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Remember when self-proclaimed technophobe Hillary Clinton demurred over wiping out her email server? Her "Like with a cloth?" line turned out to be Yet Another Lie.
According to the FBI she used a sophisticated tool that promises the data can't be easily recovered.
As the ongoing saga of Hillary's email scandal trudges along, Trey Gowdy, House Oversight Committee member, claims Hillary used a special tool to wipe clean her home-brewed email server.
No, it wasn't a very special cloth. (I know, I figured that's what she used, too).
According to Gowdy, Hillary used BleachBit, a program that deep cleans files, cookies, and servers.
BleachBit is like the nuclear weapon of delete utilities:
BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean a thousand applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.
"Shredding files to to prevent recovery."
Well sure, that's what I'd use to delete emails about yoga lessons.
Can you say "obstruction of justice?"
Because that's what this smells like.
Fortunately the FBI, probably with a little help from their friends in the NSA, unshredded 14,900 emails Hillary would have preferred the world didn't see.
Her sycophants at State have until September 13th to release them.
A federal court ruled Thursday that the State Department has until Sept. 13 to begin handing over emails recovered by the FBI from Hillary Clinton's private server.
"The State Department shall search the material, determine whether any responsive records exist, and complete its first production of non-exempt records, to the extent any exist, by September 13, 2016," the court ruled.
Judicial Watch said the department has admitted in a court filing for a separate lawsuit that some of the emails that Clinton had deleted included some "Benghazi-related documents."
Was Chelsea's wedding held in Benghazi?
Then "Benghazi-related documents" aren't personal.
And deleting them is a felony.
Not that anyone in the Obama administration will prosecute the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua. Jim Comey made that fact painfully clear.
She's counting on being elected president in order to avoid prosecution.
Obamacare is working so well insurance companies are in a race to get out of it. The latest escapee is Oscar Health Insurance, announcing today they are completely withdrawing from the New Jersey market.
Oscar Health Insurance, a start-up insurance company founded by a scion of the Kushner real estate fortune and known for its cartoon advertising campaign in mass-transit hubs, announced Tuesday that it was pulling out of the market in New Jersey created by the Affordable Care Act.
The company started providing coverage to New Jersey residents in 2015, and insured 24,560 people, as of March 30.
Oscar also is withdrawing from the individual market in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will remain in New York, Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Orange County, a company statement said.
The exodus from Obamacare is now a stampede, as Oscar joins Aetna and UnitedHealthcare (Oxford) in abandoning the federally-mandated marketplace.
So now there are only 3 insurers left in NJ's Obamacare exchange: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, AmeriHealth of New Jersey, and Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey.
Blue Cross is of course the state's insurer of last resort, and they've got the astronomical rates to prove it.
Nationwide the trend is the same, or worse.
Residents in seven states won't have much of a choice in selecting medical coverage under ObamaCare next year because only a single insurer plans to offer policies in each market, it was reported Monday.
"Lower-than-expected enrollment, a high-cost population, and troubled risk-mitigation programs have led to decreased plan participation for 2017," said Dan Mendelson, president of the consulting firm Avalere Health.
Avalere's analysis indicates that Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming will each have only one carrier selling policies.
But people in those 7 states are still better off than residents of Pimal County, Arizona. No company will offer an Obamacare plan there next year. None.
The president says you have to buy it. But he forgot to tell someone that they have to sell it.
Which, if you think about it for a minute, is actually a feature from his perspective, and not the bug you'd expect it to be.
Because if no one is willing to provide Obamacare coverage, that opens the door to having the Federal government step in to provide coverage.
And before you can say "single payer," that's exactly what you'll get — health care with the compassion of the VA delivered via the efficiency of the DMV, all at a price that'll make your taxes skyrocket.
Gee, where do I sign up?
Hillary Clinton's top aide wears many hats, and new emails uncovered by Judicial Watch show that the most important one of them says "Cashier."
Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.
The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton's tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin's June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of "Clinton family matters."
Clinton Crime Family Matters, to be exact. Because the Clinton Foundation is the epitome of Pay To Play.
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through "normal channels" at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours.
How's that for service? And the price? A mere $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative, ostensibly for "scholarships."
Go ahead, read the whole sickening list of "donations" which resulted in immediate access to, or favors from, Hillary Clinton.
There's only one conclusion you can draw.
"These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law."
An independent investigation? You mean like Jim Comey's FBI whitewash? Gimme a break. Loretta Lynch would sooner prosecute her own mother before glancing in Hillary's direction.
Hillary and Huma are corrupt to the core. And yet they're poised to occupy the
highest office in the land. Because in the Democratic Party's quest for power,
anything goes, and crime really does pay. Handsomely.
Social Justice Warriors aren't good for business.
Earlier this year Target made a Big Deal out of letting men pee with women.
And in return, their customers voted with their feet.
Same store sales are down 2% over the last quarter, and Target is hemorrhaging money.
Retail giant Target reported sales for the second quarter that fell more than 7% from a year ago -- and warned that another key measure of sales may drop in the third quarter and fourth quarter.
The second half of the year is usually great for big retailers like Target. Back-to-school shopping tends to boost sales in the late summer and consumers typically splurge on presents for the holidays during the fall.
As a result, Target said same-store sales, which measures sales at retailers open at least a year, could fall as much as 2% in the third and fourth quarters. Target also slashed its earnings outlook for the third quarter.
Perverts are bad for business.
But instead of reversing their bathroom policy, Target is going to spend millions of dollars to install single-seat bathrooms in all of their stores.
Target Corp. said it will spend $20 million to add a private bathroom to each of its stores by next year, following customer protests over its policy allowing transgender individuals to use whichever restroom corresponds with their gender identity.
Sure, if you're losing money, it's always a good idea to spend more money on an unnecessary "upgrade."
Here's a pro-tip Target.
Go back to the old policy. Girls in the girls' room. And boys in the boys' room. It's not rocket science.
CEO Brian Cornell had promised to roll out family restrooms earlier this year and defended the company's stance on diversity.
Protests started at Target stores after the retailer said in April that it welcomed transgender employees and guests to use the restroom or fitting room that corresponded with their gender identity. "Everyone deserves to feel they belong," the company wrote on its website.
By "everyone" Mr. Cornell means "freaks."
Everyone else has left the building, because they don't belong in Target's Brave New World.
The boycott is working folks. Target's sales numbers don't lie. "Diversity" isn't profitable.
So keep up the good work America. Target will either reverse their perverted policy, or they'll soon be a dim memory, joining a long list of failed retailers on the ash heap of history.
Either way, our wives and daughters will be safe.
He's right, of course. The teachers union is far and away the most reactionary and destructive force in New Jersey, a cancer on the taxpaying citizens of the Garden State.
"This is a dreadful group of leaders and for the Senate president and others in the Democratic caucus to join that chorus, I welcome them — very late — to the amen chorus about the fact that the NJEA is the single most destructive political force in this building," Christie said, referring to the New Jersey Statehouse.
"It's not even close. There's not even a close second to these people," he said. "(They're) the most selfish, destructive people in this building — and everybody in both parties knows it."
Blue on Blue fratricide; man oh man, the schadenfreude is delicious.
Because for going on 50 years Steve Sweeney and NJ's Democrats have been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NJEA. The union says "jump," and the Democrats say "how high?"
At least until the pension bubble bursted.
Because there isn't enough money in the universe for Humpty Dumpty to put that shit back together again.
Sweeney sees the writing on the wall.
"I'll care about the children when the children start paying union dues."
— Albert Shanker
The NJEA only cares about one thing, their gravy train.
And if kids don't actually learn, well hey, that's not their problem.
The 31 school districts that receive billions of dollars in extra court-ordered state education aid each year have not narrowed the gap with the rest of the state when it comes to test scores and college attendance, according to a Record analysis.
Do tell! Money can't buy progress? Who'da thunk it?
The Record assessed the performance of those 31 districts in three categories — elementary and middle school tests, the SATs and the percentage of college-bound students — and found that the achievement gaps generally stayed the same over 10 years.
So, where did all that money go?
Into the pockets of the NJEA and its members!
They're living high on the hog, and the kids in their classrooms are left high and dry.
But wait, because they've got excuses!
But advocates say the lower-income schools desperately need the financial boost, which provides students access to preschool, counseling and technology and helps them graduate on time. Those advocates argue that hunger, violence and the lack of family support can have a major impact on performance.
"Our kids start from such a different place and have so many more needs," said Peter Rosario, a school board member in Passaic, one of the districts that would lose aid under Christie's plan. "I think that's the No. 1 factor in this that doesn't get talked about enough."
More money for the NJEA won't fix the "family support" problem.
That's been demonstrated time and again, as test scores stagnate and kids keep dropping out.
So, let's move the goalposts!
"The 1997 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling to increase funding for the Abbott districts was not premised on the idea that more money would automatically equate to an increase in test scores," said David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, the Newark-based organization that brought the Abbott lawsuit.
"Rather," he continued, "the justices said fair and adequate funding is essential to give children in high-poverty schools the same opportunity to succeed that is afforded to their peers in more affluent districts."
"Opportunity to succeed?" Without measurable results? Who's to say the "opportunities" are sufficient? David Sciarra?
Well sure. The Education Law Center is a taxpayer-subsidized arm of the Rutgers Law School. David Sciarra is a state employee, essentially paid to sue his employer. The day he says his mission has succeeded he's out of a job.
So to almost no one's surprise, his mission has not, and never will, succeed.
So let's go back to what that "more money" was designed to accomplish.
Because the Abbott district schools are not "equal" to the schools in the so-called affluent districts. In many cases they're significantly better. Hoboken and Jersey City have facilities my small town of Caldwell could only dream about. Indoor swimming pools. Science labs to rival the Manhattan Project. Elementary schools with turf fields. Middle schools with auditoriums better than Carnegie Hall.
You get the idea. I'm envisioning the mad scientist from Jurassic Park extolling how he "spared no expense."
That's the legacy of the sainted Abbott districts. They spared no expense. They didn't have to. All their money was "free," air-lifted in out of the pockets of us beleaguered taxpayers.
Remember when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg air-dropped $100 million into "fixing" Newark's public schools? How'd that work out?
1. Labor and contract costs: $89.2 million
That's right. The single biggest expenditure from his windfall ended up right in the pockets of the Newark Teachers Union.
One of the biggest failures in Zuckerberg's plan to reform Newark schools was the renegotiated teachers' contracts.
Zuckerberg envisioned the teacher contract reform to be a centerpiece of the reform and contributed $50 million — half of his total donation — to go to working on that cause.
Zuckerberg wanted to be able to create more flexibility in teacher contracts to reward high-performing teachers and to fire teachers with poor records of student achievement.
But those types of protections are determined by New Jersey law, and Zuckerberg couldn't simply come in and change the rules without going through the state Legislature to make the changes.
Instead, the opposite occurred. Chris Cerf, the New Jersey commissioner of education at the time, worked with the Legislature and was able to negotiate some new accountability measures in teacher contracts.
But the teachers' union only agreed upon those measures if the seniority protections remained intact.
The NJEA didn't look out for the children.
The NJEA protected its most inept members.
And who in the NJ legislature was the number one champion of teachers' union rights?
He blocked the necessary reforms.
He sealed the kids' fate when he stood up for retaining tenure, protecting teachers not on the merit of their achievements but rather on the longevity of their service.
Clock punchers won. And children lost.
So all of this recent Kabuki Theater is a charade.
Steve Sweeney is in the pocket of the NJEA.
And the NJEA calls the shots in Trenton.
Chris Christie will be gone in a little over 15 months.
And then? Steve Sweeney will probably be our next governor.
His first order of business?
Assuage the NJEA.
They'll get their pension guarantee. In spades.
But here's another guarantee.
Nothing Sweeney does while he's living in Drumthwacket will change the education status quo. Kids in the Abbott districts will keep on failing. And taxpayers will keep on getting hosed. But, and this is the key point, every NJEA member working in those districts will make out like a bandit.
Because that's how our tax dollars work in New Jersey.
There's Pay To Play, and then there's Hillary's State Department.
Hillary Clinton put the State Department up for sale, with top aides pulling strings and doing favors for fat-cat donors to the Clinton Foundation — including a shady billionaire, according to smoking-gun emails released Tuesday.
The stunning revelations include how wealthy contributors seeking influence or prestigious government gigs could fork over piles of cash to get access to Clinton's inner circle, including top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.
Read the whole thing. But briefly, the head of the Clinton Foundation arranged a meeting between top US officials and a shady Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire who gave them between $1 million and $5 million and also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative, all on the say-so of Hillary confidant Cheryl Mills.
The phrase "[it is] important to take care of" this person was used by Mills.
Hmm, "important" indeed. Gotta keep those dollars flowing.
Hillary also used her stint at State to enrich Bill. She went to bat for an embattled Bangladeshi banker who then arranged for payments to Bill from an Abu Dhabi oil company.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation traced the convoluted payment by TAQA — formally known as the the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company — to Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Bank. Yunus is a long-time friend and Clinton Foundation donor.
The oil company deal eventually put as much as $500,000 into President Bill Clinton's pockets via a speaking fee he got in Scotland.
Hey, remember when Dick Cheney divested his involvement in Halliburton but was still vilified because the company continued to make a profit? Yeah, good times. Because that's like totally different from how Hillary's family foundation helped Putin corner the uranium market.
Forget renting out the Lincoln Bedroom; a second Clinton presidency would put the whole White House up for sale.
Hillary puts the "quid" in quid pro quo, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
These are not new concerns. People had been speculating that the Clinton Foundation had become a private version of the State Department, offering easy access to the State Department policy decision-making process for the wealthy and well-connected throughout Obama's first term.
At no time did the U.S. State Department ever say to Bill Clinton that any of his unbelievably lucrative speaking gigs represented a conflict of interest — even if there was reason to believe a foreign government or entities closely allied with a foreign government were paying. Recall the State Department praising the progress of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as the president's ally invited Bill Clinton to give two speeches in exchange for $1.4 million dollars.
Isn't this kind of influence peddling pretty much what Bob Memendez was accused of doing? And yet he's facing criminal charges, while Hillary and Bill are scot free.
It's good to be Queen!
The homofascists enlisted the Supreme Court to redefine marriage. And now Madam Justice "Wise Latina" Sonia Sotomayor is ready to redefine it yet again.
Polygamist Kody Brown of "Sister Wives" fame have been granted more time to pursue an appeal in their case against Utah, FOX13 reports.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted the family until Sept. 10 to file a petition of certiorari to have the nation's top court review their case.
SCOTUS has not considered a polygamy case in more than 100 years. So this is a Big Deal, because the only reason to consider Kody Brown's case is to legalize polygamy.
Ostensibly, it's for the Mormons.
There are about 30,000 polygamists in Utah, according to court documents. They believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven — a legacy of the early Mormon church. The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned the practice in 1890 and strictly prohibits it today.
Now riddle me this Batman. Given that the Mormons have disowned it, what major religion still actively encourages polygamy and would benefit the most if it were legalized today?
Did you guess Islam?
Of course you did!
Sotomayor, like all good liberals, can't wait to usher Sharia Law into American jurisprudence. And what better way could they find than to enshrine a major tenet of Sharia as a bedrock Constitutional right?
Hence the rush to recognize polygamy.
Followed down the slippery slope, of course, by the legalization of pedophilia, and eliminating laws which define the age of consent. Because if Mohammed can marry a six-year-old, then by Allah every Muslim must be allowed to marry toddlers. The more the merrier! It's in the Koran!
Thanks homosexuals. Thanks a lot. Because all this is totally on you. You set out to erase the mores of Western Civilization in pursuit of your sodomistic hedonism, and now that the door is opened all sorts of depraved debauchery is moving in unencumbered by trite anachronisms like morality.
Love Wins, even if it's the love that dare not speak its name, yet.
While appearing at an event with multi-billionaire tax-avoider Warren Buffet, Hillary Clinton provided some insight on how her tax plan differs from Donald Trump's.
"Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich," Clinton said.
"Well, we're not going there, my friends. I'm telling you, right now - we're going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!"
The sycophantic sheep went wild, cheering for Hillary to raise their taxes.
There's video at the link in case your lyin' ears don't want to believe a known right-wing prevaricator like me.
Because wasn't it Joe Biden who said paying more taxes is patriotic?
Well OK then, get ready for a big dose of patriotism!
Hillary Clinton comes up $2.2 trillion short in paying for her policy agenda, despite hiking taxes by $1.3 trillion, according to a new analysis of the Democratic nominee's campaign platform.
The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Thursday finding Clinton's domestic agenda would "have a dramatic effect on the federal budget."
Gordon Gray, American Action Forum's director of fiscal policy, based the report on estimates of policy proposals from the Clinton campaign itself, as well as independent analyses from the Tax Policy Center and the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Pay up suckers, because Free Stuff ain't cheap.
Clinton's most expensive policy proposal by far is guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of paid family leave at a cost of $1.598 trillion. Her "College Compact" plan that would give free community college tuition for students who work 10 hours a week would cost $347 billion.
Clinton's child care plan would cost $337 billion, while debt free college for future students would cost $107 billion. The tab for universal preschool reaches $66 billion.
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about Real Money.
So listen up Hillarians. Yup, I'm talking to you, oh displayers of Hillary signs and bumper stickers. I hope you like Hamburger Helper. Because you're gonna bear the brunt of paying for your queen's quest for utopia. And those taxes won't be easy on the budget, leaving you a lot less left over for luxuries like food.
Don't come crying to me though, because I'll just say I told you so.
For 7½ years Barack Obama has promised us that recovery is just around the corner. Except around every corner there's always more bad news.
Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.
The Commerce Department said Friday that the gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the economy — grew at a 1.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. That was far below the 2.6 percent GDP growth rate that economists had been forecasting.
The government also revised down its estimate of first-quarter growth to 0.8 percent from 1.1 percent. The economy has now grown at lackluster rates for three straight quarters.
It's interesting that their forecasts always unexpectedly fail to match reality. It's also interesting how their initial reports inevitably get revised downward.
So don't put a lot of stock in that 1.2% figure. It's almost certainly too rosy an estimate.
And don't forget that Hillary Clinton promises to keep on keepin' on, as in she'll follow Obama's economic playbook, chapter and verse. Are you ready for 4, or God-forbid 8 more years of economic malaise?
Ask yourself, are you really better off today that you were in 2007?
I know I'm not.
If you're being honest, you'll admit you aren't either.
Keep that in mind on November 8th.
The Democratic Party truly is the party of infanticide.
On Wednesday evening, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and told the story of the time she aborted her first child because it was an inconvenient time to become a parent.
"To succeed in life, all we need are the tools, the trust, and the chance to chart our own path," Hogue said during her DNC speech. "I was fortunate enough to have these things when I found out I was pregnant years ago. I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time. I made the decision that was best for me — to have an abortion and get compassionate care at a clinic in my own community." At this point, applause and cheers could be heard in the crowd. "Now years later, my husband and I are parents to two incredible children," Hogue continued.
Some day one of her "incredible children" will read about his dead older sibling and wonder if Mommy will discard him too if he becomes inconvenient.
Cheering the death of a child is beyond the pale. And yet, it's just another day in Hillary Clinton's world. What's one more when you've already buried 57 million, right?
They know it's wrong, they're just not willing to admit they know. So they shout ever the louder, to drown out their consciences.
Nancy Pelosi knows. And she ridicules the pro-life movement.
Donald Trump is beating Hillary Clinton among white men because guns, gays, and God, according to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"I think that, so many times, white — non-college-educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G's, God being the woman's right to choose," Pelosi told PBS's Judy Woodruff in an interview Wednesday.
Yes, Mizz Pelosi, God's not OK with murdering your unborn child. Thou Shalt Not Kill. Go ahead, look it up if you don't believe me.
Jesus is especially fond of little children; I remember the inscription over the door to Saint Catherine's School — Suffer the little children to come unto me. Surely as a "devout Catholic," Tim Kaine could explain that one to you.
Oh, right, he wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Sounds like he, and you, could use a refresher course in the Catechism.
Take the first step. Tell your delegates to stop
booing God. Let Him into your hearts. He'll take it from there.
Hillary Clinton, who spent the entirety of her presidential primary campaign battling allegations over her improper use of a personal email server while secretary of state, once again faces an email headache just days before her crowning as the Democratic presidential nominee.
This time, the leak of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee, some of which indicated an anti-Bernie Sanders bias at the very top of the organization, led to the resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Some "resignation." Because now Debbie's working directly for Hillary. Assuming, of course, she wasn't already doing that at the DNC.
Clinton emailed supporters and said that Schultz would join the campaign as "honorary chair" of the 50-state program to ensure Democrats win elections nationwide.
Sure Debbie got booed off the stage in Philadelphia this morning, but hey, she'll be perfect as Hillary's surrogate on the campaign trail!
The weekend email dump is damaging, to say the least. And it puts paid to any notion that Hillary's home-brew email server wasn't breached. Because if the DNC can be hacked, you can bet your bottom dollar an unprotected server in a closet was compromised, more than once.
So, we now know the DNC was totally in the tank for Hillary, disparaging Bernie at every opportunity. How's that endorsement working out for you now Senator?
Speaking of paid surrogates, the leader of Black Lives Matter, DeRay McKesson was literally on Debbie's payroll. And here I'll bet you thought BLM was just a grassroots movement that sprung up spontaneously right before this election.
The hits, they just keep on coming.
We also learned that while Hillary will spend the week lamenting how money in politics in bad, at the DNC money talks. DWS perfected pay-to-play; if you don't pay, you don't get to play.
The documents reveal the specific benefits being offered to the Democratic Party's wealthiest supporters as they gather to officially nominate Hillary Clinton for president.
Those benefits will include opportunities to advance donors' interests in closed-door meetings with top policymakers, even as Clinton decries the influence of money in the American political process.
Documents detailing the various convention donor packages were attached to some of the 20,000 emails obtained in a hack of the Democratic National Committee released last week by the group Wikileaks. The release has plunged the party into turmoil.
All of which again led Hillary to decry how she's held to a different standard than "everybody else." The FBI would certainly agree…
On the one hand, I'm surprised she admits to having any standards at all. But c'mon, holding politicians' feet to the fire is a time-honored tradition of democracies everywhere. Hillary has spent her life skipping from scandal to scandal, and now it's a newsflash when someone questions her credibility?
But that's one of feminism's hypocrisies, and great paradox of Hillary's quest
to be Vagina In Chief. They want to be equal to men, until they're treated just
like another man, at which point they either cry, faint, or shout "misogyny."
So man-up Hillary. Because the scrutiny you're getting is par for the course
with Republicans, men and women. Ask Sarah Palin.
Remember when Vinny Prieto promised us a sales tax cut next year if we'd just let him hike the gas tax this year? And remember how that turned out to be a big fat lie?
Well, Vinny's back, this time with Steve Sweeney in tow, and boy oh boy do they have a deal for us! Is it a good deal? Bwahahahahaha!
The joint proposal would gradually eliminate the estate tax, increase a popular tax credit for the working poor, raise the tax exemption for retirement and pension income, provide a small tax deduction for spending on gas taxes and create a tax exemption for veterans.
The tax cuts are designed to offset a new 23 cent per gallon increase on gasoline sold in New Jersey that would boost New Jersey's second-lowest in the nation gas tax, 14.5 cents per gallon, to 37.5 cents. According to lawmakers, that will fund a 10-year, $20 billion Transportation Trust Fund.
So we get boned up the gas tank in exchange for what? Crumbs?
I think I'll curb my enthusiasm.
The latest, bicameral offering phases out the estate tax, raising the threshold from $675,000 to $2 million on Jan. 1, to $5.4 million in 2018, and eliminating it entirely in 2020.
Lawmakers have said they expect the estate tax cut will be transformational for New Jersey, which has the lowest threshold in the U.S. It was also considered key for recruiting Republican support for the gas tax hike.
The deal will raise the Earned Income Tax Credit to 40 percent of the federal credit and increase fivefold the amount of retirement and pension income excluded from gross income taxes.
A tax deduction once included in the Senate bill is making a comeback. It will allow New Jerseyans making up to $100,000 to deduct up to $500 of their gas tax costs. And there's a brand new $3,000 personal exemption for honorably discharged veterans.
Their estate tax phaseout won't survive the next gubernatorial election, for the same reasons the sales tax cut was never going to be enacted. Any "Republican" whose vote is swayed by this charade is an idiot.
Raising the EITC is just more wealth redistribution, ie payments to poor inner-city Democrats to ensure their votes don't wander off in search of Donald Trump in November. Ditto for that handout to the AARP set.
And then in what's gotta be the biggest insult of all, they're flat out declaring that anyone earning more than $100K a year is rich and underserving of any tax cut at all. In other words, typical Democratic Party class warfare.
The only real cut in the list is the $3,000 personal exemption for veterans, and that's probably only in there because Prieto and Sweeney don't actually know any vets, and so they're thinking hardly anyone in the state will take them up on the offer.
No thanks fellas. Your plan stinks.
Cut spending. Use that to finance your transportation boondoggles. But then, as Glenn Reynolds is fond of saying, that would provide you guys with insufficient opportunities for graft.
UPDATE 22 Jul 2016 15:46:
Well, this is awkward.
Apparently this "deal" wasn't run by Chris Christie before being announced by Sweeney and Prieto.
Brian T. Murray, Governor Chris Christie's spokesman, told MMM in an email that Christie has not seen the Transportation Trust Fund legislation that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced today.
And shortly thereafter, Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined him on the ticket.
You will note that this blogger was, briefly, in the #NeverTrump camp.
Then reality set in.
The bottom line? Pond scum would be preferable to Hillary Clinton.
So I conclude, not without some reluctance, that the Wall Street Journal's Bill McGurn is right: the best case for Donald Trump is this: the alternative is Hillary Clinton.
The economy? "There is zero reason to believe a Clinton administration would be any improvement over the past eight years, from taxes and spending and regulation to ObamaCare. "
Social issues? Hillary Clinton is "the candidate who touts the Planned Parenthood view of human life, who sees nothing wrong with forcing nuns to provide employees with contraceptives, and who supports the Obama administration's bid to compel K-through-12 public schools to open girls' bathrooms to males who identify as female."
Foreign affairs? Think the Russian "reset" (how's that working out?) Benghazi, and the "deal" with Iran.
The Supreme Court? To ask the question is to answer it.
In short, as McGurn concludes, Donald Trump "represents a huge risk." But -- and it's a large "but" -- "honesty requires that this risk be weighed against a clear-eyed look at the certainties a Hillary Clinton administration would bring."
There are 6,000 some odd political appointees residing in the Executive Branch. Staffers in DOJ, EPA, IRS, Agriculture, Energy, Commerce, the military, and elsewhere. Barack Obama has filled those slots with Lois Lerner and Elizabeth Warren clones. Hillary Clinton would keep them in place. Donald Trump can't wait to fire them all.
Meanwhile Turkey is imploding, with Recep Erdogan purging moderates while moving our NATO partner into an alliance with every other Middle Eastern Islamic dictatorship. Hillary Clinton allowed that to happen.
Barack Obama has set the stage for open warfare on police. Black Lives Matter, regardless of their stated intentions, has become a terrorist organization. Dallas, Baton Rouge, Milwaukee, Kansas City, the story is the same — an "activist" took it upon himself to kill policemen, in order to protest "injustice."
Those cops have families. Those cops did nothing wrong. And yet Barack Obama has refused to light the White House blue to memorialize them even though he didn't hesitate to put up rainbow lights in celebration of sodomite "marriage" or purple lights for a dead rock star. No doubt Hillary Clinton agrees with his racist, and divisive decision, since she bashed the police during a recent speech to the NAACP.
Then there's the curious case of Twitter banning conservatives, most recently Breitbart News tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos. As a private media company they are, of course, free to serve whomever they wish. (Unlike, say, a baker or a florist or a photographer, but I digress...) But what happens when Hillary Clinton finishes her attack on the the First Amendment by installing a version of Twitter's Orwellian Trust And Safety Council at the FCC, with the power to "ban" people from using the Internet?
Like I said, scary stuff. And reason enough to vote for Donald Trump.
Obamanomics, Christie-nomics, and small business are not a winning combination in New Jersey.
The state lost more than 9,500 of its roughly 180,000 small businesses from 2004 to 2014 as it struggled to recover from the downturn. Every county besides Ocean lost small businesses over the decade.
The economy has discouraged businesses owners across the state, said Deborah Smarth, chief operating officer of the NJ Small Business Development Centers.
"People have put off that decision because they don't want the risk," she said.
Meanwhile, New Jersey policies have discouraged growth, according to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, which ranked the state 49th in the country for its small business climate, mainly due to taxes.
Working in a high cost state, many business owners have put financing and taxes at the top of their list of concerns, Smarth said.
"In recoveries, small businesses are the ones that have been job savors and creators," Smarth said. "Yet the New Jersey government has not been friendly to small businesses."
The Democrats in our state legislature have a "solution," of course. Raise taxes. They're trying to hike the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon, and there's the perennial Millionaire's Tax they trot out whenever one of their pet projects looks like it's running out of money. Property taxes are among the highest in the nation, the sales tax bites everybody every day, and New Jersey even charges an Exit Tax when you wise up and leave our progressive utopia.
Add in the burden of skyrocketing Obamacare premiums, onerous and duplicative environmental regulations, surcharges for "affordable housing," a $15 per hour minimum wage, mandatory paid sick time, and a toll booth on every street corner, and well, it's no wonder people aren't flocking here to hang out their shingle.
"New Jersey government has not been friendly to small businesses" has
gotta be the Understatement Of The Year. But wait, whichever of the dueling
Steves (Sweeney or Fulop) becomes our next governor, you can be certain of
one thing — small businesses in New Jersey will look back on this past
decade as The Good Old Days as he turns the citizenry into an ATM for the
gold-plated public employee pension and benefits fund.
Sorry Sandersnistas, your guy doesn't actually have principles.
Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton at her Portsmouth, New Hampshire, rally on Tuesday, Clinton's campaign confirmed to The Associated Press.
The Vermont senator's campaign announced his participation minutes after the Clinton team's email hit inboxes, with both announcements sharing the same language that the two former primary rivals will "discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top."
I guess he forgot the part about her being unqualified for the presidency.
"She has been saying lately that she thinks I am quote-unquote not qualified to be president," Sanders said. "Let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton, I don't believe that she is qualified if she is through her super PAC taking tens of millions of dollars in special-interest money. I don't think you are qualified if you get $15 million through Wall Street for your super PAC."
She's still in the pocket of Wall Street fat cats Bernie. For way more than $15 million too. Maybe she shared some of that cash with you to help you change your mind?
"I don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq," he continued, referring to Clinton's 2002 vote as a U.S. senator from New York.
Sanders also criticized Clinton's past support of trade deals, suggesting that that also undermines her ability to be president.
I'm thinking these quotes need to be in every GOP attack ad between now and November. Hillary's record in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and Russia is one of failure and chaos. Everything she touched while Secretary of State has gotten worse. Her trade deals have cost American jobs. And her Wall Street donor list is a who's who of the .001%, belying Bernie's populist posturing.
A guy with principles wouldn't endorse all that.
A guy with principles would take a second look at Jill Stein's offer to take over the Green Party's nomination instead.
But then, if you thought Bernie Sanders had principles, you didn't really know him all that well.
He played you for suckers. He was only in the race to bask in your adulation while the Secret Service fed his ego. Now he expects you to follow him into the abyss behind a congenital liar cum career criminal in the interest of "party unity."
Pretty wild coming from someone Hillary once
said she's "not even sure" is actually a Democrat, eh?
To almost no one's surprise, Obama's DNC-controlled Justice Department accepted the recommendation of his puppet FBI Director and formally announced the closure of their investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.
The Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email setup has been formally closed without any criminal charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday.
The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey's recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey's public statement, Lynch had said she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of her career prosecutors.
To say I'm disgusted is a gross understatement.
Then Hillary and Barry just "happen" to schedule their first joint campaign appearance on the very day the FBI director is set to announce his findings. These events don't happen on a whim, or without weeks of advance notice. So for sure everybody already knew she was going to skate.
Which means, of course, that the FBI "interview" at her house on Saturday was just for show. The investigation was already concluded. The decision to clear her had already been made.
In other words, the fix was in. The rule of law is dead. Mr. Comey's cowardly decision will go down as one of the government's worst assaults on truth.
After describing clear evidence of extensive mishandling of classified national security information, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI will not recommend indicting former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. This is naked crony government, ugly and exposed.
Laws are for the little people.
Hillary Clinton is Too Big To Jail.
It doesn't matter that the evidence of her guilt is plain for all to see.
But it might matter that buried in Comey's remarks is this little gem, in which he obfuscates Hillary's guilt.
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.
If Donald Trump and the GOP are smart they'll seize on this double standard, and convict Hillary in the court of public opinion.
Paul Ryan is, to his credit, connecting those dots.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday formally urged Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to deny presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton access to classified information.
Ryan, in a letter to Clapper, said he wants Clinton prohibited from receiving classified information "for the duration of her candidacy for president."
"There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information, and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI's findings," Ryan wrote.
Of course Clapper will demur. He's a politician who's also looking to keep his job for four more years. But that will just give the GOP another talking point — what level of "carelessness" would lead Clapper to deny someone access to more classified information?
Move over "Crooked Hillary." Her new nickname ought to be "Careless Hillary." Because do we really want someone that reckless and negligent in the White House?
You know what? This guy is on to something.
And in the meantime I think Woodward and Bernstein owe Richard Nixon an apology.
It's a scene that's played out 6 times already. But that didn't stop Loretta Weinberg and her harridan caucus from again passing a budget bill that includes $7.5 million taxpayer dollars earmarked for the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood.
And with a stroke of his veto pen, Chris Christie nixed it for the 7th straight year.
Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation Thursday [...] that would have restored $7.5 million in grants for women's clinics which he eliminated when he first took office in 2010.
In veto statements released just before 10 p.m. — two hours before the start of the new fiscal year — the governor said his actions "protected taxpayers" from the "irresponsible" spending by the Democrats who control the Legislature.
"Unfortunately, the Legislature has continued its annual ritual of attempting to pass additional unbudgeted spending for selected interests," according to Christie's veto statement.
The vetoes did not come as a surprise. This is the seventh time the governor rebuffed efforts to restore the $7.5 million that had been shared by more than 50 clinics providing health screenings, birth control and other heath services.
"Birth control" is of course their euphemism for abortion. Planned Parenthood is in the infanticide business. Period. All that other stuff is ancilliary, and ephemeral. Baby parts are profitable; condoms, not so much.
According to their audited financial statement, Planned Parenthood took in more than $230 million dollars last year. And they've got $284 million in net assets behind that. So they're not exactly poverty stricken. They don't need New Jersey's $7.5 million.
Or to put it another way, PP could easily cover that $7.5 million and restore those supposedly "vital" health services. That is, if they actually wanted to help women rather than play politics.
But politics it is, because to a virtue-signalling liberal the appearance of
"doing something" is always better than actually getting something done. So
we'll see you again next year Loretta. And you'll go 0 for 8.
Enjoy your Fourth of July weekend New Jersey. The impending 23 cent gas tax hike, scheduled to go into effect at midnight, is (temporarily) dead.
It's not for lack of trying. And it's not because State Senate Democrats have suddenly seen the light in our already overtaxed state.
Nope. It's because Steve Sweeney wants the tax hit to be bigger. Christie's fake sales tax cut has gotta go! To be replaced with, well, the Democrats are still working that out.
New Jersey's elected leaders failed to reach a compromise Thursday to fix the state's transportation funding crisis, Democratic leaders of the state Senate said Thursday afternoon.
The announcement that there would be no Senate vote came as a surprise to legions of lawmakers and lobbyists in Trenton, most of whom have spent the last two months warning that construction projects on the state's roads, bridges and rail lines will close at midnight if no funding fix is found. But leaders in the Senate said Thursday that there is enough money to carry the fund through July.
Asked whether the Assembly and Senate are close to agreement on funding the Transportation Trust Fund, Sweeney said simply, "No."
So the fund that was running on fumes suddenly has an extra month of life. It's a miracle!
"We're going to go talk to the Assembly because we don't feel there's enough support in the Senate to do the Assembly bill. So we have to go to the Assembly with what we feel is a bill that could pass," Sweeney, D-Gloucester, told reporters. "It's a negotiation, and we're going to try to negotiate with the Assembly when we leave here. But we're not going to take any action on either bill today."
The only part the 2 sides agree on is the immediate 23 cent hike in the gas tax.
Christie and the Assembly say they'll offset that with a one percent sales tax cut sometime after 2018.
Senate Democrats had cobbled together a hodge-podge of estate tax phaseouts, retirement income tax exclusions, and charitable contribution deductions for some "middle class" tax filers to maybe appease enough fence-sitters into backing the gas tax increase. Christie called that plan "unfair," which is how he came to be siding with the Assembly's proposal.
Meanwhile the Transportation Trust Fund is $30 billion in debt and every dime currently dedicated toward it now goes to interest payments, leaving nothing to pay for actual transportaton projects. Hence the zeal to more than double the gas tax.
And of course all of this plays out against the backdrop of Sweeney's 2017 gubernatorial ambitions. Which of course might get detoured if he's seen as the mastermind of a whopping gas tax hike.
Happy, uh, Independence Day.
Hanging around with Donald Trump seems to have given Chris Christie the idea that he's capable of cutting yuge deals. Except his idea of a deal is actually a complete sellout to the Democrats.
The state Assembly hastily approved a plan after midnight Tuesday to cut the sales tax by a penny in exchange for raising the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon to rescue the near-broke Transportation Trust Fund.
Most members of the Assembly began the day Monday expecting to vote on a bill that would raise the gas tax and soften the blow by abolishing the estate tax, granting a greater exemption for retirement income, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers and creating a tax deduction for charitable giving.
But by late Monday, that bipartisan plan gave way to an alternative proposal that preserved only the gas tax and income tax cut for retirement income, and that for the first time included a cut to the sales tax from 7 percent to 6 percent by 2018.
Raise the gas tax now. Maybe cut the sales tax later. No estate tax cut. No income tax cut. Nothing upfront except Tax and Spend. It's such a great deal they had to sneak it through in the dark of night.
The deal was hashed out between Gov. Chris Christie, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union), who shuffled in and out of the governor's office from afternoon into the late night.
At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) asked Prieto to post the Transportation Trust Fund bills for vote by emergency resolution. Within 14 minutes, the Assembly passed the governor's funding plan.
Fourteen minutes! That's gotta be some kind of World Record for deliberative scrutiny. Obviously no one actually read the bill, or bothered to care what the public might have to say about it. Too late peasants! It's a done deal, so bend over and take it like a man.
The whole thing is a sham. By 2018 Christie will be a memory in Trenton. And dollars to donuts whatever Democrat succeeds him will find enough budget "emergencies" to ensure this sales tax cut never sees the light of day.
But that didn't stop Governor Sellout from doing his Happy Dance.
In an impromptu press conference minutes before the vote, Christie took credit for the revised proposal. Prieto emerged from the governor's counsel's office across the hall minutes later and embraced the governor.
"Who said that we don't get along?" said the speaker, who had been Christie's bitter adversary over a plan to bail out Atlantic City last month.
"While you guys are in there working, I'm the entertainment out here," Christie added. Prieto and Christie exchanged a ceremonial handshake and the governor did what could only be described as a celebratory dance.
Screwing the public is bipartisan fun!
Prieto and his unionista buddies are salivating at getting their mitts on that projected $2 billion annual boost to the Transportation Slush Fund.
They say it'll be used to fix our crumbling roads and bridges. And at an average cost of $2 million per mile there'll be plenty of opportunity for sticky fingers to latch onto some loose cash. Especially when some projects top out at a whopping $27.3 million per mile. Go ahead, tell me that one wasn't padded by the usual assortment of shady characters.
Then again, a lot of it will probably be earmarked for utopian socialist boondoggles like light rail, bike lanes, and the urban planners' perennial favorite — Transit Villages, which they'll sell on the idea of, wait for it, cars being too expensive to operate.
And then like I said, any hope of a future sales tax cut will fade into oblivion when the Democrats decide to use that money to bail out the public employee pension fund.
For a guy who entered office on the promise of shaking up the Trenton
establishment, Chris Christie has now cemented his stature as the epitome
of Business As Usual. Thanks governor. Thanks a lot.
No taxation without representation. It's the essence of modern liberty. It's the foundation of America's government. And it's about to be put to the test by the European Union, where a draft proposal would force robots to pay taxes.
Europe's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons" and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution.
Robots are being deployed in ever-greater numbers in factories and also taking on tasks such as personal care or surgery, raising fears over unemployment, wealth inequality and alienation.
Their growing intelligence, pervasiveness and autonomy requires rethinking everything from taxation to legal liability, a draft European Parliament motion, dated May 31, suggests.
The draft motion called on the European Commission to consider "that at least the most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations".
Isaac Asimov, please call your office.
If robots pay taxes, shouldn't they be allowed to vote? Hold office? Can an "electronic person" own property or exercise civil rights?
These aren't silly questions.
And no, I don't have the answers. I'm pretty sure the Euroweenies don't have the answers either. They're just trolling for revenue to prop up their bloated social welfare state and robots are this week's easy target.
But someone ought to put some thought into this Real Soon Now or the
EU just might find themselves on the receiving end of a robot revolution.
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