Uh, that's not what you said Chuck. Let me refresh your memory.
Schumer told the American Constitution Society in 2007 that Democrats "should reverse the presumption of confirmation," because the court was "dangerously out of balance." At the time, George W. Bush was president.
Guess what Chuck? We're gonna "reverse the presumption of confirmation."
Thanks for the idea!
Oh, but now Chuck is saying he'd only oppose an "extreme" nominee.
Left unsaid is that Chuck's idea of "extreme" is anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders.
Also left unsaid is how Democrats have been playing outrageous games with the appointment process for a quarter century.
When Robert Bork was defenestrated by Joe Biden, despite Biden's having said he would have no choice but to vote for someone so well-qualified, he was setting the table for payback. When Harry Reid pulled the trigger on the nuclear option (on lower court appointments) he was warned that this would come back to haunt him. When Democrats disgustingly blocked Miguel Estrada from the bench solely because he was a Hispanic, they set the table to be turned. When Barack Obama voted to filibuster Alito, he set the table to be turned.
Your team made the rules Chuck. Don't come crying to me when we start playing by them.
From where I sit it's about damn time we stood up and shouted "no!"
And if you don't like that? Well, in the immortal words of Dick Cheney,
Go fuck yourself.
My Facebook timeline is filling up with Democrats in high dudgeon over Mitch McConnell's vow to block anyone Barack Obama nominates to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Cry me a river kids.
Because you've obviously forgotten when Chuck Schumer said the same thing back in 2007 while George W. Bush was in the White House.
"We should reverse the presumption of confirmation," Schumer said, according to Politico. "The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito." During the same speech, Schumer lamented that he hadn't managed to block Bush's prior Supreme Court nominations.
Notably, when he made his remarks in 2007, Bush had about seven more months remaining in his presidential term than Obama has remaining in his.
The Internet never forgets. Even when it's inconvenient for Democrats.
And if the Senate does filibuster his nominee, Obama won't be in any position to complain either. Because a certain Illnois senator named Barack Obama filibustered Samuel Alito. Which makes him the first president in U.S. history with that dubious distinction.
I'm pretty sure he hoped the Internet would forget that too.
Thanks to a Volokh Conspiracy commenter, I discovered that in August 1960, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution, S.RES. 334, "Expressing the sense of the Senate that the president should not make recess appointments to the Supreme Court, except to prevent or end a breakdown in the administration of the Court's business." Each of President Eisenhower's Supreme Court appointments had initially been a recess appointment who was later confirmed by the Senate, and the Democrats were apparently concerned that Ike would try to fill any last-minute vacancy that might arise with a recess appointment.
Darn that Internet, exposing Democrats' rank hypocrisy since 1960!
There's also a New Jersey angle to all this, Democrat State Senate President Steve Sweeney has avoided holding confirmation hearings on Chris Christie's NJ Supreme Court nominees for more than 3 years now. But that's not a crisis, because a "temporary" Justice, who just happens to be a flaming liberal, serves as a placeholder.
None of these facts will stop Democrats from whining of course. Nor will they
stop Obama from invoking every Alinskyite dirty trick in the book in pursuit
of putting another far-left progressive onto the Supreme Court. "The ends
justify the means" is their motto, except when it's Republicans who are
using their rules against them. Mitch McConnell had better be ready, and
For 8 years we've heard how Republicans are racist for daring to criticize Barack Obama. It's every Democrat's favorite retort, especially when she's losing an argument.
Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus leveled the same charge against Socialist upstart Bernie Sanders, because he's aligned himself with Democrats who criticize Obama.
Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, the chairman of the CBC, tore into Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent, calling his record on gun control "very troubling" and questioning the significance of his growing roster of black surrogates.
"His record on guns is very troubling. Bernie Sanders voted to protect the gun manufacturers. That's a problem."
Mr. Meeks said Ms. Clinton has been focused on "getting guns off the street" and accused Mr. Sanders, who served in the House for nearly two decades before his election to the Senate, of not being a partner with the CBC. The Queens congressman predicted […] Mr. Sanders […] would fail with the black electorate.
Since both Iowa and New Hampshire are almost entirely white, and Mr. Sanders hails from one of the whitest states in America, the "real primary" is just beginning now, Mr. Meeks argued. He ripped some of Mr. Sanders' most prominent black surrogates, including Dr. Cornel West, a fierce Obama critic. This, along with a focus on Mr. Sanders' gun record, has been an emerging Clinton attack line: that Mr. Sanders, who claims to support President Obama and promises to protect his legacy, aligns himself with the likes of Dr. West, who once called Mr. Obama a "niggerized" president for not challenging white supremacy.
"Cornel West is one of the biggest critics of Barack Obama. People like him don't acknowledge all the good work he's done," Mr. Meeks said. "These are all critics of Barack Obama, which means Sanders is a big critic of Barack Obama."
Yowza! This is starting to get good!
See, it's not enough to promise everyone Free Stuff. Nope. You have to promise Black Americans more Free Stuff than anyone else in order to garner the CBC's endorsement.
Then there's Rep. John Lewis, attacking Bernie for claiming to have fought for civil rights in the 1960s.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., hit Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders' past activism during the civil rights movement while throwing his support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Lewis was participating in a press conference on Thursday announcing that the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee was endorsing Clinton. In response to a question from Roll Call about Sanders' previous work on civil rights, Lewis, a civil rights leader who chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington, said he did not work with Sanders."I never saw him. I never met him," Lewis said. "I was involved in the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed the Voter Education Project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton."
Lewis' remarks contrast with Sanders' frequent highlighting of his record on civil rights. Sanders' campaign website bio shows him as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the University of Chicago to see Martin Luther King — and incidentally, Lewis — speak in 1963.
Sorry Bernie, it's all about what you've done for them lately. And sucking up to Al Sharpton when you should have been pandering to the CBC, well, that's not how the game is played.
Nevermind that according to Larry Elder writing at Real Clear Politics Blacks are worse off under Obama. In most cases far worse off. And nevermind that the former Chairman of the CBC has this to say about Obama in 2011:
The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., in 2011, complained about the economic plight of Black America. He said, "If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House." He repeated the statement 12 months later, when black unemployment stood at 14.1 percent: "As the chair of the Black Caucus, I've got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the President. With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president we'd be marching around the White House."
Instead they've sold their souls to Hillary Clinton, who has promised to be
the realization of Obama's 3rd term. Whether or not that's good news for
Black America, or for that matter America in general, is very much in doubt.
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.