Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Well known thief Bruce Rauner tries to steal a $400 million from Teacher's Pensions

Governor Bruce Rauner made an attempt to swindle a $400 million from the TRS pension system. Currently, the TRS is funded by member contributions, investment dividends, and state controbutions. If investment returns don't perform up to expecrations the State of Illinois has to make up the difference by law. Accutarial scientists have advised revising the rate of return downward from 7.5% to 7%. The TRS board was set to accept the accutarial change, which according to the Chicago Tribune would mean;
If the board voted for the 7 percent figure, state government would be on the hook to make up the difference, estimated to cost an extra $400 million to $500 million a year, an expense that would come due starting in July. The governor and lawmakers would have to find that extra money, worsening a state budget that's already in free fall amid a budget impasse that's lasted more than a year. 
If the board voted for the 7.5 percent figure, the state would not have had to pay all of that extra money right away. But if investments failed to hit the benchmark, the shortfall would have been tacked on to the pension fund's $65 billion debt. Taxpayers would be hit either way; the question was whether it would be in the short term or long term.
So, Rauner's "solution" was to request the TRS board delay. Just like every other Illinois Governor,  Rauner wanted to kick the can down the road. Because delay long enough and when the bill comes due, Rauner knows he won't be in office and it'll be someone else's problem.

It's ironic and sick to see Rauner mess around with the TRS pensions. Rauner's fortune, he once I'm refered to himself as the 1% of the 1%, came from clipping money from the TRS pension system. Rauner's hedge fund GTCR "managed" the TRS pension for two decades. Consequently, he managed to amass billions of dollars by taking some of the pension money for himself, while the pension itself has been "nickeled and dimed" and has been pushed into debt.

Of course, Bruce Rauner doesn't care. Rauner got rich off of other people's labor. Rauner is a Rentier, he doesn't make money from producing anything, or from refining an existing product, or from inventing a new device, or from discovering something. No, Rauner's money comes from charging rent, extracting fees, and siphoning off of other people's money. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shocking! How Fox News could fix Obamacare and save the brain-damaged dying Hillary Clinton

Modern right wing nut jobs are Masters of watching video. It's really their only marketable skill, watching tv. They've turned sitting on their expansive behinds, watching events happen hundreds of miles away from them, and then taking to the radio and internet to uncover the conspiracy, into an artform! All without leaving the comforts of home.

In the past, they've had spectacular successes, like when right-wingers debunked the Sandy Hook massacre; as completely made up and no children or adults died that day. Conservatives were able to stave off Obama's Gun Grab and saved the Republic! Now, right-wingers, led by Breitbart, have uncovered the shocking truth! Hillary Clinton is on death's door from various multiple brain injuries.

It's just fascinating how conservatives with no medical training can make detailed medical diagnoses via youtube video clips and from watching Sean Hannity. This is a criminally untapped medical resource! No longer do we have to wear the shackles of Obamacare! Just post a video on-line and right-wing nut jobs will provide you the diagnosis of your illness! The American People will save millions of dollars in medical expenses!

Of course, when it comes to HRC, the spot-on diagnosis of her brain damage unfortunately don't confine themselves to just a dispassionate Hippocratic analysis but, venture into the realm of death wish magic.

Conservatives can't help themselves wishing their enemies die. It's who they are and how they act. Conservatives seethe with anger and are nought but, violent balls of rage, waiting to unleash their fury on those who've stolen America from its' rightful owners; the white conservative male.

As the right-wing incestuous internet fills up with thousands of articles and videos about HRC, including the Trump Campaign claiming she has brain damage, it appears conservatives are all in on the HRC is brain-damaged as well as evil incarnate.

Is it a winning strategy?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Trump's Russian Friends just hacked the NSA. Trump's Treason.

A few weeks ago Donald Trump requested his Russian overlords hack into the U.S. Government, and now it appears Vladimir Putin and the KGB* have just done it, in a cyberattack on the NSA and United States.

Ivanka Trump was recently with Wendi Deng, a communist Chinese Spy who had previously been tasked with manipulating Rupert Murdoch and Americans through Faux News. However, Deng was acting as an arranger for the Russian Government in facilitating meetings between Ivanka and Russian agents in Croatia to pass along further instructions from the Russian Government to her father, Donald  Trump.

Donald Trump is the puppet of Putin and, a not-so-clandestine, agent of the Russian Government. It is now incontrovertible that Donald Trump is purposefully working for the Russian Government, most likely to destroy the United States, probably in replayment for the millions the Russians and Putin have loaned him.

Conservatives and The Republican Party are aiding former Soviet Agents and a foreign Government to subvert the United States of America. It appears, Donald Trump and conservatives are wittingly or unwittingly enemies of the Nation.

Personally, I'm not shocked Trump has invited a Foreign Power to subvert America; screwing Americans over has been Trump's modus operandi for almost 40 years. Now, that he's questing for the Brass Ring

*- Yes, I know the KGB has been replaced by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and Federal Security Service.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Police Injustice, the Policing System is working as Designed

Lost amongst the Trump-led GOPdammerung, the Dept of Justice released a depressing report on the state of policing in Baltimore. That report has been coupled with two more Police Shootings of young black males, one in Chicago and one in Milwaukee.

Now, the Milwaukee shooting appears to have been lawful, a "good shoot", but, criminals took advantage of the tensions and engaged in assaults and vandalism using the shooting as a pretext. The Chicago shooting is more complex and does not appear to be a "good shot" at this time.

It appears that young black men need to re-learn the lesson their fathers, uncles, and grandfathers learned;
"You need to understand that there are two gangs in the projects. The police are also a gang but they really have the power. I mean, these n* run around with money and cars, but at any moment the cops can get them off the street. Never, never, never piss off the police." -Sudhir Venkatesh recounts a discussion with "Autry" in Gang Leader for a Day (pg. 239)
The system of Policing in America is working as intended. Modern Police Departments were created during the 19th century to deal with 3 changing factors in America; 1) the growth of cities due to Industrialization, 2) the influx of immigrants from new nations, 3) the end of slavery and the Black exodus. Thus, a system needed to be created to deal with problems that original Sheriff's were not designed to handle; to control, disenfranchise, and ghettoize undesireables. To accomplish this it is not necessary that every Police Officer be racist. It is, in fact, desireable for the majority to be color-blind.

Every shooting is not done by a Bocephus white slave master racist cop but, that's what makes the rigged system work. The system by being generally good and staffed by lawful, honorable people creates a space for a bad element to exist and operate. Humans have a difficult time processing issues related to large, anonymous systems. It's too much. An individual bad actor or department can be identified and dealt with but, the system of control which has been created, and feed for centuries works in the background grinding out victims without being addressed.

Overall, the quality of modern police officers is very high but, that's a lie of statistics. In a Nation of 320 Million any one death is a insignificant blip, but such a calculus is used by those who do not suffer from the system.

Ferguson, Missouri two years ago became a microcosm of the harshness of the system. Michael Brown, got into an altercation at a gas station over a pack of swisher sweets, of which, Darren Wilson was unaware.

The altercation between Wilson and Brown at the door of the squad SUV and into the street without video evidence can never be properly reconstructed and one eye witness account will nver be heard but, right-wingers didn't feel comfortable with the known facts and had to start adding elements that were untrue. Conservatives sites claimed Wilson suffered a broken orbital bone from the "beating" he took and Faux News and the right-wing internet ran with the wholly untrue "diary" of Witness 40 to describe the final interaction and last shots fired at Brown.

But, when the Dept of Justice released the report which showed the Ferguson PD had been transformed from Officers into revenue generators to fill budget gaps that received little fanfare. Police Departments have been monitized over the last few decades as villages and cities have had to deal with declining budgets.

On top of turning Police Officers into tax collectors "Broken Windows" Theory has been in place for years. Broken Windows hypothesized that by cracking down on every minor infraction major crime would be detered. Additionally, "Stop & Frisk" and the War on Drugs turned policing from protect and serve into halt and harass.

Taken together, these had the effect of turning LEOs into occupying force, while other factors, the availability of high-powered firearms and long guns have led to a Paramilitary police look and mentality.

The recent Chicago Police shooting of an escaping car thief, and the mentality that led to the long altercation and not split-second decision was neatly avoided, while Chicago police bloggers who blamed both Mayor Rahm and Daley for cutting the training budget. Other anonymous LEOs joined in by saying lack of training was the problem.

This is part and parcel of the system. Bad shoots can be blamed on a lack of training or stress from working conditions and not from the violence/control/dehumanization inherent in the system. But, if these aren't enough to cover the bad shoot, then the character/criminal history of the suspect becomes pertinent and subtle lies can be added to the narrative.

Conservatives have been conditioned by right-wing toxic talk radio, Faux News, and the incestuous right-wing internet sites to reflexively blame all members of the maligned group. After every incident if the perpetrator is black, all members of the black community or #blacklivesmatter are guilty, if the offender is a muslim, all of islam is responsible, if the immigrant is hispanic, he's illegal.

Also, as conservatives have been trained to focus all their ire onto President Obama, every shooting in Chicago, every riot in Milwaukee becomes his fault. Additionally, since they ascribe to President Obama tyrannical powers they demand he turn those powers onto #blm and uniltaerally declare the organization a "terrorist group".

The arguments around #blm today are eeriely similar to those made about the Civil Rights Era; act responsibiliy, don't be so militant, don't do things which cause people to be annoyed or inconvenienced by you and eventually we'll get around to your concerns.

It wasn't until blacks began causing damage to property, in response to police shootings of black men that the media and conservatives began to pay attention. Of course, conservatives immediately called for violence against any and all black people and began demanding shoot-on-sight orders for looters.

Of course, it's hard to take conservatives seriously when they cry and moan about private property damage seeing as they venerate the Boston Tea Party as a near-Holy Event.

But, during the Civil Rights Era, black leaders knew they needed an unassailable champions to be the vanguard of the movement, that even the whiff of impropreity would be the wedge conservatives needed to discredit them and get sentiment against them.

While, the young black men killed in recent years have not be paragons of justice and untainted by criminal backgrounds, society in general and the black community have witnessed numerous incidents of #crimingwhilewhite, in which a white suspect has not been killed by Police and the treatment of President Obama, have created the perception that it doesn't matter what blacks do, because conservatives consider them criminal a priori and right-wing media will spare no effort slandering and smearing the dead black person.

To conservatives no police shooting of a black person is ever bad. No black person has ever been denied his constitutional rights, his right to due process, his right to be free of unlawful search and sezuire. Conservatives believe every black person is a criminal who just hasn't been caught yet.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What a Country! Trump is in bed with Putin and his daughters! Updated: Now with more Paul Manafort

I mean this literally... No, I'm just joking... Or, am I? No, no, no it's sarcasm... Actually, it's the truth Trump has, most likely, sexually abused his daughters.

But, Trump's sordid past and criminal actions against his daughters will never be properly investigated because of Donald's mafia ties in New York. So, we'll just have his inappropriate actions and comments in public which clearly indicate his decades long criminal sexual abuse.

But, why won't Trump release his tax returns? Well, for one thing because it will show he's cash poor but, more devastaingly it will highlight how Trump is Putin's lapdog.

After American investors, banks, companies, and his own employees learned that Trump doesn't pay his debts they stopped doing business with him. But, Vladimir Putin knows a shrewd investment and he bought himself an all-American loudmouth.

Because remember Trump assured America, Putin and Russia aren't going into the Ukraine, despite having invaded the Ukraine and annexing the Crimea 2 years ago.

Of course, even worse than Trump's subservience to Putin and Russia, Trump also doesn't want details of the organizations he's made charitable donations too. Because Trump didn't donate to any Veterans or 9/11 1st responders charities but, has made significant contributions to NAMBLA. This is evidenced by Trump's fellow pedophile Mark Foley, former Republican Congressman, being in seated in a place of honor directly behind Trump at his rallies.

And so conservatives and evangelicals have jettisoned all semblance of respectability and their so-called values, to allow themselves to be bought cheaply by a tacky, foreign owned con-artist.

Oops, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort didn't know ledgers were being kept detailing the millions of dollars he was being paid to be a Russian Stooge! So, how much money did Manafort help funnel to Trump from Putin? 10 times as much as he was paid to be Trump's handler? More?

It's especially delicious that former/current Trump aide Corey Lewandowski apparently stuck the shiv in Manafort, revealing further evidence that Trump is Putin's bitch...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

President Huma Abedin will run the White House for the incapacitated HRC

The right-wing epistemically closed fart bubble internet is all a tizzy with solid unassailable proof that HRC has suffered multiple-strokes, has a traumatic brain injury, and is suffering grand mal seizures.

Now, anytime a conservative on-line posts anything, I would counsel skepticism since their posts are just a circle-jerk of incestuous cross-linking to each other. But, they have photos and Doctor's reports!!!

This amateur level forgery can't even pass a cursory inspection over the internet but, conservatives have perfected the art of lies and propaganda. Conservatives know by spraying their explosive diarrhea of lies, no matter how fast or how thoroughly they are debunked, enough right-wingers and inattentive Americans will unconsciously absorb them and reference them when a new scurrilous right-wing lie is promoted breathlessly. It's part of the Gish Gallop, tell as many lies as quickly as possible.

I wonder when their final break with reality occurred? When the final acceptance of lies, hallucinations, and delusional fever dreams took over conservatism? We can all place the dates of the spread of the infection; the 1950's John Birch Society, 1964 with Barry Goldwater's defense of lying, 1980 with Ronnie Raygun's terrorist regime, Newt Gingrich and the 1994 Republican Contract on America, the 5-4 theft of the 2000 Election from President Gore. But, I think the attacks on September 11 and the Debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan under the Republican controlled federal government pushed the right-wing nutjobs past critical mass and the 2008 election of President Barack Obama was the event horizon from which conservatives can never re-emerge.

Of course, this doesn't mean conservatives or elected Republicans will stop harming the Nation, Americans, or other peoples. In fact, knowing they've passed-the-point of no return has only emboldened conservatives to harm Americans as much and as frequently as possible.

We've seen Republicans in Flint, Michigan purposefully poison poor blacks knowing they would receive no pushback and would in fact be lauded by conservatives, who uniformly wish ill on the black community.

We've seen Republicans enact Religious Bigotry Laws to justify ostracizing and criminalizing oppressed Americans for the crime of being different.

We've witnessed Conservatives embrace White Power and prop up White Supremacy as one of the core values of the Republican Party.

But, the vitriol HRC illicits from Right-Wingers is a class unto itself. For 25 years they've spent countless hours, and penned millions of right-wing screeds demonizing this woman, spent millions pursuing fictitious scandals, and accused her of multiple murders, so that is why I'm voting for her. If conservatives, the enemy of mankind, the scum of the earth, and the villians of goodness and deceny, hate her; then she's the one I'm voting for President.

To add, conservatives are convinced Barack Obama stole the 2008 election with the help of Acorn and the 2012 elections with Skewed Polls, when Trump is destroyed and loses in 2016 what will they do? Already Hair Furor is setting the table by claiming the election to be rigged and his recent Assassination Tango was for a scenario when HRC had already beaten him and was picking SCOTUS Judges. So, when reality fails to comport with their active ignorance and violent stupidity how will right-wingers react?

Repost: ISIS is the unholy muslim lovechild of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush

I originally posted this back on 03/09/15, I'm reposting this because Donald Trump is running with the standard right-wing orthodoxy that ISIS somehow was created ex nihilo once President Obama complied with the status of forces agreement signed by the Bush White House and extricated us from the Iraq War Crime.

Disaffected and it Feels So Good: ISIS is the unholy muslim lovechild of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush

The opening: 

A recent picture meme going around Facebook showed an image of Ronnie Raygun with the block letters
"If I was President ISIS would be called WASWAS"
And thus we have another hilarious incident of conservative ignorance.

Of course, this is active stupidity on the part of Conservatives because when faced with Muslim Terror Attacks in Lebanon, Ronald Reagan disarmed the Marine Corps Guards at the Gate and let hundreds of US Service Members and Diplomatic Employees get blown apart in two seperate Truck Bomb Attacks which used the same tactics.

After Ronald Reagan cut-and-run in the face of danger, he gave birth to Al Qaeda. Today's ISIS is the current incarnation of Reagan's explicit creation of Al Qaeda grown, nutured and trained by George W. Bush and his Iraqi Adventure.

But, you can't expect Conservatives to know this history. Sarah Palin and other right-wing luminaries are paid to tell Conservatives that these Muslim Extremists were created ex nihlo. But, the rise of 20th Century Muslim Terrorism lays directly at the feet of the United States and the two worst Presidents to ever besmirch the White House; Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

And the Conclusion:

The Iraqi War is declared won by Republicans and Conservatives many times over during Bush's Presidency from Mission Accomplished on May 1, 2003 to Victory in Iraq Day Nov. 22, 2008 this despite a constant flow of U.S. killed and wounded and the hundreds of thousands of murdered Iraqis.

And throughout the Massive Failure, Bush smirks and jokes about missing WMDs, while US Troops are killed and hundreds of thousands are wounded; physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and morally.

But, what does the Iraqi War succeed at spectacularly? The creation of a new generation of battle -hardened Muslim Extremists. Because, while Saddam was in power in Iraq the fanatics did not have a base of Operations but now thanks to the complete destabilizing of the region ISIS fanatics have training, experience, weaponry and recruits aplenty.

So, that's ISIS, the unholy love child of Ronald Reagan and W(orst President Ever) and if conservatives want to the United States to re-invade and fight them? Well, there are local recruiting offices throughout the country.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Trump calls for "Second Amendment People" to assassinate Hillary Clinton

Right now, all across the Nation, conservatives are rushing to the ramparts (Internet Ramparts that is, right-wingers don't have the stones to actually defend the country) to defend Donald Trump, who called for the assassination of Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."
Clearly, Trump is calling for President Hillary Clinton to be murdered after winning the election but, before being allowed to appoint a Supreme Court Justice. So, all the furious right-wing obufscation, blame shifting to the Democrats or onto the Liberal Media is nothing but lies.

Now, Trump is not the first Republican to invoke the Second Amendment and call for his opponent to be murdered by a right-wing domestic terrorist, he's just the latest.

Sarah Palin targeted Representative Gabby Giffords in a rifle scope prior to Giffords being shot.

As the prosepct of defeat looked more and more certain for Republican Sharon Angle, she made the call, "And you know, I’m hoping that we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies."

In 2009, Republican Catherine Crabill as a Neophyte Tea Bagger (i.e. Arch-Traitor Anti-American Neoconfederate) declared, "We have a chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box."
Republican State Assembly Woman Michele Fiore, who had a cozy relationship with the Bundyite Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists, declared it's okay to point your firearm at Police Officers and kill them. Of course, with the rather large caveat that the person shooting the Police Officer is White.

Sadly, those same conservatives who were so recently declaring #blacklivesmatter and President Obama were responsible for the deaths of Police Officers, will spare no effort to make false equivalences, minimize, deflect, and justify Trump's clear call for the Murder of President Hillary Clinton. Because right-wing violence and domestic terrorism is coddled and encouraged in this Nation.

But, I'm sure right-wingers are furiously scrounging around on-line to find some obscure blogger who once called for W(orst Potus Ever) to be tried and hung at The Hague, linking to the British made Death of a President video, or taking some comment by a Democratic member of the Government out of context, as proof that Both Sides Do It and after all he's only talking about taking out Killary Klinton whose Body Count stands at 46(+) murdered Americans by her own hand.

I'll leave it to other people to decide if Trump is trying to force the Republican Party to take the nomination from him so as to not face the prospect of a crushing defeat, or if Trump is just so unbalanced that he knows he can say whatever he wants as there is literally nothing he can say or do that will dissuade his rabid pack of right-wing drones from supporting him.

This call for President Clinton's assassination will be met with overwhelming approval and increase his esteem in the eyes of conservatives.

And the media will not treat this with abhorrence and declare Trump can no longer be allowed to run for office, because Trump has set the bar so low they can just chalk this up to Trump being Trump and return to the Clinton Email Controversy and declare both sides have problems. There is no bottom for right-wing despicable depravity. The Republican Party and conservatives have sworn their souls to Trump and will inflict him upon all of Us if they can.