Only idiotic progressives think that paying lawless people not to commit crimes is a good idea. America is fundamentally being transformed. I guess like the town leaders of Afghanistan, the leadership of DC has opted to pay off the warlords to not loot them. What could go wrong with this proposal? I think, if you base it on historical events in the western world, the people that will be fleeced to pay for this brilliant idea already have a name for this practice they can use: Danegeld. You can’t make up this level of stupid, I tell you.
Category: Left Wing Idiocy
If he can get that number up from 25% to 50% I would vote for him in a flash!
The other day I was having a discussion with your usual idiotic collectivist retard whom couldn’t contain his admiration and fawning over Bernie Sanders and his idiotic socialist beliefs. Of course I pointed out how the stupid shit they believe is what will finally make the world a just and good place, always results in misery and evil. We discussed the good old USSR, China, Cuba, and of course, the more modern incarnations such as North Korea, Venezuela, and the western shitholes that decided to embrace a less virulent form of the disease which only differs from communism and fascism in how fast they reach the end result. The poor idiot would not be dissuaded. Mention the over 100 million killed and the billions turned into slaves of an uncaring state? A litany of excuses. Point out that the pursuit of equality of outcome, something that is impossible to do, and frankly more evil than the inequality it pretends to want to address? Even more excuses. Call attention to the fact that collectivism will always create a miserable entity with an elite on top that rack all the benefits and the rest serving as dispensable serfs of the state? And I got even more excuses, including the usual trope about how we have never seen the real outcome of collectivism in practice, because the reason that every collectivist experiment eventually degenerates into what we see in Venezuela, is only because the right people were not put in charge. And yes! Bernie would be the right person finally.
Man, did that poor idiots head explode when I pointed out that no, the big lie isn’t that we have not had the right people in charge, but that what we see is really what collectivism will always produce. There is no right leadership that will suddenly prevent collectivism from resulting in economic devastation and the destruction of life, and that is simply because while it pretends to be the solution to injustice, it is nothing but another vehicle to split people into the elite/aristocracy and the serfs. Sure, it does a great PR job by claiming it can create heaven on earth – and it does so because it is the new religion – but it can’t and will never deliver anything but pain and suffering. That’s because of the simple problem that always gets ignored: you will eventually run out of other people’s money with which to pretend you are a benevolent entity when you buy your power. What we see now in Venezuela is what happens once you have no more sheep to fleece. It’s not an accident that Chavez’s only child is a billionaire, Maduro’s and those he has chosen to bless, and a few people that help keep the serfs in line through force are loaded, while the rest are living in hell on earth. It’s what socialism will always end up as. Outside of the family unit, where some kind of instinct or true bond exists that allows most of us to make sacrifices for others, collectivism breaks and actually produces a system that has no equal in its ability to inflict pain, misery, and yes, even death. Read some history. And I don’t mean the propaganda the collectivist agents of the KGB have flooded the planet with in order to capitalize on the envy and greed of so many fools out there.
And before any of you followers of the religion of collectivism try to pretend the model was working in Europe or elsewhere, let me tell you that the cracks are not only there, but the writing is on the wall. The elite in Europe have even decided that to keep their power they are willing to make your lives even more miserable, if not outright sacrifice it, by doubling down on the idiocy while importing some of the planet’s most miserable people. I am sure you true believers, in a great tribute to Heinlein and his famous quote, will blame it all on “bad luck”. The universe is not a just place, and that is actually something sad, but you should fear, nay loathe, anyone that tells you they want to fix that. That’s because in the end, they will do far more harm than any incidental good they happen to cause, on the way to the inevitable. If you want to help others and buy into collectivism, do it with your own money and time. Leave the rest of us alone. Slavery is supposed to be an evil thing, but the collectivists seem unwilling to admit that the indentured servitude they have foisted on the productive is nothing but another form of slavery.
I pity anyone that trust the legal system, especially when government is involved, today, because in the last 7 years it has gone from being a capricious and oft wrong system to one where the people in power wield it without impunity against their political enemies. The other day the WaPo had an article, full of vim and righteous indignation, finger wagging at all the people that had been vindicated by videos showing how another politicized leftist entity was not just abusing tax payers, but life itself, for profit, of all reasons.
The WaPo writer was up high on her soapbox. She wanted everyone to know that Planned Parenthood, accused of selling baby parts for profit, had been vindicated! The vindication came in the form of a stunning reversal where the people investigating the case indicting the video makers and not Planned Parenthood. In this author’s mind, this twist of faith validates their belief that the crime here was not what Planned Parenthood was doing (and based on the evidence Planned Parenthood was definitely doing this), but instead, on the fact someone had the temerity to take the lipstick off the pig. The crime that brought these indictments? Tampering with government records!
This turn of play is nothing but more of the same done by those that count on how most people have willfully or otherwise remained negligent of the rampant abuses of power by those in power, at every level of government, in the past 7 years. From a DOJ that chose and continues to only enforce the laws that favor this administration and the left in general, and even went out of its way to run a criminal scheme that amounted to an act of war in order to turn the American public against the second amendment, to a court system that flagrantly chooses to target political enemies of the state at every level, we no longer have a nation of men and laws but one so corrupt that only a fool has any faith in the judicial system today.
We had a criminal political class that allowed a US ambassador to be killed, by terrorists, in a post they knew was targeted by said terrorists to make a point. That all happened so these criminal leftist politicians could protect the left’s chances in an election, because they had decided to bank electoral points on taking center stage to declare terrorism defeated. When this shit went south, they blamed a movie maker for it in the hopes of not just deflecting blame, but to use the crisis to attack social media which remained a thorn in their side, and constantly defeated their orchestrated work with a complicit media in shaping the message in their favor. Considering these leftist morons were all instrumental in the fabrication of a lie about the previous president’s appearance on a US aircraft carrier, where he declared that carrier’s mission as a success, but they twisted that to their political advantage to pretend he was claiming total victory (the left was actively working to make sure the US lost that conflict, and Obama succeeded at doing just that), this ironic twist of faith is just beyond karmic.
It is all political advantage, every time, and every day, with these people. And they will cheat, lie, and commit any and all crimes to get their way. Ask Scott Walker whom had the democratic political machine target him and all of his supporters for doing something that helped the taxpayers of Wisconsin over the democrat money machine in the state. Ask the people targeted by the IRS for belonging to the only real enemy the left feels need to be defeated. Ask the supposed fat cats that the SEC or the DOJ prosecuted or prosecutes for what in the grand scheme of things amount to petty financial indiscretion while letting democrats like Corazine, who stole billions from hard working people, walk. Ask the taxpayers fleeced for over a billion dollars so the political left could funnel tons of money to their friends, lobbyists, and own campaign coffers. And most of all ask all the people that have been sold one lie after another by these crooks. Let’s not forget those that thought Obamacare would actually reduce cost and provide better care. Or those of us that keep paying for such collectivist vote buying schemes that span the spectrum of the lefts “caring programs”, including a broken immigration scheme that will fundamentally change America. The list goes on.
And this supposed twist in the Planned Parenthood investigation is nothing more than more of the same. See, it turns out that there is a simple reason for this twist: Planned Parenthood has insider help. And yes, that is the reason this has happened. It’s a punitive action. These people are going to be made examples, just like others that dared to point out the corruption and criminal activity.
Obama has a legacy: he has created another American banana republic.
The Sanders campaign has released some details about his socialized medicine system. Vox conveniently lays out just how much your taxes will go up to pay for “Medicare for all” (which will actually be “Medicaid for all”).
Now it’s easy to get caught on that top-line marginal rate of 77%, which is truly astonishing. But note that taxes will go up for everyone. Even the lowest income bracket will see their taxes go up ten percentage points. This reinforces a point I’ve been making for along time — you can’t pay for all this crap just by taxing “the rich”, with “the rich” being defined at whatever income level your focus group thinks is “rich”. You have to tax everyone. It’s the only way it works. At least Sanders is being honest about it.
Or is he? Sanders’ plan anticipates big savings from nowhere. He anticipates that he will cut healthcare spending by about 20% (this being approximately the difference between Medicare rates and typical insurance rates). But he never really gets into details. And as we’ve discovered with Obamacare, these mysterious savings never do seem to show up. Obamacare was supposed to save us money with fewer ER admissions. But ER admissions went up. It was supposed to save money with electronic medical records. But those medical records systems turned out to be very expensive. It was supposed to save money with more preventative medicine. But preventative medicine, while a good thing, does not save money.
(All of this was pointed out in advance by critics of Obamacare. Repeatedly. And we were bashed as callous tools of the insurance industry who hated poor people.)
Sanders has mentioned having Medicare “negotiate” lower prices for prescription drugs (i.e, forcing them to sell their drugs cheaper). But apart from the damage it would do to pharmaceutical innovation, prescription drugs are a small part of the healthcare bill. Eventually, you’re going to be forcing doctors and nurses to take pay cuts, something the Left has long wanted. If you read any article about the glories of universal healthcare, you will eventually come across the part where they lament that American doctors make a lot more money than doctors in socialized systems.
And that really cuts to the core of it. This isn’t really about providing better healthcare to the poors. It’s not even clear that expanded insurance will improve healthcare outcomes. This is about class warfare. It’s about raising taxes on the hated rich to “fair” levels. It’s about cutting pharma profits to “fair” levels. It’s about cutting doctor’s salaries to “fair” levels. It’s about hobbling “rich” people under the deranged notion that this will somehow help everyone else. Look at that chart again. The astronomical tax rates in that chart aren’t a bug, they’re a feature.
Don’t be fooled. Don’t be fooled when this gibberish comes from Democrats. But especially don’t be fooled when this gibberish comes from, oh, let’s say, the Republican front-runner.
But the guy never got away with what the most “ethical and transparent administration evah!” has been doing. Unless you are one of those people that think Obama and the people working for him are competent and not criminals, or simply don’t pay attention, this administration has begun an orchestrated campaign of punishing members of the military that speak out on their absolute incompetence. Case in point, this ludicrous attack on Patraeus, whose main crime was that he wouldn’t be the lap dog of the crooks in charge. Have no doubt that this has nothing to do with the law, and everything to do with the fact Patraeus dared to stand up to these morons.
Did Patraeus break the law about the proper management of intelligence information? Hell yes, he did. There is no disputing that fact, and he was dealt with already. Then again, he was not the only one breaking the law in this administration, and in particular, there were others which did far worse, but have so far not only avoided any repercussions, but are running for the highest office in the land. Considering the criminal element in charge these days, this might actually serve to enhance resume of the esteemed Senator from the state of New York and former secretary of state for the Obama administration. If anyone needs to be wearing an orange suit it is her. And of course Holder, Lewis, Lerner, Koskinen, and way too many others to mention, including the Chicago thug pretending to be an American president.
Have no doubt that this ludicrous and meaningless action against Patraeus is about making sure others leaving the service, and thus figuring they can now freely speak about the evils and ills of the Obama administration and the damage and destruction it has wreaked on the US military in general, and morale in particular, know to keep their traps shut. Patraeus is not alone in being targeted for pissing off the Obamanites. Thugs and crooks with anti-American interests are running the show, and their fans keep excusing and protecting them because admitting you adhere to a failed collectivist quasi-religious cult is not kosher. Remember, we are all criminals and all it takes is the state deciding they want to punish you as another famous Chicago donkey is finding out after he crossed the party elite.
The blatant lies from the cronies of this corrupt and incompetent administration, especially around the economic climate, and in particular about employment, have provided a slew of jokes for those of us that know better. Preliminary report after preliminary report painted a positive picture and was accompanied by constant, over-the-top fanfare from a desperate media that wanted to claim that tax-and-spend Keynesian bullshit was making a disastrous economic landscape – caused by idiotic pseudo-marxist cum Keynesian driven thinking progressive economic fantasy about forcing the lenders that finance home purchases to allow unqualified people to buy them, and then create a scheme to make these bad loans palatable – better. The economy was finally on the right track. Jobs were being created in post-depression/recession numbers, and it obviously had to be because of the genius from our collectivists cadre now running DC. Front page news. Every fucking time.
Then came the revisions, always behind the covers and with a plethora of excuses that moved the blame elsewhere, that showed the predicted economic boom caused by the left’s economic fantasies and overregulation was based on nothing but puerile fantasy and wishful thinking. Well, go back a month and it was front page news everywhere – right before Obama’s state of the Union address, no less – that the economy was back on track and added some 292K jobs. Every cowbell ringing lib was out there fist pumping and hollering and hooting. Me I just told them I would wait for the revised numbers before passing my judgment.
I guess I don’t even need to do that, because, I suspect, that after all this making up shit, the Labor Department has decided tojust tell a big lie the masters want to hear despite what their real data says. When the revised numbers come, I bet we lost jobs. But what we need now, according to Obama’s SOTU, is more of the same shit they have given us for the last 7 years, only by presidential fiat.
There are numerous stories coming out – despite an orchestrated attempt soften the message, or outright just cover up what really happened and how bad it was – about the rampage these migrant “youths” engaged in, not just in German cities, but all across Europe. From Germany to Finland, stories are coming out that rock the bullshit the pseudo-marxist, multi-culturalism pushing pimp, credentialed elite that run our decaying western once-democracies have been selling about the religion of peace and the risk posed by way too many of its adherents. In ultra-progressive Germany, which first reacted to the news of anti-feminist rampage and rape by warning the very people coming forth to point out that the authorities also did nothing in practically every case, that they would pay a hefty price for saying things the elite would not allow – especially since what they where saying were detrimental to the narrative and agenda of these credentialed elites and totally true – in order to try and stave off the oblivious wrench this would throw in their machinations, things are changing. Heck, the adage that “history repeats itself” again assets itself, drawing parallels with what is happening to the Clintons, which were ridding that “war on women” bandwagon hard and heavy to influence the 2016 election in Shrillary’s favor, that is, until someone pointed out Bill Clinton was a champ at that stuff.
But no, my post isn’t about the fact that the only standards the left has are double standards, or that they are nothing but hypocritical scum that never really walk any of that talk they talk. It’s about the specific move by the Obama crime syndicate to again disarm a populous that they view as stupid rubes too dumb to just go along with whatever their masters and betters – the credentialed scumbags running progressive government – so they can actually do what they want without fear of retaliation. So, without further ado, I present the video below, which shows the “celebration” that gangs of young “religion of peace” worshiping immigrants celebrating 2016 New Year’s Eve, partook in.
Note the guns being shot all over the place. Then rack your memory about the German constitution’s second amendment and the country’s gun laws. If you aren’t one of the morons that sucks marxist cock you would immediately grasp that Germany has the same gun control model our leftards in the US would love to impose on us. And yet, here are these adherents of the “religion of peace”, not just acting out like thugs and criminals, but shooting off the very illegal guns nobody but the proper people that the credentialed marxists in charge tell us should be allowed arms of any kind, are not allowed to have.
Reality is that these pseudo-marxist, credentialed elite, leftist governments pass and want to pass draconian gun laws to disarm law abiding citizens, not to protect the citizenry or prevent criminals from getting their hands on firearms, but to make sure that the people they are fucking over can’t take up arms against them when the fucking-over gets really bad (as it is starting to across the western world). As this video clearly proves, criminals and people that don’t have any respect for the law of the land, don’t give a flying fuck about whether they are allowed firearms or not, and disarming those of us that do follow the law will not prevent them from getting guns or using them.In this case they were firing off shots to celebrate the new year, but I am sure they didn’t go through all the “trouble” it would take to get an illegal gun in draconianly gun controlled Germany, just to save some euros by shooting off bullets instead of fireworks.
Don’t take my word for the fact that the left’s agenda is the disarmament of the serfs they feel are too uppity, and that they will tell any lie and resort to any scheme to do this. Recently Obama took to TV, where he put in an Oscar worthy performance replete with falsehoods and bullshit, and got a pass from a complacent and mendacious media. “Sensible gun control” to the left is a disarmed citizenry. The elite will have the monopoly on violence, especially with regards to firearms, and the criminal element and the violence they inflict will be swept under the carpet – there is no use for bandying those statistics as a means to push more gun control then like they do in what happen to be the most draconian gun controlled urban jungles that also happen to be totally owned by pseudo-marxist leftist government after they have confiscated our firearms – because they could care less who gets killed then. Oh sure, they will occasionally grandstand and talk though, or they might warn those pointing out how fucked up things are to shut their trap or else, like they are doing in Europe, but they know that it is nothing but that.
We are at a crossroads right now, and we either wise up to the fact the leftists are destroying modern society, on fucking purpose, or we will all look back on all the troubles of today – those of us with the framework to comprehend it that is – and pine for the good old days. There is hope for Germany, yet, though. The credentialed pseudo-marxist elite running Germany, and for that matter several other European countries, are not going to be able to sell that shit sandwich they have been pushing for too much longer without showing their true colors. Hopefully people here in the US are paying attention too, and know what more of the same will bring us next.
Something strange is happening in Oregon.
It appears that we’ve got ourselves another militia standoff out West, this time in rural, eastern Oregon, where armed activists are taking issue with the federal government over control of a wildlife refuge and the fate of two ranchers who are supposed to be on the way to jail. Complicating the issue (at least in the eyes of the media) is the fact that the protest is being organized and led by three sons of Cliven Bundy, who I’m sure you all remember.
The short version is this: a few years ago, ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of arson for setting fires, one of which may have been an accident, the other of which may have been set to cover up illegal poaching on federal land. They served their sentences but a federal judge decided those sentences were too light and they deserved more prison time. There was a peaceful protest against it but the men seem to have agreed to go back to jail.
Now three of Cliven Bundy’s sons, along with what they claim are 150 militia sympathizers have seized an unoccupied building on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protests of both the sentences given to the Hammonds and general federal use of lands.
A few points to make:
First, many people are comparing this to Islamic terrorism. That’s absurd. The Bundys have not declared war on the United States. They have not taken hostages. They have not shot anyone. They have taken over a building. This is not terrorism. Robby Soave:
And here I was thinking liberals were just as skeptical as libertarians about the prudence of labelling everything and everyone a terrorist. Don’t they remember that every time someone brands someone else a terrorist, the Patriot Act gets a dozen pages longer? Government power relies upon such unfounded suspicions.
Keep in mind that the ranchers haven’t taken hostages, damaged property, or hurt anyone. The previous standoff between federal authorities and the Bundy family was resolved peacefully. It’s possible the situation at the wildlife headquarters escalates into something horrifically violent, but it seems wildly premature and speculative to assert that it will.
Nor is it treason, as some have claimed. They have not declared war on the United States. Nor have they treated with our enemies.
This incident has exposed a lot of the ugliness that underpins the Left’s supposed reasonableness. This is trending on Twitter as #OregonUnderAttack even though there has not, to this point, been any violence. Many of the liberals who were — rightfully, in my opinion — appalled by the tactics used against Occupy protesters are gleefully calling for an armed response. One of the comparisons being made is to the attack on MOVE in 1985. But a) MOVE had already engaged in armed conflict with police; b) the bombing of MOVE was a bad decision that destroyed a neighborhood and killed 11 people. Saying that the attack on MOVE justifies an attack on Malheur is basically saying that two wrongs make a right.
That’s not to say they aren’t wrong. They are occupying a federal building and demanding changes in federal laws before they leave. These are criminal acts and I believe they should be prosecuted. But I think, given how isolated they are and the lack of an eminent threat, it is perfectly reasonable to surround them and wait them out.
I also disagree that the federal use of lands is something that justifies this kind of reaction, as I noted in my post on the earlier standoff with the Bundy clan:
Whatever one may think of the Federal use of land (in this case, to protect an endangered tortoise) there is not much doubt that it is Constitutional. The federal government does have the power to buy land for public use (and, thanks to Kelo, private use too). Their land use may be stupid, but it’s Constitutional. Is Bundy arguing that the cattle aren’t on Federal land? Is he arguing that the Feds never properly compensated anyone for the land or that it is not a public use? Is he claiming that it was his family’s land and he was not compensated? It’s hard to tell since most of the media are ignoring the story so I only have fragmented reports from the edge of the blogosphere.
I’m more libertarian than the next guy but don’t understand the fascination around such as the Hammonds and Bundys, who apparently think the entire country is some sort of commons for them to use as they please. We’ve had federal parks, wildlife refuges, and the like going back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt; how that has diminished our freedom of Americans is not clear.
It’s a little more clear to me, as I noted in my previous post. But even so, it does not seem to justify this sort of response. Jazz, from the link above:
But… with all of that said, I’m with John Hawkins on this one. This is crazy. (And I know that’s not going to sit well with those regularly spoiling for a fight with the feds.) Taking armed troops in to seize control of a federal building and essentially daring the government to come get you is pretty much the course of last resort. This is the fight you choose to draw the line in the sand over? If the Hammonds aren’t seeking protection and are planning to continue their appeal through the normal legal channels, this armed insurrection isn’t being done for their benefit. If you’re doing it to try to stop the feds from exercising control over a wildlife refuge, well… nope. Sorry. Still crazy.
Harness all of that energy and enthusiasm into getting a legal team to begin challenging the federal government in court over it. It will be a long, hard slog, but you’ll garner a tremendous amount of support around the nation, particularly among conservatives and libertarians. Taking up arms over this will produce just the opposite result. It’s time to get the troops out of the building before somebody gets hurt and this turns into a literally bloody debacle.
We have not slid down the slide of tyranny so far as to justify this.
As we mercifully roll into the last year of the Obama Administration, we can expect a slew of articles telling us how great a President he’s been. ThinkRegress takes an interesting first approach, which I would describe as “it hasn’t been as bad as some of the more hysterical critics said!”
Specifically, they focus on:
- Mike Lee said gas would be $6 a gallon. It’s $2.
- Mitt Romney said unemployment would remain high. It’s 5%.
- Donald Trump said stock markets would crash. The Dow is at 17,0000.
- Rush Limbaugh said the entire economy would crash. We’re still having growth.
I’m … unimpressed. It looks to me like ThinkRegress basically trolled a few months of commentary to find the most inaccurate predictions they could. But hysterical inaccurate predictions are basically the language of politics. One of my earliest political memories is of liberals saying Ronald Reagan would get us into a nuclear war. So pulling out four of the worst quotes is a silly exercise.
(I’m also not clear why the stock market surging is seen by liberals as a good thing. Surely that just increases wealth inequality? I’m also dubious that the economy is in as great shape as ThinkRegress claims but I’ll accept the official numbers are decent.)
And you want to talk about inaccurate predictions? Let’s talk about Obama predicting in 2008 he would cut the deficit in half. Or let’s talk about the stimulus that would cap unemployment at 8% and bring it down to 5% by 2012. Or the prediction that his very presence would make us popular in the world again and bring about an era of international cooperation.
Here’s another exercise: let’s look at what did happen since Election 2012.
- Obamacare has started to fall apart. Premiums have soared. Deductibles have soared. Networks have contracted. Some companies are even leaving the system. Obama’s claim that “if you like your healthcare, you can keep it” turned out to be so wrong, Politifact labelled it as a Lie of the Year.
- Iraq, Libya and Syria have descended into chaos.
- Russia has emerged as a major geopolitical foe. The Left wing mocked Romney when he predicted this in 2012, with Obama saying, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
- Student debt has continued to swell.
- The global economy is still in rough shape, with Europe and China now stumbling.
- Terrorism has gotten worse, with the number of attacks increasing. ISIS is now losing military, but they have expanded their terror network and may continue to act on that front even if they cease to exist as a pretend nation.
- The debt has continued to grow. To the extend that the deficit has fallen, it is because of evil Republican budget restraint. That restraint, incidentally, was supposed to plunge us back into recession.
I would like to focus on that last point in particular, because this is something I emphasized in my commentary on the 2012 election. Such success as Obama has had has come largely because of a Republican Congress. It has often come because of things he and his party vehemently opposed, such as budget cuts, extended tax cuts and increased oil production. Part of the job of the President is to stand around and claim credit for anything that good that happens. But it’s hard to make that claim while at the same time, whining that the evil GOP has blocked every single part of your agenda. Every stimulus bill, every new spending initiative, every tax hike has found itself DOA. And yet … we’re somehow supposed to credit all this to Obama?
Well, whatever it takes to convince yourself that he’s been a great President, I guess.