Category: Right Wing Idiocy

The Donald’s Imagination

The longer this goes on, the more I think that Donald Trump’s candidacy is designed specifically to wreck the Republican Party and get Hillary elected. Either that, or this is a big publicity game to him. Either way, I’m rapidly losing patience with it.

This week, fresh off saying that we should be surveilling mosques and maintaining a database on Muslims, Donald Trump made the assertion — one he has since repeated — that thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the fall of the Twin Towers.

First things first. This claim is totally false. The Trumpeteers have fixated on a paragraph from an old WaPo story that described the FBI investigating reports of people celebrating 9/11. But nothing came of that and there certainly weren’t thousands of people dancing in the streets. And it certainly wasn’t on television. You can read Kessler’s long article where he responds to various conspiracy theorists and Trumpeteers claiming that no, this totally happened. But it didn’t. Had Americans been celebrating 9/11, it would have been front page news, not buried in some obscure MTV broadcast or the 15th paragraph of a WaPo story or whispered by someone who knows someone who saw it. The objections are rapidly settling into “no Jews were in the Twin Towers” territory.

But … that’s really beside the point. The point of Trump’s statement is not whether American Muslims celebrated 9/11 or not. The point is that Trump, since the Paris attacks, has been blowing a dog whistle.

Let’s take a step back…

In the 1960 Presidential race, John F. Kennedy was only the second Catholic to ever run for President and the first to be elected. During the campaign and after his election, there were people who openly said that being Catholic meant his loyalty was to the Vatican, not to the United States (this for a man who fought in World War II and acted with genuine valor when his torpedo boat was sunk). Numerous religious organizations opposed Kennedy for this reason and it probably cost him hundreds of thousands of votes. Nixon, to his credit, decided to leave the religious issue alone. But it was garbage. Catholics have long proven to be just as loyal to the United States as anyone else.

As a Jew, I grew up having my loyalty to the United States questioned. Jews, I was told, were loyal to Israel not the United States. People told me this to my face. People said this about my family (which included my father, an Air Force Colonel who stayed in the reserves until they tore the uniform off his back). This clamor grew loudest when the traitor Jonathan Pollard was caught. But it was still garbage.

Similar but less intense bigotry surfaced in 2008 when Mitt Romney looked like he might become the first Mormon presidential candidate. His loyalty wasn’t questioned, but people openly mocked his religion and questioned his sanity regarding the so-called “magic underwear”. Thankfully, by 2012, this has calmed down. But there were decades when Mormons were seen as “the other”, a crazy cult that would do God-knows-what if they ever got power.

Donald Trump is simply continuing this long and disgraceful legacy of questioning the loyalty of a religious minority. This isn’t about facts; it’s about saying, over and over again, that Muslims are fundamentally disloyal to the United States and can’t be trusted. In doing so, he is wading directly into racially charged waters and appealing to a very ugly element of our society. This manifested over the weekend when he retweeted bogus and racist crime stats sent to him by an admitted neoNazi.

It was not American Muslims who attacked us on 9/11 (in fact, a few dozen Muslims died when the towers fell). It was not an American Muslim who tried to detonate a bomb in his shoe or in his underwear. It was an American Muslims who definitively proved that Al-Qaeda has caused 9/11. And we have seen thousands of Muslims serve our country with honor and many die fighting the War on Terror.


Now, it was an American Muslim who murdered 13 people at Fort Hood. It was an American Muslims who tried to bomb Times Square (and it was also one who alerted the police to the danger). There’s certainly a case to be made for keeping an eye on radicals. But over the past 25 years, we have lost way more people to crazed “right wing” terrorists (Oklahoma City) or white supremacists (Charleston) or our own damned government (Waco) than we have to American Muslims.

As I noted in a previous post, George W. Bush was very careful, after 9/11, to walk the line of denouncing extremism while not casting aspersions upon American Muslims. It was walking that narrow line that allowed him to be as effective as he was in destroying radical terrorists. It’s a pity to see the Republican front-runner abandon this. Because, in the end, it’s not only bad for the War on Terror, it’s bad for the Republican Party. People won’t forget that, at a tense time, Donald Trump was perfectly willing to play to bigotry and prejudice.

But … if his goal is to pave the way for Clinton, it suddenly all makes sense, doesn’t it?

That was by design, you idiots.

So, Bloomberg has an article titled “Obamacare Insurers Are Suffering. That Won’t End Well.” which basically points out that the dire predictions by everyone that was not a collectivist Obama cock-sucking bitch are not only panning out, but panning out much faster than expected, and wondering how this could have happened. After all, with a name like “Affordable Healthcare Act”, how can this boondogle be sucking up money down a black hole while delivering no measurable improvements of any kind other than the usual debunked donkey talking points?

It now looks pretty clear that insurers are having a very bad experience in these markets. The sizeable premium increases would have been even higher if insurers had not stepped up the deductibles and clamped down on provider networks. The future of Obamacare now looks like more money for less generous coverage than its architects had hoped in the first few years.

But of course, that doesn’t mean insurers need to leave the market. Insurance is priced based on expectations; if you expect to pay out more, you just raise the price. After all, people are required to buy the stuff, on pain of a hefty penalty. How hard can it be to make money in this market?

Let me answer that: Impossible. And that’s by design. This thing, from the very start, was design and put together by people that had to pass it in secrecy, so they could have avoided any scrutiny that would have shed light that what they had obviously was intended to destroy the existing US health insurance market. And as the title of my post points out, they did it by design, because the end goal for these crooks has always been a government controlled single-payer system that would allow government to control the lives of its citizens with even more impunity.

They will keep coming after the serfs, and they will get us to bow down to their will. We peasants should be glad our masters are throwing us these table scraps.

What is the most common fear of Americans in the age of Obama?

When Americans was surveyed about their greatest fears, the survey found the top issue was corrupt government.

The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear for 88 different fear options across a variety of domains (like crime and natural disasters). Based on their findings, here were the top 10 fears for 2015:

• Corruption of government officials (58.0%)
• Cyber-terrorism (44.8%)
• Corporate tracking of personal information (44.6%)
• Terrorist attacks (44.4%)
• Government tracking of personal information (41.4%)
• Bio-warfare (40.9%)
• Identity theft (39.6%)
• Economic collapse (39.2%)
• Running out of money in the future (37.4%)
• Credit card fraud (36.9%)

I wish this was something we could just joke about, but I am actually surprised that the number of people that are aware of how corrupt our government has become – willy nilly enforcing laws to benefit the connected few and screwing everyone else over – was so low. And I am certainly not saying that republicans can’t be corrupt, but they are amateurs when it comes to taking government criminal activity to the levels democrats do, and then, they can’t even compete when you put them against the shit done by this administration and the sycophants that help do its dirty work for them.

Notice what was definitely missing? Panic about the collectivist manufactured “Gaia is going to burn up and drown us all unless you allow us to turn you peasants into serfs of an almighty state” big government types that want to sell the AGW fiction needed to scare people into giving up their rights and money.

Another Shutdown?


Congress is running out of time to agree on a spending plan that keeps the government open, as Republican leaders attempt to defuse the threat of another shutdown – this one over Planned Parenthood.

Dozens of conservatives in the House and Senate have already pledged not to vote for a spending bill that includes money for Planned Parenthood. But both House speaker John Boehner and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have rejected such proposals, worried that moderate and independent voters may blame the Republican party for a government shutdown.

Ya think? Shutting down the government two years ago accomplished little but had some support from the public. Shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood will accomplish nothing and have almost no support (current polling shows 70-20 opposition).

This is entirely about Planned Parenthood. The parties are in agreement on the budget, which basically sustains the fiscal path that has cut the budget deficit by 70% over the last six years. Right now, the leadership are trying to schedule a separate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Even if that passes, however, the President would veto it. And even if he didn’t, Planned Parenthood would almost certainly sue over it. Most of their government money come via Medicaid, for medical services they provide to poor women (this does not include abortion, for which funding is forbidden). So this would amount to singling them out among many providers for activities which, so far, are not illegal. Moreover, stripping this funding would not stop a single abortion, since Planned Parenthood’s abortion business is a separate revenue stream.

I have no idea where the Republican Party is headed right now. The two men leading the polls are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, neither of whom has any experience and neither of whom has shown much policy knowledge. Meanwhile, the campaign of several promising governors — Christie, Perry, Walker — are imploding. And now we’re talking about a government shutdown to stop an admittedly unpleasant abortion provider from … also providing health services and birth control. And while the GOP is flailing around like this, the Democrats are getting ready to put forward Hillary Clinton or, God help us, Bernie Sanders, as a Presidential candidate.

Give the culture cons their vote on Planned Parenthood. But once that fails, just pass the damn budget. It’s one thing to shut down over spiraling deficits. I didn’t support the shutdown over Obamacare but at least that was partially defensible. But this … this is just silliness. And with an election coming up, it could prove to be very costly silliness.

Cantor loses to Tea Party challenger in major upset

Cantor, the republican Senate minority leader, in a first ever case, lost in the primary in VA to an unknown and upstart Tea Party candidate. The NYT is flabbergasted. After all, they have been telling us that the Tea Party is dead, after all.

With just over $200,000, David Brat — a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. — toppled Mr. Cantor, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration and contending that he supported what critics call amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally. The Associated Press declared Mr. Brat the winner.

Going into the elections, most Republicans had been watching for how broad Mr. Cantor’s victory would be, with almost no one predicting that he would lose.

Mr. Cantor’s defeat — the most unexpected of a congressional leader in recent memory — will reverberate in the capital and could have major implications for an immigration overhaul.

There is a lesson here for all politicians: Americans are not liking the current immigration strategy employed by either party. Amnesty for these law breaking border jumpers should be a no-go. We were already promised in the 80s it would not happen again, and here we are today with central American nations all happy that Obama’s administration has decided not to enforce immigration laws. It’s insane.

Cantor losing is about the greatest thing that could have happened right now. It will force the politicians in DC to abandon their strategy to reward criminals in order to buy potential future votes. And democrats should be even more weary about this. A large section of their voter base views these border jumpers as direct competition for their livelihood, and they will not just accept the new comers, despite what the elite hoi-polloi on the left tell them they should believe.

Good riddance, and lets make sure the amnesty plans are derailed.

Seriously? This is news how?

Gallup has a poll/study titled “In U.S., Depression Rates Higher for Long-Term Unemployed” which makes the claim that “Mental health poorest among those jobless for six months or more” as seen here:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The longer that Americans are unemployed, the more likely they are to report signs of poor psychological well-being. About one in five Americans who have been unemployed for a year or more say they currently have or are being treated for depression — almost double the rate among those who have been unemployed for five weeks or less.

These findings are based on surveys with 356,599 Americans, including 18,322 unemployed adults, conducted in 2013 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Gallup finds that unemployed Americans are more than twice as likely as those with full-time jobs to say they currently have or are being treated for depression — 12.4% vs. 5.6%, respectively. However, the depression rate among the long-term unemployed — which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as those who have been seeking work for 27 weeks or more — jumps to 18.0%.

Is this another incidence of common sense seems fleeting to these people? Look, nothing is more devastating to someone that feels pride in doing work and taking care of themselves than the ability to do that. None of the bullshit “safety nets” put in by liberals can compete with the ability to actually stay gainfully employed by people that value such a thing. Sure, if you are one of those perpetually sucking at the government teat types, depression will come when you no longer can mooch off the productive, but I fucking could care less about those people being depressed. In fact, I would love to see a whole lot more of that, and a lot less formerly productive people being depressed because economy crushing psuedo-marxist-fascist nanny state progressive government expansion have ravaged the employment landscape.

Nothing is free. No system that rewards negative behavior will ever do anything but encourage more of it, no matter how noble the intent behind it. Life is harsh. People that want to forget or mitigate that always make it worse. Ben Franklin pointed out how one should never trade freedom for security, because you would end up with less of either, but I think this philosophy applies in a far broader sense than he meant it (or perhaps as we understood what he meant).

Our current social system is broken. It doesn’t exist to serve those productive members of society that are temporarily afflicted with bad luck or circumstances that require them to seek help – in fact, it often punishes those people, harshly, requiring them to lose everything before they qualify for help – and actually exists to prop up an ever growing segment of people that feel entitled to the fruits of other people’s labor, simply by the virtue that they were born. Romney got demonized, obviously by the special interests that gain the most from the existing broken system, for pointing out that a very dangerously large portion of our population now votes for a living, but he was dead on. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, and any other such government assistance are a poor substitute for gainful employment, but you can’t buy votes from people that have economic freedom and don’t want to be ripped off by your unicorn fart sniffing cult.

The most important thing that our government should have been doing over the last 6 years was to make changes that would encourage economic growth and employment. Instead they pretended to implement things to “help” people that did the exact opposite and cost us economic growth. And that was all done while incurring massive and insurmountable new debt levels. Obamacare is the biggest economy killing government scam to come our way. We should get used to European level unemployment here, as this system can’t avoid causing that, while watching the quality, access to care, and improvement of care go down, while costs, waiting times, and pain go up. Don’t take my word for it: the horrible happenings that amount to the VA scandal, which was so conveniently removed from the public eye recently, is Obamacare as a Proof of Concept. And Obamacare has plenty of help from other economy crushing progressive agenda schemes and scams, like the recent EPA regulations that have continued to make the cost of energy skyrocket.

Unemployed, and those unemployed for a long time, are going to be depressed. They have been robbed of their dignity by a system that feels it is more important to protect those that vote to keep the nanny state big and fat than to actually help them.

Another class warrior caught manipulating data?

The left, including our own Right Thinking leftists, have been telling us how bad the income inequality has become, thus justifying their believe they should be allowed to play god, and providing data from the fabled class warfare book recently put out by Thomas Piketty director of the Paris School of Economics and a self avowed marxist class warrior to make the case for their wealth redistribution schemes.

Pickity’s work makes the claim that income inequality is at it’s highest level now and needs to be dealt with before things get worse. That means the left should pick winners and losers, and hammer those trying to join the ranks of the wealthy by confiscating as much of their income as possible. Note that the left always focuses on earnings, but never wants to go after the fortunes of the super wealthy which always, without exception, tend to be leftists themselves. Something has to be done! Can’t have the world be injust and all that.

But Pickity’s work has a big problem according to people that have taken a closer look, and now they are saying that the errors he made are not accidental but manipulations of the facts to make the case for the class warrior’s agenda.

Can’t say I am surprised. This is the way the left works. I can’t put my finger on it but there is another one of the pillars of the church of the envious and greedy classists that has been exposed as suffering from the same lack of scientific rigor. There too they manipulated data and conveniently lost it. Amongst other things, but tell us their conclusions are accurate and fact despite all the evidence to the contrary. If we go bye how the left reacted to that kick in the pants, I expect them to make the claim Pickety is right, regardless of what he has done, and that those that have shown he is full of it are at fault. Probably even sponsored by some special interests, while again ignoring that Pickity’s work serves to justify theft by the biggest special interest organizations on the planet: nanny state collectivist governments.

If the left produced it, question it. And yes, if the right did it, do the same. But do it on scientific grounds. Don’t let the people that tell you because it is funded by special interests it has to be lies frame the argument against science. And you can bet your ass that whatever agenda of the left it is, from undermining the 2nd amendment to pretending we need more class warfare, they will argue that the other side is funded by evil special interests. All while they are funded by the people with the deepest pockets ever: collectivist run nanny states that stand to benefit from these fabrications.

Left caught posturing again.

So Obama, and most of the left that now seems totally missing in action when it comes to our rights and whatever the left has renamed the action against terrorism, were then, and are now, all full of shit. Back when Boosh was president we lived in a theocratic thugocracy, with people’s freedoms violated by things like the patriot act. Back then we tortured non-American terrorists, imprisoned them without due process, and violated all the rights the left granted them, be it through the Constitution of the United States of America or the Geneva convention, both entities that shouldn’t apply to ununiformed foreign combatants, and in general were a nation led by evil people. These days where we know for a fact that the NSA and the rest of the Obama administration, all caught red-handed spying on us, consider American citizens a far greater danger. So much so that when we finally have a chance to redress the evils of the Patriot Act, evils Obama himself protested when this law was passed, one is left wondering why the Obama WH would strip out that reform:

The U.S. House of Representatives has substantially reduced the effectiveness of the USA FREEDOM Act, a surveillance reform bill that sought to end mass collection of U.S. citizens’ data. House Leadership was pressured by the Obama Administration to weaken many of the bill’s provisions. The EFF and the Center for Democracy & Technology had both given their backing to the bill earlier this month, but they’ve now withdrawn their support. CDT Senior Counsel Harley Geiger said, “The Leadership of the House is demonstrating that it wants to end the debate about surveillance, rather than end bulk collection. As amended, the bill may not prevent collection of data on a very large scale in a manner that infringes upon the privacy of Americans with no connection to a crime or terrorism. This is quite disappointing given the consensus by the public, Congress, the President, and two independent review groups that ending bulk collection is necessary.”

Robyn Greene of the Open Technology Institute added, “We are especially disappointed by the weakening of the language intended to prohibit bulk collection of innocent Americans’ records. Although we are still hopeful that the bill’s language will end the bulk collection of telephone records and prevent indiscriminate collection of other types of records, it may still allow data collection on a dangerously massive scale. Put another way, it may ban ‘bulk’ collection of all records of a particular kind, but still allow for ‘bulky’ collection impacting the privacy of millions of people. Before this bill becomes law, Congress must make clear—either through amendments to the bill, through statements in the legislative record, or both—that mass collection of innocent people’s records isn’t allowed.”

As I pointed out then when the left protested this stuff it was never about protecting our freedoms but about them assuming that given the power those in the opposition power would resort to the same abuses of power democrats would surely do given the chance. What’s that I hear out there? A drone? Oh, shit. Obama is da bomb! He is so good for us….

You look guilty to me…

As the state becomes more authoritarian and the police more militaristic, revelations like this one from our overlords sure puts things into perspective:

The backstory is this: a woman was walking down the street when a motorcycle cop approached her, asked her if she lived in the area and if she would talk to him. She says his approach made her feel uncomfortable, so she refused and continued on her way.

“I thought that maybe he was flirting,” she said. “I just thought it was odd, I thought it was odd. I wasn’t really sure but I felt uncomfortable because there wasn’t anyone around.”

She says she was worried he might not even a real cop, so she refused to stop and began jogging away from him.

“He just crept along beside me on his motorcycle and he started saying, ‘Hey ma’am! I want to talk to you. Hey stop, ma’am! I want to talk to you.’ Then my anxiety rose even higher,” she said.

This was followed shortly thereafter by the cop dismounting, chasing her down, tackling her and placing her under arrest. The police chief claims this arrest was for “walking on the wrong side of the road,” (as well as “evading arrest” and “resisting arrest”) despite the fact that the woman wasn’t ultimately charged with anything.

Even if the preceding events could possibly be dismissed as hearsay, or something tainted by false impressions and emotions, there’s the police chief’s responses to questions about this interaction.

Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton says this:

Shelton says by law you’re not required to stop and talk to an officer if there’s not a lawful reason for them to be stopping you.

But then he says this:

“Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it’s awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer,” Shelton said.

Yes, this may seem “odd” to a police officer, but it’s not all that odd for citizens, even those committing no real crime (Shelton justifies the stop with the “walking on the wrong side of the street” crap) to have no desire to talk to police officers. A huge imbalance of power makes conversation uncomfortable. Anyone who’s attempted small talk with their boss understands this. If someone doesn’t want to talk to a cop, it’s not odd, it’s normal.

Get it? If you refuse, as Cartman from South Park would put it, to respect their AU-TOH-RAH-TAY, you must be up to no good. My personal experience is that agents of the state tend to have over inflated opinions of their worth and are practically always dismissful of the fact that they work for us tax paying citizens. Not the other way around. The trending I am seeing these days, where this field, too often dominated by ego maniacs, is arming up, thinks the law applies to us but not them, and quite often don’t even know the law, worries me. When you hear stories of police officers abusing citizens just because they record them, thinking that they should be immune form scruteny, it bodes nothing but ill, too.

Look, don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating either anarchy or disrespect and active resistance to the law, but I think most of these public servants need to be reminded that they are there to serve us, not to treat us like criminals that just have not been caught in the act yet.

The liberal solution: take 125537899

In the people’s great city of Detroit, where credentialed liberal ideologues have been running the show for more than 6 decades, things have not been going so well. OK, I am fucking around when I act sarcastic like this. Detroit is a disaster of epic proportions. The left created an unsustainable model that robbed the tax payers and incentivized business to move elsewhere, while the elected officials pissed away any and all prosperity. So now that the proverbial shit is hitting the fan, they are facing though choices. There is no money. Sure, Obama sent them a few tens of millions of US tax payer dollars, to make sure they could delay the inevitable until it was less inconvenient for the democrats, but the writing is on the wall. The end is nigh.

Case in point the pensioners, which are getting gold plated payouts from a drastically underfunded, some might even say unfunded, pension system, and the looming pension cuts. There was a hard reality check that required the city to cut pensions by a minimum of a third, but it looks like the marcists found another candyland solution

Detroit doesn’t have any money. Rather, it doesn’t have enough money: It cannot both pay its debts and run the city. That’s why the city filed for bankruptcy some months back, over the outraged protests of pensioners who stand to lose a big chunk of their monthly checks.

Today, those pensioners are breathing a little easier. The city seems to have struck a deal that will leave their pensions in better shape than previously feared. Instead of cutting those monthly checks by as much as a third, the city will trim them by less than 5 percent.

How did they make such a big change? In part by assuming higher investment returns:

The city initially factored in rates of 6.25 percent and 6.5 percent for the two funds, but eventually agreed that the funds could be presumed to do better — 6.75 percent — because of an improved outlook based on the funds’ 2013 performance as compared with 2012.

The city also promises lower or no cost-of-living adjustments, and less in the way of retiree health benefits. And the proceeds from a proposed deal, not yet agreed upon, to save the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection by soliciting a mix of state and private funds to pay off the pensioners.

Yeah, this ends well, I bet. America, pay close attention: Detroit is our future with these credentialed nanny state elitist scumbags in charge.