Merry Christmas, Swillers

God bless you and keep you, EVERY one.

I Know I’m Shocked

Would you believe that Cory Booker, who arguably didn’t even live in the city he was nominally Mayor of while he was gallivanting around the country prior to his anointment as Senator, would you believe that there was rampant corruption on his watch?

NEWARK – Newark officials said they were dismayed by the former head of the Newark Watershed Conservation Development Corporation’s guilty plea on corruption-related charges earlier this week – an outcome many felt could have been prevented.

Linda Watkins-Brashear, who presided over the non-profit agency until 2013 – just one year before it was dissolved amid widespread allegations of corruption and mismanagement – is facing up to 23 years in prison and $350,000 in fines for conspiracy and filing a false tax return.

She is the second person to plead guilty to charges related to the scandal, though many in the state’s largest city consider it a reflection of an agency run amok thanks to the wandering eye of now-U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who was mayor over the entirety of Watkins’ tenure.

What’s so special about her tenure in Newark, you ask?

Other than that she got caught?

While Newark was laying off police officers and begging for state bailouts, one of its most important contractors was siphoning off millions of city dollars in illegal payments, sweetheart deals, and risky stock ventures right under the noses of city leaders, according to a report released today by the state comptroller’s office.

Until a judge appointed trustees to dissolve the agency last year, the Newark Watershed Conservation Development Corporation managed the city’s 35,000 acres of reservoirs and treated water for more than 500,000 customers in northern New Jersey.

Between 2008 and 2011, the state comptroller alleges that agency leaders and insiders absconded with millions of public dollars.

“This report documents an egregious and yet preventable abuse of public funds that was allowed to continue unfettered for years because of poor oversight,” said comptroller chief of staff Melissa Liebermann in a statement issued today with the 45-page report.

Acting State Comptroller Marc Larkins was recused from the matter. Much of the inquiry was headed by his predecessor, Matthew Boxer.

Linda Watkins-Brashear, the agency’s director and a political ally of former Newark mayor, now Sen. Cory Booker, wrote unreported checks to herself to the tune of $200,000, was awarded $700,000 in two severance packages, gave more than $1 million in contracts to her friends and ex-husband, and lost $500,000 in dubious stock ventures, the report states.

…Through her attorneys, Watkins-Brashear said the report wrongly laid blame at her feet and said she acted at all times with the knowledge and approval of then Mayor Cory Booker’s administration.

Yes, Booker’s a perfect fit for Washington.

And isn’t it funny how the Media ignores this.

Ace Perfectly Explains The New Sellout

And the cocooned assholes in the Republican Party wonder why some populist demagogue like Trump has such appeal

The New Gilded Age Is Better Than the Old Gilded Age Because Now We Have Homeland and Other Quality Premium Cable TV Offerings
If I have this right:

We needed to quadruple the number of H2B visas because we needed far more nonagricultural, low-skill, low-wage workers coming into the country. H2B visas are granted for jobs like “amusement park worker.”

As you know, amusement park workers, at, for example, large corporations like Disney, have been absolutely Raping their poor corporate paymasters with their insolent insistence that they be paid a dollar fifty more than minimum wage.

We need to import foreign workers to get that number down to a more acceptable dollar over minimum wage.

This makes our corporations More Globally Competitive (TM).

Now, the various American workers displaced by the foreign ones will go, of course, on welfare (after their unemployment insurance runs out, of course). Those costs will be borne by you, the American taxpayer.

Not only will those costs be borne by you, but so will all the knock-on costs. People stripped of their work are also stripped of their dignity. Work is a tangible connection, reinforced every hour of every day of every week, between present labor and good habits and future gain.

Read the whole thing. The GOP, especially after this latest Ryan debacle, deserves to disappear.

Hallelujah

"A Hallelujah Christmas" by Cloverton from Ross Wooten on Vimeo.

A Night To Celebrate 

or maybe cry; you see, we just sent off the last tuition check for Daughter’s college.
So I pulled out an old Australian Shiraz to celebrate 

   
 
At 15.7 alcohol it has held up pretty well, but has gotten even more syrupy;it’s almost port-like. 
I hope I can stay awake long enough to finish making dinner…

Today in 1791

…Congress ratified these.

BillofRights

When certain people are speaking and acting these days, it’s hard to remember we still have them.

We do.

NEVER. LET. THEM. GO.

WHY Did We Not Know About the San Bernardino Killer’s FB Rantings?

Because immigration isn’t allowed to even peeky.

Secret US Policy Blocks Agents From Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says

Fearing a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations” for the Obama administration

, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official said.

“During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” John Cohen, a former acting under-secretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis. Cohen is now a national security consultant for ABC News.

One current and one former senior counter-terrorism official confirmed Cohen’s account about the refusal of DHS to change its policy about the public social media posts of all foreign applicants.

IF you are in the US, a prospective employer has a right to demand YOUR Facebook posts/social media past, but Obama says we can’t ask foreigners who want to enter the US ‘Whud you say online that might be unhelpful to the US? I forgot. The guy thinks a little collateral damage (re: you and me shot to pieces/sliced to ribbons) is okay, as long as we don’t hurt any Muslim feelings and he gets to say his “plan” is working.

Whoever came up with this should be shamed far worse than anything Lurch wants to do to Climate Deniers.

Dinner Was Alright For A Wednesday 

  
Lemon pepper green beans, mashed yukon golds with neufchatel, parmesan and pecorino, and filets cooked in the cast iron skillet topped with blue cheese, fresh chive, and lemon juice butter.
Oh and wine.

“It’s Like This is a Bothersome Thing for Him…”

That’s the reaction of a San Bernardino resident to Obama’s Oval Office “terrorism” speech Sunday.

“…GWEN IFILL: The president did not announce a new strategy to defeat the Islamic State, but he did call for greater gun control measures. They would include not allowing people whose names appear on no-fly lists to buy firearms.

In San Bernardino, reactions at a makeshift memorial were lukewarm.

MAN: He has to walk a fine line, but it probably comes across as a little weak, but that is kind of Obama’s style.

WOMAN: It wasn’t strong enough.

It appears to me, every time that he talks on camera, that this is like a bothersome thing for him, that he really just does not want to have to deal with this.

She nailed it. He just can’t be bothered, so why can’t we all accept the collateral damage and leave him the hell alone.

Had My Annual George Thorogood Lunch On Friday

A damn fine time was had by all.

Breakfast!

  
Double decker eggs in a frame with pork roll and cheese 

  
Nom!

Oh And The Pahs Are Cooling Down 

  

Starting The Broccoli Rabe

  
Daughter’s home and has demanded it.

Yeah, We’re Late

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all our Swillers and them and theirs!!!

And it’s Bingley’s fault.

So Turkey Just Shot Down One of Vlad’s Jets

Turkish F-16 shoots down Russian fighter jet near Syria border

Great picture of it in flames going down. Sort of like the WORLD while Obama golfs, eh?

From the White House this morning: “Shit happens. Get over it.
DailyNewsCover

WWIII coming soon to a theater near you.

This Is Just Too Damn Catchy

They Have a Mouth Block/Brain Freeze


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Bill Hemmer

TRUTH BOMB.

So My Governor Has Joined the “NO” List

…adding Florida to the states refusing to accept Obama’s Syrian refugees.

But I’ve seen a whole butt load of screaming from Geller-type sites about the thousands that have already landed/are landing in New Orleans, and I’d like to shut that down right now.
HASN’T HAPPENED

There’s been, like, 14 people (three families) since January 1st.

…Despite blog posts and social media rumors indicating that thousands of Syrian refugees had already arrived in the New Orleans area, the U.S. State Department reported only 14 Syrian nationals have resettled in Louisiana since Jan. 1.

The State Department’s Refugee Processing Center handled three cases, settling seven refugees in Kenner, six in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge, a spokesperson said.

You know, the truth is ugly enough without “our” side resorting to hyperbole and lies to whip up the base. The FACTS can do that all on their own. So PLEASE don’t pass along a blog post as if IT were Gospel, unless it has links to a reputable source.

That’s the only way we keep a handle on this madness and our integrity at the same time.

I Mean, Imagine THAT!

Not ONLY does Huma (an impeccable source, mind you) assert Hillary is “OFTEN CONFUSED” (?!?!?!?), but that she TAKES NAPS.

I don’t know which alarms me more. I remember that nap-taking was an issue when Reagan ran. Should we not also question Herself, then?

HillaryConfused

I wonder if she asked Huma if she had a blue dress…

#PrayForParis

Paris

And, no, I don’t think ISIS alone should be wiped off the map. If you’ll recall, ALL these f*ckers take their marching orders from ONE hate handbook.

Vive la France!

Well, Given How They Vote This Estimate…

…may be low

New York City finds one in five adults has mental health problems

This Is As Gentle A Brutal Thrashing As You Will Ever See

Via HotAir, Neil Cavuto calmly, politely introduces a sincere young lady to Math, and, well, it’s painful

I do strongly disagree with whoever it was posted this on Youtube, though. He doesn’t “embarrass” her; he just shows her that her fantasy world is just that.

Help! Help! I’m Being Oppressed!

Mizzou’s Bobby Sands, like all true revolutionaries, is a True Man of The People

Jonathan Butler, a central figure in the protests at the University of Missouri, is an Omaha native and the son of a railroad vice president, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Butler refused food last week in a move to force the university system’s president, Timothy M. Wolfe, from office. Wolfe resigned Monday and Butler ended his hunger strike.

…He is a member of a prominent Omaha family. The newspaper says that Butler’s father is Eric L. Butler, executive vice president for sales and marketing for the Union Pacific Railroad. His 2014 compensation was $8.4 million, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Happy Veterans Day!

THANKS.

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