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When your two US Senators are Democrats you're bound to be repeatedly embarrassed by their antics. But sheesh, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez really outdid themselves today.
Booker broke with 228 years of tradition and became the first sitting US Senator to publicly speak out against the confirmation of his colleague Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Why? Because he's running for president in 2020, and he's a horse's ass.
As Democrats look to regroup after their unexpected loss to Trump, Booker's name has been floated as a potential front-runner to lead the Democratic Party's presidential bid in 2020. Publicity is likely a big motivator behind Booker's commitment to thrust his own views of Sessions into the spotlight.
He's gotta appear to be more radical than Lizzie "Fauxcahontas" Warren. And face it, the libtard wing of the Democratic party eats this shit up. Too bad he's an empty suit, with little appeal outside of New Jersey and other coastal enclaves. And then there's the small matter of his entanglement with the rampant corruption in the Newark Watershed Commission, where his protege Linda Watkins-Brashear pleaded guilty to multiple felonies involving bribery and official misconduct. Not to mention his sweetheat deal with his old law firm of Trenk, DiPasquale wherein they continued to pay him a salary when he was mayor of Newark while he steered lucrative no-bid city contracts their way.
It's like the Clinton Foundation, only without the foreign "investments." (Ah, give him time, I'm sure he can rustle up a few checks from the United Arab Emirates. -- Ed.)
Cory Booker won't be president. Of that I can assure you.
Meanwhile, his partner in mendacity, Bob Menendez, was busy making a fool of himself questioning Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. Bob wanted to know why Tillerson supported Trump's border wall with Mexico.
I also want to point out that the last time a country tried to wall itself completely from its neighbor was in Berlin in 1961, and that wall was constructed by communist East Germany.
Yo Bob. The Berlin wall was created to keep East Germans in. Trump's wall is gonna keep illegal aliens out. But other than that, the two walls are like totally the same.
Try reading a book Bob. You might learn something.
Hey New Jersey. You elected this bozo? Shame on you.
Oh BTW, he's under indictment. It's gotta take a boatload of corruption for a Democratic administration to indict a US Senator of their own party. Heck, the case must be ironclad, or political hack Paul Fishman wouldn't have put his John Hancock on it, because Fishman didn't touch Jon Corzine and you'd have to be blinder than Stevie Wonder not to see his guilt.
Sorry Bob, but your credibility is shot. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Completely unrelated, but fun to point out, the Feds raided Orange city hall today in an ongoing fraud investigation. Is Orange, NJ run by Democrats? Is there a mustache in Mexico? Yes to both! But you already knew that.
Cory and Bob, your ineffective and unsuccessful attempts at character
assassination are noted, and rejected. Sit down. Shut up. Jeff Sessions
and Rex Tillerson will both be confirmed. And then the Real Fun will begin!
Well, now we know why Hillary had to delete those emails about Chelsea's wedding. Because the wedding was paid for by the Clinton Foundation, aka the family slush fund masquerading as a "charity."
As with many of the Doug Band email chains, the rabbit hole just got a little deeper today with Band accusing of Chelsea of "using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade" among other accusations. He also concludes with another veiled threat on the consequences "once we go down this road...."
But what else could we expect when their own lawyers warned that the Clinton Foundation was "more political operation than charity."
A third-party review of the Clinton Foundation found the charity operated "more like a political operation" than a philanthropy in Nov. 2011 — just a few months before the end of Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.
The revelation was included in a "confidential" memo prepared by Kumiki Gibson, then a lawyer at Williams & Connolly, the firm that has represented Clinton throughout her email controversy. That memo was published Saturday by WikiLeaks, along with hundreds of other emails taken from the inbox of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
"The Foundation (as opposed to its initiatives, which I have not reviewed) operates more like a political operation focused on immediate situations, tasks, and events, as opposed to a professional, strategic, and sustainable corporation committed to advancing its overall mission," the review stated.
Except, considering that the Clinton Foundation's "overall mission" is to advance the political career of Hillary Clinton, I'd say Mr. Gibson was being disingenuous.
In another revelation from yesterday's email dump we learn that back in 2011 the government of Qatar wanted to wish Bill Clinton a happy 65th birthday by presenting his foundation with a check for one million dollars. No strings. Just well wishes. Or so he and Hillary would have us believe. Because everyone whose wife isn't running for president gets million dollar checks from rich Arabs, right?
Mine must have gotten lost in the mail.
I know that nothing I say here will convince die-hard Clintonistas she's really corrupt to the core. So take it from one of her own friends. Brent Budowsky was a legislative assistant to Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentson and is an "advocacy journalist" with LA Progressive who claims he is Hillary's "friend."
Budowsky told Podesta how discouraged he was to learn "that problems with foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation continue, Hillary Clinton was still making paid speeches for hire this week, and Tony Rodham is hustling gold mining deals in Haiti." Tony Rodham is Hillary Clinton's brother.
"If there is one thing that could well bring down a Hillary Clinton candidacy, it is this cycle of money issues about which I am now feeling red alerts, loud bells, warning signals, and red flags," Budowsky wrote in a March 21, 2015, email to John Podesta. Wikileaks made the email public Saturday.
It remains to be seen whether or not Clinton Foundation corruption does indeed
"bring down" Hillary's candidacy. I sure hope it does, because the stench of
a Hillary Clinton presidency would forever taint our republic.
While appearing at an event with multi-billionaire tax-avoider Warren Buffet, Hillary Clinton provided some insight on how her tax plan differs from Donald Trump's.
"Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich," Clinton said.
"Well, we're not going there, my friends. I'm telling you, right now - we're going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!"
The sycophantic sheep went wild, cheering for Hillary to raise their taxes.
There's video at the link in case your lyin' ears don't want to believe a known right-wing prevaricator like me.
Because wasn't it Joe Biden who said paying more taxes is patriotic?
Well OK then, get ready for a big dose of patriotism!
Hillary Clinton comes up $2.2 trillion short in paying for her policy agenda, despite hiking taxes by $1.3 trillion, according to a new analysis of the Democratic nominee's campaign platform.
The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Thursday finding Clinton's domestic agenda would "have a dramatic effect on the federal budget."
Gordon Gray, American Action Forum's director of fiscal policy, based the report on estimates of policy proposals from the Clinton campaign itself, as well as independent analyses from the Tax Policy Center and the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Pay up suckers, because Free Stuff ain't cheap.
Clinton's most expensive policy proposal by far is guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of paid family leave at a cost of $1.598 trillion. Her "College Compact" plan that would give free community college tuition for students who work 10 hours a week would cost $347 billion.
Clinton's child care plan would cost $337 billion, while debt free college for future students would cost $107 billion. The tab for universal preschool reaches $66 billion.
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about Real Money.
So listen up Hillarians. Yup, I'm talking to you, oh displayers of Hillary signs and bumper stickers. I hope you like Hamburger Helper. Because you're gonna bear the brunt of paying for your queen's quest for utopia. And those taxes won't be easy on the budget, leaving you a lot less left over for luxuries like food.
Don't come crying to me though, because I'll just say I told you so.
The Democratic Party truly is the party of infanticide.
On Wednesday evening, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and told the story of the time she aborted her first child because it was an inconvenient time to become a parent.
"To succeed in life, all we need are the tools, the trust, and the chance to chart our own path," Hogue said during her DNC speech. "I was fortunate enough to have these things when I found out I was pregnant years ago. I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time. I made the decision that was best for me — to have an abortion and get compassionate care at a clinic in my own community." At this point, applause and cheers could be heard in the crowd. "Now years later, my husband and I are parents to two incredible children," Hogue continued.
Some day one of her "incredible children" will read about his dead older sibling and wonder if Mommy will discard him too if he becomes inconvenient.
Cheering the death of a child is beyond the pale. And yet, it's just another day in Hillary Clinton's world. What's one more when you've already buried 57 million, right?
They know it's wrong, they're just not willing to admit they know. So they shout ever the louder, to drown out their consciences.
Nancy Pelosi knows. And she ridicules the pro-life movement.
Donald Trump is beating Hillary Clinton among white men because guns, gays, and God, according to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"I think that, so many times, white — non-college-educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G's, God being the woman's right to choose," Pelosi told PBS's Judy Woodruff in an interview Wednesday.
Yes, Mizz Pelosi, God's not OK with murdering your unborn child. Thou Shalt Not Kill. Go ahead, look it up if you don't believe me.
Jesus is especially fond of little children; I remember the inscription over the door to Saint Catherine's School — Suffer the little children to come unto me. Surely as a "devout Catholic," Tim Kaine could explain that one to you.
Oh, right, he wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Sounds like he, and you, could use a refresher course in the Catechism.
Take the first step. Tell your delegates to stop
booing God. Let Him into your hearts. He'll take it from there.
Hillary Clinton, who spent the entirety of her presidential primary campaign battling allegations over her improper use of a personal email server while secretary of state, once again faces an email headache just days before her crowning as the Democratic presidential nominee.
This time, the leak of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee, some of which indicated an anti-Bernie Sanders bias at the very top of the organization, led to the resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Some "resignation." Because now Debbie's working directly for Hillary. Assuming, of course, she wasn't already doing that at the DNC.
Clinton emailed supporters and said that Schultz would join the campaign as "honorary chair" of the 50-state program to ensure Democrats win elections nationwide.
Sure Debbie got booed off the stage in Philadelphia this morning, but hey, she'll be perfect as Hillary's surrogate on the campaign trail!
The weekend email dump is damaging, to say the least. And it puts paid to any notion that Hillary's home-brew email server wasn't breached. Because if the DNC can be hacked, you can bet your bottom dollar an unprotected server in a closet was compromised, more than once.
So, we now know the DNC was totally in the tank for Hillary, disparaging Bernie at every opportunity. How's that endorsement working out for you now Senator?
Speaking of paid surrogates, the leader of Black Lives Matter, DeRay McKesson was literally on Debbie's payroll. And here I'll bet you thought BLM was just a grassroots movement that sprung up spontaneously right before this election.
The hits, they just keep on coming.
We also learned that while Hillary will spend the week lamenting how money in politics in bad, at the DNC money talks. DWS perfected pay-to-play; if you don't pay, you don't get to play.
The documents reveal the specific benefits being offered to the Democratic Party's wealthiest supporters as they gather to officially nominate Hillary Clinton for president.
Those benefits will include opportunities to advance donors' interests in closed-door meetings with top policymakers, even as Clinton decries the influence of money in the American political process.
Documents detailing the various convention donor packages were attached to some of the 20,000 emails obtained in a hack of the Democratic National Committee released last week by the group Wikileaks. The release has plunged the party into turmoil.
All of which again led Hillary to decry how she's held to a different standard than "everybody else." The FBI would certainly agree…
On the one hand, I'm surprised she admits to having any standards at all. But c'mon, holding politicians' feet to the fire is a time-honored tradition of democracies everywhere. Hillary has spent her life skipping from scandal to scandal, and now it's a newsflash when someone questions her credibility?
But that's one of feminism's hypocrisies, and great paradox of Hillary's quest
to be Vagina In Chief. They want to be equal to men, until they're treated just
like another man, at which point they either cry, faint, or shout "misogyny."
So man-up Hillary. Because the scrutiny you're getting is par for the course
with Republicans, men and women. Ask Sarah Palin.
To almost no one's surprise, Obama's DNC-controlled Justice Department accepted the recommendation of his puppet FBI Director and formally announced the closure of their investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.
The Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email setup has been formally closed without any criminal charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday.
The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey's recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey's public statement, Lynch had said she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of her career prosecutors.
To say I'm disgusted is a gross understatement.
Then Hillary and Barry just "happen" to schedule their first joint campaign appearance on the very day the FBI director is set to announce his findings. These events don't happen on a whim, or without weeks of advance notice. So for sure everybody already knew she was going to skate.
Which means, of course, that the FBI "interview" at her house on Saturday was just for show. The investigation was already concluded. The decision to clear her had already been made.
In other words, the fix was in. The rule of law is dead. Mr. Comey's cowardly decision will go down as one of the government's worst assaults on truth.
After describing clear evidence of extensive mishandling of classified national security information, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI will not recommend indicting former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. This is naked crony government, ugly and exposed.
Laws are for the little people.
Hillary Clinton is Too Big To Jail.
It doesn't matter that the evidence of her guilt is plain for all to see.
But it might matter that buried in Comey's remarks is this little gem, in which he obfuscates Hillary's guilt.
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.
If Donald Trump and the GOP are smart they'll seize on this double standard, and convict Hillary in the court of public opinion.
Paul Ryan is, to his credit, connecting those dots.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday formally urged Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to deny presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton access to classified information.
Ryan, in a letter to Clapper, said he wants Clinton prohibited from receiving classified information "for the duration of her candidacy for president."
"There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information, and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI's findings," Ryan wrote.
Of course Clapper will demur. He's a politician who's also looking to keep his job for four more years. But that will just give the GOP another talking point — what level of "carelessness" would lead Clapper to deny someone access to more classified information?
Move over "Crooked Hillary." Her new nickname ought to be "Careless Hillary." Because do we really want someone that reckless and negligent in the White House?
You know what? This guy is on to something.
And in the meantime I think Woodward and Bernstein owe Richard Nixon an apology.
That whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing? Yeah, it's so 17th century.
People whose names appear on a federal terror watch list or no-fly list shouldn't be presumed innocent until proven guilty for purposes of buying a firearm, according to Democratic lawmakers.
Congressional Democrats, in the wake of the Orlando, Fla., terrorist attack on Saturday, have renewed their call to ban individuals on the terror watch list from purchasing weapons. Most Republicans maintain that such a law would restrict peoples Second Amendment rights without due process of law.
Liberty, it's so outdated dontcha know. And guns are scary!
So yesterday, to the applause of pretty much every liberal on my Facebook friends list, Senate Democrats waged a 15 hour filibuster to force a vote on suspending the Constitution for gun owners.
A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state of Connecticut waged a roughly 15-hour filibuster into the early hours Thursday, asserting as he yielded the floor that Republican leaders had committed to hold votes on expanded gun background checks and a ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists.
Who is a "suspected terrorist?"
Anyone on the government's secret terrorism watch list or the airlines' no-fly list. Lists that you can't find out if you're on, and can't get off of if you are.
Sounds legit, right? Because remember, guns are scary!
Meanwhile, the New York Times wants the government to go even further, by convening a secret Star Chamber to suspend the Second Amendment.
A New York Times editorial advocates for a new law allowing a secret court to take away citizens right to own a gun at the discretion of the federal government.
Citing the Orlando terror attack that left 50 dead including the shooter and 53 wounded at a gay nightclub, the piece advocates for a "no-buy" list similar to "no-fly" lists. Under the law, suspected terrorists would not be able to buy a gun. In an attempt to ensure the integrity of the lists and preserve due process, the author proposes people only be added to this no-buy list after a secret court rules they are ineligible, similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court hearings where the federal government obtains permission to wiretap. Under this proposal, an American who has never been convicted of a crime could be denied their right to buy a gun simply because a secret court decided it should be that way.
Hey remember the Good Old Days when Democrats opposed the FISA courts?
Oh, right, that was back when that evil Booosch guy was using them to spy on library records and other important stuff. This is like totally different! Because guns are scary!
But, OK, let's suppose a bunch of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats really do have everyone's best interests at heart. They're paragons of integrity and they'll never put their political enemies on a "no-buy" list out of spite, unlike say, their buddies at the IRS. Honest!
So then riddle me this Batman. Because I'm confused about something. See, a day earlier Newt Gingrich floated the idea of resurrecting the House Un-American Activities Committee. Which of course would meet in the open, in front of TV cameras.
Newt Gingrich said resurrecting the House Un-American Activities Committee could help defeat radical Islam.
"We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after the Nazis", he said Monday on Fox News's "Fox & Friends."
"We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after the Nazis", the former GOP House Speaker added. "We made it illegal to help the Nazis. We are presently going to have to take similar steps here. We're going to take much tougher positions."
"We're going to ultimately declare war on Islamic supremacists, and we're going to say, 'If you pledge allegiance to [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], you are a traitor and you've lost your citizenship.'"
And liberals flipped out.
When it comes to Muslims, Due Process is the only thing that matters. And their Constitutional rights are sacrosanct. And, McCarthyism!
"In the fifties, the most effective sanction was terror", The Harvard Crimson wrote of the committee's style in a February 1964 op-ed.
"Almost any publicity from HUAC meant the 'blacklist.' Without a chance to clear his name, a witness would suddenly find himself without friends and without a job."
I'm reveling in the irony. "Blacklist." "No-buy" list. Po-tay-to. Po-tah-to.
Here's an idea. Let's call the whole thing off.
Because even with all their lists, the Democrats still wouldn't have stopped the Orlando shooter. He deliberately wasn't put on any watch lists.
If you're asking yourself "why not?," that's easy.
The answer is, because under this Administration, accusations of "Islamophobia" are career-ending, whereas letting people be killed by the dozens is just an unfortunate bit of government work.
It's almost as if they're just using this shooting as pretext for advancing their totalitarian ideology. Never let a crisis go to waste. And disarming the population is Step One toward controlling the population.
New York City councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) is largely responsible for the plastic bag fee about to hit the Big Apple. And why is he so gung-ho about it? Because he wants the government to "irritate" you.
"It works by irritating us into changing our behavior," Lander said of the bag tax.
It works by irritating us. There can be some debate about the accuracy of one of those verbs, but not the other. Government, when it's being honest, acknowledges it isn't your buddy, your helper, your protector, your go-to source for inspiration and dreams.
Nope, the government is now proudly proclaiming itself your irritant. Let me suggest a very slight rewording of Lander's remark: "Our work is irritating you." And let it be inscribed in granite in public places.
This is the Progressive Democrats' raison d'etra, to irritate you.
And of course to signal how virtuous they are.
Do they care if their irritants cause real hardships for real people?
Don't make me laugh.
It's a display of self-love by upscale liberals. The Emmas and Sebastians of New York are already gaga about their nifty canvas tote bags and their virtue-signaling designs (NPR, Ready for Hillary, whatever) — and are crazily obsessed with getting the poor to act more like eco-conscious social-justice warriors.
But being poor is so stressful, so saturated with worry, that remembering to bring a reusable shopping bag stands to be more difficult for many of those with lower incomes (though those who buy with food stamps will be exempted). The same goes for old people. It can take a lot of bags to bring your groceries home. For some, 50 cents is a significant expense. Forcing the grandmothers of New York to pay up to teach them a lesson is an exercise in cruelty.
Hey, they bankrupted an entire industry (coal), putting millions of people out of work, devolving vast swaths of West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio into soul-crushing poverty. Do you really think they care about some old lady in Queens living on Social Security? Her electricity rates have already "necessarily skyrocketed." What's another 50 cents?
Think of how many Democratic party policies have at their core the propensity to irritate us. Which they always manage to say is for our own good, of course.
It's dictatorship of the nanny state.
Progressives always know what's good for us better than we do. Just ask them. It's necessary for them to control us, because then we're busy complying with their mandates and we don't have time to get our own ideas. Once in a while they throw us a bone and we lap it up like good little automatons, because making choices is hard and making good choices is harder still.
Several years ago I actually had a person tell me in response to some new bureaucratic diktat or another, "why should I worry about that when the government has already decided the best way to handle it?"
Then in the next breath she complained about the Iraq war, but the disconnect in those two statements was completely lost on her. The government is only omnipotent when it's doing things Progressives believe in, I guess.
Oh, by the way, those reusable cloth bags come with their own problems. So get ready for an "unexpected" jump in e. coli infections, disproportionally affecting the elderly and the poor, that all the progressive media outlets will dutifully report on but dare not connect with Councilman Lander's plastic bag ban.
And then the progressive virtue signalers will mandate cloth bag testing
stations, manned by unionized government workers, who'll issue Certificates
Of Cleanliness that must be exchanged for your groceries. Sure that'll cost
a lot, but it'll save lives and you didn't think the government
wasn't going to protect you, right?
Seven years of Obama and now nobody knows what bathroom to use…
Transgender people should be able to use whatever bathroom they want, Donald Trump said Thursday.
"Oh, I had a feeling that question was going to come up, I will tell you. North Carolina did something that was very strong. And they're paying a big price. There's a lot of problems," the Republican presidential candidate said during a town hall event on NBC's "Today."
New York Values!
I'm hoping all his faux-conservative supporters are jumping with joy this morning. Phyllis Schlafly, try to spin this as "pro-family,", OK?
Only now the perverts are protected by liberals pandering to the LGBT bullies. Your pre-teen daughters? Yeah, not protected. Not one bit.
And if you object? You're the hater. You have to change your ways. You need to go find an alternative restroom, and shame on you for judging the Max Klingers of this Brave New World.
Democrats and their media allies are determined to make coed bathrooms the next bastion of "tolerance." Hillary Clinton is enthusiastically on board. And ESPN just fired baseball great Curt Schilling for the unpardonable crime of stating the obvious. Because apparently women are totally vulnerable to sexual assault on college campuses nationwide, except when they walk into a coed restroom or locker room. Then they're completely safe! Honest!
So who's the one candidate willing to stand up for our moms' and daughters' restroom privacy?
'Men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls,' Cruz said during a taping of an MSNBC town hall today. 'As the father of daughters I'm not terribly excited about men being able to go alone into a bathroom with my daughters.'
'That is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make,' he told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd.
Of course it's perfectly reasonable. So naturally Democrats, and Donald Trump,
are opposed to it. They won't be satisfied until every societal more is ripped
to shreds, sacrificed on the alter of "tolerance." Except the one thing they
refuse to tolerate is dissent from their totalitarian worldview.
Ole Chuck doesn't like it when people take him at his word.
The Senate's No. 3 Democrat said Tuesday that his 2007 promise to block a conservative Supreme Court nominee should not be used by the GOP to justify its own plan to ignore President Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said his pledge to stop a nomination by then-President George W. Bush is an "apples to oranges comparison" to the current vacancy because he would have at least entertained the nomination and voted on it.
Uh, that's not what you said Chuck. Let me refresh your memory.
Schumer told the American Constitution Society in 2007 that Democrats "should reverse the presumption of confirmation," because the court was "dangerously out of balance." At the time, George W. Bush was president.
Guess what Chuck? We're gonna "reverse the presumption of confirmation."
Thanks for the idea!
Oh, but now Chuck is saying he'd only oppose an "extreme" nominee.
Left unsaid is that Chuck's idea of "extreme" is anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders.
Also left unsaid is how Democrats have been playing outrageous games with the appointment process for a quarter century.
When Robert Bork was defenestrated by Joe Biden, despite Biden's having said he would have no choice but to vote for someone so well-qualified, he was setting the table for payback. When Harry Reid pulled the trigger on the nuclear option (on lower court appointments) he was warned that this would come back to haunt him. When Democrats disgustingly blocked Miguel Estrada from the bench solely because he was a Hispanic, they set the table to be turned. When Barack Obama voted to filibuster Alito, he set the table to be turned.
Your team made the rules Chuck. Don't come crying to me when we start playing by them.
From where I sit it's about damn time we stood up and shouted "no!"
And if you don't like that? Well, in the immortal words of Dick Cheney,
Go fuck yourself.
For 8 years we've heard how Republicans are racist for daring to criticize Barack Obama. It's every Democrat's favorite retort, especially when she's losing an argument.
Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus leveled the same charge against Socialist upstart Bernie Sanders, because he's aligned himself with Democrats who criticize Obama.
Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, the chairman of the CBC, tore into Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent, calling his record on gun control "very troubling" and questioning the significance of his growing roster of black surrogates.
"His record on guns is very troubling. Bernie Sanders voted to protect the gun manufacturers. That's a problem."
Mr. Meeks said Ms. Clinton has been focused on "getting guns off the street" and accused Mr. Sanders, who served in the House for nearly two decades before his election to the Senate, of not being a partner with the CBC. The Queens congressman predicted […] Mr. Sanders […] would fail with the black electorate.
Since both Iowa and New Hampshire are almost entirely white, and Mr. Sanders hails from one of the whitest states in America, the "real primary" is just beginning now, Mr. Meeks argued. He ripped some of Mr. Sanders' most prominent black surrogates, including Dr. Cornel West, a fierce Obama critic. This, along with a focus on Mr. Sanders' gun record, has been an emerging Clinton attack line: that Mr. Sanders, who claims to support President Obama and promises to protect his legacy, aligns himself with the likes of Dr. West, who once called Mr. Obama a "niggerized" president for not challenging white supremacy.
"Cornel West is one of the biggest critics of Barack Obama. People like him don't acknowledge all the good work he's done," Mr. Meeks said. "These are all critics of Barack Obama, which means Sanders is a big critic of Barack Obama."
Yowza! This is starting to get good!
See, it's not enough to promise everyone Free Stuff. Nope. You have to promise Black Americans more Free Stuff than anyone else in order to garner the CBC's endorsement.
Then there's Rep. John Lewis, attacking Bernie for claiming to have fought for civil rights in the 1960s.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., hit Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders' past activism during the civil rights movement while throwing his support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Lewis was participating in a press conference on Thursday announcing that the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee was endorsing Clinton. In response to a question from Roll Call about Sanders' previous work on civil rights, Lewis, a civil rights leader who chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington, said he did not work with Sanders."I never saw him. I never met him," Lewis said. "I was involved in the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed the Voter Education Project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton."
Lewis' remarks contrast with Sanders' frequent highlighting of his record on civil rights. Sanders' campaign website bio shows him as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the University of Chicago to see Martin Luther King — and incidentally, Lewis — speak in 1963.
Sorry Bernie, it's all about what you've done for them lately. And sucking up to Al Sharpton when you should have been pandering to the CBC, well, that's not how the game is played.
Nevermind that according to Larry Elder writing at Real Clear Politics Blacks are worse off under Obama. In most cases far worse off. And nevermind that the former Chairman of the CBC has this to say about Obama in 2011:
The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., in 2011, complained about the economic plight of Black America. He said, "If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House." He repeated the statement 12 months later, when black unemployment stood at 14.1 percent: "As the chair of the Black Caucus, I've got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the President. With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president we'd be marching around the White House."
Instead they've sold their souls to Hillary Clinton, who has promised to be
the realization of Obama's 3rd term. Whether or not that's good news for
Black America, or for that matter America in general, is very much in doubt.
Bernie Sanders' New Hampshire victory speech in a nutshell: We want what you've got.
For the life of me I can't understand how any red-blooded American can sit there and stomach such nonsense.
The guy's never worked a Real Job in his life. Or rather, he failed miserably at every job, except politics. Yet he believes he's entitled to take from those of us who didn't fail and live large off our efforts.
You can call it Socialism. You can dress it up as "fairness," except it really isn't all that "fair" to the guy forking over his hard-earned money.
What it really is, is Theft.
And what is theft but greed by another name? The Bible calls it "coveting." And that's the essense of Bernie's socialism. He covets his neighbor's goods. He envies your and my success. And his goal is to take what we have, by force.
How that is somehow better than the system we have now is left unanswered. Hipsters don't do irony, right?
So, riddle me this. Why should Bernie stop at Free College and Free Health Care and Free Housing and Free Drugs and Free Love? Why not Free Flat Screen TVs? Or Free Cars?
Bernie's vision of government is to meet everyone's "needs" without regard for their efforts or abilities. Marxism 101. Go ahead, look it up.
That's not "fairness." It's never been about "fairness." It's always, and I mean always resulted in abject misery, except for the Chosen Few.
Look at North Korea. Or Cuba, Venezuela, China, and of course Bernie's favorite dictatorship, Soviet Russia. Because that's Democratic Socialism in action.
I want them to understand what forced redistribution of wealth really looks like, up close and personal.
Alas, they won't believe it, will they. Not these kids. They're smarter than me; their professors told them so.
To them, Bernie Sanders is Santa Claus, albeit with armed reindeer and a naughty list a mile long. They're gonna ride Santa's sleigh to the promised land, because it's easier than getting up and going to work every morning.
But then, by the time Bernie gets around to screwing them over too, it'll be too late.
Too late for them. Too late for Freedom. And too late for America.
Which of course they'll characterize as
U.S. Senate Democrats — including New Jersey's Robert Menendez and Cory Booker — blocked action on legislation that would impose new restrictions on admitting Syrian refugees.
The vote to consider the legislation was 55-43 with 60 votes needed. Two Democrats joined 53 GOP lawmakers to support the bill, and 43 Democrats voted no. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure.
Under the bill, which passed the House in November by a veto-proof 289-137 vote, refugees could only be admitted after the FBI director, Homeland Security secretary and the director of National Intelligence all concur. This would be in addition to the current 18-to-24 month background checks of refugees already conducted by the Homeland Security Department.
Because the vetting Obama's guys do is so thorough, and no terrorists can slip in through the cracks.
And the Tsnarnaev brothers were such fine, upstanding people, right?
Hey Bob and Cory I've got a really great idea. Pick some women you care about.
Tell them to bunk with your Syrian buddies. I'm sure everything will be
Bob Menendez repeatedly said he didn't have sex with prostitutes. He even labeled the accusations a right wing smear campaign instigated by conservative media outlets.
But as it turns out, where there was smoke, there was indeed fire.
When federal agents looking into health care fraud searched the office of Florida eye doctor Solomon Melgen in January 2013, they found references to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez scattered all around.
There was a black notebook, found on the bottom shelf of a bookcase, according to court records. In it, agents found what "looked to be a ledger of prostitution activities," FBI Special Agent Gregory Sheehy wrote in a court affidavit. Menendez's name also appeared in the notebook, along with his phone number, Sheehy wrote.
Sheehy later filed a more detailed affidavit that discussed the notebook, which he said included the names of numerous women, many "denoted simply by a single name in quotation marks." Most included a phone number next to their name, and a few mentioned a nationality, Sheehy wrote in the affidavit. There were also names of men, including Menendez, Sheehy said. The senator's name appeared on nine separate pages.
Now why do you suppose Bob's good buddy, a guy who Bob did so many favors for, would keep records of Bob's dalliances with ladies of the evening?
Can you say "insurance?"
Sure, I knew you could.
Bob Menendez was bought and paid for, and Dr. Melgen wanted to ensure that Bob stayed bought and paid for. Quid pro ho, to coin a phrase.
And, according to the New York Daily News, some of Bob's sexual partners were under the age of 18.
But in a motion Monday asking the judge to ignore the defense arguments, Justice Department lawyers say the hooker allegations "were not so easily disprovable as the defendants suggest."
Prosecutors used the defense claims to highlight previously undisclosed tidbits on Menendez's pursuit of younger woman.
The lawyers say their investigation resulted from "specific, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic."
Bob Menendez, the Jared Fogle of the US Senate.
Which might explain why Tom Moran and the Star-Ledger are so gung-ho to rehabilitate the reputation of Bob Torricelli. Their editorial reads like a love letter to an old flame.
If indeed Menendez goes down, it's a safe bet that Torricelli will throw himself back in the game. And if there is a smarter politician in this state, on politics or policy, then we have yet to meet.
Sheesh, get a room.
But hey, if there's one thing NJ Democrats are good at, it's replacing one
corrupt politician with another. After all, they have an endless supply.
Experienced, adult political operatives who want to do grassroots work for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign currently have no choice but to work as unpaid, full-time interns, raising new questions about how the White House frontrunner runs her own labor force as she prepares to double down on young people's role in the American economy.
The Clinton campaign is currently in the midst of what multiple Democratic sources described as a "hiring freeze" for paid organizing positions in the early campaign states where the former Secretary of State is laying the foundations of a massive national staff, with few if any paying jobs available for field operations.
Clinton's camp has made headlines about its frugality and a hard sell on its fellowship program, which allows aspiring politicos between the ages of 18 and 24 to spend this summer as full-time campaign volunteers. The result, however, is the human-resources reality of a campaign — one scheduled to hold at least 26 fundraisers this month alone — that isn't just taking on college students with political science degrees but expecting political veterans to gamble their careers on her without pay.
Clinton, according to her would-be employees, has left full-time organizers with little choice but to criss-cross the country and work as "free help".
That's Hillary. Talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
Now, on the one hand, if you're stupid enough to donate your time to Hillary, you deserve to be poor. And of course there's always welfare and food stamps and Section 8 (or a nearby couch) and Medicaid to see you through. Or family money if you're part of the limousine liberal crowd she seems to attract so easily.
On the other hand, isn't this exactly what she accuses employers like Walmart of doing to their employees — paying next to nothing and then asking the taxpayers to foot the bill for their supposed reluctance to honor a "living wage?"
Why yes, yes it is.
Because "hypocrisy" and "Democrat" go hand-in-hand.
So try not to laugh too hard the next time Bill or Hill charges two or three hundred grand to bloviate about how Americans need a $15 per hour minimum wage.
At Team Clinton the minimum wage is zero. And the lemmings like it
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.