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May 31 2013

Open Thread

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Via AcidCow.com, on a tip from TED.

May 31 2013

Illegal Alien Baby Machine Has Been on Welfare for 20 Years

We know that the welfare state is no good for the working people forced to pay for it, or for the government that it has bloated, corrupted, and forced into a death spiral of debt. But at least it’s great for those receiving the free money, right? Actually, it’s worse for them than for anyone, just as heroin is worse for a junkie than it is for his dealer or even the homeowner who is robbed to pay for a fix. Special Report tells the story of illegal alien welfare colonist Maritha Nelson:

Maritha Nelson’s $240 in food stamps has run out, leaving her $9 in cash and seven people to feed. The 50-year-old single mother, who entered the U.S. by swimming across the Rio Grande, has government funded housing, medication, and $700 a month in Social Security. She’s been on assistance for 20 years, and wants others to know that help is available.

So do the food stamp recruiters whose goal is to increase federal welfare spending in Florida by $1 billion per year. See the video here.

Despite burning through her food stamps, Maritha won’t be compelled by hunger to work before the whole system collapses. But it will collapse eventually — and even before she and her kind have bled their host dry, what kind of existence can it be to subsist indefinitely as the human equivalent of a tapeworm? Maritha and her oversized brood may actually believe they are entitled to our money, but they will never be happy without self-respect.

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Maritha Nelson goes shopping with your money.

On a tip from Just TheTip, DJ, and Dr. 9.

May 31 2013

ObamaCare as Hipster Tax

Pretentious young urban fools with their dorky-looking black-rimmed glasses and overpriced coffee habits helped elect Obama. Their well-deserved reward is a hipster tax, one of the few malevolent features of ObamaCare that might bring a smile to your face:

Obama’s health care law forces insurers to offer comprehensive health insurance benefits to those with pre-existing medical conditions and limits how much insurers can vary prices based on age or health status.

However, there is no free lunch — only stolen lunch.

In order for insurers to be able to take on these less-healthy beneficiaries at a price approved by the federal government, they have to lure more profitable younger and healthier individuals into the insurance pool.

Thus, the controversial individual mandate forces all Americans to purchase a government-approved insurance policy or face a penalty, which the Obama administration successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court was a tax.

That means much of the burden of the law will be on the hipster generation of Americans in their 20s and 30s, who will have to choose between paying a tax or paying for insurance they may not want.

That’s okay. They can just make somebody else pay by getting a subsidy. Or maybe not…

…the problem is that those subsidies are less generous for younger Americans. For instance, a 31-year-old individual earning $40,000 wouldn’t qualify for any federal subsidies, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s subsidy calculator.

But a 59-year-old individual with the same income could receive more than $4,000 worth of assistance. When all is said and done, the younger individual would have to shell out $2,900 a year for premiums, which would be more than the older individual, even though the younger individual is less costly to insure. …

It’s also important to keep in mind that hipsters tend to live in large cities with higher costs of living, but federal subsidies aren’t fully adjusted to account for that.

Inflicting equality isn’t always fair, is it, trendoids?

As for folks in their 20s and 30s who weren’t fashionable enough to vote for Obama, hopefully this will provide extra motivation to see that this obomination is repealed quickly, before it becomes permanently entrenched.

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Hipsters have ObamaCare coming.

On a tip from Big Hoss.

May 31 2013

Venezuelan Authorities Seize Toilet Paper Stockpile

In a progressive utopia like Venezuela, the selfish are never allowed to withhold from The People precious rare commodities like toilet paper:

Police in Venezuela say they have seized nearly 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in an overnight raid of a clandestine warehouse storing scarce goods.

The Thursday announcement on Twitter said that the officers raiding the garage in western Caracas also seized about 400 diapers and 7,000 liters of fruit juice.

Police chief Luis Karabin told Venezuelan news agency AVN that police, acting on a telephone tip, found “merchandise that we know is scarce on the shelves and doesn’t reach the people.”

Toilet paper is hard to find in Venezuelan grocery stores, as are staple food items such as sugar, milk and cooking oil.

Why are even these basic staples rare in a country floating on a lake of precious oil, a country that if free would be luxuriously wealthy? Because under socialism, the only things that aren’t scarce are taxes, coercion, and misery.

Yet we shamble toward it, like idiot cows being led to a slaughterhouse.

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Cornholio, moments before a raid by Venezuelan authorities.

On a tip from Wiggins.

May 31 2013

Disney Cashes In on Gay Day

Once Disney World was an ideal family vacation spot. But I wouldn’t advise bringing children there this weekend.

Walt Disney World will be the gathering spot for thousands of gays, their friends and families this weekend, as the 23rd annual Gay Day takes place Saturday at the Magic Kingdom. Now a weeklong event, Gay Days began in 1991 as a single day on which the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was encouraged to “Wear Red and Be Seen” while visiting the world’s most-popular theme park. …

Earlier this week, Disney began to sprinkle merchandise throughout its parks with designs including rainbows, symbol of the gay-pride movement. Red tank tops with rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse heads began arriving in shops along Main Street USA a few days ago. They were paired in store displays with other rainbow items usually found in the parks year-round, such as rainbow pins and antenna toppers.

Lisps Gay Day regular Marcus Blake,

“We kind of think it’s funny that Disney doesn’t sponsor Gay Days, but they cater to us.”

Markus regards it as a positive development that the family-focused theme park being overrun by the belligerently sexually deviant has lost its shock value among an increasingly corrupted public.

“The first couple of years that I came, those who were not participating in the Gay Days festivities were kind of shocked to see the large number of red shirts and what it represented,” he said. “[Now] we have friends who come here with their kids, specifically, to show them about tolerance [i.e., to indoctrinate them to revere homosexuality].”

This means the envelope can be pushed further still.

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Participants in the Gay Days Expo.

On a tip from Bo Jangles.

May 31 2013

Rep. Rush: Incarcerating Gang Members Is “Elitist White Boy Solution”

Soon America’s fundamental demographic transformation will secure the dominance of elected representatives of the caliber of Black Panther alumnus Bobby Lee Rush of South Side Chicago, who has stepped forward to stop a plan by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) to get the gang violence that has turned Chicago into a war zone under control by incarcerating gang members.

Kirk’s plan would put 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples behind bars, at an estimated federal cost of $30 million. Kirk compares the initiative to the crushing of Al Capone’s organization. But Rush is having none of it; not that he objects to spending all that money…

If there is $30 million for Congress to spend, better most of it be allocated for “job creation and job training,” to address the gang problem, Rush said. …

Rush said he would like to talk to Kirk, to “get him to see the bigger picture.” He added, “I am really very upset with Mark” and that Kirk’s approach was an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

Realizing that he should be more subtle regarding his hatred of white boys and their world, Rush later clarified his remarks by proclaiming that Kirk’s

“current plan does not include the option to create jobs, provide affordable and safe housing, quality health care and improve schools in urban areas, BUT certainly a plan to incarcerate 18,000 black men is elitist.”

Obviously if shoveling other people’s money into make-work jobs, new slums, free health care, et cetera were ever going to alleviate misery in hellholes like Rush’s district, it would have happened by now. But the point isn’t to improve conditions; it is to keep the free money pouring in and Rush et al. in power.

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Rush dressed to show his solidarity with hoodlums.

On tips from G. Fox and DJ.

May 31 2013

Empire of the Entitled

Democrats win elections because they have the numbers — truly frightening numbers. For example, to keep the official unemployment rate at only twice what it was under W, nonworkers are encouraged to go on disability:

The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,978,040 in May, up from 10,962,532 million in April, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.

The 10,978,040 disability beneficiaries in the United States now exceed the population of all but seven states. For example, there are more Americans collecting disability today than there are people living in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey or Virginia.

In 1968, there were 51 full-time workers for everyone on disability. Now there are only 13.

Medicair offers even scarier numbers:

A record 72,600,000 were enrolled in Medicaid for at least one month in fiscal 2012, up from 71,700,000 in fiscal 2011, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which provides an annual report to Congress on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The 72,600,000 enrolled in Medicaid in the United States in 2012 was more than the 65,630,692 people who lived in France last year, according to data published by the Census Bureau, or the 63,047,162 people who lived in the United Kingdom.

If you are wondering who is going to pay for the free health care for all these tens of millions when so many go on disability rather than work, rest assured that jobs are finally being created in the Obama economy:

The budget cuts known as sequestration were supposed to wreak havoc, forcing the shrinking of critical workforces including airport security officers and food inspectors.

But since sequestration kicked in March 4, the government has posted openings for 4,300 federal job titles to hire some 10,300 people.

The median position has a salary topping out at $76,000, and one-fourth of positions pay $113,000 or more, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of federal job listings.

Altogether, the jobs will pay up to $792 million per year. Including job postings that have been open since before sequestration, the government is in the market for 27,000 employees who will make up to $1.8 billion a year.

All the government needs to do is tax enough from all these new government employees to pay their salaries, as well as the disability and Medicaid expenses, and the country is back in business.

Don’t count on the private sector; it is staggering under the weight of taxation and regulation, and unlike Big Government, can only hire when economic circumstances permit.

On tips from G. Fox, The Only Other Conservative in Seattle, and Wiggins.

May 30 2013

Open Thread

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Via Paula Priesse, on a tip from G. Fox.

May 30 2013

Academic Reveals: WWII Heroes Were Rapists and Racists

Orwell observed that those who control the present control the past, and those who control the past control the future. This is what the moonbats who control the present are doing to the past in order to ruin the future:

Professor Mary Louise Roberts, from the University of Wisconsin, said within months of D-Day ordinary French women came to fear their American ‘liberators’.

She tells how, by the summer of 1944, large numbers of women in Normandy filed complaints about rapes by US soldiers. …

Professor Roberts said: ‘My book seeks to debunk an old myth about the GI, thought of as a manly creature that always behaved well.”

Worse yet, the American soldiers who displayed awe-inspiring heroism to rescue France from Nazi occupation were not only rapists, but racists.

The book also claims the US army ‘demonstrated a deep and abiding racism’, suggesting they pinned a disproportionate number of rapes on black GIs.

Documents show that of 152 troops disciplined by the army for rape, 130 were black.

Don’t even suggest that blacks might have committed most of the rapes. That would make you racist too.

It isn’t easy to find people to look back and admire, now that the Greatest Generation has been revealed as evil. But at least we still have Harvey Milk to inspire us as we march forward into our progressive future.

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Creating a moonbat future by re-creating the past.

On a tip from Kevin S.

May 30 2013

Durbin Suggests Constitution May Not Apply to Bloggers

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), one of the most powerful people in Washington, raises an interesting question. Since there were no bloggers when the Constitution was written, does the Constitution apply to bloggers? An actual quote:

“What is a journalist today in 2013? We know it’s someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision that was written over 200 years ago.”

Here’s another thoughtful question. Since the vermin infesting the District of Corruption were not alive when the Constitution was written, would the 8th Amendment’s proscription against cruel and unusual punishment apply to them, or would it be okay to impale them on stakes?

Dick Durbin, constitutional scholar.

On a tip from Sammy. Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.

May 30 2013

SheZow: Transvestite Superhero Cartoon

Because the version of human sexuality dictated by leftist ideology is profoundly unnatural, indoctrination into it must begin at a very early age, when the mind is still malleable. Television is useful in this regard, as demonstrated by the new cartoon SheZow:

Set to debut on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., the gender-bending program stars twelve-year-old Guy Hamdon, “an extreme dude who inherits the power ring of his deceased aunt — the amazing FEMALE superhero SheZow! The ring gives him villain-battling super powers, but was meant to be worn by a girl, and the result is absolutely she-larious!” …

Once on his finger, the ring won’t come off, and since it was intended to be worn by a female, Guy must wear a large wig, a purple skirt and cape, pink gloves and white go-go boots to gain access to the many powers it bestows, including tremendous strength, speed, flight and his strongest ability, a sonic scream. …

Whenever trouble arises, the boy says the magic words “You go, girl!” to become the cross-dressing superhero and returns to his secret identity by shouting “She-yeah!”

Guy stores his special weapons in a “beautility belt.” They include laser lipstick and vanishing cream.

The show will air on The Hub, whose execs are hoping that “the channel and its toy partner Hasbro can start merchandising her white go-go boots and her ring” — which boys in moonbat households can expect to find under the Holiday Tree next Christmas.

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A male role model for the Age of Obama.

On tips from Antisocialist and Matt L.

May 30 2013

How to Make the Track Team in Fundamentally Transformed America (and Get Rich Doing It)

Sports are based on the countermoonbat principle of competition. Unless the game is fixed, the athlete who performs best wins. This won’t last under rule by moonbats. As in so many areas, the liberal attack on sanity will be carried out largely through courts…

[Ervin] Mears Jr. filed a federal lawsuit against a slew of parties — a track coach, principal, superintendent and school board among them — after his son, Mawusimensah Mears, was kicked off the Camden County (N.J.) Sterling Regional High varsity track team. The elder Mears claims that his son was bullied and harassed during his time on the Sterling Regional squad, then was kicked off the team. The Mears family seeks $40 million in compensatory damages for the persecution they allege befell Mawusimensah during his freshman season with Sterling Regional.

The bullying and harassment consist mainly of letting seniors run in varsity races rather than the freshman Mawusimensah. For legal purposes, bullying and harassment can be defined as “not letting a whiner have his way.”

The official reason for Mawusimensah Mears’ dismissal was unexcused absences from practice, though his father [coughed up a bunch of excuses for that].

Yet, at the root of the elder Mears’ lawsuit is a controversial claim that his son has a right to participate in extracurricular activities, turning the long held adage that sports, music and the like are privileges on its head.

Track teams featuring quadriplegics and orchestras that include deaf students can’t be far behind. After that: lawsuits forcing entry into professional sports and orchestras.

Liberals will be the first to tell you that they want equality. The worst enemy of equality is excellence. Moonbats are waging a war of annihilation against it.

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Rather than attend practice, Mawuwhateverthehell is suing, with help from Dad.

On a tip from Muddypaw.

May 29 2013

Open Thread

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Compliments of Stormfax.

May 29 2013

Separated at Birth?

It isn’t always easy to tell a certain disgraced liberal RINO apart from the Moonbat Messiah, but there is an essential difference — in the end, Nixon accepted responsibility for his own presidency, which would be highly uncharacteristic for Obama:

Via Revealing Politics. Hat tip: Investment Watch. On a tip from Kubelwagen.

May 29 2013

Pop Star Adam Levine Proclaims Hatred of America on Live TV

For the first time in her adult life, Michelle Obama is proud of her country. But not pop star Adam Levine, who appears on NBC’s American Idol knockoff The Voice. Hear him declare “I hate this country” at 1:14 in the video below:

Have patience, Adam. Barack et al. aren’t done fundamentally transforming it yet.

Via Twitchy, on a tip from G. Fox.

May 29 2013

Smells a Lot Like Treason

Work harder. The government needs more money, now that Hanoi John Kerry is handing another $4 billion to the terrorists running the Palestinian territories — no doubt largely to be extracted from our paychecks.

Fools will argue that our government is buying constructive leverage with tax loot. Yet regarding those who would advise the terrorists on how to spend our money, Lurch drones,

“This group will make recommendations to the Palestinians. They’re not going to decide anything. The Palestinians will decide that in their normal course of governance.”

In other words: Spend it as you please; we know you will anyway.

You can kill a lot of Jews for $4 billion. You can kill a few Americans too.

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Palestinians celebrating on September 11, 2001.

On a tip from G. Fox.

May 29 2013

Dead Rake in Fortune in Welfare Payments in Taxachusetts

No wonder the dead are such a dependable voting block for Democrats. Look what they get in return for their loyalty:

A state audit has revealed that Massachusetts has given out $18 million in “questionable public assistance benefits” in recent years, in cases that included the distribution of benefits to more than 1,160 people who were either dead or using the Social Security number of a deceased person.

In some cases, recipients began receiving benefits for the first time after their deaths.

The audit, issued Tuesday, covered cash, food stamps, and other benefits intended for low-income families, and found millions of dollars in irregular benefits…

In 1,164 cases, deceased recipients continued to receive a total of $2.39 million in benefits up to 27 months after they had been reported dead. …

Additionally, State Auditor Suzanne Bump found suspicious transitions on electronic benefit cards amounting to $15 million, including almost $5 million in which all food benefits had been withdrawn at once. Meanwhile, five regional offices could not provide documentation for more than 30,000 EBT cards.

You can do a lot of shopping with 30,000 free money cards.

The damning audit comes on the back of the resignation in February of the then director of the DTA, Daniel J. Curley, after it was reported that the agency failed to verify eligibility of recipients, which could have cost the state $25 million a year in unwarranted payments.

What does anyone expect? Coercive wealth redistribution is inherently corrupt, just as the bureaurats overseeing it are inherently incompetent. Not that they care whether recipients are truly needy or not. Welfare is a transaction: other people’s money in exchange for votes. Not all the moochers and parasites will vote, but you can be sure virtually none of them will vote Republican and put a premature end to their ride on the gravy train.

Eat, drink, and be merry, welfare cheats, for tomorrow this whole farcical system collapses into insolvency. No looting spree lasts forever.

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A welfare recipient and loyal Democrat voter.

On tips from Dr. 9, Clingtomyguns, Son of Taz.

May 29 2013

Department of Injustice Employees Asked to Verbally Affirm Homosexuality

Here’s an idea for a truly twisted exploitation movie. For unknown reasons, the US population goes totally insane, and elects a government consisting of leftist freaks so morally warped that workers at the Department of Justice are required to swear an oath of fealty to sexual perversion. Never mind, that’s too outrageous even for low-budget trash when it comes to movies. But not when it comes to our Hopey Changey reality:

The Department of Justice has been accused of religious intolerance and viewpoint discrimination after workers were sent an email directing them to verbally affirm homosexuality, according to a law firm specializing in religious liberty and now representing a DOJ whistleblower.

Liberty Counsel said DOJ employees were emailed a brochure called “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers.” The brochure was created as a resource from DOJ Pride, an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of the DOJ. …

Among the directives in the brochure is an order for workers to vocally affirm homosexuality.

“Don’t judge or remain silent,” the brochure read. “Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.”

It’s not enough not to say anything against depravity, which is our new state religion. You must affirm it, thereby explicitly rejecting Christian morality. Otherwise, your career is going nowhere; you will be lucky to keep your job.

Department of Social Justice workers are also instructed to display gay pride stickers. Maybe they are intended to ward off Christians the way the Cross is said to ward off vampires.

Those who don’t conform will be denounced as “intolerant.” The same goes for women who don’t like sharing the restroom with men in skirts.

Language is strictly regulated in Eric Holder’s PC fiefdom:

Workers were also told to use “inclusive” words like partner or significant other — rather than traditional terms like husband or wife. They were also told to use a transgender person’s chosen name and the pronoun that is consistent with the person’s self-identified gender.

DOJ employees were told to stop using phrases like “gay lifestyle” or “sexual preference” — because those words are “considered by many as offensive.”

Update your Newspeak dictionaries immediately.

I wonder if it got this far in Sodom or Gomorrah.

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To be displayed by those who like having a job.

On tips from Spider and Clingtomyguns.

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