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Jun 24 2016

Hillary Teleprompter Fail

Maybe she intended to present her speech this way. But it comes off looking as if anything they put on the teleprompter, Shrillary will read…

…just like in the movies:

This won’t help her campaign’s effort to make her appear less scripted and more like an actual human being. I hope she doesn’t try to counter it with more of her shrill, inappropriate laughter.

On tips from Torcer. Hat tip: RedState.

Jun 24 2016

Maybe Obama Deserves Some Credit for Brexit

Hats off to the British for having the courage to choose autonomy over the runaway statism epitomized by the European Union. Britain’s future will be more wealthy and more free as a result. Credit is also due to the Moonbat Messiah, who offered the British encouragement back in April:

Barack Obama has warned that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” in any trade deal with the US if the country chose to leave the EU, as he made an emotional plea to Britons to vote for staying in.

Obama issued this threat during a press conference with his pro-EU buddy David Cameron.

Standing alongside his visitor, Cameron said the referendum was the “sovereign choice of the British people” but it was important for voters to listen to the opinions of allies such as the president.

Maybe they did listen, and figured that a guy who has always been hostile toward the British, apparently for ideological reasons having to do with the colonization of Kenya, would not want them to stay in the EU if it were in their best interests.

Obama will be gone before any trade agreements are worked out with an independent Britain, and blissfully, Cameron will be gone even sooner — likely to be replaced with Boris Johnson, a prominent advocate of Brexit not known for his warm relationship with Obama.

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Bitterly watching independent Britain take wing.

On a tip from Rotohammer.

Jun 24 2016

There Are Now More Armed Bureaucrats Than Marines

Democrat congresscritters recently finished making fools of themselves by staging an infantile sit-in to protest resistance to their incremental repeal of the Second Amendment. They feel strongly that law-abiding American citizens should be denied the right to bear arms. Meanwhile, this provides context:

There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.

Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study Wednesday that finds domestic government agencies continue to grow their stockpiles of military-style weapons, as Democrats sat on the House floor calling for more restrictions on what guns American citizens can buy.

The “Militarization of America” report found civilian agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between 2006 and 2014. …

Open the Books found there are now over 200,000 non-military federal officers with arrest and firearm authority, surpassing the 182,100 personnel who are actively serving in the U.S. Marines Corps.

The IRS spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment for its 2,316 special agents. The tax collecting agency has billed taxpayers for pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns, semi-automatic Smith & Wesson M&P15s, and Heckler & Koch H&K 416 rifles, which can be loaded with 30-round magazines.

Under Obama, the IRS has become notoriously politicized and should be abolished as Ted Cruz proposed. The same could be said for the EPA, which destroys the enemies of the far left in the name of bogus enviro-Jacobin ideology.

The EPA spent $3.1 million on guns, ammo, and equipment, including drones, night vision, “camouflage and other deceptive equipment,” and body armor.

Here’s some more context for the sit-in. At least 26 of the participants own guns themselves:

Congressional Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in on the House floor [Thursday] afternoon, failing to force a vote on two pieces of gun legislation. The controversial sit-in included 26 Democratic lawmakers who themselves own guns, Heat Street learned after examining 2013 USA Today data on congressional firearms ownership. The participants also included 12 more Democrats in Congress who either didn’t respond to USA Today’s gun survey or declined to say whether or not they possessed a firearm.

Even those congresscritters who don’t own guns are of course protected by men with guns. They say they deserve protection

New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel says members of Congress “deserve” and “need” people with firearms protecting them in the U.S. Capitol building, but he does not want law-abiding residents in his own district to be armed for self-protection.

…but believe the citizens they live off of as parasites do not even deserve the natural right to protect themselves.

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The congressional gun-grabber sit-in.

On tips from Torcer, Stormfax, and J.

Jun 24 2016

Professors Forbidden Even to Acknowledge That Alternate Opinions Exist

Universities have not yet eradicated the notion that there can be any point of view other than the politically correct one. But they are working on it:

Two professors at the University of Northern Colorado were investigated after students complained that they were forced to hear opposing viewpoints.

The complaints were made to Northern Colorado’s “Bias Response Team,” an Orwellian office on campus that asks students to report their peers and professors for anything that upsets or offends them. When the news outlet Heat Street made an open records request for some of the complaints, it discovered that two students had become so upset about having to hear an opinion they disagreed with they filed reports with school administrators.

Educrats naturally sided with the spoilt brat students, telling the professors to cease and desist with the alternate viewpoints.

The thought crimes included:

One professor instructed his students to read an article from the Atlantic written by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s president Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt titled “The Coddling of the American Mind.” The article explains that allowing students to hide from controversial and upsetting ideas (like through the use of “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings”) actually harms those students by not allowing them to confront those opinions.

After reading the article, the professor asked his students to address controversial topics such as abortion, gay marriage, global warming and transgenderism. The professor made no indication as to what his opinion on the matters was, but one student, who identifies as transgender, was upset that the professor even referenced the opinion that “transgender is not a real thing, and no one can truly feel like they are born in the wrong body.”

It goes without saying that it is forbidden to disagree with leftist dogma on liberal sacred cows. Now we learn that it is forbidden even to acknowledge that disagreement exists.

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Generation Snowflake has no use for free speech.

On a tip from J.

Jun 24 2016

Britain Declares Independence

Britain has always stood apart, often as an island of liberty in a sea of oppression. Napoleon never conquered England. Neither did the fascists. Neither will the congealing tyranny of the European Union. Let continental Europeans have every picayune detail of their lives be dictated by faceless bureauweenies in some faraway Kafkaesque castle, if that is how they choose to live. The British will be free:

The vote for Brexit (52 percent of Britons cast ballots to leave the EU) is a vote for sovereignty and self-determination. Britain will no longer be subject to European legislation, with Britain’s Parliament retaking control. British judges will no longer be overruled by the European Court of Justice, and British businesses will be liberated from mountains of EU regulations, which have undermined economic liberty.

Indeed, Brexit will result in a bonfire of red tape, freeing the city of London and enterprises across the nation from European Union diktat. And at last, Britain is free again to negotiate its own free trade deals, a huge boost to the world’s fifth largest economy.

There will be some short-term discomfort, as with any divorce. But the British will soon reap economic rewards for their courage, as the UK becomes a second and much larger Switzerland, free of the onerous regulations and tariffs that smother the rest of Europe.

Americans will benefit too:

The United States should seize upon Brexit as a tremendous opportunity to sign an historic free trade agreement with the United Kingdom—a deal that would advance prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic. Brexit will also strengthen the Anglo-American special relationship, the most important bilateral partnership in the world.

Britain outside the EU will be a stronger ally for the United States, from confronting Russian aggression in Eastern Europe to defeating the Islamist terror threat.

Britain’s decision to leave the EU should be a cause for celebration here in America. Brexit embodies the very principles and ideals the American people hold dear to their hearts: self-determination, limited government, democratic accountability, and economic liberty.

Sometimes it seems that the ratchet turns only to the left, with ever more centralized government and ever less autonomy. Thank you Britain for pushing back against this trend. Hopefully this will serve as an inspiration for others.

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A new dawn in Britain.

On tips from Varla, Ian B, and Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: New Americana.

Jun 24 2016

Why Trump’s Numbers Are Likely to Get Worse

The good news for Trump is that for now he is only 12% behind Shrillary nationally according to a recent Bloomberg poll. The bad news is that he will fall further behind once the ad campaign gets into full gear.

There is only one reason any sane person would vote for either of these candidates, and that is the other candidate. Since neither of them have any other redeeming qualities, attack ads will predominate. Despite her long record of corruption and incompetence, Shrillary appears to have the upper hand.

How people feel about Trump’s vulnerabilities:

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How people feel about Shrillary’s vulnerabilities:

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If the most effective attack Trump has is the accusation that Shrillary is conspiring with Wall Street to help our retirement accounts grow, this may be an even bigger blowout than expected.

Also keep in mind that Trump makes new outrageous gaffes on a regular basis, that Shrillary’s oppo team is probably sitting on their best stuff until after Trump secures the nomination, and that the Shrillary campaign has $42 million in the bank compared to $1.3 million for Trump, ensuring that people see many more anti-Trump than anti-Shrillary ads. Also, many people are not yet aware of revelations that Trump’s campaign is another of his cheap scams, and that he has been sucking money out of it.

A 50-state sweep is not out of the question; already she is pulling ahead even here in deep red Arizona. The GOP has nothing to lose by dumping Trump at the convention.

On tips from Torcer and Reaganite Independent. Hat tip: RedState.

Jun 23 2016

Open Thread

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Passed along by TED.

Jun 23 2016

Why Rep. Diane Black Supports Our Right to Bear Arms

Not all congresscritters have been making fools of themselves by staging a theatrical scam intended to raise money at the expense of our right to bear arms. Representative Diane Black (R-TN) appreciates the Second Amendment — and with good reason:

She has only one thing wrong. The Second Amendment does not give us the right to bear arms. It affirms it. This has always been our right and always will be, regardless of what tyrannies we are subjected to.

Via Hot Air, on tips from Torcer.

Jun 23 2016

Pelosi: We Want to Create an Echo Chamber

Stop the presses — Nancy Pelosi said something that isn’t a preposterous lie:

Her talk of creating an “echo chamber” refers to the Democrat strategy for overriding the precious Second Amendment. With the help of the media, Democrats are largely succeeding — and not only regarding the attack on our right of self-defense.

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 23 2016

Ben Carson Explains Why Trump Campaign Is Broke

Even in the most depressing election season in memory, we can at least turn to Trump surrogate Ben Carson for comic relief. Here Dr. Carson explains why the Trump campaign is broke. He says Trump supporters can’t figure out where to send their money:

Less hilarious is that Carson was one of the most respected figures in the country before he sold out to Trump, having served as a highly inspirational role model. Now look at him. He has become an assistant lackey to Vince the ShamWow Guy.

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 23 2016

Even Some Liberals Disgusted by Congressional Sit-In Farce

Not even the libs at Gawker can stomach the spectacle of Democrats turning Congress into a pajama party while attempting to associate a tyrannical measure with civil rights:

After Democrats in the Senate staged a filibuster in support of gun control measures, their colleagues in the House have begun a “sit-in” aimed at embarrassing Republicans into allowing a vote on a measure that would restrict the ability of suspected terrorists to legally buy guns. The move is fantastic political theater. It’s also a tremendous waste of popular support and activist energy in support of a measure that isn’t just ineffective but also actively offensive. …

The no-fly list is a civil rights disaster by every conceivable standard. It is secret, it disproportionately affects Arab-Americans, it is error-prone, there is no due process or effective recourse for people placed on the list, and it constantly and relentlessly expands. As of 2014, the government had a master watchlist of 680,000 people, forty percent of whom had “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.” This is both an absurdly large number of people to arbitrarily target in gun control legislation, and far, far too few to have any meaningful effect on actual gun ownership, let alone gun violence.

These clowns would be highly beatable, if Republicans could prevent the GOP from being hijacked by one of them.

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On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 23 2016

State Department Disabled Security Features Due to Hillary’s Private Email Setup

With every passing day we get a better idea of how seriously Shrillary endangered national security with her dodgy private server setup, which was apparently intended to protect her lucrative influence peddling from scrutiny:

State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government’s own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.

They were only released because Judicial Watch sued the State Department into coughing them up.

The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton’s private server.

It is hard enough to argue that she should not be in prison. Trusting her with the presidency would be absurd.

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Those stripes would look good with a ball and chain.

On tips from Stormfax, Torcer, and Bodhisattva.

Jun 23 2016

Prominent Trump Delegate Threatens to “Whack” Delegates Who Rebel and Vote Their Consciences

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Given Trump’s mob connections and previous attempts to intimidate delegates, the word “whack” in this story takes on an ominous tone:

In the face of a movement to “Dump Trump” at the convention, a movement called #FreeTheDelegates, in order to elect a candidate who is not a narcissistic totalitarian madman who actually has a chance to defeat Hillary Clinton, Buffalo NY developer Carl Paladino is threatening to “whack,” a mafia term that means murder, any GOP delegate that goes “off the reservation.”

Carl Paladino is not just any pro-Trump delegate. Paladino was a 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate and is also a campaign co-chairman for Trump in New York.

The thuggish Paladino told The Buffalo News that “there’s going to be a war,” if delegates vote their conscience to stop bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor, Donald Trump.

“I’d certainly whack them if they went off the reservation,” Paladino said.

The Trumpsters are getting desperate. They may be clueless in most regards, but they know the Dump Trump movement is growing fast.

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Maybe if he straightened his glasses, Paladino could see Trump for what he is.

On a tip from Torcer.

Jun 23 2016

So Much for Civil Rights

Iowahawk handles the sit-in farce nicely:

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Pictured above, congresscritter John Lewis (D-GA) is a big name in what we could once keep a straight face while calling the “civil rights” movement. He has played a featured role in staging the absurd yet alarming sit-in spectacle that has turned Congress into a cross between a hippy drum circle and a daycare center. Fellow authoritarian Obama just thanked him for “leading on gun violence where we need it most.”

I wonder what other constitutional rights they plan to arbitrarily deny us without due process. Freedom of speech? Jury trials? Protection from cruel and usual punishment? Guess we’ll have to wait for the next major Islamic terror attack to find out.

On a tip from heckrules.

Jun 23 2016

Obama Administration Forces Churches to Pay for Abortions

The Second Amendment isn’t the only one in the ascendant left’s crosshairs. Trying reconciling the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom with this:

Churches in California are officially subject to an onerous state regulation that requires them to pay for abortions, thanks to a ruling by the Obama administration.

The troubling situation began in 2014 when the California Department of Managed Health Care reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions.

The churches filed a lawsuit against the regulation last October, and it has been moving through the courts.

They also asked the Obama administration to uphold the Weldon Amendment — federal law that protects conscience rights. But, today, the HHS Office of Civil Rights released the results of its investigation into the California abortion mandate, stating it found no violation and is closing its investigation of the complaints without further action.

Forcing Christians to finance abortions is a more effective tactic than Stalin’s practice of arbitrarily sending off priests and nuns to die in the snow at forced labor camps. The key to eradicating Christianity is to get Christians to betray their own morality with laws that leave prison as the only alternative.

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On tips from Bodhisattva and Steve A.

Jun 23 2016

Donald Trump and the Decline of the Religious Right Summed Up in One Photo

After they have consolidated total control, liberals will erect statues of Donald Trump throughout the country for his great service to their cause. Not only is he destroying the Republican Party, he may have hammered the last nails into the coffin of moonbats’ most dreaded boogeyman, the Religious Right — with a little help from within.

Jerry Falwell spins in his grave as his son, current Liberty University President Jerry Junior — who endorsed Trump rather than a Christian conservative candidate long before it was clear he would win — poses with the Donald in front of the cover of a porno magazine:

Jerry Junior isn’t the only evangelical to endorse Trump, the degenerate who brags about his affairs with married women, who has proclaimed his support for partial birth abortion, and who says he never asked God for forgiveness on the grounds that there has never been any need.

Anyone remember Jim Bakker? Watch in horror as his show defies the Third Commandment by proclaiming that God wants you to vote for Donald Trump:

Meanwhile, prominent Trump advocate Matt Drudge has ridiculed Ted Cruz for his Christian beliefs.

Evangelicals who climbed aboard the Trump Train for whatever reasons will not find it easy to recover the credibility they have squandered.

On tips from Troy, Torcer, and Steve A. Hat tip: The Right Scoop.

Jun 22 2016

Open Thread

Via amdenijs7.

Jun 22 2016

What If Our Constitution Were Written Like Campus Speech Codes?

One thing worth even less than a liberal arts college diploma would be the Constitution if it had been written by educrats:

On a tip from J.

Jun 22 2016

Girls in Girls’ Schools Should Not Be Called Girls

Even now, liberals somehow manage to push their grotesque ideology still deeper into self-parody. In Britain, it has been determined that girls in girls’ schools should not be called girls:

Teachers in the Girls’ Schools Association are being advised to avoid use of the word “girls”, to cater for transsexual pupils.

In assemblies, staff are being encouraged to say “pupils” or “students” instead of “girls” because of children who are “posing questions around their gender identity”.

The single-sex schools have also been advised to create unisex toilets.

What I don’t get is, if according to progressive ideology a girl who pretends to be a boy really is a boy, how can she attend an all-girl school?

Typically, the lunacy is driven a radical activist group:

The advice came after the GSA had heard from the Gendered Intelligence (GI) campaign group.

Its chairman Jay Stewart, said that the phrase “young ladies” was sexist and transphobic.

Around 0.007% of the British population has taken advantage of the opportunity they have had since 2004 to be legally categorized as a member of the opposite sex. Yet the social engineers in charge continue to yell in our faces that the world must revolve around the wants and whims of transsexuals.

On a tip from Dan F.

Jun 22 2016

Why the Trump Campaign Has No Money

The Trump campaign is already broke.

As of May 31, the Shrillary campaign has $42 million in the bank; Trump’s campaign has $1.3 million. Even the long since suspended Ben Carson campaign has more money on hand.

No wonder Trump calls himself the King of Debt; he will soon be in the red at this rate:

Trump’s campaign spent $6.7 million in May — more than it raised.

Imagine how deep in the hole he would be if he didn’t steadfastly refuse to spend money on anything important:

Trump can’t or won’t spend money on ads, just as he can’t or won’t spend money on staff.

He raised $3.1 million in May. Romney, whom Trump denounces as a “stone cold loser,” raised $78 million in May 2012.

In part this is because Trump has scared off donors:

Like many GOP elected officials, party donors have balked at Trump’s polarizing remarks in the past few weeks, when they hoped he would reorient his message for the general election. They remain put off by Trump’s invective targeting donors and their favored candidates during the primary. And they await any signal from Trump that he will invest substantially in growing his campaign.

You may recall Trump — a donor himself who has given vast amounts of money to left-wing Democrats — inveighing constantly and viciously against donors earlier in the campaign. He told us that everyone who took the donors’ tainted money is corrupt. He would be different; he would fund his own campaign out of his pocket. Appallingly, many people believed him.

Here is something even more appalling. Rather than putting his own money into the campaign, he has been taking money out:

Among some of the more ethically questioned expenditures from the Trump campaign, in addition to paying his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida a whopping $423,371.70 for the month of May, for “facility rental/catering” fees, as well as paying his private air fleet, Tag Air, Inc., $349,540, is thousands of dollars from the campaign marked “PAYROLL” payable to: Donald J. Trump.

While Trump paying himself, as well as enriching his family via his campaign, may be technically legal, it reeks of questionable ethics.

Further analysis from the recent FEC filing shows payments to Trump entities represented a full 20 percent, one-fifth, of all campaign expenditures.

Why would Donald Trump “loan” his campaign money (he’s actually self-funded very little of his campaign with pure donations), only to pay it right back out to himself, his companies, and his family?

While the Shrillary campaign outspends it by $116 million on advertising, the Trump campaign has been throwing money at Trump Plaza, Trump SoHo, Trump Cafe, Trump Grill, Epic Trump Wine Manufacturing, Trump Restaurants, Trump National Golf Club, Trump International Golf Club, Trump International Hotel, Trump Ice, et cetera.

In short, Trump’s entire presidential campaign is just another of his cheap scams, along the lines of Trump University, Trump Network, and American Communications Network.

If he is looting his own campaign like this, imagine what he would do to the country if made president. But Trump is bright enough to understand that he could not even begin to handle the job. That’s why he is conspicuously not trying to beat his friend Shrillary.

The few Trump chumps who do send him money should not be surprised if he maxes out their credit cards.

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Own up, Trumpsters. You have been had.

On tips from Torcer.

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