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Big Brother wants to count the votes.
Johnson said that the big issue at hand is that there isn't a central election system since the states run elections. "There's no one federal election system. There are some 9,000 jurisdictions involved in the election process," Johnson said.
"There's a national election for president, there are some 9,000 jurisdictions that participate, contribute to collecting votes, tallying votes and reporting votes," he said.
This of course is a feature of our Republic. But Democrats don't see it that way.
Because it's so much easier for them to cheat when there's only one central system for collecting votes, tallying votes, and reporting votes. So bring on DHS, under the guise of protecting us from "hackers."
"We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
"There's a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure," he said.
Here we go. In the same vein as Obama's weaponized IRS, EPA, and DOJ, his next power grab will put partisan hacks at DHS in charge of counting our votes.
Yes folks, this is how Hillary wins. By stacking the deck. Remember when Trump said the election was going to be rigged? Well Jeh Johnson is Obama's man for the job.
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast
the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
— Joseph Stalin
Jeh Johnson wants to count your votes, to make sure that your vote doesn't count.
And thus there will never again be a free and fair election in these United States. The outcomes will be predetermined by agents of the Democratic Party.
American Democracy, R.I.P.
Remember when self-proclaimed technophobe Hillary Clinton demurred over wiping out her email server? Her "Like with a cloth?" line turned out to be Yet Another Lie.
According to the FBI she used a sophisticated tool that promises the data can't be easily recovered.
As the ongoing saga of Hillary's email scandal trudges along, Trey Gowdy, House Oversight Committee member, claims Hillary used a special tool to wipe clean her home-brewed email server.
No, it wasn't a very special cloth. (I know, I figured that's what she used, too).
According to Gowdy, Hillary used BleachBit, a program that deep cleans files, cookies, and servers.
BleachBit is like the nuclear weapon of delete utilities:
BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean a thousand applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.
"Shredding files to to prevent recovery."
Well sure, that's what I'd use to delete emails about yoga lessons.
Can you say "obstruction of justice?"
Because that's what this smells like.
Fortunately the FBI, probably with a little help from their friends in the NSA, unshredded 14,900 emails Hillary would have preferred the world didn't see.
Her sycophants at State have until September 13th to release them.
A federal court ruled Thursday that the State Department has until Sept. 13 to begin handing over emails recovered by the FBI from Hillary Clinton's private server.
"The State Department shall search the material, determine whether any responsive records exist, and complete its first production of non-exempt records, to the extent any exist, by September 13, 2016," the court ruled.
Judicial Watch said the department has admitted in a court filing for a separate lawsuit that some of the emails that Clinton had deleted included some "Benghazi-related documents."
Was Chelsea's wedding held in Benghazi?
Then "Benghazi-related documents" aren't personal.
And deleting them is a felony.
Not that anyone in the Obama administration will prosecute the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua. Jim Comey made that fact painfully clear.
She's counting on being elected president in order to avoid prosecution.
Obamacare is working so well insurance companies are in a race to get out of it. The latest escapee is Oscar Health Insurance, announcing today they are completely withdrawing from the New Jersey market.
Oscar Health Insurance, a start-up insurance company founded by a scion of the Kushner real estate fortune and known for its cartoon advertising campaign in mass-transit hubs, announced Tuesday that it was pulling out of the market in New Jersey created by the Affordable Care Act.
The company started providing coverage to New Jersey residents in 2015, and insured 24,560 people, as of March 30.
Oscar also is withdrawing from the individual market in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will remain in New York, Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Orange County, a company statement said.
The exodus from Obamacare is now a stampede, as Oscar joins Aetna and UnitedHealthcare (Oxford) in abandoning the federally-mandated marketplace.
So now there are only 3 insurers left in NJ's Obamacare exchange: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, AmeriHealth of New Jersey, and Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey.
Blue Cross is of course the state's insurer of last resort, and they've got the astronomical rates to prove it.
Nationwide the trend is the same, or worse.
Residents in seven states won't have much of a choice in selecting medical coverage under ObamaCare next year because only a single insurer plans to offer policies in each market, it was reported Monday.
"Lower-than-expected enrollment, a high-cost population, and troubled risk-mitigation programs have led to decreased plan participation for 2017," said Dan Mendelson, president of the consulting firm Avalere Health.
Avalere's analysis indicates that Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming will each have only one carrier selling policies.
But people in those 7 states are still better off than residents of Pimal County, Arizona. No company will offer an Obamacare plan there next year. None.
The president says you have to buy it. But he forgot to tell someone that they have to sell it.
Which, if you think about it for a minute, is actually a feature from his perspective, and not the bug you'd expect it to be.
Because if no one is willing to provide Obamacare coverage, that opens the door to having the Federal government step in to provide coverage.
And before you can say "single payer," that's exactly what you'll get — health care with the compassion of the VA delivered via the efficiency of the DMV, all at a price that'll make your taxes skyrocket.
Gee, where do I sign up?
Hillary Clinton's top aide wears many hats, and new emails uncovered by Judicial Watch show that the most important one of them says "Cashier."
Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.
The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton's tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin's June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of "Clinton family matters."
Clinton Crime Family Matters, to be exact. Because the Clinton Foundation is the epitome of Pay To Play.
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through "normal channels" at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours.
How's that for service? And the price? A mere $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative, ostensibly for "scholarships."
Go ahead, read the whole sickening list of "donations" which resulted in immediate access to, or favors from, Hillary Clinton.
There's only one conclusion you can draw.
"These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law."
An independent investigation? You mean like Jim Comey's FBI whitewash? Gimme a break. Loretta Lynch would sooner prosecute her own mother before glancing in Hillary's direction.
Hillary and Huma are corrupt to the core. And yet they're poised to occupy the
highest office in the land. Because in the Democratic Party's quest for power,
anything goes, and crime really does pay. Handsomely.
Social Justice Warriors aren't good for business.
Earlier this year Target made a Big Deal out of letting men pee with women.
And in return, their customers voted with their feet.
Same store sales are down 2% over the last quarter, and Target is hemorrhaging money.
Retail giant Target reported sales for the second quarter that fell more than 7% from a year ago -- and warned that another key measure of sales may drop in the third quarter and fourth quarter.
The second half of the year is usually great for big retailers like Target. Back-to-school shopping tends to boost sales in the late summer and consumers typically splurge on presents for the holidays during the fall.
As a result, Target said same-store sales, which measures sales at retailers open at least a year, could fall as much as 2% in the third and fourth quarters. Target also slashed its earnings outlook for the third quarter.
Perverts are bad for business.
But instead of reversing their bathroom policy, Target is going to spend millions of dollars to install single-seat bathrooms in all of their stores.
Target Corp. said it will spend $20 million to add a private bathroom to each of its stores by next year, following customer protests over its policy allowing transgender individuals to use whichever restroom corresponds with their gender identity.
Sure, if you're losing money, it's always a good idea to spend more money on an unnecessary "upgrade."
Here's a pro-tip Target.
Go back to the old policy. Girls in the girls' room. And boys in the boys' room. It's not rocket science.
CEO Brian Cornell had promised to roll out family restrooms earlier this year and defended the company's stance on diversity.
Protests started at Target stores after the retailer said in April that it welcomed transgender employees and guests to use the restroom or fitting room that corresponded with their gender identity. "Everyone deserves to feel they belong," the company wrote on its website.
By "everyone" Mr. Cornell means "freaks."
Everyone else has left the building, because they don't belong in Target's Brave New World.
The boycott is working folks. Target's sales numbers don't lie. "Diversity" isn't profitable.
So keep up the good work America. Target will either reverse their perverted policy, or they'll soon be a dim memory, joining a long list of failed retailers on the ash heap of history.
Either way, our wives and daughters will be safe.
He's right, of course. The teachers union is far and away the most reactionary and destructive force in New Jersey, a cancer on the taxpaying citizens of the Garden State.
"This is a dreadful group of leaders and for the Senate president and others in the Democratic caucus to join that chorus, I welcome them — very late — to the amen chorus about the fact that the NJEA is the single most destructive political force in this building," Christie said, referring to the New Jersey Statehouse.
"It's not even close. There's not even a close second to these people," he said. "(They're) the most selfish, destructive people in this building — and everybody in both parties knows it."
Blue on Blue fratricide; man oh man, the schadenfreude is delicious.
Because for going on 50 years Steve Sweeney and NJ's Democrats have been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NJEA. The union says "jump," and the Democrats say "how high?"
At least until the pension bubble bursted.
Because there isn't enough money in the universe for Humpty Dumpty to put that shit back together again.
Sweeney sees the writing on the wall.
"I'll care about the children when the children start paying union dues."
— Albert Shanker
The NJEA only cares about one thing, their gravy train.
And if kids don't actually learn, well hey, that's not their problem.
The 31 school districts that receive billions of dollars in extra court-ordered state education aid each year have not narrowed the gap with the rest of the state when it comes to test scores and college attendance, according to a Record analysis.
Do tell! Money can't buy progress? Who'da thunk it?
The Record assessed the performance of those 31 districts in three categories — elementary and middle school tests, the SATs and the percentage of college-bound students — and found that the achievement gaps generally stayed the same over 10 years.
So, where did all that money go?
Into the pockets of the NJEA and its members!
They're living high on the hog, and the kids in their classrooms are left high and dry.
But wait, because they've got excuses!
But advocates say the lower-income schools desperately need the financial boost, which provides students access to preschool, counseling and technology and helps them graduate on time. Those advocates argue that hunger, violence and the lack of family support can have a major impact on performance.
"Our kids start from such a different place and have so many more needs," said Peter Rosario, a school board member in Passaic, one of the districts that would lose aid under Christie's plan. "I think that's the No. 1 factor in this that doesn't get talked about enough."
More money for the NJEA won't fix the "family support" problem.
That's been demonstrated time and again, as test scores stagnate and kids keep dropping out.
So, let's move the goalposts!
"The 1997 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling to increase funding for the Abbott districts was not premised on the idea that more money would automatically equate to an increase in test scores," said David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, the Newark-based organization that brought the Abbott lawsuit.
"Rather," he continued, "the justices said fair and adequate funding is essential to give children in high-poverty schools the same opportunity to succeed that is afforded to their peers in more affluent districts."
"Opportunity to succeed?" Without measurable results? Who's to say the "opportunities" are sufficient? David Sciarra?
Well sure. The Education Law Center is a taxpayer-subsidized arm of the Rutgers Law School. David Sciarra is a state employee, essentially paid to sue his employer. The day he says his mission has succeeded he's out of a job.
So to almost no one's surprise, his mission has not, and never will, succeed.
So let's go back to what that "more money" was designed to accomplish.
Because the Abbott district schools are not "equal" to the schools in the so-called affluent districts. In many cases they're significantly better. Hoboken and Jersey City have facilities my small town of Caldwell could only dream about. Indoor swimming pools. Science labs to rival the Manhattan Project. Elementary schools with turf fields. Middle schools with auditoriums better than Carnegie Hall.
You get the idea. I'm envisioning the mad scientist from Jurassic Park extolling how he "spared no expense."
That's the legacy of the sainted Abbott districts. They spared no expense. They didn't have to. All their money was "free," air-lifted in out of the pockets of us beleaguered taxpayers.
Remember when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg air-dropped $100 million into "fixing" Newark's public schools? How'd that work out?
1. Labor and contract costs: $89.2 million
That's right. The single biggest expenditure from his windfall ended up right in the pockets of the Newark Teachers Union.
One of the biggest failures in Zuckerberg's plan to reform Newark schools was the renegotiated teachers' contracts.
Zuckerberg envisioned the teacher contract reform to be a centerpiece of the reform and contributed $50 million — half of his total donation — to go to working on that cause.
Zuckerberg wanted to be able to create more flexibility in teacher contracts to reward high-performing teachers and to fire teachers with poor records of student achievement.
But those types of protections are determined by New Jersey law, and Zuckerberg couldn't simply come in and change the rules without going through the state Legislature to make the changes.
Instead, the opposite occurred. Chris Cerf, the New Jersey commissioner of education at the time, worked with the Legislature and was able to negotiate some new accountability measures in teacher contracts.
But the teachers' union only agreed upon those measures if the seniority protections remained intact.
The NJEA didn't look out for the children.
The NJEA protected its most inept members.
And who in the NJ legislature was the number one champion of teachers' union rights?
He blocked the necessary reforms.
He sealed the kids' fate when he stood up for retaining tenure, protecting teachers not on the merit of their achievements but rather on the longevity of their service.
Clock punchers won. And children lost.
So all of this recent Kabuki Theater is a charade.
Steve Sweeney is in the pocket of the NJEA.
And the NJEA calls the shots in Trenton.
Chris Christie will be gone in a little over 15 months.
And then? Steve Sweeney will probably be our next governor.
His first order of business?
Assuage the NJEA.
They'll get their pension guarantee. In spades.
But here's another guarantee.
Nothing Sweeney does while he's living in Drumthwacket will change the education status quo. Kids in the Abbott districts will keep on failing. And taxpayers will keep on getting hosed. But, and this is the key point, every NJEA member working in those districts will make out like a bandit.
Because that's how our tax dollars work in New Jersey.
There's Pay To Play, and then there's Hillary's State Department.
Hillary Clinton put the State Department up for sale, with top aides pulling strings and doing favors for fat-cat donors to the Clinton Foundation — including a shady billionaire, according to smoking-gun emails released Tuesday.
The stunning revelations include how wealthy contributors seeking influence or prestigious government gigs could fork over piles of cash to get access to Clinton's inner circle, including top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.
Read the whole thing. But briefly, the head of the Clinton Foundation arranged a meeting between top US officials and a shady Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire who gave them between $1 million and $5 million and also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative, all on the say-so of Hillary confidant Cheryl Mills.
The phrase "[it is] important to take care of" this person was used by Mills.
Hmm, "important" indeed. Gotta keep those dollars flowing.
Hillary also used her stint at State to enrich Bill. She went to bat for an embattled Bangladeshi banker who then arranged for payments to Bill from an Abu Dhabi oil company.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation traced the convoluted payment by TAQA — formally known as the the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company — to Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Bank. Yunus is a long-time friend and Clinton Foundation donor.
The oil company deal eventually put as much as $500,000 into President Bill Clinton's pockets via a speaking fee he got in Scotland.
Hey, remember when Dick Cheney divested his involvement in Halliburton but was still vilified because the company continued to make a profit? Yeah, good times. Because that's like totally different from how Hillary's family foundation helped Putin corner the uranium market.
Forget renting out the Lincoln Bedroom; a second Clinton presidency would put the whole White House up for sale.
Hillary puts the "quid" in quid pro quo, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
These are not new concerns. People had been speculating that the Clinton Foundation had become a private version of the State Department, offering easy access to the State Department policy decision-making process for the wealthy and well-connected throughout Obama's first term.
At no time did the U.S. State Department ever say to Bill Clinton that any of his unbelievably lucrative speaking gigs represented a conflict of interest — even if there was reason to believe a foreign government or entities closely allied with a foreign government were paying. Recall the State Department praising the progress of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as the president's ally invited Bill Clinton to give two speeches in exchange for $1.4 million dollars.
Isn't this kind of influence peddling pretty much what Bob Memendez was accused of doing? And yet he's facing criminal charges, while Hillary and Bill are scot free.
It's good to be Queen!
The homofascists enlisted the Supreme Court to redefine marriage. And now Madam Justice "Wise Latina" Sonia Sotomayor is ready to redefine it yet again.
Polygamist Kody Brown of "Sister Wives" fame have been granted more time to pursue an appeal in their case against Utah, FOX13 reports.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted the family until Sept. 10 to file a petition of certiorari to have the nation's top court review their case.
SCOTUS has not considered a polygamy case in more than 100 years. So this is a Big Deal, because the only reason to consider Kody Brown's case is to legalize polygamy.
Ostensibly, it's for the Mormons.
There are about 30,000 polygamists in Utah, according to court documents. They believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven — a legacy of the early Mormon church. The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned the practice in 1890 and strictly prohibits it today.
Now riddle me this Batman. Given that the Mormons have disowned it, what major religion still actively encourages polygamy and would benefit the most if it were legalized today?
Did you guess Islam?
Of course you did!
Sotomayor, like all good liberals, can't wait to usher Sharia Law into American jurisprudence. And what better way could they find than to enshrine a major tenet of Sharia as a bedrock Constitutional right?
Hence the rush to recognize polygamy.
Followed down the slippery slope, of course, by the legalization of pedophilia, and eliminating laws which define the age of consent. Because if Mohammed can marry a six-year-old, then by Allah every Muslim must be allowed to marry toddlers. The more the merrier! It's in the Koran!
Thanks homosexuals. Thanks a lot. Because all this is totally on you. You set out to erase the mores of Western Civilization in pursuit of your sodomistic hedonism, and now that the door is opened all sorts of depraved debauchery is moving in unencumbered by trite anachronisms like morality.
Love Wins, even if it's the love that dare not speak its name, yet.
While appearing at an event with multi-billionaire tax-avoider Warren Buffet, Hillary Clinton provided some insight on how her tax plan differs from Donald Trump's.
"Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich," Clinton said.
"Well, we're not going there, my friends. I'm telling you, right now - we're going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!"
The sycophantic sheep went wild, cheering for Hillary to raise their taxes.
There's video at the link in case your lyin' ears don't want to believe a known right-wing prevaricator like me.
Because wasn't it Joe Biden who said paying more taxes is patriotic?
Well OK then, get ready for a big dose of patriotism!
Hillary Clinton comes up $2.2 trillion short in paying for her policy agenda, despite hiking taxes by $1.3 trillion, according to a new analysis of the Democratic nominee's campaign platform.
The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Thursday finding Clinton's domestic agenda would "have a dramatic effect on the federal budget."
Gordon Gray, American Action Forum's director of fiscal policy, based the report on estimates of policy proposals from the Clinton campaign itself, as well as independent analyses from the Tax Policy Center and the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Pay up suckers, because Free Stuff ain't cheap.
Clinton's most expensive policy proposal by far is guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of paid family leave at a cost of $1.598 trillion. Her "College Compact" plan that would give free community college tuition for students who work 10 hours a week would cost $347 billion.
Clinton's child care plan would cost $337 billion, while debt free college for future students would cost $107 billion. The tab for universal preschool reaches $66 billion.
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about Real Money.
So listen up Hillarians. Yup, I'm talking to you, oh displayers of Hillary signs and bumper stickers. I hope you like Hamburger Helper. Because you're gonna bear the brunt of paying for your queen's quest for utopia. And those taxes won't be easy on the budget, leaving you a lot less left over for luxuries like food.
Don't come crying to me though, because I'll just say I told you so.