Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Every American Male Nightmare POTUS Scenario

Can you say 'Temperament' kiddies?

Secret Service Agent Said 'Good Morning' To Hillary, Check Out Her Nasty Response

During his interview on Monday's Sean Hannity Show, Gary Byrne told a story that "always bothered him the most" about his time with the Clintons--a polite gesture from a fellow secret service agent that was met with an incredibly nasty response from Hillary.

"We had a uniformed division officer who had been on the job a short period of time, nice guy, top of the line type person," Byrne recalled. The officer, a retired Marine who had received a Purple Heart for wounds he had received in Somalia, crossing paths with the first lady while on-duty.

"He was walking down the west colonnade and he said 'Good morning first lady.' And she looked at him and said 'go f*** yourself.'" Needless to say, the officer was stunned by Hillary's response.

Word quickly spread, and it quickly became clear that it wasn't the first time Hillary had cursed off a Secret Service agent. The incident worked its way up the chain of command.

"It's not that it hadn't happened before, it's just that the way it happened to this guy, when it got up the chain of command and the senior agents found out who this guy was, they felt bad about it," Byrne added.

A lot has been made about the "temperament" of Donald Trump. Does this sound like the temperament of a person you would want anywhere near The White House?

http://m.hannity.com/articles/election-493995/secret-service-agent-said-good-morning-14857229/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Hillary's Huge Libya Disaster | The National Interest

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/hillarys-huge-libya-disaster-16600

Hillary's Huge Libya Disaster

America has given up in Clinton's wake.
Charles R. Kubic
June 15, 2016

Prior to the February 17, 2011, "Day of Rage," Libya had a national budget surplus of 8.7 percent of GDP in 2010, with oil production at 1.8 million barrels per day, on track to reach its goal of 3 million barrels per day. Currently, oil production has decreased by over 80 percent. Following the revolution, the Libyan economy contracted by an estimated 41.8 percent, with a national deficit of 17.1 percent GDP in 2011.

Before the revolution, Libya was a secure, prospering, secular Islamic country and a critical ally providing intelligence on terrorist activity post–September 11, 2001. Qaddafi was no longer a threat to the United States. Yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly advocated and succeeded in convincing the administration to support the Libyan rebels with a no-fly zone, intended to prevent a possible humanitarian disaster that turned quickly into all-out war.

Within weeks of the revolution there were two valid cease-fire opportunities, one presented to the Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and a second opportunity presented to U.S. Africa Command for direct military commander negotiations to effect Gaddafi's abdication, in which I was personally involved. Both opportunities were rejected and shut down by Secretary Clinton. Internal communications that went public last year revealed that on March 18, 2011, a colonel in JCS wrote, ". . . Due to the UNSCR, Libyan forces sped up ops to get to Benghazi, and will soon cease fire. As expected. Our contact will arrange a face-to-face meeting with Saif, or a skype/video-telecon to open communications if time does not permit. It will have to be with a high level USG official for him to agree. If there will be an ultimatum before any ops, the USG must be in communication with the right leaders and hopefully listen for any answer. A peaceful solution is still possible that keeps Saif on our side without any bloodshed in Benghazi." However, on March 14, 2011 Secretary Clinton had already met with rebel leaders in Paris, including Mahmoud Jibril, number two in the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, and had committed to support their revolution.

Despite valid ceasefire opportunities to prevent "bloodshed in Benghazi" at the onset of hostilities, Secretary Clinton intervened and quickly pushed her foreign policy in support of a revolution led by the Muslim Brotherhood and known terrorists in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. One of the Libyan Rebel Brigade commanders, Ahmed Abu Khattala, would later be involved in the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Articulating her indifference to the chaos brought by war, Secretary Clinton stated on May 18, 2013, to the House Oversight Committee and the American public, "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Secretary Clinton's war actually did make a difference. It led to a very real and very tragic humanitarian disaster. Her bad judgment and failed policy resulted in the arming of terrorists, months of war and tens of thousands of causalities, the murder of the American ambassador and the deaths of three other brave Americans, continued civil war and the collapse of the Libyan economy, and a failed nation-state contributing to a tragic European migrant crisis. Clearly the Libyan disaster tops Secretary Clinton's legacy of failure.

The revolution ended October 23, 2011, and Libya held its first democratic election on July 7, 2012. A second election was held on June 25, 2014. Despite efforts made by peaceful Libyan officials to establish a strong secular nation, radical Islamic elements rejected the election results and used military force to subvert the will of the Libyan people. As a direct consequence of the chaos caused by Secretary Clinton's failed policy, there are now four entities competing for control of Libya: (1) the twice-elected democratic secular parliamentary government forced into exile in Tobruk by Islamist attacks, (2) the unelected radical Islamist-controlled government in Tripoli, (3) the savage ISIS terrorists who control the city of Sirte and (4) the UN-imposed Government of National Accord (GNA) recently placed ashore in abandoned buildings in Tripoli. The UN is attempting, with U.S. and European support, to impose a unity government (the GNA) that will include elements of sharia law in a new constitution. This approach was rejected twice by the Libyan people, who wanted a more secular government that is not founded in sharia.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

0bama’s tantrum a striking display of failed leadership


0bama's tantrum a striking display of failed leadership
By Michael Goodwin June 15, 2016

If it is true that the best defense is a good offense, President 0bama should be celebrating in the end zone now. Obviously furious over criticism that his anti-terror policies are weak and that the Orlando slaughter proves it, he went on a televised tirade to let America know he's mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

He laid waste to a field of straw men, cable-TV pundits and the always-evil "partisan rhetoric," by which he means anyone who disagrees with him. It was a striking display of personal anger and pent-up grievances — and a total failure of leadership during a national crisis.

It also, inadvertently, captured why Donald Trump was able to brawl his way to the GOP nomination. All his nice Republican rivals couldn't stir voters because they never knew how to rattle 0bama the way Trump is doing. The president didn't mention Trump yesterday, but the whole speech was nothing but a desperate and incoherent reaction to Trumpism.

As such, it was a huge moment in the general-election campaign, even though it comes before the nominees are formally crowned. For one thing, it showed that 0bama's plan to campaign against Trump as if he is running for his own third term won't be a cakewalk for the president or his legacy.

For another, the 0bama-Trump war means Hillary Clinton could be overshadowed in what was supposed to be her campaign for vindication. Throw in her husband and the stage is going to get crowded with alpha males competing for attention.

0bama's demeanor and tone were far from presidential — tantrums rarely are. Nor was he effective in rallying the nation to his cause. No surprise there. His cause is himself, always and only, and his greatly diminished historic presidency looks especially insignificant next to the bloodshed in Orlando. The iconic redeemer who promised hope and change never seemed so small and hopeless.

America saw Barack 0bama at low tide yesterday, revealed as brimming with fury and bankrupt of ideas and even sympathy for the dead. The man who had an answer for everything and a solution to nothing is now also out of excuses.

Jimmy Carter's infamous "malaise" speech in 1979 was inspirational by comparison. Carter focused on a "crisis of confidence in the future" while Obama scolded the country for losing confidence in him. Carter tried to lift up America, Obama came to put it down.

He meant his attacks to be especially vicious, but the spectacle was more sad than provocative. The president needs a rest from the job as much as we need a new president.

Forty-nine innocent people were gunned down in a gay nightclub by an Islamic terrorist, another 53 lie wounded, yet 0bama feels only his own pain. Public confidence in his effort to combat terrorism on his own peculiar terms while soft-pedaling the links to Islam were among the casualties in the Pulse nightclub. The world knows he's a failure and he can't stand the embarrassment.

So he lashed out at Trump, who dares not only to point out the obvious, but to rip away the veil of euphemism as he lunges for the jugular. Think Low Energy Jeb, Lyin' Ted, Little Marco and Crooked Hillary. They're all nasty and personal, yet ruthlessly accurate.

Now it's 0bama's turn in the crucible. Cosseted by his media water carriers and surrounded by sycophants, he isn't accustomed to dealing with a heavyweight street fighter.

Oh, would he love to run against Mitt Romney again. That way, he would never have to take a real punch.

The ostensible reason for 0bama's speech was an update on Orlando and to assert success against the Islamic State. The real reason was to lecture America about how right he is about everything on terrorism, from how to fight it to how to talk about it, and how Trump is worse than wrong.

At one point, 0bama denounced politicians who tweet and go on cable TV. My first reaction was to wonder whether he meant Trump or Clinton, or both. Of course, when 0bama does those things, it's cool.

Most telling, and least surprising, was that his defense of why he doesn't say "radical Islam" revealed there's no there there. The idea that linking terrorism to Islam smears the entire religion is preposterous, as is his claim that it "does the terrorists' work for them."

We are long past the point where 0bama's saying so makes it so, or even worth discussing. His fundamental problem is that he has nothing to show for his approach. If he had been right over the last eight years, we should be seeing big-time gains by now.

Instead, Islamic terrorism is growing around the world and the body count is mounting at home. More and more police officers are being pushed into counterterrorism duties as the nation's fear meter surges. It is noteworthy, too, that the most successful attacks since 9/11, in San Bernardino and now in Orlando, happened in cities that were not viewed as prime targets. That means no place is safe.

Meanwhile, the moderate American Muslims 0bama is always defending are almost all silent in the face of unspeakable horrors committed in the name of their religion.

The president has no substantive response to any of that, and not much desire to find one. His passion is reserved for criticism of Americans who don't see things his way, as though he can fool them one more time.

Trump: Maybe 0bama sympathizes with the terrorists
At the height of his anger, he warned that even talking about terrorism with a focus on Islam "makes Muslim Americans feel their government is betraying them."

In that case, they are joining a very large club, with two out of three Americans saying the country is on the wrong track. Millions of the disenchanted are turning to Trump because they concluded that not only had their government betrayed them, but that both political parties were in cahoots to keep them down.

Of course, because most of them are working-class people who play by the rules and don't demand special favors or government handouts, they're not important in Washington.

So they found an outsider they believe will speak for them and fight for them. That's why every punch Trump threw at the GOP establishment during the primaries, and every punch he throws at Clinton and Obama now, brings him more support and more loyalty.

It's also why Trump is going to keep swinging all the way to November. It's not elegant or pretty — in fact, it's often coarse and vulgar. But it's clearly getting under the president's very thin skin, and that's why it won't stop.

0bama had better get used to it. Finally, he may have met his match.




http://nypost.com/2016/06/15/obamas-tantrum-a-striking-display-of-failed-leadership/

Friday, June 10, 2016

0bama endorsement

https://amp.twimg.com/v/00d3ec5a-8ed2-4ad1-b5bb-df95de668bae

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Caption Contest

Caption Contest, @POTUS: Hey @BernieSanders, forget #WeekendAtBernies. Now you shall watch #LogansRun, #WayPastDue

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

If You Know Hillary Clinton, You Will Probably Die Of Mysterious Causes Soon....


If You Know Hillary Clinton, You Will Probably Die Of Mysterious Causes Soon....
90 MILES FROM TYRANNY | JUNE 7, 2016
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The Hillary Clinton Dead Pool

1-James McDougal - Clinton's convicted Whitewater partner died
of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr's investigation.    
        
2 -Mary Mahoney - A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.           

 3- Vince Foster - Former White House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock's Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.; Vince Foster 'suicide' shocker: 2nd wound documented Prosecutor saw photos of Clinton attorney with possible 'bullet hole' in neck;    Why was Hillary trying to reach Vince Foster on day he died? Clinton made 3 calls but has never explained urgent efforts to contact him

4- Ron Brown - Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown's skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died.  A few days later the air Traffic controller committed suicide

5- C. Victor Raiser II- Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.                    

6-Paul Tulley - Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992. Described by Clinton as a "Dear friend and trusted advisor".                    
7-Ed Willey - Clinton fund raiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.                   

8-Jerry Parks -Head of Clinton's gubernatorial security team in Little Rock.                    Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park's son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton.  He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.   
                
9-James Bunch - Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a "Black Book" of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.                    
10-James Wilson - Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.        
           
11-Kathy Ferguson- Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.         
           
12-Bill Shelton - Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.    
                
13-Gandy Baugh - Attorney for Clinton's friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.   
                 
14-Florence Martin - Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.      
              
15- Suzanne Coleman - Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.                    

16-Paula Grober - Clinton's speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.      
              
17-Danny Casolaro - Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.( I read a wonderful book about this incident by an investigative reporter...scary stuff!)         
          
18- Paul Wilcher - Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 "October Surprise" was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.           
         
19-Jon Parnell Walker - Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.                    
20-Barbara Wise - Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.   
                 
21-Charles Meissner -Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash. 
                   
22-Dr. Stanley Heard - Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton's advisory council, personally treated Clinton's mother, stepfather and brother.  
                  
23-Barry Seal -Drug running pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident. (all tied in with the death of those two boys killed on the railroad track)       
             
24-Johnny Lawhorn Jr. - Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.  
                 
25-Stanley Huggins - Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.                    

26- Hershell Friday - Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.                    
27-Kevin Ives & Don Henry - Known as "The boys on the track" case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks.  Later reports claim the 2 boyshad been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.                    BILL CLINTON was Govenor and knew  about this, and evidence of strong possiblity that he covered for those involved.             THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE:                    
28-Keith Coney - Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88. 
                   
29-Keith McMaskle - Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988.                    

30-Gregory Collins - Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.     
               
31-Jeff Rhodes - He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.    
               
33-James Milan - Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was            due to "natural causes".                    

34-Jordan Kettleson - Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.

35-Gareth Williams:  Clinton secrets hacked by spy in bag- THE MI6 spy found dead in a holdall had illegally hacked into secret data on Bill Clinton ; MI6 spy found in holdall 'hacked into secret data about Bill Clinton' ; Spy found dead in a bag 'had infuriated his MI6 bosses by illegally hacking into secret US data on Bill Clinton'

36-Richard Winters - A suspect in the Ives / Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.                    

THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE DEAD:  
     
36 -Major William S. Barkley Jr.       
37-Captain Scott J . Reynolds       
38-Sgt. Brian Hanley       
39-Sgt. Tim Sabel       
40-Major General William Robertson      
41-Col. William Densberger       
42-Col. Robert Kelly      
43-Spec. Gary Rhodes      
44-Steve Willis      
45-Robert Williams       
46-Conway LeBleu       
47-Todd McKeehan

In the year 2015..........

48-Walter Schieb Autopsy: Former White House Chef Died of Accidental Drowning ; Dark Mysteries Behind Clinton Chef's Drowning


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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

San Jose Firefighters REFUSED TO HELP Pleading Teen Trump Supporter Fleeing Terror Mob [feedly]

Democrats condone this nonsense.
Vote accordingly.

San Jose Firefighters REFUSED TO HELP Pleading Teen Trump Supporter Fleeing Terror Mob
17 The Gateway Pundit by Kristinn Taylor  

A family friend of the teen Trump supporter wearing a red Trump for president t-shirt who was seen in video shown nationwide fleeing and being tackled by a terror mob of anti-Trump rioters told The Gateway Pundit that San Jose firefighters refused to help the terrorized teenage boy when he ran up to their firetruck. The source says the firefighters "rolled their window up when he asked for help at the fire truck." Video taken by a bystander shows the fleeing teen approaching a firetruck and then being left in the street to the mob as the firetruck drove away.

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Before the boy fled the mob he had been beaten and his hat stolen according to a witness who posted photos to 4chan. The witness sickeningly described the teen's attempt to get help from the San Jose firetruck as 'funny'.

"the funniest part was when the white kid was trying to jump into a moving firetruck he was scared for his life…"

Trump Supporter Attacked Twitter Two Trump Supporter Attacked Twitter

Top photo shows the teen Trump supporter being rabbit punched by a man described by the witness as a "nigga": "pic related is the poor kid getting punched in the back of the head, by a nigga"

Trump Supporter Attacked 4chan

"LMAO, this is on /pol/?

LOL i was there i saw the whole thing.

they stole his hat and punched him a few times
the funniest part was when the white kid was trying to jump into a moving firetruck he was scared for his life, i have the video, give me some (yous) and ill upload here, here screen shot but who wants me to upload it"

Video taken by a bystander (not the 4chan poster) in San Jose, California last Thursday of the anti-Trump riots outside of where presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was holding a campaign rally shows the teenage boy running for his life as he is chased, tackled and then flees again from a horde of rioters.

The teen can be seen running up to a San Jose fire truck. After a moment, the firetruck drives away blasting its horn, leaving the teen in the street. The teen starts running again only to be tackled by Seyfudin Mohamud, a Black Muslim male likely from Somalia. Mohamud bragged online about tackling the fleeing teen.

The family friend told The Gateway Pundit the teen's parents are, to put it mildly, "not happy with the police, fire department…and the city of San Jose."

The San Jose Police Department has not arrested Seyfudin Mohamud. the SJPD has his information, according to a spokeswoman who spoke with The Gateway Pundit on Monday. The department is dragging its heels even though the SJPD is aware Mohumad is a flight risk with ties to Minnesota and likely Somalia. KPIX-TV reported late Monday that the SJPD have announced no arrests have been made, but that they are "imminent."

""I can say that arrests are imminent," Albert Morales of the San Jose Police said."

Chief Eddie Garcia used a photo of the teen victim in a Facebook post on Friday that vowed to seek justice for victims of the riot.

san jose screengrab police

The caption to the photo falsely claims the SJPD rescued the teen. By the time he found police officers willing to help him the teen had already been beaten, had his hat stolen, was chased, was turned away by San Jose firefighters, chased again and then tackled, and then chased yet again before finally being 'rescued' by the SJPD.

Other videos show the chase from different viewpoints. Also, a video by Breitbart News shows the teen before the attack acting calm and peaceful as he interacts with an anti-Trump protester.

In the Brietbart video, the teen can be seen wearing a red Make America Great Again ball cap that was later stolen when he was attacked and beaten by the terror mob.

A closing question: How does a parent explain to their child that the police and firefighters–whose job IT is to protect people–abandoned that child to a violent mob in plain view in broad daylight in a major American city in the year 2016?

The post San Jose Firefighters REFUSED TO HELP Pleading Teen Trump Supporter Fleeing Terror Mob appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.




San Jose Firefighters REFUSED TO HELP Pleading Teen Trump Supporter Fleeing Terror Mob
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/06/san-jose-firefighters-refused-help-teen-trump-supporter-fleeing-terror-mob/

 

Friday, June 03, 2016

Record 94,708,000 Americans Not in Labor Force... Thank$ 0BaMa!

Thank$ 0BaMa!

Record 94,708,000 Americans Not in Labor Force...


http://cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/record-94708000-americans-not-labor-force-participation-rate-drops
A record 94,708,000 Americans were not in the labor force in May -- 664,000 more than in April -- and the labor force participation rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.6 percent, near its 38-year low, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not participating in the labor force; since then, 14,179,000 Americans have left the workforce -- some of them retiring and some just quitting because they can't find work.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016-05-26 21:04

This Is How Much Your Health Insurance Payment Is About To Jump By

Thanks 0bama!

It's official: years of warnings that Obamacare will lead to dramatic increases in healthcare premiums are about to be validated.

As the WSJ writes, big health plans stung by losses in the first few years of the U.S. health law's implementation are seeking hefty premium increases for individual plans sold through insurance exchanges in more than a dozen states.

To be sure, we have extensively covered the imminent danger of rising healthcare prices as a result of Obamacare's intrusive intervention in the insurance sector; however now that this is about to become mainstream information, we expect consumers to hunker down and save even more in anticipation of what is about to be a shock price increase for millions of middle-class American families.

As the WSJ reports, the insurers' proposed rates for individual coverage in states that have made their 2017 requests public largely bear out health plans' grim predictions about their challenges under the health-care overhaul. According to the insurers' filings with regulators, large plans in states including New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia are seeking to raise rates by 20% or more.

In states such as Florida and Maryland, insurers are seeking to raise premiums by percentage averages that are markedly above 10%. Among those that have published so far, only in Vermont do big insurers' requests fall below 10%.  Proposals still have to be approved by state regulators, and a full picture of final approved rates across the entire country likely won't be known until shortly before HealthCare.gov and state equivalents reopen for the law's fourth main enrollment window on Nov. 1.

Nonetheless, the proposed average increases that are available are a vivid indicator this year of how insurers are adapting to the 2010 Affordable Care Act's transformation of the way health coverage is priced and sold in the U.S.

So for all those currently enrolled in healthcare plans administered in the following states, this is how much, on average, your plans will go up by.

 

The silver lining? Since this effective tax goes straight to "boosting US GDP", we look forward to a year of "above trendling" GDP growth thanks to this forced reallocation of consumers' disposable income into the infamous "healthcare" category.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

In Today's Layoff News: Microsoft Fires 1,850; Intel Cuts 350; Shell Terminating 2,200

Thanks 0bama!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Facebook Scandal: Free Speech, as long as you are a Liberal

Fakebook: free speech, as long as you're a Liberal!

Media Ignoring a MAJOR Part of the Facebook Scandal

http://www.mrctv.org/blog/mainstream-media-ignoring-major-part-facebook-scandal

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thanks 0bama!

Middle Class Shrinks in 9 of 10 US Cities as Incomes Fall
ABC News - 19 hours ago
A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
More Evidence of the Middle Class Disappearing Act   Independent Women's Forum 

Friday, May 06, 2016

562,000 Workers Drop Out Of The Labor Force As Participation Rate Resumes Drop

We need Trump to rescue us all!

  •   Prime Aged Workers Tumble By 280K
  •   Workers 55 And Over Surge To New All Time High
  •   Full-time jobs -253K [YES, THAT IS A MINUS!]
  •   562,000 Workers Drop Out Of The Labor Force As
  •   Participation Rate Resumes Drop
  •   -316,000 jobs [YES, THAT IS A MINUS!]
  •   April Payrolls 160K, Exp. 200K


562,000 Workers Drop Out Of The Labor Force As Participation Rate Resumes Drop
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-06/562000-workers-drop-out-labor-force-participation-rate-resumes-drop

In addition to the poor headline Establishment survey print which rose only 160,000 in April, coupled with a deplorable Household survey employment number which plunged by 316,000 for the month and below levels seen in February, an even more concerning development was the resumption in the deteriorating trend in the US labor force participation rate, which in recent months had been on a steady increase as far fewer workers were dropping out of the workforce (contrary to convention wisdom, this was not driven by new entrants into the labor force).

All that changed today, when the number of Americans not in the labor force soared by a whopping 562,000 in April, pushing the grand total of people not in the labor force back over 94 million and fast approaching the all time high of 94.6 million.

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As a result, the participation rate, which recently had climbed to 63% or the highest since early 2014, has once again resumed its downward slope with the April print down to just 62.8% as the poor labor and demographic conditions once again emerge as a key driver within the US workforce.



Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Morning Joe Panel LAUGHS UNCONTROLLABLY After Watching Trump Supporter Destroy Lyin’ Ted

The panel on Morning Joe laughed uncontrollably after Ted Cruz had a run-in with Trump supporter Shane Auler in Indiana.

cruz lying ted

On Monday Trump supporters protested Ted Cruz outside an event in Indiana.
The Trump supporters were standing across the street from Ted chanting when Ted decided to go talk with them.
Big mistake!

The protesters called Cruz "Lying Ted" to his face – over and over again.

The protesters went on to tell Ted, "It's time to drop out!"

The protester took advantage of Ted's many mid-sentence Shakespearean pauses – scoring hit after hit.
This exchange was hilarious:

Ted Cruz: Sir, America is a better country…

Protester: Without you.

Ted Cruz: Thank you for those kind sentiments. Let me point out I've treated you respectfully the entire time. And a question everyone here should ask…

Protester: Are you Canadian?

Oh my gosh.
What a disaster.

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On Tuesday Joe Scarborough laughed uncontrollably after playing part of the exchange on Morning Joe.

"Are you Canadian?… Oh my God, are you Canadian!… Who was that guy? He's got great timing!… That's the problem when you have the Shakespearean pauses or the Pinter pauses, you leave room… "

.@tedcruz crosses the street to confront @realDonaldTrump backers on the sidewalk https://t.co/G0alC50KAr

— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) May 3, 2016

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tweeting for President Trump?


No tweeting for President Trump
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Donald Trump announced yesterday that he would no longer delight and enrage the universe with his nuggets of wit and wisdom via Twitter once he is elected President.

Politico reports that he made the proclamation at a rally in Rhode Island:

"You know, I tweeted today, @realDonaldTrump. I tweet," Trump said.  He added, "Don't worry, I'll give it up after I'm president. We won't tweet anymore. I don't know. Not presidential."

The remark comes days after wife Melania remarked that she wished her husband would tone down his Twitter habit.

Say it ain't so!

For those who have spent way too much time on Twitter for the past several years, Trump's finest Twitter moments pre-date his announcement for the White House. The world needs Trump on Twitter.  Being Commander-in-Chief should deprive us of these unforgettable gems as compiled by The Mirror:

I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my 'Ali G' interview

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2012

My twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012

As everybody knows, but the haters & losers refuse to acknowledge, I do not wear a "wig." My hair may not be perfect but it's mine.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2013

This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2014

While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2012

And then there are a few of my all-time favorites:

I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2012

I would like to wish everyone, including all haters and losers (of which, sadly, there are many) a truly happy and enjoyable Memorial Day!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2015

Thanks- many are saying I'm the best 140 character writer in the world. It's easy when it's fun.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2012

It's hard to imagine life without @realDonaldTrump. Maybe cooler heads will prevail and Trump will be given some limited opportunities to spin his 140-character magic. Let's hope so. After all, I think we can all agree that tweeting is not, by definition, "un-presidential."

After all, whatever Trump tweets as president, it will hard to be as embarrassing and divisive as this:

It takes courage to share your story. https://t.co/Q7wWjV9Rxx

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2015

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Re: Markets vs. Economy



"@agentvf: New Jersey Man Joseph Hornick Willing to Go to Jail for Flying Trump Flag - Breitbart http://bit.ly/23iu6BT  @Q102Philly"

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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is facing a fine for flying flags supporting Donald Trump.

Joseph Hornick thought police on March 25 were responding to his reports that the flags proclaiming "Trump Make America Great Again" flying outside his West Long Branch home had been vandalized. Instead, he was ticketed for violating an ordinance that restricts the display of political signs.

According to the police report, a resident who is a former Democratic councilman questioned why the municipal code enforcement officer had not cited Hornick.

"I'm not a football fan. I'm not a sports fan, but I'm surely a Donald Trump fan," Hornick told New York's WNBC-TV. The Republican said he has a right to express himself.

The town considers the flags supporting the Republican presidential candidate the same as political lawn signs, acting borough administrator Lori Cole said. "The ordinance states no political sign shall be displayed sooner than 30 days prior to the date of the election or the decision of the issue is scheduled," she said.

New Jersey's primary is June 7.

Violators face a minimum fine of $100. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2,000, 90 days in jail or both.

"I'm not taking the flag down, and if I do 90 days in jail, I'll do 90 days in jail," Hornick said.

His court date is April 20.



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Markets vs. Economy

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Before Predicting the Future, Take a Closer Look at the Present

Courtesy of ThePeople'sCube, here is the Boston Globe front page that would have been far more appropriate.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Newt Gingrich Nails the Washington Insider Problem

Newt Gingrich Nails the Washington Insider ProblemJeffrey Lord

You can't make it up.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave an interview to reporter Isaac Chotiner of Slate the other day. 

For a vivid illustration of the difference between the elitist, haughty thinking of the American Ruling Class (as unerringly described in Angelo Codevilla's The Ruling Class)and those who, like Newt, have not lost their ability to connect with (Codevilla again) the "Country Class" — i.e., the American people — the interview is priceless. Bravo to Newt!

The interview should be read in totality, but here are a few excerpts to give a flavor:

Isaac Chotiner: You were at a meeting on Monday with other Washington figures and Trump. What did you make of him?

Newt Gingrich: Well, Callista and I were both very impressed. In that kind of a setting he talks in a relatively low tone. He is very much somebody who has been good at business. And he listens well. He outlined the campaign as he saw it. I think he did a good job listening. He occasionally asked clarifying questions. He was very open to critical advice. I am not going to get into details, but I will say my overall impression was that in that setting he was totally under control as a guy who has done a ton of business and knows exactly how to operate in that kind of room.

You seem more sanguine than other people in Washington about Trump's rise. Is that fair to say?

Sure. Remember, I came in as a Reaganite, Kempite when I helped lead the effort in 1994. And I have consistently been in favor of a more aggressive, more active Republican Party that reaches out and expands its base and that is very, very idea-oriented. I think Washington is a city with enormous problems. I think we need somebody — and both Cruz and Trump fit this — who is going to break up the old order and insist on real change. It's not that I am sanguine. This will lead to a period of very real challenges, but I think we need it.

Mr. Speaker, we are talking about a possible president here.

You are talking about a guy who was smart enough to build Trump Towers, build lots of hotels, build lots of casinos, and own the Miss Universe contest.

He is not stupid. For many people, that seems to be inconceivable because they have a university Ph.D. theory of being smart.

Didn't you write your Ph.D. thesis on the Belgian Congo?

I did, and I wrote my master's thesis on Japanese and Russian railroad construction in the 19th century.

So why are you bashing people with Ph.D.s?

Because I have been in the real world, doing real things, and I understand the limitations of academic knowledge. I think it's greatly overrated.

Look, you read a lot of books about how the world works, you are an educated person, you care about policy. When you hear Trump address subjects like NATO, it doesn't worry you —

No. I read what he said about NATO, and I think it has been grossly taken out of context. What he said about NATO was the Bush — Rumsfeld position, which is that the Europeans ought to pick up more of the slack.

… I want to get back to what Trump is doing, and we both know he is playing on impulses —

No, no we don't.

We don't?

What we know is that Trump has had the nerve to raise questions in a clear language because he represents the millions of Americans who are sick and tired of being told that they have to be guilt-ridden and keep their mouth shut.

… You must know a lot of people in Washington like Kristol and Krauthammer and George Will who are horrified by Trump. This isn't just liberal angst.

I think a number of them need to go on vacation.

You think that is all it is?

I think the tension is getting to them.

The tension of what?

Of having to deal with something that they don't understand and don't believe in. It horrifies them. It represents an alternative world they never dreamed of.

… You must notice that Trump has no serious foreign or domestic policy, and that these "intellectuals" who are horrified by this are not just dreaming it up out of nowhere.

They are queueing off something different than the American people are.

Is your job, as a politician, to merely follow the American people?

I am applying the Buckley principle to the Washington intellectuals. They are inbred, they talk to each other, they are treating the American people with contempt. Forget Trump. Seventy percent of Republicans between Trump, Carson, and Cruz have repudiated their world. And they are saying, "Boy, these people are really hicks. They are so stupid they have been taken in." Well maybe, just maybe, those American people know something the guys in Washington don't, and frankly, I am on the side of the American people, not the Washington intellectuals.

Now. What do you see here in this Newt interview with Chotiner? What is on display is a sterling example of exactly what has gone wrong inside the Washington Beltway — and just why so many millions are responding to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. (Ahem: again, ticket material?) 

When, for example, Chotiner says, bold print supplied by me, "…I want to get back to what Trump is doing, and we both know he is playing on impulses," the underlying moral superiority of the Ruling Class is surfaced. What Chotiner is really saying is that Americans are nothing more than… sniff, sniff… a bunch of bigoted rubes. And make no mistake, Chotiner is far from alone here in this all-too typical belief underlying the Ruling Class views of Americans. 

Note as well the belief that to have an academic Ph.D. is a sign of impeccable brilliance. Real word experience is, if considered at all, as the sign of a second or possibly third or fourth-rate mind. Translation in this situation? Donald Trump is not a smart guy. No wonder all those millions of stupid people are voting for him.

Underneath the thin veneer of the ordinary politics involved in choosing candidate A over candidate B this year lies the dark mass of contempt and insiderdom that permeates the culture of Washington. It is this contempt that explains what can only be called the wild hysteria that is coursing so palpably through wild-eyed D.C. elites.

Here is the Washington Post comparing — not for the first time — Trump to Hitler:

First, you don't have to go back to history's most famous example, Adolf Hitler, to understand that authoritarian rulers can achieve power through the ballot box. In the world today, it has become almost commonplace for elected leaders to lock the door behind them once they achieve power. Vladimir Putin in Russia, Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey — all found ways once in power to restrict opposition, muzzle the media and erode checks and balances.

Hitler? Hitler? Really? The man who launched a World War II that killed six million Jews and by historical estimates some 11 million human beings roughly estimated? Well, yes. As in this column yesterday from the Post's "conservative" columnist Kathleen Parker who wrote — amazingly? stunningly? like a certifiable wacko bird? — a column which said this after calling Trump a fascist:

The conundrum for Republicans is that though Trump may be the devil, he's their devil. How can they condemn the guy that a near-majority of their own party prefers? If you're, say, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), how do you say you won't support your party's nominee? Then again, if you're a good man like Ryan, how do you support him?

That is the question of the moment, isn't it? This is what we ask ourselves about the industrialists and "good Germans" who supported Hitler. This is what we ask our Southern grandparents about the time when blacks were being lynched. What we ask the World War II generation about rounding up Japanese Americans. And while we're at it, what was your vote on Vietnam, Iraq? There's a price to pay for silence.

That so few have shown the courage to deny Trump tells us how difficult it is to be brave — and how rare character is. But one can only pretend for so long not to hear the dog whistles of history, a skill at which Republicans have become too well practiced over the decades. Perhaps they're no longer listening. Or they're deluding themselves that Trump's words don't really mean what, you know, they mean.

Wow. Living Outside the Washington Insider Culture of Washington Insider Reich Enthusiasts, one is forced to ask. Who is really the "Good German" here? Paul Ryan — or Kathleen Parker? What disapprobation will Parker face if she supports Trump? Loss of TV and cocktail party invites? What love will come her way by spewing the anti-Semitic spittle that Donald Trump, father of the Judaism-convert Ivanka, father-in-law, in-law. and grandfather to Jews — is really a Hitler wannabe? Does this not serve as just a tiny indicator of how truly disturbing and morally rotted the Washington Insider culture has become? One is compelled to ask of Ms. Parker a gender-revised Joseph Welch question from the Army-McCarthy hearings: "Have you no sense of decency, m'am? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" Never mind. Clearly the answer is "no."

Columnist George Will assures darkly that Trump is "appealing entirely to white people." It makes no difference that this is utterly untrue. As Fox News Latinoreported after the Nevada caucuses:

Donald Trump's hardline stance on immigration didn't seem to hurt him with Latinos in Nevada, as the Republican presidential front-runner claimed 45 percent of the Hispanic vote in Tuesday's caucus, according to an entrance poll conducted by Fox News.

All of which translates to Washington Insiders as saying that if Nevada Latinos aren't racist for supporting Trump they are at the very least stupid. And of course, how many Ph.D.s do they have? And when was the last time they dined in Georgetown or thought deeply on foreign policy with the guys and gals over at the AEI? 

Newt Gingrich wasn't kidding when he said, "I think the tension is getting to them…. Of having to deal with something that they don't understand and don't believe in. It horrifies them. It represents an alternative world they never dreamed of."

Exactly.

Let's suppose for a moment that Donald Trump is now President-elect Trump as of yesterday's election. Now what? What happens in "ordinary" circumstances when a new president arrives in town? The Old Guard braces. There's a new team sweeping in and the old team is on it's way out. All those relationships carefully built over the years with Team Obama — as with Team Bush 43, Team Clinton, Team Bush 41, and Team Reagan before it — is gonzo. Time to get on the Inside with the new people. Problem? Who the hell are the new people? Who is the new chief of staff? Who knows the new guy or at who at least knows somebody who knows the new guy? Who is handling that proposal to handle the President-elect's crazy idea about making insurance companies more competitive? God, you don't think he was serious about that, do you? Has he read the paper from the think tank on the nuclear triad? Who should I invite to lunch? To dinner? 

And on and on the circus goes as the Washington Cartel — to borrow from Senator Cruz — sets to work to grind down the sensibilities of the new Team Trump. And if they don't succeed? Panic. Phone calls aren't being returned. President Trump and his team not only have no idea who Mr. Insider is — and worse they may know exactly — but they don't care. They don't care.

Washington is the Big City that is really a village. Instead of six degrees of separation there are about three. One's neighbors are lobbyists, journalists, congressmen, and senators and Cabinet and sub-Cabinet officials. And don't forget the bureaucrats — the unassuming man or woman down the block who has spent the last thirty years in the concrete box that is the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Education. The idea of abolishing the Education Department outright and shipping its functions back to states means a comfy career for your neighbor is now about to come to a screeching halt. This brings, shall we say, concern in concentrated form. 

This doesn't even touch the more delicate areas of foreign policy, where a whole priesthood of think tankers, ex-office holders, and wanna-be office holders labor. How can these people and the world view they are so certain the new president is totally ignorant of ever get their foot in the door at the White House or State or the Pentagon?

Not to be forgotten? How can you actually report a story if you can't develop good sources — because the new President has different ways of operating with his communications team? You can pound away at the new president's image — and that of his staffers — but what if it doesn't work in this instance? What if readers or viewers think you are the problem.

All of this and more is what creates the "tension" of which Newt Gingrich speaks in that Slate article. It is what underlies the hysterical reaction to Trump — that he is Hitler, a bigot, an idiot. That his voters are wannabe Nazis and white supremacists and generally speaking all around uneducated and unsophisticated rubes who think the Four Seasons are times of the year instead of a decent place to talk the intricacies of devaluing the yen while choosing between the A3 Wagyu Beef Tartare and the Siberian Caviar.

In sum? This is the real reason why the Washington Establishment fights. Once upon a time, when they were young, they came, they conquered — and then they stayed. And stayed. Growing fat and prosperous and ever so much more separated from the actual people they once upon a time were so passionate about representing.

It's too bad. But the American people at this point in time have, safe to say, no sympathy with all of this. They are trying to get a job — and keep it. They have a mortgage, kids to educate — and in the case of the aging Baby Boomer generation, senior parents to care for.

Suffice to say, at this point after eight years of the Obama era that was supposedly about "hope and change" there are millions of Americans who have been left with little or no hope — and they damn well are determined to bring change. Big change.

Bravo to Speaker Gingrich for speaking truth to Washington Insider power.

And to hell with the Siberian Caviar.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

GOOGLE Engineer Rips Toxic Working Environment...

GOOGLE Engineer Rips Toxic Working Environment...

'Tony and his goons demand crazy timelines so much that 'crunch time' has basically lost meaning. Just when your labor bears fruit, they swoop in, 180 the specs you just delivered on, then have the gall to call your team 'incompetent' for not reading their mind and delivering on these brand-new specs. I waste most of my time in pointless meetings, or defending my teams so they don't flip their desks and walk out,' he wrote of the supposed Nest office culture.

He went on to say that disheveled employees' lives and marriages are being destroyed and that they are forced to take naps in bathrooms because they are so overworked.

'People fall asleep in corners and cry in the bathrooms, health and marriages are suffering. Already the churn is insane, close to half the company if not more. Skilled engineers can tell the environment is toxic, so we're filling vacancies with mostly sub-par talent,' continued the post.

The anonymous man continued his rant and warned the CEO that he can't hide anything from engineers.

'Tony, you can't hide anything from engineers. We know how many units are actually being sold, how many subscriptions lapse, how many fail or get returned. We know about that time-bomb flaw you ignored so people will have to upgrade. We can see the data in those executive dashboards you think we don't know about,' he said.

'But go ahead, keep trashing us in public. We dare you to tell everyone just how much of that $340M was due to a simple Dropcam rebrand, and not the thermostats and smoke alarms. Good luck shipping that critical new project after restarting it for the umpteenth time. Ah, that feels better. Now off to the other 4 meetings I have today,' he concluded.

https://np.reddit.com/r/Nest/comments/4dbbgh/is_anyone_concerned_about_the_future_of_nest/?sort=top

Full post: After garnering attention from his post he added that despite having issues with the CEO, he is supportive of his fellow employees of the company

Full post: After garnering attention from his post he added that despite having issues with the CEO, he is supportive of his fellow employees of the company


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Prosecutors have too much power. Juries should rein them in. Jury Nullification - The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/04/06/prosecutors-have-too-much-power-juries-should-rein-them-in/

Prosecutors have too much power. Juries should rein them in.

By Glenn Harlan Reynolds April 6 at 9:00 AM

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we're talking about jury nullification. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. He blogs at InstaPundit.com.

If there's strong evidence that you've committed a crime, there's still hope. Despite the evidence, those responsible for convicting you may choose to let you go, if they think that sending you to jail would result in an injustice.

That can happen through what's called "prosecutorial discretion," where a prosecutor decides not to bring or pursue charges against you because doing so would be unfair, even though the evidence is strong. Or it can happen through "jury nullification," where a jury thinks that the evidence supports conviction but then decides to issue a "not guilty" verdict because it feels that a conviction would be unjust.

[Jurors need to take the law into their own hands]

Strangely, the former is much less controversial than the latter. Prosecutorial discretion is regularly applied and generally regarded as a standard part of criminal justice. Its application may, on rare occasions, create controversy — such as when TV host David Gregory got a pass for what even the prosecutor called a "clear violation" of D.C. gun law when he displayed a high-capacity ammunition magazine on "Meet the Press" or when U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch invoked prosecutorial discretion as a reason for not pursuing charges against disgraced IRS employee Lois Lerner. But the concept of prosecutorial discretion is generally regarded as sound.

So-called jury nullification, on the other hand, gets far less respect. Though it is clearly within the power of juries to refuse to convict whenever they choose, judges and prosecutors tend to view this practice with hostility. They may not be able to stop juries from exercising their power, but they do their best to keep people from telling them that they have this option: Periodically, we see stories of people prosecuted for handing out jury nullification leaflets outside courthouses. Prosecutors in the District have even complained about billboards telling potential jurors about jury nullification.

That may change, however, with New Hampshire's new legislation requiring that juries be informed by the court that they may refuse to convict if they feel a conviction would yield an "unjust result." The New Hampshire legislation is good, but in my opinion it doesn't go far enough. Juries should be empowered to punish the prosecution when they feel the prosecution is abusive or malicious.

[Why do prosecutors go after innocent people?]

In today's system, prosecutors hold almost all the cards. The prosecutor's unreviewable decision whether to charge someone with a crime is, for all practical purposes, the most important part of the criminal justice system, yet it is a decision to which no due process attaches.

In a recent Columbia Law Review essay, titled "Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything Is A Crime," I noted that "prosecutors count on the fact that when a defendant faces a hundred felony charges, the prospect that a jury might go along with even one of them will be enough to make a plea deal look attractive. Then, of course, there are the reputational damages involved, which may be of greatest importance precisely in cases where political motivations might be in play. Worse, prosecutors have no countervailing incentives not to overcharge. A defendant who makes the wrong choice will wind up in jail; a prosecutor who charges improperly will suffer little, if any, adverse consequence beyond a poor win/loss record. Prosecutors are even absolutely immune from lawsuits over misconduct in their prosecutorial capacity."

So I think we should give prosecutors some skin in the game. Let juries be informed that they may refuse to convict if they think a conviction is unjust — and, if that happens, let the defendants' attorney fees and other costs be billed to the government. Also, let juries be informed that, if they believe the prosecution itself was malicious or unfair, they can make that finding — in which case the defendants' costs should come out of the prosecutor's budget. (If you want to get even tougher, you could provide that the prosecutors involved should be disqualified from law practice for a year or stripped of their immunity from civil suit. But I'm not sure we need to go that far).

Over the past several decades there has been a massive shift of power toward prosecutors, the result of politics, over-criminalization, institutional leverage and judges' failure to provide supervision. It's time to redress the balance. Although it doesn't go far enough, New Hampshire's proposed legislation is an excellent start.

Explore these other perspectives:

Paul Butler: Jurors need to take the law into their own hands

 

Friday, April 01, 2016

Waiters And Bartenders Rise To Record, As Manufacturing Workers Drop Most Since 2009

Waiters And Bartenders Rise To Record, As Manufacturing Workers Drop Most Since 2009
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-01/waiters-and-bartenders-rise-record-manufacturing-workers-drop-most-2009

But not all is lost: as has been the case for virtually every month during the "recovery", virtually every laid off manufacturing worker could find a job as a waiter: in March, the workers in the "Food services and drinking places" category, aka waiters, bartenders and minimum wage line cooks, rose again to a new record high of 11,307,000 workers, an increase of 25K in the month, offsetting virtually all lost manufacturing jobs.

This is how the two job series have looked since the start of 2015: 24k manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past 14 months compared to an increase of 365K food service workers.

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And here is the longer-term, going back to the start of the crisis in December 2007.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Why the Anger? Obamanomics has Failed

President Barack Obama, when asked to name an accomplishment for which he is most proud, said, "I'm proud of saving the American economy." Breathtaking.

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Let's examine the facts, using only government, left wing — or, at least, non-conservative — statistics, sources or analyses.

In 2012, the third year of the Obama recovery, the Associated Press wrote: "Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest. … Economic growth has never been weaker in a postwar recovery. Consumer spending has never been so slack. Only once has job growth been slower. More than in any other post-World War II recovery, people who have jobs are hurting: Their paychecks have fallen behind inflation."

PBS' Tavis Smiley, who possesses industrial-style contempt for the economic policies of former President Ronald Reagan, said in January, 2016: "On every leading economic issue, in the leading economic issues black Americans have lost ground in every one of those leading categories. So in the last ten years it hasn't been good for black folk."

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., then the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in 2011, when the official black unemployment stood at 14.1 percent: "As the chair of the Black Caucus, I've got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the President. With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president we'd be marching around the White House."

According to the Federal Reserve, while white households' median wealth slightly increased from 2010 to 2013, Hispanic households' net worth dropped 14 percent, while black net worth fell from $16,600 to $11,000 — a three-year drop of 34 percent.

The national "official" rate of unemployment — as released by the U.S. Department of Labor and touted by the media — stands at 4.9 percent, the lowest since 2008. As to this official rate, when, by 2015, it had dropped to 5.6 percent, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton wrote: "None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you've stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn't count you as unemployed. That's right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news — currently 5.6 percent. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren't throwing parties to toast 'falling' unemployment. …

"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."

OK, some of the above statements are opinions, even if non-conservative, and some of the statistics applied to the state of the economy two to four years ago.

What about now?

Gross Domestic Product: The recession ended in June 2009. Obama's recovery, according to the Joint Economic Committee, averaged an inflation-adjusted GDP growth of 2.2 percent over the next 25 quarters. The average recovery following post-1960 economic slowdowns, which lasted more than 12 months, is 3.9 percent, and under President Ronald Reagan it was 4.8 percent. President Obama will be the first president to reign over a recovery in which not a single year's economy grew at least 3 percent.

Jobs: During this recovery, private-sector jobs grew 11.6 percent. According to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee., the private-sector job growth und

er the average recovery is 17.0 percent. Under Ronald Reagan, average job growth was 23.6 percent.

The national debt: When Obama entered the White House, the federal debt stood at $10 trillion. Federal debt, according to the summary tables in the last budget Obama submitted — which runs through September 30, 2017 — will be over $20 trillion.

The reason the Reagan recovery and the Obama recovery are analogous is that, as Tavis Smiley put it, the "leading" economic "categories" were similar.

Under Reagan, unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent, under Obama at 10.0 percent. In the early '80s under Reagan, inflation averaged 13.5 percent, under Obama, it's been relatively tame. Under Reagan, prime interest rates hit 20.5 percent. So blaming the tepid Obama recovery on the "unprecedented" harsh numbers of so-called "Great Recession" he inherited won't fly, despite the pass — and frequent praise — Obama gets from the media.

Just days ago, in Argentina, Obama explained that the debate between communism and capitalism was merely an "interesting intellectual argument." He suggested that each state simply "choose from what works."

By that standard, Obamanomics — compared to the Reagan-style policy of reducing taxes, slowing down government spending, and decreasing regulation — simply … hasn't … worked.

Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an "Elderado," visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder.

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