Category: Election 2014

Obamacare did that..

Who woulda thunk that there would be rate hikes on health insurance caused by the stupidity of the progressive unicorn fart sniffing crowd that passed Obamacare so we could find what was in it? Well, some of us not only predicted this, but warned others this was the pan from the start:

Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact.

In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products.

And on and on. Because this thing wasn’t just flawed, but set up to fail and do exactly this to those of us that actually produce and pay for these things. Since Obamacare was passed, my rates have gone up over 30%. And I was not one of the people directly impacted by the individual mandate because I had an employer sponsored plan for which the marxists behind this debacle kept pushing out the date the rules would kick in for fear of the political damage it would cost. Well, the 2014 elections are done, and the chickens are coming home to roost.

And speaking of employers: my employer has done a lot of talking about how they will not stop offering healthcare because they care about employees. This much bloviating is a red flag to me. Too much effort when they could just not even bother. Someone in the industry will sooner than later drop company provided insurance, that’s because the penalty is cheaper than paying for the insurance, and every single company in the industry will follow suit because their competitiveness is impacted – by design, mind you – to dump everyone on the government rolls.

This thing was designed to destroy the worlds most effective and efficient healthcare system – based on the medical capability and access, and not on the bullshit stats progressives like to push such as who gets care at other people’s expense – so the left could pass a single payer system that would give them even more control over the life of the serfs under them. Of course, people that have already used other branches of the government to punish dissenters, political enemies, and anyone they feel disrespected them – from the IRS to the DOJ, or the EPA – would never decide to use healthcare as a weapon against their enemies when they control it.

The left will always resort to tyranny, because that’s the natural and logical conclusion of what they believe in always leads to. The over 100 million murdered and billions made to live in misery, in the name of social justice of all things, during the last century of progressive power has not served to dissuade low information, brain washed, mushy headed idiots from voting for the people preying on their jealousy and envy.

Don’t you know that we need to break a shit ton of eggs for this giant shit omelet they want to feed us, you evil individualist! Power to the nanny state! Get ready to pay a lot more, for less, and have to wait a long ass time to get whatever mediocre service you can get. And don’t you dare complain that you though they would bleed someone else to give the slackers more free shit in return for their votes. Sad to have to admit it, but the only reason I feel justice is happening is the army of idiots that pushed for this monstrosity and are now going to take it up the ass (not that there is anything wrong with that if you are into that).

Bad Plebs! Bad bad plebs!

So last night was a big deal for the Republicans. In the Senate, they surged to 52 seats, with one run-off (Louisiana) and two races that are too close to call (Alaska and Virginia). We’re probably looking at 53-54 seat majority. They will probably also gain about ten seats in the House. They won governor’s mansions in Maryland, Illinois and Massachusetts. They lost Pennsylvania mostly because Corbett was extremely unpopular (and deservedly so).

On ballot initiatives, fetal personhood was rejected in two states, legal pot won in two states (and fell shy of supermajority in Florida). Minimum wage hikes also passed in four states.

Anyway, the best part of any election is always the rending of garments, gnashing of teeth and making of excuses by the losing side. Here are just a few things I have learned since the Republicans won the election last night, with my responses in italics:

We shouldn’t be having midterms anyway (For example, the 2006 midterm: WTF?).

The Republicans only won because of evil dirty money (The Republican spending advantage was about 10%. Democrats raised nearly $2 billion in campaign funds).

The Republicans only won because young people didn’t turn out (This is what happens when you confuse the Cult of Obama with a Permanent Democractic Majority).

The Republicans only won because they suppressed the black vote (The Republicans also elected the South’s first black senator in South Carolina).

This was not a rejection of any liberal ideas. (If you identify liberal issues solely by the ones that are popular, sure. But while the public may broadly agree with the Democrats on some specific issues, they disagree with massively with the Democrats’ performance.)

Republicans only won because the adopted liberal positions. (You should read that article, because it basically agrees with everything we’ve been saying: that Democratic policies harm the causes they supposedly support.)

Republicans only won because of redistricting (Apparently, you can redistrict states now).

Democrats only lost because of hate and racism (That’s half true. People do hate $18 trillion in debt and skyrocketing insurance rates).

Republicans only won because the map was unfavorable (It’s the same map Democrats won on six years ago.).

The next few are from various comments sections and I’ll just throw up there for the LOLs:

Republicans only won because we don’t have mandatory voting. Republicans won because of the skewed the polls, making Democrats overconfident. Democrats lost because they didn’t run on their awesome liberal record. Republicans won because they lied about Obama’s record. Republicans won because they had more virgins to sacrifice to the great electoral god, Gerrymaunderkin.

Ok, I made that last one up.

For what it’s worth, I think Republicans won for a variety of reasons. They put together a broader and more appealing party; they stayed away from divisive issues and concentrated on the economy; they let the Democrats beclown themselves. But mostly, I think, it was simple fatigue. The country is tired of Barack Obama. It is tired of Nancy Pelosi. It is tired of Harry Reid. Hell, I’m tired of blogging about them. These three clowns have dominated our politics for almost a decade now and the American people are tired of them. They aren’t over-eager for the Republicans. But the new faces of the GOP — Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Scott Walker, John Kasich, etc. — are certainly a lot less depressing than the Democrats.

How Malloy plans to steal the CT elections

As I expected, the donkeys in CT are going to use Hartford to make sure the election of Malloy and some of his closest cronies is in the bag:

Hartford voters reported a slew of problems at the polling locations first thing on Tuesday morning — with no monitors at at least one site and voter registration books missing from others. The problems appear to be resolved, but Gov. Dannel Malloy’s campaign is filing a complaint for entended voting hours because of earlier problems.

Director of Communications for the Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said all 23 polling places in Hartford were affected this morning because voter registration lists were not sent to polling locations on time.

“They didn’t distribute any voter lists to any of the locations before 6 a.m. and it took almost two hours to get it all resolved,” he said. “These lists are prepared in advance of the election, usually they are distributed around 5am in the morning.”

In that time, many would-be voters gave up without casting a ballot to get to work on time.

Just so we can level set everything: Hartford, in deep blue Connecticut, is completely and totally owned by democrats. They control every-fucking-thing. If these voter lists didn’t make it there on time it was on purpose or because someone was doing some last minute cooking. I expect super high turnout in Hartford despite the fact that most of the traditional donkey voters here will stay home. Yeah, I am implying major fraud, and I already ran into some people that were bragging about voting this morning illegally in Hartford where I work these days.

I expect similar abuses in the other big cities with lots of illegals, dead people, or repeat voters. Malloy needs another 4 years so he can break some more promises, jack up the taxes on the productive, destroy more businesses or drive them to other states, and line the pockets of the connected few with big cash while decrying the evil rich and the bad korporashuns.

Fuck these communists and their majority of people that vote for a living.

Mid-Term Election Thread

If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for…but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong. If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time on it that truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires. — Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long.

Post your predictions, complaints and so forth here. I’m predicting that the Republicans will take the Senate with 51 or 52 seats, increase their margin in the House and, with the exception of Pennsylvania, hold serve in the Governor’s races. I’d like to say this is based on a deep scientific analysis of the polls and the economy. But it’s actually based on the whining coming from the Democrats and their supporters, including no less than two pundits arguing that we should ditch midterms all together. If they’re already that distraught, this must be about to go badly.

A couple of years ago, Obama had a bad presidential debate and started collapsing at the polls. Saturday Night Live did a comedy skit where MSNBC was covering the debate. It ended with Rachel Maddow saying something like, “Coming up: elections are a lot less important than you think!”. Expect a lot of that from the Democrats tonight, except they’ll mean it this time.

For the purposes of entertainment, I’d like everyone to predict how badly Wendy Davis is going to lose in Texas. I have Abbott by 19 points.

Oh, THAT Liberal Media, Part 87

Just remember, kids, our media are totally not biased. That’s why things like this happen:

National media coverage of North Carolina’s Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis has focused on Hagan’s allegedly “perfect” campaign, in which the Senator has hammered her opponent on his record of attempting to reform a horrifically inefficient state education system while serving as Speaker of the state’s House of Representatives.

Admittedly, education is a far more appealing wedge issue than claiming one’s opponent plans to ban condoms, but lurking beneath the surface of the Hagan-Tillis race is a troubling ethics issue, one that has gone virtually unreported by North Carolina’s two largest newspapers, the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer: that Kay Hagan’s family, including her attorney husband “Chip” Hagan, her son, and her son-in-law, made out like bandits under the 2009 federal “stimulus” bill championed by Senator Hagan, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate buildings owned by their companies through solar power companies which, coincidentally, were also owned by the Hagan family. Instead, coverage of this potential conflict of interest, in which Hagan’s family may have benefitted from her vote and her political connections, has been left to the tiny Carolina Journal, a blog run by North Carolina’s economic libertarian John Locke Foundation, which has run rings around the state’s larger papers in coverage of this race.

Last night, the Charlotte Observer posted some coverage of the story (note, this is less than 48 hours before the election). Today, they tried to memory-hole the story but conservative sites have archived it.

I’m sitting her with my jaw on the floor. You know damn well that if, say, Jeb Bush had stimulus dollars flowing to his family in possible violation of regulations, it would be a front-page story. It’s simply stunning that a major news outlet would ignore it. The deference to the powerful — no matter what their political stripe — is absurd.

Or … maybe not so stunning.

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.

Massholes Prepares to Elect a Masshole; Texans Reject An Idiot; Reich Has No Shame

A few more notes on the upcoming election.

First, the Massachusetts gubernatorial race is a tight one between Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker. I’ve mentioned Coakley before. I don’t generally like the term fascist but … gee, what do you say about a person who persecutes innocent people based on discredited testimony and junk science but thinks cops who rape toddlers with curling irons should be let out on their own recognizance? What do you say about someone who embraces trafficking hysteria and makes such appalling arguments for the destruction of civil liberties that she is routinely laughed out of court by hard-bitten conservative justices? If Massachusetts elects a power-hungry power worshipper like Coakley, they deserve what they’re going to get.

I’m starting to believe that the Wendy Davis campaign is a false flag operation by pro-life activists. How else to explain how it has become such a hilarious implosion. Last week, she accused her disabled opponent of not caring about disabled people. When criticized, she had a “some of my best friends are in wheelchairs” press conference. This week, she’s decided she can win because of dildos and interracial marriage.

I guess it makes as much sense as thinking you’re going to ride pro-choice sentiment into Austin.

That post criticizes Greg Abbott for not saying whether he would support a ban on interracial marriage and for arguing in the courts in favor of Texas’ restrictive laws on sex toys. What the author doesn’t seem to realize is that Abbott is talking about his role as attorney general. As attorney general, he won’t deal with an interracial marriage case because the Courts have already struck down anti-miscegenation laws unanimously. I seriously doubt that Abbott, who is married to a woman of another race, would support restoring the interracial marriage ban.

As for the dildos case … again, Abbott was acting as attorney general. As attorney general, he has to represent the state and defend those laws, whatever he thinks of them. I have argued in this space before that I don’t think the executive should defend laws that are blatantly unconstitutional, such as a ban on free speech. But (1) that decision is left to the President (or the governor, in this case). The attorney general pushes the President’s position, no matter what he thinks of it or he resigns; (2) Texas’ dildo laws, while stupid, aren’t exactly the suspension of habeas corpus.

Wheelchairs, mixed races and dildos. The Davis campaign think they are onto a winner. I think their offices need to be checked for nitrous oxide leaks.

Finally, I won’t post the video, but I will link you to Hot Air’s post on a Move On video, featuring Robert Reich, the Littlest Communist in Washington. Reich argues that Republicans are going to use a little known procedure called reconciliation to advance … well, the usual Left Wing mythical playbook: tax cuts for the rich, the end of healthcare, fossil fuel interests, deregulation and OMG, it will be the END OF THE FUCKING WORLD!

Those of you with memories longer than an episode of The Big Bang Theory will recognize this “little-know procedure” as the way Obamacare was passed. The hypocrisy of Move On, their belief that voters are stupid, their condescension … well, it would be surprising if it were someone other than MoveOn.

Right now, the Republicans hold a lead in the polls and look likely to take the Senate. Democrats, who two years ago mocked Republicans for claiming the polls were skewed, are claiming the polls are skewed. Maybe they are, but there is one indicator that tells me that the Democrat are about to lose the Senate and possibly the White House in 2016.


When I started blogging, way back in 2004, I noticed a pattern. If someone disagreed with me forcefully but respectfully, it was usually a conservative. If someone called me a fag, accused me wanting to suck George Bush’s dick, asked me how much money I was getting from the NRA and hoped I got beaten up in a dark alley, it was almost always a liberal (usually for something I’d written at Moorewatch).

That script flipped in 2006 and especially in 2008 after Obama’s election. Disagreements from liberals were … well, never respectful but better than they had been in 2004. It was disagreement from conservative that got nasty (although never as nasty as the liberals were in 2004). It was perfect illustration of Jane’s Law:

The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.

It’s changing again. It has been for the last year, maybe longer. If I have the temerity to dispute liberal talking points on a liberal board, I get pilloried, called names and sometimes banned. Liberal tweeters are on a hair-trigger for screaming and blocking those who disagree with them. Meanwhile, the commentary on conservative boards has been growing steadily more constructive and upbeat.

The liberals are scared. They think they are going to lose power and, even worse, those evil evil Republicans are going to get it. Actually, it might be even worse: a Republican party with libertarian tendencies, if you can imagine such a thing. Talking to liberals, you would be forgiven if you didn’t realize that Republicans — a few, at least — are the one driving the bus on criminal justice reform, police demilitarization, civil liberties and the end of crony capitalism. No, it’s all about teh gays (which no Republicans care about any more) and teh guns and teh abortions.

We have a few weeks before the election and politics can change very fast. But from where I’m standing, it looks like a good year for the GOP.

I just hope they don’t fuck it up again.

Fans Across Florida

Whisky Tango Foxtrot.

In case you don’t want to watch the video, a bizarre scene unfolded in the Florida Gubernatorial Debate. Rick Scott refused to come out for the debate because Charlie Crist had a small fan inside his podium. It looked bad and played even worse. It was a huge political blunder, making the governor look petty.

But …

I find myself agreeing with Red State on this one:

But on the other hand, if you look at this about one very thin layer deeper, it’s obvious that Charlie Crist was playing the petty troll in this scenario. By the admission of all the moderators present, the rules did prevent the fan that Crist was using. These things are hammered out in extreme and excruciating detail by advance committees weeks and months in advance.

But why isn’t it equally facially obvious that if it was so important for Charlie Crist to have a debate on the substance, why didn’t he just agree to ditch the stupid fan for the sake of the debate going on? Does the groin area of Charlie Crist really run so hot that he simply cannot be expected to stand behind a podium for an hour and a half without a fan to blow a cool breeze upon it? Never at any point during this sad debacle did Crist offer, either publicly or privately, to say, “Fine, if the stupid fan is that big of an issue, we’ll remove it and let’s have a debate,” which seems to be a relevant consideration since by the admission of all present, that’s exactly what the rules of the debate required.

I agree with Bloomberg on this one – this race is the worst race in America and one of the worst I can ever remember. It’s Florida Man vs. Florida Man for governor of Florida and sadly the most important seat in one of the most important states in America is at risk. I would say the people of Florida deserve better, but they nominated both these clowns to begin with, didn’t they?

I’m not a huge fan of Rick Scott but I positively loathe Charlie Crist. There is absolutely nothing genuine about the man except his lust for power. He not only changed parties, he changes his view on just about every issue when he did so. It’s fine to change your mind on an issue as more facts come into play or your philosophy evolves. But it’s another thing to completely remake your political identify in every respect.

And as this video went on, I got even more creepified. Instead of addressing the rules violation, Crist decided to launch into a campaign speech, complete with idiot Democrats cheering every word. If I had been moderating, I don’t know that I could have kept myself from screaming, “Hey, asshole! Shut up, put the fan away and let’s get on with this!”

I don’t know that I’m prepared to endorse Rick Scott. But I will definitely endorse voting against Crist.

No bad news for the demcorats until after the election…

The sycophants in the media, in order to protect the democrats and this criminal administration in particular, are also holding off on a lot of information that would be detrimental to the collectivist powers that be. Picking a replacement for that criminal Eric Holder? Not until after the election. The Secret Service scandals? Not until after the election. The whole Ebola disaster that’s unwinding right now as the CDC crashes & burns and the powers that be pretend there is nothing wrong? Not until after the election. The fact that democrats want to give a pass to millions of illegal immigrants so they can drastically skew future elections in their favor as these people line up for their free shit? Not until after the elections. The list of things the DNC controlled media doesn’t want to talk about until after the election is long and distinguished.

And if they are not doing this delaying of bad news, they are outright faking data (unemployment numbers, economic numbers, government scandals) to fool people into thinking things are getting better than they are. If they deign to report, they provide cover. When they can, they bury the story. This despicable behavior is not news to those of us that pay close attention to the incestuous relationship between the DNC shills in the LSM passing themselves off as objective reporters and their masters in the democratic party, and par for the course. For example, bad Obamacare rate news is also being withheld from the public to prevent a negative impact to democrats, whom passed this disastrous and idiotic law on a party line vote, at the polls.

Here in the US, where the LSM thinks its job is to filter news to favor democrats and hurt republicans, we have not heard a peep about the US military investigation of the deserter the Obama administration traded Gitmo detained master terrorists for, but lucky for us the Berghdal story is covered by others outside the country. The unannounced fact, something that seems very common with anything that has detrimental impact for democrats in the coming election, is the military completed that investigation last week. But here in the US that never made the news cycle. Obviously even this compromised and PC-centric military leadership couldn’t sanitize the story enough to cover the obvious conclusion that Berghdal was nothing but a deserter and an enemy sympathizer, and that the Obama administration traded people very likely to attack the US again, to bring one of their own back.

The key to my speculation is the revelation in the MailOnline article pointing out that this information is unlikely to be reported until after the November election.

Low information voters and cheaters win the elections for the left. No wonder the left balks at any talk of actually providing some accountability and verification.

The Davis Campaign Implodes

I haven’t been paying much attention to the Texas gubernatorial race because it’s been clear for a while that Greg Abbott was going to win. Not only is Texas a red state and Abbott clearly qualified, but Davis’ main qualification was filibustering an abortion law, which I didn’t see carrying much water outside of Austin. And, indeed, Abbott has maintained a double digit lead all year.

Enter desperation:

From the Department of Actual Facts, we find out that Greg Abbott was put in a wheelchair when he was struck by a tree branch while jogging. His lawsuit covered actual damages and medical costs, costs still allowed under Texas’s tort reform statues. We also find out that, in the three cases mentioned:

1) In the disability case, Abbot argued that she was not eligible for a discrimination claim because her prosthesis allowed her to continue to work. She eventually lost her ADA case.

2) In the rape case, Abbot dissented from a majority that found a company liable when one of their door-to-door salesmen raped a woman. Abbot argued that the distributor, not the manufacturer, was liable.

3) In the doctor case, Abbot argued that Baylore Regional Medical Center was not liable for a doctor who allegedly maimed patients.

Any of these might be a poor argument but none of them are outside the boundaries of standard legal argumentation. I have long despised the tactic of running ads against lawyers because of the clients they have represented. Representing clients — even accused terrorist and child-molesters — is what lawyers do. And representing them zealously within the bounds of the law is their job description. I have cited this many times, but it’s always worth mentioning: John Adams defended the soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre and called it “one of the most gallant, generous, manly, and disinterested actions of my whole life, and one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country.” Arguments over who exactly is financially responsible for the failure to run a background check isn’t even close to what President Adams took immense and deserved pride in.

Naturally, people reacting to Davis using Abbott’s disability as a campaign wedge. Naturally, liberals are jumping to her defense. But it didn’t rise to the level of high comedy until today (emphasis mine):

At an event attended by several disabled supporters, Wendy Davis on Monday brushed aside criticism of her controversial “wheelchair ad” and repeatedly blasted her Republican challenger as a “hypocrite.”

“In 1984, Greg Abbott sought out and received justice following a horrible injury, rightly so…receiving millions of dollars. And I’m glad, he deserved justice for the terrible tragedy that he endured,” Davis said at her Fort Worth, Texas, field office. “But then he turned around and built his career working to deny the very same justice that he received to his fellow Texans rightly seeking it for themselves.”

Seriously, Ms. Davis? You’re pulling the “some of my best friends are disabled” defense?

People often talk about the Republicans living in a bubble of “epistemic closure” where they only hear their own voices and are unaware of anyone who dissents from them. But the Davis campaign is a perfect illustration of the Democrats living in such a world. They thought that because they liked Davis’ stand on abortion, everyone else would. That since she was their hero, she would be Texas’ too. And now they think that trying to leverage someone’s disability into political gain isn’t going to be noticed because … reasons.

Enjoy election night, Ms. Davis. I know millions of Texans will enjoy it because it will be the end of your absurd campaign.