Wednesday, September 19, 2018

September, 2018, Part 8, Political Class Insanity: A Wasteful Jobs Program, Fake News From the New York Times, CNN In Free Fall and Plastic Straw Nonsense

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) More times than I would care to mention we have reviewed hundreds of times when politicians and the government functions they oversee have wasted taxpayer dollars on stupid projects or on an inefficient and ineffective implementation of a project or both. Today we have another effort that was both expensive and stupid:
  • An inspector general report recently reported that a Federal jobs program spent $90 million to place women in jobs.
  • Which on the surface this does not seem too stupid until you realize that the $90 million placed a grand total of 55 women in jobs, about $1.6 million per successful job placement.
  • But it gets worse since these were not even American women, they were Afghan women.
  • According to the inspector general: “The United States Agency for International Development program promised to ’empower 75,000 women’ but so far has shown little progress. It is unclear whether the agency can deliver the opportunities it promised the women of Afghanistan.” 
  • In 2017, the multi-year program was supposed to help 420 women find new or better work, enroll 1,968 in an internship program and have 900 graduate.
  • And despite these rosy predictions only 55 women in a foreign country at $1.6 million per person got a job. This is probably the worst wasting of taxpayer money that we have seen in quite a while.
2) Not only are American politicians not often in integrity, the journalism ethics in this country are usually not much better and thus, the birth of the “fake news” phrase. The New York Time recently proved this point:
  • A recent headline and associated first paragraph in the Times strongly implied that Trump’s U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley had wasted taxpayer money on $52,701 in her official, government residence. 
  • If true, this would be a tremendous waste of money and an embarrassment to Haley and her boss, Donald Trump.
  • And it turned out that it was true, i.e. the curtains actually did cost $52,701, but were ordered during the Obama administration, Haley and Trump had nothing to do with it.
  • But the way the article was written it gave the distinct, fake news impression that the Trump administration was wasting taxpayer money on very, very expensive curtains.
  • Somewhere towards the end of the article they clarified that it was an Obama era expense but by that time other left leaning news organizations had picked up only the lead paragraph and went nuts trying to prove how wasteful the Trump administration is.
  • But the Times got caught on this purposefully misleading “news reporting” and had to eat crow and issue the following retraction and embarrassing correction: “An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question. While Nikki R. Haley is the current ambassador to the United Nations, the decision on leasing the ambassador’s residence and purchasing the curtains was made during the Obama administration, according to current and former officials. The article should not have focused on Ms. Haley, nor should a picture of her have been used. The article and headline have now been edited to reflect those concerns, and the picture has been removed.”
No surprise that the American public holds both the mainstream news media and those they report on in such low regard.

3) But fake news is not limited to just print journalism. It is no secret that CNN was all in trying to get Hillary Clinton elected President despite claiming that it was an unbiased news source. In fact, it was nicknamed the Clinton News Network for its obvious disdain for Trump and love for Clinton. 

Fortunately, many Americans have figured out the CNN is nothing more than a shill for Clinton, the Democrats and liberals in this country:
  • According to the latest analysis from AdWeek, CNN has lost an amazing 41% market share in daytime ratings in the past year.
  • In addition, it has lost an amazing 36% of its prime time market share.
  • According to AdWeek: “CNN ranked No. 6 across basic cable in total prime time viewers, and No. 5 in total day this past week. Despite the top 10 finishes, the network was -36 percent in prime time viewers, and -41 percent in total day viewers vs. the same week last year.”
  • They are now a very distance third in cable news,way behind MSNBC and Fox News.
Pretty sad when you think you are a major news source but sometimes you may actually have fewer viewers than “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Channel. 

4) One last piece of insanity for this month. We have previously reported on how many liberal cities and even states, i.e. California, have banned or are planning to ban plastic straws from life. In fact, in some places like California you can go to jail for giving someone a plastic straw in a restaurant if they did not ask for one. 

Which is pretty silly since in one major California town that is on the straw bandwagon, San Francisco, it is not illegal to defecate, urinate or shoot up drugs in the city streets but it is illegal to hand out a plastic straw in certain situations. To review our past discussion this issue enter “plastic straw” in the search box above.

But consider how stupid this effort is and how much of a waste it is for state and local politicians to fret about such nonsense:
  • We have previously discussed the reality that the U.S. does not even rate in the top ten plastic polluters in the world.
  • Now, a recent article in Reason magazine stated that 8 million metric tons of plastic make its way into the oceans of the world every year.
  • But the U.S. is responsible for only 1% of that waste.
  • Which means that California is responsible for only a fraction of 1% of the plastic waste going into the oceans every year.
  • Which means that plastic straws in California are only a fraction of the fraction of the 1% of the plastic waste going into the oceans every year.
  • Which means that plastic straws in San Francisco is a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of 1% of the plastic waste going into the oceans every year.
  • Which ultimately means that if San Francisco eliminated the use of plastic straws in the city it would make absolutely no difference to the oceans.
Given this reality, would it not be better for San Francisco politicians, and California politicians, focus their energy and attention on their failing schools, their crumbling infrastructure, their street defecation and urination problems, their homeless problems, and a whole lot of other real problems rather than working on a problem that even if successfully solved would have no impact on their citizens or the world? Political insanity at its apex.

That will do it for this month’s political class insanity, more sure to follow next month.


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Monday, September 17, 2018

September, 2018, Part 7, Political Class Insanity: Lying and Corruption In Puerto Rico And Obama's Delusions

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have often raised the question is do politicians lie because they actually believe their lies or do they lie because they think that we are too stupid to not know the truth. In either case, they are still liars relative to reality and history.

In our opinion, Obama was one of the greatest lying American politicians of all time. He was so good at lying that we once devoted an entire post to his multitude of lies:

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/search?q=end+of+an+error+%2B+lies


Here are a few other sources of Obama's multitude of lies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpa-5JdCnmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44kyHOPEZV8


Although he is no longer President, he recently made a public appearance to give a speech and showed that he had not lost the ability to tell a lie, despite the settled reality. During a speech he made the statement that Benghazi was a “conspiracy theory.” Really? A conspiracy theory? Let’s look at the facts:

  • Four brave Americans died during the attack on American assets in Benghazi.
  • Without the heroism of two former Navy Seals, upwards of two dozen Americans would have died from this terrorist attack.
  • But in Obama’s eyes, Benghazi was the result of “the politics of resentment and paranoia” and while Obama failed to rescue these Americans in a timely manner, it is the Republican Party where there are “wild conspiracy theories – like those surrounding Benghazi.”
Benghazi was not a wild conspiracy theory: it was a blatant terrorist attack on an American consulate that resulted in the unnecessary death of four Americans. The Obama administration then lied to the country and the world when Susan Rice spread the false rumor that some obscure video caused the attack and when Obama went in front of the world at the UN and repeated the same lie. Lied while in office, still lying out of office.

2) Lying, corrupt politicians are not restricted to Washington D.C., the gene of political corruption may also extend offshore to Puerto Rico:

  • A Puerto Rican mayor and two former government employees were recently arrested on public corruption charges.
  • Their charges include misallocating $8 million in Federal and local government funds.
  • The suspects are the mayor of the town of Sabana Grande and the former directors of finance for the northern town of Toa Baja
  • The arrested mayor, Miguel Ortiz, is accused of defrauding the Federal government of nearly $3 million in a scheme that began in 2013 and ended in 2016.
  • Ortiz allegedly stole taxpayer money to finance local projects at costs that were much higher than were justified, causing contracted companies to attain higher than necessary profits which allegedly resulted in $33,000 in cash finding its way back to Ortiz.
Such a shame that the island and its residents are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017 and these folks are possibly finding ways to enrich themselves with government funds that could certainly be better used for hurricane recovery.

3) Let’s stay in Puerto Rico and discuss the latest scandal of corrupt and ineffective politicians. After Hurricane Maria hit, the Democratic mayor of San Juan lambasted Trump for slow support in the recovery efforts. Her tantrum might have been a little more believable if she was not filmed during her tirade standing in front of mounds and mounds of relief supplies that her government was not moving out to the damaged areas of the island.

And recently she continued her tirade but again, her tantrum seemed a lot less believable. Why? According to news reports:

  • Millions of water bottles with clean drinking water were recently found rotting out in the open, water that was intended to help the island residents recover from the hurricane.
  • The 12 million water bottles, paid for by American taxpayers, were found rotting on an airport runway in Puerto Rico.
  • Thus, the recovery supplies got to the island but local politicians like San Juan mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, was so busy trying to make political points that the water never got to those that desperately needed it.
  • The 12 million bottles were piled onto over 19,000 pallets at the airport.
  • A year after the hurricane, much of the unused water supplies are now useless.
  • This is what 8 million rotting bottles of taxpayer financed water looks like:


And yet rather than work using this taxpayer gift, the San Juan mayor continues to spend her time spouting off about Trump. Insanity.

This finishes today’s insanity discussion: hypocrisy and corruption in Puerto Rico and delusions in Obama’s world. One more post on political insanity for this month to follow.


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

September,2018, Part 6, Political Class Insanity: Ocasio-Cortez' Faux Socialism, Kamala Harris' Lie, and Illegal Immigrants Voting In North Carolina

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic candidate for Congress in a NYC Congressional district. She has been a gaffe and idiocy machine of quotes since becoming a candidate. Rather than review all of her stupid quotes and positions, just type in her name in the search box above to get a listing of past blog posts that went over her insanity.

But it is not just her quotes that make her look foolish. She is a Democrat in name but really is a socialist that wants to impose freedom restricting socialist tenets on the country. But as what happens in all socialistic countries around the world, those ruling those countries always seem to make out better than the oppressed people they rule over. Ocasio-Cortez was recently at a photo-op with a group of construction workers. Nothing special there, all politicians look for good photo ops. 

But in this case, Ocasio-Cortez’s reputation of being a supporter of the poor and less fortunate took a big hit. She showed up at the photo-op dressed in a designer set of clothes worth about $3,500:
  • Gabriela Hearst - $1,990
  • Gabriela Hearst pants - $625
  • Monolo Blahnik shoes - $625
One outfit worth $3,500, how many other high end expensive clothes does this “socialist” have at home? If one of her constituents was earning $15 an hour, the minimum wage that she is pushing, then her jacket alone is worth more than three weeks of wages. At less than $15 an hour, then we are probably looking at a month’s worth of wages just for the jacket.
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People were not happy:
  • A Reddit user said: “This so pisses me off. Bugs the shit out of me that she wants to raise taxes, pretending to champion the poor….in a $3k outfit.”
  • Another Reddit user: “I’ve never met a socialist who had the faintest idea of redistributing a penny of their own money. They’re all about taking all the time.” 
  • It continued: “As a barmaid she took all $500 of the tips after a holiday night at the bar, stiffing the waitresses with only $50. She is only a socialist if she can take as much as she wants and leave the scraps for everyone else.”
Tough to claim you are a supporter of the poor, working class folks when you are parading away in a $3,500 designer outfit. But that is what socialists do, the leaders take what the want and “leave the scraps for everyone else.”

2) In our previous political class insanity post we discussed how blatantly politicians lie. We documented the many lies and/or exaggerations of Ocasio-Cortez and Dianne Feinstein. But rather than let them outdo her, Senator Kamala Harris at the recent Senate hearings on the Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court gave lying her best shot:
  • Harris accused Kavanaugh of evading answering her question on whether or not he had spoken with Trump’s law firm about the Mueller investigation.
  • Kavanaugh replied that he had no idea what she was talking about.
  • He said that he did know every lawyer at the law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres, a large law firm of 300 lawyers.
  • This set Harris off who then ranted and raved for 10 minutes.
  • But ranting and raving cannot compete with facts and realities, neither of which Harris had, her behavior was all lies and theatrics.
  • Plus, Kasowitz came out and officially stated that Kavanaugh had never talked with someone at the firm about Mueller.
Another day, another lie, really gets tiring after a while.

3) It is one thing when U.S. citizens try to corrupt the voting processes in this country. It is quite another when illegal immigrants try to corrupt our voting processes:
  • A North Carolina Federal grand jury recently indicted 19 illegal immigrants with voting violations.
  • Some were charged with falsely claiming to be U.S. citizens.
  • They each face up to six years in prison and $350,000 in fines if convicted.
  • But some face worse consequences: Mexican Diana Patricia Franco-Rodriguez, was charged with fraud, voting by a non-citizen, and misuse of visas, permits and other official documents and faces up to 26 years in prison.
  • This follows the conviction of another North Carolina illegal immigrant who illegallyl voted in both the 2012 and 2016.
So, please, do not try to tell me that there is no serious corruption in our voting processes. Go back to previous posts we had done in 2013 that showed back then we already had a voting fraud issue:


When citizens in a democracy lose faith in the integrity of the voting process, that democracy will cease to exist invery short order.

That will do it for today’s insanity: gross hypocrisy from a socialist politician, lying from yet another Senator, and voting fraud continues to poison our democracy. More insanity to follow.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

September, 2018, Part 5, Political Class Insanity: Idiotic Statements, Lies, and Threats From Politicians Across the Country

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic candidate for Congress in a NYC Congressional district. She has been a gaffe and idiocy machine of quotes since becoming a candidate. Rather than review all of her stupid quotes and positions, just type in her name in the search box above to get a listing of past blog posts that went over her insanity.

But she is not done, she is becoming the Nancy Pelosi quote machine that makes one wonder: is she really that out of touch with reality:
  • Ocasio-Cortez recently proclaimed that, “I got elected.” No, not really. You won your party’s primary nomination to be a candidate but the election is not until November in case your staff has not told you. And she may not get elected then either since the incumbent Democrat she upset in the primaries, Joe Crowley, is running as an independent candidate and currently leads her in some opinion polls. 
  • Makes you wonder how someone who wants to be in Congress does not understand how the election process works.
  • She recently claimed that, “ICE is sexually assaulting women,” a statement that infers that everyone working for ICE is assaulting women, a highly unlikely situation.
  • But even worse, she could not provide any proof that ANYONE in ICE was sexually assaulting women, inciting hate and misinformation to the worst degree possible.
  • As any reader of this blog knows, the reality of manmade global warming is a myth, we have provided hundreds of statistics, facts, research, and scientists that prove that manmade global warming is a myth but that did not stop her from claiming that “Americans are dying from global warming.”
  • As we have shown any number of times that any actual global warming that occurred naturally has resulted in milder storms, fewer wildfires, higher crop yields, etc., factors that have all made humanity’s plight easier to handle.
The gaffe mouth that keeps on giving. Unfortunately, this gaffe generator might actually end up in Congress where her lack of facts, knowledge, and sanity will allow her to vote on legislation that affects all of us.

2) Speaking of lying, let’s move on to the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. If you have been following the hearings you know that a handful of Democratic Senators have been absolute horse’s rear ends in their hysterics and childish posturing. According to the Conservative Daily Post, California Senator Dianne Feinstein was leading that caravan of lies:
  • During the hearings, Feinstein related in a past job she had experiences sentencing women to jail for getting an abortion in California at a time when abortion was illegal in that state.
  • According to Feinstein’s words she as an appointee on the governor’s “term setting and paroling authority” for women who had been convicted of felonies.
  • She said that she sentenced women who had committed abortions with state prison time or approving them for parole.
  • Apparently she made the same claim during the hearings to approve Jeff Sessions for attorney general: “she said that during the 1960s, she “sentenced women in California” after they were convicted of felony abortion. She even claimed that she sentenced them to a maximum of ten years.”
The problem with all of this posturing is that Feinstein has never been a lawyer or a judge. Thus, she never “sentenced” anyone to prison for having an abortion. She never even attained a law degree. She only sat on a parole board to determine if someone was eligible for parole.

The lies of Feinstein get even worse if Clarke D. Forsythe, the senior legal counsel for Americans United For Life, is to be believed. According to the article, he claims that no one was EVER prosecuted in California for having an abortion prior to it being made legal. So, she never sentenced anyone for having an abortion since no one was ever prosecuted for having an abortion. Unbelievable falsehoods.

3) The immigration enforcement people at ICE are charged with carrying out the immigration laws of the land as legislated by Congress. Apparently, though, that simple process is not well understood by a member of Congress who has set a very dangerous precedent via his latest idiotic and vindictive words:
  • Unbelievably, Congressman Ruben Gallego recently threatened ICE agents for doing their jobs, as mandated by Congress.
  • Specifically, he stated that those that actually do their job for ICE, deporting illegal immigrants, should fear for their safety, that they would “not be safe” if somehow Democrats took over the government.
  • He implied that these brave immigration enforcement agents could not use the excuse that they were doing their jobs if Democrats in Congress decided to come after them, again, for doing their job.
  • His exact words were: “If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned. When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders. You do not have to take part in illegal acts ordered by this President's administration.”
How far down the rabbit hole of insanity have we fallen when a sitting member of Congress threatens a government employee for doing the job that Congress authorized? Trump has not authorized illegal acts, he is executing the laws of the land, deporting illegal immigrants for violating Congressionally mandated laws.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera nailed it when he rebutted rebuked Gallego, calling his behavior “reckless and irresponsible: “Now we’re telling cops that if you enforce the law you’re going to be in trouble sometime down the road when the worm turns? I just think that that is a reckless and irresponsible statement. I back the ICE officers. I detest roundup and removal of average working undocumented immigrants. I think it’s absolutely unnecessary … but you don’t threaten the cops. You don’t threaten the thin blue line. That what separates civilization from anarchy.”

That will do it for today’s insanity: a confused Congressman telling government officials not to enforce existing laws that Congress passed, a California Senator with an over inflated opinion of her accomplishments or who is an outright liar, and the idiocy of Ocasio-Cortez’s statements keep oncoming, More insanity to follow.

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