Verizon’s Celeb Spokesman Wants to Crush Capitalism

Jamie Foxx has joined Sean Penn and Danny Glover on the list of filthy rich celebrities who have thrown their star power behind Venezuela’s unpopular leader Nicolas Maduro.

Yahoo News reports

Actor Jamie Foxx has met with President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.

Foxx, who won the Oscar Award for “Ray” in 2004, visited Maduro in the presidential palace in Caracas. State media said Foxx was there to support the country’s socialist revolution and attend the signing of an agreement between Venezuela and its allies for the construction of houses for the poor.

Thanks to Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez, Venezuela routinely runs out of basic goods like food, medicine and even toilet paper. Still, many among the Hollywood left love the failed economic system implemented by Venezuela’s leaders. Foxx’s Twitter feed mentions nothing about Venezuela or Maduro.

Foxx is currently the celebrity pitchman for wireless giant Verizon and has a net worth estimated by some to be as high as $100 million. One has to wonder if Verizon is aware of Foxx’s support for socialist revolution in South America.

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Do Trump and Pence Actually Communicate, at All?

Right now, the GOP is starting to wonder if the Trump and Pence ticket ever actually discuss what they’ll do, once they’re in the White House (IF they get to the White House).

While they’re making their pitch to the public, the GOP is wondering which one to believe on policy. In particular, foreign policy, since they seem to have divergent views.

“I think Mike Pence cheered a lot of Republican conservatives who have been pretty gloomy until last night by forcefully articulating a case for conservative internationalism and strong U.S. leadership in Europe and the Middle East as well as rebuilding the military,” Eric Edelman, a former undersecretary of defense for policy in the George W. Bush administration, said Wednesday.

“Too bad that those very principles have been consistently undermined by the person with whom he is running at the top of the ticket. Honestly, I am not sure what it means other than that Mike Pence is what he has always been: a voice for a tough-minded, Reaganesque approach to national security,” added Edelman, one among dozens of former Republican foreign policy insiders to have publicly declared that they cannot vote for Trump.

Trump’s man-crush for Russian President Vladimir Putin, for starters, has set many GOP faithful on edge.

In fact, when dealing in foreign policy, the issue of Syria and Russian involvement in the area are of particular importance. Russian interests in the area work exactly opposite of American interests, yet, Trump has expressed a willingness to step back and allow Russia the upper hand in the region.

He maybe should have talked that over with his VP.

The Indiana governor ridiculed Putin as “the small and bullying Russian leader” and argued that the U.S. should create “safe zones” to protect Syrian civilians and “be prepared to use military force” against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Trump has been openly contemptuous of positions Pence was taking,” said Matthew Waxman, a senior Bush State Department and Pentagon official now at Columbia Law School. “Maybe this was intended to placate mainstream Republicans who are offended by Trump’s positions or ignorance. But there’s no reason to expect that Pence would have any real effect on a Trump foreign policy.”

“This is not just an issue of politics but of national security. That Trump and his running mate can’t even tell a consistent story on the most significant foreign policy challenges shows that a Trump administration would be unable to communicate effectively with adversaries and allies,” added Waxman, who has also declared he cannot vote for Trump.

And this is correct. Why are Trump and Pence not collaborating on this? Shouldn’t this have been something they discussed and came to an agreement on, even before Pence was picked as VP?

If Trump’s pro-Russia views are genuine, and if Pence truly meant what he said, then they are on opposite sides of the fence and national security officials, as well as voters have every right to be concerned.

Trump has consistently argued that the U.S. should try to cooperate with, not confront, Moscow. “I’m not going to tell Putin what to do. Why would I tell him what to do?” Trump said in late July. “Why do I have to get tough on Putin?”

His admiration for Putin is rooted in Putin’s apparent praise of him, which is also a big issue. Trump will base his reaction to world leaders not on policy, but on how leaders refer to him in the media.

His ego would be our downfall.

“I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Putin,” Trump said at a September candidate forum. “And I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Russia.”

Trump has further stated that he would stay out of Syria, which, again, puts he and Pence on opposite sides, as Pence’s solution would likely call for military action.

Meanwhile, Pence and Trump continue to insist they’re simpatico, on all the fronts that matter.

They’re obviously not, and if this is how poorly communication goes between them, there really needs to be a long conversation about compatibility.

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Olivia Wilde Wants You To Know How Wonderful Abortion Is (VIDEO)

Actress Olivia Wilde is concerned about your reproductive rights – in other words, she wants to tell you how awesome abortion is.

In a YouTube video released Tuesday as a part of a campaign that includes dozens of celebrities talking about various issues their voting on, a very pregnant Wilde calls reproductive rights a “basic human right.” It is ironically amusing as I wonder if she would agree or deny that the life inside her right now is inarguably human. Check out the video:

I’m sure if asked if the babies who are aborted each day are any less human in their makeup than her unborn child, her cognitive dissonance on this issue would start to show. Of course, science is getting trickier to reconcile with the pro-abortion stance, so “human rights” it is!

But only if you’re the right kind of human.

Wilde goes on to express in her most earnest and heartfelt voice possible that “if you care about your future” (Irony alert – 700,000 unborn children are denied a future every year) and your “basic human right” to choose “exactly how and when and why and where” you’ll vote for reproductive rights, which we can only presume means voting for Hillary Clinton and other pro-abortion extremist Democrats in November.

The casual notion that Wilde has that babies conceived at an inopportune time or in an unideal way are therefore less valuable and disposable shows the underlying selfishness of the pro-abortion – give me a break on the “reproductive rights” – platform, and that “safe, legal and rare” has always meant “safe-ish, legal and whenever the heck I feel like it.”

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Bill Weld: Yep, We’re In the Race To Make Sure Hillary Clinton Wins

While the logic of saying a vote for Johnson-Weld is a vote for Hillary is flawed and innumerate, that is clearly the way Gary Johnson’s running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld sees the situation:

Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld is reportedly more concerned with taking down Donald Trump than campaigning, according to reports.

Despite clearly having no confidence in his running mate, Weld declared that he and Johnson were still “happy warriors” and that Johnson stood behind Weld’s decision to focus on taking down Trump.

“I have had in mind all along trying to get the Donald into third place,” said Weld.

What is more, Weld says that after the election he will probably change parties… to what, he doesnt’ say.

While Weld has called Trump a “huckster” (and I ask you, who reading this has not done so themselves), he has proven himself to be as much of a flim flam artist as the man he claims to despise. He has said that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person in the race to be president and now we find that not only does he have zero loyalty to the party he’s representing (shades of another northeast liberal in the race) and he’s not trying to win but performing a political cockblock on Trump. In short, Weld might have better table manners than Trump but his character and honesty are exactly the same.

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Watercooler 10/6/16; Is This How A Nation Goes Insane ?; MN Obamacare Massive Rate Hikes; CA Wants To Expand Obamacare To Illegals

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UK Press Urged Not To Reveal Terrorists Are Muslim

Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of psychological abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting his or her own memory, perception, and sanity.[1][2] Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

Is it even possible to Gaslight an entire nation ? Looks like the UK is going to try.

A European human rights body is pressuring the United Kingdom to regulate the press so its reporting on terrorist attacks doesn’t emphasize the Muslim identities and motivations of many terrorists.

The request comes from a lengthy report published by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a monitoring body created by the Council of Europe. The report accuses British newspapers of fueling anti-Muslim bigotry partly through their coverage of Islamic terror attacks. The solution, it says, is for the U.K. to regulate the press more strictly so that reporters can’t publish such material.

—The Daily Caller

Thomas Jefferson observed with regard to the United States that “An educated citizenry is vital to our survival as a free people”. What havoc will a misinformed and miseducated populace wreak on the U.K. ? If the problem is hidden, can’t be properly identified, let alone talked about how do they expect to solve it ? Ignore it and hope it goes away, is no solution.


Minnesota Warns Of Massive Obamacare Rate Hikes

The Minnesota Obamacare exchange is near collapse and officials are predicting between 50 and 67% rate hikes.

Minnesota will let the health insurers in its Obamacare market raise rates by at least 50 percent next year, after the individual market there came to the brink of collapse, the state’s commerce commissioner said Friday.

The increases range from 50 percent to 67 percent, Commissioner Mike Rothman’s office said in a statement. Rothman, who regulates the state’s insurers, is an appointee under Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat. The rate hike follows increases for this year of 14 percent to 49 percent.

“It’s in an emergency situation — we worked hard and avoided a collapse.” Rothman said in a telephone interview. “It’s a stopgap for 2017.”

—Bloomberg

I am going to go out on a limb here and predict a 50% rate hike is going to have all but the most unhealthy dropping the plans, adjusting their tax withholding so they aren’t owed any refunds and going full scofflaw with regard to healthcare.


California wants to go super inclusive on Obamacare

CA is petitioning to extend Obama Care to illegal aliens.

California’s health care exchange is requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on the exchange – which would make California the first state to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants.

The Affordable Care Act technically bars illegal immigrants from insurance exchanges, but in June Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allowed the state to apply for a federal waiver to open Covered California to illegal immigrants living in California. The bill’s sponsor said such a waiver would allow 390,000 illegal immigrants to receive health insurance.

—FoxNews

It goes without saying that there is opposition within the state to this, especially since premiums are set to rise over 13% next year

“This is the first step in another misrepresentation of the Affordable Care Act,” Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform told US News & World Report in June. “It was sold to the American people on the fact that you wouldn’t have to subsidize health care for illegal immigrants.”

Mr. Mehlman is spot on. California is taking the first step by focusing on a population that can’t afford the current rates without subsidies, let alone the upcoming rates. They also have no incentive to sign up and it’s hard to guess what penalty will attach if they don’t.  Classic left strategy of doubling down on failed ideas.


Quote of the Day

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

–George Washington, Farewell Address September 17, 1796

Very prophetic

 


Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread

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