Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chafetz Stonewalled. Bill and Freud. The Unraveling Is Accelerating.

How can Hillary become dehydrated when she is all wet? (See 1 below.)
Today, Rep. Chafetz held a hearing and four technicians, who assisted Hillary regarding wiping her computers clean and hammering several Blackberry's, were asked to appear and testify.  Three appeared, two cited their 5th Amendment Rights, one never answered the subpoena and was a no show and one testified and basically said very little that shed any light.

Meanwhile, the FBI also failed to send Chafetz' Committee all the documents requested.

The Democrats on the committee accuse Chafetz of grand standing.  Once again Democrats have little regard for the rule of law when enforcing it embarrasses them.  Playing politics takes precedence over doing what is right by those they supposedly represent.  Republicans are also guilty of the same conduct.

Congress seems to have little power to do anything.  They are supposedly a third and equal branch of government but have proven impotent over the years..
Finally, a spokesman for the State Department acknowledged The Iran Deal has possibly emboldened Iran's behaviour.  DUH! (See 2 below.)
As Obama's tenure in office nears an end everything he sought and even accomplished seems to be unraveling.   N Korea is launching missiles and testing nuclear weapons, The Middle East is a disaster and we are on the outside looking in, Obama Care has proven to be what we all said it would, a financial disaster (See 3 below.), the VA remains in shambles, the deficit has surged, the nation is more divided than ever, various agencies have been totally corrupted and now even The Iran Deal seems to be falling apart and those seeking work but unable to find it is at the highest level in recent history  and I did not even mention the number receiving  Food Stamps and the list seems endless yet, Obama went out today to replace Hillary at a speaking fund raiser and told us how good things are.

This from a president who was continuously insulted and demeaned at the latest Asian Summit.

It only took Obama 7 plus years to destroy whatever progress and stability our nation achieved over the last 3 decades.

Meanwhile, Hillary's husband made a Freudian slip and probably told the truth that Hillary's health issues have actually been more frequent but when he realized he had blown her cover he quickly recanted and substituted the word rarely. CBS edited out his blooper.

It is almost as if Bill is jealous of the fact that Hillary might be president and he would be in the second row and he cannot accept the prospect.
As the campaign enters the last phase expect both candidates to start proposing programs that will cost billions of money we do not have and should not spend because they will simply be wasteful. When will we learn there is very little the government does that is cost effective no matter how worthy it may sound.

The cost of the new program's waste will be paid for by eliminating waste in other programs. It is all a shell game.

Hillary’s ‘Deplorable’ Ain’t the Half of It

I was going to write a lighthearted piece about the Deplorables, but Hillary Clinton’s 9/11 collapse makes that inoperable. Somehow, her “basket of deplorables” just isn’t a laughing matter anymore.
But then I started thinking more deeply about the deplorable issue.

Let us be generous to Clinton. When she talked about a basket of deplorables she was just serving up to her LGBT audience what it wanted to hear. That’s what politicians do for a living.

And the whole racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia name-shaming crock is necessary, both to keep the Democratic Coalition of the Fringes properly grateful to their ruling class masters, and to keep the rubes, the deplorables, in fear of their jobs for saying the wrong thing at work, or in church. It is the glue that keeps the Democrats together.

But really. Let’s have a reality check about the -isms and the -phobias.

Racism is a problem? You mean in the country that went to war to free the slaves, that passed the civil rights acts? That elected a black president? Sexism? You mean the country that gave women the vote, that has encouraged women, indeed, has mandated that women get preference at the university and the workplace? Homophobia? You mean the country that doesn’t riot in indignation when elite gays get to harass the little people for not wanting to bake a gay wedding cake? Islamophobia? You mean the country in which a supermarket checker gets to wear the hijab, a defiant statement of separation and act of segregation in my book, and gets to live to tell the tale?
You know what I think? I think that the ordinary white middle class has shown the most amazing patience and sturdiness as they have marked time for the last 50 years while liberals deployed government force to help blacks, women, gays, Hispanics, Muslims at their expense.

This weekend experienced this first hand as I ventured out from the liberal world of north Seattle down to Tacoma. And as I walked around the Point Defiant Zoo in Tacoma I looked at all the ordinary white middle-class folks there. I thought to myself that these ordinary people don’t look too healthy: not like the rich-bitch liberals that you see around north Seattle. They looked pretty hard-driven, as though life was hard and unforgiving for them. Not like the healthy, wealthy folks in Seattle tooling around in their Priuses and Subaru Outbacks.

And I thought: what’s this nonsense about “white privilege” that we keep getting rammed down our throats? If you want to talk about white privilege, let’s talk about well-connected white liberals in Seattle, not the folks down in Tacoma for whom there are no do-overs and no special privileges.

You want to talk about deplorable, then how about the lower half of white America that has been paying for the liberal agenda for the last half century not in taxes, but in diminished lives, so that liberals could pat themselves on the back for their compassion and their passionate activism.

And another thing. Sure it’s deplorable what liberals have done to the white working class and the unorganized white middle class that just follows the rules, goes to work, and obeys the law.

But the rise of Trump really shows us that Republicans and conservatives are not much better. We weren’t looking hard enough to see the sufferings of the ordinary white middle class, and we didn’t have the courage to break out of the Cringe, the cowardly fear of being called a racist -- or a sexist, or a homophobe -- and stand for justice for the ordinary white middle class. The rise of Trump took us completely by surprise. That’s deplorable.

Newt Gingrich has a piece today on 15 years of elite “strategic defeat, dishonesty and humiliation.” He’s right, and it’s deplorable.

Has the white middle class reacted to injustice by descent into riot and mayhem? No, they just quietly go to the nearest Trump rally and hope that he really will Make America Great Again.

Has the white middle class rallied to a racist White Lives Matter movement? No, and no billionaires have been offering money like the way George Soros has ponied up cash for the racist Black Lives Matter.

No doubt in the coming days the ruling class will stitch up a deal to replace the ailing Hillary Clinton with a replacement candidate for President of the United States. No doubt we will all be taught that some totally unconstitutional arrangement to substitute another candidate is all proper and legal and copacetic.

But I think that it is past time for our ruling class to get its act together. Because the clown show of the last decade or so is deplorable.

Iran threatened to shoot down two American planes flying over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, in the latest example of their increased aggression in the Persian Gulf. The American planes disregarded the warning, and eventually landed safely. “We wanted to test the Iranian reaction,” a U.S. defense official told Fox News. “It’s one thing to tell someone to get off your lawn, but we weren’t on their lawn. Anytime you threaten to shoot someone down, it’s not considered professional.”

Iran has increased its aggressiveness in the Persian Gulf since the implementation of the nuclear deal in January: there have been 31 incidents between Iranian and U.S. ships in that time period that were deemed “unsafe”, “unprofessional,” or both, which is the same amount for all of 2015. “We’ve seen an uptick in confrontations by Iranian vessels in the Arabian Gulf,” Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, said last week. “Ultimately if they continue to test us we’re going to respond and we’re going to protect ourselves and our partners.”

Seven armed boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy swarmed a U.S. Navy patrol ship in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, forcing it to change course after the Iranians came within 100 yards and stopped their vehicles in the American ship’s path. Sailors aboard the USS Nitze recorded an encounter last month when Iranian boats came as close as 300 yards, forcing it and the USS Mason to change course to avoid a collision. Two weeks later, two U.S. patrol coastal ships, the USS Tempest and the USS Squall, were operating in international waters in the northern Gulf when IRGC boats approached them at high speed and passed within 600 yards of the Tempest three times. The Iranians ignored radio warnings that their actions were dangerous. These actions came just a few months after ten American sailors and their two boats were seized by IRGC naval forces in January of this year, in violation of international law.

In a move that may compound the issue, the IRGC Navy launched a new ship on Tuesday, draped in a banner that read “America should go to the Bay of Pigs, the Persian Gulf is our house.” "This ship increases the deterrent power of Iran and will have an effect on the calculations of the enemy, particularly America,” said IRGC naval chief Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi.

Another ObamaCare co-op folds, leaving only 6 remaining

Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey is folding after the state’s insurance commissioner put the Obamacare co-op in “rehabilitation” due to its hazardous financial condition.

The co-op had a liability of $46.3 million under the Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program, according to the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. That program was designed to transfer money between insurers in case one insurer had more costly enrollees
“Despite our hard work and growing customer base, the unfortunate necessity for complying with the [Affordable Care Act’s] risk adjustment mandate has put the company under considerable financial strain,” said Tom Dwyer, the co-op’s CEO. 
The closing will force 35,000 customers served by the New Jersey co-op to find a new plan in 2017.
The co-op was initially awarded $107.2 million in taxpayer-funded loans in 2012 and received an additional $1.9 million in 2013.
The New Jersey co-op is the 17th Obamacare co-op to collapse, joining other co-ops that have failed including two in Oregon, one each in Illinois, Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Utah, as well as a co-op that served both Iowa and Nebraska.
This leaves only six co-ops in existence of the 23 that were originally created under Obamacare. 

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