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Stephen Kruiser

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.
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Government at Work: Kid Gets Detention for Sharing School Lunch

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

When good habits are bad, or something.

A 13-year-old California boy was reportedly placed in detention for sharing a school-prepared lunch with another student.

Kyle Bradford, a student at Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville, Calif., was disciplined after sharing his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria, KRCR-TV reported.

“It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” Bradford told the website.

The Trinity Alps Unified School District, however, has rules that prohibit students from sharing food — claiming that students can have allergies their classmates may not be aware of, according to the website.

When in doubt, overreact — that is the way of school administrators. I am sure we can partially blame the lawyers for that. However, I also think this has to do with the liberal fantasy of being able to have rules that make every little bad go away in childhood.

I will now leave you with the immortal words of Susan Powter:

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Obamacare Exchange Site Doesn’t Work Well, NPR Blames Insurance Company For Pointing It Out

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Yeah, THAT’S the probblem.

Iowa and South Dakota are the two states where the ACA insurance marketplaces have struggled the most. In both states, just 11.1 percent of residents eligible for subsidized insurance signed up for it — the lowest rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

What happened in Iowa and South Dakota? The answer lies in commerce, not politics.

The individual insurance market in both states is dominated by one insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Wellmark BCBS chose not to sell on the ACA exchanges in the first year, locking out its consumers from buying subsidized plans from the company. And it has decided to stay out of the Iowa and South Dakota exchanges for Year 2.

Competitors claim that Wellmark BCBS is cleansing its risk pool by staying off the exchanges because “presumably” poorer, less healthy people would be there. The company counters that the federal end of the system is so problematic it prevents them from adequately serving their customers.

Wellmark BCBS cited technical problems with the back end of HealthCare.gov as a reason it is staying out of the market in 2015. A spokeswoman said data discrepancies in the enrollment process could affect consumer subsidies and eligibility.

“How data is transferred between the system, government entities and ultimately, health insurers continues to be problematic,” Wellmark BCBS Public Relations Manager Traci McBee writes in an email. “Because we rely on this information to serve our members, we need to ensure the information we receive is timely, secure and accurate.”

Wellmark says despite not selling on the exchange in 2014, it sold more ACA-compliant plans through its website and insurance agents than any of its competitors did in the two states.

That the company claims it can be more “timely, secure and accurate” with the federal bureaucracy out of the way seems like a…sane reason.

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Woman Declared Brain-Dead After Being Hit By Cyclist In Central Park

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Heartbreaking.

A cyclist pedaling a $4,000 racing bike at high speed through Central Park slammed into a suburban mom in town shopping for her daughter’s birthday present — leaving the woman brain-dead, sources said.

Jill Tarlov, 59, of Fairfield, Conn., the wife of a CBS executive, was in a crosswalk near 63rd Street when Jason Marshall, 31, came barreling along West Drive at around 4:30 p.m. and yelled for her to get out of his way, law enforcement sources said.

Tarlov was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was declared brain-dead, the sources said.

This is a terrible, and wholly avoidable tragedy. Cyclists in every city I visit seem to be getting bolder and more lacking in regard for pedestrians and traffic laws in recent years. They’re allowed to ride on sidewalks here in LA, so they randomly jump from there to the street and back without much warning. It’s a dicier proposition for me to walk a block to 7-11 than to get on the 405 and drive fifteen miles.

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Roger Goodell Promises to Right the Ship

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

This still needs Condi.

During a news conference on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised that the league “will get our house in order.”

Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an investigation of the way the league handled the Ray Rice case, and he said that at the end of the process the league will implement new conduct policies.

“I promise you that any shortcomings he finds will lead to swift action,” Goodell said. “The same mistakes will never be repeated.”

Goodell has faced intense criticism over the league’s handling of off-field violent behavior from some of its players. The issue came to a very public head when a video surfaced showing Rice, a star for the Baltimore Ravens, punching his then-fiancee.

As long as Goodell has the support of owners, he should have some breathing room to be more proactive. In a radio interview this morning, I mentioned that Goodell can’t get a complete grip on this until the surprises stop. He thought the Rice situation was handled, then the second video surfaced. Just when damage control was settling in there, the Peterson incident became public. Before almost anything could be done about that, a second allegation was made known. Then the Dwyer story happened. Goodell and the league have been reeling and on their heels in a purely reactive mode because of all of this.

They need the surprises to stop before anything substantive can be done. The PR department needs to be paid more too.

In other not-so-good news for the league, the Dept. of Defense is looking into its connections with the NFL.

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Hillary Clinton-The Family Values Candidate?!?

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Everybody needs a gimmick.

Clinton hasn’t spoken much publicly about the impending birth of her first grandchild, but Friday, that’s how she anchored her argument.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about family, because as you know, I’m on grand-baby watch. And I think a lot about this new member of our family and what he or she can look forward to,” Clinton said.

“The Democratic Party is at its best, just like America is at its best, when we rally behind a very simple but powerful idea: family.”

How can she call it a “grandbaby” if it isn’t here yet? Aren’t the Democrats the ones always telling us that it’s not a baby until it’s born. Hillary really needs to get on message here.

Sure, if the kid can survive the womb gauntlet the pro-abortion Democrats have created, then it is all about family, right?

RIGHT?

Clinton is setting up the narrative for 2016. It is obvious she is going to lead with the “War On Women” nonsense, despite the fact that leaning on her more-hawkish-than-Obama foreign policy credentials might serve her better by the time 2016 rolls around. However, the focus on the former will enable her to play the gender card every time she feels put upon, which will be always.

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(VIDEO) Scarborough Wants ‘A Certain Network’ To Cover Christie’s Bridgegate Clearing Like It Did Allegations

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Wishful thinking. MSNBC was hyperventilating about Christie’s culpability as recently as a week ago.

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Missing From The Plans To Destroy ISIS: Debate And A Plan To Destroy ISIS

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

From The Federalist.

This indulgence so overwhelms our ruling class’s perception of reality that the recipes put forth by its several wings, little different from one another, are identical in the one essential respect: none of them involve any plans which, if carried out, would destroy the Islamic State, kill large numbers of the cut-throats, and discourage others from following in their footsteps. Hence, like the George W. Bush’s “war on terror” and for the same reasons, this exercise of our ruling class’s wisdom in foreign affairs will decrease respect for us while invigorating our enemies.

The WSJ’s recommendations, like the Obama administration’s projected activities, are all about discrete measures—some air strikes, some arming of local forces, etc. But they abstract from the fundamental reality of any and all activities: He who wills any end must will the means to achieve it. As in Bush’s war, as is the custom in Washington nowadays, our ruling class’s several sectors decide what actions they feel comfortable undertaking about any given problem, while avoiding reasonable judgment about whether these actions will actually fix the problem. This is the very definition of irresponsibility. But they call it “strategy.”

This is a pretty spot-on analysis of what ails us when it comes to foreign policy. As long as wars are fought to preserve the borders of politicians’ comfort zones thousands of miles away rather than focused on the destruction of an enemy, the enemy has an advantage. Modern American leaders rightfully praise the World War II military members as “The Greatest Generation”. Perhaps they should dust off a history book and familiarize themselves with the decision making and methods used to win that war.

As for the lack of debate, I lay that at the feet of the Democrats, specifically the Clintons. Any person with an ability to perceive reality knows that Hillary’s bemoaning of “the politics of personal destruction” back in the day was pure projection. American politics had always been rough and tumble, but the Clintons took the demonizing and destruction of political enemies to another level. Now Democrat politicians have no compunction whatsoever about labeling (libeling?) Republican foes as Nazis, terrorists or grandma-killers. Who wants to debate with these little Alinskys?

The Republicans don’t get a free pass on this, however. More of them need to be bold in condemning the ridiculous accusations coming out of the mouths of their Democrat counterparts.

Good luck with that.

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The Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep Gaffe Machine Keeps On Rolling

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Use your words, Joe

Speaking at a Democratic National Committee event for women’s leadership Friday, Vice President Joe Biden gave a positive shout out to Bob Packwood, a former U.S. senator who was ousted from Congress following sexual harassment accusations.

Biden made his remarks at Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. The event was dubbed the Women’s Leadership Forum Breakfast.

Making the point that present day Republicans do not compromise with Democrats, Biden said the GOP was once “involved” with expanding voter access. “Guys like [former Maryland Sen.] Mac Mathias and Packwood and so many others,” Biden said. “It wasn’t Democrats alone.”

The Washington Post broke the story in the 1990s of several women who claimed Packwood sexually harassed them. Packwood resigned sometime after.

“So I’m not joking,” Biden said. “This is not your father’s Republican Party or your mother’s Republican Party.”

Biden’s ill-timed, Bidenesque comments come two days after having referred to Asian as “the orient” and opportunistic bankers as “Shylocks,” a term offensive to some Jewish groups.

Seriously, who lets this guy off-leash? I am now almost looking forward to this clown getting enough money to make a serious run at Hillary just for the theatrics. Between his constant bumbling and her shrill overreaction to everything, I’ll have enough material for five years. Elizabeth Warren will have to become a fake Native American juggler just to get stage time during the primaries.

Go, Joe, go!

UPDATE: BuzzFeed‘s White House reporter quickly ran interference for Biden on Twitter, pretty much saying Packwood’s support of Title IX makes the remark OK, despite all of the harassment and abuse:

 

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Court Orders Taylor Off Ballot In Kansas

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Don’t count those chickens yet

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor’s name must be removed from the ballot for U.S. Senate, dealing a blow to Republicans in the battle for the Senate majority.

In a 10-page ruling, the court that when Taylor ended his Senate campaign, he fulfilled all of the requirements to have his name taken of the ballot. In doing so, they overruled Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who argued Taylor’s name must stay on since he never explicitly said he was incapable of serving.

The ruling is a setback for vulnerable Sen. Pat Roberts (R) because it enables his main opponent to pursue anti-Roberts voters without serious competition.

Where would the Democrats be without the help of various judges and courts who seem forever willing to help them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat? I don’t even know why they bother laboring for campaign money anymore-why not just fire off an email to a friendly judge detailing the preferred outcome?

For Republicans, maybe this will serve as a sobering reminder that so very many things can go wrong between now and the first week of November. There has been a little too much early victory dancing lately, as if mass amnesia hit and everyone forgot about the polling debacle in 2012.

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Obama’s Counterpart In France Has Tanking Approval Ratings Too

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

You know, the one who admits to being a socialist.

The beleaguered French president, François Hollande, has spoken of his “ordeals and pain” following the publication of his former girlfriend’s kiss-and-tell memoirs, but vowed to see out his term in office despite sinking approval ratings.

In a rare press conference aimed at restoring the nation’s flagging faith in his presidency, Mr Hollande on Thursday defended his record and insisted his government was up to the challenge of lifting France out of economic crisis, reducing unemployment and cutting the deficit.

It was only towards the end of the two-hour televised session that he was forced to respond to a question about the bestselling book by his spurned former girlfriend, the journalist Valérie Trierweiler.

The book portrays him as a cold-hearted, power-obsessed hypocrite who pretends to dislike the rich but in reality despises the poor and derides them as “toothless”, an enormously damaging accusation for a socialist.

A socialist who is a hypocrite about wealthy people? DOES ANYONE HAVE SMELLING SALTS?

I will take socialists somewhat more seriously when I meet a powerful one who voluntarilygives away everything except the bare minimum he or she needs to survive and then is still committed when the government comes after even that.

Also, how delicious is it that a French president is falling apart because of an affair?

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Former Auschwitz Guard Spoke Out Against Holocaust Deniers

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

From Haaretz

A former Auschwitz employee who has been charged in Germany with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder previously spoke out publicly against Holocaust denial, the Guardian newspaper reports.

Oskar Groening, 93, was charged in a Hanover court earlier this week. Once called “the accountant of Auschwitz,” he was responsible for counting the money taken from the luggage of murdered Jews from 1942 to 1944 and sending it back to SS headquarters in Berlin. He also stood guard as the transports entered the camp.

Groening has never denied being in Auschwitz. Appearing in the BBC documentary “Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution” in 2005, he said that pervasive Holocaust denial had led to him to speak out.

“I see it as my task now, at my age, to face up to these things that I experienced, and to oppose the Holocaust deniers who claim that Auschwitz never happened,” he said. “I saw the crematoria, I saw the burning pits.”

That we have now reached a point in history where many equate what the descendants of the victims of the Holocaust are doing to defend themselves with what happened in that horrible time doesn’t speak terribly well of us as a species.

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Harry Reid Finally Finds Something Bad For Which President Obama Is Responsible

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s job.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid paid compliments on Thursday to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — but deferred to President Barack Obama on her future as the head of the party.

Wasserman Schultz, a Democratic congresswoman from Florida, is under increasing scrutiny by top Democrats in Washington for her stewardship of the party since 2011. Reid called her a “friend” but skirted answering a reporter’s question on whether she’s became a liability for Democrats as they head into a pitched battle to keep the Senate this November.

“I’m always so impressed with her appearances on television. She’s very, very good. But the ultimate decision regarding her is made by the president of the United States, not the three of us,” said Reid, flanked by fellow Senate Democratic leaders Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.

Reid is forever offering strong opinions on subjects about which he knows nothing. His deflection on a matter that he’s certainly discussed speaks volumes. Cutting Wasserman-Schultz loose now doesn’t do the Democrats much good though, they’re still going to need a fall guy/gal after the midterm elections.

Perhaps the most telling part of this piece about Wasserman_Schultz’s fate is Politico noting that Reid, Schumer and Durbin weren’t “particularly pleased” that the question about her job performance came up at all.

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(VIDEO) Rand Paul: ‘Intervention’ To Blame For Radical Jihad Proliferation

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

I still blame it on radical Islam.

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Ebola Deaths Have Doubled in Past Month

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Grab a mask.

The number of people in West Africa who have contracted the Ebola virus and died from the hemorrhagic fever that it causes has doubled in the past month, the World Health Organization reported on Thursday.

In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, a total of 5,335 people have been infected and 2,622 have died, the organization reported. The tally a month ago was 2,458 infections and 1,346 deaths.

Liberia accounts for more than half of the cases. The first of 13 aircraft delivering American medical aid to the country is expected on Friday, carrying equipment for a military field hospital to treat medical workers who contract the disease.

Opinions are all over the place as to what the United States should do in response but one thing is certain: in the part of the world where it is a huge problem, it’s not getting any better. I’m in the “let’s do whatever we can to keep it far away” camp at the moment. Most people I know aren’t worried at all, but I do know a few health professionals who see the potential for this to get out of hand.

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Chris Matthews Is Bothered ‘Deeply’ by Your Worries About ISIS (VIDEO)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Oh, Tingles. The essential flaw with leftists when it comes to foreign policy is that they never grasp that the enemies of freedom in the modern world always have the United States in mind for their end game.

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Another Day, Another Domestic Abuse Arrest In The NFL

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Time to punt?

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she bit his lip to stop his sexual advances, and he punched her in the face the next day, according to a police report made public Thursday.

Dwyer later threatened to kill himself in front of their 17-month-old son if the wife alerted the police, according to the report, which detailed the latest domestic violence allegations against an NFL player. Dwyer was arrested Wednesday and benched by the team.

The police report describes two altercations between Dwyer and his wife, on July 21 and 22. In the first, Dwyer tried to kiss her and take off her clothes, according to the report. She told him to stop and bit his lip when he wouldn’t, the report said. Dwyer then head-butted her, it said. Police were called to the home by someone who heard arguing.

“Publicist for the National Football League” would now be a candidate for the old “Dirty Jobs” show if it were still on the air.

While it isn’t statistically an epidemic yet, it is now a problem that seems to be spiraling away from the previously cool, collected, and always in charge Roger Goodell. He is now in a difficult position where he has to be extremely proactive all the while avoiding turning the league into one that operates on a “guilty until proven innocent” policy.

Very often in large organizations, the best way to regain control of a situation is for some management heads to roll, even if management isn’t directly responsible. Goodell, however, isn’t removed from these actions anymore. His awful handling of the Ray Rice situation carries over to each new case now, despite his admission that he was wrong.

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NY Times Best Seller List Ignoring New David Limbaugh Book, Despite Sales Numbers

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Common Core math?

There they go again.

The New York Times Book Review, which has a history of belatedly recognizing conservative bestsellers, has banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh’s latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books on the list.

According to publishing sources, Limbaugh’s probe into the accuracy of the Bible sold 9,660 in its first week out, according to Nielsen BookScan. That should have made it No. 4 on the NYT print hardcover sales list.

Instead, Henry Kissinger’s World Order, praised by Hillary Clinton in the Washington Post, is No. 4 despite weekly sales of 6,607.

As Secrets wrote about a similar banishment early in the sales of conservative Dinesh D’Souza’s America, the Gray Lady is mysterious in how it calculates its list. A spokeswoman said, “We let the rankings speak for themselves and are confident they are accurate.”

The September 28 list of the top 20 print hardcover best sellers includes one book that sold just 1,570 copies.

It must be galling for the Times to have to constantly deal with the fact that, year in and year out, conservative authors dominate the Best Seller list. This, despite their nonstop marginalizing of conservative thought. Now if only we voted as well as we bought books.

J. Christian Adams posted a review of the book on PJ Media earlier in the week, and I just taped an interview with David that will be up soon on PJTV.

You can purchase “Jesus On Trial” here.

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Allegedly ‘Organic’ Occupy Uprising Had Founders, And They’re Suing Each Other

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Happy Anniversary!

Activists who organized the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement are suing another activist for control of the main Twitter account, and one of the plaintiffs says there was no other option but to turn to litigation to solve the dispute.

The conflict centers around @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the main Twitter feeds that distributed information during the movement’s heyday in 2011. The OWS Media Group filed a lawsuit against organizer Justin Wedes on Wednesday, which is also the third anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Wall Street. The group, led by activist Marisa Holmes, is seeking control of the Twitter account as well as $500,000 in damages.

Back in the days when Occupy Wall St. was stinking up public spaces from coast to coast, we were treated to narrative onslaught about the organic nature of the movement. It was supposed to have sprung from nothing more than the frustration of some college youth, all of whom seem to have been homeless rather than in school. It was often contrasted with the Tea Party movement, which the MSM and Occupy people were forever saying was astroturfed by, you guessed it, THE KOCH BROTHERS.

As with most things having to do with progressives, reality was the opposite of what they were saying. I had the chance (lucky me!) to travel around the country and encounter more than one Occupy group. Some had a heavy union presence in charge, others were run by professional organizers/agitators. I met one in Madison, WI (I’d infiltrated the camp with the Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft. We didn’t lie but we weren’t terribly open about who we were.) who rolled her eyes and laughed when I asked if she ever spent the night at the camp.

It faded out as quickly as it came into being, because it was fake. But think back and remember that almost everyone in the media, as well as the highest ranking Democrat in the House, and the President lied to us about the group.

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Crazy Joe The Wonder Veep Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Remark

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

One heartbeat away.

Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his use of the term “Shylocks,” which some consider anti-Semitic, was “a poor choice of words.”

His statement came a day after the national director of the Anti-Defamation League issued a mild rebuke of the vice president’s use of the word, saying Biden “should have been more careful.”

At a Tuesday conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Biden recalled anecdotes from his son’s experience serving in Iraq and meeting members of the military who were in need of legal help because of problems back at home.

“That’s one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year,” Biden said. “That people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being … I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas.”

I’m just playing by their rules here. If a Republican had said the exact same thing MSNBC would have it on a 24/7 loop and the Hitler comparisons would be on. Biden’s history, especially since becoming Vice President, is one huge body of evidence that he doesn’t think before, during or after speaking. Sure, he’ll get around to an, “Oops, shucks…” insincere apology like this when his handlers have point out his latest gaffe, but he is held to absolutely no standard whatsoever by the media or the Democrats. Conservatives and Republicans barely hold him to one. Most I talk to dismiss him or say they find him “amusing”.

Nothing funny about a guy who never thinks being that close to the nukes if you ask me.

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After Sponsor Steps Back, Vikings Re-Suspend Adrian Peterson

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Money talks.

Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.

It’s a reversal of course for the Vikings. The team had earlier said that Peterson, who is facing a child abuse charge, would practice this week and could play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints

In a statement early Wednesday, the team said Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require him to “remain away from all team activities.”

Vikings: Peterson won’t play on Sunday Should fans stop watching NFL games? Lemon: I don’t condone what Peterson did

“While we were trying to make a balanced decision (Monday), after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian,” said a statement from owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. “We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right.”

The “balanced decision” on Monday came before the Vikings’ main sponsor, Radisson, backed off from its financial involvement with the team.

This is just another response from the NFL’s upper echelon that shows how remarkably out of touch they are with the people who spend money on their product. Roger Goodell shouldn’t have had to see the second Ray Rice video to know what Rice did was heinous, and the first allegation against Peterson should have been enough for the Vikings to keep Peterson suspended for a while. It seems as if they’re all trying to gauge the public’s tolerance for off the field violent behavior.

Or they’re just kind of dumb.

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In One Tweet, Think Progress Gets as Much Wrong as It Possibly Can

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Ladies and Gentlemen, your late night moment of, “Yeah, they’re all crazy on that side.” Gulf…sea…hey, bodies of water are hard to tell apart!

 

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NY Times Op-Ed: Say, Maybe the Muslims Are Behind the Rise in German Anti-Semitism

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Ya think?

Europe is living through a new wave of anti-Semitism. The president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews calls it the worst the Continent has seen since World War II. He may well be right. Attacks on synagogues are an almost weekly occurrence, and openly anti-Semitic chants are commonplace on well-attended marches from London to Rome. And yet it is here, in Germany, where the rise in anti-Semitism is most historically painful.

On Sunday, thousands of people marched through Berlin in response, and heard both Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck denounce the resurgence in anti-Jewish hatred.

We’ve seen this before, of course. But there’s an important difference this time. The new anti-Semitism does not originate solely with the typical white-supremacist neo-Nazi; instead, the ugly truth that many in Europe don’t want to confront is that much of the anti-Jewish animus originates with European people of Muslim background.

Until recently, Germany has been unwilling to discuss this trend. Germans have always seen Muslim anti-Semitism as a less problematic version of the “original” version, and therefore a distraction from the well-known problem of anti-Jewish sentiment within a majority of society.

Actually, most of Europe has been unwilling to discuss the potential pitfalls of anything having to do with the growing numbers of Muslims in several countries. England is practically overrun. In fact, if Scotland does break free, England plans on suing for custody of the al-Qaeda cells.

There has been some disturbing evidence of anti-Semitism at anti-Israel protests all over Europe, so it has become more difficult to just sweep it under the German skinhead rug. The truth had to be admitted.

It was just strange to find it in the Times.

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Boeing And SpaceX Win Contracts To Shuttle Astronauts For NASA

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Bye-bye, Russian rides.

NASA has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to build the vehicles that will transport its astronauts to the International Space Station, putting the two American companies on a course to take over a job that NASA has recently relied upon Russia to perform: carrying out manned space flights.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says vehicles from the two companies are expected to be ready for service by 2017.

Announcing its decision Tuesday, the space agency included these details:

“The Boeing Company (Boeing) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) have each presented to us designs that will allow us to fly crews to the International Space Station in just a few years. Respectively, the vehicles are Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon. The total potential contract value is $4.2 billion for Boeing and $2.6 billion for SpaceX. The spacecraft will launch from Kennedy Space Center — Cape Canaveral complex.”

It is pretty impressive and exciting that SpaceX, a twelve year old private company, is part of this deal, if only to reassure us that the entrepreneurial spirit can still achieve great things.

Let’s hope involvement with the government doesn’t screw that up.

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NOW the NFL Has a Problem: Top Beer Sponsor Is Upset

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Downward spiral.

The top beer sponsor is weighing on the NFL for its handling of a string of highly-publicized abuse scandals involving star players.

On Tuesday, Anheuser-Busch — a big spender in Super Bowl advertising whose Bud Light brand is the official beer of the league — issued a highly critical statement of the NFL.

“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” said the beverage maker in a statement released by a spokesperson. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

Those “expectations” were not disclosed in the statement. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been widely criticized over his handling of the domestic abuse scandal involving Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and child abuse allegations leveled at Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson.

The company’s brand, Bud Light, has been the official beer of the NFL since 2010, when it replaced MillerCoors as the premier sponsor. Anheuser-Bush has been a top spending brand with the league from 2009 to 2013, spending $149 million during five Super Bowls, according to Nielsen statistics released in January.

This is where the calls for Goodell’s job will really heat up. His job is to manage the league’s image so the sponsor money keeps rolling in without interruption. If one of its biggest sponsors expresses concern, the problem has become unmanageable.

On a somewhat smaller scale, Radisson “suspended” its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after they reinstated Adrian Peterson and another allegation of child abuse surfaced.

If more sponsors begin grumbling soon, all of Roger Goodell’s damage control to save himself will probably be for naught.

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Press Still Desperately Trying to Make Wendy Davis A Thing

Monday, September 15th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

“A” for effort?

Here is the headline:

Texas governor’s race heats up over new book

The race for Texas governor entered a new chapter this week with the release of a memoir from Democratic candidate Wendy Davis that rekindled attention on abortion and led to an ethics complaint from her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott.

Abbott, currently the state’s attorney general, is accusing Davis of misusing campaign contributions to promote the book called “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” in which Davis, a state senator, reveals she had terminated two pregnancies.

“Senator Davis’ book promotion has gone from ethically questionable to outright unlawful,” Abbott campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch said.

The gubernatorial race, which is set to be the most expensive in the state’s history, has heated up this month with both campaigns reaching into their war chests to start spending heavily on TV advertisements.

Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas called the complaint frivolous and said it shows “how worried Greg Abbott is about the power of her story.”

The most recent RealClearPolitics polling average on this race has Abbott up by double digits, so “the power of her story” had better come with a wizard.

Wendy Davis is a creation of the abortion-on-demand obsession of the MSM. They created a gubernatorial candidacy out of whole cloth for her because she spent several hours championing their pet issue during a filibuster. Can you imagine this kind of breathless reporting about any Republican candidate who spent an entire race trailing so badly in the polls?

No.

The purpose Wendy Davis serves is to prove that the Democrats will go to any lengths to lie about their abortion goals and that the press will dutifully aid them in doing so.

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At Least One Indicted CA Democrat Won’t Be Getting Elected Again

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Um…justice?

A California state senator convicted on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Friday in one of three ethics scandals involving Democratic lawmakers in the most populous U.S. state.

Senator Roderick Wright of Los Angeles was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, the first in a string of criminal proceedings against three state senators this year that effectively cost Democrats their two-thirds majority in the California Senate.

“This is not what I call a victimless crime,” said Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who denied Wright’s request for a new trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.

She said Wright was no longer eligible to hold elective office in California.

It has been a rough year for California Democrats but you’d hardly know it if you kept to mainstream news sources. If three Republicans in a GOP controlled state had been indicted for voter fraud and/or public corruption the press would have nonstop, breathless “CULTURE OF CORRUPTION” coverage.

That’s good news about no being able to hold future elective office. At the moment, Wright is still employed, but leadership has asked him to step down.

Meanwhile, Richard Alarcon, the L.A. city councilman convicted of voter fraud and perjury (along with his wife-ah…family), has found a judge to buy him a little time.

Lastly, Leland Yee, who did pretty much everything but start his own al Qaeda cell, merely remains on suspension while the FBI investigates him.

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Dear Hillary: Press Is Now Telling Us What’s Awesome About Elizabeth Warren

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

But she’s not running or something.

Chances are, Elizabeth Warren has already answered your question.

The freshman Massachusetts Democratic senator has been everywhere the past few months, appearing on an impressive list of Sunday shows and cable news programs, chatting up late night talk show hosts and crisscrossing the country on a book tour to promote her latest biography, “A Fighting Chance.”

But if you thought the media blitz may have loosened up the popular liberal — famous on Capitol Hill for her strictly-on-message persona and her aversion to making small talk with the D.C. press corps — think again.

Drinking-game keywords for this piece are “discipline” and variations of “focus.” If you do a shot each time one comes up, you’ll be hammered before you’re through reading it.

There is no real reason for this post beyond giving some free PR to Fauxcahontas and subtly embarrassing Hillary Clinton by stepping away from the “inevitable” conversation. This is more of a love letter than a political opinion piece. Even when the writer brings up what could be considered a “negative,” the point is followed up by more praise.

Despite all of the “inevitable” chatter elsewhere, the Warren contingent among the Democrats grows stronger every day. She’s already far more well-known and liked than a certain senator from Illinois was this far out from the 2008 election, the last time Hillary Clinton was “inevitable.”

If the MSM shifts too much more of its affection away from Hillary, she’ll fall apart in a hurry. She’s just not very good under pressure.

Hard choices for the Democrats indeed.

More:  MSM Continues 6-Year Long Obsession with Supposedly ‘Irrelevant’ Sarah Palin

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MSM Continues 6-Year Long Obsession with Supposedly ‘Irrelevant’ Sarah Palin

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The woman they love to hate.

It’s not the latest reality television show but real life for the Palin clan, at least according to reports from bloggers.

A vaguely worded police report is less specific about what actually happened at a weekend social gathering in Alaska.

The facts seem to go something like this: Members of the Palin family, including Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, attended a party Saturday night in Anchorage, where a large brawl broke out. It was also Todd Palin’s 50th birthday.
Anchorage police confirmed they “responded to a report of a verbal and physical altercation” near a home in Anchorage where a party was taking place.

I grew up in a small town, where Saturday night fights are more common than winter colds. Yet this story is everywhere today. This isn’t news, it’s a stalker-like obsession. My theory for why it continues is this: liberal women secretly wish they could be as attractive and feminine as Sarah Palin, while liberal men wish they could be as tough as she is.

It is rather enjoyable to watch the way she still haunts them.

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America Can Heal Now: Chris Brown Weighs In on Ray Rice Situation

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

What we’ve all been waiting for.

On Thursday, CBS pulled the use of a Rihanna song from the opening of its Thursday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, avoiding starting the broadcast with the voice of someone who’s been the victim of domestic violence days after a shocking video surfaced of former Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee.

Many have pointed out that Rihanna’s involvement in the broadcast was an unfortunate choice in light of the scandal over the Rice incident and the NFL’s treatment thereof, which was the focus of most of the pre-game show. Now Chris Brown has linked his 2009 pre-Grammys Rihanna attack to the Ray Rice scandal.

On Thursday, MTV News’ Sway Calloway asked Brown, who was sentenced to five years of probation and one year of counseling after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna, what advice he had for Rice.

Brown, who has a history of violent behavior, said it’s all about anger management.

“I think it’s all about the choices you make. With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past — not knowing how to express myself verbally but at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they were,” he said. “For me, dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself and the life I’ve been through, where I’m headed and where I want to be has helped me focus on what’s really important and not F up. For anybody who’s going through that situation or anybody who’s dealing with it — it’s all about the choices. Every situation is different but it’s all about the choices you make and how you control your anger.”

In the never-ending tale of people making stupid decisions during this Rice story, the executive who thought, “Hey-let’s see what Chris Brown thinks…” just jockeyed him or herself into the top ten.

Presumably, MTV was unable to get clearance for an in-cell interview with OJ Simpson to see what sage advice he had for Ray Rice.

Here’s an idea: let’s not give serial abusers a public forum to cover their you-know-whats.

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In Other News: Chuck Schumer Is Still An Idiot

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

SURPRISE!

One of the main incentives driving a surge in U.S. corporations’ tax-driven overseas inversion deals would be pared back under a plan unveiled on Wednesday by two top Senate Democrats.

Though the plan was seen by analysts as unlikely to become law anytime soon, it draws further attention to the rising number of U.S. businesses moving abroad for tax reasons.

Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer, the No. 2 and No. 3 Democrats in the U.S. Senate, said their plan would deter a practice known as earnings stripping, in which companies avoid U.S. taxes by shifting U.S. profits to jurisdictions with lower tax rates.

“This bill curtails the incentive for companies to use shady accounting gimmicks to avoid paying their U.S. tax obligations,” Schumer said in a statement.

This has been a hot topic lately. Almost every conversation I have had with someone from the Left on this subject has gone the same way: I talk about the taxes and the need to look at that burden, they talk about the greedy companies who take legal steps to minimize said burden, which Schumer refers to as “shady accounting gimmicks”. It is always an argument about policy and economics versus an emotional argument.

Schumer and Durbin would rather spend every waking hour thinking of ways to make people pay more taxes than even consider ways to have them pay less, because that would require a conversation about spending.

And we know people who are spending money that isn’t theirs don’t care about such things.

Also, I’m fairly certain the Chuckster’s math skills aren’t top shelf.

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Airlines Slowly Switching From Paper To Tablets Because…IT’S THE 21st CENTURY

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Financial incentives work.

American Airlines has won regulatory approval to swap flight attendants’ paper manuals for lighter Samsung tablets in a change that will save nearly $1 million a year, the company said on Wednesday.

The move, which does not yet affect attendants at American Airlines Group Inc’s (AAL.O) subsidiary US Airways, comes little more than a year after American’s cockpit went paperless, and is one of many strategies that airlines have pursued to reduce weight and fuel costs.

Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) and United Airlines (UAL.N) have also distributed smart devices to their pilots, and Delta plans to roll out an e-manual for flight attendants starting in October.

American said its attendants already have the tablets, and those at US Airways will receive them after the combined company receives a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. The timing of that is uncertain.

Few technological advancements exemplify progress more than our ability to make journeys that used to take days, weeks or even months, in a matter of hours now. Yet even as the planes and the way we book travel have kept evolving, much of the airline industry has kept a lot of its business practices rooted in the 1960s, for a variety of reasons.

As someone who has been flying to work for a couple of decades, here is the change I would most like now: frequently travelers can take a test (annually, if need be) to prove that we understand the intricacies of the safety announcement, like how to use a seat belt buckle or recognize a door in a vehicle that doesn’t have many of them. Once we do, we’re given something that we can use to show the flight attendant that we have been cleared to listen to music during the announcements and spare ourselves one of the most tedious experiences known to modern man.

Sweet, sweet freedom.

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For Reasons Unknown To Sane People, McCain Is In Demand On GOP Campaign Trail

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Ugh.

It’s general election season — and John McCain is back in demand.

With Republican primaries are over and Senate hopefuls in tough races no longer vying to outflank opponents on their right flank, the 2008 Republican nominee and infamous Senate “maverick” is being sought out on the campaign trail. He’s already stopped by purple Virginia and New Hampshire to stump for the GOP campaigns of Ed Gillespie and Scott Brown, and now the Arizona Republican is ready to go farther afield.

Nothing says, “We’ve learned our lessons!” like trotting out the fossil who is loathed more by the conservative Republican base than he is by Democrats these days. This is just another indication that the establishment GOP is woefully out of touch. Sadly, they probably won’t learn anything this year because the base will more than likely turn out and give them a big night in November because we don’t want President Obama running around completely unchecked during his last two years. That will have the unfortunate side effect of letting the old guard delude itself into thinking it can keep giving the finger to the base as it heads into the all important 2016 presidential election.

Get ready for President Warren if that ends up being the case.

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Robert Gibbs Offers Subtle Blame Bush Excuse For Obama’s ISIS Inaction (VIDEO)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

But of course. He’s being cautious because “BUT BOOOOOOOOSH!” Gibbs also mentions a “decade” of the policy that’s driving The Idiot King’s caution. Um…Bush was president for eight years and Obama has almost a full six under his belt now so it’s unclear which ten Gibbsy is referring to here.

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Will Roger Goodell’s Mishandling Of Ray Rice Incident Cost Him His Job?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The chorus has begun.

As an uproar grows over a video showing star player Ray Rice’s ferocious blow on his now-wife, calls for the firing of the NFL’s leader are getting louder.

An increasing number of critics think National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, the man in charge of disciplining the star player, should be next.

“The NFL has lost its way. It doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem; it has a violence against women problem,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. “The NFL sets the example for college, high school, middle school and even elementary school football programs. And the example it is setting right now is simply unacceptable. New leadership must come in with a specific charge to transform the culture of violence against women that pervades the NFL.”

Goodell told CBS News on Tuesday that he was sickened by what he saw on a newly released video that showed Rice knocking out his now-wife with a ferocious punch.

Goodell’s bumbling on this was mystifying. He’s been micromanaging the league and obsessed with optics and image so it’s difficult to figure out how he was caught so off guard by this. For a man who has been trying to remove so much of the violence from an inherently violent game (much to the chagrin of many devoted fans) to not grasp the import of illegal real world violence seems problematic. The whole, “We hadn’t seen the newest video yet…” excuse is nonsense. The first video showed Rice dragging Janay Palmer out of the elevator after he knocked her out. Does anyone really need to see further video evidence to know that the knocking out part was bad? Do we really need pictures at all to know that a man knocking a woman out is bad? The league and the Ravens management still sound pretty tone deaf.

Still, the league did institute a new, much harsher policy to deal with domestic violence once Goodell realized that his initial response was weak. He also admitted he’d screwed up, which you don’t get from big ego higher-ups a lot.

As a hardcore fan, I have a number of football-specific reasons I don’t like Roger Goodell and I do think he has been mostly awful in his handling of the Rice situation. Would it be better for someone new to come in and deal with this or might there be more progress if a chastened, contrite Goodell were still in charge?

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Wisconsin Dem Prosecutors Desperate For Another Chance To Be Embarrassed By Scott Walker

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

If at the ballot box you can’t succeed

Wisconsin prosecutors asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday for approval to restart an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker’s campaign and special interest groups during elections in 2011 and 2012.

A federal judge in May halted the investigation after a lawsuit by the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative organization, accusing investigators of sidelining it from political activities, violating its rights to free speech, association and equal protection.

Prosecutors appealed the judge’s ruling shutting down the probe launched in 2012 by Milwaukee County Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm.

After Walker’s thorough running-over of Big Labor in Wisconsin, Democrats may very well harass him for the rest of his days, even long after he is out of office. One simply does not challenge the entrenched 1900′s order of things that, um, progressives, long for and get away with it.

When angry Democrats are in the mix, there is always a very good chance that they will eventually find a judge or a court that’s willing to fight their battles for them, no matter how far they have to overstep their boundaries to do so. Even if (BIG “if”) they manage to eventually wound Walker, his legacy is secure after what he’s accomplished the past few years and should remain a beacon of hope for conservatives in other blue-ish states.

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