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Cory Booker got out of Dodge before the full effect of his incompetence hit. Which left Ras Baraka to finish the job his Marxist anti-Semite father started in 1967. Amiri Baraka (nee LeRoi Jones) lit Newark on fire. His son has succeeded in burning Newark's finances.
The city of Newark — its finances already under state control — has been hit by a major credit downgrade relegating some of its outstanding debt to junk bond status.
The move targeting the state's largest city comes amid growing questions by Wall Street over the financial strength of at least five other struggling municipalities — including Atlantic City, Paterson, Union City, Asbury Park and Kearny — in the wake of New Jersey's own fiscal troubles.
The debt of both Atlantic City and Paterson have also been downgraded below investment grade by Moody's Investors Service. The three other municipalities were rated as an increased risk.
Among the downgrades announced in the past week by Moody's included a drop in Newark's general obligation unlimited tax rating affecting $374 million in debt, to Baa3 from Baa1, indicating substantial credit risk. Another $39 million of general obligation limited tax bonds dropped from Baa2 to Ba1, a rating considered junk bond debt.
What do Newark and those 5 other towns have in common?
Decades and decades of Democratic Party rule.
Yeah, I'm wearing my shocked face too.
Where Democrats reign, despair, decay, disinvestment, and now downgraded debt inevitably follow.
For his part, Mayor Baraka disclaimed any responsibility, and threw his predecessor under the bus.
Newark officials said they were dismayed by the downgrades, but called the city's weakened financial position a "legacy of prior administrations." The city's new business administrator, Jack Kelly, said Mayor Ras Baraka — who was elected last year — had been in office less than eight months when Moody's requested a credit review.
"The majority of the city's two previous year ending deficits were caused by overestimating revenues to close budget gaps. When these overly optimistic revenues didn't materialize, both the 2013 and 2014 budget years ended with deficits," Kelly said.
Well, Cory Booker was busy running for Senate, so getting Newark's budget in order probably wasn't on his to-do list. Meanwhile, his designated seat-filler, Luis Quintana, didn't even really try to get anything done.
Of course Booker sang the same song as Baraka when he tweeted into town — all this stuff is Sharpe James' fault!
And, if you're old enough to remember when James took over, he blamed Ken Gibson, who I recall "inherited a mess" from Hugh Addonizio.
Excuses, Newark's always got 'em, in a never-ending supply.
How's that song go? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
What amazes me is that the people of Newark keep falling for it. They got the government they apparently wanted, and it's failure is their failure.
Because I assure you, they'll definitely get fooled again.
We know Democrats believe in voting for a living. But I never expected one to actually come out and say it so succinctly.
Not right: A min. wage-earning single parent of two must work 50 hrs/week to escape poverty. http://t.co/QafnNscfql— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 7, 2015
Hard work is what exactly? Overrated? Too hard? Not worth it?
Only somebody who's never held a Real Job in his life could believe such nonsense.
.@CoryBooker Working hard to escape poverty is overrated, amirite?!— The Real Bepo (D) (@TheRealBepo) May 7, 2015
When I started out, I worked a helluva lot more than 40 hours per week.
As a matter of fact, I still do.
No wonder I'm not a Democrat.
Take it away James Franco!
All I know is that when I needed McDonald's, McDonald's was there for me. When no one else was.
In 1996, I moved to Los Angeles from Palo Alto at age 18 to study English at UCLA. I soon realized that half the city was working in the movie industry and the other half was trying to get into it, and because I hadn't applied to the theater department as an incoming freshman, I would have to wait two years to even apply.
Someone asked me if I was too good to work at McDonald's. Because I was following my acting dream despite all the pressure not to, I was definitely not too good to work at McDonald's. I went to the nearest Mickey D's and was hired the same day.
I was given the late shift drive-thru position. I wore a purple visor and purple polo shirt and took orders over a headset.
After a month, they allowed me to work the front counter during the day.
After three months of working at McDonald's, I booked a Super Bowl commercial for Pizza Hut. Because it was for the Super Bowl, it was very elaborate: a computer-generated Elvis singing and serving the new Deep Dish pizza. From that point on, I could support myself through acting.
I was treated fairly well at McDonald's. If anything, they cut me slack. And, just like their food, the job was more available there than anywhere else.
And the rest, as they say, is history. From humble beginnings, great things can be accomplished.
"Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as a result of
— Booker T. Washington
I doubt Cory Booker has ever set foot in a McDonald's, let alone worked the late shift at the drive-thru. What the hell does he know about "not right?"
"Not right" is counting on McDonald's as a career. Not that it isn't honest work, and if you can live off the salary, great. But entry-level jobs are just that, entry-level and the goal isn't to spend the rest of your life flipping burgers.
Hard work is the stepping stone to success.
Unless, of course, you're an affirmative action hire at a guilty white liberal law firm. Then you're just an out-of-touch putz pretending to stand up for The Little Guy. Except he's probably working his butt off right now and he isn't actually interested in what senators playing pundit on Twitter have to say.
Oh, who am I kidding? That preening senator and his cronies are going to
promise their gullible
suckers voters a quick path to
Easy Street. No work required. Just vote Democrat, and sit back while
the wealth redistribution rolls in.
It's unsustainable in the long run of course. But they don't care. By the
time "the long run" hits they'll be rich and retired. All the suckers who
bought their bullshit? Not so much.
It just depends on what his meaning of "the poor" is, I guess.
Former President Bill Clinton defended his family's foundation amid mounting conflict-of-interest questions, claiming there's nothing "sinister" at work -- while saying he might consider stepping down as foundation president if his wife wins the presidency.
Clinton addressed the issue during an interview aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The interview comes as media reports raise questions about donors potentially benefiting from their relationship with the Clintons.
But Clinton described the criticism as a "very deliberate attempt to take the foundation down."
"And there's almost no new fact that's known now that wasn't known when she ran for president the first time," he said.
As for the foundation's work, Clinton said there's nothing "sinister" in trying to get wealthy people and countries to spend money in a way that helps the poor.
Because devoting a mere 6½% of its budget to charitable work is the very model of altruism, or something.
The Clinton Foundation's finances are so messy that the nation's most influential charity watchdog put it on its "watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month.
The Clinton family's mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.
The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.
In all, the group reported $84.6 million in "functional expenses" on its 2013 tax return.
"It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons," said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group where progressive Democrat and Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout was once an an organizing director.
Gee, I wonder how anyone could get that impression?
The Clintons are just Plain Folks. And they're "broke," remember?
Clinton also said he will continue to speak at events if asked. Some people have questioned his paid speaking engagements, which can command as much as $500,000 or more.
"I've got to pay our bills," he said.
It's tough being a Clinton. No wonder Hillary is running for president, she
needs the paycheck, to help, uh, "the poor."
Is there a sucker born every minute?
Former governor and U.S. Senator John Corzine may soon add another title to his resume — hedge fund owner.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the fund would likely be launched with Corzine's own personal wealth, along with contributions from a handful of outside investors.
You remenber Jon Corzine, right?
He's the financial genius who took over MF Global, ran it into the ground, vaporized more than a billion dollars of his clients' money, and then tried to weasel his way out of any responsibility for the debacle.
You know, just the kind of guy you'd want looking out for your life savings!
So, what's his sales pitch this time?
Because I'm pretty sure that "Give me all your money, never see it
again!" isn't going to win him very many customers.
Wherever Bob Menendez goes, corruption isn't far behind. And it looks like that buying himself a pet U.S. Senator isn't going to help Salomon Melgen avoid prison.
New federal charges of Medicare fraud involving tens of millions of dollars were filed late Tuesday against Salomon Melgen, the Florida eye specialist who was indicted earlier this month with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez for allegedly bribing the senator in exchange for help with financial and personal matters, including a Medicare billing dispute.
Bob says "billing dispute," the Justice Department says "fraud." With a capital "F."
The new charges, contained in a 76-count indictment handed up in Florida, accuse Melgen of falsely diagnosing patients with a potentially blinding eye disease and then fraudulently billing Medicare for doses of an expensive drug he did not buy, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern Florida.
Between January 2008 and December 2013, the release said, Melgen billed Medicare for more than $190 million and his company, Vitreo-Retinal Consultants of the Palm Beaches, was reimbursed more than $105 million. Prosecutors said that "a substantial portion of these reimbursed payments were allegedly obtained through fraudulent billing.""Patients fearing blindness sought treatment from Dr. Melgen's office," said Shimon Richmond, special agent in charge of the Miami office of the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Instead, they allegedly received medically unreasonable and unnecessary tests and procedures for which they and taxpayers paid millions of dollars."
And coincidentally, some of those millions found their way into Bob Menendez's pocket, as well as into the coffers of the DNC.
Reached late Tuesday, Tricia Enright, a spokeswoman for Menendez, said of Melgen's new indictment: "The senator knows nothing about this. It has nothing to do with the senator's case."
Dr. Melgen should've bought a dog instead of a Senator. At least then he'd
still have a friend.
Corruption? In a politician from New Jersey's Hudson County? Where's my shocked face?
Bob Menendez's chickens have finally come home to roost. A federal grand jury indicted him today on corruption charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.
Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor.
A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.
Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the business interests of Dr. Salomon Melgen, including by intervening on the doctor's behalf in a medical billing dispute.
And no, this isn't an April Fools post.
Interestingly, news leaked earlier this week that Bob's co-conspirator is going to be indicted as well.
Federal prosecutors are moving toward charging a Florida eye doctor over his dealings with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, according to a person familiar with a Justice Department investigation into their relationship.
How nice. They can be cell mates. It's a bit of a step down from the private plane and fancy villa in the Dominican Republic that they're used to, but I suppose they'll muddle through OK.
And I guess we're gonna need to hold another special election. Steve Lonegan,
please call your office!
Hillary Clinton is not alone among Democrats. In Jersey City, NJ, everybody uses a private email account. The government servers are lonely, and empty.
As Hillary Clinton faces scrutiny over her use of a private email account to handle government business, some local public officials are defending their own use of private email accounts while on the job.
The officials -- including Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who runs Jersey City's prisoner reentry program -- offered a variety of reasons for why they use private email accounts, including age.
"I'm going to be 58 years old and am fortunate I know how to use one email account," McGreevey said in a statement from the city spokeswoman.
I'm 57 years old.
I can manage 5 different email accounts.
And yes, they're all on my BlackBerry.
Sorry Jimbo, you're a putz.
Other officials who use private email accounts include Bob Sommer, who last week became a volunteer Fulop adviser after nearly two years on the city payroll using his Gmail account almost exclusively; Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill, who switches between her city and personal Gmail accounts; Jersey City Councilwoman Candice Osborne; Hudson County spokesman James Kennelly, who uses personal and county accounts; Freeholder Bill O'Dea, who uses Yahoo; and Bayonne spokesman Joe Ryan, who uses Hotmail. Fulop switches between his Gmail and city accounts.
What are they hiding?
Don't count on finding out.
And you know what?
I'm really pissed off.
In what universe is that right?
Because I'm pretty sure that her job was more important than mine.
I never made a life or death decision.
Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Chris Stevens were unavailable for comment.
And Steve Fulop wants to be governor? When he, and his minions, are concealing their communications from the Freedom of Information Act?
What's he got to hide? He's supposed to be Mr. Squeaky Clean.
Yeah, if you believe that, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you can have, cheap.
The only reason to maintain a secret email account is to avoid scrutiny.
If you're going to cheat on your wife, you don't use your work email to arrange trysts with your mistress.
And if you're going to screw the taxpayers, you don't use a government email account to talk about it.
Hillary Clinton is dirty. Her foundation took money from some of the worst human rights abusers on the planet. And she's complicit in their misogny. She's obviously got something to hide from her adoring femininut friends.
Steven Fulop is hiding something too.
Democrats always have something to hide.
What amazes me is the fact that the Palace Guard media, who are 110% in the tank for 0bama, are out in front of these email scandals. That can mean only one thing. They're hoping Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren takes Hillary's place. And, closer to home, "the other Steve" (Sweeney) lands in Drumthwacket.
Alas, the silent majority might, and I emphasize might, this one time wake up and smell the bullshit. Because the stench is overpowering.
You can vote for Democrats and their secret email accounts.
Or, you can wake up and get a clue.
I'm sure the timing of this announcement is purely coincidental.
According to an exclusive report published first by CNN, Democrat Senator Bob Menendez will be indicted by the Department of Justice on federal corruption charges.
The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.
People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors' request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.
The government's case centers on Menendez's relationship with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who the senator has called a friend and political supporter. Melgen and his family have been generous donors to the senator and various committees the senator is associated with.
I am no fan of Bob Menendez. But this thing stinks. He's been vocal and persuasive in his opposition to Dear Leader's policies on Cuba and Iran. And this "investigation" has been percolating for six years.
So why now?
"Will no one rid me of this turbulent senator?", cried President Valerie Jarrett. And lo, Eric Holder unleashed the hounds.
I got a buck that says if Bob pipes down and acts like a good boy the whole thing will go away. That's how the Obama White House operates. They punish their enemies, and they reward their friends.
Bob Menendez didn't get with their program. So now he's gonna get an orange
They were going to throw her off the ballot anyway.
Just an hour after her running mate said he will not support her re-election, state Assemblywoman Linda Stender announced she will call it quits when her term ends in January.
Stender (D-Union) is facing controversy over her husband's use of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate to demolish a Sandy-damaged home he owned in Manasquan, and for his attempt to use the non-profit to build a much larger and more luxurious house on the site.
"Over the last several days, it has become apparent that personal issues involving my family and a nonprofit group have become an insurmountable distraction to me, to my running mates and, most importantly, to the constituents I have been proud to represent for more than a decade," Stender said in a statement. "As a result, I have decided not to seek reelection."
Don't feel bad for her though. She'll be keeping that $90,000 per year job her cronies created for her at the Union County Improvement Authority.
Hey, they're not mad about what she did, they're mad because she got caught.
When you donate to Habitat for Humanity, you expect your money will go toward helping needy people put a roof over their heads.
And it's kinda hard to believe an NJ Assemblywoman and her husband qualify as "needy," especially since she's a well-connected Democrat who was just appointed to a $90,000 per year job at the Union County Improvement Authority, on top of her $49,000 legislative salary.
But Monmouth County's Coastal Habitat for Humanity thought differently. They approved the Stenders' application for Hurricane Sandy relief with plans that call for an impressive 2000 square foot, two story, 4 bedroom, 3 and ½ bath home to be built at the Jersey shore.
When state Assemblywoman Linda Stender's husband asked a Habitat for Humanity group for help after his nearly half million dollar Manasquan bungalow was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, he wanted to replace it with a two-story house that would be nearly three times larger, documents show.
Zoning plans filed with Manasquan's construction office show that Richard Stender, who owns a printing company and is married to the longtime Union County Democratic assemblywoman, sought to replace the 700-square foot, single story bungalow that the Monmouth County-based Coastal Habitat for Humanity demolished for him with a 2,000-square foot house.
The "Stender residence" plans, filed in August 2014, show a proposed home far from the more modest ones Habitat for Humanity groups typically build for lower-income families.
The plans call for four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, a two-car garage, a wood-burning fireplace, a screened porch on each floor, and an outdoor shower with a "louvered ceiling," privacy screen and a changing area.
And gold-plated fixtures too?
Habitat typically builds modest "starter homes" with 3 bedrooms and 1 and ½ baths. And the Stenders earn far more than the maximum income that ought to qualify for Habitat's help.
[Habitat] helps homeowners who make up to 80 percent of Monmouth County's median household income, which is $84,526. However, Linda Stender's legislative financial disclosure records shows her combined income with her husband was at least $99,000 a year in 2012 and 2013.
Now for the best part. Manasquan in Monmouth County is far outside of Linda Stender's Union County district. But it's OK! She "lives with her mom." Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
The financial disclosures also list the Manasquan property as the only one owned by either Stender or her husband. Stender registered to run for reelection in 2013 from a Scotch Plains address, and told her district-mate, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Union), that she lives with her mother and that her husband lives in Manasquan.
So, it appears that Assemblywoman Stender is either scamming the voters, scamming Habitat, or more likely, doing both. In other words, she's a typical Democrat!
The good news is, Habitat is "re-evaluating" the Stenders' application.
And in November, the voters will get a chance to "re-evaluate" Linda Stender's employment. I hope they make the right choice.
Saying it will "not allow itself to be taken advantage of," a Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity affiliate today said that state Assemblywoman Linda Stender's husband owes it $11,000 for demolishing his Manasquan home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The charity, Coastal Habitat for Humanity, which is set up to help low-income homeowners, in a statement today also put Linda Stender (D-Union) directly into the growing controversy. According to the group, Linda Stender attended a meeting with Habitat officials and her husband to discuss the house he wanted to build on the site of the demolished home — one three times the size of the modest bungalow her husband owned.
The group is fighting back because the home the Stenders proposed was far larger and more elaborate than the houses it typically helps homeowners build or repair.
Sounds like Habitat for Humanity is in Damage Control Mode.
If they held a meeting with the Stenders, and if they saw plans for a McMansion, why didn't they raise a red flag?
I think it's time to break out the popcorn. Because this ain't over, not by a longshot.
The state Attorney General's Office is investigating the dispute between state Assemblywoman Linda Stender's husband and a Monmouth County charity that claims the Stenders tried to take advantage of it to transform a damaged bungalow into a luxury shore home, NJ Advance Media has learned.
As part of the investigation, authorities are looking into whether her husband, Richard Stender, was deceitful in his claim that his home in Manasquan, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, qualified for help as a primary residence, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.
NJ has been pretty aggressive in prosecuting Sandy fraud. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Here comes the spin! Last week millionaire Democrat Hillary Clinton teamed up with populist uber-leftist millionaire Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren to deliver a zinger aimed at American businesses:
"Don't let anybody tell you that it's corporations and businesses that create jobs."
She's a Statist. Statists believe only the government can create jobs. (Or Vernon Jordan, if you count creating jobs for Bill's mistresses.)
We get it, we didn't build that.
But, after enduring a weekend of ridicule (except on the Big 3 networks of course) The Hilldabeest backtracked, and blamed her "misstatement" on an internet video.
"Trickle down economics has failed. I short-handed this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I've been saying for a couple of decades," she said. "Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas."
Yeah, I can see how that mouthful could be easily confused, tongue-twisted even, into "Don't let anybody tell you that it's corporations and businesses that create jobs."
Sure thing Hill. Because, at this point, what difference does it make? We know you're a godless commie. And you know that we know that you're a godless commie. So really, stop pretending. Tell us the truth, all the time. We can take it.
The real question is, can you?
Barack Obama, he's like kryptonite to Democrats.
First it was Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, dodging her obvious Obama sycophancy at every turn.
Now Georgia's Michelle Nunn won't dare admit what we all know.
Another Democratic Senate candidate has refused to say whether she voted for President Obama: This time it was Michelle Nunn in Georgia.
The same question has tripped up other red-state Democrats on the campaign trail. On two occasions over the past week, Kentucky's Alison Lundergan Grimes has been panned for her refusal to answer the question, twice citing the "sanctity of the ballot box" as her reason for keeping mum.
Nunn was approached by a tracker who asked her if she voted for the president in 2008 or 2012. Nunn did not respond and kept walking towards the venue she was headed to. In the video captured, a member of her entourage faces the tracker and asks, "Would you leave her alone?"
And yesterday, Barack Obama did the unprecedented — he canceled a fund-raising trip to New Jersey — ostensibly to coordinate an Ebola response strategy with his Cabinet. The thing is, Obama has never canceled a fund-raiser before. Remember when he took off for Vegas to party with Beyonce while 4 Americans died in Benghazi? Nothing gets in the way of this guy having a good time. Nothing.
So I gotta wonder, did Cory Booker back-channel a not-so-subtle hint that he'd handle the fund-raiser on his own thanks-very-much and maybe Barry could stay in Washington and act presidential, because really, being photographed hanging out with him while people are dying does look rather awkward.
Yeah, I'd lay even money on that one. Jeff Bell is inching up on Senator Twitter, and now's not the time to remind voters that Cory's a 100% hard-core Obamabot.
Over on Long Island, the message isn't even subtle. Barack Obama is persona non grata.
It's generally friendly territory, but Obama's appearance still has the potential to roil local races.
The event's overall goal has been slashed from $1 million to $500,000, said one Democratic source, who griped it was "not helpful" to local Democrats for Obama to show up now.
"It's sort of like a Columbus Day sale, several days later," said the source.
Two Democratic congressional candidates — Rep. Tim Bishop and Nassau DA Kathleen Rice — are skipping the event at the Garden City Hotel.
As of today, 10 Senate races are rated toss-ups by Real Clear Politics, where the ratings are based on poll averages. Of those 10 seats, seven are held by Democrats and three by Republicans, while each party holds 46 seats rated either "likely" or "leaning." If we rule out any unexpected meltdowns in one of those "likely/leaning" races, we see that the odds of a Republican takeover are roughly 2-to-1: The GOP must get to 51 seats to control a Senate majority; 46 seats are more or less locked up for them; and of the 10 "toss-ups," 70% are held by Democrats, who are more that twice as vulnerable of losing half of those 10.
Keep it up GOP. Ask every Democrat you meet, "did you vote for Obama?" Get it
on tape. Hilarity, and a Senate majority, will ensue.
Since he wants to be our next governor, I think it's only fair to point out that Steven Fulop hires the nicest people.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop's chief of staff gave a speech at a Chicago college nearly 20 years ago in which he "repeatedly" used a homophobic slur, called the Pope the "anti-Christ" and said that "all white people have a little Hitler in them," according to a contemporaneous newspaper account.
Muhammed Akil, who was about 25 at the time, was speaking at Northwestern University at an African Mind Liberation Conference held by the school's black student alliance, according to copies of the Daily Northwestern obtained by The Jersey Journal.
A story in the student newspaper of South Illinois University says he gave a similar talk there in 1998.
The initial Daily Northwestern story about Akil's speech ran on Nov. 14, 1995, under the headline, "FMO speaker decries whites." FMO refers to For Members Only, the university's black student alliance.
According to the Daily Northwestern, Akil was speaking on the topic "Decoding White Supremacy: Reading Destructive Images." He slammed white representations of Jesus, calling them the "fa---t Jesus," the paper reported. He repeatedly called gay people "fa---ts" and blasted Abraham Lincoln as a "wolf in sheep's clothing," according to the paper.
He also told the crowd that "all white people have a little Hitler in them," the paper said.
Akil holds a powerful position at City Hall, where all the city's department heads report to him. He earns $120,544 annually, one of the highest salaries for a civilian city worker.
But of course none of that matters, because Mr. Akil is a Democrat, and Black, and Muslim. Only white guys can be racist; it says so in the textbook for Grievance Mongering 101.
Besides, Mayor Fulop claims Akil has "evolved." He has gay friends now!
Paula Deen, please call your office.
VP Joe Biden colorfully slandered Jews yesterday with an offensive medieval stereotype.
"My son as attorney general, the year in Iraq, came back and that's one of the things that he finds is, was most in need, when he was over there in Iraq for a year, people would come to him and talk about what was happening at home, in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being, I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas."
The reference is from Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice," where the evil Jewish moneylender literally required a pound of flesh from someone who didn't repay their loan. It has long been considered a vile and offensive term.
Then it was Bill Clinton's turn, bashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Iowa.
Bill Clinton was recorded bashing Bibi Netanyahu, agreeing that the prime minister was "not the man" to make peace with Palestinians — a position at odds with his wife's pro-Israel stance, a new report said Monday.
Bubba thought he wasn't being recorded. So, um, then this is what he really thinks, right?
Good to know.
At least Hillary won't have to worry about Elizabeth Warren trampling on her purported pro-Israel turf. Fauxcahontas told a Holocaust survivor that it's "fair" to compare Israel's actions to a Nazi atrocity.
"Eva Moseley, I'm not a student, I'm not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I'm extremely concerned that Jews don't do to another people what was done to them," said the activist.
"I think that's fair," Senator Warren responded.
Yes, because protecting your citizens from bombs and rockets is exactly like rounding up Jews and shoving them into ovens, or something.
The attitudes of these top Democrats is sickening.
The casual bigotry on display here is endemic of a wider problem. Because if lots of people, including many in the media, didn't share these reprehensible beliefs, Democrats wouldn't be so quick to toss them around. Obviously they presume they're among friends, fellow travelers who nod approvingly at rampant anti-Semitism.
And their odious prejudice is contagious.
This fall NYC's Metropolitan Opera will present "The Death of Klinghoffer," a play that is filled with ugly, anti-Semitic propaganda lies that romanticize the Palestinian cause. The fact that an innocent, disabled Jewish man was thrown to his death from a cruise ship? Who cares, he was probably a Shylock anyway.
UPDATE 17 Sep 2014 14:23:
Biden, Clinton, and Warren have nothing on Democrat WV Rep Nick Rahall.
Rahall employs one Collin Peterson, whose Facebook page features a picture of him posing in terrorist garb holding an AK-47.
Peterson is also a Field Organizer for the West Virginia Democratic Party.
Draw your own conclusions.
Let's say Obama has a plan to build a permanent Democrat majority. A plan that will guarantee Hillary Clinton wins the White House in 2016. A plan which takes precedence over all other concerns, no matter what the cost to America's short-term well-being or long-term prospects for security and prosperity.
I suspect he (well, actually, Valerie Jarrett) does, and I'd say it looks something like this.
Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans — more than one-third of the country — are receiving government assistance of some kind.
The number counts people receiving what are known as "means-tested" federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as "welfare," Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while 83 million were collecting Medicaid — with some benefitting from multiple programs.
Though the programs were created to help those in need, some analysts worry that the way they're designed is, increasingly, incentivizing people not to work. They note that when recipients combine several government assistance programs, in many cases they pay better than going to work.
The Cato Institute's Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage — which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states.
"So in many cases people could actually do better on welfare than they could in an entry level job," Tanner said.
When people are beholden to the government for sustenance, they tend to vote for the politicians who promise them more of that sustenance.
And nobody is better at promising unlimited Free Stuff than today's Democratic Party. Remember the woman who said Obama was going to pay her mortgage? The entitlement mentality is seductive, and contagious.
It's also ridiculously easy to make promises, and then blame "evil Republicans" when you don't deliver. The goal isn't to help people; the goal is to keep people dependent, and voting your way.
In other words, the goal is Power. Power at any cost.
Barack Obama never intended to govern.
Barack Obama is a permanent campaigner, skilled at drumming up primal emotions, and then focusing them for the benefit of his Party. The incongruity of his Class Warfare rhetoric is lost on the guilty white liberal donors who pour millions of dollars into his coffers at every opportunity. And all that matters to Obama is that the money flows into electing, and re-electing Democrats.
Hence he eschews policies which might jeopardize their hegemony.
Building the Keystone Pipeline might piss off the econuts, and he needs their cash.
Fighting Islamic terrorists might piss off the kumbaya crowd, and he needs their cash too.
Promoting private sector job growth might dilute the culture of dependency, and he needs every vote he can get.
Helping businesses succeed might make the unions wonder why he isn't raising taxes instead, and he needs their votes too.
Stopping the invasion on our southern border might upset La Raza, and he needs their anger and envy to keep them from wanting to embrace what we used to call The American Dream.
You know, there's the really sad legacy of Obama and the Democrats.
Once upon a time it was said that the business of America is Business.
They've turned that old saw on its head. The business of America is dependency. Wealth transfer. Class envy. Business is a dirty word.
Why work? Vote Democrat and somebody else will do that. Then, as your reward, the government will mail you checks.
You gotta admit it's a sweet deal.
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only
exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the
public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the
candidates promising the most money, with the result that a democracy always
collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.
— Alexander Tyler
Or, as Lady Thatcher put it, sooner or later they'll run out of other people's money.
Last week the Pentagon announced, with
great fanfare I might add, that Brigadier General Markus Laubenthal
has been appointed Chief Of Staff of US Army Europe. Which wouldn't be a
Big Deal, until you learn that General Laubenthal is currently commander
Wehrmacht Bundeswehr Panzerbrigade 12.
That's right, a German general is now in the chain of command for US troops.
What could go wrong?
Apparently this is how Smart Diplomacy™ makes up for the NSA spying on Angela Merkel. We invite one of her guys to spy on us!
So why not outsource our defense to Germany? If anybody's got experience kicking Russian ass, it's them, right? Oh, wait…
And yet, the trend seems to be catching on with his minions. California Democrat Congresswoman Julia Brownley recently sent out a political mailer to her constituents featuring a woman wearing fake military attire and a German Luftwaffe insignia.
On Monday Jeff Gorell, Brownley's Republican opponent in California's 26 congressional district, sent out a press release highlighting the congresswoman's taxpayer-funded faux pas.
The candidate claims that "concerned local veterans" brought to his attention a photograph featured along the top of the flyer — which also contains pictures of a young family, a child going to school, a vibrant classroom and other common campaign themes.
That photograph shows a young woman in a white, open-collared military uniform, wearing a white cap displaying a gold insignia and blue-and-gold trim.
Although it bears a fleeting resemblance to official attire worn by the U.S. Navy, no branch of the United States military wears a uniform like the one in the mailer. And the insignia on the cap is the symbol of the Bundeswehr Luftwaffe, Germany's air force.
I'm guessing Herr General Laubenthal would approve.
Her constituents, including the 19,000 men and women serving at
Naval Base Ventura County, probably not so much.
New Jersey's senior U.S. Senator is back in the news. Seems that Bob Menendez (D-Salomon Melgen) is now blaming Cuba for spreading those rumors about his, ahem, "alleged" sexual transgressions.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Tuesday he expects a full government investigation into intelligence information indicating the Cuban government may have been the source of false allegations he consorted with prostitutes.
The Washington Post first reported the existence of an intelligence report tying Internet Protocol addresses in Cuba to the anonymous tipster using the name Pete Williams, who approached watchdog groups and news outlets with reports of the trysts.
"From the very beginning we said that the accusations against us were false, that they were politically motivated," Menendez said in a brief hallway interview.
"Now, reading the Washington Post's report about government entities having information that the Cuban regime was behind some of this is, you know, really troublesome," Menendez said.
"If you have a foreign government trying to interfere either with the result of an election or the position of an individual in the United States Senate, that has to be really worrisome, so I would expect that those findings would be fully investigated," he said.
Gee, I thought all those bogus allegations were cooked up by a Right Wing website? Which is it Bob, a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, or your fellow travelers in the commie Left? And just what do you expect Dear Leader to do if the Cubans really are out to get you? Invade the Bay of Pigs?
But sure Bob, if you really want an investigation, let's have ourselves an investigation.
Influence peddling ring a bell Bob? Because I'm sure you remember Salomon Melgen and that Dominican Republic port cargo x-ray contract you helped him out with. As I recall it was right around the time he made a sizeable donation to your re-election campaign. Hmm. Can you think of any reason why Eric Holder shouldn't investigate that?
Yeah, me neither.
So let me save you some time Bob. The Cubans lost their emails. Sorry. That
kind of stuff just seems to happen when you least expect it.
Because nothing will energize his progressive moonbat base better than a fake Indian princess feminut. Fauxcahontas 2016!
Ed Klein reports that Obama is using Valerie Jarrett to urge Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary in the primary to protect Obama's transformation of the nation into something of which he and Michelle can be proud.
Warren will protect Obama's, ahem, achievements, Hillary can't be trusted to do that.
It's entirely believable. Whether it's true remains to be seen.
I can see it being true.
There's no love lost between the Obamas and the Clintons.
And it gives Valerie Jarrett the opportunity to play, er, Queenmaker.
President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me….
Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring….
He believes that the populist Warren is the best person to convince the party faithful that Hillary is out of touch with poor Americans and the middle class. Warren, in his view, would carry on the Obama legacy after he leaves the White House….
"Barack, Michelle, and Valerie have been talking about Elizabeth Warren for quite some time," says an Obama administration source. "Valerie has told Warren that Obama is prepared to throw a great deal of money and organizational support behind her….
"Both Valerie and Michelle Obama have convinced the president that Elizabeth Warren is his Mini-Me," said a person who has discussed the issue with Jarrett.
Yup, two unqualified peas in an ideological demogogic pod, they are.
And with Warren at the helm we'll surely see this country fall into the Abyss.
Which, of course, is Jarrett's plan. She is the progressives' Maleficent, cursing freedom with every breath, and sowing havoc upon the land. Who better to fulfill her vision of malevolent misanthropy than the self-professed intellectual inspiration for the gimme-gimme-gimme goons of Occupy Wall Street?
Someone please tell me that this is all a bad dream.
Not a smidgen of corruption, eh? So who leaked confidential tax information to a bunch of far-left homofascists?
The IRS admitted this week to leaking the National Organization for Marriage's confidential information to far left groups.
The IRS will pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000.
But what they won't do is identify who leaked the information.
Instead, they're circling the wagons.
The IRS agreed this week to pay only $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage after leaking confidential information to a leading gay marriage group.
Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.
The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM's chief political rival.
"Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason," NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. "We're delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return."
If only the IRS would take the matter seriously. Tapping the taxpayers for a measly $50,000 fine isn't serious. Firing the person responsible, prosecuting that person, and making him personally responsible for paying the fine? That's serious. Alas, the IRS has no plans to do that.
NOM said that an investigation revealed that its 2008 tax return and list of major donors was released to Matthew Meisel, a gay activist in Boston, MA. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague that he had "a conduit" to obtain NOM's confidential information. While testifying under oath in a deposition in the litigation, Meisel invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination and refused to disclose the identity of his conduit. Documents obtained during the litigation prove that Meisel then provided NOM's tax data to the Human Rights Campaign (whose president was a national Co-Chair of the Obama Reelection Campaign). The information was also published by the Huffington Post.
So someone in the IRS colluded with the Obama presidential campaign to illegally disclose confidential tax information. And that person still works at the IRS. Where he or she presumably continues to flout the law with impunity.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Eric Holder's Justice Department to
open an investigation. Because Mr. Meisel's "conduit" serves Holder's
(and Barack Obama's) interests. And that my friends is way more than a
smidgen of corruption.
Congratulations America. You get to make sure Joe Biden continues to live in style for the rest of his life. Because he never bothered to plan for his retirement.
Vice President Joe Biden plans on relying solely on taxpayers to fund his retirement.
Biden declared on Monday that he had neither a savings account, nor any stocks to pay off his golden years.
"I have no savings account, but I have a great pension and a great salary," Biden told the crowd at the White House Summit on Working Families.
Biden's poor financial planning means that taxpayers will have to foot the bill for his retirement.
When Biden and Obama vacate the White House, they will have to make due with a $5 million "transition budget" that will cover their move out expenses, as well as Secret Service protection, according to the Congressional Research Service. Biden, however, will benefit from more than just the presidential transition budget.
Biden, 71, will be eligible for a substantial pension come 2017. While former presidents earn about $200,000 per year from their executive pension, vice presidents, who serve as the President of the Senate, draw their pension from congressional pension pools. Former members of congress are paid "no more than 80 percent" of their highest three years salary.
Despite Biden's failure to save or invest money, his role as vice president will enable him to draw a six-figure pension paid for by taxpayers.
Joe Biden is the perfect role model for the moocher class. Live large, spend freely, and let somebody else worry about tomorrow. He's a parasite, and proud of it. And why not? For him, and about 47% of America, it's a strategy that's worked out pretty well, so far.
I wonder what'll happen if the rest of us decide to join him?