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Rubio asked by Reporter to ‘Spit Rap Lyrics’

Rubio asked to Rap

While being interviewed on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio was asked to make a fool of himself.

The odd interaction started when the reporter said that he had “read in the Washington Post that your staff in 2010 was very impressed that you could spit rap lyrics.” And then asked if “we could get a demonstration.”

If nothing else, we did learn who two of Marco Rubio’s favorite new rap artists are.

Questions Arise from Unexpected Wal-Mart Closures

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walmartCustomers and employees are skeptical of Wal-Mart’s claim that “plumbing” is the reason for suddenly shutting down five stores for several months.

In addition to the Tulsa location, supercenters in Brandon, FloridaPico Rivera, CaliforniaMidland, Texas and Livingston, Texas, were all closed Monday, with only hours of notice given to employees.

While the company is citing plumbing issues, posts across the internet guess that the closures are due to everything from shoplifting losses to recent employee walk-outs over pay to preparation for FEMA camps.

China Grows at Slowest Pace Since Start of Great Recession

Courtesy: Robert Scoble
Courtesy: Robert Scoble

Courtesy: Robert Scoble

China is reporting that, in the first three months of 2015, it experienced the slowest growth since 2009.

The National Bureau of Statistics reported that Chinese GDP expanded at just 7%, down from 7.3% at the end of 2014.

Chinese industry missed expectations by an even wider margin. Actual factory growth came in at 5.6% growth while expectations were for 10.9%.

While 7% growth would be the envy of the western world, the greatly slowing Chinese economy could have dire effects. China will could fall-back to it’s Yuan-weakening policies further strengthening the U.S. Dollar and making American companies even less competitive than they currently are.

Isis Camp Near El Paso, Tx is not New News

ISIS in El Paso

Today, Judicial Watch reported that it had confirmed that ISIS has a training camp just on the other side of the border from El Paso, TX:

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

While the news is important, it’s not new. Here’s a Fox News report from September, 2014 that seems to mention the same thing (information starts at 2:44).

Some are downplaying the reports today as old news – but it’s not the reporting of the camp that is key – it’s the fact that Judicial Watch found independent confirmation of the camp’s existence.

The report does vaguely detail a joint U.S. – Mexico operation on the camp:

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

The finding of items, but no talk of anyone being detained would seem to leave only two possibilities: either the ISIS folks were gone when the operation hit, or they’ve been dealt with in-secret by the governments of the United States and Mexico.

Rendition, catch-and-release or a missed opportunity?

Judicial Watch has also noted that the FBI put together some meetings to try and deal with the leak that broke the ISIS camp story. Some key folks seem to be missing:

A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.

Lethal Bird Flu Continues Spread Through U.S. Commercial Chicken Flocks

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poutry-farmThe H5N2 “Bird Flu” has now infected its first commercial chicken flock in Wisconsin – the 11th U.S. state to be hit by the lethal disease.

H5N2 can kill an entire flock as quickly as 48 hours. No chickens or eggs from the infected facility will enter the food stream.

As H5N2 spreads to more farms across America, foreign nations are restricting imports of U.S. eggs and poultry.

 

Economy faltering, but, but but… the stock market!

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While economic news from March finally reflects the economy most Americans are living in, news stories are still painting a brighter future .. cuz… the stock market.

Sure, stocks are expected to continue their meteoric rise and those that can live off of their stock portfolio, congratulations. The rest of Americans have no stocks or have stock market gains locked in 401Ks, IRAs or other places that would cost them all of their gains if they took them out now.

Liquidity from easy money is inflating the stock market and will continue to for some time. While traders will do well during near zero interest periods, the rest of America either doesn’t notice or is suffering.

Retired folks aren’t trading (well, average retired folks.) They’re money is sitting in low-risk, and currently low yielding bond or bond-like investments.

The young aren’t investing at all.

The 30-50 year olds are locked in those 401k, IRAs and such mentioned earlier.

None of those groups can live off of that today.

Most Americans are reliant on a thriving baseline economy. One that has companies manufacturing, selling and hiring. America doesn’t have that economy.

Q1 GDP dropped 2.9%, March jobs missed estimates badly, housing starts and sales are sluggish and the American consumer seems to have just… checked out.

But hey – the stock market is rockin’ so everything’s alright.. right?

 

Hillary and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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hillary-clinton-pantsuit-fashionThe Coronation of the presumptive Democrat party nominee began today when Hillary Clinton announced that she was running to become the next President of the United States.

The campaigns first press release made some startling revelations about Mrs. Clinton:

From her mother’s own childhood – in which she was abandoned by her parents – to her work going door-to-door for the Children’s Defense Fund to her battling to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she’s fought children and families all her career.

While many on the right would agree with the final sentence, the obvious typo wasn’t likely how the former first lady wanted to launch her follow-up to a poorly-run 2008 campaign.

Her launch video was full of everyday people explaining why they want, or rather, they need Hillary Rodham Clinton to be their President. In fact, the video tells Americans that Hillary is going to be their savior and that “Everyday Americans need a champion” and that Hillary wants “to be that champion.”

Whether or not everyday Americans want Hillary as their champion is yet to be seen. Certainly, most Americans aren’t worth between $5 and $25 million dollars like the Clintons according to Hillary’s own financial disclosure report from when she left the State Department in 2013.

As if things couldn’t go more wrong, the Youtube.com video link posted on HillaryClinton.com this morning pointed to .. an unavailable channel.

Now it appears that Hillary is taking a road trip, in a van… ok, not down by the river, but still .. a van – to Iowa. I am fairly certain that most other multi-millionaires don’t travel state-to-state in vans – unless they are trying not to look like multi-millionaires.

Near Hillary’s New York City Headquarters, posters began appearing all mocking Clinton’s campaign efforts to shush certain words in reference to the certain nominee for President.

With all the baggage the former Secretary of State has hanging on her already, near perfection was expected to be the order of the day. It was not.

hillary_what_differenceThe Clintons have always thrived on scandal so these small issues are petty in contrast with Benghazi, EmailGate, the Clinton Foundation taking money from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State and .. well whatever else. But considering her near-automatic nomination, at this point, what difference does it make?

Official campaign videos are so blase, so let’s see how NBC late night envisioned the Queen’s announcement.

The Coronation of Queen Hillary to Begin Sunday

Queen Hillary
Queen Hillary

Image Courtesy: Molli Nickell

The people have been so informed that the future Queen of America will announce her path to succession this Sunday.

Ah, the beautiful ceremony a royal crowning is to behold.

It is the pomp: props, decorations, music and the plumage – all so that the little people can rejoice in the coronation of their next Queen – Her majesty, Queen Hillary – direct heir to the throne of His Majesty, King Barack. The announcement cements the pre-determined succession of one royal leader to the next and begins the 18 month long journey the successor must take on her journey to become America’s next monarch.

The Republican candidates headed into the 2016 primary are many and varied, but the Democrat leadership chooses its candidates for their consituents – do they not believe that the common folk can choose the best candidate for the general election on their own?

The DNC will likely push some ill-fated, no-chance alternative to Hillary like V.P. Joe Biden,  Sen. Bernie Saders or Gov. Martin O’Malley just to show that the chosen one had earned her crown by battling it out against serious competition… or something.

The Republicans will have a cadre of suitors battling it out in debates and the media ensuring that the survivor emerges with blood, egg and stench on them while our future Queen steps forward unblemished and victorious having won against a clearly inferior challenger.

Her Majesty’s campaign has a set of guiding principles. Every guideline seems to scream “we know we’re going to get the nomination, but we just can’t act like it.” According to Fox News, the memo states the following:

“We Are Hillary For America.”

to give every family, every small business, and every American a path to lasting prosperity by electing Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States.”

“This campaign is not about Hillary Clinton and not about us — it’s about the everyday Americans who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families,” the memo says

The memo concludes with a series of guiding principles that include:

“We are disciplined: driven every day by strategy, not tactics or one offs. We know there will be tough days, but we will bounce back and get back to work. We take risks, always measuring with empirical data to establish best practices.”

“We are humble: we take nothing for granted, we are never afraid to lose, we always out-compete and fight for every vote we can win. We know this campaign will be won on the ground, in states.”

“We are responsible: we always remember and appreciate the generosity of millions of people who invest their time and resources in Hillary Clinton and in us.”

It ends by telling recipients: “We are guided by Hillary’s bedrock values of hard work, service, fairness, and faith in the American Dream.”

The people certainly wish to understand this Royal Proclamation so we attempt some clarity:

Queen Hillary seeks to “give every family, every small business, and every American a path to lasting prosperity.”

Do most Americans look to their leadership to show them how they should make a living?

Americans used to expect the government to simply defend them, regulate inter-state trade, deal with foreign trade and resolve inter-state disagreements. Assuming that Americans want their leader to “give” them the path to prosperity assumes that the people are unable to make it on their own.

In return, Her Majesty only asks that Americans give her the crown that she so believes is rightly hers.

Bloomberg – Obama Gun Control Efforts Worry Democrats for 2016

Hillary Clinton anti-gun

Hillary Clinton anti-gunEven huge gun control proponents like Hillary Clinton and Dianne “it’s legal to hunt humans” Feinstein (D-CA) have been silent lately on the issue of gun control. The Obama-Bloomberg anti-gun push is making all Democrats nervous with 2016 so close.

Il Duce ObamaIn an April 10th interview with ABC News, President Obama issued a warning to Americans that he hasn’t “given up on gun control” and that he is “going to keep chipping away at this.” – Democrats wish he would just stop talking about it.

Michael Bloomberg has led several rich-boy financed efforts to create fake grass roots organizations (astro-turf) to lead some Americans to believe that defending yourself is dangerous. Democrats really want him to stop.

Being anti-gun rights in America is a third rail to politicians. As each push to destroy the second amendment is made, more Americans become gun owners. It has reached the point that just about any sane person understands that the defense of their family and property rests solely on them. The police won’t get their until the crime has been committed, but then they will certainly do everything they can to catch the bad people.

The realization that liberal policies have not made anyone safer is accepted by most Americans. Looking at violent crime rates in centers of liberalism like Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit, the voting population has discovered that the government cannot protect them.

2016 is approaching and politicians cannot afford to be associated with Bloomberg or other anti-gun groups and initiatives.

Democrats struggle with their anti-gun initiatives because their credibility on the issues is nearly non-existent and they are typically uncomfortable talking about guns. Saying that AR-15’s can launch 30 rounds in half of a second, that magazines are single-use or that standard capacity magazines make murder legal are just a few of the countless terrible and unfounded arguments made by the left.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY): “The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we’ve got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?

Dianne Feinstein hates gunsSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) “And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.”

Democrats would prefer not to be forced to talk about guns and are wishing that President Obama and Michael Bloomberg would just shut-up about the issue.

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