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Stray Voltage


Just west of Midway Airport, in the bungalow belt dominated by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, some Democrats are defecting to The Donald.

“Right here, I’m a Donald Trump voter,” says retired city plumber Tom Izzo.

“So many Americans are out of job, but we got all these illegals working here. Something’s got to happen,” he says.

Izzo represents a bit of a trend. In 2008, just 6 percent of Chicago primary voters selected Republican ballots. This year, it’s up to 10 percent. And that’s not far away from the 13 percent back in 1980, the year Ronald Reagan attracted so-called blue collar Reagan Democrats.

I’d agree … there is certainly some of that.  But there is also a good bit of voting for Trump in the primaries with no intention at all of voting for him in the general election, but instead, for Hillary.  That said, among blue collar workers, the illegal immigration issue is where both parties are completely disconnected from their voters – or at least those voters who make up the bulk of their base.  You know … the one’s from “flyover” land.

Meanwhile, the pot (and plot) continues to simmer:

Former Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, a key witness in the email probe who struck an immunity deal with the Justice Department, has told the FBI a range of details about how her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the case who called him a “devastating witness.”

Yeah, we’ll see.  Right now it’s only “devastating” in the media.  We’ve all but been warned that the DoJ is not eager to pursue this at all. And, of course, to this administration specifically, and Democrats generally, the “rule of law” is an inconvenience.

You remember Margaret Thatcher famously saying that socialism worked fine until you run out of other people’s money?  Well, a disbelieving Venezuela is learning the truth of that statement the hard way:

Thatcher’s axiom did eventually catch up with Venezuelan socialism. Even when oil prices were hovering above $100 per barrel, the government’s finances went increasingly into the red. Now that a barrel of Venezuelan crude is trading at only $25, the situation has reached a breaking point. External debt has gone up by 115 per cent in the last decade and inflation is out of control: the IMF says it will reach 720 per cent this year. The situation is so bad that the government recently had to use 36 Boeing 747 cargo planes to import five billion notes of its worthless currency.

Behind the macroeconomic figures is a deepening humanitarian crisis. The government lacks the dollars to pay for imports which, compounded with price controls and their devastating effect on production, has caused widespread shortages. People queue for hours only to find empty shelves in government-run supermarkets. Even if they’re lucky, they can only buy a few products— in return for which they must undergo fingerprint scanning under the country’s rationing system. A national poll found that the percentage of Venezuelans eating two or fewer meals a day increased by more than 10 percentage points last year. Looting is now a common occurrence.

The economic crisis is having a particularly nasty impact on healthcare. According to the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation, only 20 per cent of the drugs that doctors require are available. People must rely on social media to scout the country for medications for their loved ones. The lack of spare parts means that much medical equipment is useless: 86 per cent of X-Ray machines are out of service, for example. “Babies born prematurely are dying like little chicks” was a February headline of El Nacional, Venezuela’s last independent daily. It quoted a resident doctor in one of the public hospitals saying that, due to the shortages, they cannot save the lives of all patients. “We are operating under war conditions,” she said.

So, despite all the examples and all the warnings, things go exactly as they were predicted to go in that country.  Meanwhile, in this country, we have a significant portion who feel that “free stuff” is their entitlement and are feeling the “Bern”.  To me, given all the examples of what they want that have failed in the world, this say a lot about their intelligence … or lack thereof.

The Obama blame game … again:

Barack Obama has sharply criticised David Cameron for the UK’s role in allowing Libya to become a “shit show” after the fall of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in an unprecedented attack on a British leader by a serving US President.

Mr Obama said that following a successful military intervention to aid rebels during the 2011 Arab Spring revolt, Libya was left to spiral out of control – due largely to the inaction of America’s European allies.

In a candid US magazine interview, Mr Obama said: “When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong… there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up.”

Well one thing he didn’t ask himself is “what would a real leader do”, because he has no idea what leadership entails.  But he knows a lot about casting blame for failures in which he should have been leading.  And, of course, real leaders don’t do that.

Radley Balko points to another encroachment on liberty:

A while back, we noted a report showing that the “sneak-and-peek” provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations has overwhelmingly been used in narcotics cases. Now the New York Times reports that National Security Agency data will be shared with other intelligence agencies like the FBI without first applying any screens for privacy.

Yes, that’s right, the NSA is sharing data domestically now … and it has nothing to do with either national security or terrorism … as initially promised.

Anyone surprised?

And a final update about “The New Red Guard” involves Western Washington University where TNRG wants control:

Students at Western Washington University have reached a turning point in their campus’s hxstory. (For one thing, they’re now spelling it with an X—more on that later.) Activists are demanding the creation of a new college dedicated to social justice activism, a student committee to police offensive speech, and culturally segregated living arrangements at the school, which is in Bellingham, up in the very northwest corner of the state.

Seems legit. No totalitarian tendencies showing there, are there? Well, maybe, just a tiny bit:

At the heart of this effort lies a bizarrely totalitarian ideology: Student-activists think they have all the answers—everything is settled, and people who dissent are not merely wrong, but actually guilty of something approaching a crime. If they persist in this wrongness, they are perpetuating violence, activists will claim.

The list of demands ends with a lengthy denunciation of WWU’s marginalization of “hxstorically oppressed students.” The misspelling is intentional: “hxstory,” I presume, was judged to be more PC than “history,” which is gendered, triggering, and perhaps violent. It’s easy for me to laugh at these clumsy attempts to make language obey the dictates of political correctness—but I laugh from a position of relative safety, since I am not a WWU professor.

On the other hand, if a member of campus were to insist on the proper spelling of the word, would he or she (or xe) have to answer to the Committee for Social Transformation?

Of course they would. But seriously, knowing this sort of nonsense is rampant at this University, why would any parent want their child to go there? That’s a question the University of Missouri is trying to answer as we speak.

Oh, and one more thing to note – “Student-activists think they have all the answers—everything is settled, and people who dissent are not merely wrong, but actually guilty of something approaching a crime.”

Sound familiar?  Yeah, think RICO and “climate deniers”.  Gee, wonder where they learned that?

Have a great weekend!


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63 Responses to Stray Voltage

  • What’s funny is that despite all this talk of a wall and increasing border security, migration from Mexico is negative – more people are returning than arriving. Spending money on a wall and border security is likely a waste of money, there aren’t illegal immigrants streaming into the US. That said, I don’t think to many people are voting for Trump with the intention of voting for Hillary later. Most Democrats I know are really worried about a Trump victory, they wouldn’t want to enable him. I suspect Trump is tying into angst and anger from working class Democrats who will support him in November. I also suspect Trump has a strong chance to beat Hillary if he’s the nominee, probably a better chance than Cruz. It’s also interesting that as people get a closer look at current the candidates from both parties, Obama’s approval ratings have started to surge positive. Comparative perspective!

    • Obama’s approval ratings have started to surge positive.

      Presidents and Congress improve their ratings when they are invisible.
      Obama has been aided by the noise moving to the Republican and Democratic races/debates, while he sets into the role of “lame duck.”

    • By the way, is Western Washington one of those “elite universities” you said were the only places that PC social justice crap was happening?

    • No, if you had bothered to actually read your own source you would have noticed that it is *estimated* that MEXICAN migration has changed. Nowhere does your source state that overall illegal migration , which includes migrants from other countries, across the border has reversed.


      • So you are suggesting that non-Mexican immigration is to a point that makes a wall worth building and supports fear-mongering about immigration? Most non-Mexicans that try to get into the US are caught, and vast majority of them are children trying to flee war zones. Still, overall the level is a fraction of what migration was in the late 90s. There is no need for a while, and the panicky talk about increasing security is built on pure fantasy. Many Americans have fallen for a collective phobia of Muslims and Mexicans – or immigrants who cross from Mexico – and that irrational fear is what feeds Trump. I actually have to feel sorry for people whose world view is so riveted with fear. I’d had to go through life like that!

        • Yes.
          Fear, there you are again, projecting emotions on to others.

          That which is continuously demonstrated.

          If you lock your car, is it because you’re afraid or sensible?
          Any number of things you do, or don’t do, are they all motivated by fear?
          Grow up Scott, it’s not all about ‘fear’ when people don’t see things the way you do.

        • It’s an observation based on evidence. Fear based politics is well studied and analyzed, and as a political scientist I note it and we discuss it in class, and in research projects. And, of course, we’re talking about levels of fear (some people have their lives defined by fear – they see the world as dangerous, dark and full of people wanting to do them harm) and rational vs. irrational fear. Fear can often be evoked via manipulation, though that works better on some personality types than others. Political psychology is a fascinating research field.

          • Uh huh, and I don’t think anyone here goes to bed at night worried the “Mexican” or “Islamic” boogeyman is going to jump out of the closet or grab them from under the bed.
            It’s not ‘fear’ to recognize you have to have control of your borders or they’re not borders.

            Why don’t we ask Greece and Switzerland and the other ‘fearful’ countries over there in Europe who have decided to actually enforce their borders.
            Why don’t we ask the Italians why they check passports when clowns from Maine get off planes to take tours of their countries.
            Is it because Italians see Americans as dangerous, dark and wanting to harm them?

            Speaking of manipulation, assigning emotions to others, and accusing them of being emotional, is a form of manipulation, why don’t you knock it off, it’s getting old.

          • You mean like Global Warming?

          • As usual, when his specific points are refuted Erp resorts to “glittering generalities”.

            “A glittering generality (also called glowing generality) is an emotionally appealing phrase so closely associated with highly valued concepts and beliefs that it carries conviction without supporting information or reason. Such highly valued concepts attract general approval and acclaim. Their appeal is to emotions such as love of country and home, and desire for peace, freedom, glory, and honor. They ask for approval without examination of the reason. They are typically used by politicians and propagandists.”


            Since he is not a politician, I think it is fair to say he is a propagandist.

          • As usual timactual claims he’s “refuting” points when he offers NO evidence or facts. Yet though he adds nothing, he insults. Typical. I don’t know what Alan is trying to claim talking about passports. It seems to be a logical fallacy. He has not countered my claim that some people base their political perceptions on too much and often irrational fear. He seems to responding that if there is any concern for security that’s the same thing as too much and often irrational fear. That, of course, is absurd.

          • “he offers NO evidence or facts.”

            Now, now. Just because I used your own source to refute one of your claims you go into denial again. Typical.

          • Well let me help you out Doctor numbnuts.
            When people enforce their borders, by checking passports, to see who’s coming and going, that’s not fear.
            When people complain that their borders aren’t being enforced and that anyone who wants is coming and mostly NOT going, that’s not fear.

            When the people mostly wandering across the border are from south of that border, in the US that means Mexico and Central America, and
            when people who just finished blowing up a bus terminal in Turkey, and slaughtering people on the beach in Ivory Coast, are largely Islamic, it means that even if ALL of the people who practice Islam aren’t dangerous, SOME of them are, and admitting that, and keeping an eye out for them, isn’t FEAR.

            Is it more clear now you obtuse twit?

          • Oh, and to be totally clear, we’re not ‘some people’ here.

        • “… vast majority of them are children trying to flee war zones …” like Chicago

    • Surge;
      “…a sudden powerful forward or upward movement,…”

      More BS. Here’s the proof;

  • “Migration from Mexico is etc.”
    Sure it is.
    And Al Qeada is almost destroyed.
    And unemployment is less than 5 percent.
    And Hillary Clinton didn’t break any laws with her personal e-mail server.
    And Barack Obama is one the greats.

    • Here’s the proof, Alan. And if you’re watching the news from Syria and Iraq, it’s mostly good about ISIS and al qaeda are losing. If you want to quibble with how statisticians figure unemployment go for it – don’t expect much traction. And just watch – Obama will be remembered as a transitional President who despite massive attacks and resistance helped change America. Hey – I was right about the Iraq war, wasn’t I? And I got a lot of abuse here back in 2003 and 2004 when I suggested it wouldn’t be the glowing easy success conservatives were predicting.

      • Syria, where Russia is actually waging a war on behalf of their client.

        You’re having a real hard time connecting the right dots son.
        It’s supposed to be a picture of George Washington, not an octopus.

        • I’m following with my World Politics class the war in Syria daily – with video updates and discussion. Yet funny how you switch topics. Instead of al qaeda you now are saying Bashir is being defended. So I assume you drop your claim about al qaeda? Thank you. Russia and the US have started to cooperate in Syria, which is a good thing. The world is more shades of grey than black and white (a nod to Billy Joel there).

          • Al Queda that was an also-ran power at the start of the Obama administration. I wouldn’t be proud of having to beat them back again.

          • Call them whatever stupid name you like – they’re called dead after they get the shit kicked out of them by the Russians.

            It’s good that Obama can recognize a parade when it marches by so he can join in and try to claim it was all his idea.
            Unless the parade goes south, then it’ll be the Russians idea, and their fault, like Libya was the fault of the Europeans.

            You can feel free to narrow focus your subjects any time you like Scott so you can be ‘right’ on some narrow issue, the fact of the matter is, on a broad front, overall, Obama has screwed the pooch.

          • I absolutely disagree, and I can point to a large number of foreign policy experts who side with me. It’s clear the US is more respected internationally than it was before Obama came into office, and we’re not a laughing stock people neither feared nor respected like we were back at the end of the Bush administration. Under Obama the US has recognized that in a multipolar world the US cannot control events, and trying to will only lead to disaster. The US has learned to work with others, demand others pay their share, and has re-earned global respect. He brought the world together to sanction Iran to the point they broke and signed a nuclear deal that not only gives us what we want, but has helped start real political change in Iran. Watch, I guarantee: read how history starts looking at Obama in a few years, especially when the right wing press – which cares more about spinning an anti-Obama narrative than the truth – move on to attack President Sanders. Or Clinton. Or Trump.

          • Well good, you take your absolute disagreement, trot on down to Starbucks, and I imagine for that and $5.00 you can get a special cup of coffee of some sort or another.

            You saying things doesn’t make them so. The rest of us are perfectly capable, and in fact better, based on your record here, of analyzing geo-politics.
            Obama’s foreign policy is worse than null, it’s a vacuum that the Russians and the Chinese are filling.

            Just this week Iran popped several missiles into the sky in violation of the non-treaty treaty, they wrote essentially “death to Israel” on them before they launched them. Obama is a joke, soon to be over, but not soon enough.

          • I’ll take it instead to the class room, public talks, interviews and things like that. I actually have never been to a Starbucks except in a rest area (and then I avoided the coffee – the price mark up is way too much, it seems irrational buying it). Iran did not violate the treaty, and Israel is far more a threat to them than they are to Israel.

          • “I can point to a large number of foreign policy experts who side with me.”

            Oh good grief. So can we. So can just about anyone. Foreign policy “experts” are like economists and lawyers; you can find some to back almost anything. Also, isn’t that one of those logical fallacies you like to claim others use?

          • If you recall, only his experts are recognized as experts, ours are not acceptable, no matter what their level of credibility is.

            Very handy thing that.

          • Israel more of a threat – yes, I realize the Israelis man for man are probably good for about 10 Iranians apiece.
            That must account for the idea that 8 million people are a threat to 77 million.

            “Dieu est pour les gros escadrons” – Fredrick the Great.

          • yes, I realize the Israelis man for man are probably good for about 10 Iranians apiece

            —–Try 15

  • Not to worry …

    Anybody who says we are not absolutely better off today than we were just seven years ago, they’re not leveling with you. They’re not telling the truth,” Obama said last week. “By almost every economic measure, we are significantly better off.”

    … the largest economy expansion in Barack Obama’s mind is at hand.

    • Hey maybe we could prosecute some people for denying that the economy still sucks after 8 years. One can hardly claim that their continued insistence that their policies are working hasn’t caused severe economic hardship for many people.
      Their denial of the problem is doing considerable harm.

    • Just compare now to January 2009. To try to deny that the economy has recovered and dramatically improved is impossible unless the facts don’t matter at all, and it’s just political spin.

      • Sure Skippy, we shouldn’t believe what we see, we should believe Obama, and you.

        • You don’t see a difference between January 2009 with unemployment over 10%, the economy losing jobs by over 500,000 a month, and the world in the greatest recession since the 30s, and now with steady job growth, low unemployment, near record low first time jobless claims, and much higher consumer confidence. OK, but it reflects more negatively on you than on Obama if you say things aren’t better!

          • The same people doing three jobs to cover what they used to make in one job is NOT high employment in any place but la Republica Obama.
            The fact that you buy the unemployment number lies being spewed by the government right now is all that needs to be said about your perceptions of reality.

          • Except that’s not what’s happening. There have been millions MORE people getting jobs who didn’t have them before. Seriously, if you can’t tell the difference between an economy doing pretty well now, with few layoffs, increasing jobs, and higher consumer confidence than 2008 with an economy in collapse, you really aren’t paying attention! Jobs are being created, people are doing better, and the economy is especially good in comparative perspective. The only way people can attack Obama these days is by ignoring reality! That’s why his approval ratings are rising, it’s been a good eight years!

          • “There have been millions MORE people getting jobs who didn’t have them before. ”
            If you mean people who are suddenly eligible to work real jobs because they’re old enough, – well, duh, that will happen over the course of 8 years.
            If you mean there are more people, yes, congratulations, there are. Good work Barack!
            But the employment and economic growth rate sucks.

            Jimmy Carter added more jobs in 4 years (10+ million) than Obama has in 8 (9+ million). Jimmy fricking Carter.
            And we know how great the Carter years were.
            Reagan 15+ million in 8 years, Clinton 22+ million.

            We have a record number of employable Americans out of work.
            I assume you think they’ve all decided to take vacations and sabbaticals for a few years.


            Real unemployment is – 9.7% (at least).

            If it was as awesome as you think, the President wouldn’t have had to start his recent lies in the State of the Union telling us it wasn’t as bad as people say it is.
            When things are going great, Presidents don’t have to defend themselves and assure people it’s better than they think, because it’s OBVIOUS, and they address other issues in the SOU.

          • Compare any numbers now to similar indices in early 2009 and only someone who is completely unwilling to accept facts would say that things aren’t much better now. Consider: You say the “real” unemployment rate is 9.7%, and you provide a cite. Yet back in 2009 you fail to mention that was near 17%. When there are calculations about the so-called “real” unemployment rate it’s always higher than the given one. The one in 2009 was much higher than the offical unemployment rate of around 10%. So any way you look at it, no one can feasibly argue that things now aren’t much, much, much better than when Obama took office. That’s why Republican candidates never say things have gotten worse – they know they’d be laughed off stage.

          • No Scott, I’m not saying real unemployment is 9.7%, I’m no more qualified to address the calculation of that number than you are.
            Real experts calculate that number, not me.
            But they’re not real government experts, and they don’t answer to a guy who’s historical bullshit legacy is on the line, so they don’t have to fudge their numbers.

            You just can’t get around that it’s Gallup and not Russia Today or some other questionable collection of bozos you can easily wave off.

            And it doesn’t matter if the numbers in 2009 were 50%, the fact is RIGHT NOW, they are NOT 4.9% or whatever bullshit number is being slung from the House of Obama.
            We’re talking about the reality, today, on the ground, here in the US, where the government pretends it’s at half of what it actually is.

            And what anyone with half an ounce of intelligence can feasibly argue, is that if you’re being LIED to, and you can prove it, then you can’t absolutely trust ANY of the numbers.

          • And what you’re arguing – dumbass, is that if you’ve been consistently lied to all along since 2009, the fact that the lies are a little better now makes the whole thing okay and we should be grateful that they don’t have to lie as big now.

          • You fantasize that you’re being lied to. You think it’s a huge conspiracy involving all levels of bureaucracy to fake statistics? Do you really believe we’re as bad off as 2009 but consumer confidence is rising and people are more satisfied…all because they believe lies? Measures of unemployment are tricky, and if you’re going to compare them you have to use the same standard across time. The so-called “real unemployment” is calculated differently, hence if you cite it as today’s figure, you have to compare to a similar calculation method in the past. The Labor department makes slight changes, but are rather consistent in their calculation methods. There is no trickery here, just different statistical methods that one can analyze. But seriously, you’ve dug yourself into a corner from which there is no escape if you want to claim things aren’t much better now than they were in 2009!

          • I didn’t fantasize the unemployment numbers, I didn’t fantasize what the Administration tells me, I didn’t fantasize the Gallup numbers.

            “The U3 rate is the percentage of the “participating labor force” that is unemployed. That is all well and good, except that the Obama labor department has decided that it will simply manipulate the definition of “labor force” to suit its own needs. And what the Obama administration has done is simply shrink the definition of the “labor force” by pretending that hundreds of thousands of non-working adults are no longer in existence for all intents and purposes.”

            “There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a big lie,”

            “And it’s a lie that has consequences, because the great American dream is to have a good job, and in recent years, America has failed to deliver that dream more than it has at any time in recent memory,”


            Oh look, not my byline on that, I’m not Jim Clifton.

            Painted, not dug, but you’re the one stuck there, I guess if you dug to do it you’d know best.

          • ” higher consumer confidence”

            Here, my magic wish Genie wrote this for me today just to refute you.


            “The most insidious trend is vanishing optimism about the future”
            “For most Americans and Europeans the situation is worse today than it was then.”
            “A majority on both sides of the Atlantic believe their children will be worse off than they are.”
            “Most people feel worse off, which is what matters in politics.”

            It may have started under Bush II, it was certainly happening then, but it hasn’t improved in the last 8 years.

          • low unemployment

            —Bernie Sanders disagrees

          • You can believe that if you want. Economic reality speaks otherwise. Remember, we’re not comparing now to perfection or where we want to be, but where the US was in 2009 at the bottom of the most extreme economic crisis since the 1930s. Compared to then, things are stable, unemployment is way down, economic growth positive…but yes, we still have to build on this for the future. Your error wasn’t in criticizing conditions now, but in a desire to attack Obama you tried to claim nothing is better than 8 years ago. That is a claim that on it’s face is not only wrong, but absurd. I notice the Russians are leaving Syria – I guess they realized being there risked a quagmire. Sure glad we’re not going into that!

          • It all just demonstrates how incredibly out of touch you really are Scott.

            Feb 2, this year –
            Your quagmire is their mission accomplished.

            “The Russian intervention already accomplished the biggest thing it could, which was ensuring the cohesion and stability of the Syrian regime,” said Steven Simon, a lecturer at Dartmouth College , who was the senior director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council from 2011 to 2012.
            Although questions remain about the potential of the Syrian army and its ability to take back land, the intervention has had an outsize influence on negotiations.
            The Washington officials who work on this issue are scarcely oblivious to the impact of Russia’s intervention on the course of the war,” he said. “I think they understand at this point that the options and the ambitions of the opposition . . . are necessarily truncated.”

            Maybe you can give that Dartmouth dude a call and tell him you disagree and explain you’re a foreign policy expert according to the Ladies Tuesday Library club over in Skowhegan.

            Feb 9th, this year.
            Then you can bop on over to that right wing whackjob site Mother Jones and tell them their story is crap.
            (The link here is broken because otherwise it’ll have to be approved – add the www on to the and you should be good to go.)

            “In the interest of keeping myself honest, I should acknowledge that—so far, at least—the Russian incursion in Syria has apparently gone a lot better than I expected:”

            We know, we know, you’re an expert, you gave a class on this right after your class on the true meaning of “My little Pony” and how it can apply in our daily lives.

          • “Nothing is better”.
            It would help if I said anything like that.

            Specifically, I spoke of unemployment, Syria and illegal immigration.

            There were to be sure lots of other areas that the administration has jammed their fat fingers, but I didn’t say nothing is better.
            Oil prices are down considerably and so the price at the pump has improved tremendously, putting money back in people’s wallets.
            But that’s not because the administration has helped other than not trying to get ‘their’ money back from the consumer.

            But I wouldn’t have said “nothing is better” because it’s just too obvious it wouldn’t be true.

      • Economies grow. That is the nature of things. The economy grew during the Great Depression, too. The economy will grow if Bugs Bunny is President.

        “dramatically improved”

        Along with that “surge” in pro-Obama opinion. Only in your overly dramatic mind. Too much exposure to Pravda and Izvestia I guess.

  • Absolutely love Barack’s classic psychopathic blame-shifting on Libya.

    • Not an ounce of variation from the standard pattern.
      As always, he did the heavy lifting by talking about things.
      But you know, he needed to look tough, there was an election coming up.

  • Americans are making less, at least those who haven’t dropped out of the labor force, but look, everybody, eight years after the economy crashed, we have a fantastic recovery, averaging about 2% growth, if you can believe anything that comes out of this administration.

    And stop obsessing about the number of Americans on welfare and food stamps. That’s just a natural progression of Barack’s fantastic economic leadership — and we’re not even at the midpoint of his second Five Year Plan!

  • When all of America looks like Detroit, it will look like Venezuela. That’s why we need more of our Latin brothers here — to give that look authenticity.

  • Most real-world analogies to the iPhone encryption issue stink, but this may be closer than most. Imagine that Dupont or Firestone were to invent an INVULNERABLE tire that CANNOT be punctured. Is the State going to ban this tire just because the Highway Patrol will no longer be able to use tack strips to stop fleeing criminals?

  • The link to Cato re: Margaret Thatcher & Venezuela is incorrect. You’ve somehow managed to get it in there twice as “”

  • The continuing abuse of NSA data for matters not concerning nation security is a cause for pause.
    One now must question the whole premiss of the Patriot Act.
    Was 9/11 a tragedy not to be wasted, or something more resembling Pearl Harbor.

  • So if we don’t want the SJW chicks to reproduce, should we encourage them to get a hxsterectomy?

    • Heh. Just reading that will probably make them hxsterical with rage.

      It’s allergy season. I wonder how many of them will need antihxstamines?

  • So, the same government that can’t produce a few hundred emails without months of effort and millions of dollars, and multiple claims of crashed and destroyed hard drives, somehow now thinks there is no undo burden on Apple to break encryption on their smart phones.
    Meanwhile, Edward Snowden pops up to say that the NSA can indeed crack this encryption.

    • Really, part of me wonders if the much feared NSA is really part of the same government that created the Obamacare Web Site.

      • I’m sure that Obama (in a page out of “House of Cards”) wants some stupid FISA judge to give the FBI access to NSA technology that they are prohibited by law from using.

  • The Russian leader’s announcement that he will pull forces out of Syria caught Washington off guard.

    A speedy Russian exit from Syria would confound President Obama’s talking point that Putin had walked into a “quagmire” in that country’s civil war that he would come to regret. Obama made the case most recently in an interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, in which Obama said Russia was “overextended” and “bleeding” in Syria.

    Yes, the “Smartest Man in an empty room”

  • And Preznit “Fixed the economy!” cancels the plans for offshore Atlantic drilling.

    Wow, there’s a big surprise in there somewhere, let me see if it jumps out and bites me on the butt.