How To Destroy Donald Trump

Update: CNN poll: 64% of Republicans prefer securing border and deportation of illegals over legalization. 64%??? Maybe the voters like someone who agree with them on the issues? Is that part of the “secret sauce?” Is that why “attack Trump” does not work? Is that why “ignore Trump” does not work? Could Trump win? The real question is, “how can you stop him from winning?” Trump appears to be the right messenger with the right message.

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Why do we write these “How To Destroy….” articles? Because a word of warning, an ounce of prevention, can stave off disaster. Forewarned is forearmed. We’ve written many articles riffing on “How To Destroy Hillary Clinton” because we want Hillary Clinton to put armor on her soft underbelly so she can survive and thrive.

Thus far our warnings and advice to Hillary have been in vain. There is no armor on her soft underbelly. Instead Hillary appears to have outlined her vital organs in glowing paint to make targeting them easier for her enemies.

The only good news along this front, before we get to Donald Trump (to be followed with some more Hillary news), has been happening in the past few days. Something is happening. The ice is slowly melting. Since the polls from Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia, became public some good news might be happening.

What is this good news? Not much really. But ever since we placed country and principles above political party in 2008 we have found ourselves isolated. Old friends treated us like lepers. Our nationally recognized big name friends mostly no longer called (except those who leaked things to us in deepest background). The big dollar donor associates lost the ability to communicate. In short, once we refused to lie to ourselves and others, did not bury our objections with a shroud of silence about the creep Barack Obama, we became outcasts. We’ve grown happy about the situation and view these “losses” as gains that make us feel better about ourselves. In the past few days however we’re getting more and more “how have you been?” communications. Some of these big time Democrats (many of whom privately detest Barack Obama and think as we do) are now even willing to make outreach to us in a way they must know might not remain very private. We think and hope that this is because they fear we are right that Hillary had better change her strategy to what we suggest or she will find herself a loser. It’s not much hope, but it’s something folks. We’ll get back to Hillary after we teach the “How to destroy Donald Trump” seminar.

How To Destroy Donald Trump

It’s not going to be very easy to get rid of Donald Trump let alone “destroy” him. But there is a tried and true method that might work even though we don’t think it will. Remember when we defended Donald Trump against the whining Republican candidates for president with this little anecdote about Bill Clinton?:

In 1992 Bill Clinton was behind George H.W. Bush, and both of them were losers to the #1 H. Ross Perot. Did Bill Clinton whine? No, Bill Clinton put on dark shades, grabbed a saxophone, and went on the Arsenio Hall show and made his own luck. That’s how its done.



No “heartbreak hotel” for Bill Clinton that election. That little publicity stunt only got Bill Clinton some attention. But at the time that little attention was a pitcher of water in the desert for Bill because Perot had so energized the presidential race that Bill was sucking Perot’s exhaust pipe.

Bill Clinton used that saxophone stunt to get back in the game. But how did Bill Clinton go from a weak third place to inauguration? The answer is one word: theft. Um, we mean good theft. We mean issues theft. Bill Clinton stole H. Ross Perot’s big issue of the debt and deficit.

It wasn’t wholesale theft. Perot still had the oomph on the debt and deficit issue but Bill Clinton shifted his campaign strategy sufficiently to be taken seriously, as no Democrat ever has since, that he would fight the national debt and get rid of the deficit as president. Eventually President Bill Clinton would not only get rid of the deficit but start Andrea Mitchell’s husband a’worrying about how Bill was about to destroy the debt too. Good ol’ days.

It was not the first time Bill Clinton committed grand larceny of an issue. During the primaries in 1992 the befuddled Bob Kerrey campaigned on universal health care. Bill Clinton stole that issue wholesale and retail, lock, stock, and barrel, and won the nomination. Does anyone see how this relates to Donald Trump.

If any Republican candidate wants to “destroy” Donald Trump it’s not going to be with recitations of past positions or “rude” or contradictory statements by The Donald. The only way to destroy Donald Trump is to steal his issues.

Yeah, the only way to destroy Donald Trump is to steal his issues. But that is easier said than done because of the nature of Donald Trump’s main issue.

Donald Trump’s main issue is not really illegal immigration. Sure, illegal immigration and his colorful attack on illegal immigrants got lots of attention. But that is not really Donald Trump’s big issue.

Donald Trump’s main issue is not really the deplorable conditions in this country. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really the fleecing of America by other countries. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really ObamaCare. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really ObamaTrade. Donald Trump’s main issue is not drug dealers and/or crime.

DONALD TRUMP’S MAIN ISSUE IS THE WHOREHOUSE CORRUPTION THAT IS WASHINGTON, THE POLITICAL CLASS, AND BIG MEDIA.

So how does a governor or a senator or even a former Secretary of State steal that issue from Donald J. Trump?

Republican candidates for president, along with Hillary and Saint Bernard of Vermont, know they cannot steal Donald Trump’s #1 main big mammajamma issue. So the first tactic was to attack Trump without restraint. Remember this from Republican/conservative website Hotair:

But this is one gigantic bridge too far. Whether he said that out of ignorance, a desire to cause a stir or – and I pray this isn’t true – because he really feels that way, I am done with him. Completely and absolutely done. Anyone who can allow those words to pass their lips is not fit to command our armed forces and is either too stupid, too oblivious or just too unamerican to serve as President of these United States.

Speaking only as one veteran who survived absolutely nothing compared to Senator McCain, I will close with a simple message. Goodbye, Mr. Trump. Your little show has been entertaining to say the least and, in your own way, you spurred some aspects of the national debate which needed a boost. But the sooner you exit the stage the better. You shall have no vote from me in any election, primary or general.

That writer was joined by the Republican National Committee as well as just about every Republican/conservative/leftist/moderate website and so many “leaders” they are too many to count. Those attacks against Trump were joined by major companies and business leaders and business associates of Donald Trump. The only brave souls that stuck by the Trump were good ol’ Big Pink and the voters.

That writer we cited above? Behold the latest from that “I’ll never vote for Trump” writer:

The full numbers were announced on Jake Tapper’s State of the Union broadcast and he took a fifteen minute phone call from Trump live on the air as soon as he finished reading them. It was a fairly aggressive, wide ranging interview, but Trump came off very well. In fact, as much as I might want to, I’m having a hard time staying mad at Donald Trump. I’m still completely turned off by his McCain war record comments (and no, I’m not getting into the whole thing again this morning) but I can’t deny the appeal of most of the rest of what Donald is selling this summer.

Okay… I can’t stay mad at you, ya big galoot. If you’re the nominee I’ll vote for ya. I can’t risk a “Hillary by default” vote on my conscience.

That’s some big change isn’t it? From “you shall have no vote from me in any election” to “I’ll vote for ya” is a lot of distance. From “not fit to command our armed forces and is either too stupid, too oblivious or just too unamerican to serve as President” to “I can’t deny the appeal” is a walk further than Long Island. So what accounts for this?

The Republican establishment now realizes that the attacks against Trump have backfired. We’ll document why in a moment. So now the strategy is to ignore Trump. Bring up some other failed candidates to the fore for interviews. Drag some elected who have a tough speech into the limelight if only to ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. As if.

Donald Trump will not be ignored, so writes the leftist Atlantic:

There’s No Stopping the Trump Show

Republicans wish their bombastic frontrunner would go away—but they can’t figure out how to get rid of him.

LAREDO, Texas—You want the Trump show to be over. But it’s not over.

You want to ignore Donald Trump. You think maybe if you ignore him long enough, he will go away. Well, guess what? He’s not going away.

The media, you may have noticed, is full of Trump—explanations of Trump, denunciations of Trump, justifications of Trump, analyses of Trump, handwringing about the coverage of Trump, and accounts of the latest outrageous thing Trump has done. He is on the front page of every newspaper, the top of every newscast. They can’t believe it; they can’t get their heads around it, that this is happening, and not only is it happening, it is the biggest thing in American politics right now. It has consumed American politics. It—Trump—is bigger than the entire rest of the Republican field, which, by the way, has 15 other people in it—governors, senators, very big, very serious people. Trump is bigger than them all.

Trump is so big they are attacking him just to get themselves noticed. [snip]

Trump has the Republican Party by the throat. It cannot figure out how to get rid of him. The party elites, those snobs in D.C. who do not respect or understand the people out there in America, are tearing their hair out over the damage Trump is supposedly doing to the party. [snip]

Yet the party has no power over Trump. He has the money, he has the press, he has the voters.

The Trumpnado in Laredo was not Donald Trump’s last stand. Trump was in Oskaloosa Iowa on Saturday. He was truly brilliant in his very polished politician presentation even as he came off as everyman fighting the powers that be. We thought this was a particularly clever way to do politics:

Trump vs. Clinton: A tale of 2 Iowa rallies

Hillary’s intimate policy seminar could not have been more different than Donald’s bombastic barbecue. [snip]

Donald Trump was in town.

The billionaire mogul gave a rowdy rally in his signature meandering, yet riveting style. He went after a new target — Scott Walker, calling his state a “disaster” and ripping the Wisconsin governor’s fiscal policies. He regaled the crowd with tales of Thursday’s circus-like trip to Laredo, Texas, where he toured the border and showcased his provocative attacks on illegal immigrants. He spent the rest of his time lamenting the state of the country while touting what an amazing businessman he is.

Who can do better than Trump?” Trump said. “I fix things.” [snip]

He betrayed a little insecurity in going after Walker, who he said was “finally” fair game because one of the governor’s donors had called him a “dumb-dumb.” [snip]

“Wisconsin’s doing terribly. It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core,” he said to big cheers, adding later, “I wrote all this stuff down though I don’t need to though because I’ve got a really good memory.”

Trump was also sure to sell the crowd on his resume: “I’m very good with contracts, don’t you want that? … I went to Wharton School of Finance. I was a really good student.” [snip]

If it wasn’t for me, you would’ve never heard of a ‘sanctuary city’” he said. [snip]

But all the bluster has yet to put him in the lead in Iowa, where he trails Walker in recent polls.

“Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” he asked the crowd.

That’s a mix of bombast politicians typically use but without the phony humility – along with a schoolboy charm in doing what campaign strategists stress to candidates is an important “ask”. “Ask the voters to vote for you” is something candidates, especially first time candidates, often forget to do. But Trump asks for support from voters with a vanity and charm that is clear English. “Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” Who does an ask in such a manner? Trump.

That type of pomposity mixed with humility is sneered at by the political class. But for Trump, who was pronounced dead by just about everyone after his remarks about McCain, it works. It works wonders.

It works wonders in New Hampshire. It works astonishingly across the nation. It works miracles in Iowa, as the leftist loons at Vox are forced to admit:

Republicans’ Donald Trump problem just got worse

Donald Trump was supposed to flame out fast. Instead, he’s burning ever hotter in the first contests of the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

The real estate mogul and reality TV star has a seven-point lead over his nearest competitor in New Hampshire, and he’s breathing down the neck of longtime Iowa caucuses leader Scott Walker, according to two NBC-Marist University polls released Sunday morning. [snip]

Scott Walker remains in the pole position in Iowa with 19 percent of Republican saying he’s their candidate. But Trump, who has lagged him by 8 or 9 percentage points in each of the last three polls taken in Iowa, now trails Walker by just 2 percentage points at 17 percent.

Trump’s favorability rating is right side up with Republicans. [snip]

Trump appears to be bleeding support mostly from the bottom tiers of candidates, as Jeb Bush, at 12 percent, is the only other hopeful in double digits in Iowa. That is, Trump seems to be consolidating a lot of the anti-establishment vote.

The turf in New Hampshire is even more fertile ground for Trump. He’s supplanted Bush as the favorite in the “Live Free or Die” state. Trump checked in with 21 percent of registered New Hampshire Republicans, leaving Bush at 14 percent and Walker at 12 percent, in the dust.

“Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” Trump is 2 points away from feeling much better and being in position to win Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s also #1 in North Carolina so we suspect that South Carolina might be on Trump’s menu. Then there is the Florida primary, winner take all, which up to now was supposed to be a caged death match between Rubio and Jeb. Could Trump, who regularly visits his many properties in Florida decide to contest Florida thereby knocking out both Rubio and Jeb in one bloody stroke? And don’t forget, if Walker loses the neighboring state of Iowa, Walker is out (and what a fool Walker was to attack Trump and follow that up with a Walker donor also attacking Trump opening the door to a Trump attack). So is Donald Trump set to be the nominee???? You betcha!

Outsider Ben Carson? Trump is a bigger outsider and not so soft-spoken. Carly Fiorina? A tough outsider like Trump but without organization and popularity and a problem history at Hewlett Packard. Pataki?, Gilmore?, Cruz?, Graham?, Perry?, etc., etc.? We’ll wait until the August 6 debate; but if Donald Trump is consolidating the anti-establishment voter juggernaut all calculations go out the window.

Think any Washington elected figure such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Graham, can steal Trump’s main issue? Think any elected official such as Walker, Christie, Kasich, can steal Trump’s main issue? Think again. Trump is throwing out the moneychangers at the temple and burning down the establishment:

OSKALOOSA, Iowa—Donald Trump said there was no cap in the amount of money he would be willing to put into his campaign for the Republican nomination for president if his message continues to resonate with voters.

Speaking at a free-wheeling press conference following a rally in this city east of Des Moines, Mr. Trump also attacked Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and Democrat Hillary Clinton with accusations that they were beholden to wealthy donors.

Mr. Trump, a real-estate developer and television personality, has almost entirely self-financed his campaign so far.

“Bush is controlled by those people. Walker is controlled by those people. Hillary Clinton is controlled by those people. Trump has none of those people,” he said Saturday afternoon. “I’m not controlled. I do what’s right for the people.” [snip]

He’s saying the things we really feel,” said Gary Staggs, a 55-year-old small business owner from Oskaloosa. “Politicians can’t say them because they are so afraid of somebody they will offend.”

Mr. Trump delivered a nearly hourly long monologue without notes that touched on the imbalance of trade with China, his wealth and Iowa’s hot weather.

I love you people. I love Iowa. But it’s hot as hell and I’m sweating like a dog,” said Mr. Trump, who wore a full suit.

“I’m sweating like a dog” is not something that comes out of the mouths of politicians. “I’m perspiring profusely” is the mushy English politicians use, er, utilize.

English when properly wielded is a potent weapon. Winston Churchill rallied Western civilization with profound words of defiance and resolve – and backed them up with fearless action. Like Churchill, when Donald Trump was allegedly in “trouble” Trump did not back down. Trump mobilized his voters with powerful English backed up by equally powerful action when he refused to apologize to the sanitation truck chasing dogs called Big Media and the political class.

Hillary Clinton

Which brings us back to Hillary Clinton. We continue and will continue and continue and continue to scream that the Hillary2016 tactic of the “Obama third term” or hugging Obama or keeping quiet about the disaster that is Obama is a strategic mistake which will lead Hillary2016 to Hindenberg size defeat. We persist that a massive purge of Obama operatives from Hillary2016 and separation from Obama must take place. We will scream and shout that Barack Obama is Hillary and Hillary2016’s most nefarious and dangerous enemy.

Some will insist that no, Benghazi or email stuff is the big problem Hillary has. But no. As we have written, the big enemy of Hillary and Hillary2016 is treacherous Barack Obama:

Hillary faces dangerous enemy in the Obama administration [snip]

Look for Vice President Joe Biden to jump in soon, and lefty Sen. Elizabeth Warren might also take the leap.

Meanwhile, Clinton must play ­defense against her former colleagues in the State Department and intelligence agencies.

Actually, it’s worse. She’s almost certainly up against the White House.

Somebody very high in the food chain leaked the memos requesting the probe. The New York Times, which broke the story, identified its source only as “a senior government official.”

My money is on Valerie Jarrett, the Obamas’ Rasputin, who is known to despise Clinton. If it was Jarrett, she would not do this against the president’s wishes.

That also would be true for any “senior government official” who leaked the memos. Targets don’t get any bigger than Hillary Clinton, so this was not a rogue operation. This was an approved hit. [snip]

It’s also possible the White House is ­using the issue to keep her in line on the Iranian nuke deal. The implied threat is “look what happened to Robert Menendez.”

Bed – dogs – fleas.

Does this deter Hillary’s dangerous liaison with treacherous Barack Obama? No because we’re told Barack is so popular that Hillary has to tie herself to B.O. and the cult. But the stink of B.O. overpowers the senses:

They Really, Really Don’t Like Him
Our unpopular president.

Barack Obama is not popular. This plain and simple fact may surprise those who read only legacy journalists, who often elide this inconvenient truth. [snip]

Obama’s job approval in this poll was a paltry 43 percent, with 55 percent disapproval. This is hardly a public “closely divided,” but it is typical of the media’s approach. They prefer to gloss over his bad numbers, point out the weakness of the GOP, or emphasize how popular he is among Democrats.

But ignoring a fact does not make it any less true. Obama is unpopular, and he has been unpopular for a while. [snip]

To date, Obama has been unpopular for more than two-thirds of his tenure. If he stays under 50 percent for the remainder of his term, he will have been unpopular for longer than any postwar leader. [snip]

The cumulative effect on the public mood is evident. According to Real Clear Politics, 61 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track. [snip]

The country likewise does not believe Obama’s policy prescriptions are sensible. [snip]

Though Hillary Clinton is increasingly dominating the political spotlight, the president’s standing will affect the 2016 contest. Clinton is scurrying leftward to keep Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley from winning the progressive vote, but in so doing she risks alienating the middle of the country, which has tired of activist government. And it is quite likely that, as his former secretary of state, Clinton will be seen as Obama’s successor, thus bearing the burden of his unpopularity.

So before our dear friends try to hop on lifeboat Big Pink they better have an answer as to why Hillary is at all tied to Barack Obama and hires Obama cult members to populate Hillary2016.

Before our former dear friends and establishment pals try to cuddle with us they better understand that Hillary2016 is on a slow boat to palookaville. We advised that Hillary had to run a “time for a change” campaign, not an Obama third term “stay the course” mess. We got the mess instead of a call for change.

Think we’re alone? We wrote about the Hillary2016 muddled message mess in 2013. Now the leftist kooks at Salon begin to see what was in front of their faces:

This is why Hillary’s losing: The issue Jeb Bush and Donald Trump understand, which may keep Clinton from the White House
Her negatives are almost as bad as Trump’s. She’s not trusted, and losing swing states. Start talking about reform! [snip]

Politicians are going to destroy this country. They are weak and ineffective. They are controlled by the lobbyists of the special interests. Every one of these lobbyists that give money expects something for it… They could take a politician and have him jump off this ledge.
–Donald Trump, last Wednesday

And here you thought Trump was wrong about everything. [snip]

Government corruption is perhaps the central issue of the 2016 campaign because it’s the biggest problem facing our country. [snip]

In office Obama forgot all about ethics reforms. It was the biggest mistake of his presidency. Republicans didn’t stop him. It is a hallmark of many ethics reforms, including most of his, that they may be implemented by executive order. Obama didn’t pursue them because he didn’t want to. [snip]

That Obama translated this public anger into a message in 2008 — but didn’t follow up with policy in 2009 — may reveal an underlying worldview. [snip]

I think reform is the key not just to the white working class but to the election. The Democrats must embrace it with specificity and sincerity, but so far they’ve barely mentioned it.

So why is Hillary embracing the unpopular treacherous Barack Obama?

Does anyone think that Donald Trump’s winning big issue can be stolen by the creatures of, by, and for D.C. whoever he, or she, is?

If she does not change her ways and her campaign strategy, Hillary2016 will be destroyed. Donald Trump? How to destroy Donald Trump gets harder and harder every day. Most every voter knows it is time to make America great again.

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203 thoughts on “How To Destroy Donald Trump

  1. Do you really want to know how bad the Hillary/Obama3 campaign is going…

    yesterday I saw…guess who…Patti Solis Doyle speaking regarding Hillary’s campaign…really…Patti Solis ‘One Eye’ Doyle defending Hillary..

    …you ask, why ‘One Eye’ her hair completely covered one eye during everything she was saying…such a perfect metaphor for PSD, the Obama sabatoge…she looked like some untrustworthy siren casting some spell…

    and Hillary…and Bill’s loss of control over her own…and probably last…campaign continues…

    I don’t want to repeat myself but where are the Clinton spokespeople…like Lisa Caputo or Mandy Grunwald…people who can earnestly speak on behalf of Hillary…

    where are the Clinton people???

  2. Admin suggests and questions:

    Yeah, the only way to destroy Donald Trump is to steal his issues. But that is easier said than done because of the nature of Donald Trump’s main issue.

    Does anyone think that Donald Trump’s winning big issue can be stolen by the creatures of, by, and for D.C. whoever he, or she, is?

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    again, don’t want to repeat myself…but from the very bottom of the last thread…

    I propose that Donald is already “stealing the issues” from the left and the right…and the big secret is that Donald is already an independent…running as a Conservative Republican

    S

    July 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

    yes, Donald Trump is running now as a ‘conservative republican’ however if you start to dig deep into even what Trump has said recently you can hear the voice (and heart?) of an independent…

    examples of “Stolen Issues”

    he has already said he wants health care for all

    he has already said he will protect Social Security, not cut it

    he has already talked about “a merit system” as one option for resolving the immigration issue

    he has already stated we need borders to stop any more illegal immigration and that he will immediately get rid of the “bad dudes”

    ………imho…he already sounds like an independent running as a republican…he almost sounds like a ‘middle way’

    we’ll see how this plays out…but in the long run, Trump is the person who is running with a ‘national strategy’…and he has the ability to shame both the dems and repubs if they get too radical either way…

    wouldn’t it be so ironic if Donald turns out to be the “common sense” candidate…

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    it would be nice if Hillary would fire all the O team and get back to Clinton basics…and common sense…before it is way, way to late…

  3. I don’t really see the need for Republicans to make any effort to “destroy” Donald Trump. Maybe you could argue that, if you were running as a strong proponent of “establishment” Washington insider Republican ideals, then you might feel the need to attack Trump. Any candidate running as a “change Washington” proponent should just sit back and enjoy the show.

    Presidential nominations are marathons. The candidate who wins will have proven themselves in a variety of venues over the long haul forced to go deeper at some point that Twitter slogans.

    In August 2012, here were the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll numbers for the Republican nomination:

    http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/NEWS/A_Politics/_Today_Stories_Teases/Correct_NBCWSJ_poll.pdf

    Rick Perry ……………………. 38
    Mitt Romney ………………… 23
    Ron Paul ……………………… 9
    Michele Bachmann ……….. 8
    Newt Gingrich ………………. 5
    Herman Cain ………………… 5
    Rick Santorum ……………… 3
    Jon Huntsman ………………. 2

    Did anyone really need to plot strategy to “destroy” Rick Perry?

  4. S, Patti Solis Doyle was the source of the most damning quotes against Hillary in the book Game Change. An Obama mole at the highest levels of Hillary2008 snuck in and wrecked. Now Hillary2016 welcomes the moles with open plates of cheese.

  5. Excellent article as always, admin. Every day that Hillary keeps these Obama moles and saboteurs in her campaign is another day I lose a little more hope that she will be able to win the presidency in 2016.

  6. Those poll numbers above were from August 2011.

    Here’s the NBC Poll from December 2011, just a month before the Iowa Caucus and the NH Primary:

    Newt Gingrich ……………… 40
    Mitt Romney ……………….. 23
    Ron Paul …………………….. 9
    Michele Bachmann ………. 8
    Rick Perry …………………… 6
    Jon Huntsman ……………… 5
    Rick Santorum …………….. 3

    http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/NEWS/A_Politics/_Today_Stories_Teases/111213DecNBCWSJpoll.pdf

    There’s a long road between now and the actual primaries. It is yet to be seen how many times the Republican voters can hear Donald Trump say, “I’m really, really rich….”

  7. Every day that Hillary keeps these Obama moles and saboteurs in her campaign is another day I lose a little more hope that she will be able to win the presidency in 2016.

    What choice does she have?

    All Obama has to do is trigger the indictment on the same charges that he used to destroy Petraeus and Hillary Clinton’s campaign is finished.

  8. What is this good news? Not much really. But ever since we placed country and principles above political party in 2008 we have found ourselves isolated. Old friends treated us like lepers. Our nationally recognized big name friends mostly no longer called (except those who leaked things to us in deepest background). The big dollar donor associates lost the ability to communicate. In short, once we refused to lie to ourselves and others, did not bury our objections with a shroud of silence about the creep Barack Obama, we became outcasts. We’ve grown happy about the situation and view these “losses” as gains that make us feel better about ourselves.
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    1. Polonius:
    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!

    Laertes:
    Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.

    Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82

    2. If you follow that advice, and are right as you are Admin., in due course, the world will come round.

  9. admin

    July 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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    it is baffaling…like they are blackmailing her…and ironically Hillary is the one seemingly ‘protecting’ O …imagine if anyone actually gave an answer to ‘where was O on the night of Benghazi?’

    if she had only stayed far, far away from him and been free to run as herself with the Clinton brand…gives me a sinking feeling…

  10. Admin. I have a bad habit of reading your posts, stopping when I see something I want to comment on, comment and then go back to reading. This is a function and a liability of advancing age, and it does have its ambiguous effects, because sometimes the point you raise is answered in the next paragraph. Thus, when you raised the point that Trump is vulnerable to the possibility that some other candidate will seize his issues, I thought of just how impractical that would be, since all of them except Cruz favor amnesty, and more important his overarching issue is the corruption of the Washington cartel, I told myself once again, which of them other than Cruz are willing to do that? The phone rang, I forgot what I was going to post, read on and I realized that you had reached the same conclusion as I have that no one other than Cruz can pre empt the main issue. Correction, one of them dare to do so. Which means he and Donald are feted.

    The gravamen of the complaint sounds in the law of admiralty where you have two kinds of actions: actions in personam, and actions in rem. Actions in rem are suits against the vesssel as opposed to the vessel owner as a person. And they are as old as the coffee houses of the Lloyds of London. The action which Trump and Cruz are bringing is not an action against Hillary, or even Obama. That would be an action in personam. The action they are bringing is against the cartel and is, per force, an action in rem. They are attacking the thing–that hot house of corruption called the Washington cartel. It is the mirror image of La Costra Nostra, which is Italian for “our thing”. The Washington cartel belongs to career politicians, staffers, lobbyists, trade associations, and their mouthpiece is big media. In my day, the family which controlled Teamsters Local 295 depicted in the Scorsese production Goodfellas that I negotiated labor agreements over the years, with also controlled the cement business in Manhattan, and rather than their normal vig which was 3% they gorged themselves on 10% or more. The Washington cartel functions in the exact same manner.

  11. Admin

    I hope your political (returning) friends will finally come out of the hopium den and help Hillary find her own voice again.

    So what if she worked for Barry as SOS for two years.
    So what if she thinks winning the kooks votes.

    Open your eyes Hillary, look at those scars on your back from all the stabs you got in 2008.

    I have waited for you to run and become our President, but I will not support you if you keep following in the failed policies of Obama.

    Come on Hillary, don’t act so weak.

  12. wbboei:

    One of the Cruz talking points for the debate is that every single person on the stage, except Cruz, has at one time been an outspoken proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens.

    The other question he intends to ask is, “what have you done, when have you ever stood up to fight the crony capitalism of Washington, even if it means going against your own party?”

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    The influential evangelical blogger, Eric Erickson, calls out the Presidential field for “crickets” today:

    http://www.redstate.com/2015/07/27/where-is-the-outrage-cc-jebbush-governorperry-marcorubio-scott-walker-bobbyjindal-carlyfiorina/

    It is stuff like this that has Donald Trump in first place, kicking everybody else’s back side. And it is stuff like this that is going to see Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% start rising in the polls.

    I realize Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% is a competitor to the other candidates, but if they cannot share the Republican voters’ outrage over what happened in the Senate yesterday, they might need to let Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% run for office.

    The Senate Republicans, joined with Democrats, and set the stage for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a bank that Governor Rick Perry of Texas has been vocally critical of with Cruz, and the Senate Republicans refused to put up a vote for defunding Planned Parenthood or Obamacare.

    The Republicans have all talked a great game of late on the campaign trail, but when Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% tried to get it defunded in the Senate, Mitch McConnell refused not only to allow the vote, but wouldn’t even allow a roll call vote on it.

    Republican Senators refused to fight evil because they do not like Cruz and Lee.

    Where the hell are the Republican leader? Of the 2,347 candidates running for President, surely there are more than just Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% willing to speak forcefully and vocally against the Republicans in Washington.

    It is outrageous. The excuses of the Senate Republicans hold no water.

    Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, and the rest should be publicly calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 59% to allow the votes.

    And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 91%, who tweeted he was headed to South Carolina today, should be headed to the Senate instead to help his friend Mike Lee defund Planned Parenthood.

    Donald Trump is leading the Republicans in polling because he was the only guy showing leadership against Washington. Ted Cruz showed that leadership this weekend and Republicans should be thanking him for exposing the cronies and corruption.

  13. was supposed to be a caged death match between Rubio and Jeb.
    ——-
    Wherein the only casualty is the audience . . .

    They die of boredom.

  14. hwc
    July 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm
    ——
    And it isn’t just the courage and clarity of thought we see in Cruz–it is his eloquence. Some of his speeches, always delivered without notes, rise to the highest level of political discourse. The thoughts I have to struggle to come up with flow glibly and passionately from his tongue, and that is what makes him a force to be reckoned with. There is no greater showman than Trump, no greater statesman than Cruz, and that is why they suck the oxygen out of the room, and do what big media is charged with doing by the elites–defining the limits of acceptable public opinion–which is a form of thought control, masquerading under the euphemism of political correctness.

  15. The point is, they deprive big media of its ability to control public opinion. No wonder they are scared.

  16. Where the hell are the Republican leader? Of the 2,347 candidates running for President, surely there are more than just Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% willing to speak forcefully and vocally against the Republicans in Washington.
    ———
    I hope that is a rhetorical question. Because the answer is obvious. Think back to the 2008 campaign when Wrangel who convinced her to run in the first place gave up the ghost when the pressure got too much for him. Her comment to a friend who passed it along to me, says it all. They (the public officials) are not leaders. I think she was being euphemistic. And to us, watching what is going on in the other party, in trying to gang up on Ted, it is obvious that the Republicans are no better. Party uber alles, because the party is the instrument that secures their lip lock on the sugar tit of the American People.

  17. hwc
    July 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm
    wbboei:
    ——
    Yes. Those questions have the salutary effect of boxing them in.

  18. An email I just received:

    At this time our elected leaders should heed the advice of Vladimir Putin. I’d suggest that not only our leaders, but every citizen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and USA paid attention to this advice. All of Europe as well. How scary is that?

    It’s a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than OUR DEMOCRATIC LEADERS – but here it is!
    ——-

    Vladimir Putin’s spe e ch. (SHORTEST SPEECH EVER) On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

    “In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.

    If they prefer Sharia Law and live the life of Muslims, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges or try to change our laws to fit their desires – no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’.

    We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia.

    The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

    When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.”
    —–

    The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five-minute standing ovation!

    (If you keep this to yourself, you are part of the problem!)

  19. I think reform is the key not just to the white working class but to the election.

    The Democrats must embrace it with specificity and sincerity, but so far they’ve barely mentioned it.—Salon

    ————
    Salon was just fine with the corruption as long as it advanced their candidate.

    And now that it doesn’t, they are telling us exactly what?

    That those who have profited from the corruption should now do an about face and condemn it.

    That would be quite a case of special pleading—and self renunciation.

    Clue: ain’t gonna happen.

    It would take some rising star in the party with the skill set of Ted Cruz.

    If they had one, the position would be easy to articulate,

  20. And it isn’t just the courage and clarity of thought we see in Cruz–it is his eloquence. Some of his speeches, always delivered without notes, rise to the highest level of political discourse.

    Indeed. When I started wading my way through the various Republican candidates, Cruz’ impressive ability to speak extemporaneously like he was reading a carefully written speech impressed me. No, uhhhs. No stuttering. He speaks off the cuff better than most politicians read a teleprompter. I ended up tracking down the audio from one of his Supreme Court arguments and he was just ridiculously skillful getting grilled in a brutally tough environment. I always thought he would be formidable if he could last long enough to get to the debates and to first tier status where he is getting constant media interviews.

    His book explains his start. Instead of sports, his weird teen extra-curricular was a Texas organization that sent young people to Chamber of Commerce and other meetings to give speeches on the US Constitution. One of the things they had to do at these events was set up easels and poster boards and write out the Constitution from memory before giving their speeches.

    One of the tricks that he and his roommate/debate partner used in winning the Parliamentary Debate title at Princeton was to always allow the opponent to pick which side they wanted to argue. Kind of an “in your face” bit of gamesmanship, letting the opponents know that they were prepared to beat them no matter what side they ended up with.

  21. wbboei
    July 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    When Cruz was running in the Senate primary, I heard a woman asked a local judge what was the big deal with Cruz? She didn’t get it. He told her she probably couldn’t function at that level. THAT went right over her head too. Some people are incapable of thinking at that level and some are afraid of him for doing so.

  22. …one of Trump’s most attractive selling points is that he is his own man…

    he is not beholden to insiders, consultants, lobbyists and other people’s money…no Soros, no Koch brothers, etc…and he his baggage is visible…so he is not perfect…

    hence he can run right down the middle and pick up votes from not only the middle and bottom feeders in the GOP line up, but also independents and moderate and working class democrats…

    so when Trump says he is losing alot (money, criticism, etc) and must do what he is doing because he “wants to make America great again” and has a real time track record of accomplishments in many areas the country needs…and comes across fearless and unafraid…that rings true to alot of everyday, normal people…who will be voting…

    whereas what’s going on with the others?

    Jeb…all tied up with lobbyists…and a third Bush too many…

    Hillary…following O and focusing on O3 in the making

    …as for Ted Cruz…imho…he will never…never…be elected President…he might be able to shape the dialogue and issues but Ted Cruz, as the nominee, would probably guarantee Hillary’s win…and I find it extremely doubtful that he would get the nomination…maybe something in an administration after someone else wins…

    Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham aren’t even worth discussing…going nowhere fast…at 1% or less…they aren’t in on the joke…

    Scott Walker and John Kaisch…alittle too late…maybe…we’ll see…???

    so, if “change” is the answer…who is inspiring?…

  23. The lesson learned from World War I?

    Secret covenants secretly arrived at were the cause.

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant, electric light the best policeman.

    The grand bargain with Iran is festooned with . . .

    Secret covenants secretly arrived at.

    This morning I posted an article by Roger Simon making this very point.

    Now Andy McCarthy has weighed in and reached a similar conclusion:
    ——–
    Andrew McCarthy, writing in the National Review complains the administration’s foreign policy consists of too many hidden side deals whose consequences nobody fully knows. Speaking of the Iran deal he writes “after a few days of misdirection, administration officials now admit that there are ‘side deals’ that the administration has not revealed to Congress and does not intend to make public. So far, we know of two ‘side deals’ — who knows how many more there may actually be?”

    Who can say? One thing’s for sure. There will be more side deals tomorrow than there are today. For side deals, once permitted to breed tend to multiply like rabbits. This secretive diplomacy, as if between monarchs runs counter to the very bedrock of the Constitution McCarthy argues.

    Obama ran to the Security Council and rammed through a resolution commencing implementation of his Iran deal before Congress or the American people could consider it. He thus undermined American sovereignty and the Constitution by scheming to impose an international-law fait accompli. And he thus undermined American national security by transferring his inspection commitments to an international agency that he knows is not close to being capable of executing them. …

    The Constitution forbids providing aid and comfort to America’s enemies. And the Framers’ notion that a president would be punishable for deceiving Congress regarding the conduct of foreign affairs meant that lawmakers would be obliged to use their constitutional powers to protect the United States — not merely shriek on cable television as if they were powerless spectators.

    The more important cost of hidden side deals and complex hedging is that Congress and the entire nation are on the hook for commitments they do not understand. The president has written all kinds of checks for things that can only be dimly guessed. Only Obama’s inner circle — and perhaps not even they — fully comprehend the palimpsest of agreements to which they have agreed.

    The outcome of ad hoc but secret dealmaking is what might be called virtual engagement, where the administration while publicly pretending to “end wars” actually becomes embroiled in a growing number of them.

  24. as for Ted Cruz…imho…he will never…never…be elected President…he might be able to shape the dialogue and issues but Ted Cruz, as the nominee, would probably guarantee Hillary’s win…and I find it extremely doubtful that he would get the nomination…maybe something in an administration after someone else wins…

    I think he’s a long-shot for 2016, but never is a long time and Cruz is a very capable politician. It took Reagan two tries and I would not dismiss the possibility that Ted Cruz is eventually nominated to run for President. He’s only 44, so he’s got five or six more election cycles before he’s Hillary’s age.

    He might go back to Texas for a couple terms as Governor.

    ————–

    Hard to assess a Cruz/Clinton general election. On the one hand, they will try to paint Cruz as an extremist. On the other hand, a young Latino running against the tired ideas and fat cat crony capitalism of Washington insiders seems like a problem for Clinton.

  25. Mormaer
    July 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm
    —–
    It becomes easier to think at that level if you start with first principles.

    Admin has talked about this, and they are what has sustained admin and this blog against the forces of conformity, relativism, and greed that dominate the political landscape. And although the true test of a friend is a willingness to tell you when you are wrong, the downside risk is he or she will sever the friendship, rather than face the cold hard truth.

    For me, the first principle is something Tom Sowell said, about the need to preserve a consitutional order which has given liberty and prosperity to generations of Americans.

    If you start with that premise, all the rest becomes easier to understand, and to act upon. Suddenly, they cannot bambooze you any more, or tempt you with baubles, or bread and circuses. And the litmus test is don’t tell me you support certain principles. Show me where yo have fought and bled for them. Otherwise, shut the fuck up.

    So for me it is not so much a level of thought. And that is good because I haven’t the mind of a Ted Cruz and all I can say in my own defense is nobody else does either. But I do have that same commitment to the constitution that he does, which to me and you perhaps is true and adorable.

  26. imho…Ted Cruz will take votes from Huckabee..

    snip

    Farris and Dan Wilks, billionaires who made their fortunes in the West Texas fracking boom, have given $15 million of the $38 million that the pro-Cruz super PAC, Keep the Promise, will disclose in election filings next week, according to sources outside the super PAC with knowledge of the giving.

    snip

    Keep the Promise is technically four separate committees that give three families more control over their own super PAC. Most of the attention has focused on Robert Mercer, a New York hedge fund magnate who gave the second-most money to conservative groups in 2014 than any other Republican donor. Mercer has given $11 million of the $38 million raised, according to a leader of the super PACs. Another $10 million comes from Toby Neugebauer, a Houston investor and a personal friend of Cruz’s. The involvement of the Wilks brothers was first reported by National Review.

    snip

    Driven mostly by their opposition to abortion and their fear that their religious sect — which interprets every word of the Bible literally — is under attack, Dan and Farris Wilks have slowly become more accustomed to funding campaigns. As recent billionaires, however, they haven’t yet risen to the profile of the other conservative siblings that have revolutionized outside spending: the Koch Brothers.

    Now, though, they are prepared to step right into the middle of a potentially nasty Republican nomination fight that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

    “We need a true leader in Washington,” Farris’ younger brother, Dan, 59, said in the statement. “A leader that will stand up for biblical morals. We need a leader who is proud of America, not one who apologizes for us. We need a leader who encourages hard work, not one who tells people who don’t work that they should make the same living as people who do. We need a leader who will make sure America doesn’t end up a socialist nation.”

  27. as for Ted Cruz…imho…he will never…never…be elected President…he might be able to shape the dialogue and issues but Ted Cruz, as the nominee, would probably guarantee Hillary’s win…and I find it extremely doubtful that he would get the nomination…maybe something in an administration after someone else wins…
    ——-
    Never?

    Never is a long, long time.

    I believe it is a moving target.

    As has been pointed out, Reagan faced similar odds in 1980.

    I think we need to see what happens in these debates before we render any kind of a verdict on Ted.

    Furthermore, he plugs into the same electric socket as Donald, who is lighting up like a Christmas Tree.

    These are desperate times for the middle class.

    Business as usual is a no sale.

  28. Robert Mercer, hedge fund mogul gives $11 million to Cruz

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/11/us/politics/hedge-fund-magnaterobert-mercer-emerges-as-a-generous-backer-of-ted-cruz.html?_r=0

    snip

    Mr. Mercer, a reclusive Long Islander who started at I.B.M. and made his fortune using computer patterns to outsmart the stock market, emerged this week as a key early bankroller of Mr. Cruz’s surprisingly fast campaign start. He is believed to be the main donor behind a network of four “super PACs” supporting Mr. Cruz that reported raising $31 million just a few weeks into his campaign.

    snip

    Intensely private, he has been described as “an icy cold poker player” whose boss once jokingly called him “an automaton,” according to a description in “More Money Than God,” a book about the hedge fund industry by Sebastian Mallaby.

    Before joining Renaissance Technologies, Mr. Mercer, 68, worked at I.B.M.’s research center, where he specialized in computerized translation of languages.

    While little of his private life has been made public, some details have emerged in recent court cases. In 2013, a group of former workers at his house sued him for not paying overtime. They also accused him of deducting money from their semi-annual bonuses as a form of punishment for, among other things, failing to replace shampoos, close doors and change razor blades. “The matter has been resolved amicably,” Troy L. Kessler, a lawyer for the employees, said.

    In 2009, Mr. Mercer sued RailDreams, a toy train manufacturer, and its president, Richard Taylor, for overcharging him $2 million for a contract to build and install a model train and railway set at his home.

    snip

    Renaissance was also able to increase returns by borrowing large sums of money, but the practice eventually caught the attention of Washington and government agencies. Last year the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations accused Renaissance of using complex financial structures that allowed it to underestimate how much it owed the Internal Revenue Service by $6 billion.

    Taxpayers “had to shoulder the tax burden these hedge funds shrugged off with the aid of the banks,” Senator Carl Levin of Michigan said at a hearing last summer.

    The I.R.S. has been investigating Renaissance for at least six years. A spokesman for the firm said its tax practices were legal and appropriate.

    Mr. Cruz’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment about Mr. Mercer’s support for his candidacy or his hedge fund’s $6 billion tax issue.

  29. When we were resisting unionization attempts, one of the things we would tell the target audience is the union can promise you anything in the world to get your support. And they undoubtedly will. But caveat emptor: they cannot deliver. The same is true of the RINO. He cannot show you where he has really delivered anything. But Donald can. That is the difference. And to may Americans, it is all the difference he needs to win their support. His vast financial empire testifies to the fact that he is less a man of words, more a man of action. Put differently, if he becomes president, he can and will deliver.

  30. one more on the money backing Cruz

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/the-mystery-moneymen-behind-ted-cruzs-super-pacs-116037797361.html

    snip

    A Texas billionaire who moved his residence to Puerto Rico after its island government carved out a lucrative new tax haven for wealthy U.S. investors is a prime fundraiser for a network of super-PACs backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president, according to sources close to Cruz’s campaign.

    Toby Neugebauer, the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm, and the son of a Texas congressman, is playing a key role as donor and fundraiser for an unusual super-PAC arrangement that grabbed attention in political circles this week for raking in $31 million within a few days of being formed — an unprecedented haul for a new presidential candidate, the sources said.

    snip

    But sources familiar with the arrangement identified two key players, both with close ties to Cruz. One is David Panton, an Atlanta-based private equity manager who was Cruz’s college roommate at Princeton, his classmate at Harvard Law School and later his business partner in a Caribbean holding company registered in the British Virgin Islands and operating out of Kingston, Jamaica.

    The equity firm, called Caribbean Equity Partners, received scrutiny two years ago when Time reported that Cruz had initially failed to report his ties to the company on his financial disclosure form while running for the Senate in 2012.

    Cruz, who had served as a director of the company when it was formed in 2002 and invested $6,000, called that an “inadvertent” omission and later twice amended his financial disclosure forms to report that he still holds a promissory note from Panton’s firm he valued at $100,000 to $250,000. (Cruz’s most recent financial disclosure, filed in 2013, values the promissory note from Panton’s company at $75,000 “plus reasonable rates of interest.” A Cruz spokesman did not respond to questions from Yahoo News on whether the senator had in recent years received payments from the Panton firm that reduced the value of the promissory note.)

    ************************

    etc, on and on…

  31. wbboei

    July 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    But Donald can. That is the difference. And to may Americans, it is all the difference he needs to win their support. His vast financial empire testifies to the fact that he is less a man of words, more a man of action. Put differently, if he becomes president, he can and will deliver.
    *********************************************

    wbboei…that’s it in a nutshell

    the country wants a doer…not a talker…

    *********************************************

    as for Cruz…forgive me but I cannot help myself… : )

    …we knew Reagan…he was a President of ours…and Cruz is no Reagan…

  32. Admin,

    You really make my day with your posts. I feel more hopeful than I have in a long time. If Hillary does not break out of her Obola Pod, then Donald Trump will get to fix the country as our POTUS. Just get us out from under those oppressive elite parasites!

  33. Mormaer
    July 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Trump is starting to remind me of Roosevelt. Teddy Roosevelt. Great piece Admin.
    ___________________

    He reminds me of Bibi Too. 😀

  34. I live in Florida and we love Trump here. He owns property and has status. He does business and his business gets taken care of. I, personally, make his projects move through our office and there is a lot of interest in doing so.

    Jeb Bush was lousy governor.

  35. Update: CNN poll: 64% of Republicans prefer securing border and deportation of illegals over legalization. 64%??? Maybe the voters like someone who agree with them on the issues? Is that part of the “secret sauce?” Is that why “attack Trump” does not work? Is that why “ignore Trump” does not work? Could Trump win? The real question is, “how can you stop him from winning?” Trump appears to be the right messenger with the right message.

    ———————————————

  36. The “Could Trump Win?” article:

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/could-trump-win/

    The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump. [snip]

    Both denounce the trade deals that deindustrialized America and shipped millions of jobs off to Mexico, Asia and China. But Trump has connected to an even more powerful current.

    That is the issue of uncontrolled and illegal immigration, the sense America’s borders are undefended, that untold millions of lawbreakers are in our country, and more are coming. While most come to work, they are taking American jobs and consuming tax dollars, and too many come to rob, rape, murder and make a living selling drugs.

    Moreover, the politicians who have talked about this for decades are a pack of phonies who have done little to secure the border.

    Trump boasts that he will get the job done, as he gets done all other jobs he has undertaken. And his poll ratings are one measure of how far out of touch the Republican establishment is with the Republican heartland.

    When Trump ridicules his rivals as Lilliputians and mocks the celebrity media, the Republican base cheers and laughs with him.

    He is boastful, brash, defiant, unapologetic, loves campaigning and is putting on a great show with his Trump planes and 100-foot-long stretch limos. “Every man a king but no man wears a crown,” said Huey Long. “I’m gonna make America great again,” says Donald.

    Compared to Trump, all the other candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, are boring. He makes politics entertaining, fun.

    Trump also benefits from the perception that his rivals and the press want him out of the race and are desperately seizing upon any gaffe to drive him out. The piling on, the abandonment of Trump by the corporate elite, may have cost him a lot of money. But it also brought him support he would not otherwise have had.

    For no group of Americans has been called more names than the base of the GOP. The attacks that caused the establishment to wash its hands of Trump as an embarrassment brought the base to his defense.

    But can Trump win?

    If his poll numbers hold, Trump will be there six months from now when the Sweet 16 is cut to the Final Four, and he will likely be in the finals. For if Trump is running at 18 or 20 percent nationally then, among Republicans, it is hard to see how two rivals beat him.

    For Trump not to be in the hunt as the New Hampshire primary opens, his campaign will have to implode, as Gary Hart’s did in 1987 and Bill Clinton’s almost did in 1992.

    Thus, in the next six months, Trump will have to commit some truly egregious blunder that costs him his present following. Or the dirt divers of the media and “oppo research” arms of the other campaigns will have to come up with some high-yield IEDs.

    Presidential primaries are minefields for the incautious, and Trump is not a cautious man. And it is difficult to see how, in a two-man race against the favorite of the Republican establishment, he could win enough primaries, caucuses and delegates to capture 50 percent of the convention votes.

    For almost all of the candidates who will have dropped out by then will have endorsed the last man standing against Trump. And should Trump be nominated, his candidacy would make Barry Goldwater look like the great uniter of the GOP.

    Still, who expected Donald Trump to be in the catbird seat in the GOP nomination run before the first presidential debate? And even his TV antagonists cannot deny he has been great for ratings.

    August 6 is coming.

  37. S
    July 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm
    one more on the money backing Cruz

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/the-mystery-moneymen-behind-ted-cruzs-super-pacs-116037797361.html

    snip

    A Texas billionaire who moved his residence to Puerto Rico after its island government carved out a lucrative new tax haven for wealthy U.S. investors is a prime fundraiser for a network of super-PACs backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president, according to sources close to Cruz’s campaign.

    Toby Neugebauer, the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm,

    ——-
    Toby contributed $40,600 to Cornyn as well.

    wbboei
    July 26, 2015 at 11:42 pm

  38. S
    July 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm
    ——–
    That could set up a new dynamic in politics where we judge candidates based on what they have accomplished rather than how well they can look serious, navigate the currents and eddies of political correctness, and deliver meaningless talking points. That insight, hitherto unmentioned could become a powerful force, if more people would tap into it. When you hire someone in the private sector, you want to know their experience, and even more than that what they have actually accomplished. Why? Because past accomplishments are predictive of what they are apt to do or not do in the future. Think back to how contemptuous big media was toward anyone who questioned Obama’s experience and past accomplishments. They screamed racist at the very top of their lungs, and that had a major impact on the deterioration of our political culture. If Cruz gets the nomination, you can be certain that those erstwhile arbiters of political correctness will reverse course and deploy Hispanic jokes. This is not speculation. It is fact. That is who and what big media is. And that is why they need to be taken down.

  39. OT…but caught a segment on CNN about ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘driving black’…there seems to be no recognition that this over jealousness by police can happen to white people…and especially white women

    there are cases of women being harassed and sexually exploited by police when they are stopped for supposed traffic violations…known cases in LA and Miami and who knows where else…

    ‘Black Lives Matter’ needs to understand

    that this happens to many innocent people…except the media does not blow it up when it happens to others…

    “All Innocent Lives Matter”

    wait until you see this off duty hot head detective and his behavior in blue Massachusetts…

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/07/27/dashcam-video-medford-police-officer/

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2015/07/27/cop-caught-dash-cam-threatening-blow-hole-through-driver-head/eyZbmPp22kuuacwx8hHe2M/story.html

  40. Hah. Fox News featured the Cruz dustup on the news, complete with panel discussion. They didn’t quite get it right, misreporting that McConnell promised Cruz the ExIm Bank wouldn’t come up for a vote. That’s not what Cruz claimed and it wasn’t the basis of the lie charge, but anyway….

    George Will thought that the passage of the ExIm Bank was an example of Washington working perfectly. He sung the praises of transactional politics.

    Juan Williams just took the vapers in general at Cruz’ lack of decorum.

    Brett Baier pointed out that Cruz was being Trump before Trump, that he had been making Washington cartel charges for months.

    To which Krauthammer, in his usual pointed fashion, got to the essence of the issue and said. “No, Cruz wants to be Trump after Trump….” 🙂

  41. This article is from Legalinsurrection. Its not bias that this community needs to worry about any more. It is wholesale abandonment by the greater society. The same thinking permeates segments of our elite class. A million dollars can get you citizenship in Switzerland. Tantrums, and more nightmare of the past than dreams for the future–drugs delusion and the imperial culture of the slum, is not something the rest of society has a keen interest to invest in. It is like pouring billions down the drain, to hire a worthless group of experts to study the problem and reach all the wrong conclusions.

    When Chief Justice Warren said that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” he was within walking distance of an all-black public high school that sent a higher percentage of its graduates on to college than any white public high school in Washington. As far back as 1899, that school’s students scored higher on tests than two of the city’s three white academic public high schools.

    ————-

    Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, has made a career of painstakingly going into the police departments and town meetings and impacted urban neighborhoods to research the facts on the ground about how police practices actually affect lives.

    On July 21, 2015, MacDonald appeard on the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast, hosted by radio talk show host Todd Feinberg and me. The full 35-minute podcast segment is at the bottom of this post.

    MacDonald spoke out against the crippling influence that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is having on the quality of life in the very neighborhoods where the protests are taking place:

    I think this is an even more extreme example of the way this country deals with race and policing, which is to talk fanatically about police in order not to talk about the far more difficult problem of black crime.

    Proactive policing practices have been the target of protests against “police racism.” Speaking about this so-called “broken windows” method of policing, where police detain perpetrators for minor, quality of life violations like turnstile jumping or loitering and smoking weed, MacDonald notes:

    This type of policing that pays attention to public order is demanded by the residents of poor communities. They want the police to get the drug dealers off the corner, they want them to get the kids off their stoop who are hanging out there loitering and smoking weed and so that sort of policing is in fact a moral imperative.

    and that, far from being a threat to Black lives and Black communities:

    the one government agency that is the most dedicated to the proposition that Black lives matter is the police.

  42. Damn. This is shining a light on a dark room full of cockroaches. I’ve never heard a Senator say this stuff. Stuff that is so obvious. I’ve wondered for decades what would happen if some politician stood up and told the truth about Washington. I guess we are about to find out. He’s detonating rhetorical nuclear bombs over the Potomac.

    From the #1 talk radio show in Boston this afternoon.

  43. I guess I am looping back to what has been said previously by a number of people on the blog.

    It is utterly amazing how ham handed, willfully blind and mean spirited the establishment is being in reacting this challenge.

    Where is the nobility, the grace, the sense of justice which they profess

    It is akin to the maniacal reaction of a thief when he is interrupted in the middle of a heist.

    This loss of control is bad form for those who possess every virtue and every grace of what avails the sceptered race.

    There’s just no way I can keep up with Noel Coward’s description of the elites–British, American, their all the same . . .

    https://youtu.be/QJ2kmw2b__I

  44. On Hannity’s TV show tonight. He challenged Obama to a debate on the Iran deal and said that Obama could send Kerry instead if he doesn’t want to debate. I’d pay money to watch that….

  45. Hannity had both Trump and Cruz on for extended live interviews tonight. He got Trump to state that he’s not interested in a third party run and wouldn’t do that as long as the Republicans give him a fair shot.

  46. Hannity had both Trump and Cruz on for extended live interviews tonight. He got Trump to state that he’s not interested in a third party run and wouldn’t do that as long as the Republicans give him a fair shot.
    ————
    Well . . . there you have it.

    Not an absolute promise

    A conditional one

    That preserves his leverage

    It compels establishment hacks

    To either treat him fairly

    (As he–not they define fair)

    Or trigger a third party run

    Which would kill the Republican Party

    That right there is a good lesson

    In the art of negotiation.

    The Brad Daysprings just got their nutts cut off.

    Like Peter Abelard.

    Rocky mountain oysters anyone?

    Gonzo: do you know Cattleman’s Restaurant in Dallas?

    That delicacy was on their menu.

  47. Why in the world would Hillary want to get in the middle of the Trump controversies?

    Telling him he should apologize if he offended Hispanics?

    These controversies help her candidacy

    Just as long as she does not jump in-or get dragged into them.

    The time to go after him is when and if he becomes the nominee.

  48. Well, considering the bullshit answer she gave on Keystone Pipeline today, she might as well talk about Donald Trump.

  49. GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80%
    says the United States must acknowledge a “painful” history of racial discrimination that still affects many minorities.
    ——-
    First illegal immigration. Now this.

    Amnesty? check

    Race baiting? check

    Yea. He is part of the Washington cartel.

    Must acknowledge WHAT????

    He wasn’t in this country at the time

    But we did fight a civil are over this from 1861-1865

    Congress passed the 13th amendment prohibiting slavery in 1865

    Congress passed the 14th amendment guaranteeing equal protection of the law in 1868

    Congress passed the 15th amendment guaranteeing equal voting rights in 1868

    The Supreme Court gave us Brown vs Board of Education in 1954

    Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Congress passed LBJ’s Great Society Program which spent a trillion dollars on the problem.

    Congress passed the 1972 Amendments which established the principle of reverse discrimination aka affirmative action.

    The Supreme Court upheld busing to achieve racial ratios in 1970.

    The Supreme Court has ordered upheld reverse discrimination in higher education.

    Housing and Urban Development has run roughshod over white neighborhoods.

    Fannie May and Freddy Mack have made thousands of loans to unqualified buyers.

    Hate crime legislation has been passed, with severe penalties.

    The country elected a black president twice.

    Yet today, black drop out, unemployment, crime, incarceration, and sense of victimhood are worse than ever.

    Rubio was not in the country when most of this took place, hence he acts like it never happened.

    But if this brief history suggests anything then surely it must be this:

    Jointly and severally these programs have been counter productive.

    And nothing is more persuasive on that point than the example Thomas Sowell points to

    The tale of the black high school which had the highest test scores in the city, and

    Produced a group of graduates who rose to the highest levels of command, citizenship and government

    Prior to the 20th century era of social engineering

    And fell into disrepute thereafter

    I happened to be at a Hillsdale College fundraiser where Tom first presented that thesis

    He has referred to it often since that time

    And it has the added advantage of being true

    What we need to acknowledge Marco is not the painful history, but the fact that social engineering has been a failure.

    That would be the baseline for a productive discussion on race, Marco.

  50. The impulse of our elites to use federal power to intervene in all areas of our life and impose “solutions” is refuted by two sources:

    1. Will and Ariel Durant: out of every hundred new ideas, 99 or more will probably be inferior to the traditional response which they propose to replace. No man however brilliant or well informed can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs and institutions of his society, for these are the wisdom of centuries of experimentation in the laboratory of history.

    2. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: to improve the conditions of life and the race is the main thing–but how the devil can I tell whether I am raising it up over here, but pulling it down even more over here.

    The bottom line: the elites would have us believe sound governance requires finding problems and solving them. The fact however is this: there are no solutions, no permanent ones. All there ever are is trade-offs, where we hope the cure is not worse than the disease.

  51. Here is the 3500 word Q&A on e-mails released by the CLinton campaign:

    http://www.hillaryclinton.com/p/briefing/factsheets/2015/07/13/email-facts/

    This provides good talking point on all the questions.
    —–
    Agreed.

    Only one problem.

    Too little too late.

    By now, most people

    Who are paying attention

    Have made up their mindest

    In the memorable words of

    The Wizard of the Saddle

    Whose bones are being dug up

    Now in Memphis

    It is always important to get there

    Firstest with the mostest.

  52. Rubio is finished.

    One of the reasons I wanted to watch early stump speeches a couple months ago was to establish some kind of baseline to see progress. Good candidates should be improving as they get more experience, find the riffs that work, and so forth. I watched a good bit of Rubio’s stump speech in SC today and he looks like he’s just going through the motions. Of course, he is. The all are. But, it can’t look that way…

    This “apology tour” stuff on race relations is not going to fly in the Republican primary. I suspect it was probably taken out of context, but the damage is done.

  53. That could set up a new dynamic in politics where we judge candidates based on what they have accomplished rather than how well they can look serious, navigate the currents and eddies of political correctness, and deliver meaningless talking points.

    Maybe we could finally have citizen legislators, who are successful in the real world, serve a couple of terms in politics, than go back to their regular job (which is what I think the founders imagined).

    It would increase competence in elected office, diminish the opportunities for corruption and otherwise unethically seeking personal financial gain, and increase the effectiveness of government (people used to the real world, like Trump, would expect results, not just throwing money at problems and growing government).

  54. Is it just me or does anyone else see the GOP’s winning ticket as some form of Trump/Cruz or Cruz/Trump (I think Trump/Cruz seems a bit more plausible)? I’m not sure the dems could field a better duo…..

    Hillary 2016?

  55. MacDonald spoke out against the crippling influence that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is having on the quality of life in the very neighborhoods where the protests are taking place:

    And I’ve read that all these cities that have had the BLM riots are democratic-run, and black-run.

    I read that Hillary was embracing BLM today (?) – they had a big conference. It’s another reason why I think she is so disconnected from real people now. Most people – including blacks – know that cops kill more white people than they do black, that cop killings are way down, and that most blacks (95%) are killed by other blacks. And these BLM people still carry signs saying “hands up don’t shoot”, which most people know was a fabrication in the first place.

    While police, like the government, need to be monitored, the police are not the big threat to blacks that the BLM people pretend – it’s themselves. But Hillary doesn’t know that most people know this, and aren’t going to appreciate her giving credence to the lies….? I don’t get it.

  56. “Who can do better than Trump?” Trump said. “I fix things.”

    It certainly seems true that Trump has been a “fixer”, as he negotiates things and gets projects completed. But it’s interesting – Hillary ran in 2008 as the problem solver. Pretty similar.

    I remember seeing a youtube of her being on one of those late night shows – I don’t watch them so I can’t say who it was. But it was a great spot. They pretended something went wrong electrically on the set, and she said something about not to worry, she fixes problems (she had already been using that phrase a lot), then she did something, and the problem was “fixed”. It was great.

    I miss the Hillary of 2008. I’m pretty heartbroken. Now I’m not sure anymore which is the real Hillary and which is the fake.

    I agree with S – I think Trump is pretty centrist or independent, as he has ideas on both sides of the aisle. And he’s appealing to Americans on both sides of the aisle. Hillary is coming off as very partisan, and super-Obama-III.

    While usually primaries are the time they act really partisan – I think this is a different kind of election. While Trump doesn’t say this (he might if he makes it to the general), he *is* attracting people interested in country primarily. After Obama, Americans on both sides of the aisle feel America slipping away. Trump’s pro-America beliefs are more attractive than Obama III.

    I don’t know why Hillary doesn’t know this. If it’s true that someone high up in the O administration is sabotaging Hillary, releasing damaging info, then I think she should let loose on Obama. Tell the truth. Fire all obots. And stop protecting Obama so then she can start being herself. If 2008 Hillary *was* the real Hillary, anyway.

  57. Hillary 2016?

    Wow, if The Rock has a question mark, Hillary had better start listening to admin. 🙂

  58. I agree with S – I think Trump is pretty centrist or independent, a
    ————
    Yes. And that is the gavamen of the RINO complaint against him

    The no so subtle suggestion that he is really not really a Republican?

    While they pretend that they are?

    They go on to say that he is really . . . a democrat, friends with Hillary, bad for the party.

    Yah sure youbetcha

    Bad for the party

    But good for the country

    Ergo, box office poison to the RINO

    Who by custom and habit puts party above country.

  59. I can’t find it now, but somewhere in admin’s essay s/he mentions how Sanders is doing better and Trump is surging. That’s so interesting – socialist vs capitalist. If it ever came to pass (which it won’t) – Trump vs Sanders in the general – Trump would smoke the socialist Sanders. (although, of course, crazy NY elected socialist de Blasio, but they seem to be regretting it now).

    I personally feel that most democrats don’t want socialism – the small obot contingent that is left just has powerful friends (and cheating ways). However the socialist Sanders is getting more attention within the party, and of course Hillary is leading even with her leaning socialist with the proposals she has been recently touting (she knows we don’t have that kind of money and priority one is the economy). I feel ashamed of my former party. Socialism (including policy platforms that are socialistic and encourage generational dependence on the state without the name)kills countries.

    This weekend I watched an old hour and a half youtube of Peter Schiff (one of the few that predicted the 2008 financial crash) talking to Occupy Wall St. He had a sign up saying something like, “I’m the 1%, come talk to me”. I watched the whole thing, but after 20 minutes I wanted to yell at him, “Walk away! Tell them to take a basic economic course and to *then* get back to you!”

    He was explaining to them that almost half of his money is taken for taxes already. That if taxes are raised more on the rich, they will stop making as much money since they’re not going to get it anyway. That this will lead to them providing fewer jobs. And that corporations don’t really “pay” taxes – they just pass them off with higher prices.

    His most basic emphasis was on the focus of their anger. He said that they shouldn’t be blaming corporations for lobbying for more favorable things from the government – they should be blaming the government for giving it. He said the basic problem is the very fact that government has so much power, that people should have it, not the government. *That* is what they should be objecting to.

    I myself never took economics, but I already understood what he was saying. These people understood nothing. They were so invested in government being benign and providing for them. The actual job creators held no significance for them. One of them actually wanted Schiff to give him money so that he could “start a business” himself – the “business” of being a musician.

    Certainly corporations are not angels – but I understood what he was saying – basically that we all act in our self-interest, and that you can’t be “mad” at corporations for doing the same. You have to be upset with a government with too much power, which then is able to bestow favors and nice things to other powerful interests. That when government is smaller with less power, it can’t create these conditions that hurt the little people.

    But these people really just saw government as a sugar daddy, and didn’t seem to understand the concept of paying dues, starting small, then eventually growing a business yourself (or getting ahead in your profession as you put more time in). I think that’s where their socialistic tendencies come in, through a lack of knowledge of how the world really works. I guess, too, that’s something about the younger generation now – they expect big returns on 0 investment. Entitlement of the rich *and* the poor.

    He must be a very patient man, to have talked with them for an hour and a half…..

  60. Yes. And that is the gavamen of the RINO complaint against him

    Interestingly enough, however, the far right republicans, who are always condemning RINOs, like Trump. From what I’ve read on the internet, they’re aware that he has some less than far right beliefs, particularly on social issues. But they’re so concerned about the country itself, they’re content that Trump is hitting the big issues they agree with. They call Hillary “Obama III”, just as disappointed democrats do. They say the same favorable things about Trump that people say here.

    They’re also aware that he doesn’t present as so “presidential”, but again, they’re focused on saving America herself, and they also, as here, remark that maybe what is needed now is a sledge hammer like Trump (ie, a genuine person who says what he means and means what he says, that is, not a politician).

  61. I think that the popularity of Trump, across parties, shows how much the voters have realized that we have a uniparty and how corrupted our uniparty government is.

  62. Foxy…O is such an a–! WTH is he doing in Ethiopia and talking about political campaigns and the repubs?

    …but the worst part is when he could not help himself and said:

    “I cannot run again, but I actually thinks I am a good President and would win again…but I cannot run” (pleaaase just the thought of it)

    …take that Hillary…slap!!!…if O could run again he would beat you down and win again…what the hell is Hillary doing selling herself out for this guy…

    essentially he said he would screw her over again…

    He really makes me sick…where are the people calling Trump or Bill Clinton narcissists when you have a supreme example like this…

  63. S said.
    _____________
    …take that Hillary…slap!!!…if O could run again he would beat you down and win again…what the hell is Hillary doing selling herself out for this guy…

    essentially he said he would screw her over again…
    ________________–

    Yes he would S. In a heartbeat. 👿

  64. TheRock

    July 28, 2015 at 2:28 am

    *************************

    in fairness, I think we will all be back with our reassessment and analysis after the first (2) debates…evidently Fox and CNN are going to hold two debates to accomodate the top 16 candidates…so those that don’t make the Aug 6 will have a chance to debate with the lower tiers within a close proximity…

    …however in answer to your question about ticket combinations with Trump

    I see two good options…Trump would have to be # 1 in both, I cannot see Donald Trump giving up his lifestyle to become VP…no way…

    so I could imagine…

    Trump/Kaisch (good choice because Kaisch brings must win Ohio)

    or

    Trump/Dr. Ben Carson (wild card)

    (put Dr. Carson in charge of revamping the health care system and Carson is measured and intelligent (even though he is inexperienced and steps in it sometimes…and Dr. Ben brings other qualities)

  65. Interestingly enough, however, the far right republicans, who are always condemning RINOs, like Trump
    ———–
    Absolutely, positively correct.

    The RINOs hate him, the right wingers like him and here’s why.

    The RINO is committed to just two things:

    1. Rule 1: honor thy donors (not the Constitution—or god forbid the constituents who elected them—campy stuff that)

    2. Rule 2: destroy conservatives (though ethnic cleansing and replace them with low information Hispanics)

    A nice little project.

    And when the conservatives rebel the RINO condemns him as either ignorant or malicious (e.g. racist)

    Trump has a big megaphone and levels the same charges to conservatives have against the establishment.

    But the richest part of it, and I mean just that–the richest surely is this.

    Speaking as someone who is has achieved tremendous success in the business world

    He tells the these spoiled and pampered pets of Harvard

    These scions of the sceptered race

    These tin gods who want us to believe they can walk on water and fly.

    That they could not run a whore house in a gold rush

    And he offers up the facts to prove it.

    There are rebukes, and there are stinging rebukes.

    To tell these self anointed geniuses that they are not really brilliant

    But rather common, greedy and stupid

    Why that has to be the unkindest cut of all

  66. To put an even finer point on it, he tells the master race:

    1. the country is failing (something the elites seek to hide e.g.100 million not working, yet 5.4% unemployment rate)

    2. it is failing because of them (showing that they are robbing the country blind).

    If you or I were pulling that shit, we would not want it broadcast to the world.

    Here is an analogy that may resonate.

    In the late 1970s, I was having lunch with some Democrat operatives at Rosellini’s restaurant

    That was campaign headquarters for the party here in Washington

    Albert Rosellini was our governor, etc.

    One of the lobbyists, his name was Joe, mentioned the fact that Alaska senator Mike Gravel was involved in a scandal

    Mike, as you may recall, was the old crank on stage in the early primary debates, but was subsequently dropped

    And at this time, he was embroiled in Wilbur Mills sort scandal

    The lobbyist, Joe, went to Gravel’s home in Georgetown the following day

    Mike was not in, but his wife was, and she was in tears

    He asked her why the tears, she better than anyone knew about Mike’s nocturnal dalliances

    Whereupon she responded: “Of course I do.

    But knowing about them is one thing.

    Reading about them on the front page of the Washington Post . . .

    That’s different.

    Likewise, when Trump point his arm and finger at the elites

    And with the panache of Zola: “Jaccuz!” (I accuse YOU!)

    That’s different.

  67. …just a thought…

    I was thinking about the show ‘The Apprentice’ last night and it really is more than a “reality show”…don’t know if any of you have seen the show “The Profit” with Marcus Lemonis on CNBC…if not, it is a good show where Marcus goes into failing businesses and turns around their business plans and revamps the businesses for success…great show and I am so impressed with Lemonis as an astute business man…with a heart…he also has an interesting personal story which I only know about because I googled him…he doesn’t really talk about it…

    “The Apprentice” is really the blueprint for that model…it is a show with Donald Trump and his ‘contacts’ presenting opportunities in the real world to novice and mostly inexperienced people to CREATE and produce a successful business task in a very short amount of time and with limited resources…and in addition they have to either work within the budget they have or raise the funds they need to complete their EVENT…

    so what does that show do and say?…Donald is CEO or the Boss, so to speak, and he oversees and determines who has succeeded and failed based on results … and as time goes on, the teams are withered away to the person who actually rises to the top based on his or her results and wins and goes from ‘apprentice’ to ‘winner’ and is awarded a position of responsibility…or in the case of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ very large sums of money are donated to charities…

    …if you think about this…this is what Donald is talking about when he injects “the Merit System” into his political dialogue…

    ie…Donald gathers the resources, provides the opportunites…and focuses on the results…and the person who succeeds is promoted, while the rest of the team learns and gains experience on the journey…

    imho…Donald’s method and MO would go a long way to cutting out alot of the nonsense that both political parties cling to…he really could streamline things for the common good as opposed to the usual political wrangling that goes on…

    his approach would instill order and shine a light on getting results and defending or explaining failure…he could really expose accountability…this is the essence of ‘making America great again’…stop accepting failures as our standards…

    as Marcus Lemonis would say…we need to revamp and reorganize and emphasisize and focus success on people, process and product

  68. Now let’s look at it from the RINO perspective for just a minute.

    In 2008 they were in the political wilderness.

    But when the fraud began pushing toxic programs they were able to regain ground by mounting pro forma objections.

    The biggest ham actor in this skit was Boehner–crocodile tears, while giggling to his pimp–I mean staffer/procurer mentioned herein before and the rest of them.

    The confluence was enough to give them the House. And the country got a new heaven and a new earth. Only problem was it looked a lot like the old one, so we had to take this as an article of faith.

    Whereupon they told us that the House was not enough, give us the senate and we defenders of the golden chalice, knights of the round table will save the damsel in distress–the country. And we will slay that fearsome bespecaled frail ex boxer from SearchLight Nevada population 1–Harry Reid–just you wait Henry Higgens. But we cannot do it without your money and your votes.

    So far so good. Great strategy. Great execution. A promise and a built in excuse for why they did nothing but run their mouth.

    Once again voters responded. Senate by a landslide.

    And the RINO responded in a way that surprised people who did not understand what a RINO is and what makes him tick. He, or rather, my friend Mitch McConnel gave Cromulus to their donors, reneged on their promises to voters, and conspired with Reid to keep the Obama agenda on track.

    Their new pitch became–okay you gave us the house and you gave us the senate. Now all you need to do is give us the White House and hte kingdom of God will be at hand. In the meantime we will continue doing our little thing–our off Broadway production La Cosa Nostra, while we ratchet up the Hillary hate, play hail to the chief and roll out the red carpet for yet another BOOOSH.

    As if three generations of idiots was NOT enough.

    What could POSSIBLY go wrong with a scheme such as this?

    Donald Trump.

    Ted Cruz.

  69. S
    July 28, 2015 at 9:58 am
    ——
    We need a new business model–as Deming might say, and we need new blood.

    We would be miles ahead if we could clear out the underbrush of staffers you never see or hear about but run Washington from behind the scenes.

    They are the center of gravity.

    I am not talking about the legislative assistants who are kids, do their turn, and move on.

    I am talking about the more senior people, up to and including the chiefs of staff who stay on.

    It gets back to that story I told you about the lawyer I know who does a land office business suing the state on environmental matters.

    The people who run that bureacracy here are a cacophony of wild eyed zealot who he loves to lambaste in a court room.

    In a previous life he worked for the state.

    When he went to work for them in 1972 he was told his client was the public.

    When he left them twenty years later he was told his client is not the public, but rather the bureaucrat down the hall.

    The other point he made was that when he went to work for the state attorneys would stay five years and then go into private practice.

    Today those attorney never leave government, and they bring in all their relatives.

    So really S, when we talk about reforming government and installing a system of merit in a culture of mediocrity.

    We are facing the same task Hercules did with the Horse of the Aegean Stable, but I do agree we have to start somewhere.

    http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/stables.html

  70. Donald Trump is a manager. He sets the tone and expectations and hires the best and expects the best from them. It is merit based all the way. It is not who they know, where they went to school, how many credentials, but what can you do and how fast can you do it. Results in all of their myriad of forms count. At this point in our history this is radical stuff. It used to be the norm and people want it back.

  71. I cannot see Donald Trump giving up his lifestyle to become VP
    ————
    He’s been the number 1 man all his life.

    No way he would accept the number 2 spot.

    Its not in his resume, or his nature.

    Being number 2 means having a boss.

    He would chafe at that.

  72. Donald Trump is a manager. He sets the tone and expectations and hires the best and expects the best from them.
    ———–
    The Eastern Conference of Teamsters had a area wide grievance committee which functioned like an appellate court. In those days, Mafia people sat in key positions on the union side. DePerna (godfather of Utica), Rabaletto (Bridgeport) and Cimino (underboss, my friend, head of the largest local in Philadelphia).

    The one thing about Mafia guy, it was an ordeal to get a labor agreement with them. They were hard bargainers. But once you had your deal, their word was golden. It is all about respect and the law of the street. Justice was firm but fair, unlike the other conferences where it was more like a kangaroo court. The main employers were less than truckload carriers, which were large companies, but you may have never heard of them–Roadway, Yellow, Consolidated Freightways and ABF. We did business their. One of my people was chairman.

    One day, Trump people showed up at one of our sessions. Their business was casinos, but they must have had their own trucking operation, because they were not regular attendees. I mention this to give you my personal impression of the people in his organization. They were three piece suit types, concerned about their cases, well prepared on their facts, and if they lost their case, their main concern was if they lost the case they would have to explain their failure to Donald. That is what his kind of accountability looks like–VERY hands on. Bottom line: Trump cares about his companies and he cares about this country. Why not give him a shot. If we are willing to entrust our future to a community organizer, why not to someone who has a proven track record of success.

  73. TheRock
    July 28, 2015 at 2:28 am

    —–
    I was thinking of that yesterday but came to the conclusion that since Trump is not a politician, he probably won’t pick Cruz.

    Watching him on the Apprentice, he is all about competence for a specific job, not necessarily someone that says some of the same things he does. I don’t think he would pick Cruz unless Cruz had massive public support…and he doesn’t seem to in the polls.

    Some choices for VP are to have a seasoned ‘attack dog’…like Sarah for McCain, but everyone knows Trump IS the attack dog.

    I have been thinking for awhile now, that Cruz is stroking Trump for the VP position. Kind of riding his coattails with his sudden rise in the polls.

  74. Come to think of it, isn’t that the question that should be tossed hurled back in the face of these big media poobas:

    You lied, cheated and stole to get Obama into office.

    If you were willing to abdicate your role as journalists to install a man with community organizer with a paper thin resume, and nothing more than a line of bullshit.

    How can you possibly object to the nomination and election of someone who has actually done something with their lives, and produces something more than hot air, which contributes to the greatest security threat we face, i.e. global warming?

  75. I was thinking of that yesterday but came to the conclusion that since Trump is not a politician, he probably won’t pick Cruz.
    ——–
    If Trump won, Cruz would be appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

    If Cruz won, Trump would be offered a newly created post–Economic Czar

    (Hint: never offer a king the position of Secretary.)

  76. Here in the Lala Land of obots, they announced on the radio that premiums for ObamaCare are going up. Something about 4%, or 7% if you shop around, I don’t remember the details since I have Kaiser though work.

    The obots that thought that Barry was going to give them FREE healthcare are going to be livid.

    Where are the rainbows and hopium now, you nitwit???????

  77. Bush would be Secretary of Education

    Rubio Ambassador to Cuba

    Pataki Sergeant of Arms (with the permission of lindsey graham)

    McCain–Chairman of the Neptune Society.

    Walker–Secretary of Labor

    Carly–Vice President

    Kasich–Commissioner of fuztball

    Rick Perry—Press Secretary

    Santorum–Promise Keepers

    Jindal–Secretary of Commerce

    Bolton–Ambassador to UN (again)

  78. Does she really think she can get away with answers like this? It is really a bad thing for her as a candidate to not have credible competition.

  79. From the more things change, the more they stay the same department:

    Jeb! made a campaign promise in Spanish, on Spanish TV, yesterday to pass comprehensive immigration reform in his first term. He even acknowledged that Obama had made the same commitment and not done it, but promised that he would.

    He really is as politically inept as his father. Maybe now he can argue for stricter gun control, claiming that it might have prevented him from blowing a gaping hole in his foot.

    Cruz can add to his list:

    McConnell Reid Leadership Team
    Bush Obama Clinton Immigration policy

  80. I was annoyed this AM to find a “Donald Trump” twitter account establishing a list of mine. Checking “his” tweets, the first one was about the Ivana “rape”, news of a sort decades ago. Obviously the knives are out.
    Still and all, this is funny if you’re not a kook:
    Obama scolds Trump, 2016 Republican field; Trump shoots back
    Speaking to reporters during a visit to Ethiopia on Monday … “In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys,” Obama continued. “I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who’s serious about the serious problems the country faces and the world faces. And that requires on both sides, Democrat and Republican, a sense of seriousness and decorum and honesty.”
    Huckabee responded quickly Monday.
    “What’s ‘ridiculous and sad’ is that President Obama does not take Iran’s repeated threats seriously,” he said.
    Trump called Obama “a very divisive person” during his interview Monday night on “Hannity.”
    “He should have devoted more time to working on a good nuclear deal with Iran instead of what he’s doing, because he has just been a disaster for our country,” said the real estate mogul, who owns three New Jersey golf courses and once owned three Atlantic City casinos.
    Trump said there’s a very simple reason why he decided to run and why he’s leading in the polls: People are tired of politicians.
    “I didn’t want to be doing this,” he said. “I love my business. I’ve built an incredible company, I’ve had tremendous success. But I’m so sick and tired of watching these incompetent politicians who are all talk, no action.”
    Trump said he’s not even sure if his supporters like him.
    “But they certainly like my message,” he said. “I hope they like me. I think I’m a nice guy.”
    http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/obama_scolds_trump_2016_republican_field_trump_shoots_back.html#incart_most-commented_hudson_article

  81. hwc

    July 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Does she really think she can get away with answers like this? It is really a bad thing for her as a candidate to not have credible competition.
    _______________________________________________________

    She is hostage to O. She absolutely can’t win pursuing this course of protecting O.

  82. Well, we give up. We were wrong. It’s over for Trump. He can never be elected. He’s a sideshow. It’s just over. He can’t win anywhere. He never had a chance. Poor Trump.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/poll-trump-surges-to-biggest-lead-in-new-hampshire-popular-with-independents-no-mccain-damage/article/2569088

    Poll: Trump surges to biggest lead in New Hampshire, popular with independents, no McCain damage

    A new poll of voters likely to take part in the New Hampshire Republican primary shows Donald Trump with the biggest lead he has yet held in the GOP race. The Monmouth University poll, released Tuesday morning, has Trump at 24 percent — double the support of the next-highest Republican, Jeb Bush, at 12 percent.

    Scott Walker and John Kasich are tied for third at 7 percent apiece — a significant drop for Walker from recent months and a significant advance for Kasich, who announced his candidacy on June 21. Following are Marco Rubio, at 6 percent; Ben Carson and Rand Paul, 5 percent; Chris Christie, 4 percent; Ted Cruz and Carol Fiorina, 3 percent; and the rest of the field.

    The survey suggests Trump’s appeal is strong across the spectrum of voters likely to go to the polls in the New Hampshire primary. Among registered Republicans, his support is 21 percent. Among independents, who are allowed to vote in the GOP primary, his support is 29 percent. Trump leads among voters who call themselves very conservative, as well as among those who call themselves somewhat conservative. Only among moderate voters does Bush lead, and even among them, Trump is just 4 points behind.

    Trump has a huge lead among voters under 50 years old — 30 percent to Rand Paul’s 12 percent. Trump also has a solid advantage among voters over 50 — 21 percent to Bush’s 13 percent.

  83. The illegals should be packing their bags if they get a whiff of how many American’s are supporting Trump for his stand against Amnesty.

    Trump is the only candidate that plans to build a darn fence!!! This makes me very, very happy.

  84. Actually, Trump changed his position. After visiting the border, he is only advocating walls and/or fences in limited places. To his credit, he acknowledged that fences and/or walls are unsuitable for the entire border.

    For example, the border for 900 miles between Texas and Mexico is the Rio Grande River. The border is the middle of the river. Do you build the wall in the middle of the river? Do you build the wall on the US side, confiscating hundreds of miles of private property and preventing US landowners from access to the river? Do we invade Mexico and build the wall on the southern side of the river?

    As far as I know, nobody in Texas, where they actually live with the problem, is advocating a fence or a wall. Quite clearly, the officials Trump met with on the border informed him that he didn’t understand the nature of the problem or how to solve it. He was singing a very different tune afterwards.

  85. There is very little river the Rio hits Texas border…there are areas because of mountains it would not be feasible. .Most ranchers would probably appreciate it. They are held captive on their own land, thugs, murders, drug traffic.

  86. I believe there are areas that are pretty much impassible as well due to isolation and the severity of the terrain / hydrology; that is, damned near suicide to attempt it on foot and no means of refueling via motor conveyance. Anything that would get through would be very, very limited.

  87. btw…anyone thinking of voting in the primaries should check their state’s rules regarding if their primaries are open or closed…if they are open, you can vote for any party you want…

    if they are closed, you can only vote for the party you are registed as either a dem or a repub…so if you are a dem in a closed primary and want to vote for Trump or anyone else you need to check with what procedure you need to follow to register to vote for someone in that party…

    i actually called the voting people in Florida and he told me alot of people are changing their party for the primaries…that does not bode well for the Dems in Fla…

    this only applies to primaries not the national election

  88. There is very little river the Rio hits Texas border…there are areas because of mountains it would not be feasible. .Most ranchers would probably appreciate it. They are held captive on their own land, thugs, murders, drug traffic.

    Like anything else, if you really want to solve a problem (instead of just producing failure theater), you want to focus your resources where they will have the most impact. In other words, you don’t want to focus efforts on some isolated bend in the Rio Grande where one person a year wades across the border. You want to focus where there is is significant traffic. I bet there are border patrol veterans who know.

    And the border crossings are just part of the story. Overstayed VISAs (bureaucratic incompetence) is a big part of the problem.

    The other, of course, is doing nothing to stop employers from hiring illegal aliens. That’s the bottom line problem that, of course, the Washington cartel is paid handsomely to ignore.

  89. fwiw…

    take this as a story that was just told to me and I have no way of verifying the truth other than i trust the person who told it to me…

    I had lunch with a friend earlier today and of course Trump came up…and he told me that a senior lady friend of his was with her husband at the casinos in New Jersey years ago and when they left they came upon an older man who was having car trouble and her husband got out of his car to try to help him…

    and there was another chauffered car also being blocked and the chauffer got out to also help…the older lady went to peek in the chauffered car and the guy opened the window to find out what was the delay…and it turned out to be Donald Trump

    she said she told him she had been at his casino and they started talking about the older guy who was having car trouble and how he was a known person in the area and had had some recent troubles, etc…

    and the woman told my friend that Donald took out his checkbook and wrote out a check for a large sum of money…I do not know the amount and the check was given to the older man to help him out…

    …take this for what its worth…I cannot verify the story but it would not surprise me…I would venture to guess there are many stories like that but no one knows about them…

  90. Here’s a really good article from a pollster on the difficulties of polling samples in primary and caucus states.

    https://medium.com/@PatrickRuffini/trumped-up-polls-c0d351831cfa

    In the article, he points out that a recent poll counts 37% of a random phone sample of registered voters as Republican primary voters. In reality, only 6% of registered voters in Iowa participate in the Republican caucus. The media polls are sampling a much broader, less involved sample that is not at all representative of the people who will actually pick a caucus winner.

    It may be interesting to look at those polls, but not because they tell you much about who will actually win the Iowa caucus or the NH primary.

    And there is evidence for this in the polls released so far that show Trump surging to a lead in the Republican primary. In this week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll, Trump received his highest levels of support from people at the margins of the Republican primary process.

    In the poll, Trump’s supporters leaned to the left of the typical Republican, belying the idea that his rise reflects a disturbing new far-right tilt in the GOP. In the ABC/Washington Post survey, Trump receives 27 percent support from moderate to liberal voters, 24 percent from somewhat conservative voters, and 17 percent support from very conservative voters. Amongst the moderate to liberal group, Trump wins by 14 points. Amongst very conservative voters, he loses by 8.

    Trump has more support amongst Independents than he does amongst Republicans (25 percent vs. 22 percent).

    And Trump receives fully four times as much support amongst those with no college degree (32 percent) as he does amongst college graduates (8 percent).

    In other words, Trump outperforms the most amongst the groups least likely to vote in a Republican primary.

  91. btw…that very day that Donald was at the bridge by the Rio Grande people and the media, including “You’re Finished” Jose Diaz of MSNBC witnessed illegals swimming across the river and just walking into our country at will

    there are tapes of it…no one knows who they are…for all we know they are ISIS terrorists…

    of course something has to be done, Donald has stated there are many ways we can stop the entry…drones, overhead surviellance, fences, more border patrol, etc…

    You just do not throw up your hands and walk away from the problem…you solve it…that is the bottom line of what Donald is saying…he has not yet laid out every since phrase or approach he would use to do it…

    Have you heard anyone else do it?

    “Ouiet clearl”, no one is disputing the area Wbboei has described that is a bit futher down from the bridge where the cartels have carte blanche and come and go as they please…who is allowing that? both sides of that border are allowing that to continue…and is either making alot of money allowing it or fears for their life or their families lives if they try to do anything about it…

    Donald understands more than what those public border people were at liberty to say publically and on camera that day…

    in fact as I mentioned Henry Cuellar and Jose Diaz Balart, from MSNBC, were reduced to making jokes about how dangerous the mexican food was because they know to shut their mouths…

  92. one more thing…how fortuitous…another issue that Donald has been preaching about also is now front and center…China…and China’s money…

    if the man was not afraid of being so smart…one might think he is clairvoyant…

  93. There are many variations of a fence besides the obvious.

    With new technologies, there is no reason the borders need to be open to illegals.

    People will take the fence idea more seriously when a foreign terrorist sneaks across and American lives are taken.

  94. hwc
    July 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm
    Does she really think she can get away with answers like this?
    ——
    It is his decision.

    Not gonna second guess.

    After I become president I will answer your question.

    Smile.

    Nice performance.

    That answer could work for every other question she is asked.

    A fine way to hold the press at bay.

    A find way to keep the American People guessing.

    There is a better way to put it.

    To simply say when I become president, I will look at the facts which exist at that time, and make the best decision for the country.

    I will balance the energy needs of the American People, against the their concomitant need for a sustainable environment.

    At this point I cannot give you he yes/no answer you asked for two reasons:

    First, this is not my decision.

    Second, any answer I might give you now would be purely hypothetical.

    As you can well imagine, much could change between now and 2017, which would alter the balance I might strike now between those two competing interests.

    I will look at the situation in 2017, and do what is best for the people of this country.

  95. This was posted 11 months ago…

    LUBBOCK, Texas — Breitbart Texas has exclusively obtained a leaked document warning federal agents about an ISIS-related terrorism threat across the entire US-Mexico border. Though the document focuses on the Texas-Mexico border, Breitbart Texas has confirmed that federal agents across the entire US-Mexico border have received the ISIS terror warning.

    The document was released by the Texas Department of Public Safety and warned that ISIS was actively promoting and encouraging supporters to take advantage of the porous Texas-Mexico border to carry out terrorist attacks against US citizens.

    The document attributed the increased interest by ISIS to a report done by journalist James O’Keefe. Though the report did not mention O’Keefe by name, it showed images of O’Keefe crossing the porous Texas-Mexico border while wearing an Osama bin Laden mask.

    In addition to the report, U.S. Border Patrol Agents confirmed that the U.S. Border Patrol agency was indeed taking the threat seriously. A Border Patrol agent in the Laredo Sector told Breitbart Texas that they had credible information that ISIS was attempting to find individuals and groups in Nuevo-Laredo Mexico to assist in gaining entry into the united states.

    A Border Patrol agent in the El Paso Sector would only tell Breitbart Texas that a warning was issued to agents pertaining to ISIS.

    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2014/08/29/exclusive-breitbart-texas-verifies-isis-threat-with-leaked-doc/

  96. Sister Sarah

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would “love” to have former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in his campaign in an official capacity on Monday’s broadcast of “The Palin Update” on Mama Grizzly Radio.

    Trump said of Palin being “along in some official capacity, “I’d love that.” He continued, “Because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening, and she’s a special person, she’s really a special person, and I think people know that. And she’s got a following that’s unbelievable. … Everybody loves her.”

    He added that the other GOP candidates are “weak” and “ineffective,” and “the Sarah Palin kind of strength, you just don’t see very much of it anymore.”

  97. wbboei

    July 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

    snip

    One day, Trump people showed up at one of our sessions. Their business was casinos, but they must have had their own trucking operation, because they were not regular attendees. I mention this to give you my personal impression of the people in his organization. They were three piece suit types, concerned about their cases, well prepared on their facts, and if they lost their case, their main concern was if they lost the case they would have to explain their failure to Donald. That is what his kind of accountability looks like–VERY hands on. Bottom line: Trump cares about his companies and he cares about this country. Why not give him a shot. If we are willing to entrust our future to a community organizer, why not to someone who has a proven track record of success.

    *************************************************

    Wbboei…thanks for including that experience…so interesting…

    obviously many of us are still coming to terms with Hillary…who is she? what does she stand for? what will she do?….and it is early…so maybe she will surprise everyone and come out of the Ocoma she is in…

    …however putting that aside…

    really…why not just give Donald four years…why not? it certainly would be change…and the thing I really like is…

    Donald will be the first to go to the microphone and tell the rest of us what the hell they are up to that is delaying progress…I love how he tattles and shames the hypocrites…

    a four year break from both parties…because I honestly believe he will take the best from both and sideline the worst of each…might be just what we need…

  98. TRUMP: I’D ‘LOVE’ TO HAVE PALIN IN MY ADMIN IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY

    by IAN HANCHETT28 Jul 2015811

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would “love” to have former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in his campaign in an official capacity on Monday’s broadcast of “The Palin Update” on Mama Grizzly Radio.

    Trump said of Palin being “along in some official capacity, “I’d love that.” He continued, “Because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening, and she’s a special person, she’s really a special person, and I think people know that. And she’s got a following that’s unbelievable. … Everybody loves her.”

    He added that the other GOP candidates are “weak” and “ineffective,” and “the Sarah Palin kind of strength, you just don’t see very much of it anymore.”

  99. S
    July 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    ——–

    As much as I love and support Hillary, I will end up voting for Trump if she doesn’t come out of her Kook blinded shell before the primary.

    Then, I will give her until the General election to get into get her $hit together, if not, I will vote for Trump in the General.

    It would break my heart, but I want a kick as$ President that will help the working class and not follow the Obama playbook of stupidity.

  100. I registered independent in 2008. I prefer to be independent. I checked to see what I needed to do to vote in PA closed primary. You can do it 30 days before an election. I would vote for Trump in a heart beat right now as no one has shaken things up like this man. If all he does is put the skids to business as usual in DC he has earned my vote. I will wait to see how The Donald does in the early primaries because I have no desire to align myself with either party.

  101. Shadowfax
    Do you think it is possible for her, at this point, to dig herself out. She did her climate change spiel surrounded by bicycles and then boarded a private jet. Bad optics and it gets covered. I understand for security reasons she is not going to fly coach, but why stage something like that. I don’t see the woman I walked door to door for in anything she does. I was never a fan I respected her and thought in 2008 she was the best option. Does she believe we are obots with no where else to go? Hey I’ll cater to the far left to appease screw the people who fought with me until the end. They got no where else to go. Same thing with Planned Parenthood they have more videos to come and I am sure the most horrific will be saved for last. The makers of those films know they placed themselves in a precarious position by creating them. They are risking a lot. She wants to lead the country and stays silent about these barbaric practices. Sorry her silence on the issue is repugnant. How does that congeal with the rare blah blah blah bit of the past?
    She is running to be the leader of our country and she “waffles” on every issue. She never says anything. Too calculated but at the same time she comes across as a lawyer. I did not support her because she was a woman I supported her because she seemed to have some fire in her belly. I think she should have come out fighting instead we get this person who does not even feel real to me. Trump is hugely flawed but he says something.

  102. Have you heard anyone else do it?

    Yes, actually. Both Texas candidates, but especially Rick Perry, have laid out much more detailed approaches for securing the border. Perry actually has a track record, having sent the Texas National Guard to patrol the border. I’m sure you can find many references for Perry on border security. I’m more interested in Cruz’ positions and views on the problem, so I looked up a few for you:

    Here’s a good place to start for Cruz on immigration. In this 23 minute speech on border security, he details the situation in Brooks County, Texas complete with charts and photos of immigrant graves in the desert, plus very detailed steps to physically secure the border. I’ll think you’ll find that this is a much more sophisticated overview of the problem and solutions than Twitter sound bytes like “get Mexico to pay for a wall”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4cxtMdEbdw

    Brooks County and the border checkpoint he’s talking about is here, 50+ miles from the border. Where do you build the wall?:

    http://www.google.com/maps/place/Falfurrias+Border+Patrol+Station/@27.0246589,-98.1386041,9z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x866674ac16eb5bbf:0xa6bb180e79e73b16

    Here are many more YouTubes of Cruz discussing immigration:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/SenTedCruz/search?query=border

    ——————-

    The three key issues that he routinely talks about are:

    1) Boots on the ground at the border, 700 miles of strategic fencing (mandated by law, but only 36 miles have been built), biometric exit/entry, and operation control of 100% of the southern border.

    2) Policies, such as amnesty, that incentivize illegal immigration. You can’t solve the problem without removing the incentives.

    3) Policies that make illegal immigration more attractive than legal immigration. You must make legal immigration easier and more attractive that illegal immigration.

  103. Every indication is that the economy will continue to worsen throughout the Presidential election period and beyond as the global economy is so dependent on China. The Lame Stream Media will continue to propagandize the situation as all well. Stockman mocks them in his post today:
    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/wall-street-still-didnt-get-the-memo-chinas-done-tops-in/

    The parasitic elites need to realize their Chinese debt virgin has become a tired old whore.

    This is a prime election for a CEO to step in and take charge. I believe that Donald Trump knows this and it was a big part of the reason why he threw his hat in the ring now.

  104. henry
    July 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Shadowfax
    Do you think it is possible for her, at this point, to dig herself out.

    ——
    I don’t know henry, I don’t support most of the far left agenda either. I never liked her stance on immigration, but she is even talking more left than usual. I am a centrist leaning left.

    I am lucky that I can still be registered in the Dim party and vote for anyone in both elections in CA. (CA changed the voting a few years or so ago.) I don’t mind voting for Trump in the primary, and change to Hillary in the General, if she gets it together by then.

    Other than Trump, there is no one else in either party that I like at all.

  105. I did the same thing years ago, thought the Big Dawg was too cool for school,

    thought Perot was the only one that could fix the economy. Loved his pie charts and humor.

    Voted for Perot in the primary and grew to know Bill, (adore him since he was Pres.) and voted for Bill in the General.

  106. hwc
    #3
    With you until that point. We have almost 100 million unemployed. Maybe the markets would create a “living wage” if we had no cheap labor the price of having a house cleaner/gardener/burger flipper/ waitress would go up thus raising the living wage. Importing cheap labor makes the cries of a living wage moot.

  107. When will it be too late for Hillary to change course? Does she need to be totally derailed before the person we saw in 2008 emerges? And how does she spin all her mush?

    One big concern about Trump is that he could be a dictator. The solutions to the country’s problems are not rocket science, but it is getting them implemented that could be problematic. I think Hillary’s best shot would be to blame her mush on intending to work the democratic process and not being a dictator. Then she could challenge Trump on how he is going to get his policies enacted. The sky will open up…

    She would have to dismiss this part of her campaign as part of her listening campaign. And indeed, she should be listening on August 6th. If Trump can hold his own in the debate, the game is on.

  108. henry
    July 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I think that jobs have to be brought back to America to get the economy rolling so the min. wage can be raised.

    I agree with Trump that American companies have to pay extra ‘taxes’ for their labor that is over seas.

    Apple for example, is one American company that makes huge profits by Chinese labor, and sells at sky high prices to Americans.

  109. Lu, I think Trump will do exceptionally well in the primary debates, as long as he keeps his personal insults to a softened minimum.

  110. With you until that point. We have almost 100 million unemployed. Maybe the markets would create a “living wage” if we had no cheap labor the price of having a house cleaner/gardener/burger flipper/ waitress would go up thus raising the living wage. Importing cheap labor makes the cries of a living wage moot.

    If you set legal immigration quotas at zero, then you are accepting illegal immigration because the incentive to cross the border illegally is simply too high. As long as illegal immigration is more attractive than legal immigration, you’ll never stop it.

    This is not a Berlin wall situation. There are tens of thousands of US citizens crossing into Mexico and tens of thousands of Mexican citizens crossing into the US constantly.

    To a large extent, what drives down wages is illegal immigrants. Because they are not legal, market forces dictate that they work for lower wages than legal permanent residents. That’s why businesses hire illegals.

    Cruz is not suggesting unlimited legal immigration, but he is suggesting setting the levels high enough that you don’t incentivize illegal immigration. The demand is there regardless. It is what it is. You either address it with a legal market or you address it with an illegal black market.

  111. Admin was SPOT ON with the Shield Maiden theme. She’s taken in these Obama Kooks and they’re using her to protect Precious. O-asshole must really have some dirt on her.

  112. Hillary Clinton should prepare for some awkward moments when she visits Capitol Hill on Tuesday for meetings with House and Senate Democrats — and possibly rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

    Former Senate Democratic aide Jim Manley notes that Clinton and Sanders, who are vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, could end up together at the weekly Senate Democratic lunch, where Clinton is expected to visit her former colleagues.

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    Manley predicted Sanders will be in the worse position.

    “I’m sure it’s gonna be pretty awkward, but it is what it is,” he said. “Just imagine Senator Clinton walking down the hallway to the LBJ room, surrounded by her entourage, surrounded by the Secret Service, with reporters shouting out questions to her as she’s walking into the LBJ room for the caucus.”

    “She’s going to walk in there to a rock star reception, and there I assume is going to be poor Senator Sanders. So, I feel a little bit bad for the guy,” Manley, a Democratic strategist at QGA Public Affairs, tells The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper.

    The Hill

  113. One big concern about Trump is that he could be a dictator. The solutions to the country’s problems are not rocket science, but it is getting them implemented that could be problematic. I think Hillary’s best shot would be to blame her mush on intending to work the democratic process and not being a dictator
    —–

    The elites would be fearful of a dictator.

    Who knows, he might upset their apple cart.

    Less so the people.

    100 million out of work?

    30 million illegals*?

    What the people want is someone who

    Can make the trains run on time.

    Something the political class cannot deliver.

    *http://video.foxnews.com/v/4380205624001/video-allegedly-shows-illegal-immigrants-storming-shore/?intcmp=hpvid1#sp=show-clips

  114. While Donald Trump is tearing up the political class, Hillary is talking about Climate Change. WTF? Anyway, politicians are not scientists, but I am. Actually I am a Chemical Engineer by profession. I once taught statistical process control to operators in a chemical plant in southeast Texas. So I could teach even politicians about why climate change is real. It is Physical Chemistry 101 and this measured quantity:
    http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/

    Carbon Dioxide. It changes the heat capacity of the atmosphere and as it increases, the atmosphere increases in temperature. The rate of increase is small compared to other things that can vary the atmospheric temperature so the data can be obscured. The other part of the debate is the source of the carbon dioxide as natural or man-made.

    From there it becomes politicized and the claims, that man-made carbon dioxide is a threat to life on the planet, are used as a big stick.

    It is wrong to deny climate change exists. But the issue is exploited and it stinks of BO. In fact he has put his nasty smell on green energy. And the incompetence and corruption he played out in the industry has really discredited it.

    You can bet BO got on a big jet plane after his global warming con deals and nobody said boo. Hillary does it and it is some kind of hypocrisy. WTF??

  115. Lu4PUMA

    July 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    When will it be too late for Hillary to change course? Does she need to be totally derailed before the person we saw in 2008 emerges? And how does she spin all her mush?

    One big concern about Trump is that he could be a dictator.
    ******************************************

    Lu4Puma…we already have a dictator…for the last few years O has been ruling by executive orders and passing what he wants mainly by party line…it has been his way and/or demonize any opposition…he never even tried to work with all sides…he is too aloof and above working any public relations angles…

    ******************************************

    I think Donald will be more of what I had hoped Hillary was going to come out swinging as…

    I think Donald is used to getting people in a room and knocking heads together until things get resolved…I see him as a workhorse also that will burn the candles late until the job is done…like Bill did…

    Donald is a smoozer and a doer…and then once the job at hand is done there will be time for fun…

    I imagine him more of a wheeler dealer that will get results…he has lots of experience already working with politicians through his business…

    I think he will be motivated to prove that he can ‘make America great again’…he likes to win…

  116. Shadowfax…I understand your disappointment and angst

    …we are on the same wavelength in terms of the primary and then waiting to see how things evolve…

    I want a straight shooter and a doer…no more posers or people afraid to say it like it is…Hillary is going against her own nature with her actions right now…it is galling to hear her sound subservient to O…

  117. S

    July 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I think he will be motivated to prove that he can ‘make America great again’…he likes to win…
    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    ALL ANY politico has to do for America to be great, is to GET OUT OF OUR WAY and LEAVE US ALONE! The kook left has demonstrated what the result is when we let arrested development children run the show. This has been the entire Oblamo administration – a pathological focus upon the fringes – matters that should be merely the subject of remedial efforts as a footnote – not vaulted as a priority above all else. Just get the fuck out of Americans’ way and the Country WILL be great again.

  118. Morris latest video asks will Obama coalition save Hillary.

    He says that despite all the incompetence and the destruction of this nation that no good son of a bitch Obama has wrought, his support level has never dropped below 39 per cent.

    The conclusion is two fold:

    1. These people are living proof of what H.L. Mencken said: nobody ever went broke (or lost an election) underestimating the intelligence of the American People. This group is perhaps the reason why Plato called democracy the worst form of government.

    2. These people lack critical thinking skills and instead look in the mirror and say if the candidate looks like me I will vote for him. This is called identity politics, and unchecked it leads to perverse individuals and philosophies like National Socialism.

    In sum, there is nothing positive to be said for people who think on this level. They are the Achilles heel of democracy.

    Returning to the core question, will the Obama coalition of the ignorant save Hillary, the answer is we do not know. He suggests however that we will have the answer in a couple weeks. Right now, they continue to drop and if they level off at 39% then that proves the coalition of the ignorant who backed Obama, will back her, such that her radical shift to the left has saved her. If however, she falls below, then we will know something else, namely that she cannot count of the ignorant the same way he has.

    But even then, the answer is imperfect, because they may support her with pollsters, but not turn out to vote.

  119. btw…happened to catch John Kaisch with Wolf Blitzer…John came on after a disgusting smear segment about Trump and Ivana…

    John K took the high road and bluntly told Wolf they should just stop it…stop talking about all that…he would not take the bait and say one bad word about Donald and was empathtic (probably spared himself some wrath)…I have to admit I like John K

    John K has shot to #3 in NH…he has Sununu working for him and evidently has spent millions in ads there…i still think he is going to wear well once he gets out there and better known…

  120. Kasich has been running wall to wall ads in New Hampshire. I wouldn’t read much into an outlier poll number for him.

    At this point, with random phone polling, it’s literally, “Yeah, Kasich, I think I’ve heard of him. I’ll go with Kasich…”

    Christie and Perry are the only other ads running. I think those are national Fox News buys as they try to make the first debate.

  121. I am seeing a lot of Christie ads on FOX. Must be national buys. I think he’ll stay in as long as he can and then put his “weight” behind Jeb.

  122. I don’t know when we will start seeing candidates officially drop out. It’s kind of a weird year, because many of the no prayer candidates (Perry, Christie, Kasich, Santorum etc) are second timers who probably expected to be contenders. I think expectations were clouded by the weak, miserable field of Republican candidates in 2012 when even the worst candidates like Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Santorum, and Gingrich took turns at the top.

  123. he is suggesting setting the levels high enough that you don’t incentivize illegal immigration.

    Personally, I’m basically against raising the numbers of immigrants – at least at this time. We already take in more immigrants than anyone else. Plus, we mostly get a large number of low-income or welfare dependent immigrants, and those who want to make money to send to their own countries, not spend it here. And many only have a 3rd grade education. I’ve come across people in my job who can speak Spanish, but they can’t read it, they never learned to read their own language – they can’t even read their prescriptions.

    Plus I think they need to change the quotas. IIRC Hispanics are already allowed in in the highest numbers, then you have the added numbers of the illegals. When they (Kennedy et al) changed the immigration rules in 1965, they promised our culture would not be changed. Heading towards 25% Hispanic is not respecting our culture. And such a high number leads to the a greater lack of assimilation which we’re seeing now (there are a couple towns near here by the border where I don’t go, because they don’t speak English), which further changes our culture.

    And the other side of the coin is, the more of this large group we take in, the less pressure there is on those countries to change to take better care of their own people. We’re basically *enabling* other countries to not develop, and they’ll just stay 3rd world. I strongly feel those people who come here and demand we change for *them*, need to stay home and fight *their* government to change. That would be to *everyone’s* benefit.

    I’m just getting really fed up that only cultures founded by white western Europeans are demanded to diversify. No one asks black, Asian, hispanic, or Muslim countries to diversify. And the western european founded countries *have* diversified, but it’s never enough. The other types of countries are allowed to keep their cultures, but those from western european people are expected to keep doing more, more, more diversity. How is that even fair?

    And I’m certain that were an African country flooded with 25% Asians they’d be protesting, a hispanic country would protest being flooded by Africans, etc. But Americans are racist if they want to retain their historical culture by not having huge numbers of increasingly non-assimilating immigrants, French are racist when they complain about the Muslim no-go zones, etc.

    Plus, when I hear these immigration activists saying we need to speed up our process for legal immigration, I’m pretty sure they’re supporting the idea that whoever wants to come here should be able to. I don’t agree with that. Especially when other countries are starting to require that you be rich to immigrate, our getting tighter is not over the line.

    I agree with Trump, we need to start getting more highly skilled immigrants, and fewer immigrants who drain our failing economic system. Maybe we can get some *new* diversity – some Italians, British, French, Irish – Irish would be cool. And we could always some more Asians – they have that “smart factor” going on.

    Anyway, that’s my .05….

  124. Most of the issues you describe are problems of illegal immigration. No rational quotas that make sense. Little incentive for cultural integration.

    There is going to be immigration. There are economic forces driving it, not the least of which is the the US birth rate has not been high enough to maintain its current population.

    You are not going to see measurable immigration from Western Europe. Their birth rates have all fallen below the population maintenance level, too. They are dealing with the same pressures of immigration we are, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, even significant “boat people” refugees.

    Without immigration, western economies, with their low birthrates, will experience shrinking economies.

  125. The parasitic elites need to realize their Chinese debt virgin has become a tired old whore.

    I remember hearing for a long time that it was China we were borrowing all this money from (I think Japan may be number 1 now…?), and anytime they wanted they could call in their debt and crash our economy. Now that China is faltering, is there a chance they may demand back the money we have borrowed (that we don’t have)…?

  126. We presently have almost a 1/3 of the entire population of central America here illegally.

    BUILD THE FREAKING WALL.

    No more BS…build it, station drones and armed guards and march the illegals back….Eisenhower in the 50’s did it, understood how illegals undermind our Country…

    I repeat OUR Country!!!

  127. Right, but “I’m really good at building walls, and I’m going to get Mexico to pay for it” is not a BS policy position? 🙂

    I’m no fan of Rick Perry. I said that people would have to look up his policies for themselves. I’m not interested enough in Rick Perry to invest any time in it.

    But as little as I like him, I suspect he has more first hand experience with border issues than a NYC real estate magnate who completely changed his position after an hour long photo op in Laredo.

  128. Actually Perry never had any real interest, he was always running for a bigger pie and never wanted to upset the applecart.
    You really don’t know Perry, so maybe you should not try to use him as an example hwc…

  129. Then we need to drop birth control all over from a plane onto all those other nations lol

    Another idea is to quickly develop a way for men to have babies, so the career disruption and diminished ability to be self-sufficient doesn’t fall all to women.

    But seriously, then I think that we need to even out where we’re getting all the people from, so that our culture isn’t overtaken by another culture. I understand what you’re saying about Europe, but I don’t agree we couldn’t get any.

    I’m not saying *no* immigration, I’m saying “not higher levels”, and – lol more DIVERSE immigration lol

    PS thanks for reading that long spiel. I didn’t realize it was getting so long.

  130. Hey

    Maybe we need to shrink the population a bit, it’s doubled since I was born, only so much natural resources…
    Hwc…Are you getting your info from Wikipedia or from the democratic outreach program at your local university?

  131. gonzo – you wondered – ? About how only certain countries are pushed to diversity..?

    p.s. hello 🙂

  132. pm317 – I meant to say hello to you, too. I saw your comment the other day. Is that good or bad that I haven’t changed? lol

    Anyway, hello! I know you’re out there somewhere reading!

  133. gonzo – not that I’m an expert in this or anything, but I think a big problem is that the countries that can least support more people are not using birth control. I know that traditionally people who had farms in whatever country – maybe ranches, too, I don’t know – would have lots of kids, because they all pitched in on the farm growing up. But I don’t think, for example, that the African countries that are so poor and having more people than they can feed, are primarily composed of farmers.

    Of course, it’s easy to observe here that people without a lot of money have more kids, and they’re not on farms or ranches, they’re on welfare. Some of them I think have more kids to stay on welfare for as many years as possible. But I don’t think our numbers are anywhere close to, say, the African countries I was mentioning that have all the people they can’t support.

    That reminds me of something else I can’t figure out. Africa is the first place in the world to have people. Yet, they sure seem to be the least evolved, even though they’ve had the longest time of anyone to create a sustainable culture.

    People often say the founders of our country were different (I’m just 3rd generation, so I can’t claim any descent from those people lol), and that led them to come here and create the US. They were considered to be brave, people who could think outside the box, people who created a whole new type of civilization/govermment – a different “breed” of people who could create something new and wonderful.

    It makes me wonder if the peoples who trekked out of Africa to new unknown, unexplored “worlds” to create new civilizations themselves were likewise different, and the ones who remained behind perhaps didn’t have those same qualities so didn’t evolve much. (and it has nothing to do with color, as everyone was black then, to cope with the sun in Africa)

  134. Lorac..hi back.
    I’ve thought the same, but then again, the people who left Europe, they too were thinking outside the box, actually, many didn’t even have a box and that’s why they came..opportunity, that’s the promise of America, not welfare.
    That’s what’s so disgusting..

  135. “Society does not improve.

    It merely evolves”.

    (Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes).

    Semper Fidelus Herb

    What you say is true . . . .

    The barbarians are at the gate

    It calls for counter revolution. . . .

    But who’s to do it???

    Call me a fool if you like.

    But it is always dawn.

    Somewhere.

    Maybe even here.

    If we can get Cruz

    Or Donald

    Or Hillary of 2008

    ——————-

    From: Herbert Conklin

    Subject: Where has America Gone?

    Date: July 25, 2015 7:31:29 AM EDT

    Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again.

    Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida a few weeks back when he said America will not come back.

    He wrote:

    The American Dream ended (on November 6th, 2012 ) in Ohio . The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.

    A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood , uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended Norman Rockwell ‘s America .

    The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch… The Pit Bull is in the back yard. The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky ‘s “Rules for Radicals” and Chicago shyster, David Axelrod , along with international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.

    Our side ran two candidates who couldn’t even win their own home states, and Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a glowing “post Sandy ” tribute that elevated the “Commander-in-Chief” to Mother Teresa status. (Aside: with the way the polls were run, he didn’t need any help!)

    People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again comment on or concern myself with the afore mentioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.

    You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates & shy not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.

    Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to “white guilt” and political correctness…

    An American Veteran……… Semper-Fi

    Herb Emoji

  136. I did not support her because she was a woman I supported her because she seemed to have some fire in her belly. I think she should have come out fighting instead we get this person who does not even feel real to me. Trump is hugely flawed but he says something.

    I think Hillary (at least how she presented herself, I feel confused now as to who the real Hillary is) was the right person at the right time in 2008, and it was a disservice to the whole country – actually, to the whole world – to steal that away from her.

    I think Hillary sounds like a politician now. All the years I supported Hillary and wanted so much for her to run for and become president, I always felt very strongly that she was the last true public servant left. Now she sounds like a politician and (whether she agrees with what she’s saying now or not – she *could* after all) she does *not* sound genuine, and I agree with you Henry, I don’t feel the fire in the belly. It’s like she’s let herself be put into a corral and can only move around so much. Like she has been made or has chosen to be a far left person now.

    The populace, on both sides of the aisle, are yearning for a genuine voice, and they’re finding it in Trump. Granted, a lot of stuff he says that he’ll do, he can’t really “just do”, because he would need congressional approval, etc. But people are responding to his clarity, his saying what he means. You really feel like he means it when he says it – he’s not sounding like a politician at all, IMO.

    So if Hillary stays on the course she is on, she’s definitely not going to be the right person for the time. I honestly have no idea if this is the real Hillary, or if she is being blackmailed, or if her obot advisors are giving her kooky advice (but we always felt she was so smart, so why doesn’t she see through that…?). But now more than ever, people want clarity (not as admin puts it, “mush”), and definitiveness, and that fire in the belly, as you put it. And of course, Trump’s not being beholden to anyone, is a HUGE plus.

    Either this is the real Hillary, or something is really wrong. But the 2008 Hillary wouldn’t allow herself to be blackmailed, I don’t think. If they’re blackmailing her, I think she should call them on it. She MUST have stuff on Obama, he’s a walking fraud.

  137. opportunity, that’s the promise of America, not welfare.

    I think you’ve perfectly hit it on the head. But I think we don’t teach that anymore, the kids seem to be taught that America (the country they’re born and raised in) is a bad place. And they’re apparently taught that government is the answer to everything. You and I were taught that in America you work hard and you can get ahead, you may not become Donald Trump, but you’ll be better off than your parents – that there are opportunities here but you have to work hard. Now so many just want to be provided for.

    (OMG, remember that Peggy from 2008, and she was so excited that now that O was (s)elected, she wouldn’t have to pay for gas or rent or anything anymore? People were saying that there was “Obama stash” that he’d give them! And that Peggy looked like an employed person, a respectable member of her community, but even *she* was wanting free stuff.)

  138. wbboei, I know he’s right, but it’s depressing.

    coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.

    lol I wonder how there was a second generation of future Americans without women…? 😉

  139. If all he does is put the skids to business as usual in DC he has earned my vote.

    While I understand what you’re saying, my worry is that the politicians will just learn to “say the right things” for the time (as usual), and just be their usual “say one thing, do another” selves….

  140. Another day, another stemwinder. This one on the sale of baby parts. Demands that the media ask Hillary Clinton whether she welcomes the support of Planned Parenthood:

  141. lorac
    my hope is that Trump has turned over the sandbox. Goal, I am sure is to marginalize The Donald and go back to business as usual I hope his brass defense of America resonates. It does with me and just about everyone I know. DC is so screwed up only a true maverick can effect a change. Imagine The Donald openly discussing all the pork attached to every bill. Sarah in spite/despite all that was done to her has remained true to her basic principles. I’d love to see a poll of Lindsay Lohan’s(snark) approval rating in its own state right now. Only an egomaniac billionaire can check them.

  142. Ocoma

    lol that’s a great term, it immediately conveys its meaning..

    <I honestly believe he will take the best from both and sideline the worst of each…

    I’m feeling that way, too. And as since 2008 I’ve considered myself independent and I feel both parties have *part* of the answers, it really appeals to me.

    I really no longer believe in political parties anymore, anyway. I mean, god didn’t come down and decree that everyone who is fiscally conservative is also socially conservative, or has religion as the main organizing principle of their lives. S/he also didn’t come down and make it that everyone who wants to see a safety net also wants socialism so almost EVERYone is in the “safety net”.

    IMO, it seems much more reasonable that most people, if they really thought aboutit , learned more about the issues, and put down their indoctrinated bias for their own party (me: guilty until 2008), they’d find some things they agree with on both sides of the aisle.

    I’ve come to the conclusion (others mileage may vary) that the parties really just exist for their own benefit, to ensure their own continued survival for the benefit of the affiliated politicians. I no longer think the existence of parties is for the benefit of the people.

    And I think I see validation in what is happening right now. Trump’s own party (as well as dems) are saying he should drop out, questioning whether he is hijacking the party, etc. Excuse me, politicians, but we the people are supposed to pick the candidates, NOT YOU.

    When have we EVER heard that the current poll leader should drop out or is “hijacking the party”? At least at this point, the PEOPLE in the “party” are mostly supporting Trump – how can that be hijacking the party (unless they’re only talking about the security of those so far safely nestled in power and money in the political class!).

    I think both parties are scared to death of him, his threat to the uniparty.

  143. After I become president I will answer your question.

    Yikes, that sounds an awful like, “we have to pass it to know what’s in it”..

    I think the more nuanced answer, vowing to do what is best for the country but not being able to predict exactly how the competing interests will look in the future, might be best…. or maybe giving an idea *at this point* what they might do, with the caveat that it would have to be re-examined at the time the decisions are made…

  144. When I read the email from Herb, the sense of despair it evokes, and his marine corps salutation, I would begin by telling him that the organization he is part of and will belong to until he dies gives us hope that all is not lost. I would remind him of what the Marine Corps is, which I described elsewhere as “a culture of courage, sacrifice and blood that flows like an eternal river back and then forward in time, from Bagdad (1992), to Que Son (1968), to Inchon (1951), to Iwo Jima (1945), to Belleau Woods (1917), to the Wall of Legations (1905), to Chapultepec Castle (1845), to Tripoli (1803), to Tun Tavern, all this and more by two words known to every Marine: Semper Fidelis.

    Then, I would take him back to Korea: the forgotten war. What a friend of my dad who was a lieutenant in the army on D-Day world war II—-if there were 10 ways to fuck up an operation, we found 12—that was also true of Korea. MacArthur’s surprise landing at Inchon was brilliant. His sending our troops up to Chosin Reservoir far beyond any defensive perimeter, ignoring intelligence reports that the enemy was massing to attack, made of them sitting ducks and was utterly reckless. Two marines you have never heard of saved twenty thousand lives and that beleaguered command from annihilation, and to do that had to fight not only the overwhelming Chinese forces, but MacArthur and his man on the ground General Ned Almond.

    1. O P Smith: who engineered the line of retreat, and built the air bases for the air cover to support that retreat. He did this against Almond’s orders, and when it succeeded Almond, being a MacArthur man took all the credit. It is important to understand that during the late 1940s the army was comprised of two factions: the George Marshall faction, and the MacArthur faction. And they were as different as day and night. Also, it is relevant that after World War II there was an intense political effort to abolish the marine corps by folding it into the army. If that had happened the Corps would have lost its edge–as the tip of the sphere. And if O.P. Smith had not been the leader he was, if he had folded his hand to MacArthur, the corp men would have been what Obama believes military men in general to be–corpsmen. And of that long retreat that he engineered he said we are not retreating. We are advancing in a different direction. They were surrounded on all sides, therefore the statement was true.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_P._Smith

    2. Ray Davis: widely regarded as the best tactical leader the United States has ever produced. He was associated with the marine icon Chesty Puller in World War II, but in Korea, Puller was pretty used up. The father of a friend of mine at Annapolis was a captain in Korea, and what he remembers is how Puller commandeered the liquor stores his unit had. But Ray Davis was the real deal. His style of leadership was what you or I would want if we found ourselves surrounded on all sides by murderous attackers. His men reported that was soft spoken–no gruff, no bluff, made you comfortable in his presence. He led those beleaguered marines across frozen mountain ranges of Korea with close air support repelling attackers from the airfield Smith built in defiance of MacArthur’s orders. And they came back from the jaws of death, back from the mouth of hell, in the words of Tennyson, with his command in tact. It was the longest retreat in Marine Corps history, and the one of the most successful military operations. And for that he received all of our highest metals—look at them, because you will never see anything like it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Davis_(general)

    As long as this country is capable of producing leaders like that, its always dawn.

  145. He sets the tone and expectations and hires the best and expects the best from them. It is merit based all the way. It is not who they know, where they went to school, how many credentials, but what can you do and how fast can you do it. Results in all of their myriad of forms count. At this point in our history this is radical stuff. It used to be the norm and people want it back.

    Well said.

  146. hwc
    July 29, 2015 at 12:05 am
    ——
    At the 6 minute mark

    Ted is going for McConnell’s throat

    Mitch is like a white rabbit

    Ted Cruz is a honey badger:

    And in case you don’t know

    What a honey badger is

    Voila . . .

    https://youtu.be/TV1ysmidGQc

  147. Thanks, hwc. But I still don’t understand…. *why?* It makes me wonder if he has a bald spot in the middle of his head. Although, they’ve been showing old photos of him with that first wife since the Daily Beast article, and I noticed his hair even looks similar back then. Also brown – he must be dying it blonde, maybe because there’s gray now. Not that it’s important – it’s just that the wild hair style makes you wonder about what’s going on lol

  148. Shadowfax
    Take a walk down memory lane you will find much Trump love back in 08. Here and other place that now spurn him

  149. Well anyone who believed that a Secretary of State could use email and not talk about classified stuff was not thinking right!!!

    Those emails WILL be here downfall

    Her judgement in doing it was totally crazy .. if she felt she had to HIDE she should should have NEVER agreed to be S.O.S.

    She’s doomed. I’ll follow along here but my heart is not with her and a non committal on XL Pipeline was staggering……………THAT is what campaigns are about — say what you think … oh wait .. NO she is just a politican

  150. lorac

    July 29, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I really no longer believe in political parties anymore, anyway. I mean, god didn’t come down and decree that everyone who is fiscally conservative is also socially conservative, or has religion as the main organizing principle of their lives. S/he also didn’t come down and make it that everyone who wants to see a safety net also wants socialism so almost EVERYone is in the “safety net”.

    IMO, it seems much more reasonable that most people, if they really thought aboutit , learned more about the issues, and put down their indoctrinated bias for their own party (me: guilty until 2008), they’d find some things they agree with on both sides of the aisle.

    I’ve come to the conclusion (others mileage may vary) that the parties really just exist for their own benefit, to ensure their own continued survival for the benefit of the affiliated politicians. I no longer think the existence of parties is for the benefit of the people.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Welcome to my mindset since ~ 1994.

  151. admin
    July 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Well, we give up. We were wrong. It’s over for Trump. He can never be elected. He’s a sideshow. It’s just over. He can’t win anywhere. He never had a chance. Poor Trump.
    _____________

    😆 Admin. I love your sense of humor. 😀

  152. There are those who will write off Hillary because she is not the icon they believed she was. We have all felt that way at one time or another, but the truth is most politicians have feet of clay, so why should she be any different? Others have written her off because she appears to have rejected the values we believed in and adopted in their stead and place those of Obama, nation destroying values, toxic values which aim to destroy this nation. Some of us believe this is a posture she must assume in order to secure the nomination, and she will undergo a metamorphosis in the general election based on the values she espoused in 2008, whereas others, like me, believe that this is highly unlikely, because the party is now controlled by animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech, but are in fact sub human and anti American to the core. But there is a third view, which those of us who have traveled together this far, under the guidance of Admin. must consider and that whatever Hillary is, and will become, there is a proxy war going on at the New York Times, the grey lady who, in times past has set the tone and the narrative which appeared in hundreds of other newspapers across the land, and it is between the older reporters who are loyal to Bill and Hillary, and the young ones who have taken a blood oath to Obama. The latter group are being fed all the dirt you see now by Jarrett, and as the saying goes, every dog has its day, and in due course it is reasonable to assume that Jarrett will have hers, because of all the enemies she has. But today, the picture is different. Today, the editor of the Times, Dean Baquette is siding with the bots, against counter attacks launched by the Clinton forces through CNN. This theory is elucidated further in the link below, but I caution you not to read it if you are inclined to be thin skinned about negativity toward Hillary, because that is present in the article as well. But if you can see past those slings and arrows, then you can also see what is happening. What I am getting to is that despite everything else, there is one remaining reason to support Hillary, which resonates only with cynics like me. To the extent she is waging a war against the New York Times, which is the puss pocket of evil at the center of our failing political system, I salute her. And, now, if you have the guts to do it, read this article.

    http://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/2015/07/28/obama-v-the-clintons-proxy-war-erupts-at-the-new-york-times/

  153. The above piece also suggests a motive for the private server, namely, to keep sensitive information away from the prying eyes of the Obama goon squad, including its head goon, Jarrett–an untermenchen.

  154. foxyladi14
    July 29, 2015 at 9:57 am
    —–
    His philandering ways make him an easy target.

    But the Washington cartel will not do it.

    The finds him malleable, manipulable

    And willing to carry their water

    Doing it above board will get nowhere.

    Gallant lads these soldiers–

    They always go for the thickest part of the wall

    (British Admiral at watching the military disaster unfold at Galipoli)

  155. gonzotx
    July 29, 2015 at 10:55 am
    So wbb,

    You still support Hillary is what I am hearing?
    ——-
    In the democrat primary and her war against the press

  156. Wbb,

    Admin posted information on Cruz in the last article I believe that pretty much said that he was for something before it was politically advantageous to be against it.
    I know you really like him , and I do think in many ways he is brillant, but his Convenient switches are so troubling…

  157. gonzotx
    July 29, 2015 at 11:03 am
    ———
    Oh he has made his share of mistakes along the way.

    The biggest has been the TPP/TPA imbroglio

    The Ex-Im bank is symbolic

    TPP/TPA is substantive

    And represents a direct attack on the American People

    He did not stand up on that issue initially

    Neither did anyone else–except Bernie Sander

    And in hindsight I surmise he wishes he had

    But his sustained attacks on the citadel of Washington

    Is real, and if the American People get behind it

    The walls of the citadel will crumble

    Like a medieval fortress under seige

    I recall a comment by Jennifer Rubin

    That the reason she does not live in Washington

    Is because one day all their deceit will catch up with them

    And then Washington will experience its own fall from grace

  158. lorac
    July 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm
    —————-

    Hey lorac, yes, check the site now and then — it is amazing though how I remember the password to the site when I want to log in after months/years — tells you how much we relied on this site emotionally in 2008 and in its aftermath. Hillary has lost me (esp. with the email thingy and of course, Benghazi) but so have others and I am no longer invested/interested in politics. I don’t have any doubt that there is some kind of understanding between Hillary and Obama of assured mutual destruction if she went against Obama in this campaign. But the email thing was all her own and I can’t figure out why she put herself in that precarious position.

    {my other comment about you not changing was about you standing up for the ‘oppressed’; you used to do that in good old days too, standing up for what is right. So, no, don’t change. I am that way too that I feel compelled to speak up. But we have to stop fighting other people’s battle at some point, I guess.}

  159. gonzotx
    July 29, 2015 at 11:03 am
    Wbb,

    Admin posted information on Cruz in the last article I believe that pretty much said that he was for something before it was politically advantageous to be against it.
    I know you really like him ,

    ———–
    Yes, I do like him, his values, his courage etc.

    But I haven’t the time, the money or the interest in chasing the holy grail, like I did in 2008.

    Like the old German saying: too soon old. Too late smart.

    My interest in blogging would have lapsed by now if it were not for Trump and Cruz.

    Forty years ago, I had a torts professor who described law school thusly:

    It is like beating your head against a wall—it feels good when you stop.

    He could have just as easily been talking about politics

    When you finally realize the true nature of the beast

    And Donald has dragged the dark mover from behind the scene

    Into the public spotlight, and he has been shown to be small, petty and impotent

    Without the leverage.

  160. I live downtown and on nice days like today preschool matrons take these little people on walks on ropes that tie them one to another, to make certain that no one gets away.

    These children just go with the flow.

    They–not us are the ones who will pay the full debt with interest that the big media beloved messiah has imposed on the world.

    They are what the playwright George Bernard Shaw described as “a posterity that has no vote.”

  161. When a republican stands up and says: I believe in free trade, therefore . . .

    That is meta talk.

    What they are really saying is:

    I don not want to go to war with the Chamber of Commerce

    Regardless of the impact it has on my constituents

    The statement is absolute, it brooks no exception

    And it is not nearly as noble as it may sound.

    The counter has got to be

    Free trade is a fiction

    What you have today is managed trade

    And it is being managed to the disadvantage of the American worker

    Without a level playing field.

  162. Another making Holder’s people look bad.
    U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates were indicted Wednesday on racketeering charges “involving several schemes that were intended to further the political and financial interests” of them all, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150730_Fattah_indicted.html

    Chaka Fattah (born Arthur Davenport; November 21, 1956) is the U.S. representative for Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 1995
    His adoptive father, David Fattah, and mother, Falaka Fattah (born Frances Brown, also known as Queen Mother Falaka Fattah), are community activists in West Philadelphia, where they are building an “urban Boys’ Town” through their organization, the House of Umoja.[6] He has five brothers.[7]
    Picture caption: speaks at the NAACP conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on July 13.

    Maybe this guy is too small for DNC to care about. Otherwise I don’t see how this #BlackLivesMatter enthusiast is up for federal punishment a la Menendez.

  163. A fitting obituary to John Stewart, by Camille Paglia:

    You mentioned Jon Stewart, who leaves the “Daily Show” in two weeks. There’s handwringing from folks who think that he elevated or even transcended snark, that he utilized irony very effectively during the Bush years. And that he did the work of critiquing and fact-checking Fox and others on the right who helped create this debased media culture? What’s your sense of his influence?

    I think Stewart’s show demonstrated the decline and vacuity of contemporary comedy. I cannot stand that smug, snarky, superior tone. I hated the fact that young people were getting their news through that filter of sophomoric snark. Comedy, to me, is one of the major modern genres, and the big influences on my generation were Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl. Then Joan Rivers had an enormous impact on me–she’s one of my major role models. It’s the old caustic, confrontational style of Jewish comedy. It was Jewish comedians who turned stand-up from the old gag-meister shtick of vaudeville into a biting analysis of current social issues, and they really pushed the envelope. Lenny Bruce used stand-up to produce gasps and silence from the audience. And that’s my standard–a comedy of personal risk. And by that standard, I’m sorry, but Jon Stewart is not a major figure. He’s certainly a highly successful T.V. personality, but I think he has debased political discourse. I find nothing incisive in his work. As for his influence, if he helped produce the hackneyed polarization of moral liberals versus evil conservatives, then he’s partly at fault for the political stalemate in the United States.

  164. An appreciation for Donald Trump, by Camille (with certain caveats)

    My view of Trump began in the negative. When he was still relatively unknown nationally, he jackhammered a magnificent Art Deco sculpture over the main doorway of the Bonwit Teller department store on 5th Avenue. It was 1980, and he was demolishing the store to build Trump Tower. The Metropolitan Museum of Art had offered to take the sculpture, but Trump got impatient and just had it destroyed. I still remember that vividly, and I’m never going to forget it! I regard Donald Trump as an art vandal, equivalent to ISIS destroying ancient Assyrian sculptures. As a public figure, however, Trump is something of a carnival barker.

    Trump has totally blown up the media! All of a sudden, “BOOM!” That lack of caution and shooting from the hip. He’s an American citizen who is creating his own bully pulpit. He speaks in the great populist way, in the slangy vernacular. He takes hits like a comedian–and to me he’s more of a comedian than Jon Stewart is! Like claiming John McCain isn’t a war hero, because his kind of war hero doesn’t get captured–that’s hilarious! That’s like something crass that Lenny Bruce might have said! It’s so startling and entertaining.

    Trump actually has it! He does better comedy than most professional comedians right now, because we’re in this terrible period where the comedians do their tours with canned jokes. They go from place to place, saying the same list of jokes in the same way. But the old vaudevillians had 5,000 jokes stored in their heads. They went out there and responded to that particular audience on that particular night. They had to read the crowd and try out what worked or didn’t work.

    Our politicians, like our comedians, have been boring us with their canned formulas for way too long. So that’s why Donald Trump has suddenly leapt in the polls. He’s a great stand-up comedian. He’s anti-PC–he’s not afraid to say things that are rude and mean. I think he’s doing a great service for comedy as well as for politics!

  165. wbboei

    July 29, 2015 at 10:48 am

    interesting post Wbb

    I didn’t think Hillary should have taken the Sec state position. I would have preferred to see her continue to fight in the senate as a voice for reason and for the American people. but she made a deal with the devil and has linked her fate to his. I still like Hillary but I used to love and greatly dmire her. However, I can’t stand her politics on many issues these days. Her response about the pipeline was just pathetic for a candidate for pres. Her sucking up to Obama and Kerry…well what can one say? She will have the support of hard core dems who would vote for anyone the party nominates but as for the rest of us, I think its too late. The only way I would vote for Hillary at this point is if she runs against Bush.

  166. Michael Goodwin has an article similar to the one posted above, the comments to which suggest the motive for the White House attack on Hillary, the destruction of emails, etc. She has information in her possession which would destroy Obama’s legacy, therefore Jarrett who is destined to have a very bumpy ride once she leaves office is seeking to destroy Hillary before that information can be put out. This does not appear to be a race to the court house, but a negotiation over who becomes the last one standing in the event of a political war of mutually assured destruction. The issues of greatest vulnerability for the liar in chief are: i) Where was Barry Soetoro between 16:00 and 22:00 on Sept 11, 2012. Hilary knows but so far she has not told. ValJar knows and she is saying nothing, ever, and ii) what are the ugly details, hidden side letters and sellout items on the Iran deal. Some people like to say, get out the pop corn. My instinct is not quite that, rather give me a gun our country is under attack. How strange it would come down to this. How predictable knowing the depth of depravity of Obama, and is crowd.

  167. So, another flip flop to let all the Rethugs into the debate!

    Fox News is opening its 5 p.m. debate to all the announced Republican candidates who fail to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time event, removing a requirement that participants reach at least 1 percent in polling.

    The change amounts to an insurance policy for candidates who were in danger of being disqualified from the vital first debate based on low polls – Carly Fiorina, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/fox-republican-debate-lowers-threshold-120748.html?hp=lc2_4

    The announcement by Michael Clemente, Fox News Executive Vice President, News, means that all 16 announced candidates will qualify for Cleveland — either the 5 p.m. undercard, or the 9 p.m. main event.

  168. Jackie Mason’s take on the deal behind the deal with Iran.

    “The real agreement he made, I’m sure he (Obama) said to them, ‘Listen, could you keep the bomb quiet for a year and a half. Because if you don’t bomb us for a year and a half, I’ll be the big winner. Everyone will see I made a fantastic agreement. If you bomb us after I leave I could always say it’s the other guy’s fault. Because if it’s not for him, this never would have happened,”

  169. totally disgusted
    July 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm
    ——-
    You were right and I was wrong about taking the SOS position.

    Now, in hindsight, I wish she had not.

  170. I saw Mason live twenty years ago. He is the prototypical example of the vaudville comedian who carried 5000 jokes around in his head, read the audience, and knew instinctively which skuds to launch and in what order to light up the audience.

    How different from schockmeisters like John Stewart who rely on canned jokes, canned laughter and teleprompters to get by.

    I don’t like Stewart. Never have. He is a cultural icon of dubious merit. One that has made a lot of money at the expense the nation. All conservatives cannot be stupid. All liberals cannot be brilliant. But in Stewart’s warped world the gate swings only one way.

  171. Without the change to the qualifying for the kiddie table debate, Lindsey Graham would have missed the cut for the 5pm early show and not allowed to debate Perry, Fiorina, Santorum, and Jindal in the warm-up. I guess Happy Gilmore will be invited, too.

    Actually, the first “debate” is the candidate forum hosted by the Manchester Union Leader in NH next Monday and broadcast on C-SPAN. Fifteen candidates were invited (everyone buy Happy Gilmore). Fourteen have accepted and will be on stage Monday night.

    The 15th candidate declined to appear. In a letter to the publisher of the Manchester Union Leader, the candidate said that he wouldn’t appear because he didn’t believe he would the Union Leader’s endorsement:

    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150729/NEWS060501/150729077

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