Category: Nanny State

Today at Work

Sweet MOTHER of GOD, SAVE us from 20-something feminist SJWs! In the store this afternoon, after looking up at Olympics on telly [insert disgusted voice]:

WHY do they have the WOMEN in BATHING SUITS to RIDE BIKES in a race?!” [steam steam steam]

THS lifts quizzical eyebrow a la Ebola.

It’s the triathlon [unspoken: YOU EFFING TWIT]. They swim a third of it.

Oh.

Interest now engaged elsewhere that outrage unwarranted.

We’re doomed.

THAT Clarifies Things!

In State Department/Obama Speak, this is what qualifies as “NOT A RANSOM

Just so we’re clear on this.

Presidential Empathy Update

Remember when it wasn’t ENOUGH that President Bush cut a vacation short and flew over Katrina ravaged New Orleans on his way back to the White House? How he should have BEEN there?
Good times, good times.

And it seemed like nobody was cutting short jack in Martha’s Vineyard.

Not for cities under water, not for cities on fire…

ObamaYukking

UNTIL what amounts to a CRISIS forced his hand (from the club shaft):

OBAMA INTERRUPTING VACATION TO CAMPAIGN FOR CLINTON

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Golf, afternoons at the beach and … political campaigning?

President Barack Obama is interrupting what so far has been a leisurely vacation to help raise money for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama has said there’s never been anyone more qualified than Clinton, who was his rival in the 2008 presidential contest and his first-term secretary of state, to be president.

Good to know SOMEBODY can count on him!

“Wooden Pallets Packed With Euros”

Maybe THAT’S Obama’s secret plan to destroy the Mullahs right there!

U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed
Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted to ransom

The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

Everybody KNOWS Euros aren’t worth shit!

A Very Good Article On The State Of Our Union

And by “good” I of course mean sad

Haunting this year’s presidential contest is the sense that the U.S. government no longer belongs to the people and no longer represents them. And this uneasy feeling is not misplaced. It reflects the real state of affairs.

We have lost the government we learned about in civics class, with its democratic election of representatives to do the voters’ will in framing laws, which the president vows to execute faithfully, unless the Supreme Court rules them unconstitutional. That small government of limited powers that the Founders designed, hedged with checks and balances, hasn’t operated for a century. All its parts still have their old names and appear to be carrying out their old functions. But in fact, a new kind of government has grown up inside the old structure, like those parasites hatched in another organism that grow by eating up their host from within, until the adult creature bursts out of the host’s carcass. This transformation is not an evolution but a usurpation.

What has now largely displaced the Founders’ government is what’s called the Administrative State—a transformation premeditated by its main architect, Woodrow Wilson. The thin-skinned, self-righteous college-professor president, who thought himself enlightened far beyond the citizenry, dismissed the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights as so much outmoded “nonsense,” and he rejected the Founders’ clunky constitutional machinery as obsolete. (See “It’s Not Your Founding Fathers’ Republic Any More,” Summer 2014.) What a modern country needed, he said, was a “living constitution” that would keep pace with the fast-changing times by continual, Darwinian adaptation, as he called it, effected by federal courts acting as a permanent constitutional convention.

read the whole thing and have a depressing weekend.

(via the sidebar at Ace’s)

Plagiarism!

Honestly if I had written that and someone stole it I would never call them out; I’d be too embarrassed to be associated with such banal pablum.

Real Courage

And no, you don’t show it by moving to Canada when someone you don’t like wins

What Happened To The Signers Of The Declaration?

A wonderful reminder of folks who actually had Sacred Honor.

(hat tip to Insta)

We Can Relate

What we seeing play out now in the Brexit post-mortem is the exact kind of over-educated, arrogant dismissal of the will of the proletariat that got them where they are. When it was all heading in REMAIN’s direction, no one really heard anything about education, income class, AGE… But now that things have gone so horribly awry for the so horribly better situated in their plans for controlling lives not their own, in an effort to delegitimize the entire process, all these patronizing denigrations of the electorate who chose LEAVE have started. When you drill down into the post-polling data, they sniff and look disgustedly Heavenward, you see UNEDUCATED (by which they mean: no sheepskin), UNWASHED, MENIAL JOBS, LOWER MIDDLE CLASS, LOVELY FILTH OVER HERE, DENNIS! Ergo, this entire process is tainted, denying the flower of UK 20 somethings the future of THEIR choice (“I’m NOT British, I’m EUROPEAN” read one sweet young thing’s sign), as these selfish, “patriotic” OLD FUCKERS who are going to DIE SOON ANYWAY indulged themselves in one last fantasy round of Rule Britannia.

As David Brooks said last night, he understood LEAVE’s anger, he just wished they’d embraced a “more cosmopolitan form of patriotism.” WTF does that even MEAN?

It’s an ageist AND uneducated themed run at…your everyday, regular Brit.
The enraged, ever-so-clevers are manipulating this momentous ROAR of a formerly mewling British lion into:

Toothless, rag-selling, dung covered Alzheimer patients ruin youths’ bright future.

Don’t let them.

I’m Sure Our Prizzy Got Over His Momentary, Elitest Huff at the Brexit Results

…the second he realized what a GREAT distraction from THIS they might just turn out to be.

US durable goods orders fell 2.2% in May vs. 0.5% drop expected

I Have Been GLUED to the Brexit Returns From the UK

10:25 p.m. CST and LEAVE is 600K+ ahead. Let’s hope this holds and they get their country back.
Farage

Twenty minutes later, LEAVE is up over 800K and **sadfaces**

…plus Labour calling for Cameron’s head already.

We Have Exclusive Pictures

…of the Democratic temper tantrum sit-in fundraiser on the floor of Congress last night.
DemSitIn1

“Standing up” for your principles sure doesn’t look like it used to.

A Brilliant Speech By Daniel Hannan On Brexit

And so very much of his argument applies to us here in relation to our government

Well done, sir.

(thanks to Tim)

More Apt Today Than Ever

Filed Under: “Help, Help! I’m Being Oppressed!”

“Scared of Women and Children” Update

Düsseldorf terror plot ‘bigger than previously realized’
The Isis plot to attacks the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia was bigger than previously assumed, with ten terrorists supposed to murder people with bombs and guns, local media report.

…On Thursday three men were arrested in Düsseldorf, after a fourth plot member had turned himself in to authorities in Paris in February.

Three of the men, all of them Syrian nationals are alleged to have arrived in Germany in 2015 along the Balkan route, the route taken by refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war.

The six additional members of the plot were supposed to join them at a later point, Saleh A. who is in custody in Paris told investigators.

According to his account, two of the group were supposed to blow themselves up in the Altstadt district, the other men were then to attack more civilians with guns and explosives.

You’ll notice the article is careful to say they arrived “ALONG the Balkan route/taken by refugees” and not that these guys WERE “refugees.”

That makes it all better, n’est pas?

Vote MERKEL!

So Crazy, It Almost Makes Sense

I would add “and keep your damn hands off folks who don’t agree with you.” #SimpleReally

Haters Gonna Hate

Especially when they’re right

Sorry, Venezuela haters: this economy is not the Greece of Latin America
Mark Weisbrot
Predicting a Venezuelan apocalypse won’t make it happen

For more than a decade people opposed to the government of Venezuela have argued that its economy would implode. Like communists in the 1930s rooting for the final crisis of capitalism, they saw economic collapse just around the corner. How frustrating it has been for them to witness only two recessions: one directly caused by the opposition’s oil strike (December 2002-May 2003) and one brought on by the world recession (2009 and the first half of 2010). However, the government got control of the national oil company in 2003, and the whole decade’s economic performance turned out quite well, with average annual growth of real income per person of 2.7% and poverty reduced by over half, and large gains for the majority in employment, access to health care, pensions and education.

Now Venezuela is facing economic problems that are warming the cockles of the haters’ hearts. We see the bad news every day: consumer prices up 49% over the last year; a black market where the dollar fetches seven times the official rate; shortages of consumer goods from milk to toilet paper; the economy slowing; central bank reserves falling. Will those who cried wolf for so long finally see their dreams come true?

Not likely. In the opposition’s analysis Venezuela is caught in an inflation-devaluation spiral, where rising prices domestically undermine confidence in the economy and currency, causing capital flight and driving up the black market price of the dollar. This adds to inflation, as does – in their theory – money creation by the government. And its price controls, nationalisations and other interventions have caused more structural problems. Hyperinflation, rising foreign debt and a balance-of-payments crisis will mark the end of this economic experiment.

But how can a government with more than $90bn in oil revenue end up with a balance-of-payments crisis? Well, the answer is: it can’t, and won’t.

An opinion piece in The Guardian.

From 2013.

In Case You’re Keeping Score

Add another name to the “who got classified emails from Hillary” list.

Dear Worthless Bureaucrat

Take notes, please:

People are DYING waiting on the VA, unlike folks at Disneyland who only THINK they’re going to die if Space Mountain breaks down.

VA Secretary Compares Long Hospital Waits To Lines At Disneyland

…“To me personally, the day to an appointment is really not what we should be measuring, what we should be measuring is the veterans satisfaction,” he said.
To illustrate his point, he cited the long lines at Disney theme parks.

“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line or what’s important?” he said.

“What’s important is: What’s your satisfaction with the experience.

Since dead men can’t complain, I guess those numbers are going up!

Somebody needs to leave.

I Knew a Marine Was Awarded a Navy Cross for BENGHAZI

What? YOU didn’t?

Just kidding. Neither did I.

Navy SEALs secret medals reveal heroism during past 15 years

WASHINGTON — Citations for two Navy Crosses and more than 100 Silver Star medals awarded secretly to Navy SEALs and a Marine for “extraordinary heroism” in the last 15 years reflect the fierce battles that have been fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to records obtained by USA TODAY.

The Navy decorated the Marine for saving the lives of civilians in Benghazi in September 2012. Several SEALs earned theirs for intense combat in Ramadi, others for rescuing hostages in Afghanistan. The Navy also honored the deadly efficiency of the “American Sniper,” the late SEAL Chris Kyle.

Benghazi

The most tersely worded citation accompanied the only other Navy Cross, awarded to a Marine gunnery sergeant. His heroism on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, came amid the chaos and controversy that surrounds the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. A House committee continues to investigate the attack, the U.S. response and the role of Hillary Clinton, then the Secretary of State and now the likely Democratic nominee for president.

It’s possible, through the citation and congressional reports on Benghazi, to sketch out his actions that night. The citation refers to his actions “in support of Overseas Contingency Operations in Sept. 2012” but does not say where. The Navy has acknowledged that it did award a Navy Cross to the Marine for his actions that night.

A House intelligence committee report on Benghazi refers to a two-person detachment of military personnel and other security personnel who flew from Tripoli that night to rescue Americans. They arrived at the besieged compound, and within 11 minutes were under attack by mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. The attack killed two and severely wounded two others. The Marine helped treat the wounded, repel attackers and organize the evacuation.

His “valorous actions, dedication to duty and willingness to place himself in harm’s way for the protection of others was critical to the success of saving numerous United States civilian lives,” the citation says.

Interesting things are starting to filter out about that video inspired rumble in the Sahara. (You know, the one where the SecState at the time has said no Americans died?) First we learn from disgruntled AirForce types cooling their heels in Aviano that they WERE turning and burning on the tarmac, just waiting for the high sign to take off and rock some Jihadis’ world.

When we were told there wasn’t anyone who could. Administration/Hillary Clinton claim status?
LIE.

Now, with this terse little report of a Marine Gunny’s extraordinary (read: MARINE) courage and exceptional organization in the middle of the shit, we learn that folks FLEW INTO TRIPOLI SPECIFICALLY with the intent to RELIVE BENGHAZI.

When we were told they couldn’t. Administration/Hillary Clinton claim status?
LIE.

I don’t care WHO is running against Hillary Clinton, but I’m voting for them.

Filed Under: I Do Not Think You Know What That Word Means

“She’s horrible at running, but she’s fantastic at governing,” a longtime friend and supporter said.

SAY WHAT? Give me ONE example to prove your thesis there, champ. ONE SINGLE THING Hillary Clinton has ever touched that either wasn’t a flat-out LIE to begin with, a shit sandwich during or an epic disaster in the aftermath.

This Is Pretty Awesome

and the Borderlands tie-in makes it even better.

(hat tip to Ace)

Hillary “Didn’t Lose a Single Person”/”Went to Bed When the Call Came” Clinton

…wants you to know she really would make a fine president.

‘We could have been there’: Squadron member speaks out on stalled Benghazi response

His squadron got the alert: a “real world mission was going down.”

The team – at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy – raced to the field and was briefed, as planes were armed and prepared to launch. Hundreds of miles away, fellow Americans were under attack in Benghazi.

“There were people everywhere,” said the witness, who was on the ground that night but wished to remain anonymous. “That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go” to Benghazi.

Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.

“The whole night we were told that we are waiting on a call,”…

A old squadron Marine Corps friend of ours pointed out on FaceBook that the Google Map seems to have been adjusted to reflect to administrations contention that no one could get there in time. Google is saying it’s a NINETEEN HOUR FLIGHT from Aviano to Benghazi.

Damn. That has to be by State Department email retrieval time, because it’s only FOURHUNDRED AND FIFTY MILES as a crow flies. As an F-18 flies?

About a half an hour.

As an AC-130 Spectre flies?

Two hours, three MAX.

Horrifying it HAS to be said: pray every night for those brave Americans in uniform on the ground against ISIS and the Taliban. The ONE thing an American could ALWAYS count on was the cavalry coming to the rescue.

No.
More.

Once Upon a Time, There Was a Secretary of State

…who made sure she set her husband up as fast as possible at the scene of the crime natural disaster, to maximize efficiency in the recovery of their share of the pie.

No one is talking about Clinton and Haiti. They should be.
This poor fellow held a sign up in the background of a Trump Towers CNN interview, and I’m sure the few who noticed it scratched their heads.

CNNBillClintonHaitiSign

Let’s start with a year old primer on how it all went down…the drain.

How the Clintons Worked the Angles in Haiti
Bill handled earthquake aid while Hillary was secretary of state. The nation deserved better.

The U.S. Founding Fathers went out of their way to establish a republic guided by the rule of law and not the rule of men. If there is a singular principle that has set the U.S. apart from countries south of the Rio Grande it’s the checks and balances that protect against caudillo power.

Yet in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, the Obama administration and Congress gave Bill Clinton carte blanche in handling hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars flowing to Haiti for recovery and reconstruction. This translated into enormous political power for the former president in the poorest country in the hemisphere, making him a de facto cacique.

Mr. Clinton loves to paint himself as a third-world redeemer, as he did in an interview in Africa with an NBC reporter that aired last week. The reporter asked about charges that the Clinton Foundation’s practice of pulling in big money from governments and wealthy donors during Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state was a conflict of interest.

Mr. Clinton countered that he’s helping the poor

…Within two weeks of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, the word had already gone out from the State Department that Bill Clinton would be in charge of U.S. reconstruction efforts.

That means,” one individual told me and I reported in a Jan. 25, 2010 column, “if you don’t have Clinton connections, you won’t be in the game.

The “game,” as my source called it, meant securing hundreds of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts from the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development and grants from multilateral institutions like the InterAmerican Development Bank, which gets the bulk of its funding from the U.S.

The Clintons deny that Bill’s power over State’s purse was used to secure donations to the Clinton Foundation. But at least two contributors who gave more than $1 million as I described in a March 9 column, including the InterAmerican Development Bank, benefited from U.S. earthquake aid.

There’s a lot that didn’t get done. In the north of the country, the Clinton-proposed Caracol Industrial Park was supposed to feature some 40 buildings for apparel assembly supporting up to 65,000 jobs. It remains a mystery why there are still only three buildings in full operation and only 5,000 jobs, despite plenty of tenant interest.

Bill’s first concern is always helping the poor. Remember he and Hillary went from “dead broke” to $53M now?
And they both STILL have to work, you know.
It’s tough.

“As Your Mayor I Will: Manage the City’s Finances to the Penny”

Much EASIER when you have them under your direct control, right? Survey says…YES!

Don’t look now, but because of that mean old Republican governor (I’m making the inevitable excuse now), I guess the Democratic mayor of Flint, MI (Yes, THAT Flint) was forced to divert donors and their $s to her campaign fund instead of a Flint victims’ charity fund. I know how this goes, so this HAS to be a Republican’s fault, right?

Flint mayor diverted water-crisis money to political PAC, suit says

The former city administrator of Flint, Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit against the current mayor’s office, claiming she was fired after raising concerns about donors being directed away from a charity for victims of the city’s water crisis and toward a fund sharing a name with the mayor’s campaign fund.

In the suit filed Monday, fired administrator Natasha Henderson claims that in February 2016, Flint’s current mayor, Karen Weaver, directed a former city employee and a city volunteer to stop directing potential donors to a charity called Safe Water/Safe Homes. That charity was run by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and had been approved by the city for water-crisis donations.

Instead, the lawsuit claims city employee Maxine Murray was directed by Weaver to begin directing donations to “Karenabout Flint.” According to the lawsuit, Murray came to Henderson “in tears” and in fear of “going to jail.”

“Karen About Flint” is Her Honor’s campaign website, where I got that bang-up, servant-of-the-people quote at the top of this post. Double entrendre there, n’est pas?

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