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Cognitive dissonance

The real title to this piece should be “Clinton slips a gear”.

Clinton Praises a 1% White College For Its ‘Diversity’

While giving a commencement address at Medgar Evers College, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised the school for its diversity — despite the fact that only 1 percent of the entire student body is white.

During her speech, Clinton said, “You are an inspiring group. You come from 94 countries. Speak 44 languages. You embody what makes New York and America great already.”

“Your ambition, your innovation, your diversity is who we are and who we should want to be,” Clinton continued.

According to the College Board, Medgar Evers College is 62 percent black, 13 percent Hispanic or Latino, 20 percent ethnicity unknown, 2 percent Asian, and only one percent white. [snip]

Judging by Clinton’s previous statement about what America “should want to be,” however, it appears that white identity should be valued less.

There is something in the food or water that messes with the brains of the Progs. It isn’t just Clinton although she’s a good example. Pelosi, Waters, Feinstein and others all exhibit the same dumbs whenever they open their mouths.
Or maybe it is too much grab-ass without  a helmet.

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Blank Reality Check

With the announcement that 25-year old “Reality Winner” (no, really) had been arrested for stealing and leaking top secret documents, it became clear to us that a near and dear friend who was very ill for a very long time had finally been pushed over the brink: we regret to say that Satire is dead.

Because seriously, when a story gets this “in your face” ridiculous – what details are left for us to push to humorous extremes?!

Start with her name: “Reality Winner.” Then let’s tick off the other boxes: lesbian bodybuilder, ardent Bernie Sanders supporter, a “Black Lives Matter” enthusiast who (though white herself) argues that “Being white is terrorism.” A woman whose social media posts include referring to the President of the United States as a “piece of shit” and the “Tangerine in chief,” who additionally declares that in a war between the US and Iran, she’ll side with Iran.

And still…STILL…she was given a top secret security clearance and access to classified materials. Which raises two very troubling questions: just what in blazing Hell does someone have to do to not get a security clearance, and how many other angry, ignorant, communist-leaning, anti-American social justice warriors are currently embedded in (and sabotaging) our intelligence agencies?!

We’re guessing the number to be terrifyingly high, but can’t know for sure because trying to find out would require functional intelligence agencies. And that ship, like Satire, has sailed.

Big Spenders

Vermont’s Progressives, as broke as they are, have eyes bigger than their bank accounts. Nothing new here, move along. You’ve seen wrecks like this before., move along.

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of the Vermont Affordable Housing Series.

 

 

 

 

Former state auditor questions $35 million housing program

Former State Auditor Randy Brock may have distanced himself from Vermont’s political scene since his unsuccessful 2016 run for lieutenant governor, but that doesn’t mean he’s not following what’s going on financially under Montpelier’s Golden Dome.

Brock has been studying fellow Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing, and he has concerns about how state officials will be able to sustain the funding.

Earlier this year, the governor, along with officials at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, began trumpeting S.100 as a neat way to employ 1,000 workers, build 500 additional housing units, house 1,000 residents and create $100 million in new construction and renovation projects statewide. Scott champions the plan since it helps meet his first-term agenda goals: create jobs, grow the economy and protect the state’s vulnerable citizens.

In addition, many Vermont mayors, town managers and community leaders are on board with the plan. In a letter sent to Scott and House and Senate leaders last month, a coalition of seven mayors gave their full-throated endorsement. [snip]

All well and good so far. But Brock cautions that there’s a red flag that few Vermont legislators and those in the affordable housing sector care to mention. This red flag is hidden within the state’s financial statements, according to the former state auditor.

“These housing loans can be made at low or no interest,” he said. “Often they are set up to have a balloon payment at the end of the period, say 10 years, 20 years, whatever.

“So, just to use a simple example to illustrate, you have payments being made of $100,000 in 2017, $150,000 in 2018, $100,000 in 2019, $200,000 in 2020 and then $200 million in the years following! So, next to nothing is being paid on an ongoing basis, and then repayments are being pushed out into the future.”

Brock said that when a loan maturity occurs, the conservation board extends it for another 10 or 20 years.

“The money is never going to be paid back — that’s the red flag,” Brock said. [snip]

“The 2011 report concluded an ‘extraordinary record of achievement’ and we should leave well enough alone,” Brock said. “The housing agencies even defended this practice that repayment wasn’t required, and that you make it more affordable when people don’t have to repay their mortgages.”

Scott’s $35 million approach this year has a fundamental difference from the past, however: it includes a funding source. The money lent by the state will be repaid through tax revenues.

“That’s an important difference, but a concern remains: what about the underlying mortgages? Will the bond get paid?” Brock asks with more than a hint of doubt. [snip]

“If you want a truly sustainable program, you have to put out mortgages that actually get repaid, and then you use the repayments to fund more affordable housing. But when it isn’t being repaid you have to go out and do (another) $35 million housing bond to build more stuff.”

In a Progressive milieu such as Vermont, no thought to paying back such programs is ever considered. If one thinks this statement is in error, please explain the debacle of Vermont’s heath care program, the State’s under and unfunded programs and the various pensions.
All of which are FEEL GOOD, are we not so sensitive to the proles needs and so caring.

A remake of a movie

A wonderful chance to take a fine movie and turn it into a better satire of current events of one corrupt Party in DC, portraying them as the loons they actually are.

Don’t bother going to the theater, catch Scott Pelly on CBS for the full blown crazies.

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Manchester Terror

It’s happened again, as we all knew it would and, sadly, know it will again. A casual outing, a sudden explosion, and the death of innocents at the hands of a lunatic following an insane ideology.

ISIS is taking credit, which should certainly merit another “mother of all bombs” or even a low-yield nuke – whatever it takes to get their attention.

But as satisfying as that could be, it won’t immediately stop the danger from “lone wolf” operatives. And indeed, there is no way to stop the danger – only to reduce it, and even that at great cost.

The Manchester killer was known as a radical to British police and was, apparently pointlessly, “on their radar.” Which reflexively makes us wish that everyone on the radar was simply swept up and locked away. But is that really what we want?

Consider who was “on the radar” for terrorism under Barack Obama: “Right-wing extremists.” A group defined by Homeland Security as people who were pro-life, opposed to illegal immigration, those who resist federal takeover of the states, and military veterans.  Odds are everyone reading these words would fall into one or more of those “extreme” categories.

We simply can’t eliminate possible threats without the certainty of eliminating many of our protected freedoms. And the terrorists know it.

That being said, British authorities currently have a list of over 3500 “potential terrorists” including about 400 who left the UK to be trained by ISIS to fight in war zones like Syria and Iraq before returning to the UK. 

As counter-terror measures go, these people should be seen as low-hanging fruit: give them one week to get the hell out of the UK or lock them up. There are plenty of vacancies at Guantanamo.

Freedom-loving Western cultures can’t erase every risk. But we can and must take greater preemptive actions than are currently in play.

BONUS: MOUTHING OFF

On a less somber day, we would have enjoyed roasting Monica “Wet Clean Up, Aisle 7” Lewinsky for her appalling editorial in the New York Times, celebrating the death of Fox News’s Roger Ailes for allegedly exploiting her “personal tragedy.” But we’re not in the mood, so we’ll cut straight to the chase.

Lewinsky was a lying, lascivious little slut back in the day, and she remains unapologetic for her role (and roll in the hay) in disrupting American government. If Bill Clinton, that miserable tower of human excrement, hadn’t been busy fighting his removal from office, he might have actually been doing presidential things like, oh, nailing Osama bin Laden when he had multiple opportunities.

Would the World Trade Center towers have fallen if Bill Clinton’s pants hadn’t? We can’t know, but we can say with certainty that it’s at least possible that they wouldn’t have. Which is why, Monica, this appalling story isn’t really about you and never was. So do the decent thing, accept your shame, and – unlike your time spent kneeling on the Oval Office rug – shut your disgusting mouth.

BONUS TWO: SPEAKING OF ANNOYING WOMEN
Michelle Obana attempts a saucy, Jane Russell off-the-shoulder look…