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It's come to this. An Oregon judge, who is not required to officiate at any weddings, is being investigated for "refusing" to perform same-sex marriages.
A Marion County judge has refused to perform same-sex marriages and has asked his clerks to refer couples seeking same-sex marriages to other county judges.
Judge Vance Day, a circuit court judge and former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, is now facing an ethics investigation over that decision, according to the judge's spokesman.
Spokesman Patrick Korten said Day instructed his staff to tell couples that the judge will not perform same-sex marriages. The staffers were instructed to refer same-sex couples to other Marion County judges willing to issue them a marriage license.
Korten said Day took the action based on his "deeply-held religious beliefs."
Day hasn't performed any same-sex marriages since he joined the bench in 2011, but only stopped doing marriages of any kind this past spring.
In case you forgot, "this past spring" the Supreme Court invented the "right" to same-sex "marriage."
Judges in Marion County are not required to perform marriages.
Got that? He is not required to perform marriages. Any marriages.
And as a courtesy, he refers couples to one of his collegues who does perform the services.
But is that good enough for the homofascists?
Of course it isn't.
Judge Day will be forced to do their bidding!
That decision led to an ethics investigation by the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness, Korten said.
He's being investigated for not doing something he's not required to do.
There you have the homosexual agenda. Mandatory compliance.
It's not enough to let them go about their business. Oh no, we will be forced to participate in their debauchery, and we'd better do it with a smile on our face. Or else.
It's tyranny of the sodomites. And like Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in
Kentucky, Judge Vance Day will soon find himself occupying a cell, another
prisoner of conscience in the homofascist states of America.
The Pilgrims came to these shores seeking freedom from religious persecution.
The First Amendment to our Constitution guarantees the "free exercise" of religion. It's a bedrock principle of our republic.
And yet today a federal judge ordered that Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis be sent to jail because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and "God's authority."
The judge said his only alternative was to jail her because he did not believe she would comply with his order even if she were fined. She was escorted out of his courtroom by a deputy, although not in handcuffs, to be turned over to the custody of federal marshals.
Excuse me, but when did we become the United States of Saudi Arabia?
And when jail doesn't break her, what will the homofascists do next? Feed her to lions?
These are dark days for Christianity in America. The Obama Administration is determined to force Catholics into paying for contraceptives and abortions. Photographers, florists, innkeepers, and bakers are being persecuted for not enthusiastically participating in same-sex "weddings." And now a woman is in jail for the "crime" of adhering to her Christian faith.
Who will the homofascists incarcerate next? Catholic priests who decline to officiate at a same-sex "wedding?" Bishops who tell Catholic hospitals not to perform abortions? Don't think it won't happen.
As Kim Davis was led away in chains her homosexual tormenters chanted "Love won! Love won!"
Which I'm pretty sure is their way of saying "Crucify her!"
Because it's a pretty demented definition of "love" that celebrates persecution
of a woman for her belief in God.
A lot of people are saying Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should buck up and do her job. Same-sex "marriage" is the law of the land now, and she is bound by duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Ordinarily I would be one of those people.
Alas, we no longer live in ordinary times.
Hundreds of cities and towns across the US freely flout federal immigration laws, declaring their environs to be "sanctuary cities," where illegal aliens can roam free, and apparently murder people at will. In point of fact, the federal government is actively prosecuting an Arizona sheriff for daring to enforce the immigration laws.
Meanwhile, activists from the Black Lives Matter squad openly engage in wanton civil disobedience, disrupting highways, bridges, restaurants, and state fairs. Yet they are encouraged by our president, courted by his annointed successor, and lavishly praised by left-wing media for the destructive consequences of their anarchy.
Partisan bureaucrats at the IRS deliberately persecuted opponents of the Obama regime, and more partisan hacks at the Justice Department blindly looked the other way when the criminality of their actions was exposed.
There are Treasury Secretaries who don't pay their taxes, and Secretaries of State who flout the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Records Act and quite possibly the Espionage Act, all with impunity.
The president himself habitually rewrites legislation to suit his political aims, caring not one whit for the clear meaning of the laws he signed, but rather viewing statutory language to be more and more malleable by the day. And why not? The Congress impotently acquiesces, unsure of their role in our constitutional republic's separation of powers arrangement. The Supreme Court likewise twists words into heretofore unknown meanings merely to avoid forcing Congress and the president to work together.
So we get a fine that is not a tax, is, under the right circumstances, in some ways a tax, but only until it is assessed, in which case it becomes a fine again, albeit one that is not always required to be paid.
Quite simply, the unitary executive and his sycophants have accreted to themselves the power to move mountains at the stroke of a pen.
So really, what's the big deal with a County Clerk (an elected Democrat no less!) who also takes it upon herself to "interpret" the law as she sees fit?
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism! Or at least it was, when that cowboy Bush was in the White House. I guess now we have to toe the progressive party line or risk being branded racist haters.
Here we have in a nutshell an explanation for the rise of Donald Trump. Lawlessness at every level of government. And blatant favoritism for the minority group du jour, with express official condemnation of that group's presumed "oppressors." The average American who follows the rules and acts like the good citizen his parents told him to be gets screwed over again and again as he sees the elite and powerful getting away with bloody murder.
At some point the people are going to rise up and say "enough!" No more bureaucratic diktats. No more special privileges for the well-connected. No more denigration of Christianity. No more dissembling about how freedom of religion equates to freedom of worship for one hour a week, let alone that it was really meant to be freedom from religion.
No more pretense that up is down, war is peace, or boys are girls.
Kim Davis is the canary in our coal mine. Will we let her get squashed like a bug? Or will we rally to her side, prepared to use every one of the Left's Alinskyite tactics against them? Because, in this climate playing by the old rules is for chumps and losers. And the Progressive juggernaut has no qualms about how they get what they want so long as they get what they want.
Barack Obama changed the rules. American politics is no longer a gentlemen's
game. Now, it's war. And to quote Ronald Reagan, the only acceptable outcome
is this: We win, they lose.
Yes, the lottery is a tax on the mathematically challenged.
People still play it. And sometimes, they win.
Except in the state of Illinois, the winners don't get paid.
Danny Chasteen and his girlfriend, Susan Rick, thought they had gotten their big break last month when Chasteen won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery. Instead, they got an IOU.
The Chicago Tribune reported that disbursements of Illinois Lottery winnings of more than $25,000 have been halted because the state doesn't have a budget.
Under state law, checks for such winnings must be cut by the state comptroller's office and, since lawmakers have yet to approve a budget, the office cannot release those funds, the newspaper said.
But you can bet your bottom dollar the state is still collecting money, budget or no budget. Just try telling them you can't pay your taxes because you haven't adopted a household budget yet. I'm sure they'll be extra sympathetic.
And here's another sure bet. Illinois is still paying government workers' salaries. And retired public employees' pension checks aren't being held either. Bureaucrats protect their own. It's you and me who they don't give a shit about.
So, why play the lottery if you're not gonna get paid? That's the big question!
... if the delays stretch on indefinitely, Smith said, word will spread — especially if it affects people who play regularly.
"If that news just continues to go viral, and it goes back to their neighborhoods and people are talking about it, I think it could have an impact," Smith said. "And even if it affects sales by a percent or two, that's bad for the lottery."
How bad? Total collapse of the whole blue-state social model bad.
Now, about the Illinois fiscal follies, this is only going to get worse, friends. Not only is Illinois a high-tax-and-even-higher-spending state, but its public employee pension obligations are completely unmanagable and the state is headed for either a default, a bankruptcy or a desperate plea for some sort of bailout. The slow budgeting process is part of the problem here too. It's not only lack of money. But it's not that hard to pass a budget when you know what you have to spend and you're willing to stick to it. Here in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican legislature regularly pass budgets not just months ahead of time, but years ahead of time. Why can't they do that in Illinois? Because Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to bring fiscal sanity to the state and the Democrat legislature is resisting with all its might.
How many other states are sitting on budgetary time bombs? California. New York. And of course, New Jersey, just to name 3.
Can you imagine how people here will take it if the NJ lottery stops paying winners because Steve Sweeney decides to write a $5 billion dollar check to the teachers union pension fund?
Stiffing lottery winners is like eating your seed corn. Once word gets out the state won't pay, the players will find other outlets for their gambling fix. Perhaps ones where making sure they pay taxes on their winnings isn't exactly a high priority, if you know what I mean. Add that drop in tax revenue to the drop in lottery sales, and the pain at the state treasury just got a lot bigger.
Ergo, if Illinois thinks they have problems now, just wait a few more months.
At some point they're gonna stop paying guys who matter, and then the jig
Imagine the sanity of a country that pays for jihadis to learn how to drive an 80,000 pound missile of death. Meet Amir Meshal, Minnesota's newest Class A trucking licensee, and member of the DHS "No Fly" club.
A Minnesota man, who Homeland Security identifies as a terror suspect who is on the "No Fly" list, now has his Class A commercial license, which will allow him to drive semi-trucks.
The FOX 9 Investigators revealed last May that Amir Meshal was attempting to get his Class A license from a South St. Paul Truck Driving School. The $4,000 tuition was paid for through the state workforce program.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety confirms he was granted the license after passing a road test on August 8.
Getting taxpayers to underwrite his training was a nice touch, eh?
But wait, there's more.
A spokesperson said Meshal has also applied for a school bus endorsement.
Instant hostages! Like lambs to the slaughter.
By now you're asking yourself, how could this happen?
Here's how. Four letters: A. C. L. U.
The ACLU recently sued TSA and Homeland Security to have Meshal removed from the "No Fly" list. But Homeland Security responded in a letter obtained by the FOX 9 Investigators that Meshal, "may be a threat to civil aviation or national security," adding that, "It has been determined that you (Amir Meshal) are an individual who represents a threat of engaging in or conducting a violent act of terrorism and who is operationally capable of doing so."
Yeah, I'd say he's "operationally capable" of "conducting a violent act of terrorism" alright. Maybe by loading up a truck full of explosives, or worse, and driving it into a shopping mall. Because before truck driver school, he spent time at Jihad U.
In 2007, Meshal, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian descent, was arrested in Kenya by the FBI, suspected of leaving a terror training camp in Somalia.
In May 2014, Meshal was removed and trespassed from a Bloomington, Minn. mosque, Al Farooq, after he was suspected of radicalizing young people who would later travel to Syria. According to the police report, religious leaders said, "We have concerns about Meshal interacting with our youth." Meshal had previously been asked to leave an Eden Prairie, Minn. mosque for similar reasons.
Sounds like a real "mom and apple pie" kind of guy. Definitely someone who deserves to be entrusted with the keys to an 18 wheel behemoth, or the bus carrying your kids to school.
What could go wrong?
In some fashionable circles carbon credits are useful, mainly for "printing money." However, their ability to actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions turns out to be just so much hot air.
That's the finding of a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute, which investigated carbon credits used to offset greenhouse gas emissions under a UN scheme. As one of the co-authors of the report put it, issuing these credits "was like printing money."
Here's the scoop from The BBC:
As a result of political horse trading at UN negotiations on climate change, countries like Russia and the Ukraine were allowed to create carbon credits from activities like curbing coal waste fires, or restricting gas emissions from petroleum production. Under the UN scheme, called Joint Implementation, they then were able to sell those credits to the European Union's carbon market. Companies bought the offsets rather than making their own more expensive, emissions cuts.
But this study, from the Stockholm Environment Institute, says the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, "hot air" — no actual emissions were reduced.
In other words, carbon credits are a total farce.
You'll note that this is essentially the same scheme being pushed by Barack Obama and his Green Goons at the EPA. The "right people" get richer, and the environment gets hosed.
Perhaps worst of all are the perverse incentives the SEI report alleges these credit swaps have created for actually increasing emissions. According to a study released in the journal Nature Climate Change, plants in Russia "increased waste gas generation to unprecedented levels once they could generate credits from producing more waste gas," resulting in an increase in emissions as large as 600 million tons of carbon dioxide — roughly half the amount the EU's ETS intends to reduce from 2013 to 2030.
Pretend to save the planet by generating more CO2, all while profiting handsomely! What's not to like?
On the plus side, given this context, Obama spewing a few tons of CO2 flying Air Force One to Vegas so he can lecture us about reducing our greenhouse gas emissions doesn't seem so out of line. Because hey, if his Euroweenie buddies can get away with paying lip service to the gods of Climate Change, why should he bother to practice what he preaches?
Oh, and don't forget how George Soros is "suddenly" buying up coal company stocks, at fire sale prices. Prices engineered by Barack Obama. The profits from which Soros will then use to help put Hillary Clinton in the White House, and probably underwrite a good chunk of Obama's "post-presidency" to boot.
Yes kids, Climate Change is a fraud. And we're the marks.
Bob Menendez repeatedly said he didn't have sex with prostitutes. He even labeled the accusations a right wing smear campaign instigated by conservative media outlets.
But as it turns out, where there was smoke, there was indeed fire.
When federal agents looking into health care fraud searched the office of Florida eye doctor Solomon Melgen in January 2013, they found references to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez scattered all around.
There was a black notebook, found on the bottom shelf of a bookcase, according to court records. In it, agents found what "looked to be a ledger of prostitution activities," FBI Special Agent Gregory Sheehy wrote in a court affidavit. Menendez's name also appeared in the notebook, along with his phone number, Sheehy wrote.
Sheehy later filed a more detailed affidavit that discussed the notebook, which he said included the names of numerous women, many "denoted simply by a single name in quotation marks." Most included a phone number next to their name, and a few mentioned a nationality, Sheehy wrote in the affidavit. There were also names of men, including Menendez, Sheehy said. The senator's name appeared on nine separate pages.
Now why do you suppose Bob's good buddy, a guy who Bob did so many favors for, would keep records of Bob's dalliances with ladies of the evening?
Can you say "insurance?"
Sure, I knew you could.
Bob Menendez was bought and paid for, and Dr. Melgen wanted to ensure that Bob stayed bought and paid for. Quid pro ho, to coin a phrase.
And, according to the New York Daily News, some of Bob's sexual partners were under the age of 18.
But in a motion Monday asking the judge to ignore the defense arguments, Justice Department lawyers say the hooker allegations "were not so easily disprovable as the defendants suggest."
Prosecutors used the defense claims to highlight previously undisclosed tidbits on Menendez's pursuit of younger woman.
The lawyers say their investigation resulted from "specific, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic."
Bob Menendez, the Jared Fogle of the US Senate.
Which might explain why Tom Moran and the Star-Ledger are so gung-ho to rehabilitate the reputation of Bob Torricelli. Their editorial reads like a love letter to an old flame.
If indeed Menendez goes down, it's a safe bet that Torricelli will throw himself back in the game. And if there is a smarter politician in this state, on politics or policy, then we have yet to meet.
Sheesh, get a room.
But hey, if there's one thing NJ Democrats are good at, it's replacing one
corrupt politician with another. After all, they have an endless supply.
Tonight Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally at the Ladd Peebles Stadium, home to the University of South Alabama's football team. Thirty to forty thousand people are expected to attend.
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is again moving his Friday evening rally in Mobile, Ala., to a venue with more seating amid overwhelming demand, according to a Thursday news report.
Trump had already moved from the Mobile Civic Center Theater to the center's main arena, which has a capacity of 14,000. Tickets for Trump's stop were selling so quickly, however, another venue move was needed.
"It's going to end up at 30 to 40 thousand people in Alabama," Trump said this week.
Ladd Peebles Stadium hosts the South Alabama Jaguars's home games, as well as two college bowl games a season. The sporting arena reportedly has maximum capacity of 50,000 people.
London bookmakers now have Trump's odds of winning the GOP nomination at 7 to 2, only slightly behind Jeb Bush.
Of course, Jeb Bush couldn't attract 40,000 supporters if he gave away free NoDoz.
"Right down the road we have Jeb," he said of the former Florida governor, who was hosting his own event in nearby Derry.
"Very small crowd ... you know what's happening to Jeb's crowd right down the street?" Trump asked. "They're sleeping now. I don't see how he's electable."
Of course Jeb's wimpy, whiny, guilty-white-"moderate" GOP establishment
losers supporters don't see how Trump is electable either.
One group is wrong.
I'm starting to think it's not Team Trump.
That is, Donald Trump is on to something. And as he racks up the crowds he's also slowly trading the bombast for sensible sound bites.
For example, here's how he answered the charge he's really a closet Democrat in a recent one-on-one interview with John Hawkins of Right Wing News.
Well, the first thing I'd say is Ronald Reagan was a Democrat, actually with a very liberal bent and he became a Republican conservative and he was somebody I knew and liked and got along with very well. But, you know, I think it's important to know I grew up…I started in Queens, but I moved into Manhattan as a young man into a small studio apartment in Manhattan. And everybody in Manhattan, you know, it's a Democrat area.
That's what they have. They have Democrats and …Republicans are……you can forget it. If you're the Democrat primary winner, you automatically win the election. So you grow up with that and, of course, I wasn't thinking very much in terms of politics. I was a businessman and the reason I gave to everybody was because it ended up that I was a world-class businessman. You know, I built a great company and when you're a businessman, you give to everybody. You don't say, "Oh, gee, I'm not going to give." You give to everybody. I think that hurdle has totally been passed, John. You know people understand it and they dig it. Actually they dig it. And I'm honest about it. I say, hey, look, and that's part of the problem of the system because if you look right now with Jeb Bush and all these guys, they've got all this money raised and everybody that gives them money has tremendous power over them. I mean they're like puppets. They're like total puppets and I don't need money. I use my own money and these people are totally controlled by their donors and their special interests and their lobbyists — and nobody knows the system better than I do. I mean I'm a professional at this system and it's a system that has to be changed.
The first step in solving the problem is recognizing that there is a problem.
The second step is putting yourself in a position to solve the problem.
Washington can't be fixed from the outside. But it's going to take an outsider to fix it. Which is why the outsiders are gaining so much traction. When you look at the latest opinion polls the establishment guys are taking a beating.
A month ago, what I'll call the Not-Washington Crowd of candidates — Trump, neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, plus anti-establishment Sen. Ted Cruz — collectively got about 38 percent of voters, excluding undecideds, in the Huffington Post Pollster Average. Eight current or ex-governors got a combined 45 percent.
Now, the tables have more than turned. The Not-Washington Crowd has 50 percent, and the governors have fallen to 35 percent.
The biggest risers have been Trump, Fiorina and Carson, in that order. The biggest drops: Scott Walker, then Jeb Bush. (Everyone else in the 17-person field has been virtually flat.)
Voters have been drawn to Trump, I think, for a few reasons. To some extent, it's as simple as this: People are angry, Trump knows it, and he's s conducting a master class in Madison Avenue-style persuasion, as Dilbert creator Scott Adams recently detailed on his blog. (Who else but a cartoonist could explain this campaign?)
But the success of the other Not-Washington folks, at the expense of those long deemed front-runners, also looks like a considered vote of no-confidence in the governing class. A lot of voters no longer believe politicians can fix government. They see Trump's "Make America Great Again" ball cap and think the hat might be cheesy, but the slogan is dead-on. It's much the same sentiment, albeit not the exact playbook, that turned David Perdue into Georgia's junior senator last year.
America is on the ropes.
Trump's been on the ropes, and he's bounced back.
America will be great again. And Donald Trump just may be the guy who can make it happen.
Hillary's Clinton's email security plan: what happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom.
The IT company Hilary Clinton chose to maintain her private email account was run from a loft apartment and its servers were housed in the bathroom closet, Daily Mail Online can reveal.
Daily Mail Online tracked down ex-employees of Platte River Networks in Denver, Colorado, who revealed the outfit's strong links to the Democratic Party but expressed shock that the 2016 presidential candidate chose the small private company for such a sensitive job.
One, Tera Dadiotis, called it 'a mom and pop shop' which was an excellent place to work, but hardly seemed likely to be used to secure state secrets. And Tom Welch, who helped found the company, confirmed the servers were in a bathroom closet.
Sure makes it easy to flush the evidence!
And talk about the shit hitting the fan...
Because, really, this stinks.
But now we know what Hillary means by "data dump."
Maybe she thought the Internet was just a series of tubes.
Gee, I'm on a roll here!
Sadly though, almost no one is surprised by Her Majesty's complete disregard
for even the most rudimentary security measures. It's amost like she
wants America to go down the drain.
Is there anyone in the Democratic Party who isn't old, white, and past retirement age? Because c'mon, Al Gore? For president? Again?
The best sign that Hillary is in trouble is that even Al Gore insiders are talking up a potential run.
Because why re-enact Bush vs Clinton when you can generate Real Excitement with Round 2 of Bush vs Gore? Florida, here we come!
Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.
Gore, 67, won the popular vote in the 2000 election, and has been mentioned as a possible candidate in every contested Democratic primary since then. He instead spent much of the 2000s focused on environmental campaigning and business ventures. He has largely slipped out of public view more recent years.
"But in recent days, they're getting the old gang together," a senior Democrat told BuzzFeed News.
"They're figuring out if there's a path financially and politically," the Democrat said. "It feels more real than it has in the past months."
Democrats: yesterday's candidates, tomorrow!
In other words, they're fresh out of new ideas. Bring on the retreads!
Or rather, trade one old tired retread (Hillary) for another (Gore, or Biden).
Because, all that talk about "diversity" nonwithstanding, they're really the party of Old White Folks Who Want To Be President.
Hillary Clinton? Old white gal (67).
Bernie Sanders? Old white guy (73).
Jim Webb? Old white guy (69).
Lincoln Chaffee? Old white guy (62).
Joe Biden? Old white guy (72).
Al Gore? Old white guy (67).
Martin O'Malley? Middle aged white guy (52).
Elizabeth Warren? Old white gal, pretending to be Native American (66).
That Obama fellow sure seems like a one-off, eh? Maybe, even a token minority dude to fool the low-information voters. Two terms for the young, hip, black guy, and it's right back to their stronghold of old white people.
Meanwhile, it's the Republicans who demonstrate actual diversity in their candidates. Five minorities (African-American, Indian-American, Latino). And no one over the age of 70. Heck, they've even got seven folks younger than me running. Plus a woman who's actually got real world experience working with, and for, average Americans.
But let's not jump to conclusions. I'm sure not all Democrats are closet
racists. Just the ones who pick their presidential candidates.
Democrats are worried that the furor surrounding Hillary Clinton's private email server will be prolonged and intensified after her sudden move to hand it over to the FBI.
The Clinton campaign's decision to give up the server and a thumb drive containing backup copies of emails left Democrats scratching their heads as to why the former secretary of State had resisted for months turning over the server.
Coupled with new polls that suggest Clinton is vulnerable, Democrats are nearing full-on panic mode.
"I'm not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second," said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to get ridiculous."
Buying a book on how to permanently delete emails probably didn't help her cause either.
So as the FBI zeroes in, Huma Abedin lawyers up.
Politico reports today that Huma Abedin has a team of lawyers on the case as she comes under scrutiny from both Congress and federal judges probing the evasion of FOIA demands during Hillary's tenure — and Abedin's unusual financial arrangements at State.
And don't forget Cheryl Mills and her bald-faced pledge to delete all of her emails in defiance of both congressional and court orders.
A fish rots from the head. And they can smell the rot in Camp Chappaqua all the way down in Joe Biden's Vice Presidential vacation retreat.
Vice President Joe Biden is using part of his vacation in South Carolina this week to sound out friends and family about a presidential bid, as some Democrats press him to enter the race and give the party another option in the face of lingering controversies involving Hillary Clinton.
From his vacation spot on Kiawah Island, Mr. Biden is giving the strongest signal yet that he is actively considering making a third run at the presidency. He is asking political allies for advice and gauging the strength of Mrs. Clinton's campaign as he weighs his options, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Biden is expected to announce his decision next month.
"He's taking input from a lot of people he cares about and respects," said James Smith, a South Carolina legislator and Biden supporter who said he has urged the vice president to run. "He knows where I stand. It's just got to be his decision."
Because one septuagenarian white guy in the race isn't enough.
Joe Biden isn't the Democrats' Great White Hope. He might be testing the waters, but it's Elizabeth Warren who's standing by, patiently waiting for The Call.
Warren bowed out of this race months ago in deference to Hillary. But now that Hillary is mortally wounded, I can already see the "heroic" press conference. I could write the script.
Elizabeth Warren will step up to the podium and say, "I've been a fighter for underdogs my entire life. I've fought for women, African Americans, Hispanics, gays, unions, the poor, the working class, mothers on welfare, children without enough food to eat. In light of Hillary Clinton's distractions, I have decided for the good of this country and my party to re-think my decision. I believe my party needs me. I believe my country needs me. Consumers need me. The working class needs me. So…I've decided to enter the race for president of the United States."
And just like that … Hillary is done.
Warren fires up the Democrats looney-lefty base even moreso than Barack Obama. She can preach about the "War On Women" far better than Hillary ever could. And she embodies all the Democrats' perpetually angry grievance groups in one (admittedly fake) bundle of populist mendacity. But what else would you expect from the self-appointed grandmother of Occupy Wall Street, right?
Forget Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren is the perfect purveyor of the Moocher Class mantra — Free Stuff for us! That's why all my ultra-liberal friends, who currently voice tepid but as of yet unwavering support for Hillary Clinton, swoon with dreamy eyes whenever her name is mentioned. Elizabeth Warren is the Democrats' new, and definitely improved messiah.
She'll lead them to the Promised Land. Or so they'd like to believe.
Funny thing though. Wasn't that Obama fellow supposed to do that too?
Bristol Palin nails it: enough already with the Republican "outrage industry."
It's official. I used to use this blog to point out how liberals use the "outrage industry" to manipulate people and keep their power. Now Republicans are just as bad.
They're doing the MSM's dirty work, for free! Especially Erick Erickson and his merry band of RedState rowdies. And of course, Fox News. Which means that no one is taking shots at Obama and Hillary, because they're too busy stabbing each other in the back.
I don't endorse everything Donald Trump says or does… Mainly because I actually have to work for a living and I don't pay as much attention to politics as professional pundits. But I know that I hate the "politics of outrage" that people engage in.
Give me a break.
We only have so many opportunities to hear from the fifty million candidates who are apparently running for President. And we get the Fox moderators asking questions that the New York Times applauds? Please. Let's don't use the Democratic "war on women" talking points when we have ISIS to worry about.
Let's focus on winning the election, not winning accolades from the New York Times.
Dear GOP: Write down that last line so you don't forget: "Let's focus on winning the election, not winning accolades from the New York Times."
Why do we have 17 candidates playing circular firing squad and dancing to the Democrat media mavens' tune? Because Donald Trump said something impolitic?
Cue the fainting couches.
Here's a thought. Talk about what's really important. Obama and Hillary's foreign policy disasters. Unemployment. Jobs. Obamacare. Crippling EPA regulations. Activist judges. Illegal immigration.
Donald Trump's spat with Megyn Kelly isn't even in the same time zone as any of that stuff.
Because here's the thing. While all you knuckleheads are busy being distracted, Hillary is deleting emails and obstructing justice. And Barack Obama is giving The Bomb to Iran while falling into the cesspit of anti-Semitism.
But hey, let's talk about Megyn Kelly's menstrual cycles.
I'm with Bristol: Give me a break.
Fortunately, Ted Cruz still has his eye on the prize.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday warned that the Republican presidential candidates who are slamming Donald Trump do so at their political peril.
"I would … note that an awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican candidates, have gone out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick. Now I think that's just foolish," he said.
Asked why, Cruz paused and then replied, "Donald Trump had a rally in Phoenix, Ariz. [to which] between 10 and 20 thousand people came out. When you attack and vilify the people at that rally as crazies, it does nothing to help Republicans win in 2016. I'd like every single person at that rally to show up and vote in 2016, knock on doors with energy and passion, and turn this country around. If Washington politicians show contempt and condescension to those [voters,] that is a path to losing at the ballot box."
Right on Senator.
Yeah, I know, you guys really want me to comment on last night's cattle-call debates. Here goes: Carly won.
Now on to the news.
While you were watching Megyn Kelly bait Donald Trump for laughs and ratings, our Dear Leader was busy doubling down on his "Republicans and Iranian mullahs are two sides of the same coin" Orwellian claptrap.
Obama's "common cause" argument rests on several factual premises that seem to us obviously false, and that certainly are not obviously true — among them, that Republicans desire war, that there is a meaningful distinction between "Iranian hard-liners" and the Iranian regime, and that those hard-liners would prefer American military action to American appeasement.
But there is an even more basic objection to Obama's statement. Assume for the sake of argument that the "Iranian hard-liners" and the Republicans really do want an all-out military confrontation. Now, consider an example from history when such a result actually obtained. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 8, Congress declared war on Japan. Would it make any sense to say that the Japanese and the U.S. Congress had made "common cause"?
Obama is equating mutual antagonism with its opposite, "common cause." Again, Orwell put it more pithily: War is peace.
Because Obama is the center of his universe. If you are not with him, you are against him. And, everyone who is "against" him must be acting in concert.
Which means Chuck Schumer is a Republican now. LOL.
It's all part and parcel of Obama The Petulant.
Lame duck Obama no longer cares about even the appearance of civility with Republicans, or any Democrat who dares to oppose him. His gloves are now off, it's all personal to him (and his worshippers), and his radical ideological agenda is on full display. It's full Orwell, replete with blatant lies, rewriting of history, and assault on the fabric of society itself. Obama is a bully, with a bully pulpit, and he doesn't give a damn about the Constitution or its founding principles, which he thinks is deeply flawed. He has done more to damage the Constitution, the economy, and societal unity than all prior presidents combined.
That's what "fundamentally transforming" America means to him: Burn it down.
Which, to utilize his own twisted logic, puts Obama firmly in "common cause" with every rogue regime, terrorist group, radical Islamist, and Marxist revolutionary worldwide. Hence we get rapproachment with Cuba and Iran while shunning Great Britain and Israel. We get subservience to Vladmir Putin's expansionist aggression while gutting our own military capabilities. We get the rise of ISIS, the disintegration of Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, a resurgent China, and saber-rattling in Argentina while our erstwhile Commander in Chief plays golf with celebrities. Not to mention crippling deficits, a moribund economy, and bureaucratic tyranny on an unprecedented scale while he demonizes patriotism and slanders local law enforcement.
In short, if Obama wasn't actively trying to destroy everything America and Americans have ever stood for, what exactly would he doing differently?
And if you wanted to see him "succeed," who better to lead the country down
the rabbit hole than stealth-Clinton-crony Donald J. Trump?
With Obamunism, it's Expect The Unexpected!
U.S. private employers hired 185,000 workers in July, which was the smallest increase since April and reduced expectations of a strong jobs reading in the government's payrolls report due Friday, according to a payrolls processor on Wednesday.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 215,000 private jobs in July.
June private payroll gains in June were revised down to 229,000 from an originally reported 237,000 increase, which was the biggest rise since December.
So they lied to us again? The June jobs report was too good to be true, and in fact it wasn't true at all.
Cue my shocked face.
Then we see that their July estimates were also too rosy by far. And going by these, ahem, experts' track record, come September that 185,000 figure will almost certainly be "unexpectedly" revised downward as well.
The Obama "recovery" is one big Potemkin Village.
But then, you already knew that.
A Jewish friend once tried to put into words how he felt upon walking into the remains of Auschwitz. He broke down, several times, because such evil cannot be fully comprehended by civilized men.
Except, if you want to meet the kind of person who'd gladly volunteer to work at Auschwitz during its reign of carnage, look no further than your local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, where you'll find fully intact dead babies for sale, by the dozen.
A Planned Parenthood executive admits in an undercover video that her doctors alter abortion procedures and she manipulates prices to accommodate specific fetal tissue harvesting requests -- including delivering fully intact fetuses -- though doing so may violate federal law.
In the nearly 16-minute, edited video, the fifth released by Center for Medical Progress, a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses pricing for specimens -- ranging from intact fetuses to tissue and organs -- for outside tissue procurement companies.
"Yeah, and so if we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this," Farrell said. "I mean it's all just a matter of line items."
There are no words to adequately express how absolutely depraved these monsters really are. Watch the video. And don't try to hold back your tears.
I'll admit it. I couldn't get through the whole thing.
Sorry. Maybe I'll try again later.
Jill Stanek did watch it all. Here's her summary:
PPH is aborting late-term babies on such a massive scale by a team of six abortionists that an order for "120 samples" of "fetal cadavers" is received without blinking. #fetalcadavers
PPH is coordinating between its "research department" and abortionists to manipulate abortions to get the desired samples, although this can be impacted by "how cooperative the patient is during the procedure."
PPH abortionists have been doing some of their own research. #PPmadscientists
Some of the requested "fetal cadavers" are for experimentation with humanized mice. #humanizedmice (page 90 of the full transcript)
One hundred and twenty dead babies. Packed up and shipped FedEx. All in a day's work. What's remarkable is just how unremarkable it is to them.
And did you catch that part about "splitting the shipments" into "line items?"
Yeah, that's called falsifying medical records. Because they've obviously got something to hide.
But what they can't hide are the enormous profits generated by their house of horrors.
My department contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here. Even though we're one of the largest affiliates, our research department is the largest in the United Staes — larger than the affiliates combined…
Yeah and so if we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It's all just a matter of line items.
I know, I'm repeating the quotes.
But, God help us, this is all so heart-wrenching. It's evil beyond measure, and their cavalier attitude toward it all is absolutely soul-crushing. To keep a room, or probably rooms and rooms, chock-full of chopped up baby parts, and to openly browse the bins of tiny arms, legs, hearts, and lungs in search of just the right "specimen?" That's barbarism on an almost unprecedented scale.
There are 7 more of these undercover videos yet to be released.
I shudder to think of which one shows a Planned Parenthood staffer stitching
together aborted fetal skin into lampshades.
Gee, I wonder why wages are stagnant 7 years after The Great and Powerful Obama took charge of our economy?
U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.
The employment cost index rose just 0.2 percent in the April-June quarter after a 0.7 increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. The index tracks wages, salaries and benefits. Wages and salaries alone also rose just 0.2 percent.
Both measures recorded the smallest quarterly gains since the second quarter of 1982.
Salaries and benefits for private sector workers were unchanged, the weakest showing since the government began tracking the data in 1980.
Pay no attention to the community organizer behind the curtain.
Because really, after businesses are done paying all his extra taxes, and shelling out for Obamacare, and complying with thousands of onerous new regulations, who's got any money left for frivolous stuff like salaries?
But hey, you can always line up for more government cheese.
Remember right before 2012 election when the government swore the economy was recovering nicely?
And now that it doesn't matter, they can deign to tell us the truth.
So Obama's Commerce Department just quietly "revised" their GDP estimates for the last 3 years, downward.
The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments.
The economy expanded at just a 2 percent annual rate from 2012 through 2014, down from a previous estimate of 2.3 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Nearly all the weaker-than-expected growth occurred in 2013, when the government now says the economy expanded just 1.5 percent, much less than its previous 2.2 percent estimate.
Well sure. 2013 was when the reality of facing 8 years of Obamunism really set in.
And with this latest "oops," Obama now ranks dead last among all US presidents since 1932. That's a new level of #fail over 80 years in the making.
Over the first five years of Obama's presidency, the U.S. economy grew more slowly than during any five-year period since just after the end of World War II, averaging less than 1.3 percent per year. If we leave out the sharp recession of 1945-46 following World War II, Obama looks even worse, ranking dead last among all presidents since 1932. No other president since the Great Depression has presided over such a steadily poor rate of economic growth during his first five years in office. This slow growth should not be a surprise in light of the policies this administration has pursued.
Ayup. Obamanomics sucks.
The numbers don't lie.
But Obama's administration does, or else they would have told us when it actually mattered.
Trickle-up poverty, it's the only thing Obama's good at, uh, creating. He'll
turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please.
Hey, isn't this a great time to cut the army to its lowest level since before World War II? Because that's what Dear Leader is doing. And Pinch Sulzberger's Pravda on the Hudson is giddy:
The Army's plan to cut 40,000 troops, as well as 17,000 civilian employees, over the next two years is unsettling many American communities. Congressmen and senators in the affected districts are railing against the reductions and insisting they will fight to reverse them. But the cutbacks are a sensible and necessary move.
Obama is reducing our active duty army from 570,000 troops to a pre-WWII level of 450,000. Because getting caught flat-footed again isn't something he worries about.
And the guys who signed up to serve their country? Yeah, it sucks to be them.
President Obama needs to make sure the Army is well positioned to do its job, but that does not mean maintaining bases and a level of troops that go beyond what the country needs and can afford.
Lavish social programs? Wealth redistribution? Obamacare subsidies? Green energy boondoggles? Obama doesn't care what that stuff costs. But his media sycophants are suddenly worried about cost containment when it comes to defending us from Islamofascists, Iranians, Russians, and probably Chinese too?
One can only conclude that these progressive bozos want to see us conquered.
I guess they're planning to be the Vichy Americans, and in their minds,
I almost had another heart attack when I saw my new property tax bill.
It's up almost 7 percent over last year.
Almost all of which is because the drunken sailors on our local school board hiked their tax bite by a whopping 10.5 percent.
Ten point five percent.
A double digit increase, when property taxes are supposed to be held to a 2% cap. By law.
What the hell is going on with the Caldwell - West Caldwell Board of Education?
Have they lost their minds?
Have they no shame?
Because this tax increase in unconscionable.
But this is what happens when the Democrats in our state legislature, who are of course a wholly owned subsidiary of the teachers union, decided to stop letting us vote on the school budget.
Without the voters to curb their profligacy, the school board runs amok, screwing the taxpayers with abandon.
So here's a special "thank you" to CWCBOE President Paula Getty, Vice President Thomas Adams, and board members Marie Lanfrank, John King, and Dan Cipoletti: You are a disgrace. You have failed in your fiduciary duty. You are unfit to call yourselves representatives of the hardworking taxpayers of Caldwell. You embody everything that is wrong with out-of-control government spending in this state. You have forgotten those of us who are affected by your wanton disregard for any semblance of budgetary restraint.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
But that would require you to actually care about us taxpayers. Which
clearly, you do not.
Like everything else he's ever said, "hope and change" was a lie too.
Welcome to Obama's era of despair and misery.
About 1.7 million more children live in low-income working families today than during the Great Recession, according to the newly released 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. In 2013, one in four children, 18.7 million, lived in a low-income working family in the United States. Nearly a third of children are living in families where no parent has full-time employment. And even when parents are working full time, wages and benefits are often not sufficient to adequately support a family.
"Although we are several years past the end of the recession, millions of families still have not benefited from the economic recovery," said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation. "While we've seen an increase in employment in recent years, many of these jobs are low-wage and cannot support even basic family expenses. Far too many families are still struggling to provide for the day-to-day needs of their children, notably for the 16 million kids who are living in poverty. We can and must do better: we can make policy choices to lift more families into economic stability."
Barack Obama's economic policies have pushed more kids into poverty.
Barack Obama's economic policies have actually reduced wages.
Barack Obama's economic policies have destroyed millions of good jobs.
Barack Obama's economic policies have turned us into a nation of part-time workers, scrounging just to make ends meet.
Barack Obama's economic policies are an unmitigated failure, especially for his core constituency.
Race is one of the strongest factors influencing a child's economic stability. Data show the economic recovery of the past several years has bypassed many children of color. Rates of unemployment at the close of 2014 were in single digits for all races except African Americans. African Americans were also the only group for whom unemployment remains higher than before the recession.
If only they had voted for a president who actually cared about their plight.
Or as Instapundit Glenn Reynolds likes to jibe, they told me that if I voted for Mitt Romney black people in this country would end up worse off, and they were right!
There's an opportunity for the GOP here. Ronald Reagan famously said "the best social program is a job." And I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about minimum wage, part-time jobs. America needs good jobs, and the only way to get them is to grow the economy. Progressive policies don't do that. Electing Hillary Clinton as president won't do that.
To grow our economy we need to get government out of the way. It's a simple message for the GOP to adopt. For far too long people have put their faith in government, and government has always let them down. So the solution is definitely not the Democrats' perpetual mantra of more government.
Unless we reverse course, America is headed for the same fate as Greece. It really is as simple, and as scary, as that. The choice is ours. All we have to do is choose wisely.
UPDATE 22 Jul 2015 14:27:
Adding insult to injury: Only fifty percent of black men born 25 years ago have jobs.
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