Privileged and pouty. Aren’t they the picture of happiness? More of MO’s phony excuses to shop in Europe and sight see. Why go to the UK and Milan, Italy to espouse educating girls and “Food 2.0″? Why isn’t MO in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan extolling the virtues of educating girls? Not enough 5 star hotels or high end shops? Does anyone believe all these tourist travels and high end vacations will continue when BO is out of office and the perks end?
Before the EU jaunt, there was a party for five hundred of their closest friends at the WH. We are assured by BO’s talking head Earnest the Obamas paid for this event “out of their own pocket”.
If it had not been for Al Sharpton and his tweeting it might have remained a “private” affair.
Instead, the announcement came from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who tweeted as he was “Leaving the White House party w/POTUS and FLOTUS. Awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on keyboards together. Unbelievable experience
They are such celebrity huggers. Of course, at this point in time BO and MO have to schmooze a little, the money train will be ending soon for both of them. They won’t have the taxpayers footing all the bills for the perks they both love so much.
Free countries like our own have an even more powerful claim on the patriotism of their citizens than do other kinds of countries. But it seems to be our country has even greater need of it than most.
Every country requires a high degree of cooperation and unity among its citizens if it is to achieve the internal harmony that any good society requires … Most countries have relied on the common ancestry and the traditions of their people as the basis of their unity. But the United States of America can rely on no such commonality; we are an enormously diverse and varied people; almost all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants … we are always vulnerable to divisions among us, which can be exploited to set one group against another and to destroy the unity and harmony that has allowed us to flourish. We live in a time when civil demotion has been undermined and national unity is under attack constantly.
That’s it in a nutshell. If you think our country is in a mess, look no further than academia to see why. All societies are not created equal. We are an exceptional country and, our history is astounding, warts and all. Is it any wonder why people from all over the world clamor to come to the US for a better, more rewarding, life. Our public schools were established not just to end illiteracy but, to promote civic virtues and ‘socialize’ all, citizen and immigrant, into our culture of “Liberty and Justice for all”. Is it a big surprise to anyone that people are running to get their kids out of the public school system, run by Progressives and Unions, into schools that actually teach their kids how to be useful citizens and literate? Charters and private schools have long waiting lists for a reason. To base “our history” on class, gender, ethnicity and race is the crudest form of higher education and dumbs down history to benefit Progressive divisiveness.
Executive amnesty by any other name is still amnesty. Trade in Services Act and, TiSA: A Secret Trade Agreement That Will Usurp America’s Authority to Make Immigration Policy
If you read these statements closely, you’ll see that most of them concern only the TPP and its lack of impact on immigration policy. But the Trade in Services Agreement, or “TiSA”—another trade deal being negotiated in secret by the Obama administration—is another story; there is little doubt that it will constrain the future ability of the United States Congress to regulate U.S. immigration policy. In fact, deregulating the U.S. work visa system, and therefore opening it up to foreign corporations that provide services (as opposed to goods) is the explicit purpose of an entire annex (section) in TiSA, entitled “Movement of Natural Persons.”
Read the list of “service based industries” in the second article of those professional areas included. Nothing has been left out!
“The leaked TiSA text makes it clear that contrary to the claims by proponents of fast-track trade promotion authority, the reality is that those voting for fast track are ceding key powers to make immigration law and policy to an unelected group of corporations and foreign governments.
Dems got all wee wee over Obama being Obama. Fun stuff… you see, it was all about him and his legacy…
By making a rare, last-ditch visit to Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama’s message to House Democrats was clear and simple: The trade deal they’re in danger of voting down is about him.
“TAA has always been an absolute admission to me that there is going to be lots of lost jobs,” Rep. Louise Slaughter, a top House Democrat from New York, said before the vote. Multiple Democrats echoed that sentiment on the House floor.
There was also palpable anger at the president leading up to the vote. Rep. Peter DeFazio said he thought Obama “tried to guilt people and impugn their integrity.”
“There was a number of us who were insulted,” DeFazio (D-Ore.) said in an interview after the meeting with Obama.
He’s been insulting all of us for years now…the Dems are just starting to notice?
Isn’t the Dem field exciting? What a bunch of “white privilege” they have going on in their “diversity” camp of old rich white people. The slags (yes, I know the meaning of the slang) from the hashtag organizations that dominate the D-word party keep prostituting themselves for politics, they just don’t know it. O’Malley is running around shirtless imitating Putin, Sanders is the crazy wild eyed uncle we all avoid at family gatherings, and Shrillary Clintoon is the corrupt lifelong Alinskyite that is “out of step” with the new progs and the old left. Could the D-words have fielded a more pathetic group?
The crime syndicate known formally as the “Clinton Foundation” is political corruption on a grand scale. While Shrillary rails against hedge fund managers and their “wealth”, her hedge fund is knee deep in unethical practices. Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions.
But there is growing evidence that the Clintons did not run certain financial activities involving foreign entities by the State Department, such as the Swedish fundraising arm and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative based in Canada, or disclose on her annual ethics form the existence of a limited liability corporation that Mr. Clinton set up for his personal consulting work.
The ethics agreement the Clintons signed in 2009 with the State Department stated that if a foreign government chose to “elect to increase materially its commitment, or should a new contributor country elect to support” Mr. Clinton’s charitable causes, “the Foundation will share such countries and the circumstances of the anticipated contribution with the State Department designated agency ethics official for review.”
Of course, the Clinton Crime Syndicate did not report this conflict of interest to the State Dept. Just another ooopsy in the long list of ooopsies the Clintons have pulled, including this one. Let’s face one hard fact, the DNC is letting O’Malley and Sanders run against Shrillary just for the optics, more for the benefit of making it look good for Clinton to have won the election primaries rather than being ordained. Their own cushy spot awaits them, you can bet on it.
Media is always talking about the R-words big fight between “factions” of the party. Well, maybe they should take a long look at the D-words own infighting. It doesn’t get reported by the LSM because…..”narrative”. Democrats Frustrated by Unions’ Cash Freeze Over ‘Fast Track’. The whining is getting louder and louder.
Other Democrats are beginning to lose trust in unions coming through with campaign contributions at all, as House Democrats look to make inroads into a historic House majority.
“We’re getting close to the end of the second quarter now … and now the answer they give us is, ‘Even if you vote no on TPA and no on TPP, you still may not get checks because we may be trying to take out people who did vote for it,’ ” said one House Democratic aide. “It’s not like they are going to reward good behavior. Now they’re saying, ‘We may have to take our money elsewhere.’ ”
Democrats were reluctant to speak on the record about their frustration with the finance freeze. But others said publicly that fundraising over the past few months could have been better without unions’ embargo on campaign contributions. [snip]
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama will come to the aid of any Democrat who finds themselves in primary peril because of backlash for supporting the “fast-track” bill.
“Those who are concerned about it I think do take a lot of solace in knowing that they can count on the support of President Barack Obama in a Democratic primary if they need it,” Earnest said.
The AFL-CIO declined to comment on the suspension of federal contributions, and whether it will be lifted even if Congress gives Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The last part of the quote is laughable. BO is the “every man for himself” type of politician. He did so well “helping” the Dem Party last round that they lost both the House and the Senate. Now we get to watch as the Dems devour their own.
Latest Baltimore news illustrates that….Baltimore Mayor’s Staffers Jumping Ship
What is wrong with Democrats? They are the party of absolute fail along with their frail PC swooning followers who need “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for the special “little snowflakes” they have become.
The Democratic Party and its base are lurching to the left, led by its leadership. There may be a silver lining, however. Democrats do not believe in compromise and view Bill Clinton’s triangulation as traitorous (it was all so twentieth century, after all). They have become a party of True Believers.
We all know what happens when ideology replaces reason and common sense.
We (rather I) have had a very busy few weeks. Finished a doll house for a 12 year old birthday girl (35″ H x 35″ W x 22″ D) lots of gingerbread to glue on after painting everything including the house, chased babies who have started walking (yikes), planted our vegetable garden, chased babies, cleaned out closets, chased babies, had to deal with jury duty, chased babies,……and on and on. It’s like herding cats, an impossible endeavor. I would love to post pics of both of them but, social services is rather adamant about their privacy. Since they belong to two different mothers their pics have to be cropped to avoid either parent seeing a child not their own and, no pics posted to the cloud or any other place on the web. I just wanted to let everyone know both babies are thriving and loved.
They fought for us, died for us, have always safeguarded us and kept us free…remember them.
Liberal policies, the black mans’ problem in a nutshell. Before they riot and loot they should take a long hard look at who they elect to lead them and, have led them for the last 50 years. The businesses they burn down aren’t making policy, neither are the people whose dwellings are destroyed. Their own city councils and mayors are the policy makers, those passing laws which seem to cause such grievance, and they are mostly Democrats. Black people have a very unhealthy relationship with their party of preference, yet they still vote for the very people who continue to make life as miserable as they can for everyone. It’s the “Legacy of Liberalism”
You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.
Brelo, 31, a Cleveland police officer, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with a Nov. 29, 2012 police chase and shooting that ended in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The verdict could be announced any day now.
Throughout the month-long trial, prosecutors argued Brelo acted unreasonably and with the intent to kill when he jumped on the hood of Russell’s car and fired 15 final shots down at the two people. Defense attorneys argued that Brelo, like the other 12 officers who also fired shots, was afraid for his life and therefore justified in any use of force.
The city, district and community groups are concerned about possible rioting after recent demonstrations in Baltimore and other cities turned violent.
Outsiders, communists and other nefarious agitators, have been doing their level best to bring out protestors, so far it hasn’t worked out to their advantage. Hopefully we won’t see the ignorance that is being demonstrated in other cities when the verdict is handed down on Monday May 18th.
other articles at the link
Big question of the day; Why do Dem supporters always get snookered in the end? No matter how irrational a law is, they will believe it will benefit all mankind. The inevitable happens and they say things like “I didn’t believe it would affect me.” or “I didn’t know it would be like this.”. They heaped derision along with foul name calling during the Obamacare debates. Turns out we were right ….again.
Committee investigators also point to an analysis by H&R Block that found almost two-thirds of its filers receiving an ObamaCare tax credit owed the government at the end of the year. On average, those filers were required to repay more than $700 of their ObamaCare subsidies. The study found most customers claiming the credits were confused about the requirements.
Of course they were “confused”, the law kept changing by executive fiat from day one.
If the pols are listening, doubtful, stop….really…just stop “helping” us.
Of this amount, 467.1 million went to education; 206.1 million to the environment; 24 million to “family”; 16.1 million to infrastructure; 15.2 million to transportation; 11.9 million to housing; and 3.1 million to job training.
Uh-huh, seems throwing more taxpayer money at the problems of certain urban areas just isn’t working. Actually decades of Democrats running the cities isn’t working, neither are the residents. Why are the kids in the public schools system reading from 20 year old books? 467.1 million should have covered new books, computer labs, all to the benefit of the students. None of it obviously was used for gains in students’ education. People of Baltimore, just like every midsized city, should be zoning in on the way taxpayer stimulus was spent, it certainly wasn’t on them.
Following the violent riots on Monday evening that resulted in over 235 arrests, 15 torched buildings, 144 destroyed vehicles, and 20 injured police officers, President Obama spoke on the issue.
Obama called for more early education programs, criminal justice reform, and “making investments so that [youth] can get the training they need to find jobs.”
“There’s a bunch of my agenda that would make a difference right now in that,” he said.
The president then proceeded to blame the Republican-controlled Congress for not implementing his agenda.
BO’s “agenda”, which absolutely has not worked out for anyone but the wealthiest, is to keep piling more tax burdens on the middle class (mostly suburbia) to placate a lot of ne’erdowells in the inner city, meaning Dem Pols. He won’t ever admit the Dem meme “it’s for the kids” is nothing more than a huge lie. More money “for the schools” basically covers benefits for teachers’ unions, retirement, etc. The kids get zero benefit from tax increases or stimulus.
I listened as one father kept whining about his kid, sitting in jail, who had destroyed a police car and made the front pages of local papers. He thought it was just horrible that his kid had to be bailed. He said “isn’t a human life more important than a broken window?” My question to him is “Where were you and your concern when your kid was rioting?” One guy, an adult, being interviewed was complaining about not having a free cell phone. He thought it was his “right” to have one for free. Can’t make this stuff up!
For partisan liberals, the spate of urban violence that has characterized anti-law enforcement demonstrations and riots for nearly one year has presented both an opportunity and a challenge. While many Democrats have welcomed the spotlight on policing, urban poverty, and the plight of inner city minorities, they have also been confronted with the unsatisfying results of generations of monopoly Democratic governance. [snip]
To most neutral observers, it seems conflicting to argue that urban minorities have been neglected and abused for decades, and yet a GOP governor who hasn’t been in office for 18 weeks is responsible for this latest spasm of violence.
That didn’t stop Edwards from arguing that more spending and wealth redistribution – e.g. the Democratic platform – is the only cure for what ails Baltimore.
When Wallace noted that Baltimore spends the third highest amount per capita on its public schools “and the schools were still lousy,” Edwards declined to speculate on where that money was going. She merely asserted that it had been improperly allocated.
Handouts instead of a hand up is the way Dems placate minorities. Next we will be certain to hear “more money” is needed to ease the pressure for the special snowflakes making their demands. When Dems were setting up the cyclical of generational welfare, none thought of the consequences. If everything is given, there is no need for education, personal responsibility, or even a job. The Dem nanny state approach to solving problems isn’t working, has never worked and, will never work. Their ideas always include more taxes on small business and property owners, more rules and regulations. When the businesses leave and property owners sell out and leave due to the higher taxes, Dems are flummoxed. They can’t understand why. Yes, they are that stupid and so are the voters who keep electing them. A Disturbing Intersection
It used to be that both blue-collar and white-collar workers held stable jobs, and living standards for all social classes steadily rose. That model has buckled and bowed until it no longer exists, and people are getting left behind at a staggering rate.
The gap between all things big (government, business, banks), the American people, and their political leaders is greater today than at any time since our little quarrel with England in the 1770s.
We are over-regulated, forgotten and over-taxed by a national capital that has become the Versailles of its time — the seat of not only political power but of unprecedented wealth, with a desire to emulate Hollywood rather than the regular people who have carried the burden of building and protecting that pretentious city.
The most self serving demi-gods (as they see themselves) are the very people (politicians) who decide how they can cause the most division and anger among the populous to keep themselves in power. Our government has become the most corrupt and ineffective it has ever been. “We the people” have all been marginalized and we should be angry, but not with each other. We didn’t create this mess, the crony capitalists of Versailles on the Potomac did for their own personal gains. We just got stuck with all the bills.
A survivor story from Oklahoma on Bing. Not the kind you would expect.
“For the kids”. We hear this all the time and it’s never been less true then now. Charged and found guilty under the RICO law. Does anyone really think this is an isolated incident? via American Thinker
Thirty-five Atlanta educators in all were indicted in 2013 on charges including racketeering, making false statements, and theft. Many pleaded guilty before the trial, and some of them testified at the months-long affair. On April 1, 2015, eleven defendants were convicted of racketeering and falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs (some claimed that they were threatened with losing their jobs if they did not participate in the cheating). Superintendent Beverly Hall, the alleged ringleader, is reported to have received up to $500,000 in payouts. On April 14, 2015, ten of the eleven educators (Superintendent Beverly Hall died a month before) were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison (including probation time).
Please, make it stop. “Wear a hijab to school day” didn’t go quite as planned in a school in OH. Embracing misogyny is no way to teach about diversity. via Hot Air
Intense criticism has prompted an Ohio high school’s principal to cancel a student event in which girls would celebrate diversity by spending a day wearing a Muslim headscarf. Mason High School Mindy McCarty-Stewart also issued an apology in an email Thursday to district families, saying the intent of the April 23 student-led event was meant to be positive, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. [snip]
When you ignore the reality of Islam’s oppressive 8th century ideas about women and celebrate one of the major symbols of that oppression — the hijab — you give aid and comfort to the very people and ideas you are supposed to be fighting.
Global Citizen Earth Day was a resounding success. All those greenies had a great time at a concert on the National Mall. via Twitchy
As Twitchy reported earlier, plenty of celebrities fired up their private jets Saturday morning en route to the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A massive crowd turned out for a handful of musical acts, and as we predicted, left behind quite a global footprint of their own.
One hundred years….Obama cowardice. via Just One Minute
But this one was particularly likely to add fuel to the historical debate over the characterization of the genocide, which began in 1915 and took place over several years during World War I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. The debate gained momentum on Sunday after Pope Francis referred to the event as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”
Hillary in 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the US “opens a door that is a very dangerous one to go through.” This is the same Hillary Clinton who, four years ago, pledged that she would recognize the Genocide as President of the United States.
Responding to a question from a participant of a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, who asked why the US does not recognize the Genocide, Clinton characterized the Armenian Genocide as an historical issue and not a political one.
“I think it’s fair to say that this has always been viewed, and I think properly so, as a matter of historical debate and conclusions rather than political. And I think that is the right posture for the United States Government to be in, because whatever the terrible event might be or the high emotions that it represents, to try to use government power to resolve historical issues, I think, opens a door that is a very dangerous one to go through. So the issue is a very emotional one; I recognize that and I have great sympathy for those who are just so incredibly passionate about it,” Clinton told the audience.
Is Clinton someone you really want to vote for? As always, political expediency is much more important than the historical truth. What else would she do or say for political expediency? Who else would she appease? We already know the answer, Benghazi. Leopards never change their spots, neither will Hillary.
Clinton stopped at a Chipotle in OH, no one recognized her. How “inevitable” is she really?
Must have been the sunglasses. via Daily Mail
The LSM will be running with the “inevitable” meme for the next year. After all, they have handpicked her to be the next WON, to break that glass ceiling for the sake of women everywhere because….it’s her turn and she has lady parts. Two great reasons to vote for a candidate. (insert sarc tag here) Mostly the LSM and other Hillary backers want to see Bill Clinton back in the White House. This would be the only way that could happen. (you have to think like a Democrat to get this) It would also be the only way Chelsea could hold down an actual job.
I am sorry, but I have no patience with Chelsea’s progressivism and its contrast with her hauteur, her luxurious lifestyle, her high-paying glamorous jobs brought her way by family connections, and her conspicuous lack of achievement or creativity in any of those jobs. Her debut as a $600,000-a-year rookie correspondent at NBC was downright embarrassing. She didn’t last very long in the offices of McKinsey & Company, where only the hardest-charging, brainiest associates survive.
“She’s fought children and families all her career”. So has every other Democrat, they just don’t say it. Not to worry, the LSM will overcompensate for any and all gaffes. It’s their job to prop Hillary (and Bill) up.
“Every box was checked,” Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd glowed. “They put out the campaign memo that said ‘We’re going to be a united team, there’s no back biting.’ The video had every part of Democratic coalition represented.”
Indeed, Vox went so far as to itemize the members of the Democratic Party’s “Coalition of the Ascendant” who were represented in Clinton’s video. Vox’s Matt Yglesias didn’t see white collar workers versus service professionals, homeowners versus renters, married or unmarried, childless or parents represented in that video. Merely skin color, gender, and sexuality:…snip
“Then we found out about the road trip and I thought, oh, there’s some spontaneity; it actually felt as if she was having fun,” Todd added, still gushing over Clinton’s campaign debut. “The road trip gives it some humanity. That’s what you really needed at the end. So you throw that in there, you take a B+ launch and make it an A.”
Notice on the much touted road trip Clinton hasn’t really spoken to anyone. She wants to be the “champion” of the middle class but, doesn’t want to hear what any of them have to say, just photo ops to show the country how much she cares. If she honestly cared, she would have told the country the truth about Benghazi. Traveling in a well appointed van to Iowa, what difference does that make? It’s still all about her and the Dem Party line, no more, no less. She is desperate for her coronation and will say anything to get there.
Have had a very busy schedule the last ten days. Busy taking care of our extended family (Skyler and Lana), working on a remodel that came our way and taxes and spring clean up in the yard. Please accept my apology for being somewhat remiss in posting, there are not enough hours in the day.
The Gods of the Copybook Headings
AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.
We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.
With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!”
Seems appropriate for the Age of Obama.