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Feb 29 2016

Open Thread

The-Tweeting

Via Patriot Retort, on a tip from TED.

Feb 29 2016

“Refugees” Use Battering Ram to Break Through Macedonian Border Defenses

This is not immigration. This is invasion.

The countries being invaded and colonized have not only a right but a duty to defend their land from foreign conquest by whatever means prove militarily expedient.

Feb 29 2016

Jimmy Carter: I Would Choose Trump

Can’t decide between Cruz and Trump? Let Jimmy Carter be your guide:

Given his history and his nature, there is no reason to imagine that Trump would live up to a single right-of-center word of his campaign rhetoric once in power. He would begin abandoning it as soon as he sews up the nomination. The last of it would be discarded on inauguration day.

On a tip from TED.

Feb 29 2016

Why Hillary Won’t Let Press Film Her Boarding Her Jet

ABC’s Liz Kreutz reports that Shrillary won’t let anyone film her boarding her jet:

It isn’t hard to understand why:

On tips from Varla, Manuel R, and Torcer. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

Feb 29 2016

Trump University Alumni Are Among the Little People Crushed by Trump

Among the many little people Donald Trump has screwed royally in the process of amassing his fortune are the alumni of Trump University:

Details on the Trump University scam:

When the “school” was established in 2005, the New York State Education Department warned that it was in violation of state law for operating without a NYSED license. Trump ignored the warnings. (The institution is now called, ahem, “Trump Entrepreneur Initiative.”) Cue lawsuits.

Trump University is currently the defendant in three lawsuits — two class-action lawsuits filed in California, and one filed in New York by then-attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who told CNN’s New Day in 2013 “We started looking at Trump University and discovered that it was a classic bait-and-switch scheme. It was a scam, starting with the fact that it was not a university.”

Individual victims have lost as much as $60,000.

The New York suit explains how the swindle works:

The free seminars were the first step in a bait and switch to induce prospective students to enroll in increasingly expensive seminars starting with the three-day $1495 seminar and ultimately one of respondents’ advanced seminars such as the “Gold Elite” program costing $35,000.

At the “free” 90-minute introductory seminars to which Trump University advertisements and solicitations invited prospective students, Trump University instructors engaged in a methodical, systematic series of misrepresentations designed to convince students to sign up for the Trump University three-day seminar at a cost of $1495.

Promises have been used to separate the gullible from their money:

Trump’s promises that the three-day seminar ($1,495) would include “access to ‘private’ or ‘hard money’ lenders and financing,” that it would include a “year-long ‘apprenticeship support’ program,” and that it would “improve the credit scores” of students were empty.

The Trump University playbook describes this institution of learning the hard way’s admission standards:

[A] 41-page “Private & Confidential” playbook printed on Trump University letterhead … spells out the one essential qualification in caps: “ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN FULL.” Basically, anyone with a valid credit card was “admitted” to Trump University.

Well, not quite anyone…

If a member of the media happened to approach the registration table, Trump staffers were instructed not to talk to him or her under any circumstance. …

At one point, the playbook advises Trump staffers: “If a district attorney arrives on the scene, contact the appropriate media spokesperson immediately.”

As the Weekly Standard reported in a piece entitled “Nine Tales of Trump at His Trumpiest,”

At one seminar, attendees were told they’d get to have their picture taken with Trump. Instead, they ended up getting snapped with his cardboard cutout.

There you have it: Trump in a nutshell. Maybe those persuaded to sacrifice limited government for promises regarding immigration can get their pictures taken next to a cardboard version of a border wall.

On a tip from Torcer. Hat tips: Soopermexican, Right Scoop.

Feb 29 2016

Melissa Harris-Perry Maxes Out Her Race Card, Gets Canned by MSNBC

In a desperate attempt to stave off the total collapse of its ratings, MSNBC has been trying to rebrand itself as a serious news network. When this entailed preempting the absurd Melissa Harris-Perry for presidential election coverage, the lisping social justice warrior boycotted her own show and screeched like a scalded cat:

“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

Ms. Harris-Perry is black, and [NBC News chairman, Andrew] Lack and [MSNBC president Phil] Griffin are white. In [a] phone interview on Friday, Ms. Harris-Perry clarified her remarks and said she did not think race played a role in her recent absence from the air.

“I don’t know if there is a personal racial component,” she said. “I don’t think anyone is doing something mean to me because I’m a black person.”

There was no racial component — that time. She was just showing the big stick she planned to whack them with if they didn’t stop preempting her silly and largely unwatched show in favor of news.

The threat did not work. Ms. Harris-Perry is out of there. Evidently her attempts to crybully the bosses were the last straw that led to them canning her.

Good thing she still has her PoliSci teaching gig at Wake Forest University. It has now been confirmed that academia has even lower standards than MSNBC.

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Yes, those are tampons hanging from her ears.

On a tip from Torcer.

Feb 29 2016

As Tuition Skyrockets, College Presidents Are Paid Far More Than CEOs

Leftist demagogues frequently denounce CEOs for allegedly making more than enough money. Yet you don’t hear them complaining about the fattest hogs gorging at the government-subsidized trough formerly known as higher education:

College presidents on average earn $377,261 annually, or more than twice the average pay for CEOs, who take home about $176,840 on average each year, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

At the same time, American students face ever-increasing tuition bills, with the growth in college costs for years dwarfing the rate of inflation.

As a generation digs itself ever deeper into debt for education of deteriorating quality, it isn’t only the college presidents who ride high on the gravy train:

While the president is just one employee of a college, he or she represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of administrative pay. The bigger question, the researchers note, is whether reducing total administrative salaries would help to put a brake on rising college tuition.

Previous research indicates that there may be a link between a college president’s high pay and a student’s debt load. Graduates of state universities with the highest-paid presidents typically end up with higher debt loads than the average state university graduate, the Institute for Policy Studies found in 2014.

The study also found that schools with highly compensated administrators tend to reduce scholarships and rely on low-paid faculty labor such as adjuncts, rather than full-time professors.

Regarding the starting compensation offered prominent Democrat Big Sis Napolitano, when she became UC president in 2013,

The University of California has leased an Oakland residence for incoming system president Janet Napolitano for $9,950 a month, officials said Monday. Napolitano, the former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, will be provided the housing plus an annual $570,000 salary, $8,916 a year for car expenses and $142,500 for one-time relocation costs.

Yet not a peep from social justice warrior Shrillary Clinton, who finds it intolerable that CEOs are paid the compensation determined by their value on the free market. Shrillary herself makes $15 million per year, without offering society any benefit in return.

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Where commies might start if they really want to eliminate income inequality.

On a tip from Jester.

Feb 29 2016

The Anger of Trump Supporters: Is It Even Real?

They say Trump’s candidacy has gotten this far because the voters are angry. But if Matt Walsh is correct, this anger is as phony as the Donald himself:

You say you’re angry about the corruption in Washington, but you support a slimy swindler and fraudster who boasts of his bribery schemes and makes no apologies for shamelessly exploiting political corruption for personal gain.

You say you’re angry about illegal immigration, but you rally around a guy who supported amnesty as recently as 2013, employed illegal immigrants, and donated millions of dollars to open borders politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Hillary Clinton.

You say you’re angry about the establishment, but you worship a candidate who said only a few weeks ago that “you got to be a little establishment” in order to get things done, and who admits he “was the establishment” right until he ran for president.

You say you’re angry that Republicans won’t fight, but you hail as a warrior the same guy who says he’ll happily “work with the Democrats,” which probably explains why Sen. Harry Reid praised him and Jimmy Carter called him “malleable.” It is not uncommon for me to hear from Trump fans that they’re angry at “GOPe” Republicans for “cutting deals” and “compromising” in one breath, and in the very next that they want Trump because he’s really good at cutting deals and compromising.

Right down the list, you are blithely embracing every single thing you say you’re so angry about. Trump is … precisely the sort of man you supposedly detest. Trump is exploiting America’s frustration with men like Trump. Trump is running against Trump. You are voting for Trump because you hate Trump. You are angry at politicians because they act like Trump and make deals like Trump and go to cocktail parties with men like Trump and look down on the little guy like Trump and possess the integrity of Trump, and so your solution is to elect Trump. Your anger at Trump leads you to Trump. Perhaps this explains why you’re so worried about politicians who are “controlled by donors,” but you aren’t at all concerned about a politician who is the very donor you didn’t want controlling the political process. “I’m sick of these donors influencing the government! I have an idea: let’s make one president!”

Why do Trumpsters support the personification of everything they claim to be angry about? Is it because they are stupid? Walsh doesn’t think so. He embraces the only other possible explanation: they aren’t actually angry.

Your anger, to whatever extent it exists at all, is surface level. It’s a purely emotional experience, fed by a mob mentality. You’re angry in the way a rioter or looter is angry. Your temper might be flaring and your heart rate jumping and you might be filled with the uncontrollable urge to break a window, but underneath that anger is really something much closer to boredom and apathy. You don’t feel a real, intense, profound, deep and meaningful disgust at the corruption and malfeasance in Washington, because if you did there is simply no way you would support a man like Trump. …

I don’t believe your anger. I think you want a spectacle, not a solution. A celebrity, not a statesman. A circus performer, not a leader. I think you want to be entertained. I think you’re not taking this seriously enough.

But the situation will be plenty serious if this publicity stunt gone awry results in Trump getting the nomination, securing the election for Shrillary. When the opportunity to put a Reaganesque conservative in the White House is snatched away for frivolous, foolish, self-indulgent reasons, patriotic Americans really will be angry.

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His sideshow act of a campaign could produce some genuine anger.

On a tip from Troy.

Feb 29 2016

Security Guard Suing for $10 Million Over Being Asked to Work at Statue of Liberty

Only a very hardcore moonbat could be allergic to the Statue of Liberty:

Winnifred Dwyer — who suffers from a number of ailments — says her bosses at FJC Security Services have threatened to fire her if she doesn’t show up for work at Lady Liberty.

She is asking a judge to stop the transfer and has filed a $10 million discrimination lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court.

Dwyer “has a documented history of disabilities” including a paralyzed trigger finger caused by an on-the-job injury, tumors near her vocal cords, and “an allergy to certain substances in the air which trigger her throat to close such that she requires hospitalization and intubation,” her suit says.

Having to work near the Statue of Liberty would allegedly place her at risk of having allergy attacks with no nearby medical facilities.

Fortunately, she will be able to build her own personal hospital with all her free money if she comes up lucky in our system of jackpot justice.

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From the Land of the Free to the Land of Free Money.

On a tip from Jester.

Feb 29 2016

Punk’d: Election 2016 Edition

If only the whole farce where some kind of joke on the Donald, to poke fun at his outsized ego. But actually it is poorly educated, impulsive, and/or inattentive voters who are the victims of the prank:

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Compliments of Torey Dawn.

Feb 29 2016

Ten Straight Years of Growth Under 3%

Congratulations to Barack Obama on achieving an anniversary that affirms his steady, consistent hand on the wheel. He came into office largely due to an economic crisis; his economic policies have proven to be remarkably effective at prolonging that crisis:

The United States has now gone a record 10 straight years without 3 percent growth in real Gross Domestic Product, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. …

In the 85 years for which BEA has calculated the annual change in real GDP there is only one ten-year stretch—2006 through 2015—when the annual growth in real GDP never hit 3 percent. During the last ten years, real annual growth in GDP peaked in 2006 at 2.7 percent. It has never been that high again, according to the BEA.

It is not expected to get better soon:

In the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers that President Obama sent to Congress this week, the administration noted that it is projecting real GDP to grow by only 2.7 percent this year and by less than that in the following two years.

Has it ever been this bad for this long? Not since they started keeping track in 1929.

Before this period, the longest stretch of years when real GDP did not grow by at least 3.0 percent, as calculated by the BEA, was the four-year stretch from 1930 to 1933—during the Great Depression.

On the positive side,

The longest consecutive stretch of years in which the United State saw real GDP grow by 3.0 percent or better was the seven year period from 1983-1989, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Happily, we have a Reaganesque candidate running for president this year. But Ted Cruz can’t get elected if he is denied the nomination by voters making a self-destructive angry gesture. So we will probably end up with Shrillary instead, and Obama’s policies will be extended for at least 4 more years.

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Click for full size.

On tips from Bodhisattva and Shawn R.

Feb 28 2016

Open Thread

never-underestimate

Via Russ Segner.

Added Note

Judging by the comments, devotees of a certain political candidate seem to think the graphic above specifically describes them. Sorry; I didn’t mean to offend.

Feb 28 2016

Rush Limbaugh on Why Cruz Is Vastly Preferable to Trump

Conservative heavy-hitter Rush Limbaugh helped the Trump phenomenon get out of hand by refraining from exposing him, probably in the belief that there would be no point alienating listeners when the whole farce seemed likely to fizzle out soon anyway. Now that a Trump nomination is staring us straight in the face, threatening the ruin of the Republican Party and a colossal setback for the conservative cause, El Rushbo is finally moving some guns to the front:

Too little, too late?

Via Right Scoop, on a tip from Torcer.

Feb 28 2016

America’s Worst Charities

American countermoonbats tend to be among the most generous people on earth. Unfortunately, that can mean being taken for a ride. Big Charity is a big business; not everyone is in it for the reasons they would have you think. The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting have teamed up to produce a list of America’s Worst Charities, ranked by the amount of revenue they spend trying to acquire more revenue through solicitors. Here’s the bottom 10:

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Click through to see the whole list.

A few details on the #1 worst:

Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families.

Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids.

Most of the rest gets diverted to enrich the charity’s operators and the for-profit companies Kids Wish hires to drum up donations.

In the past decade alone, Kids Wish has channeled nearly $110 million donated for sick children to its corporate solicitors. An additional $4.8 million has gone to pay the charity’s founder and his own consulting firms.

The seas are swimming with sharks trying to take advantage of you by exploiting your better impulses. Keep your eyes open.

On a tip from Steve A.

Feb 28 2016

Trump Promises to Silence Dissent as President

The Founding Fathers are not resting easily in their graves if they know some of us would consider turning the presidency over to someone like this:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Friday vowed to “open up” libel laws in order to sue media outlets that write “purposely negative” and “horrible” articles about him.

“I’m gonna open up our libel laws, so when they write purposely negative and horrible, false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” Trump said at a rally in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We’re going to open up those libels laws,” he added. “So that when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money.”

The Donald went on to shout at his critics that they will be sued “like you’ve never got sued before.”

Normally Trump’s promises are easily dismissed in light of his past stances and behavior, but this one seems legit, considering how much effort he has expended bullying people through lawsuits.

If Trump is this openly tyrannical now, before even having secured the nomination, imagine what he will do to the First Amendment in order to silence his critics once in power. As noted previously, he is not running for president; he is running for dictator.

Good thing for the Donald that his decree revoking our right of free speech is not already in force. Bush 43 could sue for a pretty penny over the Code Pink lies Trump regurgitated in the South Carolina debate, when he falsely alleged that W deliberately lied to lead the country (and a large coalition of other countries) into war.

On tips from Good Stuff, 762×51, Varla, and Thomas Charles. Hat tips: Lonely Conservative, Victory Girls.

Feb 28 2016

Albany Hate Hoaxers Face Charges

Normally hate hoaxers tell their malevolent lies secure in the knowledge that even if their fraud is revealed, there will probably be no consequences for them. After all, they were only trying to raise awareness about the sort of prejudice that would be really awful if it actually existed. Especially on college campuses, where hate hoaxes have reached epidemic proportions, authorities take the view that the important thing is that the hoaxers mean well. But things turned out differently for belligerent hoaxers at SUNY Albany, who face the following charges:

Ariel Agudio, 20, of Huntington, N.Y.: Assault in the Third Degree, Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree, Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, Attempted Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree.

Alexis Briggs, 20, of Elmira Heights, N.Y.: Assault in the Third degree.

Asha Burwell, 20, of Huntington Station, N.Y.: Assault in the Third Degree, Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree.

The Falsely Reporting charges are their reward for trying to spin their sociopathic behavior into a hate hoax.

According to police, the assault charges are based on evidence which shows that the three defendants physically assaulted another passenger on the bus, a 19-year-old woman from Congers, N.Y. The false reporting charge stems from evidence which shows that the initial complaints made by Burwell and Agudio that claimed they were victimized, were false.

Evidence can take all the fun out of a hate hoax:

The charges were issued after evidence was gathered during a three-week investigation that included interviewing 35 passengers on the bus, reviewing videotape from 12 security camera videos on the bus, reviewing four videos taken by passengers on their mobile phones, reviewing videotape police from the university’s surveillance system, examining UAlbany building access records, and reviewing audio recordings. …

Evidence indicates they were the aggressors in the physical altercation, and that they continued to assault the victim despite the efforts of several passengers to stop them, police said. …

Investigators also found no evidence to support the initial allegations that the three women were targeted in any manner due to their race. There was also no evidence that racial slurs were directed toward them.

Nonetheless the hoax inspired a noisily self-righteous Black Lives Matter rally on campus.

UPD Chief J. Frank Wiley notes:

“I especially want to point out that what happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime.’ We spent a great deal of time carefully reviewing the audio recordings to determine whether any racial slurs were used. The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.”

The defendants are black, and only white people can commit hate crimes, because according to progressive ideology only white people can be racist. Ergo, no hate crime.

However, once moonbats get their teeth into a bone, they do not let go. Barks community activist Alice Green:

“What might have happened, are there reasons someone perceived this to be a racist incident. I think all those things need to be discussed. Nothing is cut and dry here.”

Sorry to differ, Alice. But your supposedly put-upon victims are bestial crybully liars. That is cut and dry.

A falsely accused student was forced to flee the university in fear for his life after the brother of one the hoaxers, Tyreek (no really, that’s his name) Burwell of the San Diego Chargers, threatened to kill him. UAlbany President Robert J. Jones owes him free tuition for a year for issuing an inflammatory statement assuming the hoax to be legit before he had any clue what had really happened.

The defendants will be relieved to know that even if they are found guilty, at least they still get to keep their spot on the Hate Hoax List.

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Actual signs from the related Black Lives Matter protest.

On tips from rpp, Artfldgr, SouthernRy, Dave F, Bill T, Rusty Bill, and Bodhisattva. Hat tips: iOTW Report, American Thinker, Jammie Wearing Fools.

Feb 27 2016

Open Thread

GOP-Election-Recovery-Zone

Compliments of Jim Lavery.

Feb 27 2016

MSNBC Reports From the Gun Range

It is never too late for the moonbats at MSNBC to learn a little something about the firearms they would like confiscated. Here one learns that they make noise when they go off:

Via Progressives Today, on a tip from Torcer.

Feb 27 2016

Mark Levin at the Conservative Review Conference

Mark Levin rallied countermoonbats at the Conservative Review Conference in Greenville, South Carolina on February 18. See how many anonymous references to Donald Trump you can count:

“We will lose some, we will win some.” South Carolina went in the loss column. But the battle isn’t over. So long as anyone values the gift the Founding Fathers gave us, it will never be over.

On a tip from TED.

Feb 27 2016

Trumpbart

At last a website for Kool-Aid–guzzling members of the cult of personality who feel that not even Breitbart is sufficiently adulatory. Introducing Trumpbart:

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On a tip from Reaganite Republican.

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