The Palin Kerfuffle

I won’t link to or detail it. Google can help you there if you’re interested. But a couple of months ago, a certain segment of blogosphere reacted with what I can only describe as undisguised glee at reports of a fight the Palin family got into. The adjective being flung about were things like “trashy” and “low-class”.

As I’m sure you’re aware, I have no love for Palin. But this crossed me from day one ugly muck-raking against someone who is not a candidate for any political office. It was reveling in dirt for the revelings sake. It was sliming a disliked political figure based on partial information and innuendo.

Well, now audio tapes have come out of a crying Bristol talking to police. And the Left Wing Echosphere — including Palin Nutter Andrew Sullivan — are reacting with unrestrained joy to a description of what, as Noah Roathman points out, can only be described as an assault:

The overwhelming sense of superiority some in the press feel toward the Palins simply clouds their better judgment. Costello would surely see the error of her ways if she were to read her disparate reactions to these two strikingly similar events [this and the Ray Rice assault], but, in the heat of the moment, she did not see Sarah Palin’s daughter as a women who had endured a physical assault; she saw her as a caricature worthy of mockery.

No charges were filed in this case. And it’s not clear what touched off the brawl or to what extent the family was involved in it (there are witness who claim Bristol was punching the party host). But regardless of how “trashy” the Palins might or might not have been acting and regardless of how involved they were in in the brawl, I don’t think the reaction would be the same if this were a recording of some Democrat’s kid, do you?


Protectors of the little people, indeed….

As someone that lives in a blue state and has seen the hypocrisy of the collectivist that pretend to do the shit they do to protect the little people from the “evil Korporashuns and their desire to actually serve shareholders over acting as bank accounts for social justice warriors” and the “evil wealthy that never pay enough taxes”, I am not surprised to find out that the truth is quite different:

Attorney General Martha Coakley, charged with protecting ratepayers against utility company price gouging, held two gubernatorial campaign fundraisers hosted by National Grid’s lobbyist this year and accepted donations from the utility’s top executives right before they socked it to ratepayers with big hikes in electric bills.

Records show National Grid’s Massachusetts president, Marcy Reed, handed over a $500 check to Coakley’s cash-strapped gubernatorial campaign on Sept. 22, just one day before the Department of Public Utilities approved a 37 percent rate hike.

Three other National Grid executives also donated to Coakley on Sept. 22, according to campaign finance records. And last week, just after the AG wrote a mildly worded letter asking National Grid to delay its rate increase, she accepted donations totaling $1,000 from National Grid’s executive director, Thomas King, and two other high-ranking executives.

National Grid’s federal lobbying firm, Kearney, Donovan & McGee, was reimbursed two different times by Coakley’s campaign, including once this month, for “venue and catering” expenses for two apparent fundraisers at its Boston office.

The donations came as Coakley’s campaign has been scrambling for cash to pay for last-minute TV ads and make up for a significant fundraising shortfall compared to GOP rival Charlie Baker.

Yeah, well the fact is that this happens all the time with these class and social justice warriors. And if you are observant, you will notice that the louder the social justice cum class warriors cry about the injustices of the other side, the more likely it is that you are dealing with projection issues. We in the People’s Republic of Connecticut have seen the same crap.

My rates have gone up by insane numbers the last year, mostly because of the impact of green energy bullshit projects on available power, but also because the class & social justice warriors are in bed with these mega corps (especially when they have monopolies). Then again, so has my health care costs (thanks Obamacare!), tax burden (especially my state taxes that all seem to be pissed away on vote buying projects while the infrastructure the taxes are supposed to be supporting is crumbling), cost of living (there is no inflation except for the fact that the basic stuff all costs a lot more these days and keeps getting pricier), and many such other things that hurt the little people far worse than they do someone like me that has the ability to earn good money, and it is happening because the class & social justice warriors say one thing but practically always do the opposite.

Connecticut’s economy – and for all intents and purposes that of every deep blue state out there, without exception – is imploding at a record pace precisely because of stuff like this. The response by the class and social justice warriors, especially in the blue states, is always to appeal to the jealousy, greed, and envy of those that vote for a living, to push for higher taxes, all so they can use whatever revenue they don’t outright pocket, to keep buying votes from the very people that get crushed by their idiotic policies. Grow the dependent base under the pretense of doing things to help them, and you can keep perpetual power, is the new mantra of the left, I guess. In the meantime the productive flee for better climes (my day is coming), and things keep getting worse.

Ebola Comes to the US

This is why I agree with the President that we have to devote as many resources as we can to fighting Ebola.

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced Tuesday.

The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At that time, the individual did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later,” he began to exhibit them, Frieden said. The individual was hospitalized and isolated Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

The CDC is trying to identify his contacts and quarantine them for the week-long incubation period. I hope that this is an isolated case, but my natural pessimism tells me it isn’t.

Right now, the barrier keeping Ebola patients off of airplanes is screening in Africa. We may need to consider something more rigid, especially if the projections of hundreds of thousands of cases is accurate. Screening people getting off of planes who have been to Western Africa within the last two weeks would be a start. I don’t think we need extreme measures like banning travel from Africa or quarantine … yet. But this is a warning. Let’s not ignore it.

The costliest war the left stuck us with

Is without a doubt the war on poverty. And like every war the left has been involved with since WW2, it has been a miserable loss for America and the American tax payer. From the article:

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.

>>> Full Report: The War on Poverty After 50 Years

Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.

The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These programs provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans. Federal and state spending on these programs last year was $943 billion. (These figures do not include Social Security, Medicare, or Unemployment Insurance.)

>>> INFOGRAPHIC: 9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live

Over 100 million people, about one third of the U.S. population, received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013. If converted into cash, current means-tested spending is five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the U.S.

But today the Census will almost certainly proclaim that around 14 percent of Americans are still poor. The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967 a few years after the War on Poverty started. Census data actually shows that poverty has gotten worse over the last 40 years.

The war on poverty has been a bust. $22 trillion (in 2012 adjusted dollars) has been spent – an amount that, if you go to the bullshit the left really likes to go to whenever they want to make anti-war talk, is over three times the total cost of every major war effort the US engaged in since the civil war – and we have more poor than we had before. If you choose to look at the effectiveness of this project, the best case scenario is that it is a wash, and realistically, it is a miserable failure that has pissed away a huge amount of money. Poverty, according to the collectivists, still is rampant.

The country’s private sector – the productive part of it – is being bled dry. The middle class is in a death spiral. Our economy is in the shitter. Trillions in debt we have no means to pay off, and over regulation that never address the fundamental underlying problem that government has abrogated itself the ability to pick winners & losers, are coupled with an agenda to allow government to control the flow of money and people – through things like the takeover of healthcare and insane environmental activism – to the benefit of those in power. Trillion dollar annual deficits, that do nothing but funnel money to the ultra-rich & well-connected and to those they buy votes from, are needed to even keep a semblance of stagnation (the reality is that we are stuck in a depression), have become the norm. More people than ever are unemployed, and the agenda of the last 6 years, including the support for an invasion from the southern border, all but guarantees this number will go up even more. Dependency on government handouts are at their highest, with more and more people lining up to suck at the government’s teat while the productive sector is bled dry.

Nobody but those that profit from this failed boondoggle can argue that the war on poverty has been anything but an abject failure. We would have been better off giving the poor a blank check as a share of the wealth pissed away so far. Not most of them would not have just pissed it away in record time, and then would show up with their hand out asking for more in record time. Saying that the “War on poverty” has been a gigantic failure and can never be won, is an understatement. But damn, this wasteful program has worked beyond any democrat’s wildest dream to help them retain their hold on power. And in the end, that was and remains the real goal of this insanely costly program. By that measure, this program has been a huge success. The left wins, again, as America loses out.

Whiplash!

It is one thing to be the perennial opposition, criticizing your political betters at every point, whether based on real or made up grievances, and quite another to be the one that needs to deal with the shit, as Black Jesus is finding out:

The rising clamor over the beheading of two Americans, and rapidly sinking polls, forced President Obama to reassure the nation last week he had a plan to deal with the Islamic State. He did some of what he had to do, but only some, and so most military analysts believe the expanded airstrikes will not be a sufficient match for the size and weaponry of the terrorist army.

They miss the point. The disjointed speech wasn’t really about terrorism and launching a new war. It was about saving Obama’s presidency. He is sinking fast and could soon pass the point of no return. In fact, it may already be too late to save the SS Obama.

The whole second term has been a string of disasters, with the toxic brew of his ObamaCare lies, middling economic growth and violent global breakdown casting doubt on the president’s stewardship. Six years into his tenure, nothing is going as promised.

Earlier on, he could have trotted out his teleprompters and turned public opinion his way, or at least stopped the damage. But the magic of his rhetoric is long gone, and not just because the public has tuned him out.

They’ve tuned him out because they’ve made up their minds about him. They no longer trust him and don’t think he’s a good leader. Most ominously, they feel less safe now than they did when he took office. Americans know the war on terror isn’t over, no matter what their president claims.

Forget the irony of how many of the things senator and candidate opposed the previous administration on now are things he feels he is due. And also forget the fact this administration clearly feels it is above the law and can simply do what it wants through gangsterism. And definitely forget the bullshit speeches about how when he was in charge America would regain its political good will and the respect of the foreign community. The fact is that either this man and the people he has chosen to surround himself with are the most inept persons – ever – or the agenda is to destroy the United States.

It’s fucking amateur hour. At least Boosh when he enacted his policies didn’t act like a petulant child and only really had the chagrin from the leftards to contend with. Obama and his team of losers have managed to destroy America’s credibility, economy, and future. We are a powerless banana republic run by a tinpot dictator-wannabe, with delusions of grandeur and no substance to speak off. Saying that Obama’s ship is sinking is akin to saying the Titanic hit a bump on the road. Speaking of the Titanic, does anyone else get the impression that as the ship is sinking the people in charge are more interested in rearranging the deck furniture than to addressing the dilemma?

I wanted to joke about this just being the fourth term of the Boosh administration, and when you consider shit like this, one cannot be blamed for making that case, but that would mean you are lifting the Obama administration to an undeserved level through that comparison/analogy. And remember that Boosh sucked.

I would be laughing my ass off and telling the bunch of losers that couldn’t drop on their knees quick enough to kiss this moron’s ass how stupid they are and that I am vindicated since I pointed out any democrat elected would end up making Boosh look like a fucking genius, except that the country is literally being destroyed by the Obama people’s idiocy.