"Why yes ma'am, the ship *has* hit an iceberg. But don't worry: It can't sink, because Captain Obama and the Democrats are in charge!"
Sunday, May 22
Leo DeCaprio jets from Cannes to NY to pick up an environmental award, then 4,000 miles back to Cannes a day later
Leo DeCaprio firmly believes human activity is fatally warming the Earth. In fact in his Oscar acceptance speech he said, “Climate change is real. It
is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire
This firmly demonstrated Leo's virtuous right-thinking to all his peers in Hollywood and Cannes and Davos and similar liberal enclaves. There can be no doubt that he's one of the most virtuous, politically-correct people on the planet. Yay Leo!
In fact, he's so damn virtuous that the folks who organized the "Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball" (a clean-water advocacy group) in New York City decided to give him an award for his right-thinking and devotion to the global warming cause.
Leo was so determined to show his virtue that he jetted from Cannes (he was at their annual film festival) to NYC, picked up the award, then jetted back to Cannes the next day to keep partying attend amfAR’s "Cinema Against AIDS" gala, where he gave a speech.
Wow, what a guy! Jets 8,000 miles to demonstrate the absolutely crucial problem that global warming--a deadly threat that's surely gonna destroy life on earth--is caused humans burning fossil fuels. (Yes, liberals, jets fuel comes from oil.)
Decide if the following is real or an anti-emperor spoof:
You goofy Christians are always complaining that the emperor opposes your religion. Why, that's totally false! I mean, consider that barely 2 weeks ago the emperor announced the appointment of a person named Barbara Satin to his "Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships."
Satin has precisely the background you'd expect of someone appointed to advise the emperor on matters of faith, having been the "Assistant Faith Work Director" for the National
LGBTQ Task Force. She recently worked on the development of a LGBTQ senior housing project in Minneapolis.
Wait, are you complaining that Satin is too...non-traditional for this "key" position? What makes you say that?
Yes, Satin was born male. As we said, perfectly qualified to be appointed by the emperor to his Advisory Council on Faith-based Partnerships.
Okay, you liberals probably think this is a put-on, a spoof by a conservative blog. Well it's true that I got this from a very flaky, unreliable source: the White House website.
As has been clear for a couple of years to everyone except kumbaya liberals, Europe is facing an existential crisis. They're being overwhelmed by The Religion of Beheaders. And the so-called "leaders" of the EU are busy defending their awful, all-belief-systems-are-equal decisions, either to demonstrate their superior virtue to other liberals, or possibly to deliberately surrender their countries.
Hard to tell which.
Anyway, I thought the cartoon below caught the problem:
You may have heard that there was some sort of dust-up at the Nevada state Democrat convention a week or so ago.
If, like most Americans, you get your news from the mainstream media, you were told that the problem involved supporters of Bernie Sanders yelling and throwing chairs.
What they carefully didn't mention is that the chairwoman of the state Dems--not surprisingly--is a Hillary plant who repeatedly violated the party's own published rules to a) ram through a rules change by voice vote before the convention started, and with 1000 delegates outside the hall waiting to enter; b) refuse to recognize 64 Sanders delegates; c) refuse to take a physical count (as required by Dem rules) when a voice vote showed a tie on a crucial question; d) refused to let a Sanders supporter read a challenge to the procedures; e) abruptly gavelled the convention to a close and ran off when it appeared that Sanders supporters were about to win a challenge.
If YouTube hasn't taken down the following video, watch it. And compare what you see with what the media told you. Night and day.
I won't be a bit surprised if YouTube removes the video on some ridiculous, spurious excuse. After all, they're totally behind Hillary and the Dems. Oh well. If so, try this.
Think this kind of behavior by the state party chair is natural or spontaneous, or do ya think this is what she was told to do by Hillary's minions? This is how the Dems are ensuring the queen will get their nomination. The fix is in, comrades. Hillary is the next queen. The Dems would rather fix the fight and thus take the presidency again than have an open, honest process.
Biden: 'women and gays are a great asset in combat units'
If you were ever in the military you recognize bullshit right away--a talent that far too many civilians seem to lack.
Biden at West Point: Diversity on battlefield an 'incredible asset'
Joe Biden advocated for diversity in the armed forces Saturday, telling West Point graduates in a commencement address that more women and openly gay soldiers will strengthen the country's armed forces.
"Having men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when they're asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and norms," Biden said. The first seven women who were commissioned into combat divisions graduated Saturday.
Really Joe? For example, d'ya think Muslims would behave better if a woman was shooting at 'em?
Biden also saluted class president Eugene "E.J." Coleman for coming out as gay. "Thanks for your courage, E.J., and I expect we're going to hear big things from you.
Yes, this is definitely what we need to make our military stronger and more effective: Women and open gays. [/sarc]
Tell ya what, Joe: Why don't we have an infantry unit composed entirely of gays and women, and let's compare effectiveness. If the all faaabulous unit does just as well, great. If it doesn't, will you shut the fuck up about the wonders of fucking diversity as an asset?
School board bans materials that deny AGW climate change
Everyone knows that the best scientists are found teaching science in high school, right? And school board members--who set policy for schools--logically would know even more about science than the teachers. So it makes perfect sense that school board members would be the people best qualified to decide crucial issues like, oh, whether the earth's climate is changing, and if so, what might be causing it.
And of course it makes sense that such a sophisticated, highly trained group of scientists--the board--would want to be sure their young highschool students didn't see any information that might cast doubt on the AGW theory. Cuz, you know, we wouldn't want 'em to be confused by...um...information that might make 'em doubt The Narrative, eh?
Environmental groups say science is clear, so textbooks should be, too
The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.
“It is unacceptable [to whom?] that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”
The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland public schools.”
Bill Bigelow, a former PPS teacher and current curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools, a magazine devoted to education issues, said “A lot of the text materials are thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” Bigelow says, accusing the publishing industry to bowing to pressure from fossil fuels companies. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”
Bigelow said the school system's science textbooks are littered with words like 'might', 'may' and 'could' when talking about climate change. “ ‘Carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles, power plants and other sources may contribute to global warming,’ ” he quotes a science text as saying. “This is a section that could be written by the Exxon public relations group and it’s being taught in Portland schools.”
Bigelow is also the co-author of a textbook on environmental education, "A People’s Curriculum for the Earth." Asked if this resolution will cause the district to buy new textbooks, such as his, Bigelow said Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit, not a money-maker. [Well there ya go--the leftist's all-purpose free pass: "I'm not trying to make a profit."]
“What we’re asking for is not 'Buy new stuff,'” he said. “What we’re looking for is a whole different model of curriculum development and distribution.”
Got a great idea: Take away ALL fossil fuels and electricity from Bigelow and every other goofy bastard on that school board. Come back in a couple of years. Re-interview. See if he and they have changed their views at all. If not, go away for two more years. Repeat as needed.
Google praises dead America-hating leftist on her birthday
Google is a definitely a far-left outfit, and never pass up a chance to run graphics praising anti-American leftists. For example,Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese-American leftist. Here are some of her quotes:
The goal of the war [on terrorism] is more than just getting oil and fuel. The United States is intent on taking over the world.
...the main terrorist and the main enemy of the world’s people is the U.S. government. Throughout history all people of color and all people who don’t see eye-to-eye with the U.S. government have been subject to American terror.
I admire Osama bin Laden. He is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire. He is no ordinary leader or an ordinary Muslim.”
When I think what the US military is doing, bombing country after country to take oil resources, bringing about coups, assassinating leaders of other countries, pitting neighbor nations against each other, demonizing anyone who disagrees with US policy, and detaining and deporting countless immigrants from all over the world, I thank Islam for bin Laden. America’s greed, aggressiveness, and self-righteous arrogance must be stopped.
A real leftist charmer. And by conspicuously promoting her, Google popularizes her views. Thus it's hard to avoid the conclusion that Google's owners and execs agree with those views.
What are the odds Google will put up an adoring graphic of Thomas Jefferson on his birthday? How about George Washington on his?
They never would, of course. Because their adoring lefty supporters would scream bloody murder.
Imagine what the U.S. would be like if it had been founded by people like Yuri Kochiyama instead of people like Thomas Jefferson.
New California law to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants: backers argued they'd buy auto insurance. How'd that work out?
Want yet another example of Leftist policies don't do what their pushers say they will? Try the faaabulous law passed by the Democrat-ruled state legislature of California, to issue illegal aliens driver's licenses. The bill was pushed as a way to reduce the number of uninsured illegal-alien drivers, and it's cost that state $141 million so far.
So did it do what the Democrats said it would? And was it worth $141 million? Let's take a look.
Backers of the bill assured Californian citizens that the proposed law would spur illegal aliens to pass a skills test and buy auto insurance. Because it's well known that illegals really want to obey the law, and the only reason they don't is...um...it's not important.
Nearly a year-and-a-half after the bill took effect,
there’s no evidence it did anything like what its supporters claimed.
The bill, signed by Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, took effect at
the beginning of 2015. Since that time more than half of all drivers' licenses issued in the state have gone to
illegal immigrants, and the DMV estimates that at least 1.4 million illegal immigrants
will apply for a license in the next three years.
It was part of a bundle of measures
designed to make California friendlier toward illegal immigrants. The state hired 1,000 temporary DMV workers, opened four new
processing centers and extended hours in an effort to deal with the
anticipated flood of applicants. Almost half a million illegals applied for licenses in
the first three months alone.
Predictably the law--and a three-year, $141 million program to implement it--did not provide for any mechanism to find whether illegal immigrants actually bought insurance. Indeed, even though state law requires all drivers to have insurance, the new law does not compel illegals to show proof of auto insurance to get a license.
Which is really strange, cuz I have to show proof of insurance to get my license renewed. And I'll bet you do too.
To make it even easier for illegals to get auto insurance, the state provided a special Low Cost Auto
Insurance Program for low income people, with premiums subsidized by taxpayers.
Plans provide minimal liability coverage with annual premiums as low as
$241. By comparison, legal residents who have to buy insurance from regular insurance companies pay an average of just under $2,000 per year.
In 2015 alone, 650,000 licenses were issued to illegal immigrants, but just 11,348 Californians bought Low Cost Auto Insurance policies. Critics say the insurance pays victims less than regular policies, leaving them with
insufficient protection in the case of accidents caused by illegal
One person opposed to the program is Don Rosenberg,
whose son was killed in San Francisco by an unlicensed,
uninsured, illegal-immigrant driver who had entered the country illegally but was granted
"protective status." [lib-speak for "the emperor permitted him to stay in the country, despite having entered illegally] But when a legislature is controlled by Democrats, even sound arguments against a badly-conceived program never get a hearing, and will be overriden by party discipline.
Venezuela keeps getting worse; U.S. media blames anything *other* than socialism
Despite an unparalleled record of destructiveness and disaster, communism retains enormously good press. In 2011 a
Rasmussen poll found 11% of Americans thought communism would better serve
this country’s needs than our current system.
In particular, just 3 years ago Jeremy Corbyn,
the current leader of Britain's Labor Party, praised the socialist president of Venezuela for his wondrous brilliance. He
tweeted "thanks Hugo Chavez for showing that the poor matter and wealth
can be shared. He made massive contributions to Venezuela & a very
wide world." At almost the same time the leftist mag Salon praised Hugo
Chavez’s "economic miracle."
to data compiled by the UK Guardian, Chavez’s first decade in office
saw Venezuelan GDP more than double and both infant mortality and
unemployment almost halved. Then there is a remarkable graph from the
World Bank that shows that under Chavez’s brand of socialism, poverty in
Venezuela plummeted (the Guardian reports that its “extreme poverty”
rate fell from 23.4 percent in 1999 to 8.5 percent just a decade later).
In all, that left the country with the third lowest poverty rate in
Latin America. Additionally, as Weisbrot points out, “college enrollment
has more than doubled, millions of people have access to health care
for the first time and the number of people eligible for public pensions
The alleged "miracle" has finally run out of other peoples' money. Now there's no food, no electricity, nor even gasoline
in this oil-rich nation. In the ultimate irony "catalytic cracking units," crucial to making gasoline, are idle. Critics blame a
shortage of spare parts, lack of maintenance, and power blackouts."
Looting is epidemic. Trucks are being swarmed by mobs on the highway. Army troops -- crucial for regime survival -- have been reduced to foraging to make up a meal. The Atlantic, hardly a right-wing publication, writes "Venezuela is falling apart."
the phrase "falling apart" doesn't adequately convey the disaster. A New York Times reporter described hospitals where patients lay on rotting mattresses or in pools of their
own blood. Where doctors were forced to amputate the limbs of patients because they
didn't have antibiotics to treat simple infections. Where doctors and nurses took turns operating respirators by hand -- the machinery
sometimes broken and without power anyway -- until they collapsed
from exhaustion and helplessly watched their patients die.
Yet Chavez's hand-picked successor and current president, Nicolas Maduro, claims the economy is just faaabulous:
“I doubt that anywhere in the world, except in Cuba, there exists a
better health system than this one.”
This phrase shows how socialism manages to look so good: Its politicians simply insist that things are great, and no one can out-shout them. Sort of like Ben Rhodes admits doing for the emperor's Iran policy. They control what the media allege to be facts. Reality is ignored.
Thus Maduro tries to solve the shortages by decreeing that the owners of closed factories
will be imprisoned until production increases. Never mind there is no money to import raw materials; no
power to run a business's machinery, nor that the government has ordered retailers to sell at cost. None of this matters when the nation's emperor uses his pen and phone to simply decree that there will
And half the populace believes this will work--
just as Marx promised.
Ebony Belcher, 32, said that while she asked a store employee to point her to the
restroom and passed a female security officer standing in the hallway. According to Belcher the officer came into the restroom and told her to get out. She said the guard told her, “You guys cannot keep coming in here
and using our women’s restroom. They did not pass the law yet.”
She said she called police and reported the incident after she left
the store. According to a police report, officers arrested the guard after the confrontation.
Getting arrested would seem damned annoying, not to mention expensive. How willing do you think a "security guard" who learns about this incident will be to kick a man out of the women's restroom?
You may well wonder how it could be that if DC doesn't have a law allowing men to use womens' facilities, the DC cops arrest the security guard. Good question.
The answer is that DC is and has always been run by leftists, who take their cues from the Democrat emperor. And the cops are quick to discern what their political masters want.
It may well be that letting men use womens' facilities is a great idea. In that case it should be easy to get legislators to pass a law to that effect. But it's SO much faster and easier to simply order the DoJ to give written notice that the emperor's regime will henceforth consider any attempt to bar this as a civil-rights violation.
Oh, and for those liberal who claim this story is simply false--a fabrication by some goofy, biased outlet like Faux News: You're right about goofy and biased. But the source was NBC's TV station in DC.
Judge accuses DoJ of deliberately lying; mainstream media yawns
Do you still think the emperor is honest? What if you learned that a federal judge had accused the emperor's hand-picked DoJ of "deliberate acts of untruthfulness"?
It should be obvious that DoJ attorneys wouldn't lie unless the head of the "justice department" and the emperor had agreed on that totally illegal--and normally-outrageous--tactic.
For those of you too busy making a living and raising your kids to worry about esoterica like "the Constitution," or "unconstitutional actions" here's a summary: A couple of years ago Obama issued one of his many decrees, this time ordering federal employees not to enforce valid U.S. law on illegal immigration. This amounted to amnesty for anyone who managed to make it into the country illegally.
Twenty-six states filed a lawsuit challenging this decree, claiming that the Constitution required the president to "faithfully enforce the laws" of the U.S., and that laws had to be passed by congress.
The suit asked the judge to overturn the decree. And since it was virtually impossible to find and deport illegal aliens once they vanished into the population, the states asked that while the suit was in progress, the judge order the emperor to enforce existing law and cease giving green cards to illegal aliens.
The judge agreed, and so ordered. The emperor's immigration people promised that they wouldn't issue any more green cards to illegals until the suit was settled.
But stunningly and totally unexpectedly, the emperor's pro-illegal minions continued issuing green cards, in violation of the judge's order. And when confronted with witness testimony they falsely claimed they had done no such thing. That is, they lied. To a federal judge.
Regardless of whether you agree with the point on his slide, consider this: If a white person gave a presentation saying the same thing about blacks, how do you think his/her university would have reacted?
Double. Standard. To the nth power. Virtually every academic and university adminstrator is a hypocritical bastard. But then, their goal is to demonstrate to their peers how virtuous they are. Right-thinking. Politically correct. Enlightened.
In Hood River, Oregon, the pastor of a Baptist church posted the above text on the sign in front of his church.
other side said, “Allah is not our God, Muhammad not greater
Pastor Michael Harrington obviously didn’t get the memo, that saying or writing thoughts like these is verboten. Such ideas aren't politically correct
CAIR is reportedly planning a protest in
front of the church this coming Sunday.
Here’s the absurdly biased article from Raw Story:
Pastor bizarrely explains anti-Muslim church sign: I’m not politically correct, but I am biblically correct
Right away the author claims Pastor Harrington and his opinions are “bizarre,” so the author's fellow leftists will have no doubt as to the author's embrace of correct thinking.
Now come the critics, beginning with the town's mayor:
But locals don’t want to see the signs. “I was really annoyed and sad,” Hood River mayor, Paul Blackburn,
told KATU. “I am annoyed that in this political season there’s a solid
case of ugly going on. I think it norms up this kind of behavior like
‘oh it’s okay to be a bigot now.’
According to the Left, if you hold a religious belief that contradicts a tenet of Islam you're now a bigot. Neat, huh.
NYC issues rules--sorry, "legal enforcement guidance"--that will fine businesses up to $250,000 for failing to use "ze/zir"
One of the biggest, most cunning ways leftists force you to do what they want is to have a government commission issue "legal guidance" on something. Translation: We will levy ruinous fines on those of you who disagree with us. Just one of a thousand examples:
Greeting customers as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” — or even not using the pronoun
“ze” or “zir” — could prove costly for New York City businesses under
rules drafted by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bureaucrats.
The commission issued a “legal enforcement guidance” for
the New York City Human Rights Law, which now “requires employers and
converted entities [wtf??] to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and
title regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at
birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex
indicated on the individual’s identification.”
notes that some people prefer pronouns that don’t have
masculine or feminine forms, including “they/them/theirs or ze/hir.” The
latter are among several alternative pronoun systems developed by
academics and/or LGBT communities.
The "guidance" lists several examples of
violations that could result in fines, including the “intentional and
repeated refusal to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or
maximum civil fine that the commission may impose upon “misgendering”
is $125,000. But when the violation is the “result of willful, wanton,
or malicious conduct,” the maximum fine can double to $250,000.
If you'd told people 7 years ago that "rules" like this would be forced on the citizenry within 7 years absolutely no one would have believed it.
Emperor blocks Rhodes from testifying before congress on why he misled reporters and the public about Iran nuke treaty
Two weeks ago the New York Times Magazine ran a long, adoring interview with the emperor's deputy national security advisor for communication (or some such six-word title), Ben Rhodes, in which Rhodes bragged about misleading reporters and the public over the terms and effect of the emperor's nuclear non-treaty treaty with Iran.
Let's be very clear here: Rhodes admission was NOT the result of a probing cross-examination by the obviously super-friendly interviewer. Instead, Rhodes volunteered the information, apparently quite proud of his ability to fool reporters he said were naive, inexperienced and ignorant.
It's impossible to read the interview and not get the strong impression that Rhodes holds reporters and the public in contempt because they were so easily fooled.
Oddly, a couple of members of congress--among the dozen or so who aren't actively kissing the emperor's ass to avoid charges of raaacism--apparently felt this was less than a great way for an administration to operate, so they asked Rhodes to explain in live testimony before a House committee.
Well you know what happened next, because you watch the network "news", and they always tell you important things like...well, they tell you who won The Voice and what the newest hot movie is. I guess that's what passes for news today. In any case, even if they didn't tell you, you can guess what happened, with absolute certainty.
A mental exercise for ya: If a Republican prez had made a treaty with a mortal enemy nation, governing nuclear weapons, but had refused to disclose the terms--indeed, seems to have actively tried to mislead the public about those terms--and then had conspired to avoid the Constitutional requirement that treaties would only bind the U.S. if ratified by a 2/3 vote of the senate; and now when congress wanted to hear from the point-man doing a big chunk of the misleading; and if the president claimed executive privilege to prevent that man from testifying...how large would the typeface be on the top of the front page of all liberal papers, shrieking about how awful this was?
London elects Muslim mayor; Leftists giddy with joy
As you surely know--being well-informed citizens of what was for the longest time considered the greatest nation on earth--Londoners have elected a Muslim mayor.
Leftists are giddy over this. One person asked a left wing colleague
what his reaction would be if Londoners had elected an anti-gay, anti-abortion,
religious fundamentalist as mayor of London.
The leftist saw the trap and started babbling something about inclusivity and the marvels of having a
You'll figure it out eventually, of course. Meanwhile just keep repeating the Left's mantra: "All systems of governance are equal. All religions are equally valid. All economic theories are equally valid."
"Making "value judgments"--this thing is better or worse than that one-- is bad, the mark of knuckle-dragging, unenlightened conservatives. Truly hip, enlightened, superior people never make judgments like that. Cuz, you know, all things are equally valid."
Try asking the so-called "elites" if their Georgetown mansion is equal to a 500-square-foot shack. If they say yes, ask 'em if they'll trade straight up.
Ask 'em if a highschool dropout is as learned as their Hahvahd degree in international relations makes them.
Ask 'em if a 30-year-old 'beater' car is equal to their new Mercedes 450. If they say yes, ask if they'll trade straight up.
When they demand--demand, with force of law, at gunpoint--that your town build low-income housing next door to your laboriously-paid-for home, ask 'em why it "just happens" that no one is building the same thing next-door to their house.
Liberals sling all manner of bullshit at people who don't have the education to counter their utter hypocrisy, their total bullshit. They're not just masters of the double-standard, they virtually invented it.
They will demand laws that will result in your wife and daughter being assaulted, your home value plunging, your job being given to an immigrant--and will calmly, casually deny they had anything to do with it. It's the nature of what modern liberalism not only has become, but demands.
This would be funny if it wasn't such an utter disaster.
When a party decides the law is whatever they say it is, they'll even block impeachment
To have a functioning republic, both parties must obey legimate laws. When one party embraces lawbreaking and corruption, members of congress from that party will block even a bona fide vote to impeach.
Oh, you say, that's typical wing-nut hyperbole! It would be so...so obvious a demonstration of corruption that the people would never tolerate it!
Ah, I see. If that's your thinking you're definitely smart enough to be a member of U.S. media elites. But reality begs to differ, as in the case of Brazil, where members of both parties in the congress recently voted to impeach a notoriously corrupt president. But that was before top leaders of the ruling party simply annulled the vote.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)\ — The impeachment process against Brazilian President
Dilma Rousseff was thrown into chaos Monday as the acting speaker of the
lower Chamber of Deputies annulled a majority vote by his own
colleagues that favored ousting the embattled leader.
The surprise move by acting Speaker Waldir Maranhao touched off a
firestorm over questions of the move's legality and its possible
The Senate had been expected to decide Wednesday whether to accept
the impeachment case against Rousseff and put her on trial for allegedly
breaking fiscal rules in her management of the national budget. If a
simple majority of senators decides in favor, Rousseff will be suspended
and Vice President Michel Temer will take over until a trial is
Under the terms of Maranhao's decision, the lower Chamber of Deputies
would have five sessions to hold another vote on whether to send the
impeachment process against Rousseff to the Senate.
The lower house overwhelmingly voted to move forward with the process
last month and it is those April 15-17 sessions that were annulled by
Maranhao, who opposed impeachment.
You will vote until you produce the result we want, comrade!
Rousseff reacted cautiously to Maranhao's announcement, suggesting it wasn't entirely clear what was happening. "We have a difficult fight ahead of us," she said at an event about
education. She also called for caution, saying that "we live in a time
of cunning and wile."
You probably don't, of course, because that would show you where we're headed.
But the fact that you're not interested matters not a whit: You may not give a damn about the chasm, but the chasm will swallow you regardless.
This particular disaster is: The tiny, Democrat-run U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is $70 billion debt.
That's about the size of California's debt, but in an economy about 1/2000th as large.
You may wonder how in the world that tiny territory's debt could have gotten so huge. Or why any bank would loan money to a territorial government so wedded to spending far, far more than it took in. Take a look:
1. Government overspending: Actual states are required to at least write a balanced budget every year. But Puerto Rican pols didn't. Instead they took advantage of the island's limbo status -- it's not a state, it's a U.S. territory. So for years the island's pols spent far more than they took in from taxes.
The deliberate overspending was made possible by a loophole: an ambiguity in translation of a single Spanish word into English in the island's 1952 constitution. It hinged on the interpretation of the phrase "recursos totales" -- total revenue or total resources? Choosing the second meaning allowed the government to fund normal operations (e.g. education, policing, health care, etc.) by borrowing--just like our federal government.
Not surprisingly the politicians chose the interpretation that let them spend more money, enabling them to spend more generously on salaries for public employees, welfare and the like. Again, like our federal government.
"Unexpectedly" [sarc], the territory's debt skyrocketed. In just the the past 8 years it soared from an already astonishing $43.5 billion in 2006 to over $70 billion by 2014. (The island also has over $40 billion in unfunded pension liabilities).
Now, after threatening default for months, the island's pols have defaulted, missing a debt payment variously reported as $340 million to $400 million.
Uh-oh, now what?
Now this: our shitty, corrupt congress is debating a bill that will bail out the corrupt Dem pols who borrowed Puerto Rico into poverty. Oh, they won't call it that, of course. In fact they'll loudly, strenuously, shriekingly deny they've done any such thing. But instead of listening to them, try watching what actually happens: the island's Democrat-run government won't miss a single welfare payment or paycheck to a politician or public employee. Total spending won't drop more than a token percent, if that. Taxes and revenues won't rise.
You may well wonder how the hell the island's budget will suddenly balance if no cuts in spending or increases in taxes. They spent $26 billion more than they took in, just between 2006 and 2014, and yet somehow now, with only a percent of spending cuts, they expect you to believe that suddenly the government is no longer spending beyond its revenues? No way.
The secret will be that congress will have quietly signaled that they'll bail out lenders.
You don't believe that, of course. Congress would never lie to you about something so serious, any more than the emperor would. But if you don't believe it, come up with a plausible answer to the question I just posed.
You can't, of course. But don't worry: No one in congress expects that more than a handful of Americans will penetrate this mystery. And even if everyone did, and was mad as hell, why would members of congress care? What could you do about it?
But it gets better [sarc]: If they bail out Puerto Rico, next up will be Shitcongo, then Detroit, Newark and California. The national debt will quietly mysteriously double. And no one will remember what it was before. Hell, very few Americans actually know what "a billion" means anyway.
The RINOs in congress will go along with all of this, because not one of 'em has the balls to hold Dem pols accountable for spending far more money than they have. Dems and RINOs have always bought votes that way, which gets 'em re-elected year after year. Why would they want to change what is to them a winning game?
2. Congress exempted island business from federal tax but later changed the law
Not surprisingly, congress is partly to blame for the
mess: It passed a law exempting certain industries from federal corporate taxes. This made the island attractive to companies like the pharmaceutical industry.
But in the
mid-1990s Congress began rolling back those tax exemptions, phasing them out entirely in 2006. Though no numbers have been cited, it's claimed that the island's economy tanked after this. It's claimed that good private sector jobs were
lost and tax revenues dropped. In any event the economy has shrunk almost every year
Also, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 mandates
that only U.S. vessels can take goods between Puerto Rico and the U.S.
mainland. This increases prices on the island and makes goods produced
in Puerto Rico more expensive than those from Caribbean
nations that can use cheaper shipping.
3. Skilled workers have left
With unemployment at 11.8% it's getting harder and harder to find a job.As a result, residents are fleeing, packing up and moving to the mainland U.S. [Gosh, a lack of jobs prompt people to move somewhere else? Who could have seen that coming? Certainly not the emperor or his Dept of Labor.]
In particular, professionals and skilled workers are leaving. An average of a doctor a day (sometimes two or three) leaves
the island. Skilled professionals like doctors can earn more on
the mainland, and don't see the economy recovering. Families with young children -- the future
workforce -- are also departing. This will continue to cut sales tax and income tax revenues--a vicious circle.
Many experts believe some sort of debt restructuring will be necessary.
It may mean delaying payments to creditors or paying less than 100%
back. The problem is Puerto Rico is in legal limbo. Neither the island
nor the creditors want to budge much in negotiations until they know
what the laws are for sure.
Ex-AF pilot. While airliners are very safe, flying a single-pilot jet can be extremely demanding, especially in bad weather. It's a *huge* tribute to engineers that today's commercial jetliners are so amazingly safe!