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It's not exactly a smoking gun. And it's certainly not a stinging rebuke. But at least it's not a total whitewash either. The State Department's Inspector General has finally issued a report on Hillary Clinton's private email server, and yes, it says she broke the rules.
The State Department's independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton's email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the "security risks in doing so."
The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton's use of private email for public business was "not an appropriate method" of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed.
The report says Clinton, who is the Democratic presidential front-runner, should have printed and saved her emails during her four years in office or surrendered her work-related correspondence immediately upon stepping down in February 2013. Instead, Clinton provided those records in December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office.
The report found that a top Clinton aide was warned in 2010 that the system may not properly preserve records but dismissed those worries, indicating that the system passed legal muster. But the inspector general said it could not show evidence of a review by legal counsel.
So far so good, right?
Here comes the "but."
The 83-page report reviews email practices by five secretaries of state and generally concludes that record keeping has been spotty for years.
It was particularly critical of former secretary of state Colin Powell — who has acknowledged publicly that he used a personal email account to conduct business — concluding that he too failed to follow department policy designed to comply with public-record laws.
And there you have it. The "everybody else was doing it" defense.
It's a smokescreen big enough to hide all of her transgressions.
You watch. The FBI will say they can't recommend indicting Hillary because they didn't indict Colin Powell way-back-when.
And then all the way to November, no matter what Trump says about Crooked Hillary, her media sycophants will keep spinning the lack of an indictment as "proving" she was "cleared."
I told you guys the fix was in.
Damn, I hate being right all the time.
Remember when President Bill Clinton rented out the Lincoln Bedroom?
That was just the warm-up act.
He and She Who Would Be Empress have collected at least $100 million dollars from Arab sheikhs and their autocratic and anti-Semetic regimes.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic presidential candidate Hillary's claim she can carry out independent Middle East policies.
As a presidential candidate, the amount of foreign cash the Clintons have amassed from the Persian Gulf states is "simply unprecedented," says national security analyst Patrick Poole.
"These regimes are buying access. You've got the Saudis. You've got the Kuwaitis, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. There are massive conflicts of interest. It's beyond comprehension," Poole told TheDCNF in an interview.
Overall, the Clinton Foundation has received upwards of $85 million in donations from five Persian Gulf states and their monarchs, according to the foundation's website.
The Clinton Foundation's ties go beyond support from governments. Four billionaire Saudis, along with groups the Dubai Foundation and Friends of Saudi Arabia, contributed another $30 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the foundation's website.
Those governments are some of the most horrific abusers of human rights in the world.
For years, the accusations have centered on the Persian Gulf practice of importing hundreds of thousands of poor foreign laborers who work for low wages, including hundreds of thousands of female "domestic workers" who have no labor rights and often face exploitation and sexual abuse.
I wonder how all the Clinton supporters wailing about North Carolina's "bathroom law" feel about that? Oh, right, it's a non-story, because Hillary has a vagina.
And money in politics is only bad when it comes from the Koch Brothers. Pure-as-the-driven-snow Hillary would never let a donor influence her stance on an important issue. Honest!
Yet as secretary of state, Clinton consciously and actively sought to legitimize the sheikdoms through many new Department of State programs.
It's unclear what kind of promises or concessions the Clintons may have given the monarchs in return for their lavish financial support over the years, but last month the candidate reversed her long-standing support for fracking.
Hillary's new position, unveiled last month at a CNN presidential debate with Democratic opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, put her in alignment with the Gulf State policy that opposes North American oil and gas fracking.
Imagine that. Purely coincidental!
So, to ask this question, is to answer it.
How would the American people ever know with any certainty that a decision by President Hillary Clinton was made to advance the best interests of the U.S. or to make the Clintons even richer?
Hillary's presidency is For Sale.
Eva Peron, eat your heart out.
America is doomed.
Democrat Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee.
My wife is at this moment watching CNN, where Anderson Cooper is cumming in his pants at the prospect of Hillary Clinton being elected president.
He's not alone.
The forces of darkness are rejoicing.
Trump was, is, and always will be a stalking horse for Hitlery.
That's why Bill Clinton convinced him to seek the GOP nomination.
That's the plan the three of them concocted in Chappaqua, to divide and conquer the Real Republicans.
Remember how Trump praised Hitlery, time and time again? That's because he believes in her.
And you morons fell for it.
Mark my words, Donald Trump cannot, and will not win in November. His negatives are sky-high. His appeal is skin-deep.
Not that he'd be any better if he did win. In many ways he's more liberal than she is. Can you imagine his pro-abortion, sharia-loving sister on the Supreme Court? You'll beg the senate to confirm Merrick Garland.
Here's my advice America, buy another gun.
Hell, buy ten more guns. And a truckload of ammo too.
Lay in canned goods, bottled water, and batteries. Fill your jerrycans.
Hunker down, because things are going to get really ugly.
Hillary Clinton's tyranny will make you yearn for Barack Obama. The IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, OSHA, ATF, TSA, probably even the postal inspectors, they're all coming for us. Re-education camps won't be the half of it.
I wonder if I'll be loaded into a boxcar before the Islamists face off against the homofascists. Seventh century shithole, here we come.
Because freedom was just another word for everything we had to lose.
On Tuesday an administrative law judge ruled that Ted Cruz is a "natural born" citizen, eligible to run for president.
The Trumpanzees promptly appealed the ruling to Lt Governor Kim Guadagno, in her role as Secretary of State.
And today she told them to get stuffed.
In her four-page decision, Guadagno, who doubles as New Jersey's secretary of state, said she reviewed the record and the objections raised to Judge Jeff Masin's initial ruling.
"After full consideration of the record, as well as Judge Masin's thorough and well researched initial decision and the exceptions filed with my office, I, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, as secretary of state and chief election official of the state of New Jersey, adopt Judge Masin's initial decision in its entirety," Guadagno said.
Trump's birther bozos also lost in Texas yesterday, when a federal judge laughed them out of court for lack of standing.
They're now 0 for 9. In addition to New Jersey and Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Utah, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Alabama have all ruled in favor of Cruz's eligibility.
Will the Trump slappies give up on this silliness now?
Don't count on it.
They're still whining about getting their butts kicked in Colorado's caucuses because they forgot to read the rules. And I hear they're setting themselves up for a similar whooping in California, again because complaining is easier than working on a competent ground game.
Oh, but take heart Trumpaholics, Karl Rove is "warming up" to your lord and master. And we all know how effective his endorsement has been lately, right?
Incidentally, I watched Ted and Heidi Cruz on CNN's townhall last night, and I gotta tell you guys, they both came off great. Ted was relaxed, confident, and well received. Heidi really completes him too. She's one dynamite lady. And their kids? Cute as buttons. The whole hour was focused on "family" so there were no policy questions, but that's OK because seeing and hearing the human side of a candidate is equally important.
I've heard people say that Ted's demeanor is off-putting and "prosecutorial." Well, that certainly wasn't the case last night, which bodes well for his candidacy.
Ted Cruz: Cleveland or Bust!
Ted Cruz is a "natural born citizen." No matter what Donald Trump's misguided minions may say to the contrary.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas meets the criteria for a "natural born citizen" and can run in New Jersey's Republican presidential primary on June 7, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday.
Would you believe the Trumpanzees tried to convince the judge otherwise?
Would you believe they're still not giving up?
Hey, nobody ever accused Trump's supporters of being rocket scientists.
Judge Jeff Masin's decision now heads to the desk of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who in her capacity as secretary of state can choose to accept the opinion in full or in part, or reject it.
Victor Williams, one of the two challengers who questioned Cruz's eligibility to run in the New Jersey primary, said he had "full confidence that Kim Guadagno will do the right thing and reject Mr. Cruz's falsified ballot petition and certificate." If she fails to do so, Williams said he would appeal.
Mr. Williams also undoubtedly has "full confidence" that the moon is made of green cheese.
A similar challenge was rejected by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court late last month.
But don't count on sanity permeating the Trump cult. One of their biggest Internet cheerleaders, Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, posted this headline after today's defeat: New Jersey Judge Rules Former Canadian Ted Cruz Can Appear on State Ballot.
Dude, the whole point of Judge Masin's ruling is that Ted Cruz is not a Canadian, former or otherwise. Try to keep up, OK?
These clowns are doing one potentially useful public service though. By repeatedly pushing this birther foolishness now they're taking the issue away from Hillary and the Democrats. By the time the nominations are sewed up all these frivolous lawsuits will have played themselves out, which means she can't relitigate them in the fall.
Do I think the Trump slappies are smart enough to have thought of that?
Nah. But it's fun to watch them spin their wheels and stomp their feet. The comments over at Hoft's site are, uh, bizarre, to say the least. Upping their medication is probably in order.
And if nothing else, their hysteria reminded me to send Ted a few more bucks.
Which ought to make them even more mad. Oops.
What does it say when your party's annointed front-runner gets blown out three times in one day by a raving lunatic?
Well, if you're the Democrats, it says you need to up your voters' medication levels. Or maybe it means your candidates suck.
For her part, Hillary blamed the lopsided vote totals on a YouTube video. She promised to have the film maker arrested before sunrise. Crucifixion might have to wait though...
OK, seriously, who in their right mind votes for Bernie Sanders? He's a joke. His policies created Cuba. And Venezuela. And North Korea. If you want that, and I can't imagine why you would want that, but hey, to each his own, save us all the trouble and move to one of those socialist paradises. They're ready for you. Leave your freedom on the tarmac.
What these results say to me is, Hillary is toxic. People would rather vote for bread lines and gonorrhea than see her in the White House. Which comes as no surprise, because she is variously described as "domineering," "uptight," "icy," "polarizing," and "calculating" by other Democrats.
If only the Republicans would give us a real alternative, America would be eternally grateful.
Hint: Donald Trump isn't it.
Her callousness is beyond the pale. Because according to Hillary Clinton, nobody died in Libya on her watch.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton committed her second gaffe in as many days on the campaign trail Monday night, claiming that the U.S. "didn't lose a single person" in Libya during her time as secretary of state.
Clinton made the comment defending her push for regime change in the war-torn North African nation at an Illinois town hall hosted by MSNBC.
"Now, is Libya perfect? It isn't," Clinton said. After contrasting her approach toward Libya with the ongoing bloodshed in Syria's civil war, Clinton said "Libya was a different kind of calculation and we didn't lose a single person ... We didn't have a problem in supporting our European and Arab allies in working with NATO."
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were unavailable for comment.
Hillary Clinton is a despicable person. I'm not sure she's even human; not when she so soullessly forgets the four brave Americans who perished while she dithered and her boss slept.
I can't understand people who still support her. They truly must have hearts of stone. How do they in good conscience associate themselves with such abject evil, knowing that Hillary's lawlessness is unbounded, and far more insidious than even Barack Obama's? Everything this hideous harridan touches reeks of corruption and sleaze. She makes Marie Antoinette look like Mother Teresa.
Wanna bet she blames her memory lapse on a YouTube video? Because, what
difference, at this point, does it make?
First it was Barack Obama who said his regulations on coal companies would make electricity rates "necessarily skyrocket."
Now Hillary Clinton is doing him one better. She's promising to put every coal company out of business and every coal miner out of a job.
"Vote for me, you'll be unemployed!" doesn't exactly seem like a winning strategy, but hey, what do I know?
Because we must all sacrifice something on the altar of Climate Change and coal is this week's bogeyman.
Interestingly I had this very conversation with a Hillary supporter on Saturday night. She was introduced to me as friend-of-a-friend and we got chatting about our teenage daughters, who happen to be the same age.
We were discussing the awkwardness of watching teen girls navigate their way around boys, and how yes our daughters are noticing boys, and more importantly how boys are noticing them, when she states matter-of-factly, "my daughter likes this one boy, but his family are Republicans" (with of course all the contempt you can imagine she could muster). Followed immediately by, "not like us and everyone here of course, we're all good Democrats." And then rounded out with, "she's going to make it her mission to convert him into a Democrat."
Humpf. Presumptuous, eh?
I tried to demur; it wasn't my party and I was there to have a good time. But she moved in for the kill. "Can you believe they're voting for Marco Rubio? He doesn't believe in Climate Change!"
Uh, oh. Danger Will Robinson! Warning! Warning!
Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
"Actually, lots of people don't believe it's man-made," I said. "Most of the temperature fluctuations could be attributable to sunspots, and besides there hasn't been any measurable warming for the past 19 years. Even many climate scientists now acknowledge this 'pause'."
"You don't believe in climate change!" she exclaimed with that patented wide-eyed smile liberals all seem to have perfected when winding up to "educate" us neanderthals.
But I cut her off. "No, I don't believe in the radical solutions being put forth to combat the problem. For example, look at how many people have lost their jobs in coal mining. Towns are devasted, people are living in poverty, the jobs are all gone."
"Well, then they should just be retrained for green jobs," she decreed, as if waving a magic wand will bring prosperity back to Appalachia.
"That's not so simple, and besides who's going to pay for all that? Green energy is already more expensive."
"They should just learn how to do something else," she insisted.
"Which is why we should put engineers in charge of this problem instead of politicians," I said. "Engineers can find ways to keep cost-effective fossil fuels in use until the green energy industry really gets going."
Which to her credit, she was at least willing to think about, before we moved on to other, less contentious topics.
I bring this up because as it turns out Hillary pushed the same "let 'em make solar panels" mantra right after she told all those coal workers they were screwed.
The thing is though, she doesn't have a plan for how that will happen.
And the people affected might not want to believe she'll help them, not if they remember her saying, "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
In this case, "the common good" is Gaia worship. So, who knows, after she's done wiping out the coal industry she could go after oil, or gas, or the left's old favorite bugaboo, nuclear power. Anything to appease the eco-warriors!
The real (and sad) point of all this is, even though we now have a presidential candiate who's openly telling people she's going to destroy their livelihood, most of those folks are "good Democrats" and they'll blindly vote for her anyway.
Time is running out. Ben Carson saw the writing on the wall. Marco Rubio and John Kasich need to follow suit, sooner rather than later.
Because the GOP must unite behind one candidate, and that candidate must be someone who not only can beat Hillary Clinton, but someone who is the antithesis of Hillary Clinton.
That candidate is Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz is the only candidate who is fully committed to Constitutional conservative principles.
Ted Cruz is the only candidate who will deliberately and effectively shrink the size and scope of the federal government.
Ted Cruz is the only candidate who has pledged to fully repeal Obamacare, and the only candidate who has not suggested that some form of "single payer" is a viable replacement.
Ted Cruz is the only candidate with the guts to call out the Ethanol mandate for what it is, an anti-consumer and ineffective boondoggle.
Ted Cruz is a true defender of our Second Amendment rights.
Ted Cruz understands how to get Americans back to work again by taking away the roadblocks to success imposed by an over-arching regulatory state.
Ted Cruz is firmly behind enforcement of all of our immigration laws.
And most importantly, Ted Cruz will appoint judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia. Judges who will uphold the Constitution. Judges who will interpret the law instead of rewriting the law.
I know. I know what some of you are going to say. I know that Donald Trump is the flavor of the month. I know that you guys are determined to stick it the GOP establisment. I know that Trump pushes all of your buttons. I know you believe Trump stands for Truth, Justice, and The American Way.
And I also know that he's playing you.
Donald Trump is a Republican, and a conservative, of convenience. His conversion, such as it is, from New York liberal Democrat to ostensibly conservative Republican, is hardly heartfelt. He praises Planned Parenthood. He extolls the virtues of Eminent Domain. He suggested replacing Obamacare with Medicare for Everyone. He's a New York crony capitalist, more interested in making deals than in growing the economy and promoting entrepreneurship. And he really doesn't think very highly of his supporters' motivations.
Then there's this latest poll, in which even after his supposedly resounding Super Tuesday victories, Trump still falls short against Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup. Whereas Real Clear Politics puts Ted Cruz on top come November.
Why? Because Trump's allure is bolstered by Democrats crossing over to vote in open GOP primaries. If you think those Democrats are going to cross over again in November, well, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you can have, cheap.
But if you won't listen to me, at least listen to Thomas Sowell on Trump being "the point of no return."
After seven long years of domestic disasters and increasing international dangers, the next President of the United States will need extraordinary wisdom, maturity, depth of knowledge and personal character to rescue America.
Instead, if the polls are an indication, what we may get is someone with the opposite of all these things, a glib egomaniac with a checkered record in business and no track record at all in government — Donald Trump.
If so, the downward trajectory of America over the past seven years may well continue on into the future, to the point of no return….
Trump's acting like a bull in a china shop may appeal to some voters but, in the world as it is, he may well cost us our last chance to recover from the great dangers into which the Obama administration has gotten this nation.
We already have an ego-driven, know-it-all president who will not listen to military or intelligence agency experts. Do we need to tempt fate by having two in a row?
Appealing as Trump and the comeuppance of the GOP establishment would be, we have bigger fish to fry. Unless you want to conduct the 2020 election in Russian. Or, God forbid, Arabic.
The Republican party must unite. And if Lindsay Graham of all people can see that, so can you.
As Donald Trump racks up wins on Super Tuesday, many of the anti-Trump crowd are suggesting candidates for the GOP to rally behind.
Senator Lindsey Graham made a surprising suggestion — Ted Cruz. Graham has long been a vocal critic of the Texas senator, ran against him, and endorsed one of his opponents.
Water under the bridge. Bygones must be bygones now.
So instead of fighting him, Marco Rubio should team up with Ted Cruz. For his part, Cruz should endorse Rubio as his VP. As a team they'd be unstoppable, and Rubio will have 8 years to prepare for his next White House run.
Cruz is the GOP's best shot at extending an olive branch to Trump supporters, channelling their anger about issues like immigration into a credible shot at the White House. Although Cruz has few friends among the Washington establishment, putting Rubio on the ticket could satisfy party leaders who fear Cruz can't win a general election or govern once he reaches the Oval Office. If Rubio gets out now and Cruz names him as VP, the two could likely combine forces to Make Donald Drumpf Again.
Read the whole thing. Then try telling me that a "Cruzio" ticket isn't just the thing to truly make America great again.
Cruz - Rubio 2016!
Mass psychosis. The only possible explanation for conservative stalwart Jeff Sessions endorsing reality-TV charlatan Donald Trump is mass psychosis.
C'mon, no sane conservative would go there, right?
2016 GOP presidential frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump picked up the most significant endorsement any presidential candidate in the GOP can get here on Sunday: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Sessions, the intellectual leader of the future of the conservative movement, has provided the brainpower behind the populist nationalist revolt against political elites that's been emerging since at least 2013.
Please tell me it's an imposter.
The real Jeff Sessions is smarter than that, isn't he?
At a warm and windy rally here with thousands present in a packed football stadium just outside Huntsville, Sessions appeared on stage with Trump to back him for president. Sessions' endorsement provides Trump with even more legitimacy as Trump's two remaining serious opponents — Sens. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — attempt to undermine him in a desperate bid by the donor class to regain control of the party from populists revolting in elections around the country. Sessions backing Trump is a significant blow to both Rubio and Cruz, as now the powerful Alabamian will be putting his entire operation all in behind Trump.
"The donor class?"
If "the donor class" is behind Ted Cruz, who by the way is the only real conservative in this race, I'm a monkey's uncle.
So either the guy endorsing Trump and claiming to be Jeff Sessions is an imposter, a not altogether improbable scenario given Trump's show business proclivities, or the real Jeff Sessions has been replaced by a pod person.
Because before today I was happy to believe in two absolute truths.
(1) Jeff Sessions is one of the leaders of the conservative movement. And, (2) Donald Trump is about as far from "conservative" as a candidate can get.
The negation of those truths should not be possible.
Jeff Sessions, we hardly knew ye.
But while you're standing there kissing Trump's ring, answer me this. Are you
now, or have you ever been,
a member of the KKK?
Any remaining vestige of respect I had for Chris Christie is now gone.
Donald Trump? He seriously endorsed Donald Trump? For president?
Gov. Chris Christie is endorsing Donald Trump for president.
Appearing next to Trump in Fort Worth, Texas, Christie said Trump would "do what needs to be done to protect the American people."
"The one person Bill and Hillary Clinton do not want to see on that stage is Donald Trump," said Christie.
"He is re-writing the playbook of American politics," said Christie, "The best person to beat Hilary Clinton in November is undoubtably Donald Trump," said the governor.
Trump, the front runner for the party nomination, called Christie a great friend and great talent.
Trump, for his part said of the governor's endorsement that "To me, it's a very big endorsement. Generally speaking, I'm not too big on endorsements — but this is the one endorsement I feel very strongly about, that I wanted to get."
Some "conservative" Christie turned out to be, eh?
In 2012 his bromance with Barry sunk Mitt Romney.
And now his endorsement of Obama's GOP doppelganger lends instant establishment credibility to Trump's campaign. Which signals to me that the GOPe flirtation with Marco Rubio is officially over. Because Chris Christie is one of the real GOP insiders. Remember, he was briefly "their guy" when Jeb! first faltered, until, of course, Christie fell flat too.
Whether this means Trump has made peace with the establishment remains to be seen. But it seems likely that he has, and Chris Christie has opened the door for Reince Priebus and the rest of the RNC to get on board the Trump Express.
Which from our perspective means that yes, the light at the end of tunnel is indeed an oncoming train.
C'mon guys. Try hard to care.
It looks like GOP primary voters are finally waking up to just how much of a charlatan Donald Trump really is.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has surpassed Donald Trump for the top spot in a new national survey of the Republican presidential race from NBC News/Wall Street Journal.
Cruz leads the poll with the support of 28 percent of those surveyed, followed by Trump at 26 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 17 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent, and Ben Carson at 10 percent.
Trump dropped seven percentage points since last month, and hit his lowest point in the NBC/WSJ poll since October 2015 when Carson took the top spot. Cruz and Kasich each gained eight percentage points since January, the largest improvement of any candidate, and received their highest level of support ever in the poll.
Notably, this latest poll was conducted after Trump's New Hampshire primary win and after that circus of a debate put on by CBS in South Carolina.
Which means most people now see the real Donald Trump, and his New York Values, for what they really are.
Because when you get the Code Pink endorsement, sane people start to wonder about your commitment to conservative principles.
And when you angrily spout Democrat talking points, Republican voters begin to question your dedication to stopping progressive Democrats in their tracks.
Then there's this graphic, which is making the rounds on Facebook. Notice anything unusual?
Who's the last Republican you've met who gave that much money to so many far-left liberal Democrats?
Ted Cruz is the consistent, constitutional, conservative choice.
And I have a feeling the voters of South Carolina and Nevada are going to
make that fact abundently clear to Donald Trump real soon now.
When everybody gets a trophy, "everybody" votes for Bernie Sanders.
Young Democrat millennials want free stuff.
Four of five millennial Democrats voted for Bernie Sanders.
What do they put in the coffee up in New Hampshire?
Because "Free Stuff or die" is not a reasonable state motto.
So what can we conclude?
Hillary Clinton is such a flawed candidate that Bozo The Clown could beat her in a head-to-head race?
Or the residents of New Hampshire are batshit insane?
I'm not optimistic that Basement Dwelling Progbots for Bernie isn't a real thing. That is, these kids actually don't understand (a) math, and (b) how to make it in the real world.
They're going all in for Other People's Money.
Sadly you can't argue with such abject ignorance. The BernieBots don't have the necessary frame of reference to be cognizant of the flaws in their hero's worldview. Their professors ensured they never learned how to critically deconstruct the logical fallacies of socialism. And they're not interested in learning the lessons of history.
When I was young petulant toddlers were simply told "no." And when they grew up they had garnered enough self-awareness along the way to understand why "no" was the correct response.
Except, growing up has now become optional. And apparently frowned upon.
How else can one explain the allure of this socialist charlatan?
It can't be his promise of "equality," not unless you believe in equality of misery.
It can't be his promise of "free" college, health care, housing, food, and weed. Not unless you're too stupid to read a balance sheet.
Here's a guy who's basically a professional bum telling all the wannabe bums they're entitled to everything all the rest of us have. Work is for suckers, because Bernie's gonna take from the hoarders and give to the slackers.
What happens when the workers give up is something Bernie and his sycophants never want to talk about. But if you Google Venezuela, it ought to be instructive.
200 years ago Alexis de Tocqueville penned the definitive takedown of so-called "Democratic Socialism."
If only the people who vote for Bernie Sanders would bother themselves to
Iowa doesn't always pick the winner, but it tends to weed out the losers.
Rand Paul is headed back to Kentucky to salvage what's left of his Senate career.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul suspended his Republican presidential campaign on Wednesday, after finishing fifth in the leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Though Paul actually exceeded expectations in the Iowa contest, Fox News is told he did not believe his campaign had the momentum to build upon going into the New Hampshire primary next week.
The barbarians are at the gates and Rand's isolationist foreign policy isn't what America needs right now. Speak softly and carry the gold standard won't keep us safe. Buh-bye!
Then, although Rick Santorum tried his best to get the band back together, sequels and reunion tours never do as well as the original.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is expected to suspend his 2016 presidential campaign Wednesday evening following a disappointing finish in the Iowa Caucuses on Monday.
The news comes just hours after his campaign announced that he was "postponing" his 46-county South Carolina tour until a later date in order to participate in some "media activities" on Wednesday.
Santorum, who won the 2012 Iowa Caucuses in an upset over eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney before going on to win 10 more states, has struggled to gain traction this time around.
Take another shot at the Senate Rick. You can still do some good there.
Seen on Twitchy:
Perry, Walker, Pataki, Huckabee, Paul, Santorum all out...looks like "everything's comin' up Gilmore."— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) February 3, 2016
I caught some Jim Gilmore action during the last debate. He reminded me of James Stockdale, only less coherent.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has decided to be a sore loser.
Somebody call the waambulance. And get Trump a baby bottle, STAT!
Because, really, this is presidential?
First he throws a hissy fit at Megyn Kelly, and now he's concocting conspiracy theories and demanding a do-over? Is he serious?
Ah, you hang out with Sarah Palin and pretty soon you start to sound like Sarah Palin. And not in a good way.
What's next? The full Ross Perot?
We already have a thin-skinned narcissist in the White House and look how well
that's worked out for us. Sorry Mr. Trump, but you're fired.
Hillary won the coin toss, and Bernie still hasn't decided which end zone he'll defend in New Hampshire. Probably the left one.
And she's not the only one who's confused today. I am too. What exactly is the allure of Bernie? It's like these kids have never learned how to think.
There's a young guy I know, a twenty-something who considers himself an up-and-comer in NJ politics, running for a council seat in a neighboring town. Nice enough fellow, just got his MBA from Rutgers. And he's gung-ho for Bernie. He even reposted that idiotic meme about student loan interest rates.
I can understand Bernie being economically illiterate. He's an imbecile. And a bum. But dude, you have an MBA. If you didn't learn anything about collateral or risk management you really should ask Rutgers for your money back.
Sadly though, this guy is not alone.
It's disheartening that an avowed socialist is a viable candidate for president of the United States. Socialism is a dead end. For hundreds of years, it has failed everywhere it's been adopted. The enthusiasm of our youth for the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is a symptom of our failure to educate them, not only in history, government and economics, but also basic morality.
But everybody got a trophy, so there's that.
Which of course is Sanders' schtick. Everybody gets a college education. Everybody gets health care. Everybody gets food, housing, broadband internet, and presumably a pony, or at least a bus pass. No one stops to think about who's paying for all that.
Or rather, they think "the rich" are gonna pay for it. Because it's their birthright or something. Until it all inevitably comes crashing down.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."
— Robert A. Heinlein
Every time some kid whines to me that life needs to be "fair" or she "deserves" something I want to scream and whack them upside the head.
Life. Is. Not. Fair.
And, Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.
Here's pro tip Berniebots. You don't deserve anything. You're a pimple on the asshole of progress, as my grandfather used to say.
You want something? Get off your ass and work for it.
While you're complaining about big banks, or corporate greed, or evil Republicans, or whatever Bernie's bugaboo is these days there's some kid who's putting his nose to the grindstone and cranking out The Next Big Thing. It's called "hard work." And, contrary to what your professors told you, it's The American Way.
In a sane world Ted Cruz will mop the floor with Bernie in a debate and cruise into the White House.
Alas, I'm not so sure we live in a sane world anymore.
When Donald Trump said he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters" he was joking. At least I think he was joking.
In a sane world it's the stuff he says when he's not joking that ought to send his supporters scurrying for the exits. Like yesterday, when he came out in defense of Planned Parenthood.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump defended Planned Parenthood during an interview Tuesday night, doubling down on his remarks that part of the group should be funded.
"They do good things," Trump said during an interview with Sean Hannity that aired on Fox News.
"There's two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. You have it as an abortion clinic. Now that's actually a fairly small part of what they do, but it's a brutal part and I'm totally against it," Trump said.
"They also, however, service women," Trump said, adding later, "We have to help women. A lot of women are helped. So we have to look at the positives for Planned Parenthood."
Ah yes, the "positives." Like how Mussolini made sure the trains ran on time.
Where some of those trains were going? That wasn't his concern. Or, apparently, Donald Trump's.
Planned Parenthood is evil. They hack tiny babies apart while still alive, and sell the parts for profit.
When a pregnant woman goes to Planned Parenthood for pre-natal care, she is sent elsewhere, because they only care about performing abortions.
When a woman goes to Planned Parenthood for a mammogram, she is sent elsewhere, because they only pay lip service to "women's health."
But Donald Trump wants to give them our tax dollars. And if that thought repels Christian voters, well Trump has an answer for them.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday won the endorsement of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, the Trump campaign said.
There was a time when Christians, even evangelicals!, abjured murder.
Well maybe the Sixth Commandment is no longer taught at Liberty University. Or there's an asterisk, or something. I'm hesitant to ask, because I might not like the answer.
What's important though, is that a prominent Christian leader has blessed Donald Trump, and by extension, the public funding of abortion. That's yuuuuge, to coin a phrase. And deeply troubling.
I'm starting to believe this boorish buffoon could actually land the GOP nomination. And then what?
Well, then we get Mike "the nanny" Bloomberg throwing his hat into the ring too. Then we get ostensible "republicans" splitting their votes between two billionaires with more dollars than sense. Which of course propels Hillary Clinton, or God forbid Bernie Sanders, into the White House.
I'm gonna stock up on
ammo. And canned goods. You should too.
How do you stump a liberal? Ask her to name one of Hillary Clinton's accomplishments.
Even Her Royal Majesty herself had trouble answering that one!
So as a public service, and with thanks to our friends at Independent Journal and Washington Examiner, here for your edification are 3 bona fide Hillary Clinton accomplishments.
What exactly were Hillary's accomplishments as a U.S. Senator?
As documented by Congress.gov, these "monumental" laws were:
Just to recap, these were bills that: renamed a highway after a journalist; re-designated a post office; and deemed a brick house in Troy, N.Y., as a national historic site to honor a 19th-century female union leader.
Skip the election and move right on to the coronation!
Because, with a record like that, it's a wonder she hasn't already been elevated to sainthood.
Three bills enacted, out of 713. That's a meaty .0042 percent batting average baseball fans. Real major league potential, eh?
Oh, but she also paved the way to bring peace to Syria, so there's that.
With the DNC pulling out all the stops to ensure Hillary's coronation, Donald Trump wants the GOP to do the same for him.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the Republican National Committee (RNC) should disqualify candidates from primary debates who have failed to file paperwork to get their names on the ballots in major states.
"Now, if I were running the party, I'd say, 'Excuse me, if you can't win the state of X, a major state, if you can't win Virginia because you're not allowed to go in, or if you can't win South Carolina or you can't win this one or that one, because you didn't file, that means it's taken off your list, you're not allowed to be in the debate anymore,'" Trump said at a rally in Iowa on Saturday.
"When you're at like, this guy [former New York governor George] Pataki, he's been at zero for months. He couldn't get elected dog-catcher in New York. The guy's at zero for months. And he keeps on staying and staying," he added.
Voters? We don't need no steenkin' voters!
Just declare Trump the winner, and get Ready For Hillary!
Now, on the one hand, he has a point. The GOP primary cattle call is getting a little long in the tooth. But that's a function of Reince Priebus front-loading the debate schedule, well before any actual voting commences. And, as Lindsay Graham's exit today reveals, the lower-polling candidates will sooner rather than later head for the exits on their own.
But on the other hand, the polls have a habit of shifting. Three months ago all the pundits were writing Chris Christie off; he was lucky to be at the Kid's Table debates, making it in by the skin of his teeth. Then a funny thing happened. He got traction in New Hampshire.
Chris Christie continues to slowly but surely creep back into the race. He has a 49/30 favorability rating now, up all the way from 28/54 in late August. It's a reminder that things can change a lot over time and some of the candidates seen as being dead right now could come back to life and some of the candidates who it seems like can't do anything wrong right now could come crashing back down.
Which, of course, is why we're having these primaries in the first place.
So cool your jets Mr. Trump. If you really are All That And A Can Of Peas,
the voters will ratify your ego's preconceptions. And if not? Well, maybe
George Pataki can appoint you dog-catcher.
Our current president is a thin-skinned narcissist who "jokes" about siccing the IRS on his enemies.
His annointed successor is a vindictive harridan who is equally thin-skinned.
In what appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender, Hillary Clinton's campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club.
Masada told Judicial Watch that, as soon as the video got posted on the Laugh Factory website, he received a phone call from a "prominent" person inside Clinton's campaign. "He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this," Masada said. The Clinton staffer, who Masada did not want to identify, also demanded to know the names and phone numbers of the comedians that appear in the video. Masada refused and hung up. He insists that the comedy stage is a sanctuary for freedom of speech no matter who is offended. "Just last night we had (Emmy-award winner) Dana Carvey doing Donald Trump and it was hilarious," Masada said.
Of course she wants names! She'll have them all arrested, just like last time. It's what she does.
The video is, appropriately enough, entitled "Hillary vs. the First Amendment." I didn't find it particularly funny, or offensive, but hey, I'm not a major presidential candidate. Or a Democrat.
On the other hand, by calling attention to it, a lot more people are going to be curious about what got her adult diapers in a twist. This is known colloquially as The Streisand Effect, and it's a doozy. The Internet never forgets, Hillary. You might want to remember that.
What's scary though is the precedent it sets for her potential presidency.
Because the Laugh Factory won't be laughing, or hanging up, when it's the IRS or the DEA or the state liquor control board on the other end of the line. There are probably thousands of budding Lois Lerners lurking in the bowels of government, just waiting for the right nudge to send them into a frenzy of fascist fulmination aimed right at the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua's perceived enemies. And she'll gladly empower each and every one of them for her own personal gain.
Remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism?
Yeah, me neither.
Fifty-one percent of working Americans make less than $30,000 a year, new data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows.
That's $2,500 a month before taxes and just over the federal poverty level for a family of five. The new numbers come from the National Wage Index, which SSA updates each year based on reported wages subject to the federal income tax.
And that's the good news. Because if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she'll import millions more illegal aliens, who'll gladly work for half that.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, pledging to go "beyond President Obama" in embracing illegal immigrants, said that she will use executive powers as president to go around Congress to end deportations.
She'll boldly go where no Obama has gone before. But not in a good way.
Because illegal aliens depress wages, especially for people on the lower end of the socio-economic scale. And you don't have to take my word for that fact either. It says so, right there in The New York Times. And, although he'd probably like to forget he did it, a fellow named Barack Obama, made the very same point back in 2006.
Of course, as president he's been pretty much the champion of Trickle Up Poverty, so him going against his earlier assertion isn't as surprising as you'd expect.
And after all, given that Obama is arguably the president from Goldman Sachs, and Hillary promises to "go beyond" him in that department too, trampling the little guy to enrich their cronies is going to be the first plank in the Democratic Party platform for 2016.
The bulk of Clinton's campaign funds came from an elite, wealthy class of donors—those who can afford to give the maximum donation. In 2014, roughly 0.04 percent of Americans made the maximum donation for a primary campaign of $2,600 (adjusted to $2,700 in this election cycle). … Clinton may well have had 250,000 donors—but just 11,400 of them accounted for almost two-thirds of her total fundraising.
All those wealthy democrats need gardeners and housekeepers dontcha know.
Keeping all of you poor and dependent on the government? That's just an