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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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Today’s Best Fiction: ‘How Hillary Can Win Big’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

I know I laughed.

What Clinton can do in her conversation with America is broaden this bond by trusting the voters and taking them into her confidence, telling them the stories of her life, listening to their stories and explaining her dream of lifting their lives by serving as their president.

She can do this in town meetings and living rooms, with humor and charm, with sincerity and compassion. She can say what it was like to be partnered with a president while they created tens of millions of jobs, lifted millions out of poverty and steered the economy to heights of prosperity — the bedrock of a living American dream.

Clinton can bring to life her conversation with America by creating, and participating in, the largest social media site in history to organize an unprecedented mobilization of women and men, to deluge Congress and demand it enact equal pay for women, a higher minimum wage for workers, a program to create high-wage jobs to rebuild America and make government work the way it did during the Bill Clinton presidency.

The former secretary of State can bring alive again the public spirit of the Kennedy years by reaching out to find a new generation of citizens from all walks of life to staff her government with new people, bringing new ideas from business, academia, philanthropy and faith-based services.

This story is more riddled with holes than Bonnie and Clyde’s car at the end of their final ride.

The most obvious is that the author is describing a Hillary Clinton who simply doesn’t exist. The presumption that Mrs. Bill can ooze humor and charm is about as reality based as my chances for making the U.S. Olympic Track Team. As for sincerity and compassion, we’re just plain wandering into The Onion territory there.

She can promise to replicate the economy as it was during her-ahem-husband’s tenure, and if the GOP has a worthy candidate it will be pointed out that the likelihood of a second dot com boom is unlikely.

Hillary Clinton was elected to the Senate while there were still a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings for Bill Clinton floating around in the Democratic electorate. That was fifteen years ago. Bubba is still well liked but there are a lot of new voters who have never fallen under his snake-oil-salesman charm. Hillary won’t get a lot of help from that.

She possesses none of Bill’s people skills, and the more she gets out in public, the more that will become apparent to younger voters. As soon as she became snippy in her press conference last week, her handlers pulled her away from the mic. That won’t work once she’s an official candidate doing more events and town halls.

So good luck with this one winning hearts and minds, unless she’s just going to be an anti-feminist and let her man do all the work for her.

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Poll: Many Democrats Want Independent Probe of Hillary’s Email Scandal

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

I guess Carville isn’t helping that much.

Democrats’ support is softening for Hillary Clinton, their party’s presumed 2016 presidential front-runner, with many favoring an independent review of her personal email use when she was secretary of state.

Support for Clinton’s candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid-February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll. Support from Democrats likely to vote in the party nominating contests has dropped only slightly less, to a low in the mid-50s over the same period.

Even Democrats who said they were not personally swayed one way or another by the email flap said that Clinton could fare worse because of it, if and when she launches her presidential campaign, a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

The polling showed that nearly half of Democratic respondents – 46 percent – agreed there should be an independent review of all of Clinton’s emails to ensure she turned over everything that is work-related.

While this whole thing hasn’t exactly blown up in Mrs. Bill’s face the way most Republicans wish it would, it certainly does show that the 1990s Clinton damage-control model is dated and not the well-oiled machine it used to be.

Perhaps her camp should explore the idea that the public might simply be experiencing Lanny Davis fatigue.

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(VIDEO) McCain Unloads on Durbin’s ‘Back of the Bus’ Comment

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Here’s the story from yesterday.

He none-too-politely reminds the idiot from Illinois about his own stalling of the confirmation of Janice Rogers Brown.

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Gas Bag In-Chief Signs Order for Government to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

PRIORITIES!

U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that sets a goal for the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025, the White House said on Thursday.

The federal government is the single largest energy consumer in the United States, the White House said in a statement. Meeting the goal would cut 21 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels, it said.

Several large private-sector partners, including IBM, General Electric and Honeywell, also committed to cutting a combined 5 million metric tons.

Obama has made fighting climate change a top priority in his final two years in office. The White House sees it as critical to his legacy.

The progressive obsession with their climate control fantasy is disturbing. It diverts attention from actual man-made problems like terrorism. It’s also expensive:

Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2015 released last month called for a 7 percent boost in funding for clean energy and a $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants. It also called for the permanent extension of tax credits used by the wind and solar power industries.

While Congress is fighting over how much to spend on defending the nation, The Idiot King is throwing cash at windmills.

At this rate, President Obama’s real legacy will probably be inextricably linked to Iran’s first day out with its new nukes.

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Scott Walker Takes Heat for Letting Iowa GOP Push Him Around

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

As he should.

After news of her resignation broke, Erickson said Walker’s team blew it, condemning “the voices who decided to stir this pot.”
“Given Liz’s work history, I will put it to you this way — Team Walker has botched this,” he wrote, adding that it adds fuel to the fire of the “‘not ready for prime-time’ theme already developing” around Walker’s potential campaign.

In a column for the Washington Examiner, Tim Carney remarked that Mair’s departure fits a pattern for the Wisconsin Republican in that he will fight special interests only if he is already enemies with them.

“But when he gets pushed around by a political power broker, or a well-heeled lobby group that’s ‘on our side,’ Walker rolls over,” Carney wrote.

“It is evident Walker needs to win Iowa and staffers aren’t more important than the candidate,” Jonah Goldberg wrote for National Review. “But principles are. If Walker didn’t want a critic of the Iowa caucuses on his payroll he shouldn’t have hired one. But he did.”

As I wrote yesterday, Liz Mair is someone I have known for quite a while and for whom I have great respect. We don’t always agree on issues but she was absolutely correct about Iowa. Walker should have shown some spine and not let the arcane caucus mongers in Iowa dictate who should and should not be working for him. What most people who support Walker at the moment like about him are the steel nerves he exhibited dealing with Big Labor opposition in three elections. This episode isn’t a deal breaker for most supporters, but it does allow doubt to creep in. The governor had been on a roll and didn’t need a self-inflicted wound, however minor.

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Rand Paul to Make Presidential Bid Official Next Month

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s on.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul will declare his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 7, MSNBC reported, citing multiple sources inside the Kentucky lawmaker’s camp.

“This will be an official announcement, not an exploratory committee,” MSNBC quoted an unnamed source close to Paul as saying. The network said the announcement would take place in Louisville, Kentucky.

Paul would be the first major candidate to formally jump into next year’s White House race. Republican Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, has set up a committee to explore a possible 2016 candidacy.

Paul and Scott Walker have been going through most of the unofficial motions in preparation for 2016 so far. Jeb Bush has finally been acting like serious consideration is something that he will have to earn, rather than have it conferred upon him through some faux-imperial line of succession.

Another player not mentioned at all, but who seems to be seriously considering a run is Rick Perry, whose PAC has been hyperactive lately.

Al that is certain is that even the second tier Republicans are better than whatever is sitting on the Democrat’s bench.

Unless, of course, that candidate is named Jeb.

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Utterly Moronic: Dick Durbin Says Loretta Lynch ‘Forced to the Back of the Bus’

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

This is one seriously stupid human being.

The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat accused Republicans of putting African-American attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch at “the back of the bus” when it comes to a Senate confirmation vote.

Dick Durbin of Illinois called it “unjust” and “beneath the decorum and dignity” of the Senate to not take up Lynch’s nomination more quickly. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will hold a vote on Lynch only after the Senate passes a human trafficking bill caught up in a dispute over abortion.

Durbin is doing a couple of things here that are so stale they can be smelled from space.

First, he’s pretending that procedural stalling tactics aren’t quite common on both sides. It is a most tedious game that even people who don’t follow politics closely are aware is nonsense. Maybe it’s time that politicians stop pretending we’re is dumb as they are.

He is also absolutely wearing out the tired liberal shtick of invoking racial injustices from several decades ago and equating them to anything they feel they need to make a point about today. Double, “Oh, just shut up!” points are applied when a white liberal does this.

Loretta Lynch having her nomination is not institutionalized racism, it’s just politics. Actually, the fact that she has reached a point where she can be subject to stalling on a vote for her nomination as the Attorney General of the United States of America speaks volumes to how much progress women and minorities have made in America. Durbin’s pathetic whining makes it appear to be the opposite.

As usual, he’s wrong.

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MSNBC‘s Capehart: Admitting Truth About ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ was ‘Hardest Piece I Ever had to Write’

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Here is the piece to which he is referring, which was titled, Hands up, don’t shoot” was built on a lie

We spend so much time highlighting the awfulness in news, especially of the cable variety, that it is perhaps worth a mention when one actually tells the truth and admits being wrong. This doesn’t excuse the damage that was done by the media perpetuating this lie, but it’s a start. Here’s the video:

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The Circus is Coming to Town: Trump Forms Exploratory Committee

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Oh boy.

Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump took the first steps on Wednesday toward launching a 2016 presidential campaign, a sign the businessman may jump into the Republican race after publicly considering it in years past.

Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Those states are among the first to hold Republican and Democratic presidential nominating contests.

“We have lost the respect of the entire world,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday. “I am the only one who can make America truly great again!”

More entertaining and less annoying than Mike Huckabee, at least Trump provides an occasionally amusing side show, sort of like a bearded lady who can also do impressions. While I would give good money to know what is going on inside his head if he’s serious about this, I remained convinced that these presidential bid dalliances of his are just brilliant publicity trolling.

In other words, Trump gotta Trump.

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Politico: Bibi Wins But Obama Doesn’t Like Him, So There

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

This evening’s entertainment…

At a minimum, the result disappointed many Democrats long exasperated with an Israeli leader they consider tantamount to a partisan rival, particularly after Netanyahu’s controversial March 3 speech to Congress arranged by Speaker John Boehner behind the Obama White House’s back. Pre-election polling had shown Netanyahu’s Likud trailing the center-left Zionist Union party led by his chief rival, Isaac Herzog.

Zionist Union party supporters react at the first exit polls at the party’s election headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel | AP Photo

Obama officials consider Herzog a far more promising partner on issues like the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran’s nuclear program.

Now, if Netanyahu does outmaneuver Herzog to form and lead a majority coalition in the Israeli Knesset, his long-troubled relations with President Obama may reopen at their lowest point yet.

Expect the spinning to resemble the cartoon Tasmanian Devil by the morning. The last few days were absolutely polluted with stories about Netanyahu’s imminent political demise, with the most popular version of the tale being that he ruined his chances by angering great and powerful thin-skinned consumer of canines currently occupying the Oval Office.

One does not hurt Barack Obama’s feelings without some backlash.

Now that Obama has once again been revealed impotent in helping candidates not named Barack Obama to victory, his media petting zoo is out of sorts. They will be expending a lot of effort to explain exactly why this victory wasn’t really a victory.

Naturally, they will be directed by the White House.

Maybe with an assist from Tehran.

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Wearisome Iowa GOP Trying to Tell Scott Walker Who Should Work for Him

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Stop, already.

Iowa’s Republican leadership blasted Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Tuesday for hiring a senior adviser who has mocked the state’s caucus and its voters, and called on Mr. Walker to fire her.

Jeff Kaufmann, the state Republican chairman, said Mr. Walker, who leads in polls of Iowa Republicans, should dismiss Liz Mair, who was hired by Mr. Walker’s political action committee to lead online communications for his likely 2016 campaign.

“It’s obvious she doesn’t have a clue what Iowa’s all about,” Mr. Kaufmann said. “I find her to be shallow and ignorant,” he added, “and I’ll tell you, if I was Governor Walker, I’d send her her walking papers.”

Ms. Mair, who directed online strategy for the Republican National Committee in 2008 and for Mr. Walker’s 2012 recall election, is known for strongly worded Twitter messages often laced with profanities. But it was a series of swipes she took at Iowa’s Republican voters and at the caucus that infuriated party officials.

Others besides Ms. Mair have complained that the caucus holds disproportionate sway over the presidential nominating process, but generally in less pungent terms.

During a forum for 2016 hopefuls in Iowa in January, where Mr. Walker gave a breakout speech, Ms. Mair tweeted, “In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys.”

A minute later, she wrote, “The sooner we remove Iowa’s frontrunning status, the better off American politics and policy will be.”

Full disclosure, I know, like and have professionally conspired with Liz Mair in the past.

She’s also 100% correct. I wrote as much last night, before I ever learned of this kerfluffle.

It is bad enough that two states with a combined population of less than five million dictate the tenor of the primary season that seeks to choose the next leader of the free world. That really does have to change.

It is ridiculous, however, for Iowa Republicans to think they can dictate the makeup of a presidential primary front-runner’s staff merely because they had their feelings hurt. The state should be eternally grateful that it has strong-armed an artificial market for its farmers to sell corn in exchange for the quadrennial caucus favors.

In my dream world, Walker would reply, “I’ll employ whomever I choose and sell your own damned corn!”

And then he’d fire Iowa.

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FCC Inspector General Investigating Net Neutrality Decision

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Any stall is a good stall on this issue.

The Federal Communications Commission’s inspector general has opened an investigation into how the agency arrived at its new rules for Internet service providers, U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz said on Tuesday.

The office of the FCC inspector general recently informed Chaffetz’s House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that they are investigating the process through which the FCC arrived at new “net neutrality” rules, the Republican lawmaker told reporters after a hearing.

FCC Inspector General David Hunt was not reachable and his office did not immediately confirm that they have opened such an investigation. FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart referred inquiries to that office.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Chaffetz at the hearing he was unaware of the investigation but would cooperate with it.

Republicans have accused the FCC, an independent agency, of being unduly influenced by the White House in setting stricter Internet traffic rules earlier this year.

It may not be easy to prove whether Wheeler is nothing more than The Idiot King’s puppet, but it is worth a try. Then again, this administration has gotten so brazen that they may have left some evidence out there.

Net Neutrality needs to be kneecapped as quickly as possible, by whatever means. Maybe I worry too much, we probably won’t have any Internet access once China takes over the United States anyway.

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This State Department Can’t Even Handle Talks with Cuba

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Things are going swimmingly.

The United States and Cuba have ended their third round of talks on re-establishing diplomatic relations as abruptly as the meeting was announced, with no breakthrough on sticking points and in an atmosphere of rising tension over Venezuela.

A small group of American officials led by Roberta Jacobson, the top United States diplomat for Latin America, arrived in Havana on Sunday and left Monday, without any public comment and despite earlier remarks by senior officials at the State Department who contemplated an open-ended meeting that could last to midweek.

The State Department made no comment.

Just glance across the planet and see if you can find one foreign policy initiative launched by the Obama administration that has gone well. No cheating here, I mean stated, official objectives only. You can’t say, “Empowering ISIS,” even if the joke may be right.

Perhaps Cuba has done its homework and felt that the U.S. wasn’t caving quickly enough to their demands.

More plausible: perhaps everybody at this hashtag-happy State Department is utterly incompetent.

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BREAKING: Aaron Schock Resigning from Congress

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

From Politico:

“Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31,” Schock said in a statement. “I do this with a heavy heart. Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years. I have traveled to all corners of the District to meet with the people I’ve been fortunate to be able to call my friends and neighbors.”

It would seem that you can take the politician out of Illinois but you can’t take the Illinois out of the politician, even if he’s a Republican.

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Conversation OVER: Starbucks Exec Behind ‘Race Together’ Lunacy Deletes Twitter Account After Backlash

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

As we reported last night, Starbucks decided to ruin everyone’s lattes by having their baristas discuss racial tensions in America.

When it quickly became apparent that many Americans want the last thing they hear from the baristas is “Here’s your change,” the executive who dreamed up the idiotic idea deleted his Twitter account.

Starbucks is in hot water after launching a campaign that encourages baristas to talk about race relations with customers.
Critics have been lashing out at the company on social media, saying Starbucks is trying to capitalize on racial tension in the US.

Following the backlash, Starbucks’ senior vice president of communications, Corey duBrowa, deleted his Twitter account, which added to critics’ outrage.

So it would appear that Starbucks is super interested in having a conversation, but only as long as they control it. Dissenters or people with opinions about the appropriateness of the conversation need not interact.

This was an idea that was so patently absurd that it should have been thrown out the window when it was suggested. That a bunch of high level executives at a very successful corporation gave it a green light shows just how much can go awry when hippienomics are applied to a grownup business.

Now, baristas, as my good friend Kurt Schlichter is fond of saying: Fetch my latte.

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Ed Schultz Believes People Will Magically Become Peaceful if Cops are Unarmed

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The reverse logic here is stunning. The language is like something out of a children’s book (but then so is most progressive philosophy): “They become instant honest brokers. They become diplomats of peace.

That is the real problem with progressive “solutions”-they don’t understand the root causes of any problems they’re dealing with. Mob rule doesn’t flip and become a Hallmark moment if the police are offered up as sacrificial lambs.

Here is the audio from Big Ed’s “episode”:

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24-Year-Old Linebacker Walks Away from NFL Over Head-Injury Concerns

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via NBC News:

Chris Borland, a 24-year-old linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and one of the most promising rookies in the NFL last year, says he’s quitting the game because he doesn’t want to risk long-term brain injury.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” he told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Monday. “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

It takes an extraordinary level of maturity for an athlete in his twenties to ponder what could go wrong physically when he’s older. Most people at that age feel indestructible, even couch potatoes.

As ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit stated on Twitter, this will probably reverberate with parents of kids playing, or considering, youth football.

All of the advancements in equipment and medical protocols for concussions won’t change the fact that football is a brutally violent game and the head injuries will always be there.

Until Roger Goodell bans tackling, of course.

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Liberals Ruin Everything: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Edition

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Wearisome.

For the second consecutive year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are boycotting the nation’s largest and, at 250 years, oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The reason: After a backlash last year against a ban on gay groups led to de Blasio being the first mayor in 20 years to stay away from the popular event, parade organizers said they would allow only one gay group to march with a banner in this year’s parade.

That unit will be OUT@NBCUniversal, a corporate group for gay employees of NBCUniversal, a parade sponsor whose local affiliate will broadcast the event Tuesday.

Cities such as Boston and Washington had gay groups in their St. Patrick’s Day parades this year.

While the glories of capitalism may have turned St. Patrick’s Day into an opportunity to make some good money, it is still a religious feast day. I am not at all asserting that a parade is some sort of sacred religious event, but if the local cardinal is your grand marshal, there are still some ties to the Church. The Roman Catholic Church isn’t obligated to overhaul doctrine to accommodate the angry activist group du jour or a commie like Bill de Blasio. There are always activist groups and commies angry with the Church and there just isn’t that much time, even for an ancient institution.

Now, as is typical with activist groups, a concession was made but-IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

It never is.

Inclusion here doesn’t satisfy them, they want to be able to hijack the parade. If five groups are allowed to march, they’ll want ten, and so on.

Because, as with all militant activist groups, it is never about the thing they say it is.

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Report: Lifting U.S. Oil Ban Could Create Almost A Million Jobs

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters:

Lifting a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude exports would create a wide range of jobs in the oil drilling supply chain and broader economy even in states that produce little or no oil, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Some 394,000 to 859,000 U.S. jobs could be created annually from 2016 to 2030 by lifting the ban, according to the IHS report, titled: “Unleashing the Supply Chain: Assessing the Economic Impact of a U.S. crude oil free trade policy.”

Only 10 percent of the jobs would be created in actual oil production, while 30 percent would come from the supply chain, and 60 percent would come from the broader economy, the report said. The supply chain jobs would be created in industries that support drilling, such as oil field trucks, construction, information technology and rail.

Many of the jobs would be created in Florida, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, and other states that are not known as oil producers.

It makes sense and could be a job creator so, naturally, the idea has very little congressional support at the moment. In classic D.C. fashion, they are looking at the problem as if it were still the 1970′s and OPEC could make our lives miserable with very little effort. It’s a different world now and we are only be held back from not having to worry about anything by some hippie activists who are lying about fracking.

Perhaps the people who have been so discouraged that they simply stopped looking for work would like to weigh in on the subject.

Would Congress listen then?

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Racism Should End Soon Now That Starbucks Has Their Baristas Tackling It

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

I really wish more people had listened to Newt about the moon base.

Not only can Starbucks baristas make the perfect latte for customers, now CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging them to discuss how to improve race relations in America at the same time.

The topic is often taboo in corporate America, but over the past few months, the company has held open forums for workers to talk about race. They have taken place in cities where racial tensions have recently run high, including Oakland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York and Chicago, as well as at corporate headquarters in Seattle.

The forums are “not to point fingers or to place blame, and not because we have answers, but because staying silent is not who we are,” Schultz said.

He wants the conversations to continue, and to involve Starbucks customers, too.

The company ran full-page ads in The New York Times and USA Today this week announcing its initiative “Race Together.” Baristas in cities where forums have been held began writing the slogan on customers’ cups last week, aiming to spark a dialogue.

Schultz’s contention that we aren’t talking about race enough in Obama’s America is laughable. I’m trying to think of anything that’s happened in the last six years that libs didn’t tie to race.

If, however, we were in need of a conversation, it wouldn’t need to be led by the people charged with making sure my latte doesn’t suck. I am a political animal and one of the ways I maintain what little sanity I have is by taking deliberate breaks from the issues of the day, both large and small. When I leave the house for coffee I do it expressly to avoid dealing with much of the real world. I am certainly not interested in what the local espresso slinger imagines are his deep thoughts on divisive issues.

They’re ruining sports for me. Now they’re ruining coffee. If Archer does a “very special episode” about global warming, I’m outta here.

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Scott Walker Swears He Didn’t Flip-Flop on Ethanol Mandates

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Cool story, bro.

“From our standpoint, our position is consistent,” Walker replied. “I talked about not wanting a mandate in Wisconsin as governor. We do not have one. I do not support one. I have not enacted it. I’ve kept it out of the state of Wisconsin. What I said in Iowa was … I think we need to phase it out, but I don’t approve of putting in new mandates.”

In fact, among other things, Walker ran radio ads back in 2006 that decried “mandates from the state or federal government.”

The governor explained Monday that he is now okay with continuing the federal mandates, which require a certain amount of corn-based ethanol to be mixed into gasoline, to guarantee that there is “market access,” so that “individual consumers can have the choice about whether they want to consume gasoline with or without ethanol.”

“That’s consistent with where I was at the state level nearly a decade ago,” he said. “You just can’t [phase them out] overnight, all at one time.”

It’s always disheartening to see Republican presidential candidates who have so much promise hit Iowa and become big fans of the ethanol mandates in an effort to suck up to the locals. It’s also purely a byproduct of the way we schedule primaries, giving disproportionate power to two small, sparsely populated states to kick things off.

Walker is flailing here: he’s either for them or he’s not. Advocating for a future phase-out is weak and an obvious attempt to kick the problem down the road.

We get enough of that from current GOP congressional leadership. We’re expecting more from our governors who want to be president.

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Joan Walsh: Email Scandal Over but Dems’ Bench Is Awesome Just in Case

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sure, let’s go with that.

It’s been a long week of handwringing over the Democratic Party’s electoral troubles. The Hillary Clinton email orgy is starting to break up, leaving some pundits seeming spent and a little hung over. But in the absence of new revelations, at least for now, the story has become a meta story about the trouble Democrats will be in if a real Clinton scandal comes along.

Walsh glosses over it quickly, be she seems to be saying that the current revelations aren’t damning and that there probably won’t be more. Yes, I’m inferring, but I am also quite familiar with Ms. Walsh’s modus operandi.

Both, of course, are wishful thinking but Joanie is nothing if not committed to the liberal lie.

She then goes on, much like Ezra Klein does today, to assure us that the Democrats do, in fact, have a super awesome bench waiting to fill in when the Great Wall of Inevitability comes crumbling down.

Klein may have taken a completely different approach to getting the bench talk going but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some classic leftmedia message coordination going on here. Both almost immediately reference Jonathan Bernstein’s piece at Bloomberg View as a rebuttal to the “no bench” theory.

The problem with Bernstein’s argument is that he really just lists a bunch of Democrats who seem viable and could potentially become serious candidates if they, you know, actually wanted to run for president and began doing so. Klein provides Bernstein some cover by claiming that this laundry list is on the sidelines because Hillary is “crushing” them.

Even though they aren’t running.

Make sense so far?

Bernstein undermines his own argument by peppering his list with names that are ridiculously implausible (Al Franken and John Hickenlooper), and some that even most Democrats would have to Google (Mike Beebe and Maggie Hassan).

A bunch of people in your party who have won elections does not a presidential election bench make, but thanks for playing, Joan, Jonathan and Ezra.

It’s already primary season. If there is someone in the wings who can step in when the public gets Clinton fatigue, he or she might want to stop cowering in the corner.

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Ezra Klein Moves to the Head of Hillary Clinton’s Fan Club

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Oh, Vox

As with any Klein post, there is much to pick apart but let’s start with his main contention:

Perhaps a slightly clearer way to put it is this: in the invisible primary, when the contest is as much a draft as it is a campaign, Clinton is “opposed” by essentially every Democrat fit for the presidency. If the party’s powerbrokers didn’t want to support Clinton and instead really wanted Sen. Michael Bennet to run, or Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lead the field, they would be working toward that outcome. Instead, they’re lining up behind Clinton. In this telling, Clinton isn’t winning by default. She’s winning by winning. The absence of competition is the product of Clinton’s strong, successful campaign to win over Democratic Party elites.

He’s essentially praising the Republican model of the past several decades: hang around a long time and accumulate backing because the power-brokers think you deserve the nomination. Oddly enough, if Hillary is the nominee her best chance of winning is if the GOP sticks to that same formula.

Klein also swears that the Democrats really do have a host of viable candidates that constitute a real bench, but they’re all too afraid to run because Hillary is oozing raw electoral power.

Yes, he probably gets drunk before work.

The point isn’t that any of these candidates will run. The point is that they could run, and they would be, in theory, at least as credible as a Scott Walker or a Jeb Bush. They may not seem like presidential contenders now, but as Bernstein writes, “the way those solid politicians become Serious Presidential Candidates and not just random governors and senators — I’m talking here about folks such as Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Bobby Jindal — is to start running, and visibly enough so the press notices. ”

Which is all to say that Bernstein is right: the Democratic Party has a bench. It’s just that Clinton is running so strongly in the invisible primary that no one on it thinks it’s worth getting in the game.

Translating from the Voxian:

You see, kids, Hillary is winning an invisible primary full of potential candidates who theoretically could run and never mind that none of them have expressed any interest because OH JUST SHUT UP SHE’S AWESOME!

Klein gives himself an out at the end and questions whether Hillary will do well in the visible primary, which is the real point. We all remember how well the last primary went for her. By the way, the “inevitable” talk was just as strong then.

The real Democratic bench consists of Martin O’Malley, who is tanned, rested and ready, but almost no one outside of hard core political junkies and Maryland has heard of him. He is the one who looks like he’d love to jump in should Hillary opt to be a full-time grandma. Beyond that, they have a woman who is almost Hillary’s age (Elizabeth Warren), and a mental outpatient who is five years older than Hillary (Joe Biden).

Maybe Klein’s real motive here was merely to deflect from Hillary’s bad week or the fact that the Democrat bench is flanked by coolers of Geritol.

Maybe he really is drunk.

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Cold War Redux: Putin’s Absence Sparks Death Rumors

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters:

A wave of savage mockery broke over President Vladimir Putin across the Internet on Friday, sparked by days of absence from public view, despite official insistence it was business as usual in the Kremlin.

State television footage of Putin working at his residence failed to quell the tide of fantastical theories circulating online that the 62-year-old Kremlin leader had died, been deposed, or travelled to Switzerland to watch his girlfriend give birth.

Ukrainian children produced a cartoon showing Putin abducted from the Kremlin by aliens. here

The hashtag #putinumer (putin died) began trending on Twitter, and a website, putinumer.com, offered readers advice on how to gauge whether the rumours were true.

“Look out the window,” it advised. “Are people rejoicing, dancing, letting off fireworks? No? That means he hasn’t died yet.”

For those old enough to remember Soviet 1.0, this was what used to happen whenever the Commie in-Chief at the time slipped out of public view for a couple of days, followed by the disappointment of learning that Soviet leaders were the only ones in Russia who had access to real doctors.

Vladimir Putin is another thing altogether. The idea of him may live on ruling Russia for decades after he’s actually gone which, per the Russian media, isn’t today.

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Precious: Pres. Obama Says He’s ‘Embarrassed’ for GOP Senators Behind Iran Letter

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Chuckles all around…

Yes, President Selfie-Stick actually said he was embarrassed. He said this to an interviewer from Vice News, who seemed so eager to please that I felt a twinge of embarrassment myself while watching just the trailer for the interview. I’d bet good money that the president has a pocket full of Snausages every time he meets with one of these carefully chosen media sources.
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Not Done Yet: American Health Worker with Ebola Heading Back To U.S. for Treatment

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Not Spring Fever after all…

An American health worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in West Africa will be admitted to a secure treatment centre at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency announced on Thursday.

The patient was expected to arrive Friday at the NIH research hospital in Bethesda after being transported to the United States in isolation on a chartered plane. The patient’s name, age and sex have not been released.

The patient had been volunteering at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone. The NIH did not release any further details about the patient.

I think we all hope that one day there will be a vaccination against Ebola that will eventually almost eradicate it, only to have it brought back by a lunatic hippie anti-vaxxer.

Sweet dreams.

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Gallup Poll: Hillary Still Leads All Potential Rivals

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Politico:

In a Gallup poll released Thursday, Americans were asked whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of 16 possible presidential candidates in 2016 — 11 Republicans and five Democrats — as well as their familiarity with each name. Gallup then charted the data, into four quadrants, to identify the candidates that Americans most know and love.

Clinton has a clear lead on both fronts. Eighty-nine percent of Americans were “familiar enough with Clinton to have an opinion of her,” while 50 percent had a favorable opinion of the former secretary of state and 39 percent had an unfavorable opinion.

Yes, it’s one of those craftily worded and measured Gallup ploys that are often designed to lead them to get results to back up predetermined conclusions.

It is fairly easy to discount polls this far out and it would do everyone well to remember that this was how Mrs. Bill was polling at this juncture in the 2008 primary cycle. Some guy named Obama wasn’t even being asked about then.

Still, after all that’s gone on in the last couple of weeks it’s OK to bang your head against the wall and mutter, “REALLY?!?” over and over.

That’s what I’m off to do.

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Politico Sowing Seeds of White House Distrust of Hillary

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Awwwwwwwkward.

It isn’t that Obama and Clinton like or don’t like each other, or that their aides still have hard feelings left over from the 2008 primary campaign. In the White House, as conversations with current and former aides make clear, they want her to win — after all, so much of what they’ve achieved depends on her getting into the Oval Office to keep it going. The Democratic nomination is all but hers, the Republican field still looking weak to them, and they’re counting on her.

And now?

To sum up the feelings, all the way up to the highest levels: What. The. Hell.

Actually, it is that they don’t like each other, but the author needs to play that game for the “Yeah, we never trusted her…” story they are about to tell.

“You never feel like you’re quite getting the full story, because everyone’s got some side deal or some complicating factor,” said one former Obama aide, reflecting on dealing with Clinton and her circle. “I don’t think there was a conscious effort to watch out for scams. It was more just, you know who you’re dealing with.”

I said it last week and I will say it again: this story still has legs in the MSM only because higher-ups in the Democratic Party want it to have legs. It’s also quite likely that those higher-ups work for the president of the United States.

This president doesn’t need Hillary to win to validate his legacy. Liberal historians will give this guy a pass if he commits mass murder in the White House on his way out of office. He knows his legacy is being created out of whole cloth by them at the moment and he need not do anything to influence it.

It’s no secret that the Obama faithful aren’t Hillary Clinton fans.

If there is anything we’ve learned in the last six years, it’s that the Obama faithful don’t have a thought in their heads that wasn’t put there by Obama.

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Benghazi Panel Member Says ‘All Options’ on the Table To Get Hillary’s Server

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via The Hill:

A GOP member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi says “all options are on the table” to gain access to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) said the full House could even vote to issue a subpoena for the device.

While members of the panel “certainly believe that that shouldn’t be necessary … I think all options are on the table right now. It’s unclear exactly where this will go,” Brooks said during an interview with Fox News’s “On the Record.”

“This is highly unusual that we find ourselves in this situation,” she added, noting the select panel had already issued a subpoena for the emails from Clinton’s private account during her time as secretary of State.

Rep. Brooks must not have been very politically aware in the 1990′s if she finds this situation to be “highly unusual”. Mr. and Mrs. Bill are masters at getting everyone to jump through legal hoops for so long that they forget what they were after in the first place.

This is taking on a the same feel as those sham UN nuke inspections. When you tell the bad guys exactly what you’re looking for and let them continue to stall, you are simply giving them time to hide the evidence.

The committee might want to check Syria for that server by now.

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Robert Reich: Good for the Democrats to Have ‘Someone Like Elizabeth Warren’ Running

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Thus far, only Obama partisans without terribly strong ties to the Clintons have been urging Elizabeth Warren to challenge Her Inevitableness. The American public is probably jaded enough to not really believe any politician who repeatedly says he or she does not want to run for president. That Reich even gives lip-service to the idea is an indication that the email scandal has them a bit shaky.

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BREAKING: Holder Gets His Blood: 2 Cops Reportedly Shot in Ferguson

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

All reports via social media thus far, mostly from a local news station’s Twitter feed.

In a bitterly ironic twist, some of the activists were being kept safe inside the police department:

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FEMA Willing to Reopen Every Hurricane Sandy Insurance Claim

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Um…

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is prepared to reopen all 144,000 insurance claims that resulted from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The move comes after months of questions over whether insurance companies contracted by the National Flood Insurance Program fraudulently altered engineering reports.

After thousands of homeowners said their insurance claims were systematically lowballed, FEMA began negotiations in an attempt to regain the trust of policy holders.

This is certainly a frightening little rabbit hole of disappearing taxpayer money. It is also a perfect illustration of why the feds should not be in charge of anything. Ever. Anywhere.

The trust-building largesse exhibited by agencies not spending their own money is always a nauseating spectacle when one is not a direct beneficiary. There don’t seem to be any numbers on how much the review process will cost before they start hemorrhaging more cash to make things right.

Reagan’s “scariest words” line has never been more on point than in the last six years.

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AFL-CIO Freezing Campaign Contributions to Make Democrats Dance for Them

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

“We are not amused…”

The largest U.S. federation of labor unions said on Wednesday it is freezing contributions to federal candidates in next year’s elections as it waits to see the outcome of key trade votes.

The AFL-CIO said in a statement defeating legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress was a top priority.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said on Tuesday unions would keep a tally of how lawmakers voted on key trade issues and would make trade an issue in the 2016 campaigns, which cover all House of Representative seats and one-third of the Senate. [ID:nL1N0WC232]

The AFL-CIO is a major donor to Democrats, who are keen to win back control of Congress in 2016.

While public sector unions are busy happily bankrupting hardworking, taxpaying citizens in America’s most liberal states, their private sector cousins have been struggling as of late. Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have all become freedom-minded right-to-work states in the last few years and Big Labor as a whole is not amused that its power to force people to join them is dwindling. Scott Walker alone has been tossing them around like a stuffed chihuahua for four years. It hasn’t been fun.

So they’re acting out.

Understandably, they want a return on the significant investment they make in the Democrats and now they’re going to make them earn the money in advance. The Democrats now finally have a unique opportunity to stand behind their hysterical rhetoric about MONEY IN POLITICS and eschew this pay for play gambit.

Or they can go on being the duplicitous bottom feeders they’ve always been when it comes to campaign cash.

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Democrat Former Mayor Behind California Pension Reform Initiative

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Let the battle begin.

A ballot measure campaign to cut California’s public pensions will be launched in May by a coalition of politicians and business people led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, with the state’s largest retirement system a prime target.

The measure would take aim at California’s $300 billion giant Calpers, which has a near-iron grip on the state’s pensions. Calpers, America’s largest public pension fund and administrator of pensions for more than 3,000 state and local agencies, has long argued that pensions cannot be touched or renegotiated, even in bankruptcy.

“Calpers has dedicated itself to preserving the status quo and making it difficult for anybody to reform pensions,” Reed said in an interview. “This is one way to take on Calpers, and yes, Calpers will push back.”

Calpers spokeswoman Rosanna Westmoreland said: “Pensions are an integral part of deferred compensation for public employees and a valuable recruitment and retention tool for employers.”

The CalPERS push back will no doubt involve millions of dollars hijacked from California taxpayers spent on an ad campaign that makes it seem as if we are about to take food out of a retired DMV clerk’s mouth and ruin Christmas for her grandchildren.

In reality, California public employee pensions are an obscene example of greed built into the system (and onto the backs of taxpayers) and are sending the state careening towards financial disaster. The defined benefits approach guarantees pension payouts and uses a formula based on salaries that are usually well above market value. When the benefits formula can pay a lifeguard a pension of over $100K a year when he hits 50 it’s easy to see how that would get out of hand in a hurry in the most populous state in America.

Unless, of course, you’re a liberal. Long-term financial consequences are never considered because they truly don’t understand that you can’t just keep raising taxes forever.

Thus far, some barely audible lip service has been paid to the need for pension reform. The fact that a Democrat is leading the charge here takes away the “Republican war on the middle class” nonsense that Big Labor loves to trot out for fights like this. As a former mayor, Reed is extremely aware of just what a cancer these unfunded pension liabilities are.

This may only be Round One of this fight. All that remains to be seen is if concessions will be made before we hit fiscal Armageddon.

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Obama So Super-Concerned About Iranian Nukes He’s Scheduled a Summit with…Jimmy Kimmel

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Scary times, right?

President Barack Obama is coming to Los Angeles on Thursday.

He’s scheduled to guest star on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and attend a Democratic National Committee event, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Thursday will be President Obama’s first appearance on the late-night talk show as president. He appeared via satellite during his campaign in 2008.

Actor Sean Penn is also set to appear.

All day long social media and the news have been lighting up with lefties basically claiming that WWIII was imminent because of Tom Cotton’s letter. In their twisted minds, Obama is working some sort of diplomatic alchemy that will make the Islamic dictatorship a bunch of trustworthy fellows who wouldn’t dream of doing anything nefarious and the Republicans just angered them to the point of launching nukes at us.

If they had nukes, which they TOTALLY promise they’re not going to.

Anyway, amidst all of this “HERE COME THE BOMBS!” panic the president was so worked up that he decided to hit a fund raiser and a talk show.

Deep guy.

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