Category Archives: Obama’s America

1/4 of Americans can’t pay their monthly bills

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System just published its 172-page annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2016.

First, the good news:

  1. “Overall, the modest improvements in financial well-being that were observed in recent years continued into 2016” with 70% of adults reporting “that they are either living comfortably or doing okay financially,” compared to 69% in 2015 and 62% in 2013.
  2. “Compared to previous years, fewer adults are ill-prepared for a modest financial disruption”.

These marginal improvements aside, the report contains some disturbing information although the U.S. supposedly is nearly eight years into an economic recovery:

  • As many as 30%, or approximately 73 million adults, are either finding it difficult to get by or are just getting by financially.
  • 13% of adults struggle to pay their bills in some months due to “income volatility” or month-to-month variability, while just under one-fourth of adults are not able to pay all of their current month’s bills in full.
  • 44% of adults say they either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400, or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money. (In 2013, the percentage was an even more alarming 50%.)
  • 47% of adults of adults report that their income exceeded their spending in the prior year.
  • 46% of adults with a credit card report that they are carrying credit card debt.

Some other findings:

  • Education, specifically a college education, makes a big difference:
    • 40% of adults with a high school degree or less report that they are struggling financially, compared to 17% of those with at least a bachelor’s degree.
    • 82% of adults with a bachelor’s degree or more in education said last year they were “living comfortably” or “doing okay,” up from 80% the year before, as well as 69% of those with some college or an associate degree, up from 66%.
    • 79% of those with at least a bachelor’s degree vs. 52% of those with only a high school diploma said they would still be able to pay all of their other bills in full if hit with a $400 charge.
  • Whites are slipping behind other races: “Non-Hispanic white adults with a high school degree or less are somewhat less likely than those of other races and ethnicities or those with more education to report that their financial well-being improved in 2016.”
  • 28% of adults who haven’t yet retired reported to being grossly unprepared, which suggests they have no retirement savings or pension.
  • Healthcare costs continue to be a burden:
    • 23% of adults had to pay a major unexpected out-of-pocket medical expense in the prior year.
    • 1/4 of adults report forgoing one or more type of health care in the prior year due to affordability.
    • Approximately 24 million people, representing 10% of adults, are carrying debt from medical expenses that they had to pay out of pocket in the previous year.

ZeroHedge reports that commenting on the report’s findings, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said:

“the survey findings remind us that many American households are struggling financially, including fully 40 percent of those with a high school diploma or less. More broadly, 44 percent of all respondents could not cover an unexpected $400 emergency expense or would rely on borrowing or selling something to do so. The survey also shows that many adults have no savings for retirement.”

~Eowyn

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Hellywood reaches new low with ‘Kuso’ (sh*t), grossest movie ever made

Score one for Hollyweird!

Hollyweird reaches a new low with the movie Kuso when, over the course of last weekend, a “large chunk” of the audience walked out of a premier screening of the movie at the Robert Redford-founded Sundance Film Festival.

Kuso is the Japanese word for shit.

Zachary Fox, who worked on the film, responded to the Sundance walkouts by playing the race card: “White people walked out of Kuso because it wasn’t 50 years a slave, bye hoe” — a reference to the movie about slavery, 12 Years a Slave.

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Roisin O’Connor reports for the UK’s Independent, Jan. 26, 2017, that Kuso’s official plot synopsis describes a collection of semi-connected short films that chronicle the lives of the mutated men, women and children of Los Angeles after an earthquake.

Various scenes are said to feature a man having sex with a talking boil on a woman’s neck, genital mutilation, and a doctor, played by singer George Clinton, who keeps a medicinal cockroach in his anus.

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Kuso‘s director Flying Lotus, a rapper who is fixated on death and the macabre whose real name is Steven Ellison, said he approached Clinton for the role by texting him: “Would you mind showing your butthole on camera?” However, a representative for the film said Clinton’s “real ass” does not appear in Kuso.

In a review for The Verge, Chris Plante calls Kuso “the grossest movie ever made“:

“I’ll start with the footage of an erect penis being stabbed…. Kuso is a collection of semi-connected short films chronicling the lives of the mutated women, men, and children of Los Angeles, following the earthquake to end all earthquakes. But that’s not really Kuso’s story, let alone its point … its creators are mostly interested in one thing: producing the grossest film ever…. A large chunk of the audience left my screening early, when a boil-covered woman choked a man with a strap until he covered half her face with semen…. Some gross-out films are one-note, but Kuso finds new ways to test viewers’ fortitude. Some folks stuck around after a woman chewed on concrete until her teeth disintegrated, but still peaced out when an alien creature force-yanked a foetus from another woman’s womb… then smoked the tiny corpse.”

Despite the fact that Kuso has neither artistic nor social merit, Plante reports that the movie’s trailer has already been picked up by a number of music sites and has attracted tens of thousands of views.

A reader of the Independent article perfectly identifies what’s wrong with Kuso. JohninRedding wrote that the movie:

“Proves the belief that the end product of liberalism is a society without any morals. This has been the direction man has taken every time they denounce God and decide they know best how to live life. We have an evil bent to us and no amount of human laws will deter us.”

Shun this movie like the plague, because it is the plague.

~Eowyn

NY mag writer Jonathan Chait defends his offer for a $100M bounty on President Trump ‘dead or alive’

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From Wikipedia:

Jonathan Chait is a liberal/progressive commentator and writer for New York magazine. He was previously a senior editor at The New Republic and an assistant editor of The American Prospect. He writes a periodic column in the Los Angeles Times. Chait was born to an American Jewish family.

On March 2, 2016, Jonathan Chait @jonathanchait tweeted this:

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That tweet has come back to haunt Chait after some bloggers recently discovered it, which prompted Chait to issue a denial: It’s a joke, folks!

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What is a joke is his new fawning book on Obama’s “enduring” legacy, Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Cheated a Legacy That Will Prevail, which Chait is urging people to buy. Make sure you shun his book!

The tweets in response to his book are hilarious. Here’s a sample:

Perry: “His legacy will be his massive debt explosion. That will be remembered for a very long time.”

kiwitrump: “but most of all he’s really kicking himself for putting that computer-generated forgery from Kinkos on the WH website”

Karen Steffens: “I call Bullshit!”

TheaterCabinet.com: “what is the legacy????”

AROB/GTOWN: “Do you have anymore jokes, I gotta good laugh after this last tweet!”

Ron: “this will be found in the fiction section at Barnes and Noble”

Alex Ragen: “In 2 weeks, Trump will undo it all.”

H/t Kelleigh

~Eowyn

Black singer withdraws from Trump Inauguration after blacks call her ‘house n*gger’ and tell her to ‘kill yourself’

More tolerance and peace and “love trumps hate” from the Left.

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Opera star Andrea Bocelli backed out of Trump inauguration after receiving death threats.

Now another invitee to Trump’s inauguration, singer Jennifer Holliday, has also backed out after being viciously attacked — by fellow blacks and by the “gay community”.

Greg Evans reports for Deadline, Jan. 15, 2017:

“They were calling me coon, calling me house n***er, calling me Aunt Jemima, calling me all kinds of names and asking me to kill myself,” the Grammy and Tony-winning singer told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on this morning’s AM Joy. “And that was from the black community.”

Yesterday, Holliday reversed her decision to perform at Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” concert January 19 at the Lincoln Memorial, citing an online backlash from the LGBT community. In an open letter, she apologized to her gay fans for the “lapse of judgment.” […]

Holliday also said Trump’s team did not “trick” her into accepting the invitation. “I wanted to sing for America and sing for the people.” She said she assumed the Trump team invited her because of her past performances for presidents Ronald Reagan, the Bushes and Bill Clinton. (“I never performed for President Obama,” she explained. “I never was invited.”)

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Meanwhile, a breath of fresh air from actress Zoe Saldana, who had starred in the Star Trek reboots, Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Frankie Taggart reports for AFP (via Yahoo), Jan. 13, 2017, that Saldana, 38, who is not a supporter of Trump, maintains that her fellow actors’ bullying insults at Trump during the race for the White House helped elect Trump by turning off much of middle America. She told AFP:

“We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies. We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong… and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises. I’m learning from (Trump’s victory) with a lot of humility. If we have people continue to be strong and educate ourselves and stand by equal rights and treat everyone with respect, we won’t go back to those times.”

~Eowyn

This is Chiraq: 9 killed, 27 wounded in MLK Day weekend shootings

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? – MLK Jr.

From MyFoxChicago: At least 36 people have been shot across the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving nine dead, according to Chicago Police.

The latest killing happened at 11:36 a.m. Monday in the West Side Austin neighborhood, where a vehicle pulled up to a 24-year-old man who was on a porch in the 4800 block of West Hubbard and shot him repeatedly. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police said.  The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his name.

About 1:10 a.m., a 36-year-old man was standing outside in the 2200 block of West Chicago in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood when someone in a black SUV opened fire, striking him in the abdomen, face and left leg. He died at Stroger Hospital, police said. His name has not been released.

Early Sunday on the Near West Side, officers responded to a call of a person down about 5:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of West Van Buren and found a man in his 30s or 40s dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head, according to authorities, who were still working to identify him.

About 1:15 a.m., a 34-year-old man was gunned down in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.He got into an argument with someone who shot him in the chest in the 4700 block of West Polk, police said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said. His name has not been released.

Saturday night, a 26-year-old man was killed in an Austin drive-by shooting. He was outside in the 5500 block of West Rice about 7 p.m. when a vehicle drove by and someone shot him multiple times. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Mount Sinai, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Two men, ages 27 and 39, were standing in the street at 8:05 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of South Francisco in Lawndale when someone got out of a black car and fired multiple shots, police said. They were taken to Mount Sinai, where the younger man died of wounds to the head and chest, authorities said. His name has not been released. The older man was in good condition with a back wound.

Another man was killed and a woman was wounded about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, where at least five people went into a house in the 6000 block of South Carpenter and shot two people repeatedly. Tyrone Blake, 25, of the 6100 block of South Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:48 a.m., authorities said. The 26-year-old woman was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital.

Read about all the shootings here.

At least 22 more people were wounded in nonfatal shootings across Chicago between 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Monday. Last year, 32 people were shot over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, five fatally.

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Thousands of Hillary & Obama loyalists can’t find jobs

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Sarah Wheaton reports for Politico, Jan. 7, 2017:

“The job market is about to get even more crowded for Washington Democrats, as thousands of Obama appointees join the hundreds of Clinton campaign staffers looking for employment.

There’s rarely been less demand for their services.

The Trump tornado is tearing up post-election planning around the Beltway. It’s not just that those 4,000 administration jobs are no longer available to Hillary for America alumni, or that failed Senate candidates like Russ Feingold and Katie McGinty won’t be able to hire their staff on the Hill. There are also the lobbying firms, trade associations and corporate government affairs offices that are pitching senior Obama aides’ resumes into the round file while scrambling to hire operatives with Republican connections.

It’s insult to injury for a generation of young operatives who are still managing their shock and grief from Hillary Clinton’s loss. And for those who want to fight to keep … Obama’s legacy from being erased, there aren’t a lot of places ready to pay them to do it.”

Hillary and Obama’s useful idiots aren’t just finding it difficult to find government jobs, the private sector doesn’t want them either. From Politico:

“One [Obama] administration official said he was deep into negotiations with two tech companies in early November, but after the election, ‘there was a pretty clear about-face.’

One of the tech companies’ offices got in touch the day after the election stating that they needed to ‘re-scope the role in light of the results.’ The other company, the official said, was ‘far less euphemistic in saying we need Republicans, not Democrats.’”

Some Obama alumni useful idiots have found jobs in Silicon Valley, but Hillary’s useful idiots appear to be having a harder time, both emotionally and practically. Being the precious snowflakes that they are, Hillary’s useful idiots whine they’ve “lost their bearings,” rattled by “the differences in Trump’s values from those represented by Obama and Clinton.”

After repeatedly seeing job postings looking for Republican connections, former Hillary staffer Anastasia Kessler-Dellaccio says she “quite literally stripped out all of the Hillary stuff” out of her C.V. She added, “I have friends who even on LinkedIn have removed any Democratic Party alignment because they’re afraid if employers see too much Hillary stuff they’re not going to get a job.”

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Hey, Anastasia. If you really want to find reputable work, I suggest you put another pic of yourself on your LinkedIn page instead of the one you now have (see above). That is, assuming the employment you’re seeking is not one of those alleged hookers allegedly hired by Trump to allegedly urinate on a bed allegedly slept in by Obama in allegedly the Moscow Ritz-Carlton.

~Eowyn

Live stream of Trump’s press conference today – Open Thread

In the wake of CNN’s fake news report on Russia having “compromising” information on President-elect Donald Trump — which fell apart in less than 24 hours because of the vigilant Alternative Media — this press conference should be a doozy.

See “CNN Fake News: U.S. intelligence memo says Russia has ‘compromising’ information on Trump

I can’t wait to see Trump chew up the MSM, especially CNN, and spit them out.

Bring popcorn!

Click here for the livestream.

~Eowyn