More Whiney Hollywood

by: the Common Constitutionalist

To my reckoning, there are three professions people of below average intelligence can get into and still make a boat load of money. These are politics, acting and professional sports. I’m certainly not begrudging anyone who can make a very good living from a given talent, providing they just stick to what they do best and spare us all the political and cultural commentary.

As we’ve seen, one does not have to be particularly bright, attractive or athletic to run for office and win. To get elected it comes down to a matter of how well a candidate can lie, but sound sincere, sheer popularity and of course there is the ever-present race and gender issue. Yet many, if not most of  these not-so-bright politicians still seem to be able to go in poor and come out rich, despite not being too bright.  It is fascinating how many Senators become multi-millionaires after they are elected. Huh – funny.

And how else can a dim bulb like Sheila Jackson Lee get elected and hold her seat for 20 years. Lee has a net worth of around $1 million. That’s not rich by today’s standards, but for someone as demonstrably stupid as she, it’s nothing to sneeze at. She has been the poster girl for affirmative action her entire life.

Professional sports have far more than their fair share of multi-millionaires – most of whom are idiots. Again – more power to them if they are able to parlay their special athletic talents into a monster paycheck. The alternative for most would be no future at all. So shut up and play!

Then there are the thespians – the actors. Now, the percentage of stupid people who aspire to be big stars is probably off the charts, but it pales in comparison to percentage of big stars who are idiots. read more

One Way or Another – We Are The Cause of Terrorism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Western Leftists are really struggling to explain the rise of ISIS, the resurgence of al-Qaeda and radical Islamic terrorism in general. Liberals desperately grasp at anything they can point to as the cause(s) for terrorism – because it just has to be our fault. Somehow we brought this upon ourselves.

Bernie Sanders, the Vermont curmudgeon, claims that climate change is to blame. We on the right laugh at the idea, but Time.com last month reported that “many academics and national security experts agree that climate change contributes to an uncertain world where terrorism can thrive.” These Obama sycophants in academe and the “researchers” at the new and improved Department of Defense will say and do anything to advance the president’s climate change, wealth distribution agenda, and to keep their funding rolling in and save their jobs.

Time references a 2014 DOD report as proof of the expert claims. Although the report is a full 20 pages long, one has only to read a portion of the forward, which states: “The responsibility of the Department of Defense is the security of our country. Among the future trends that will impact our national security is climate change. In our defense strategy, we refer to climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’ because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism. We are already beginning to see some of these impacts.”

The report is stunning! The only thing they get right is the first sentence. If, to this point, you haven’t been worried about our security, I suggest you start. If this is what the great military minds at the Pentagon are concerned with, we are in worse trouble than I thought, as it appears Obama has successfully co-opted everyone short of the boots on the ground. read more

To D.C. Homeless – Let Them Eat Brioche

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Obama and the left love to travel the country making soap-box speeches bemoaning income inequality, yet right under their collective noses is a dichotomy of two vastly different economies in the District of Columbia. One is populated by “the connected”,  thriving in well-paying information and government jobs. The other is for people scrambling for even low-paying work.

rue Color ImageWe should be disgusted with that. Every high paying job in the DC area is attributed directly to government payroll or to servicing our bloated overseers. We all know this, and so do they in the “public sector,” but I’m sure they’ve convinced themselves, or been convinced, that their work is so essential, that they are the best and brightest, and therefore should be paid like kings.

According to the analysis by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, “the top 5 percent of households in the District averaged $473,000 a year…,” and that was 3 years ago. Gee – I wonder if it’s even more now?

In 2012, the Washington Post reported that the “District has one of the highest levels of income inequality among the nation’s cities, with the top fifth earning on average 29 times the income of the bottom fifth.

The city’s top fifth of all households pulled in $259,000 on average. In contrast, the bottom fifth had an average income of $9,100. read more