Category: Decline of Western Civilization

All the Rents That Shall Be Paid

The taxi business has been one sweet gig for corrupt city leaders. Taxis pay enormous fees for medallions in order to be officially licensed. The city, in turn, helps them establish a monopoly so that poor service, high fees and a refusal to go to certain areas of town don’t cost them market share.

Uber and Lyft have challenged this status quo. So what do you do?

How about make them pay blood money to taxi cartel?

Massachusetts is preparing to levy a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money on the traditional taxi industry, a subsidy that appears to be the first of its kind in the United States.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the nickel fee into law this month as part of a sweeping package of regulations for the industry.

Ride services are not enthusiastic about the fee.

“I don’t think we should be in the business of subsidizing potential competitors,” said Kirill Evdakov, the chief executive of Fasten, a ride service that launched in Boston last year and also operates in Austin, Texas.

Some taxi owners wanted the law to go further, perhaps banning the start-up competitors unless they meet the requirements taxis do, such as regular vehicle inspection by the police.

The law levies a 20-cent fee in all, with 5 cents for taxis, 10 cents going to cities and towns and the final 5 cents designated for a state transportation fund.

The fee may raise millions of dollars a year because Lyft and Uber alone have a combined 2.5 million rides per month in Massachusetts.

Does anyone, does anyone think this fee will stay at 20 cents a ride? Anyone? In the back there? No? You with the beard? Yeah, didn’t think so.

And that’s a Republican governor who signed this piece of garbage. You almost have to admire the brazenness of it. This isn’t regulating Uber like a taxi service, which you could at least argue levels the playing field (although it really doesn’t). This is forcing an innovator to subsidize their rival. It is as if we’d taxed Netflix and given the money to Blockbuster.

I call bullshit, but it has been made up shit for going on 7 years now

Surprisingly, job reports are out, drastically bucking the trend of the last few months in a major way. This seems to be a trend whenever elections are about to happen and the democrats are worried about the economic numbers, and, as I suspected, it happens because the numbers are rigged.

I bet that this is what accountability under Obamacare looks like too..

If there is one thing our government has gotten absolutely awesome at during Obama’s tenure, it is one agency offering criminals in another cover. In an example that should leave every idiot that has made the case that health insurance companies are evil an unaccountable with that look idiots have when they are caught humping their dogs, we find out that nobody at the VA paid for either abuses or mismanagement. It is the age of big government after all:

Two Department of Veterans Affairs administrators in Phoenix who were suspended at the outset of a crisis over delayed patient care will return to work Monday, 19 months after they were put on paid leave and given termination notices.

Lance Robinson, associate director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, will be assigned as a strategic planner at the VA’s southwest regional office in Gilbert, known as VISN 18, according to spokeswoman Jean Schaefer. Brad Curry, the system’s chief of Health Administration Services, will serve as a health systems specialist.

The two men have been focal points in a controversy over the VA’s perceived failure to hold leaders accountable for mismanagement and misconduct that caused a breakdown in care for veterans in Arizona and nationwide.

In recent weeks, members of Congress assailed the VA and interrogated Undersecretary David Shulkin at an Arizona field hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, demanding to know why no action has been taken.

Under questioning from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Shulkin testified that the VA has been unable to complete internal investigations of the two men because the U.S. Attorney’s Office prevented interviews with key witnesses amid a criminal investigation.

But in a letter this week to the committee chairman, Robinson’s attorney, Julia Perkins, said Shulkin’s testimony was inaccurate. Perkins said federal prosecutors turned down a criminal referral months ago, and her client has been through more than 12 hours of internal VA interviews. She said VA bosses realize they cannot make a legal case to fire Robinson.

Shulkin and other officials at VA headquarters have refused to comment on those assertions.

McCain said Friday he was not aware Robinson and Curry were returning to work until informed by The Arizona Republic.

I guess they are all above the law, because the law, of course, is for the little people! We need Hillary in charge. That will certainly change this sordid shit, right? Have no doubt that this is exactly the future of government controlled healthcare. The people in charge will only face justice when they piss off the democrat cabal (like the godfather in Chicago), and the service will suck ass. But SJW can all virtue signal because now we have healthcare for all. That the quality of that healthcare will be far lower than anything we have today and cost far more, will not factor in.

Trump the Traitor? Nah

Ugh, again? Here I was, preparing to dump all over the Democrat’s convention, the convention of Upworthy as Jesse Walker has dubbed it. And then the Trump-meister says this:

The New York business magnate and GOP presidential nominee held a news conference at which he criticized his Democratic rival and promised better of US-Russian relations under a Trump administration.

“I have nothing to do with Russia,” said the candidate, who frequently asserts he will get Putin’s respect. Trump said he had never met or spoken to the Russian leader, but he cast doubt over accusations that Moscow was behind a hack of Democratic Party e-mails that embarrassed the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“If it is Russia, which it probably isn’t, but if it is Russia, it’s bad for a different reason, it shows how little respect they have for our country,” said Trump in reference to the e-mail hack.

He then referenced Clinton’s scandal involving her use of a personal e-mail server during her time as secretary of state, and the more than 30,000 messages that she deleted on grounds they were personal and not related to her government job function.

“I will tell you this, Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said.

The Democrats and much of the media are jumping all over this, criticizing Trump for inviting a foreign power to hack a political rival. And I have to agree. Even if you argue that this was more of an off-the-cuff remark and Trump was merely saying the Russians should release e-mails — an assessment I think is probably accurate — he was still making light of a foreign power influencing our politics. It’s not “treason” but it’s the sort of thing you shouldn’t be doing when dealing with someone as dangerous as Putin.

However … I wish we could get some consistency on this kind of thing. Because whatever you think of Trump’s remark, it’s kind of small potatoes compared to this:

Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”

Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”

Kennedy did not just challenge the Soviets to embarrass his political rival. He offered a list of specific things he would do to advance their agenda. He would visit Moscow and give them information about our politics. He would arrange for Andropov to have interviews with American media. And Kennedy would lever this “thawing” to lead opposition to Reagan and, hopefully, put himself in the White House in 1988. He essentially wanted to conduct his own foreign policy of detente.

This was far more serious than Trump’s gaffe today but the media ignored it and have continued to ignore it for years. Just as they pretended Hillary Clinton’s deleted e-mails were a big bowl of nothing and are now OUTRAGED that Trump would suggest the Russians release them. It’s political opportunism at its rankest.

So, yeah, I’ll be happy to blast Trump for suggesting, even jokingly, that a foreign power hack his political rival and influence American politics. But I will also blast Ted Kennedy and the fifth column within the Democratic Party that he represented. Because I don’t see this as yet another tool to bash the other party with.

Color me surprised!

The left projects. They accuse their enemies of all sorts of vile and indecent behavior, not because it happens, but because they are always the one doing that. Remember the constant narrative from the DNC operatives with bylines (the media) around the racist and violent Tea Baggers? Not a single incident of misbehavior or racism out of the slew of shit the media threw at the wall hoping it would stick ever did, because when it comes to criminality and abuses, the left is the group that owns that space. Maybe you have missed the recent spate of hacked DNC emails that were released. They show the democrats for what they are. And in typical collectivist fashion – like our resident troll here does all the time – the DNC scumbags are desperate to deflect the real conversation we should be having about how anyone could trust people that are willing to do this sordid stuff should be trusted with power.

Don’t worry, Clinton’s campaign manager has a CM level deflection: the Russians are behind it because they want Trump. A 3rd grader can see through that mountain illogic. The Russians – like every other country with a hostile relationship to the US and quite a few of those pretending to be friends but being anything but that – want Clinton as president. With all the shit they got off her unsecured servers and by penetrating other systems from the wide open door that hack left them, not to mention all the money they have given her to buy favors, they have so much dirt on her that she will basically end up their stooge (which she already might be). It is quite funny to me that it took the target off everyone that secretly is a Clinton supporter’s ire for that fact to be pointed out. And the Clintons already have a record of selling America down the river to personally enrich themselves (research Bill’s connection to the Chinese military and what a few measly million of illegal Chinese secret service money to the campaign fund of WJC got China and you will see why China was able to leap 6 decades of military technology in a span of a decade). The current Clinton candidate is making her husband’s transgressions look tame. What you have not heard any of that? I Googled it for those of you that seem to be challenged getting the facts. Of course, if you are a typical leftist and have the same reaction vampires do when confronted with holy symbols, holy water, or sunlight, when confronted with facts, giving you the facts is meaningless: you don’t care about them.

The bar being lowered by the information we glean into the people running the DNC and directing operations from these leaks go on and on. Anti-Semitism? Definitely! Coordination between the DNC and the media to help Hilary and attack here opposition? Do you even have to ask? Rigged primaries? Hell yes (lucky for me the republicans didn’t succeed at their effort to do that)! Trying to make Trump supporters look like racists? Really? Wasn’t it obvious from the people that were the most desperate to tell you that was the case? If we are lucky we will finally also find the emails coordinating the DNC & Obama admin’s agenda with the whole BLM movement to turn out the vote in November. And in case you have not been following the news and realized that these people are just above the law, you are going to just as sorely disappointed as the Bernie Sanders people will be. Accountability has not existed under this administration, and it certainly will not under a Clinton administration.

Oh, I am sure the media and the DNC will keep pushing real hard on how the problems that have caused the rise of Trump are that the people that buy into his “fascist rhetoric” (that is code for any subject the PC crowd needs to shut down the conversation on) are all unwashed stupid racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobes, because admitting that the issue is that our leaders have betrayed us, are both incompetent and could care less about the people that elected them, unless it makes for some positive PR, and we the people that are paying attention have had enough, doesn’t play well with the elite that look down on us.

I say so again: this election is a revolt by those of us that have realized that the establishment is screwing us all. The big difference between the democrats and republicans is that the democrats are on a fast track to wreck the country and the planet.

I could say “I told you so” but even that feels hollow after the destruction wrought by these idiots

Frankly, I am left wondering if the people that write articles like this one actually are this dense and don’t get that what Obama promised was exactly what he delivered on. Only a fucking idiot fell for that “Hope and Change” shit, and those of us that pointed out what we would get was many people hoping they would get to keep some change – an expression of getting fleeced/robbed by the vote buying crooks that due to their lack of ability to produce anything of value make a living from ripping those that do off – from these crooks, are only surprised that the idiots that fell for it still don’t realize why it was obvious to us that this is exactly how things would play out. We got an unvetted, inept, and idiotic narcissist marxist islamist that talked a mean talk but whose only track record was “community organizing” as our POTUS because the assholes in the media that are bought and paid for by the DNC managed to bamboozle enough mental lightweights to tip the voting in favor of the party of “Free shit”.

The left sold Obama as the second coming. After 8 years of Boosh and all that pent up anger people were convinced they needed a change. That anger existed primarily because Boosh not only managed to prevent Al Gore from using an army of lawyers and every dirty trick in the book to steal the 2000 election, but then ended up dealing with the War on Terror, which everyone knew would have just been politicized by the left to push more stupid shit. Just look at how Bill Clinton whined that it happened under Boosh and not him, depriving him of that political opportunity to grand stand, or how Obama has handled the aftermath of the war fought by Boosh. In hindsight, Iraq having been a bad miscalculation, with the expensive and bloody victory pissed away by the next administration, along with Afghanistan which was the only moral war unit Obama was in charge when only the wars started by Obama would be moral, one can say we should have avoided that conflict. But the truth is that the left wanted to make sure America lost for daring to fight back instead of accepting the role of the bad perp the left believes it is, and they did everything they could to made that happen. Boosh was called a warmongering madman, and the usual credentialed elitist scumbags all pretended the reason everything was fucked up was because he actually decided to make a weak stand to a murderous ideology hell bent on enslaving the globe and to a plethora of leftist thugs across the globe.

In marched Obama, whom his PR team told us would not only fix everything and make America loved again, but stop the rising of the oceans, and usher in peace on earth. Now, 8 years later the United States, and the world in general, are all in absolute disarray. Things – across the board – are far worse. Where to start? The list of items to back up this claim is just so long, with so many egregious and downright horrendous failures and abuses, that it boggles the mind. The one thing I can say is that even I couldn’t imagine these people would be this inept and destructive as they have proven to be, showing this much disdain for the American people they are supposed to be representing, while tearing everything down, leaving chaos and pain in their wake.Be it economic policy, foreign policy, or simple things as upholding the law, they not only failed, and failed bad, but did so in ways that set new standards for how low things could go. Basically we had a bunch of amateur checker players that bought into the delusion spread by the media that they were capable geniuses trying to outsmart others that compared to them would have to be ranked as chess champions. And the constant lying, man. Bear with me.

The islamists which had been taking an ass whooping under simpleminded Boosh, despite attempts from the left to aid and abet the enemy during the Boosh years, are now not only spreading their cause and winning, but Obama and his people can’t even admit that even if we don’t want to be at war witht hem, they sure as hell are at war with us. I don’t have to elaborate. Look at the news. Not a week goes by without some scumbag murdering people in the name of that evil cult. This cancer has only gotten stronger. And taken as a whole, I admit that the only strategy I see from this administration is actions that helped make that the case. Obama has started more wars, excuse me, kinetic actions, not one of them resulting in anything but abysmal failure for us and an escalation of the problems, but we keep getting told by idiots that Boosh was the warmongering asshole. You do remember Libya and Syria, right? Hillary and her buddies sure do. They made big money, left a US ambassador out there to be murdered – an act of war – because they were worried about an election, then lied about what happened to advance an agenda. I would not be surprised to find out ISIS was a child of the Obama admin that basically turned on its master.

And the failures don’t stop with the disastrous handling of the war that the islamist have brought to the crumbling western world. From Russia – remember the rest button from Staples Hillary used as a prop to fix thingsto China, to Europe, our enemies all are in a better position to screw us over, while our allies all have reason to be weary of the US because of backstabbery on a Machiavellian level perpetrated by this administration. They managed to be outplayed by Putin and countless others from multiple players in China to Iran, always focusing on the political ramifications at the voting booth instead of the political ramification on the global scale. Iran will build a nuke and likely start a nuclear war in the Middle East in the next decade, and I bet the left blames the next president for that – especially if it is not a democrat – while North Korea has continued to be more and more aggressive (yes, Boosh dropped the ball there). And man did the Obama admin set a new record for using the agents of government against political enemies both at home and abroad. For example, this administration used tax payer money to pursue a personal vendetta against Nethanyahu whom they wanted to fuck over because he called them on their ineptitude and lies, not just about Iran, but in general. At home they fucked over anyone that dared point out they were basically going to let Iran build a nuke. And there are countless other stories like that, many not even told by a media that went into overdrive playing damage control for these buffoons. Yet, we still have to hear that Boosh was the inept politician and cowboy, while I just saw a misleading commercial about how awesome Hillary was as the SEC-STATE of the most inept administration in my lifetime was, despite the reality, and that we should now make her president!

Domestically this administration set new records for abuses and down right criminal activity. Nixon is spinning in his grave because the scumbags in this administration actually used every agency of the government, from the IRS, to the DOJ, to the EPA, and so on, to target enemies of the Obama administration. And they got away with it because of a complicit media populated by DNC operatives with bylines. Heck, the FBI just let Hilary walk on a slam dunk case that would have been a one-and-done under the very espionage act that the Obama administration used more than all previous administrations combined, to punish anyone that dared to whistle blow on the breadth and dept of criminality in what Americans were promised would be the most ethical and transparent administration evah! (Another bullshit slogan that turned out to be the exact opposite of the lies).

Our economy is in shambles. After these crooks ripped us of to the tune of trillions, be it through their shovel-ready prokulous projects or the money pissed away buying votes from those that vote for a living, all while cock-blocking every and all real job creating opportunities. The rich have gotten richer than ever, the pool of people sucking at the government’s teats has set new records, we now have the lowest percentage of worker participation since the thirties, if not in the history of the country, the middle class has been ass raped, our healthcare system is in disarray and unraveling after Obamacare finally got to do its thing and Obama threatens to veto those that want to stop the train wreck, the economic future looks bleak, and their solution is to make life worse for us so their rich buddies that stand to make a ton of money from these schemes and scams or hippies that worship Gaia, can all signal their social justice virtuousness. And Obama’s plan for the future, that fundamental change to America he promised, comes in the form of an invasion from the rejects of South America.

I can go on and on, but you get my drift. Those of us that know better know how bad things are and why. Those that don’t want to admit they bet on the wrong horse or are so ideologically blinded that nothing will convince them otherwise, will find fault with me pointing their hypocrisy out. The fact is that Obama has managed to make Carter look like a decent president, and until Obama, Carter was hands down the worst president of my lifetime. Obama’s PR team and his narcissistic nature wrote a lot of checks that he simply couldn’t cash. These people have no problem telling lies and abusing power. Remember that when you wonder how someone like Trump could end up the presidential candidate opposing the only other person in politics that I think is even more inept, corrupt, and dangerous than Obama.

Oh, this is priceless!

I was hoping something like this would eventually happen, and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised it happened this fast:

A lawyer for one of the NYPD cops accused of doing favors for bribes — including mile-high sex with this hooker on a free trip to Las Vegas — said his client’s behavior was no worse than Hillary Clinton’s.

“It’s similar to what the FBI said about Hillary Clinton, and why she wasn’t charged,” said John Meringolo, a lawyer for James Grant, who pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.

“She was unaware she was committing a crime. Here, there is no crime whatsoever.”

Meringolo described his client’s alleged actions — swapping police favors for expensive gifts like the wild trip with prostitute Gabi Grecko — as mere violations of police conduct.

“There’s been similar conduct with private jets in the past,” he said, pointing to former Commissioner Ray Kelly, who he said “took a private jet” and then paid for it after the fact in order to hush criticisms.

NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg also pleaded not guilty to several charges on Wednesday, including conspiracy to commit honest-services fraud, honest-services wire fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive bribes and the payment and receipt of bribes.

This is absolutely perfect. Force everyone to see that the system is corrupt if it doesn’t allow others to get away with crimes like Hillary did. I am sure the usual collectivist morons will twist themselves into pretzels trying to explain why this is different, but it is not. Hillary, according to Comney, got off because she was too stupid to know better. I hope everyone uses this defense until the entire system collapses or loses its credibility completely.

Enjoy it people. This is what the rule of law looks like under collectivism. Our elites look down on us and think the laws only should apply to us, and not them. It is just deserts that some of the peasants are using the same defense that the corrupt political aristocracy used to get off.

PRICELESS!

Banana republic it is..

If you doubted we had a gangster government, where the laws of the land applied to the peons and not the credentialed pompous inept but full of themselves elite, doubt no more:

In an unusual move, FBI agents working the Hillary Clinton email case had to sign a special form reminding them not to blab about the probe to anyone unless called to testify.

Sources said they had never heard of the “Case Briefing Acknowledgment” form being used before, although all agents must initially sign nondisclosure agreements to obtain security clearance.

“This is very, very unusual. I’ve never signed one, never circulated one to others,” said one retired FBI chief.

An FBI agent currently on the job admitted, “I have never heard of such a form. Sounds strange.”

Meanwhile, FBI agents expressed their “disappointment” over FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend charges against Clinton, sources close to the matter told The Post.

“FBI agents believe there was an inside deal put in place after the Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting,” said one source.

Another source from the Justice Department was “furious” with Comey, saying he’s “managed to piss off right and left.”

Ya think? After 8 years of Obama doing this sort of crap, I guess you can call it his third term if Hillary wins. This woman should be making license plates in either an orange or pin striped suit, with a tattoo of he owner done with a needle and ink on her flabby ass saying she is the property of some bull dyke.

Some facts about police shootings

Here’s some hard data from 2015:
 
50% of all fatal shootings by police were white victims. 26% were black. However, statistics are a funny thing, and context often matters in social statistics.
 
When you adjust for demographics vs. geography, cops shoot and kill black suspects at a rate of 3 to 1 in urban neighborhoods with a predominantly black population. Furthermore, while black men make up 6% of the US population, they make up 40% of fatal police shootings. Most of them, regardless of race, were armed. 4% of the fatal shootings of black men by police involved an unarmed victim. 25% of the fatalities demonstrated clear signs of or had a history of mental illness. Suspects are OVERWHELMINGLY male.If you want, you can adjust for crime statistics but it doesn’t clarify anything. Black people make up 28% of all crime where an arrest was made. The specific number isn’t available at that link, but you have to assume some of those were women. If you remove them entirely, the fact that black men still account for 40% of fatal police shootings really jumps out as a problem.

 
If you are using these statistics to try to make an argument and someone else is using them to oppose you, it’s possible that you are both right and/or both wrong, depending on how you are using the numbers.
 
You can run all sorts of analysis on the 2015 data here. This list is probably the most complete set of data available for 2015, although it may not be perfectly inclusive. You don’t need anyone’s interpretation. You can just look at the facts for yourself. There is a problem with cops shooting black men at a disproportionate rate, and admitting that fact should transcend social and political lines.The real question is how do we make make everyone safer by de-escalating the current tensions? I personally think cameras are a great start. Everyone should film everything, and that includes police with body cams. Let’s keep everything on the record, all the time.