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The President’s Busy Day of Identity Politics

April 11, 2014

The National Action Network Convention is currently underway in New York. Don’t know what the NAN is? Well, that is Al Sharpton’s “No Justice, No Peace” Organization.

Guess who the keynote speaker is for tonight? Well, that would be our very own Dear Leader himself. Check out his schedule:

10:00 am || Recieves the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:00 am || Announces the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to be HHS Secretary
3:05 pm || Arrives New York City
4:10 pm || Delivers remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention
11:30 pm || Departs New York
12:40 am || Arrives White House

Weird how he’s in NY for 7+ hours?!? I’m guessing there is something else on the schedule … a little Kobe beef, or a DNC fundraiser.

So what is agenda for this convention?

The event’s primary goal, founder and president Al Sharpton told The Root, is to create an “action agenda” for the upcoming midterm elections.

Uhm … who paid for the AF1 trip to New York? It doesn’t sound like an “official visit.” This is politics. Identity politics, in which blacks are the poor victims of society, and the evil white man just wants to keep him down. Guess which party owns that?

Thursday April 10, 5:20 p.m.: What Will It Take for America to See Black Boys as Human?

Yep. Setting up the agenda for the midterm elections.

“And if George Zimmerman saw Trayvon as a human, he would possibly still be alive,” said Calloway, who announced plans to launch a program designed to humanize black men and boys in the American imagination.

In an emotional panel discussion, marked by fiery speeches and standing ovations, Calloway and other speakers—including Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin—enumerated the ways in which they say American society undervalues and demonizes black men, pointing to deep-seated white supremacy and stereotypes that permeate everything from education to criminal justice.

Seriously? Black men undervalue and demonize THEMSELVES, in a society that is willing to bend over backwards to give them opportunity. All they have to do is reach out and grab it. Oh, and not become a gang banger. That’s the “reaching out” part that black men need to do.

“I can’t be mad at the system because the system wasn’t designed to protect us,” said Martin. “I honestly believe that this country was built on the backs of African-American men, and we as African-American men need to stand up and claim our rights in this country.” He urged the audience to treat the young men in their communities with respect from the time they were old enough to talk.

“They don’t like Richard Sherman, and they don’t like Barack Obama,” said Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, who argued, “In every moment, black masculinity is under the scrutiny of an unjust society.” He took the African-American community to task for “smuggling in that white supremacy and internalizing the self-hatred that white supremacy purchases.”

And Barack Obama is appearing at this conference tonight. And, I’ll bet the costs are being completely covered by the taxpayers.

Ironic that this is occurring simultaneously to the event of the Steve Utash beating, who did NOT treat a young black boy as anything but human, and stopped to help. And for that, he was beaten within an inch of his life by a group of black men.

So far,five have been charged, and one has the added charged of ethnic intimidation.

In the aftermath of the event the community has rallied together in support of Utash and his family, but on that day last week, a random group of black teens and men saw a white man and beat him. Why? For what? How did this group become such people? If it weren’t for the action of the elderly, retired nurse Deborah Hughes, Utash would not have even made it to the hospital.

Barack Obama has stayed miles away addressing the beating, despite the fact that the “difficult national conversation on race” needs to include much more than the one-sided issues represented by the NAN and Al Sharpton.

As for last night’s discussion of what is will take for Americans to view black boys as humans? I would argue that Steve Utash did view the black boy who jumped in front of his car as human, and then the black gang that descended upon him did not act humanely at all.

How about if black boys stop admiring rap stars and sport’s figures, and instead look up to women such as Deborah Hughes for their role models.

Community Organizer President

April 4, 2014

Of all the stupid, insulting, nonsensical things Obama has said this is my favorite*:

“You can give America the shaft, or you can give it a raise.”

Seriously?

This “community organizer” has had 6 years to drive us out of that ditch, and what has he done? The fake 6.6% unemployment rate is fooling no one but the LIVs.

White House apologists point to the lower 6.6 percent unemployment rate. But the declining percentage rate is largely the result of a shrinking labor force participation rate, as discouraged, long-term, jobless Americans stop looking for work and are no longer counted among the ranks of the unemployed.

If these workers officially reentered the work force, the real unemployment rate would be 9.6 percent, says the University of Maryland’s business economist Peter Morici.

The administration’s defenders say the declining labor force is the result of rising baby boomer retirements, but it turns out that’s not true.

“Baby boomer retirements are not driving down the adult participation rate. The percentage of working seniors aged 65 to 69 has risen to 30 percent from 27 percent over the last decade,” Morici says.

Many, if not most, older, lower income Americans are not working because they want to, but because they must to make ends meet.

His policies are directly responsible for our anemic economy, and yet the left so craves power it will do anything – lie, cheat, steal – to remain.

Thus, the minimum-wage snake-oil. Sure to ensnare the stupid.

*of this week. Seriously?!! You can’t expect me to pick a favorite!

Obama’s 3-hour stop in Michigan on the way to fundraisers in Chicago

April 3, 2014

Ok, this is funny. Obama had a little stop in Michigan yesterday to tout raising the minimum wage (before flying to Chicago for dinner and a few fundraisers – just a day in the life of our Emperor), and I found this little nugget.

Michigan voted for Obama in both his presidential campaigns and his bailout of the auto industry has been popular here. Michigan also has an effort to put a measure on the November ballot to increase the state minimum wage, an initiative that polling shows is popular among voters who have been hit hard by the economic downturn in recent years.

On their way to the university campus, Obama and Peters stopped at Zingerman’s Deli , an Ann Arbor landmark, where they ordered Reuben sandwiches and were served by a University of Michigan graduate who makes $9 an hour, a rate above the current federal minimum wage.

This is funny/amazing on so many levels.

1) You have a University of Michigan graduate working at a deli, for $9 an hour, and you mention it as if that’s a good thing.

2) You are, essentially, advocating that U of M graduates deserve to be making $9 or $10 an hour …. [gasps for breath]

3) Zingerman’s? Really?

Let’s take a gander at how Zingerman’s is able to pay it’s employees $9 and hour, and perhaps we can extrapolate how such a policy would affect our economy.

Zingerman’s Rueban – Zingerman’s corned beef, Switzerland Swiss cheese, Brinery sauerkraut & Russian dressing on grilled, hand-sliced Jewish rye bread- $13.99 (for the small eater size) or $16.50 for the “big eater” size.

Everything else is extra. A soda is another $2.50.

You can get a tossed salad for $6.50/$8.50. That’s greens, onions, cucumbers and carrots. A Caesar is $9.00/$11.50. Greek salad? $11.50/$14.50.

$14 for a sandwich. No fries. No chips. No drink. For a small sammich, drink, and (small) chips, you’re forking over $17.75.

Go for the bigger Rueban and a bigger bag of chips, and you have to hand over $22.50.

Ba haaa haaa haaa …

No, this is too much.

If only we were all willing to pay $22.50 for our lunch, everyone could make a living wage.

Eh … not really

April 2, 2014

So, yesterday Obama appeared in the Rose Garden to crow about the success that is, as he will now call it, Obamacare.

With an I-told-you-so swagger, President Obama said Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans signed up for health insurance by Monday’s deadline – exceeding the original White House goal under Obamacare.

“In the first six months, we’ve taken a big step forward,” he said amid cheers of supporters in the White House Rose Garden. “The truth is even more want to sign up.”

Obama is a small man who derides his critics from high as if they have no legitimate gripes. Behold:

In his Rose Garden remarks, Obama offered stories of everyday Americans who had benefited from his signature domestic program. He then used those sagas to deride naysayers.

“The lengths to which people have gone to scare people,” he said, “I don’t get it. Why are people working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance?”

Funny, Obama doesn’t want to talk about stories such as this one, where the new two-midnights rule of the ACA directly lead to the death of a man. Read it please.

*******

But, amid all of this, one of the “GET COVERED” memes kinda got to me. It was the whole “you’re going to wish you had insurance if you break a bone” thing.

And this:

“Get covered now and save?” “Good thing you’re Covered?”

Only if you’re bad at math. Really bad at easy math.

Or- of course- if you’re not really paying for your health insurance because you’re on medicaid or a subsidy … in which case I’m paying for your health insurance. Then signing up (and not really “paying”) for insurance is a good deal!!! YEA FREE SHIT!!! Like these people:

*

So, a broken arm could cost $7,000 without insurance? What a joke.

My individual deductible is $7,500. And we pay almost $600 a month for that insurance (which, is much more expensive than our previous insurance, with worse benefits, but cheap compared to what some are paying). And, even this $hitty plan will go up in a year and a half.

So [does math] I’m only going to have to pay $14,200 for that broken arm. My deductible and my premium. Of course, at that point – after I break my arm – my deductible has been met, so if I break my OTHER arm, I’ll only have to pay the 20% co-pay. If I break TWO arms in one year, it will only cost me $15,520. You see this is where the real savings kicks in.

AWESOME!!!!

This isn’t “insurance”. This is pre-paid health care for services I won’t use. Well-baby visits are covered. Birth control. ROUTINE doctor visits – things that could be easily planned and saved for; although any tests they run? I’ll be paying for that.

So, by having “insurance” I only have to pay $14,200 if I break my arm.

Thanks Obama.

I also want to give a special shout-out to some of Obama’s useful idiots who filled twitter the last few days with “get covered” tweets. Pharrell Williams. Ellen DeGeneres. Sarah Silverman. Zach Braff. Kerry Washington. Will Wheaton. Rachael Ray.

All of whom are probably bad at math.

I’m sure I missed some, and I don’t want anyone to not be acknowledged. Please add in comments those I missed.

*$56 a month for health insurance? Sorry, chicky, you’re not paying for your health insurance. I am. Your $56-a-month probably isn’t even covering the wages of the paper-pusher handling your account.

Offered without comment

February 27, 2014

Cough.

Driver roll up the partition please/ I don’t need you seeing Yonce on her knees …
Oh he so horny, yeah he want to f—
He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse
He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown

I just wanna be the girl you like, the girl you like

Ruling Dynastys

February 25, 2014

So, should we just give up the illusion that we freely elect our leaders, from among the entire population, based on who can best serve? Let’s just openly acknowledge that it’s all an inside game of who you know, who you are?

That there is simply a ruling class.

Because there’s this:

“Everyone anticipates Debbie will run and win,” said one top Michigan Democrat who is close to the Dingell family and asked to speak on background because the comments came so soon after the veteran congressman’s retirement announcement.

“It’s no secret that Debbie will most likely run and will be the one to beat in that race. I just don’t see anybody else challenging her in a serious way. Debbie’s been here in this district for 30 years, in the trenches,” the source close to the family continued.

If Debbie Dingell wins, she’d keep the district the family has held in some form since 1933. Her husband became the longest serving member in congressional history last year, hitting the 58-year mark in 2013. His father, former Rep. John Dingell Sr. (D-Mich.), held the same seat for more than two decades before that, and his son succeeded him after the elder Dingell’s death in 1955.

Other Michigan Democrats agree Debbie Dingell is all but certain to run for her retiring husband’s seat, and if she does, she’ll be very tough to compete against in a Democratic primary.

The seat has been in the family since 1933. 81 years. Seriously, wtf?

I’m sick of Bushs and Kennedys and Dingells and Clintons and every other clan where the “family business” is politics.

If Debbie Dingell does run, few expect her to face a serious challenge. The district, which stretches from Detroit’s blue-collar suburbs to the college town of Ann Arbor, is overwhelmingly Democratic, and the Dingells are a household name throughout the region.

Of course, they are a household name? they’ve been in power for 81 years? How do you compete with that? How is is “democratic” to have these sorts of political dynasties, which are simply unbeatable electorally?

Like her husband, Dingell isn’t known as a doctrinaire liberal: Both have taken more centrist stances on gun control, and she might be more of a centrist on environmental issues, which could theoretically cause her problems with some of the district’s more liberal voters in Ann Arbor.

Ha ha haaaa … oh see, they’re moderates. Their stance on those two issues have nothing to do with 1) the auto industry and 2) hunters in Michigan.

Bow down bitches.

Meanwhile, at Huffpoo/updated

February 19, 2014

The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked. -Napoleon Hill

They don’t seem very interested at the Huffington Post in covering what’s going on in Venezuela. I wonder why? That’s so WEIRD.

I found this one lonely little article waaaaaaay down at the very bottom of their “Worldpost” page from last night, with only one comment on it. The user’s tagline was “The GOP is OUT OF CONTROL” so I don’t think she’s conservative.

Continuing Chavez’s attack on Democracy!! SAD!!

How some of my fellow Liberals can continue supporting governments like this is beyond me. Chavez went after Jews, Journalist & opposition leaders & it seems that practice is continuing. SAD!!

You see, it’s because liberals don’t want too see the results of their failed narrative; the real-life results of policies they are currently advocating. In a linked huffpoo/Reuters piece you see where they want to go with this. What is the line of the liberals progressives? This is a only middle class movement. The poor are still supporting the government … @@

They are happy to be building a more socialist government.” (autoplay warning)

There you go.

Yes. Of course the poor are still supporting this Chavista government. Because Daddy Sugar is taking care of them. Or trying to. Promising at least.

Just as the “poor”, here, supports the redistributive plots of OUR government. People are always supportive when they benefit; when they are getting something for nothing. That is why the welfare state grows and grows and grows. It is a cancer that erodes self-determination. As long as nothing is required, outside of a vote, people will act similarly to the river. The path of least resistance.

The problem is, the government SUCKS at … just about everything. Any large government. This is nothing new, the Founding Fathers warned us about it. A government can no better take care of the everyday welfare of it’s citizens than it can run a Post office. Eventually, it creaks to a halt.

It is a law. A truism. A reality.

So this is the danger. Our warning sign. The oncoming freight train of despair from which, once in full force, only the SMOD can save us.

Wake up.

* I use this song ironically, because Rage Against the Machine, as just about everyone knows, are commies.

More excuse making here. Basically, democracy has spoken when Madura was elected (a perfectly legitimate election result, apparently) and the US is behind the current dissent in the country.

The discussions in comments are fascinating.

It’s Happening In Real Time. Pay Attention.

February 18, 2014

It’s time to pay attention, liberals, because the downfall is happening in real time. No need to crack a book to learn history’s lessons of the end run of socialism. Just turn your eyes to Venezuela.

Think of not being able to buy soap, rice or toilet paper or order a cup of coffee, where even the rich are feeling poor. “In the serene private clubs of Caracas, there is no milk, and the hiss of the cappuccino machine has fallen silent. In the slums, the lights go out every few days, or the water stops running. In the grocery stores, both state-run shops and expensive delicatessens, customers barter information: I saw soap here, that store has rice today. The oil engineers have emigrated to Calgary, the soap opera stars fled to Mexico and Colombia. And in the beauty parlours of this nation obsessed with elaborate grooming, women both rich and poor have cut back to just one blow-dry or manicure each week.”

Toyota Motor Company shut down assembly. GM and Ford aren’t assembling cars either, because they can’t get parts. Inflation is at 50%. The TV stations are all now state controlled. Propaganda posters boast of socialist Venezuela, while there isn’t even toilet paper to wipe their asses. Twitter was shut down the other day when it was being used to coordinate student protests against the government. Yet, useful idiots like Sean Penn and Danny Glover supported Chavez and the social revolution which has lead to this ruin.

But the problem is, it is easier to wreck things, than to repair them.

The genius of the Left — Chavez’s for example — is that it destroys things from the inside out. They pervert religion, collapse the mores, abolish the family, shred the constitution and gradually expropriate the property. The differences from one day to the next are apparently imperceptible, but it is harder and harder to go back until finally there is no reversal of ‘progressive gains’ possible at all. The public is finally faced with the stark choice between chaos or authoritarianism. And most people will chose the Boss over the Mob.
The problem with Venezuela is that Chavismo has left people with nowhere else to go. It’s burned the bridges. There’s no reopening the car plants or restarting the factories, or even repairing the power plants. The engineers have all emigrated to Alberta, Canada. The same can be said of Syria. Who wants to open a store in Homs? In ten years nobody left in Homs will even remember how to do it. A whole generation of children is now growing up who know nothing other than war.

So, what do we learn from this? Well, Chavez had a cult of personality thing going, who touted equality, and raged against the income gap between the rich and poor. He poured government money into social programs which propped up his popularity. His government nationalized many industries, using that money to fund his programs.

High oil prices funded Mr. Chavez’s “Bolivarian revolution” over the past 14 years. He made massive investments in health and education; because the government releases almost no reliable data, it is debatable how much impact these had on human development, but they did inspire a belief in redistribution and justice, and ensured his huge popularity.

Which brings me to this

Even before President Obama was elected in 2008 I wrote that he was showing Chavez-like tendencies. I have never seen any reason to revise that notion; it has only strengthened. Reading the Globe and Mail article I quoted above, I am struck in particular by this seemingly unimportant quote, “the government releases almost no reliable data.” That’s been especially true of Obamacare and the present administration, as I pointed out last Thursday. Far more than ever before in my memory, domestic statistics released by the government have become almost pure propaganda, and few on right or left trust them.

Who believes anything Obama says anymore?

The problem in debating the problems (and end run of liberal goals) , is neatly summed up by David Horowitz in “The Black Book of The American Left”:

What makes an outlook “conservative” is that it is rooted in an attitude about the past rather than in expectations of the future. The first principles of conservatism are propositions about human nature and the way human beings behave in social context; about limits, and what limits make possible. This practicality,this attention to experience, to workable arrangements, explains why the conservative community can be liberal and tolerant toward its members in ways that the progressive left cannot.
In contrast to the conservative outlook, liberal and radical ideologies are about the future, about desired outcomes. The first priciples of the left are the priciples of politically constructing a “better world.” Throughout the modern era, the progressive future has been premised on a social contract that would make all of society’s members equal – or at least provide them with equal starting points.
Since ideologies of the left are commitments to an imagine future, to question them is to provoke a moral rather than an empirical response: Are you for or against the equality of human beings? To dissent from the progressive viewpoint is not a failure to assess relevant facts but an unwillingness to embraxe a liberated future. It is, therefore, to will the imperfections and injustices of the present order. In the current cant of the left, it is to be “racist, sexist, classist,” a defender of the status quo.
That is why not only radicals, but even thos who call themselves liberals, are instinctively intolerant toward the conservative position.

Their political views are a MORAL choice. Chavez’s goals were what counted, not what was produced. It doesn’t matter that there isn’t toilet paper to wipe their asses. The useful idiots sung his praises until the end.

“I join with millions… of freedom-loving people around the world, in hope for a rewarding future for the democratic and social development charter of the Bolivarian Revolution,” he said, referring to liberation icon Simon Bolivar.

“We all embraced Hugo Chavez as a social champion of democracy, material development, and spiritual well-being,” added Glover, star of the “Lethal Weapon” movies and a long-time supporter of Chavez and liberal causes.

On Tuesday, “JFK” and “Natural Born Killers” director Stone said: “I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place.”

Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Danny Glover and every other useless fucking tool needs to watch this:

This is going to be fun

January 30, 2014

Liberals out in Seattle are growing a “Food Forest.” What’s a “Food Forest’? Oh, I’ll let them tell you in all their unicorn-dreams optimism:

A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels. The Beacon Food Forest will combine aspects of native habitat rehabilitation with edible forest gardening.

The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to bring the richly diverse community together by fostering a Permaculture Tree Guild approach to urban farming and land stewardship. By building a community around sharing food with the public we hope to be inclusive to all in need of food.

Who can go and and take whatever they want? ANYONE. Foragers of all stripes. NPR:

Of course, any “free” food source begs the question of what to do with overzealous pickers. No definitive answer on how to handle that predicament has been established yet, though. According to Herlihy, the only solutions right now are to produce an abundance of fruit so there’s enough for everyone and to embed “thieves’ gardens” with extra plants in the park for those people eager to take more than their share.

Oh, that’s going to work great! Because you can easily accommodate for those who take “more than their fair share.”

In 1974 the general public got a graphic illustration of the “tragedy of the commons” in satellite photos of the earth. Pictures of northern Africa showed an irregular dark patch 390 square miles in area. Ground-level investigation revealed a fenced area inside of which there was plenty of grass. Outside, the ground cover had been devastated.

The explanation was simple. The fenced area was private property, subdivided into five portions. Each year the owners moved their animals to a new section. Fallow periods of four years gave the pastures time to recover from the grazing. The owners did this because they had an incentive to take care of their land. But no one owned the land outside the ranch. It was open to nomads and their herds. Though knowing nothing of Karl Marx, the herdsmen followed his famous advice of 1875: “To each according to his needs.” Their needs were uncontrolled and grew with the increase in the number of animals. But supply was governed by nature and decreased drastically during the drought of the early 1970s. The herds exceeded the natural “carrying capacity” of their environment, soil was compacted and eroded, and “weedy” plants, unfit for cattle consumption, replaced good plants. Many cattle died, and so did humans.

This “Food Forest” is either going to fail, or they are going to curtail the “free foraging” idea, which is the basic premise of the park.

It won’t work. It never does.

It’s not that liberals don’t know anything. It’s just what they know isn’t so.

Thanks to my friend Roamy for this story.

Disgusting

January 29, 2014

Obmama as Cory Remsburg by a member of the adoring press:

Last night’s speech also ended on an emotional — and upbeat — note when Obama recognized Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, who was almost killed in Afghanistan and continues to recuperate from a brain injury. “My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy,” the president said. “Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy. Sometimes we stumble, we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged. But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress.” That story could also apply to Obama himself: Nothing in his seven years on the national political stage (2007-2014) has come easy. The 2008 race for the Democratic nomination. Even that general election. The health-care law. The re-election campaign. And now the president’s current situation in which he finds himself bloodied and bruised after the botched health-care rollout. Perseverance is an important quality for any president. Bill Clinton was usually able to talk his way out of sticky situations. But Obama’s M.O. is to grind it out. That, more than anything else, was the message he wanted to send last night — both he and the country are grinding it out.

NOTHING has come easy? Huh, that’s funny because it would appear to me that a rather inexperienced politician, who goes from “community organizer” to president in 11 short years wouldn’t appear to be the harshest row anyone’s hoed.

Oh, he’s “struggled” with low poll numbers. Poor baby. He hasn’t (up until now, perhaps) been able to dictate his will upon us. He’s won two elections with a press that would have fallen on their sword for him.

And while Remsburg has been undergoing surgeries, therapy, and relearning how to walk – Obama has been golfing, vacationing in Hawaii, and hob-nobbling with celebrities.

Soldier on, Obama.


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