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Well whaddaya know, suspected terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami has greivances. People were mean to his family. And their lawsuit against the city of Elizabeth, NJ isn't getting any traction.
So, bombs away!
The family of Ahmad Khan Rahami, arrested in connection with weekend bombings in Seaside Park and New York City, sued the city of Elizabeth in 2011, alleging a pattern of harassment and religious discrimination by city officials.
According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, the Rahami family said Elizabeth police officers repeatedly forced the closure of their family restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, telling family members "Muslims don't belong here" and "Muslims are trouble."
Court papers show several members of Rahami's family were arrested during a multi-year dispute with city officials stemming from noise complaints at First American Fried Chicken. Ahmad Rahami is not named in the lawsuit, but his most recent listed address is that of the family restaurant.
Way to embrace that American dream there guys. You've got the victimology angle down pat. Let me guess, you're Ready For Hillary?
The suit is still active, but on hold. Their attorney recused herself after at least one Rahami family member pleaded guilty to interfering with a law enforcement officer back in 2015.
And not for nothing, but noise complaints at a fried chicken restaurant? Were they screaming "Death To America!" at all hours of the day and night?
Color me skeptical too on the "Islamophobia" complaints. Today's politically correct police departments wouldn't dare go on record saying those kind of things, not when every Ahmad, Omar, and Mohammed is carrying a cell phone camera. All it takes is one YouTube video of a cop saying "Muslim go home" and it'd be front page news for the better part of a year.
But that won't stop the Social Justice Warriors from launching into their "we need to learn from this" apologistic drivel. And right on cue there are commenters at NJ.com saying precisely that.
[M]aybe Mr. Rahami believed that he and his family could not get redress from the courts... disenfranchisement was cited as a motivating factor in the ISIS attacks in France...
Somebody called BS, and was promptly whacked with the Moral Equivalence Card.
Remember that guy in Texas who crashed his Cesna into the IRS offices? It's hardly a unique ideology...
Honestly, I don't know how someone that clueless manages to tie his own shoes.
But that's how liberals roll. Blame America first. Even if you have to dredge up a lone nut from 2005 to do it.
All we need now is for President Golfpants to tell us the Elizabeth police "acted stupidly." Or maybe he'll just crack another inappropriate joke before green-lighting the next wave of unvetted Muslim "refugees" who'll refuse to assimilate into our society.
Let's just hope that Obama doesn't simply excuse Rahami, because after all no
one was killed, and it's not like
one of his oldest and dearest friends wasn't, uh not guilty, of
the same thing, right?
New Jersey's Obamacare co-op is down and out.
Faced with "a deteriorating financial condition," another health insurance carrier is pulling out of New Jersey's health exchange marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, forcing 35,000 policy holders to find a new plan in 2017, the state's top insurance official announced Monday night.
Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey will serve customers through the end of the year, state Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Richard Badolato said.
The state is working out a "rehabilitation" plan that preserves the carrier's financial assets so medical providers will be reimbursed for the care they provide consumers for the remainder of the year, Badolato said in a statement late Monday.
"Rehabilitation plan" is regulator-speak for bankruptcy, although they're desparately pretending that everything is going to be OK, sometime in 2018, maybe. In the meantime they're taking a break.
Because no matter how you phrase it, New Jersey's Obamacare co-op is broke.
Health Republic got its start with $107 million loan through the landmark health care law, in an effort to create competition. But more than half of the nonprofit co-ops (or consumer-operated and oriented programs) have folded, crippled by higher than anticipated expenses and the financial requirements of the federal law.
Health Republic owes $46.3 million under the risk adjustment program tied to the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers which enroll healthier and less costly enrollees to contribute to a fund that would bail out plans serving a larger share of sicker and most expensive patients.
The words you're searching for are "adverse selection."
Sicker people, higher costs, expanded mandates, fewer choices. And as you'll recall, Aetna, Oscar, and UnitedHealthcare have also bailed on NJ.
So now there are only 2 insurers left in our Obamacare exchange: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and AmeriHealth of New Jersey. Neither are known for their low rates.
The marketplaces which were supposed to open up competition have instead driven away most of the competitors. Which must mean Obamacare is "working," or something.
The "something" being, of course, the inexorable march to Single Payer Nirvanna, where the costs can really rack up and the opportunities for graft are endless. Quality of care will go down the tubes (just look at the VA, which is as close to Single Payer as we've got) but that just means the rubes will die off faster. So long as the bureaucrats get paid and the expense checks for their junkets keep rolling in our Single Payer future will be touted as rosier than a Bernie voter's glasses.
Want a good health plan? Take my advice. Don't get sick.
In case you weren't already aware, the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua despises the common folks.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, told the fundraiser audience that half of the supporters for Trump, the Republican nominee, could be put into a "basket of deplorables."
"Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it," Clinton said. "There are people like that and he has lifted them up."
Can you smell the preening moral superiority? She's better than us, and her supporters are likewise better than Trump's supporters. In Hillary-ville, if you're not voting for Her, you need an "intervention."
Clinton was speaking at an LGBT fundraiser in New York City, where she encouraged supporters to "stage an intervention" if they have friends considering voting for Trump.
And if that doesn't work, after her coronation she'll ship us off to re-education camps.
"That may be one conversion therapy I'd endorse," said Clinton, referring to a type of counseling designed to urge gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender children to change their sexual orientation.
Winston Smith, please call your office.
Because the thing is, Hillary doesn't think she said anything wrong. Liberal Democrats actually believe in their moral and intellectual superiority. It's a part of their DNA. Their smugness is matched only by their insufferability. It's our fault for not recognizing their intrinsic munificence, and woe unto us for our unwillingness to submit to the obvious greatness of their political policies.
And guess what? Hillary's arrogance runs in the family.
Speaking in Homewood, PA on Friday, Bill Clinton criticized the "coal people" in West Virginia for supporting Donald Trump.
"We all know how [Hillary's] opponent has done well down in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky," the former president told the crowd at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum. "The coal people don't like any of us [Democrats] anymore."
Gee Bill, I wonder why.
But there they go again, assuming they know best, and anyone who disagrees must be some kind of slack-jawed luddite swigging corn whiskey and muttering about the gubmint.
Remember when Bill felt your pain? Yeah, well, he's moved on, and it was all a ploy anyway.
What kind of president despises and insults half of her constituents?
A fitting followup to Obama, that's what. He hates most of us, and he hates pretty much everything America used to stand for. Hillary will be the culmination of his fundamental transformation. They want a nation of serfs, obediently subservient to the Democratic Party elite.
I guess it's good to hear them finally admit it so openly.