Bloated left-wing hack Bob Beckel has the ultimate dirty job: defend the left no matter how egregious its excesses. Below he resorts to the race card to justify union slobs drinking and smoking dope while they are supposed to be manufacturing parts for the military:
“The guy that did that story is a right-wing… the guy has gone out of his way to be a right-winger, he’s a wingnut… interestingly enough did you notice there’s no white people in that?”
There you have it: liberal debating skills in their rawest essence. How dare you show us something we don’t want to see? Racist!!!
A free clue for a guy who needs one: the factory is in Detroit. That’s why the workers (or rather slackers) are black.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Shawn.
Batman takes on tantrum-throwing Occupy Wall Street children:
On a tip from Scott.
Donald Trump may not be presidential material — but he comes closer than Obama. Here the Donald tears the Manchurian Moonbat a new one for wrecking the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree with his endless greedy fundraising:
Via Gateway Pundit, on tips from Secret Squirrel and Mickey Shea.
First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a lovely evening at Co Co. Sala on F Street on Monday night. A Yeas & Nays source tells us she dined with seven friends for dinner and, of course, dessert — which featured an edible chocolate sculpture and house-made artisanal chocolates by Chef Santosh Tiptur.
The woman with the edible chocolate sculpture on her face is the same one who has bullied restaurants into taking French Fries off their kiddy menus.
On tips from Whotothewhat and Blue.
But then, in the Obama economy, any work is nice if you can get it. Regarding the Moonbat Messiah, Crispie Creme Christie has been wondering, “What the hell are we paying you for?” Here’s what: to show up for work after noon and then spend what’s left of the day campaigning for reelection as the country circles the drain. Don’t take my word for it; here’s his official schedule for the day:
On a tip from Mary.
The greed of the halfwit bureaucrats who rule us is massive enough to warp space and time:
A former Philadelphia school district superintendent who collected a $905,000 contract buyout from the city has reportedly filed for unemployment benefits.
Educrat Arlene Ackerman has been riding high on the taxpayer financed gravy train.
Her weekly salary was $6,669 and her annual salary $346,000, according to records obtained by the station.
Ackerman and the School Reform Commission agreed to part ways in August — with Ackerman getting $905,000 plus retirement funds and pay for vacation and leave days.
She accepted the buyout — i.e., quit — with several years left on her obscenely bloated contract to protest budget cuts. There is no money left for anything but useless bureaucrats’ salaries and pensions, but that’s no reason not to throw a tantrum at the mere hint of slowing down the explosive expansion of Big Government that is causing our economy to collapse.
With a salary of $346,000, you might think she is at least competent. If so, think again.
The school district reportedly had a $629 million deficit under Ackerman and is still laying off employees as it struggles to make ends meet…
Let me guess the liberal solution: raise taxes on those greedy capitalists who get rich by creating wealth, rather than by shuffling papers around and looting the public treasury.
Meanwhile, remedial reading is taught in college because kids come out of public schools having learned nothing of value.
On a tip from GoY.
Judging by the unhinged and frankly moronic envirofascist nonsense that blasts from Robert Kennedy Jr.’s mouth like diarrhea from a fat man dying of cholera, it’s tempting to dismiss him as crazy and stupid. But he’s not too psychiatrically or cognitively challenged to elbow his way onto the green energy gravy train and with the help of the appallingly corrupt Obama Regime swindle taxpayers out of $1.6 BILLION with a phony shell company called Brightsource Energy. Peter Schweizer, who lifted the rock on this sanctimonious crook, swats away RFK Jr.’s pathetic attempts to justify his participation in the Moonbat Messiah’s ongoing looting spree:
Kennedy never disputes that Brightsource got the money, nor that a former Principal at his firm, Sanjay Wagle, was a fundraiser for Obama and went to work in the Department of Energy’s alternative energy grant program after the 2008 election. Nor does he dispute that Brightsource admitted in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the Ivanpah project is highly risky, or that Brightsource is in financial trouble. (The company is $1.8 billion in debt, had total revenue of just $13.5 million in 2010 and ran an operating loss of $71 million.) The company openly admits that its technology may not perform as planned and that it faces technological challenges. It’s also curious to note on the SEC filing (on page 42 linked above) that Brightsource is spending almost six times as much on “marketing, general and administrative” costs than research and development. And more than twice in those areas than it is spending on project development. Does this sound like a company that could survive without taxpayer money?
Mr. Kennedy also tries to downplay the role that his firm plays in the project by noting that Google and others are partners in the venture. I mention all of that in my book. But the Department of Energy is clear on who our money is going to. Note the announcement on Recovery.gov: “DOE Finalizes $1.6 billion loan guarantee for Brightsource Energy, Inc. “ What is not clear here?
Kennedy says that these facts are “inventions.” Really? Which ones? Those mentioned in the Brightsource SEC report? He never says. He assumes that because he says so, they must be inventions. Kennedy’s only real factual challenge is to my statement that the “green employment” created by the Ivanpah project will cost $1 million per job. He calls this a “canard.” Really? I got the information from Department of Energy’s announcement of the project on the federal government’s recovery.gov website. The project is said to create 1,000 jobs, thanks to $1.4 billion in taxpayer money. Do the math. Mr. Kennedy, my “canard” comes from the Obama Administration. Take it up with them.
Just because RFK Jr. is raking in staggeringly massive 10-figure piles of our money doesn’t mean he isn’t flaky enough to believe his own enviromalarkey. Schweizer makes an apt metaphor:
[W]hen there was a push years ago to outlaw alcohol consumption in the American South there was an odd coalition that campaigned in favor of prohibition. Baptists favored it on moral grounds, and bootleggers who saw it was a way to boost their profits. As I point out in the book [Throw Them All Out], there are plenty of wealthy investors who today are both Baptists and bootleggers. They shape public policy because they believe in it but also because they see it as a way of making themselves even richer.
When it comes to green energy, it’s time to recognize that advocates like Mr. Kennedy are not just Baptists, they are also bootleggers. They are looking to enrich themselves through their advocacy. And they are doing it with our money.
Where did the disgraced Kennedy clan originally acquire the fortune that allowed them to buy the power to acquire still greater fortunes through Big Government liberalism and green crony capitalism? Many believe in part through bootlegging.
On a tip from Just TheTip.
In the end, participants in the floundering Occupy Wall Street movement will go down as tools exploited by malevolent authoritarians who want to increase the power of the very establishment the Occulosers claim to oppose, as noted by D. Christian Moore:
Lenin used to refer to well intentioned and misguided middle class students who carried water for the Bolsheviks and later the Soviets in Russia and the west as “useful idiots”. The point being that these youths were so blinded by idealistic passion that they remained willfully ignorant to the danger posed by the wolves they were attempting to bring to power and support. The useful idiots were the sheep blissfully allowing the wolves to travel among them and blithely ignorant to the fact that they would be devoured once the wolves had killed the shepherds. …
A cursory glance at the powers behind the movement reveal a who’s who of radicals with ties to ACORN, SEIU, Communist Party USA and former terrorist Bill Ayers; there are even members who seem to be using OWS to honor Greek communist terror group N17. N17 is responsible for attacks on American service members and the murder of a CIA station chief during the Cold War. Similarly, a list of the lawyers representing OWS reveals many of the same lawyers who happily rushed to represent confessed Al Qaeda terrorists and have ties to some extremely radical socialist movements.
Someone who shares affiliations with many of these same nefarious entities is the very personification of the establishment, our Community Organizer in Chief, who despite showering more money upon crony capitalists than any other corrupt ruler in history managed to escape the wrath of the self-styled 99% — unless there was an Occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue infestation that didn’t make the news.
These kids would do well to read reformed communist George Orwell’s classic tale Animal Farm and Ayn Rand’s semi-autobiographical We the Living. Or they could read the histories of the Soviet Union, Cuba, Jacobin France, Nazi Germany and a hundred other places and times. Often, those who attempt to rally anger in order to “redistribute wealth” and “eat the rich” are simply attempting to take that wealth and power for themselves and will discard the huddled masses as soon as they have served their purpose and are no longer useful, just idiots.
In the case of the Occupy Wall Street — which was hyped by the Democrat establishment and whitewashed by its “mainstream” media wing — the supposed revolution is by our rulers against the last constraints on them. Most of the ill-smelling idiot sheep of OWS have only the vaguest idea what they’ve been agitating for.
Graphic and tip compliments of Zappatrust.
Barack Hussein Obama is a historic president all right. In his race for the bottom, he just surpassed the guy widely considered the worse POTUS in modern history:
President Obama’s slow ride down Gallup’s daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history.
Since March, Obama’s job approval rating has hovered above Carter’s, considered among the 20th century’s worst presidents, but today Obama’s punctured Carter’s dismal job approval line. On their comparison chart, Gallup put Obama’s job approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter’s 51 percent.
Every president receives a substantial built-in block of support just by being in power, as demonstrated by even the disastrous Carter managing 51%. Obama’s should be even larger, since he will have virtually all blacks and New York Times subscribers in his corner no matter what he does (short of selling out to Whitey by acting in America’s interests). Yet his approval is at 43% and dropping. Without a supportive media, the Manchurian Moonbat would already have left office on a rail, dressed in tar and feathers.
What’s more, Gallup finds that Obama’s overall job approval rating so far has averaged 49 percent. Only three former presidents have had a worse average rating at this stage: Carter, Ford, and Harry S. Truman. Only Truman won re-election in an anti-Congress campaign that Obama’s team is using as a model.
In other words, he’s gambling that as much as we loathe him, we like Congress even less. This means his $1 billion or so in campaign funds will be largely devoted to crapping in his hand and hurling it at Boo-hoo Boehner. Remember when the Moonbat Messiah was going to unite us?
It’s not much of a strategy, but it will have to do until the Dems can import enough unskilled peasants from the Third World to establish a socialist majority. At that point adolescent class warfare rhetoric will be all any Democrat needs.
On tips from Johnny Rotton and G. Fox.
Apparently the audacity of arrogance runs in the family. Better put in a mouthguard before pushing play, or you may grind your teeth down watching this story about Obama’s insouciant illegal alien welfare parasite aunt, Zeituni Onyango:
As Democrats deliberately import the Third World’s dregs, our society is collapsing under the weight of hordes of Aunt Zeitunis. They won’t thank us for the sacrifice.
On a tip from Antara.
The American Dream isn’t only being killed from the top down, as Obama and his ever more massive bureaucracy smother opportunities to excel. It is dying from the roots up, as liberalism rots the entitlement generation into a herd of looters and moochers:
When we no longer deserve to call ourselves Americans, authoritarian thugs won’t have to impose socialism against our will, as they did with ObamaCare. The public will demand to be enslaved.
On a tip from G. Fox.
When you start off with Al Gore as your frontman, you don’t have far to go before you hit bottom. Global warming hoaxers have reached it. Check out this ominous photo, versions of which appear frequently in the media:
Nasty looking smog, isn’t it? Except it used to be harmless steam — until Photoshop was applied. Here’s output from Photoshopped Image Killer:
Watt’s Up With That explains how you too can convert water vapor and equally innocuous CO2 into sinister smog. It’s so easy, the “mainstream” media can do it.
On a tip from Scott.
It wasn’t easy to find someone for top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee as bad as the corrupt pervert Barney Frank, whose apartment was once the HQ of a homosexual prostitution service — but the Dems managed. Maxine Waters is next in line for the position.
Frank did more than anyone else to shield Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from scrutiny in the years running up to the total financial meltdown they caused.
“I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision],” Mr. Frank said on September 25, 2003, in one of his many legendary rhetorical hits. “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.” The dice came up snake-eyes for the housing market and U.S. economy.
After Frank’s policy of putting people in houses they could not afford in the name of “social justice” inevitably brought about economic disaster, he was made Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. The predictable result was another catastrophe: the Dodd-Frank bill, which sets the Too Big to Fail bailout philosophy in stone, while allowing the government to worm its tendrils ever deeper into the financial sector, facilitating crony capitalism and ensuring corruption and eventual collapse.
How could even Maxine Waters be as bad? First, she is a socialist thug, by her own admission. Here she is revealing her goal of nationalizing the energy sector:
Second, she is openly hostile to the principles this country was founded on. Here she is telling the Tea Party to “go straight to hell”:
Third, and most specific to banking, she is a criminal, who avoids prison only by flashing her Congressional Black Caucus stay out of jail free card. Her crime: bank fraud. She secured a fortune in bailout funds for the negative-equity “zombie bank” OneUnited, in which her husband owned substantial stock.
To get an idea of what financial policy would be like with Maxine Waters at the helm, here she is threatening bankers (“gangsters” as she calls them) that she would “tax them out of business” if they aren’t sufficiently compliant when it comes to providing people with mortgages they can’t afford — the very problem that caused the 2008 collapse:
If Demorrhoids take back control of the House, this horrible creature will be in a position to finish nationalizing the financial sector. Imagine the Soviet Union, except run by mentally retarded criminals with a grudge against their own country; that’s the future liberals have planned for us.
At this point, a vote for Democrats isn’t just foolish. It is both suicidal and treasonous. Voting for this scum is a wretched, evil thing to do. But led by the nose by the leftist media, millions will do it.
On a tip from Varla.
A cornerstone of our civilization is equality before the law. When that crumbles, the rest will follow. This is why Affirmative Action and “hate crimes” legislation are not only unjust but alarming. It’s also why Richmond’s moonbat mayor Dwight Jones is sticking it to the pro-liberty Tea Party, even as he cuddles up to pro-communist Occupy Wall Street.
Demonstrating Tea Partiers paid their own way in Richmond, but when OWS came along, it characteristically ignored the law and stuck taxpayers with expenses. Since it evidently hadn’t been necessary to pay for permits and so forth after all, the local Tea Party sent the city a bill. Tea Partier Colleen Owens reports at Big Government:
[A]s reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.
The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. … The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup, etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.
Despite meeting with the Occucommie hooligans, Jones refused to see the law-abiding Tea Partiers. Then he hit them with a letter announcing an audit.
[I]t states that our Tea Party is delinquent in filing of Admissions, Lodging, and Meals Taxes with the city and as such our group has been targeted for a comprehensive audit. Well, aren’t we special? In fact, as part of the Business License we have with the City, a form is filled out by our treasurer every month (as required). We have never charged admission or had lodging or meals associated with our rallies. Every month the forms are appropriately filled with zeros. Ms. Carr goes on to say that if we don’t respond within 15 days, the City will make a statutory assessment — meaning they’ll pick an amount to charge us.
So the City and Mayor apparently feel that the Richmond Tea Party has not paid its fair share for use of Kanawha Plaza. We challenged the Mayor’s unequal treatment between groups and he responded with even more unequal treatment.
The idea of course is to intimidate the Tea Party into shutting up and going away. But that’s not going to happen.
This story has also fired up other Tea Party groups across the country that have had the laws and fees applied unequally in regards to Tea Party rallies and Occupy protest camps. The message coming from mayors in numerous cities is that they are willing to spend millions in taxpayer money to accommodate the Occupiers that are breaking the law but have no problem charging Tea Party groups that follow the law exorbitant fees and making them jump through hoops to acquire permits (via Yahoo News).
The Richmond Tea Party stands for constitutional adherence, and clearly this has been unequal treatment under the law. We stand for fiscal restraint, and this is a case where a mayor used taxpayer money for his personal agenda. We stand for virtue and accountability in government and that is why we have taken a stand. We will be submitting a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for all city correspondence pertaining to our Tea Party and its decision to audit us. We will not be intimidated and we will not back down.
On tips from Shawn, IslandLifer, Bob Roberts, and G. Fox.
Let’s see, other than slashing its budget during multiple wars, securing defeat in Afghanistan, and turning the military into a social engineering laboratory for the benefit of politically privileged perverts, what else could the Obama Regime do to destroy the morale of the Armed Forces? How about pull the rug out from under officers just before retirement?
The Chapman University of Military Law and its associated AMVETS Legal Clinic are blowing the whistle on what they say is an injustice set to be perpetrated on 157 Air Force majors on the last day of November.
“The Obama administration has ordered massive reductions in forces, resulting in many officers who are near retirement being involuntarily separated without retirement or medical benefits,” explained institute director Maj. Kyndra Rotunda.
The Department of Defense specifies that service members within six years of retirement normally would be retained and allowed to retire on time with benefits, unless extenuating circumstances exist such as disciplinary issues.
According to lawyers at Chapman and the AMVETS Legal Clinic, the Air Force has deviated from the six-year protection “without any legal authority.”
“At the heart of the matter, is whether the Secretary of the Air Force [Michael Donley] can ignore protections that exist in governing regulations,” Rotunda told The Daily Caller. “The Air Force position is that yes, he may. Our position is that nobody is above the law.”
Nobody except the minions of Comrade Obama, who established his contempt for rule of law when he shafted secured creditors on behalf of his union cronies during the Chrysler nationalization.
As Thomas Lifson notes,
One of the best ways to destroy American military capabilities would be to convince career military personnel — both officers and enlisted — that their commitment to service will not be rewarded with the retirement benefits they have earned by their faithful obedience to orders, no matter the personal cost or risks they endure. … The bond of trust between service members and the nation they serve, once broken, is difficult to rebuild. A nation unable to convince its young men and women to devote their careers to military service is left vulnerable to foreign military threat.
But even after Obama has reduced military service to a second-rate career, losers will take the job. At least they may soon have the benefit of legal if not constitutional authority to incarcerate American citizens in their own country without trial.
We’re used to our military consisting of Class A Americans who fight our enemies overseas to defend our liberty. If Obama succeeds with his promised fundamental transformation, it will consist of Class D Americans who fight us at home to squash the last remnants of liberty.
On tips from TED and Stormfax.