Monday, September 25, 2017

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Victoria's Secret…her lingerie doesn't look the same on your wife as it does on the models.





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Memory Lane

I just thought you'd like to reminisce...One of Hillary Clinton's pals at the State Department was indicted for treason six months ago. Haven't heard anything since regarding these charges.
Candace Marie Claiborne has become the first Clinton-era State Department employee indicted on treason charges, after a federal grand jury indicted her for conspiring to defraud the U.S. government, concealing contact with foreign spies, obstructing an official proceeding, and making false statements to the FBI.
Claiborne, a veteran State Department employee who possessed a Top Secret security clearance, concealed her extensive contacts with Chinese intelligence agents, who for years lavished her with thousands of dollars in gifts as part of a pay-for-play scheme, according to a Department of Justice press release.
In addition to cash payments, Chinese spies provided Claiborne with vacations, an apartment, Apple electronics and tuition to a Chinese fashion school according to the indictment. Suggesting she learned tricks from Hillary Clinton, her former boss, Claiborne allegedly told co-conspirators to delete all emails and evidence after getting caught.
The bill of charges contains numerous felonies and Claiborne, 60, is facing spending the rest of her life behind bars, as prosecutors warn she is “the first of many” corrupt Clinton-era State Department employees that will be bought to justice by a reinvigorated DOJ.
Claiborne was arrested back on 29 Mar 17 and I am wondering if Clinton's "What Happened" book tour is an attempt to bolster her anticipated defense fund once her minions spill their guts trying to plead out to federal probation instead of prison. There should be so many birds singing that the DoJ may have to establish a witness protection aviary.

I have to rest now after rehearsing my "Ding Dong the Bitch is Dead" dance. 

Story here and the DoJ report here.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Was Fed Talking Points By Chuck Schumer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you’ve noticed the revived fight by the GOP to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The day after President Trump addressed the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer was speaking at a Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers event.
He said, “Those of you who live in countries that already have universal health care are trying to figure out what’s the controversy here.  People are trying to undo that progress for the 50th or 60th time. It’s aggravating and all of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or common-sense rationale.  It frustrates.  It’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents.”
Now you’re a smart cookie.  That last sentence is crucial: “It’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on constituents.”
That’s where late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel comes in.  His nightly monologues were spent condemning Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), authors of the Graham-Cassidy Bill which seeks to do away with the onerous Obamacare legislation.
The three episodes in which Kimmel tore apart both Cassidy—who had previously insisted that any health care bill pass a so-called “Jimmy Kimmel test”—and the bill’s specifics incited public and political opposition to the legislation.
Hence former president Obama’s snide comment about having to “mobilize” every couple of months plays into Kimmel’s role in all this.
Thanks to Lachlan Markay and others at The Daily Beast we are now learning that behind the scenes, the ABC star was getting an assist. Kimmel and his team were in touch with health care officials, charities and advocacy groups and with the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who, according to a source familiar with their conversations, “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of Graham-Cassidy.”
His public condemnation was biting and garnered plenty of media attention. No one has called him out on using his sick child as a prop for his Obamacare sycophancy.
“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel said in his first show, airing a clip of his May interview with the senator. “Stop using my name,” he said to Cassidy.
Kimmel revisited the subject the next night, going after Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade for questioning why he was weighing in on health care at all.
“I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you. That is my blurb—that would be my blurb for your next book: ‘Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep.’”
The following night, Kimmel went at it again, this time singling out President Donald Trump. “I guarantee he doesn’t know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill,” he said of the president. “He doesn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka!” 
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Alabama Crimson Tide Vs Vanderbilt Commodores: Going Down With The Ship

Some guy named Chris Low who covers college football for ESPN tweeted last Saturday, “Just heard down below at Vanderbilt Stadium chants of ‘We Want Bama.’”
Interviewed after their 14-7 upset victory over No. 18 K State, Vandy defensive lineman Nifae Laelao told a reporter for WSMV, a local TV station in Nashville, “We expected to get this. When you come to our house we show you how to play some SEC ball…Alabama you’re next.”
Famous last words there Nifae.  You aren’t the first cocky jock whose mouth wrote a check his ass can’t cash.  Just ask the Washington Huskies.  For weeks after the top four teams were announced for last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal the Huskies howled, “We want Bama!”  They were embarrassed 24-7.
The game which airs on CBS at 3:30PM ET will be the Tide’s first trip to Vanderbilt since Nick Saban took over as head coach for Alabama in 2007.  Their last meeting was in Tuscaloosa in 2011 resulting in a loss to the Crimson Tide 34-0.
I have never followed Vandy football.  Why should I? Their football program has always been the SEC’s doormat. The win against the Wildcats last Saturday was its first against a ranked non-conference opponent since 1946.  Well, la-dee-freakin’-da.
I can tell you this much; Alabama owns the series against the ‘Dores.  Of the 83 games the Commodores have played against Bama, Vanderbilt has lost 61 of them.  Furthermore, Vandy’s record in 2013 was 9-4.  In 2014, it was 3-9.  In 2015, their record was 4-8 and last year it was 6-7.  Am I supposed to be impressed?  Hell nah.
Now I understand Vandy fans are all jacked up after beating Middle Tennessee, Alabama A&M and K State, but your opponent on Saturday is a beast.  Bama QB Jalen Hurts was 12 for 17 for 248 yards and 2 TDs.  He also rushed 11 times for a total of 103 yards resulting in a touchdown.  Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur was 14 for 23 for 205 yards and one TD.
ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives the Tide a 90.7% chance of making the ‘Dores walk the plank and silencing “The Admiral”, that godforsaken horn they love to crank up when Vandy scores. 
ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Turn Of The Screw

According to a published report by Reuters, Chinese banks received a document from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Monday.  One week earlier, the United Nations Security Council approved a new resolution against Pyongyang; the ninth set of sanctions.
The contents of the document are as yet unknown but are suspected to include economic sanctions on China cutting off Beijing’s access to the U.S. financial system.
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce (R-CA) said, “We need to use every ounce of leverage…to put maximum pressure on this rogue regime,” adding that “time is running out.” Royce also called on Washington to target major Chinese banks, including the Agricultural Bank of China and the China Merchants Bank for dealing with Pyongyang.
Royce also said, “It’s been a long, long time of waiting for China to comply with the sanctions that we pass and, frankly, with the sanctions that the United Nations passed.” 
The committee chair went on to say the U.S. could give Chinese banks and companies “a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States.” He added that the U.S. should also “go after banks and companies in other countries that do business with North Korea the same way.”
After four days of high-level meetings between the United States and several southeast Asian countries, President Trump announced at a luncheon with South Korea’s Moon Jae-In and Japan’s Shinzo Abe that China’s Central Bank instructed its financial institutions to stop doing business with North Korea, an action that is certain to have devastating financial consequences for the rogue regime.
As President Trump announced his newest executive order on Thursday he praised China’s president Xi Jinping for the “very bold move.”  “Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind,” Trump said. He added that the U.S. seeks the “complete denuclearization of North Korea.”
Han Tae Song, Pyongyang's ambassador to the United Nations, was scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on Friday but has delayed that speech.  No doubt the DPRK has been left thoroughly discombobulated over the forces being amassed against them and are feverishly referring to a thesaurus to top yesterday’s insult of comparing President Trump to a “barking dog”.

Hillary Terrified Of The Way Someone Sits

If you don’t watch “The Late Show” on CBS you missed a news nugget.
On Tuesday night Hillary appeared with Stephen Colbert and, wonder of wonders, she took her turn in the spotlight to criticize the manner in which Russian President Vladimir Putin sits. He has a habit of “manspreading”. 
Misogyny and sexism are just two of a myriad of reasons Granny Clinton blames for her stunning election loss.  Honestly, she’s on a quest to prove discrimination where none exists.  Hillary lost because of who she is─a habitual, incorrigible liar.
At least the hag just got “manspreading” from Putin.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel not only got the “manspreading” shtick but also had to endure Putin allowing his female Labrador “Connie” in the room.  He reportedly smirked as the dog approached Merkel knowing she has a fear of dogs ever since being attacked by one.
I’ll tell you what terrifies me:  Hillary’s “fatspreading”.
UPDATE:  Welcome readers of iOTWReport.  We’d like to thank MJA for the linky-love to this post.

The Architect Of Her Fall

“You never see the entire script of political theater until long after the last scene has been acted out.”
Ten months after the 2016 election, The Ice Cube In Heels is viewed favorably by just 36 percent of Americans.  What’s more, only 25 percent and less than half of Democrats believe she was the Democrat Party’s best choice to be the presidential nominee.
Ten days ago, “Gam Gam” began her “What Happened” book tour─a retelling of her desperately uninspiring campaign.
Hillary isn’t merely in a state of denial; politically speaking she is dead but she doesn’t know it. There is no demand for her to run again. She has been handed her political retirement papers by the American people.
She has no idea why Americans think “Clintonian” is another way of saying “dishonest.”

According to McClatchy DC Bureau, a federal appeals court will hear a case brought by Judicial Watch this Friday to make public draft indictments of Hillary Clinton from the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that files Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, wants copies of the documents that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has declined to release. It filed a FOIA request for the documents in March 2015 and in October 2015 the group sued for the 238 pages of responsive records.
According to Judicial Watch: “The National Archives argues that the documents should be kept secret, citing grand jury secrecy and Clinton’s personal privacy.”
But Judicial Watch says that because so much about the Whitewater case has already been made public, “there is no secrecy or privacy left to protect.”
The documents in question are alleged drafts of indictments written by Hickman Ewing, the chief deputy of Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel appointed to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton’s alleged involvement in fraudulent real estate dealings. Although others were sentenced for their role in the matter, neither Clinton was ever prosecuted.
Ewing told investigators he drafted the indictments in April 1995. According to Judicial Watch, the documents pertain to allegations that Hillary Clinton provided false information and withheld information from those investigating Whitewater.
The government is sitting on at least 12 versions of the draft indictment of Mrs. Clinton, including one “listing overt acts.” From the public record, we know that the Whitewater case centered around whether Mrs. Clinton, while First Lady, lied to federal investigators about her role in the failed $200,000 dirt road real estate deal with a corrupt Arkansas savings and loan, Madison Guaranty and the Resolution Trust Corporation that cost taxpayers $65 million. Additionally, there were charges of bribery, corruption, cover-ups, suicide and murder.
James B. McDougal, who referred to himself as “Bill Clinton’s Brutus”, was a cooperating witness in the Whitewater investigation.  His accounts of business dealings with Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton haunted them.  When McDougal died in prison in Fort Worth and with the suicide of Vince Foster four years earlier, they must have felt confident they had alluded the long arm of the law.  Not so fast.
Judicial Watch provided the court with a detailed list of grand jury and non-grand jury material that had already been made public. If there ever was a valid claim to grand jury secrecy in this closely scrutinized case, it is long gone.
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

American Patience Is Not Infinite

You could see the delegates in the great hall of the United Nations flapping their gums as they leaned in to the person seated next to them as they expressed their contempt for President Trump’s long-standing habit of demeaning enemies with disparaging nicknames.
The assembled parasitic, anti-American, left-wing poster children for bureaucratic corruption whispered their contempt for the truth.  Just two days before the 72nd Session of the General Assembly the President tweeted:
If North Korea’s maniacal Kim Jong Un continues his nuclear blackmail─threatening to “envelop” Guam with missiles and launching a “nuclear counterattack the U.S. cannot cope with”─President Trump warned the tin pot dictator the United States “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.  Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
Former Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton declared, “This was the best speech of the Trump presidency, in my view. I think it’s as clear and direct as it’s possible to be. I think it’s safe to say in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the behavior, the unacceptable behavior of other member states. There are a lot of people in the U.N. who have never heard anything like that from an American president.”
President Trump has done a great service for the civilized world through his impassioned defense of national sovereignty, national security and prosperity.
UPDATE:  At 5:50 PM today, Yonhap News Service, the mouthpiece of the North Korean government, tweeted:

President Trump Stumps The UN


Say what you will, President Trump shock rocked the world in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. And he did it without a teleprompter.
Contrary to his mealy-mouthed predecessors, the President called a spade an entrenchment tool and let the world know that he will defend America's interests and that the free ride is over. The UN must clean up its act. Trump also singled out three nations whose activities are of special concern to America.
First, North Korea:
"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."
This is not new. For most of his term in office, President Trump has been warning North Korea's Insane Boy Clown For Life that he is walking on a razor's edge. What is new is that the UN's General Assembly was treated to the harsh clanging of an American President who has brass ones.
Second on Trump's "List of Nations I Want To Bitch Slap" was Iran:
"The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos." 
America owes Iran a severe ass kicking. The terrorists who run the remains of the Persian Empire have been killing Americans for decades without a single cruise missile to remind them that Uncle Sam's beard is not a trapeze. I still remember 241 Marines murdered in their barracks and the US embassy in Beirut destroyed under Reagan's watch.
There's been a shit ton of interest accruing just for these two incidents much less the chaos and death the Iranian government have abetted since then. It's way past time for the US to collect on this debt.
Third, our once friendly neighbor to the south, Venezuela:
"The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure."
Boom chica wow wow. That left a mark on Lenin's ass in Hell. The people of Venezuela are suffering terribly and there is only one reason why their distress is so great…their government. Thank you, Lord Jesus for delivering us from Hillary Chavez.  
More here.
Of course the libs are foaming at the mouth and chasing their tails after listening to the President's UN speech, as expected. What I find really disturbing is Chief of Staff John Kelly's reaction while his boss was delivering the message.
 
Kelly needs to go. If this idiot cannot keep a poker face while his President is addressing the world he should get a paper route to supplement his Army pension. 
Get rid of Kelly Mr. President.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rare Black Squirrel Sighted

Since Curmudeon's palatial estate seems to be squirrel central, I pass along this bit of Left Coast squirrel news:

I spotted a black squirrel on the fence in my back yard today. I was doing a little pool maintenance when he skittered over the fence, saw me and froze. We just stared at each other for a while, then he ran away. According to wiki, you find them mostly in the Northeast, Midwest, parts of Canada and the UK.


Looked kinda like this.
The black fur color can occur naturally as a mutation in populations of gray squirrels, but it is rare.
Since there don't appear to be any black squirrel populations within, say 2-3,000 miles of here, I'm going with "mutation". 

Great. I've got a mutant squirrel in my back yard. Possibly a ninja...

Monday, September 18, 2017

The White House Moved To LA Last Night


You may as well bring a big pan of lasagna or a bundt cake to the Emmy Awards as a house warming gift; President Trump has taken up permanent residence inside their heads.
Los Angeles (AFP) - Television's glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing "The Handmaid's Tale" with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America.

The glitzy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles -- the first under the administration of President Donald Trump -- was widely expected to have a strongly political flavor, and host Stephen Colbert set the tone in his opening monologue.
 
Stephen took a break from spraying graffiti on the sides of subway cars in order to host the awards.
"However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can't deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way," he said.
First Lady Melania will have her staff sweep out the dust liberals, spray for Screen Actors Guild cockroaches and toss out the porn before settling in for a major remodeling effort.

The news article goes on to list the programs that received Emmy awards but *yawn* who cares...

Unabomber Chic and the Low Rent Domestic Terrorist

Unabomber then and now

Remember the Unabomber? That weird, reclusive domestic terrorist guy holed up in his cabin with nothing but a copy of Al Gore's "Earth in the Balance" and a box of crazy flakes, as he plotted which of his fellow citizens he had to kill in order to save Mother Gaia.  While he was out saving the environment through better bombing, he wore a mask. Even though he was nuttier than squirrel poop about the environment, he didn't want to get caught!

I noticed a certain fashion sense that Ted Kaczynski shared with many of the people we find in our streets today, on the avant-garde of protests, as opposed to American protesters in years past. When I started writing this, I was just going to highlight the differences between the Civil Rights marches of the sixties, with marchers in coats and ties, holding America flags (right side up), not wearing masks to hide who they were, and contrast them with the low rent domestic terrorists prowling the streets today.

When Milo Yiannopoulos was denied the opportunity to speak at UC Berkeley, it might have been dismissed as a unique occurrence,  the assaults, the vandalism, setting fires and rioting in the streets, but since then

Flowing Curves Of Beauty


Men: Remember it's feed a cold, starve a fever, give PMS anything it wants.





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Take Your Pick

What'll be? Hemorrhoids or chlamydia?

Hillary just won't go away. The annoying itching irritation that arises whenever she voices another misinformed, misguided, miscreant opinion is enough to make a soul grab a scalpel and slice off the offending body part.

Thank the Lord for the mute button on remote control devices else my ears would have been gone years ago.
Certain dread diseases are not curable. They might go away for a while but eventually they come back with ugly pus-filled sores that itch, fester and ooze. They're painful and embarrassing.
Hillary Clinton is like that.
Just when we thought she'd gone away, she's flaring up worse than ever. She has a new book out, for which she's started tours. You have to pay money to come to the book tour to hear her pitch this book that she wants you to pay money to buy to read about what a generous person she is.
There are no creams, salves or ointments that can cure the the case of Hillaritis that afflicts the nation's tender political bits. America will scratch itself raw before she finally utters her final self-aggrandizing "Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world!" and disappears in a foul cloud of disappointed ambition. And just like Oz's Wicked Witch, even her army of flying monkeys has had their fill of her. Time to move on and select another socialist loser.
We shouldn't be surprised. This is the woman who was charging public universities and charities a quarter million for one-hour speeches.
This book — her latest vehicle for monetizing the American political system — is about how she was humiliated by an amateur in the last election. It's called "What Happened."
Everyone else already knows what happened. The Dems nominated a selfish and charmless candidate who ran an abysmal campaign.
More here.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Colorado State Rams Vs Alabama Crimson Tide: The Silence Of The Lambs

When the Colorado State Rams enter Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday it will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams.  The last time they met on the gridiron was in 2013.  Florida’s Head Coach Jim McElwain was the Rams’ offensive coordinator at the time.  The Tide won that contest easily.
CSU enters Saturday’s game with a 2-1 record, having defeated last week’s opponent, Abilene Christian, by a score of 38-10.  ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives Alabama a 97.9% chance of winning the game.
The Rams head coach, Mike Bobo told a local Alabama radio station after breaking down film of The Tide, “It’s pretty scary. It really is scary when you turn on the tape and you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to move the ball offensively, how you’re going to stop them defensively. They’ve got this receiver (Calvin Ridley) that makes big play after big play and then they’ve got these huge running backs. You’re afraid if they give it to them 40 times a game, you might not have a team left. And then they’ve got this quarterback (Jalen Hurts), when he drops back to pass, do you cover him? Do you try to double Ridley? And then Hurts runs.”
Defensively, the Rams are allowing 378.7 yards per game and that’s just about four yards less than Alabama is averaging on offense. Their pass defense is giving up 259 yards per game.  The crowd at Sonny Lubick Field left early during the CSU-Abilene Christian game because it was apparent the Rams were playing down to the level of its opponent.  That’s hardly what I would call “tear ‘em asunder” football.
With the Ram secondary severely outmatched and a defensive line that is not likely to win the shoving match with the offensive line of the Tide, QB Jalen Hurts should have plenty of time to read the field, run through his progressions, and spread the ball around making it inevitable they run up the score for a complete drubbing of the Mountain West Conference team.
The Dawgs of Jawja beat the Irish in South Bend last week.  I’ve always loathed Notre Dame.  You can’t be a lifelong Bama fan and not feel that way.  I remember the arrogance of the Ara Parseghian era and it’s been resurrected by current Head Coach Brian Kelly.  The leprechauns are not expected to compete nationally this year.
Auburn has dreams of dethroning Alabama, winning the SEC Championship and reaching the College Football Playoff, but Auburn failed in their 14-6 loss in Death Valley to Clemson a week ago.
LSU and Mississippi State play in Starkville on Saturday.  Blogger friend and SEC sister Diogenes’ Middle Finger has her prediction for that smashmouth game.
Baker Mayfield and the Boomer Sooners have officially joined Alabama as Playoff favorites by walloping the Bucknuts at home 31-16.  I love a cup of bitter OSU tears.

Chelsea Manning Got De-Fellowed Again

Bradley Chelsea Manning served seven years in the supermax prison at Fort Leavenworth for turning over classified information to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks.  His/her act of treason constitutes the largest breach of intel in American history. The remainder of his/her 35-year sentence was commuted by The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer in January of 2017.
On Wednesday, the military whistleblower had been among a group invited to speak at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School including former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Robby Mook, Granny Clinton's 2016 campaign manager.
Amid a torrent of blistering criticism for its decision, the school withdrew its designation of “fellow” for the sexually confused turncoat calling it a “mistake”.
The Dean of the school, Douglas Elemendorf, said in a statement the next day, “We invited Chelsea Manning to spend a day at the Kennedy School.  We did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.”
Mind you, the only reason for the reversal was the high-profile resignation of former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell and the last-minute cancellation of current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to speak at the school.
Addressing Morell’s decision to resign from his non-resident senior fellowship Pompeo, a Harvard graduate himself said, “You have traded a respected individual who served his country with dignity for one who served it with disgrace and who violated the warrior ethos she promised to uphold when she voluntarily chose to join the United States Army.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

At This Point, What Difference Does It Make?

In her new book “What Happened”, Hillary compared herself to, of all people, Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.
The Ice Cube In Heels notes she was treated by the crowds at her opponent’s rallies the same way the residents of the fictional Westeros did towards disgraced ruler Cersei Lannister during her ignoble walk of shame.
If the twice-failed presidential candidate sought to elicit sympathy for being hideously shamed she picked one hell of an absurd comparison.  The Mad Queen and the Hag Queen are sickeningly analogous in their cruelty.
Cersei’s brother Tyrion warned, “A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.”
Clinton lost a race few thought possible and is now the Queen of Ashes.  Taking fantasy into real life, Jon Snow’s words to Cersei in the Dragonpit in Season 7 are noteworthy: “When enough people make false promises words stop meaning anything and then there are no more answers only better and better lies.”  Benghazi. Email server. Vince Foster. Pay-to-play. Clinton Foundation.
David Remnick, writing for The New Yorker:
“The wounds that the new book opens are not just Clinton’s. A few nights before meeting with her, I was at dinner with a political professional who worked on her 2008 campaign. I mentioned that I was going to interview Clinton, and sought his advice about what I should ask. He put down his fork and scowled. ‘Ask her why she blew the biggest slam dunk in the history of fucking American politics!’ he said. A few diners at adjacent tables looked up. ‘Oh, and ask her if she is going to donate the millions of dollars she’s gonna make on this book to charity. Ask her: Why should you profit from this disaster?’ There was more of this.”
“On the day I was to see Clinton, I read an article in Politico headlined “Democrats Dread Hillary’s Book Tour.” Unnamed ‘alums’ from her Brooklyn campaign headquarters told the reporters that the promotion of ‘What Happened was ‘the final torture.’  Others joked about how many stops she’d make in Wisconsin in her campaign to sell books. A top Democratic donor said that Clinton ‘should just zip it, but she’s not going to.’ Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, was asked about the book; she replied, ‘Beg your pardon?’ and walked away. Her colleague from Oregon, Ron Wyden, said, ‘I’ve always been a looking-forward kind of guy. I think I’ll leave it at that.’”

High Taxes In NY?

For my last four years as a cop I was a division commander. I made some overtime, especially when my staff was cut in half and my work load doubled. At the time I had young kids at home and didn't like being away from my family so much but the OT and a buy out did give me the opportunity to retire earlier than I planned. I was never one of the cops that made a stellar amount of OT, not even close, but it sure came in handy.

In the mid 1980's I had convinced my wife to quit her job and stay home with our daughters. She worked for NY Telephone and was making better money than I, so our income took a savage hit. We prayed that nothing would break because we couldn't replace it. But God was faithful and we always had what we needed. We just had to adjust our expectations of what we wanted. You do what you can with what you have. I can remember taking money out of our savings account to buy groceries just two days after I got paid. Again, that OT came in handy but it was only for a few years before I retired.

After 24 years I retired from the PD (worked for two other law enforcement agencies and a construction contractor in the 18 year interim) and this news article shocked me. HTH can a cop make almost $450,000 a year?
For the second year in a row, the center found, 47 of the top 50 highest-paid local-government workers outside New York City were police officers — with five of the top seven on the Town of Ramapo payroll. The No. 1 earner, Ramapo Police Officer Thomas Donnelly, pulled in $441,968 in the year ending last March. Four other Rockland County cops joined him in the top 10. The 20 officers in the Nassau County Village of Kings Point (pop. 5,005 in the last Census) had the highest average pay of any group of government workers at $220,088.
Now some of this OT is covered by federal programs that allow police departments to conduct certain security operations. These ops include airports, water supplies, other critical infrastructure protection, etc. After 9/11 the feds provided hundreds of millions of dollars to PD's all over the country for this purpose.

Even supposing that a Ramapo cop makes $100,000 in annual salary - that would require the above cop to make $342,000 in OT. The Ramapo PD doesn't list cop salaries, but let's assume that a cop at top salary makes $100G a year, this is a little over $48/hr. At this rate any overtime at time and a half is $72.12/hr. In order for that cop to make $342,000 in OT he would have to work 4,742 hours of OT.  That's over 90 hours of OT every week. This guy never slept.

One other explanation (and a more reasonable one) is that the cop never took a sick day and the PBA contract stipulated that the department must buy back his unused sick leave once he retires. If he retired after twenty years that would average out to less than 2 hours a week in unused sick leave. Keep in mind that his salary would increase over twenty years and that he was probably making around $35-45,000 for a while. My starting annual salary was $10,500 in 1974.

This is not the first time the Ramapo PD has fallen under a critical eye for police expenses.
We don’t begrudge first responders being paid what they’re worth, but these cops and firefighters, some in tiny hamlets, earn far more than their New York City counterparts.
“Personnel costs are the biggest part of most local government budgets, and thereby the biggest driver behind our high property taxes,” notes the Empire Center’s Tim Hoefer. Westchester and Rockland have the highest property-tax rates of all US counties.
Unless New York gets a handle on inflated salaries at all levels of government, property taxes will only keep climbing higher.
All police are not in the same situation. Many municipalities do not want to incur the cost of hiring new cops because of out of control pension (could be as high as 40 to 50%) and healthcare (about $16,000 a year for family coverage) costs so they allow high overtime allowances on the police budget to save money. But these costs still need to be controlled as stories like this make all cops look greedy.

Of course the news article doesn't look at how NY State pisses away money in other areas. Let's look at costs for the sick, lame, lazy and illegal aliens. In 2016 NY spent almost $63 billion for Medicaid. New York picks up 45% of this cost, over $28 billion, which dwarfs any police overtime.

Original story here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Seven Kingdoms Minus Wisconsin

Kings Landing─In her new book “What Happened”, her campaign memoir chronicling the 2016 presidential election, Hillary compared herself to Cersei Lannister a character from HBO’s runaway hit “Game of Thrones”.
“It’s not easy for any woman in politics, but I think it’s safe to say that I got a whole other level of vitriol flung my way. Crowds at Trump rallies called for my imprisonment more times than I can count. They shouted, ‘Guilty! Guilty!’ like the religious zealots in Game of Thrones chanting ‘Shame! Shame! while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep…What in the world was this? I’ve been in politics for a long time, but I was taken aback by the flood of hatred that seemed to only grow as we got closer to Election Day.”
Has Granny finally come to terms with her naked self-promotion, unbridled ruthlessness and hunger to sit upon the Iron Throne?  Her sole desire was for us to bend the knee.
Cersei’s brother Tyrion warned, “A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.”

"I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people—millions and millions of people—decided they just didn’t like me,” Clinton writes—though she doesn’t understand the dislike. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking…I’m at a loss.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

For The Powers Of Heaven Shall Be Shaken

A photo of New York firefighter Edward James Day is placed on his name at the 9/11 memorial reflecting pool. Photo credit:  Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images
I spent the day yesterday wiping my eyes and grinding my teeth as I sifted through photographs of the heartbreaking swiftness and cruelty of 9/11. Sixteen years have passed and the sorrow still runs deep.
Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather today at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil. 
“A solitary candle, a flag, a tear, these are the tokens of our renewal,” was how Tony Snow began his “Parting Thoughts” segment on Fox News Sunday on September 16, 2001.
He barely made it through while reading the words he had written down in the minutes before the show aired that day:
"The United States had a spirit before it had a name─one of faith and freedom, of ambition tempered by piety. We once were a nation of neighbors and friends, we are again today. We once were a nation of hardship-tested dreamers─we are again today. We once were a nation under God─and we are again today. Our enemies attacked one nation, they will encounter another, for they underestimated us. Today in our grief and in our rage, our determination and hope, we've summoned what's best and noblest in us. We are again Americans."
Are we Americans again?
A decade and a half later a horde of savages spread around the world and skulking here among us are still bent on our destruction.
Hate-filled celebrities used their Twitter accounts to compose death wishes for supporters of President Trump during hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Democrats of every stripe hang by a fraying thread of hope they can successfully impeach the man who embarrassed their party and utterly humiliated their deeply flawed and corrupt candidate for president.
During Irma’s destruction, looters ransacked evacuated homes and businesses.  For weeks before the arrival of the cataclysmic weather that struck Texas and Florida we’ve seen extremists trying to destroy America from within.
Today we are concerned with remembering our darkest day and we will weep for what was taken from us.  Tomorrow we will move on. 
But what are we moving towards?  America is being destroyed from within as much as from without. What the nation has become, through death by fire, bravado, war, forgetfulness, treason, and vulgar asininity could not have been prophesied on September 10th, 2001.
We will never be able to undo the pain of that day or the barbarity that is unequaled in our history.  I will lower Old Glory to half-staff at sunrise and raise her again at sunset as a tribute to those whose names were added to The Lamb’s Book of Life and pray for a more gracious and civilized America.  

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