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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?
There's callous and condescending, and then there's socialist nutbag Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Sanders, who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has been one of the most outspoken defenders of the VA against allegations of misconduct. When asked about reports of multiple deaths related to long wait times at the VA healthcare system, Sanders told CNN: "People die every day."
One day you will die senator. And that day will be a great day for America.
Sadly though, Bernie the Bolshevik isn't unique.
Democrats in general, and President Obama in particular, just don't respect our military or our veterans. And Smitty believes that's why the VA scandal isn't resonating with the brie and arugula set.
Aw, c'mon: these veterans, in the main, don't even vote correctly! And now that ObamaCare is sucking the lifeblood right out of the American healthcare system, these veterans are just a doubly useless load on a Constitutional system that has been fundamentally transformed since the 2008 election.
If these veterans aren't given the the Doherty & Woods Special, then their block of votes could become an embarrassment for Her Majesty's 2016 Coronation event.
Besides: American voters gave #OccupyResoluteDesk a pass in 2012. We knew him for an incompetent boob all four years leading up to Benghazi. We knew that ObamaCare was going to make the Titanic seem a minor bathtub incident by comparison.
We have begged to have our warriors treated dishonorably by a completely honor-free rodeo clown, and he hasn't shown a smidgen of hesitation in delivering.
The Obots will tell us their messiah is angry. He even said so himself!
Yeah, he's angry he has to devote precious time to these military mouth-breathers when he should be out playing golf. As for actually doing something to fix the VA? Good luck with that.
People dying while waiting for government health care isn't a bug, it's a feature. It keeps costs down. You know, so the bureaucrats can pay themselves big fat bonuses.
What? You thought they're from the government and they're here to help?
No wonder Senator Twitter was so keen on getting out of Dodge. After his departure the truth about Newark's finances came out, and let's just say his fiscal acumen doesn't match his Twitter hype.
A property tax collection shortfall coupled with state budget regulations have forced city officials to figure out how to come up with more than $93 million in additional revenue to pay Newark's bills in 2014, Acting Director of Finance Danielle Smith said in a public disclosure statement to investors, dated April 24.
"They said the sky is falling and we don't know what to do," Dan O'Flaherty, an economics professor at Columbia University said of the disclosure. "It was a pretty grim statement."
In September, the city council adopted a $639.5 million budget that included a tax break for property owners. The reduced tax rate was introduced in large part because a city-wide re-evaluation in 2011 and 2012 shifted more of the tax burden onto commercial properties and away from homeowners.
The city had expected to collect more than $199.3 million in property taxes, but fell about $25 million short, collecting $174.8 million instead, according to the public disclosure statement.
In retrospect, "tax break for property owners" sounds like a giveaway in exchange for votes, eh? And it explains why Booker fits right in with Harry Reid's Senate, where they haven't enacted a balanced budget in something like forever.
So what is Booker-acolyte Acting Mayor Luis Quintana's grand plan?
Beg Chris Christie for a bailout!
A financial takeover by the state may be the only way to balance Newark's 2014 budget, city officials disclosed recently.
Since state law requires that the city adopt a balanced budget, the city said in its public disclosure statement that doing so may not be possible without the state's help.
"Accordingly, the City now believes the most likely basis upon which a balanced 2014 cash basis budget, entails the placement of the City under State Supervision," the city said in its statement.
Cory Booker made the mess, now it's up to Chris Christie (and the taxpayers of New Jersey) to clean it up? Because we obviously don't pour enough money into that shithole as it is. Or something.
You know what headline I'd like to see next?
"Christie to Newark: Drop Dead"
Let's see the Democrats stand on their own two feet for once in their lives.
A new Fox News poll shows Hillary Clinton's favorability numbers dropping to their lowest point in six years. Down, to merely half of America.
The Fox News poll, from Democratic pollster Anderson Robbins Research and GOP pollster Shaw & Company, shows Clinton's favorable rating dropping to 49 percent, compared to 45 percent unfavorable.
This for a woman with no actual accomplishments.
How is this possible, I ask myself. Then I realize, America is a nation of takers.
Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.
That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.
Our reward? Ungrateful moochers.
All told, including both the welfare recipients and the non-welfare beneficiaries, there were 151,014,000 who "received benefits from one or more programs" in the fourth quarter of 2011. Subtract the 3,212,000 veterans, who served their country in the most profound way possible, and that leaves 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers.
We're outnumbered, 1.7 to 1.
There's your real "income inequality."
86 million makers. 148 million takers.
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the
support of Paul."
— George Bernard Shaw
And thus you have the inevitable presidency of Hillary Rodham Clinton, with 63% of the vote. One inept poseur succeeds another.
What difference at this point does it make?
John Galt, please call your office.
Purely coincidentally, I'm sure.
Salomon Melgen is one helluva ophthalmologist. He's gotta be, last year he saw 894 patients a total of 94,000 times, and collected $20.8 million tax dollars for his efforts.
That's right, the magical Dr. Melgen claims he performed 94,000 surgical procedures. In one year. More than 60 times the number of procedures claimed by his average peer.
He's not just an "average" doctor, is he? He's SuperDoctor!
Let's do a little math. If the indefatigable Dr. Melgen worked 7 days a week without a vacation that means he saw 258 patients a day. Suppose he put in 14 hour days, week after week, for the whole year. That works out to one patient every three minutes. Without stopping to eat or pee.
Ah but, Melgen doesn't work that hard. Because he has plenty of time to fly his buddy the Senator from New Jersey down to his villa in the Dominican Republic. And to throw lavish parties on the senator's behalf too.
In return, Bob Menendez would have us believe that Dr. Melgen isn't scamming the government.
Gimme a break Bob.
Every year on March 31st U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-Salomon Melgen) introduces a Senate resolution honoring the legacy of Cesar Chavez.
And every year it's anonymously blocked, because it's a bald-faced pander to the La Raza radicals.
So this year, Menendez stomped his feet, and demanded a roll call vote.
With the late-labor icon Cesar Chavez in the news because of the release of the film bearing his name, plus his March 31 birthday, many advocates for illegal alien amnesty are using Chavez' memory to promote their cause.
One such advocate, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, introduced a resolution calling for the Senate to honor and promote his legacy.
But the resolution was objected to by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions on behalf of Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who wanted to add an amendment pointing out that Chavez opposed illegal immigration, demanded a secure border, and believed in enforcing immigration law.
The amendment described Chavez' legacy in detail. His real legacy.
Not only did Republicans speak out, but they spelled out exactly what Chavez actually believed about immigration and the border.
Vitter wanted to add that Chavez believed in enforcing immigration laws because of "the deleterious effects of inexpensive labor" on the wages of farm workers in the U.S.
The two-part amendment concluded that Chavez recognized the importance of a secure southern border with Mexico and encouraged members of the United Farm Workers of America to contact immigration authorities to report instances of illegal labor.
In fact Chavez was so virulently opposed to illegal immigrants, that he routinely reported them to the then-INS to get them deported, and even led a large protest along the Mexican border with Civil Rights icon Rev. Ralph Abernathy, to protest the insecure border and Mexican illegal alien invasion which he denounced for stealing his union workers' jobs and hurting their wages.
Facts. Sometimes they're inconvenient. Especially to race-hustling demagogues.
Back in the Senate, an angry Robert Menendez said the language clarifying Chavez' real positions on the border and illegals was "irrelevant" to the commemorative resolution before pulling the resolution altogether.
Using Cesar Chavez to promote amnesty for illegal aliens? Only if you don't
know much about history.
Jon Corzine's weaselly ways have hit a brick wall.
A federal judge has ordered Jon Corzine and other former MF Global officials to face a class-action lawsuit filed by customers of the failed futures firm.
But before denying the ex-New Jersey governor's attempt to escape the lawsuit, Judge Victor Marrero took him, his fellow defendants and the parties suing them as well to task.
Decrying the "wasteful and rancorous litigation" that he said has characterized the legal dispute between the commodity customers and former MF Global officials, Marrero blasted both for "failing to concede any ground to each other even in the light of clear, controlling case law that should generate agreement and consensus among people moved by reason, good faith and common sense."
Marrero particularly pointed a hard finger at Corzine and his co-defendants for continuing to deny any responsibility in the collapse of MF Global, which led to the disappearance of some $1.6 billion customer money from segregated accounts.
The firm fell into bankruptcy on Halloween 2011 after investors and ratings agencies were spooked by a massive and mostly undisclosed stake the firm had amassed in troubled European sovereign debt. The investment, built up during Corzine's short tenure as a chairman and chief executive officer, was a part of the former Goldman Sachs CEO's strategy to turn the struggling MF Global into a powerhouse investment bank.
Marrero praised the commodity customers' "compelling" account of the causes and events around the firm's collapse. "Yet MF Global's high-ranking officers, including several of the Defendants here, continue to assert... that it is not even plausible that anyone of them could bear any responsibility for any part of the harm MF Global's disintegration caused."
Judge Marrero ain't buyin' what Jon Corzine is shovelin'.
Sadly though, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman still isn't interested. In his
office, evidence is only "compelling" when it can be used against enemies
of the regime. Since Jon Corzine is a big-time Friend of Barry, his Get Out
Of Jail Free card remains in good standing.
With apologies to Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin...
Freedom's just a buzzword for liberals without clues,
And Obamacare ain't worth nothin' but it's free,
Feeling good was easy, doc, when Carney sang the blues,
And doctor, that was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my insurance company.
But when it comes to Weapons Grade Stupid, ladies and gentleman, I give you … Jay Carney
During a press conference on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary called "freedom" a "buzzword." He was discussing Obamacare's effect in lessening work hours because it lowers the hourly threshold an American must work in order to obtain health care.
It's not anything but an added choice that they have that allows them more freedom, to use a certain buzzword, more choice.
As in The Great Depression gave 34 million Americans the "freedom" to work fewer hours. Or "choose" not work at all. Apparently Herbert Hoover was ahead of his time. All he needed to do was pass out free health care and the Dust Bowl would be just a figment of our imaginations.
Obamumism, and liberalism, are the antithesis of Freedom and Liberty.
Listen up America. You can be beholden to the state. Or you can stand on your own two feet.
Did they get you to trade your freedom for ghosts? Liberty for change?
Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish Ronald Reagan was here.
Rob Andrews sees the writing on the wall. So he's bailing out while the coast is still clear. And before the House Ethics Committee throws him out.
U.S. Representative Robert Andrews, D-1st, of Haddon Heights, is expected to announce today that he will resign from Congress this month and go to work for a Philadelphia law firm, according to Philly.com.
The Democrat is in his 24th year in the House of Representatives. In the midst of ethics investigations into his personal use of campaign funds, Andrews is planing to take a public affairs position at he unnamed law firm.
A House subcommittee was formed in March 2013 to look at Andrews' use of $30,000 in campaign funds to pay for his family to go to Scotland, and for other expenses. The subcommittee would also investigate whether he made false statements to federal officials.
A Star-Ledger report also showed Andrews used $10,000 to pay for a graduation party for one of his daughters and contributed thousands of dollars to theaters that cast his daughter in plays.
Just another typical Democrat.
But since he didn't cause a traffic jam, nobody was actively clammoring for his resignation. It's just a nice surprise on an otherwise mundane Tuesday morning.
Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out Rob.
UPDATE 04 Feb 2014 11:23:
And to almost no one's surprise, George Norcross has annointed his baby brother Donald to occupy Andrews' seat.