Loss, A Blue Moon, And Other Sad Songs

Matthews to DWS: What’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist?. Debbie Wasserman Schultz could have taken the opportunity to praise capitalism and the economic benefits it has brought to the world, attacked crony capitalism, denounced the folly of government bureaucrats who think they are smarter than regular people, praised the wisdom of markets, and warned that the more power governments have the less of their endowed freedom the people enjoy. It’s sad. That Hillary chose today to praise Obama’s coddling of the Castro brothers makes us very very sad.



“I used to think there was a big difference.”

We still think it is imperative Hillary Clinton become the nominee of the party in 2016. Only she offers even a wisp of a possibility to resurrect some semblance of the Democratic Party of old and the electoral coalition of FDR/JFK/Bill Clinton. Still, it makes us sad that Hillary is living in such a fool’s paradise defending Obama, twisting herself into pretzeled logic contortions trying to appeal to the Obama cult, as Barack Obama prepares to stab her, once again, in the back. It makes us sad.

The Hillary that promised to “obliterate” Iran because she thought clear language was necessary; the Hillary that exposed Barack Obama as a boob is buried deep in a thick shell. Hopefully that Hillary will emerge from her cocoon next summer after the convention. For now we are very sad.

We find it sad that the clear talk has vanished from our entire political class. The American political class offers evasions, tactics, poll driven language and personality along with obfuscation and lies.

It’s sad that Americans need someone outside the political arena to threaten and destroy the political class because the political class has to be destroyed and humbled as a lesson for years to come. In America the people are sovereign. The government serves only with the consent of the governed. The political class are not the people’s masters. The political class are the servants of the servants. Enter Donald J. Trump. Clear English is Donald Trump’s greatest strength.

In 2011 Donald Trump wrote what is now touted as a preliminary blueprint. The name of the book is Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again. Compare and contrast what Trump is saying with the latest bold strategy from the political class as to how to deal with Donald J. Trump:

When Jeb Bush and Donald Trump share a debate stage next week, Bush needs to ignore the real estate mogul at all costs —and if that fails, laugh him off.

That’s the advice given by more than half of the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly, bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire.

It’s the smart political play for an ambitious politician. But the notion of not debating ideas with ideas we find destructive, self-defeating, and sad. Very sad.

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Tonight as July ends we will look skyward to see a “blue” moon. We’ll once again play music to match our mood.

First we’ll play the immortal Carlos Gardel, Por Una Cabeza. It’s not about horseraces or horses or racetracks. It’s about losing when you thought you would win – By A Head.



You can’t wallow in misery without recalling lost love, past foolishness, and shattered idols. So we’ll engage in some of that too.



Recently, while shopping, we froze as we heard this from the store speakers. It also is about pain and something lost.



You can’t watch a blue moon without “crying”. It’s all about loss.



All light extinguished. It will be back to black.



It’s the blue moon. Like rain on a roof. It’s the blue moon.



The blue moon will be one night. The sun will rise soon enough.

Tomorrow will be August and all things will be new again.

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192 thoughts on “Loss, A Blue Moon, And Other Sad Songs

  1. The Hillary that promised to “obliterate” Iran because she thought clear language was necessary; the Hillary that exposed Barack Obama as a boob is buried deep in a thick shell. Hopefully that Hillary will emerge from her cocoon next summer after the convention. For now we are very sad.

    —–
    I understand and share your sadness about Hillary too. And I would love for her to shake off this ugly Kook obsession, but I have started to move into the next stage, of ANGER…and so Trump fills that need for me at the moment.

    Everyone keeps waiting for Hillary, but if she doesn’t break free…she will break my heart.

  2. Admin: excellent piece you have produced here.

    Sometimes I wish we had what the British have: a vote of no confidence.

    We don’t except for elections.

    People need to put aside whatever misgivings they may have about Trump

    And focus on the substance of what he stands for

    A vote for Trump is a vote of no confidence in the political class as a whole.

    We will not be bamboozled any longer by big media and DWS

    The real conflict in our political system is between the elites and the American People.

    The McConnell betrayal of 2014 settles that question with finality.

    Do not believe the punditry.

    Believe only this: the candidacy of Donald Trump represents a wholesale repudiation of the political class as a whole

    Who have shown by their actions that they are utterly incapable of representing the American People.

    As for Gardel, from the bodellos of Argentina, the birthplace of tango, this from a dying man.

    It is reflective of my own sense of melacholy:

    https://youtu.be/IGI_1L7iQNA

  3. 13 Hours will be released in January with a likely DVD release early summer. Hillary has not resolved the Benghazi flap and the callous “What difference” is going to haunt her.

  4. Hey Zeus Crisco Norma flipping Desmond.
    Telling that several old timers have resurfaced around Trump. How do Hills peeps not see that people who worked hard for her are coalescing around The Donald? The whole campaign seems so amateur.

  5. Hillary has left herself vulnerable to attack by the Donald with her continued support for Obola. I think he can do serious damage to her just hammering her on what she knew and didn’t know about Benghazi; she would then be forced to either continue to protect Obola or reveal what really happened and risk Obola’s and Valerie Jarrett’s wrath.

  6. Hi S, hi Henry! I saw HRC on the news tonight, and although I have tuned her out LATELY in her far-leftist, Progressive self, the woman I saw tonight was a woman afraid. Angry, defensive, and not seemingly able to “understand” what has happened. The long knives ARE out, and even if all the real die-hard HRC fans HONESTLY believe this is all the fault of the Republicans, IMO, she is well aware that even though she made a deal with the Devil (Obama) that Obama cannot be trusted. After 8 years of this stuff, it is MY opinion this REEKS of The Chicago Way.

    He and Jarret have dirt on EVERYONE – and that is as a result, again, IMO, his “reversal” on domestic wire-tapping early in the 2008 election process. He WANTED to listen. To hear, to snoop and to gather dirt. Never in his wildest dreams in the Chicago Machine did he ever think he would be able to get as much dirt on as many people without lifting anything but a phone.

    He is a SNAKE, and he is crushing her, and IMO, she is, as I said, scared and is in the Hobson’s choice of tell all or be indicted.

    The Clintons played smart and sometimes dirty, all the while keeping the “Bubba” image intact. The Obama Cartel just plays mean and for keeps.

    At this point in time it would not surprise me in the least if Obama let loose the dogs on HRC, and handed the red meat to do it to the Republicans (and the NYT) on a platter.

    Remember – he didn’t build that. He read about it in the newspaper.

  7. As for Trump v. Jarret. Forget about it. He is no-fear. Something Hillary USED to be.

    And people wonder why many real DEMOCRATS are in his corner for the moment.

  8. And for one other thing, although I believe there is SOME merit to the quid pro quo allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation in the emails, I believe it is more accurate to believe she had the dirt on him too and shared it with others – knowing he was like a creepy micro-manager who didn’t trust or believe anyone was more capable than he.

    This man is a real creep, and a sociopath.

  9. Hillary’s only hope to gain the presidency is to go all out against O, tell all, full scale war. Fear will never win. She needs to be a warrior.
    However, I heard her speak about voting integrity and she is not for it, says its Republicans trying to keep people from voting. She sounded as if she vehemently believes that so what hope is there for her?

  10. BTW Admin – Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is one of my favorite voices. Thanks for including that! What a treat! Perhaps you could embed “Draggin Hooks” as a warning to Hillary.

  11. I also feel really bad for what has happened to Hillary…it just seems all this drip, drip, drip and with no cover from the WH and sabatoge instead lurking…that Hillary will be wounded, if only a wounded warrior, as this campaign goes on…

    She needed to trust herself and her instincts and to claim this as ‘her time’…but right out of the gate it has all been about deference to O…and the kooks…

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

    at least with The Donald there is someone to step in and to take up the fight, otherwise this election season would be extremely depressing…

  12. You guys, for the sake of your own peace of mind, try doing what I try to do when the walls are closing in on Hillary.

    Take out a legal pad, draw a line down the middle, and on the left half list the things the subhuman Obama and his evil minions have done to her, and on the right side list the self inflicted wounds—the things she has done to herself.

    God damnit to hell, I refuse to defend other people’s incompetence. I have too much of my own to defend. If she put herself in an untenable position that is not our fault, nor should we ascribe victimhood to her.

    There are two ways to attack Obama. One is to look for the weak points and exploit them. Liddell Hart wrote a whole book on that called Strategy is lost on the unsophisticated, and it can be squandered if you give up, as she has.

    The other way to do it is to scare the horse, so that even the dimmest bulb wakes up and smells the coffee. In an ideal world, my first primus inter pares would be Ted. I can tell you this much==as a seasoned lawyer who believes in the constitution, no one resonates with me the way that he and Mike Lee do. Two supreme court law clerks dedicated to the constitution–how now brown cow . . Roberts.

    The wisdom Ted offers, the willingness to cross the line, as Romney so delicately put it, is best perceived by a bomb thrower like Donald and I pledge my allegiance to him for that reason. His philosophy is incoherent, but his love for this country is sublime. Any argument that focuses on his policies misses the larger point. Donald is the only one capable of storming the castle and it is precisely because he is all over the board but passionate that he is so hard to destroy. Passion trumps consistency. Every time.

    A vote for Donald Trump is a vote of no confidence against the elites OF BOTH PARTIES who are robbing our children blind. And somebody has to to stand up for a posterity that has no vote and for my money that somebody is him. Whether the elites are scared or not, I cannot say. Whether they should be I can say, they should be because the backlash he represents, its coming.

  13. Put differently, we need to breach the castle war, even though the defenders are pouring molten liquid on us. Once we are inside we can formulate a plan for sound governance. Trump is just the man to do it.

  14. Norma took a huge hit by the bots in 2008 they went after her hard core. I remember I had a baby in a stroller and I had people descend upon me attacking me verbally with a fucking baby because I had a Hillary sign. Same kid will start 4th grade in a month. What is today’s Hillary Rodham Clinton. So many of us put a lot on the line for her now she appeases the same people that talked about raping Norma with a knife. Who is she?

  15. I tried to find the Something Awful posts from 2008 but my kindle closes each time. The stuff was putrid and went far beyond campaigning. I kid you not they talked about raping with a knife. These are the people the new Hillary is embracing?

  16. Hillary is definitely paying for entering the race too soon. At least she got to introduce her campaign as champion for everyday Americans before Donald Trump became the champion for the American People.

    But can you imagine what would happen if Hillary tried to do what Trump is doing?

  17. Years ago in the midst of the nomination scam Donna Summer died. I remember finding the Streisand Wet album on vynal. Enoigh is Enough. Damn Donna could sing. Today Donald is singing enough is enough

  18. Norma Desmond, to embed a youtube just put the url on a separate line. It should be something like this:

    [blank line]
    youtube url
    [blank line]

    Wbboei, Carlos Gardel is a great favorite. Tons of great songs.

  19. For Norma Desmond – from the opera “Norma” the great Maria Callas singing in worship of the moon:

  20. Oh my all…and Admin – thanks for the memories (bad and good) and the dedication to Norma! Spacegirl appreciates that! 😉

    And Thanks Admin, I do know how to embed, just didn’t know if I COULD! LOL. It’s been so long!

    buona notte to all!

  21. I am now fronting a movement to address the trigger feelings and micro aggression towards men who have to much hair. I am cursed with too much hair. I tried to fit in. The eighties I loaded it up with humectress a blow dryer and a round brush. No Use. I find bald people callous and offensive. How dare you strut around follicle free. Bruce Willis is enemy number one. I of course am joking but that is how I see trigger people. By the way I do have too much wiry hair and in the 80’s I got perms because it was so wild i had to control it. Now I keep it super short because of heat. They say a hat is so important in winter well summer is hell if you sprout from your head.

  22. Norma
    God bless you. I genuflect at your tenacity. For reals I got on one knee and asked if there is any god do it right by her. Duh if I genuflect I am Catholic.

  23. Hwc
    Cowboy Junkies?Really? 1992?BIg fan if you next say you are a fan of Rickie Lee Jones myhead will pop off.

  24. I’ve seen Cowboy Junkies twice in the last 7 years or so. Excellent both times.

    They have an awesome DVD: Trinity Revisted. They went back to the church in Toronto where they recorded their best known album and did all the songs again on video, with guests.

    Here’s Ryan Adams from the DVD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY_3nO_wl1E

    Ricky Lee Jones was a one-hit wonder. Her later stuff wasn’t very good.

  25. Hwc
    FLYING cowboys pop pop. I so disagree Chuckie’s in Love is one song Satellite, ghetto of my mind. I think i may be biased but I love Satellite.

  26. 1989 is not going that far back. I just watched the livestream broadcasts (couch tour) of the five final Fare Thee Well, Fifty Years of the Grateful Dead, concerts.

  27. My fave version of Kashmir. I have the cd of this version and Sony studio headphones….pure aural bliss.

  28. I have run into this hack before, but I have never had a case in front of him.

    William Orreck.

    He so fits the mold—Yale, Obama bundler ($22.000!!!), limosine liberal in a black robe

    The first amendment protects the right to disseminate these videos

    Injunctions are difficult to get in any jurisdiction,

    But as we saw with the Arizona case on illegal immigration, in the ninth circuit they will not issue

    UNLESS the judge happens to be an Obama bundler and jackal like this one.

    How can anyone with any sense respect a process which is this transparently corrupt?

    How can anyone with any sense respect a political system which manifests such disdain for the rights of the American People?

    There is only one answer: they can’t/

    ———

    Would you believe it? The judge who blocked the @PPact videos is an Obama guy!
    By: Joe Cunningham (Diary) | July 31st, 2015 at 11:00 PM | 17

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    I know. I was shocked, too. Via Mollie Hemmingway at The Federalist (if you don’t have a fainting couch, you may need to invest in one before reading this):

    A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.

    Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

    Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.

    I know, gang. I know. Take a moment to recover from the news that a California liberal judge who not only was appointed by Obama, but was a campaign bundler, might be making rulings based on political ideology. I can wait.

    Feel better? Let’s go.

    This should really not be surprising to anyone, considering this is politics as usual in the United States of America. As my colleague and intellectual superior, Leon Wolf, pointed out yesterday, the rule of law has been replaced by a system built entirely on prosecuting the hell out of people, and it has been heavily peppered with judges who act solely on political ideology and allegiance rather than the Constitution and the law.

    So, while people and organizations can run to friendly judges appointed by their political allies, what used to be a system of laws is now a system of feels. If we feel you’re harming our cause, we’ll find something to bring you down. If we don’t like you, we can (at least until someone notices we’re engaging in prior restraint or the like) silence you. You don’t have freedom of speech so law as we have political activism in lieu of an actual judicial system.

  29. This judge is guided by only one principle”

    When the truth offends a group supportive of the man who appointed you, suppress the truth.

    And you silly goose, you thought justice was blind.

    Not when Satan has taken up residence in the White House.

  30. And if you wandered into the Bohemian Club in San Francisco, and found this guy rubbing shoulders with other members of the elites in that city, ordered him a drink–in vino veritas, and asked him why he would issue an injunction under these circumstances—not the proffered legal justification, but the underlying motivation which the legal justification is intended to cover up you would find two main motives: first, reciprocity repaying Obama for the judgeship. Second protecting society from the great unwashed whom to elitists like them is code for everyone but them, and particularly the white working class. What he would say is the same thing Jack Nicholson said in A Few Good Men: the public at large, cannot handle the truth. Maybe not, but unlike the character in that movie who we do want out on the point position defending us, the only thing judges like this one are defending is their own perks and prerogatives. Its hard to respect and obey a legal decisions that are based on those sort of motivations. And that is why, when the sentiments of the elites are as far out of touch with those of the people, that their strategy of divide and conquer no longer works, you are apt to see civil disobedience, which consists of defiance of those decisions, citations for contempt with fines and jail time, welcomed by people who seek to challenge the system and willing to become martyrs to a cause. The thing to also remember is that revolutions do not start with the lower class, 9 out of 10 times they start with the middle class who harness their own grievances and those of select segments of the lower class to go for the throat of the corrupt establishment. Elections can release that pressure peacefully, but when as we are likely to see in 2016 voter corruption run riot, what other choice is there but civil disobedience.

  31. I am sure you have had this conversation at one time or another:

    You say: the jackal in the White House is destroying the country.

    You ask: when will the public sit up and take notice.

    They respond: the public is too busy with their own lives to think about politics.

    You ask: what will it take to wake them up.

    They say: it is impossible.

    You say: no. It is not impossible. But if what you are saying is true, and they are focuses solely on their own lives, then they will not wake up until the treachery that is afoot affects them personally.

    With 100 million Americans not working, 30 million illegals in the country, and zero interests rates you can postpone the consequences, but you cannot avoid them.

    And the longer you postpone them, the worse the outcome is apt to be.

    It therefore follows that if we could get the public to wake up before that Gotterdamerung, this would be a good thing.

    But with guys like Orreck on the bench, who are blind to the consequences of what they do, that is highly unlikely.

  32. so I have to admit I have been worried about someone killing trump due to his threatening the current administration and exposing obamas extreme corruption and incompetence after he was elected.

    I just figured out the best life insurance he can get is to name Palin VP.
    they would be so afraid of her they would let him live. 😉

  33. Every pundit begins his analysis of the Trump phenomenon with this disclaimer: he will never win, ever, but suppose he did win, he could not govern, etc.

    And to that I say, why the fuck couldn’t he govern?

    Surely we know by now that you do not need congress, or the court (but it sure helps when you have those Potemkin tourists and bon vivantes in your hip pocket, i.e. Roberts, Orreck and a Cecil B DeMille cast of thousands who just want to be ‘relevant’.

    All you need is a cell phone and a pen. And a big media willing to lie through its teeth.

    But once you pass through that narrow channel it is fair skies and following winds, and these delphic oracles explain what the Trump phenomenon means, which validates the very hypothesis I have had since the earliest days on this blog.

    Where others believed that the Republican Party would function as a firewall against the tyranny of Obama, I knew better. I saw a trembling tower of Tapioca. And so does the world, but only now.

    Jay Cost weighs in on this and offers his insights which are excellent, but neither final or infallible.

    One of his points is the Republican Party now has an agent-principal problem, which is a legal construct. If you hire me to do X, then I become your agent, and I am then obligated to do what you have assigned me to do, for which you compensated me.

    If I fail to do that, but took the money, then it is likely that you would be unhappy, and highly unlikely that you would re hire me.

    The counterveiling argument, the one he does not deal with, is that ours is a representative democracy, not a direct democracy, and as such, our agent has some latitude in what he does, PROVIDED he serves our interests.

    I wish Jay had made that point, because that really goes to the heart of the matter. Its not that the agent has failed to do what we hired him to do. Rather, it is that he took our money–or in this case, our vote, and he did the bidding of our opponent.

    That is a graver offense, and it is what is tearing the party apart.

    Donald Trump is not the Republican party’s real problem; he is a symptom of the problem. There is a generation-long climate of distrust between conservative voters and Republican politicians. Trump is simply taking advantage of this weakness.

    Ultimately, the primary blame for Trump rests with the party’s leadership. If average conservatives really believed that the party would ever follow through on its campaign rhetoric, Trump would be an asterisk in the polls.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/why-they-him_1001596.html

  34. Has anyone heard anything abou 5 dollar friday? Seems it is an online way of telling Trump to keep it up. He does not need the money but 5 bucks sends a message. I am in.

  35. Five of the Repub candidates were invited to present the confab of 450 donors that are part of the Koch brothers network being held in Southern California this weekend. Presumably to gauge how they do under hostile questioning, the Kochs hire a Democratic operative/journalist to conduct the interviews. This week’s hostile questioner is Mike Allen of Politico, who writes the following blurb.

    The Q&A sessions will be streamed live by Polito. Fiorina and Walker at 7pm ET today (Saturday). Rubio, Cruz, and Bush tomorrow (I haven’t seen a time yet).

    Pretty interesting dynamics because a case can be made that the Kochs and their associated groups have been moving in a direction of replacing the Republican party. This organization is certainly shaping the political debate in the Republican party. Their major focus is libertarian in nature: reducing the role of government, fighting crony capitalism, removing business subsidies and giveaways, reducing the mandatory sentences of the failed war on drugs, etc. If there is a theme to be discerned, I would say that they are focused on an entrepreneur-driven economy and against a bureaucratic-controlled economy.

    They are misrepresented in the media with the Koch’s attacked for their energy industry ties. The reality is that they oppose energy industry subsidies, including oil industry subsidies that benefit their own companies.

    Anyway, it’s a significant political gathering.

    DRIVING THE DAY: Five of the GOP presidential candidates will sit for 25-min. interviews with Mike Allen this weekend, onstage at the Koch-funded Freedom Partners summer conference, at an oceanfront luxury hotel in Dana Point, Calif. We have 100% control of the questions, and we’ll include questions from Playbook readers. The full interviews will livestream on POLITICO.com. We’ll talk with Carly Fiorina and Gov. Walker today. Tomorrow, we’ll sit down with Sen. Rubio, Sen. Cruz and Gov. Bush. Today’s interviews will be outside, on a grand lawn, then we’ll move inside tomorrow.

    In addition to the onstage appearances, the candidates are holding meetings at the hotel with small groups of supporters and potential supporters among the record-breaking 450+ wealthy conservatives who’ll attend the three-day seminar, which ends Monday. A variety of Republicans governors and senators will also speak. The Kochs buy out the hotel, and there’s heavy security.

    –WATCH ON LIVESTREAM, thanks to Politico’s Matt Sobocinski: 7 to 7:25 p.m. ET today: Mike Allen interviews Carly Fiorina … 7:25 to 7:50 p.m. ET: Mike Allen interviews Gov. Scott Walker. http://www.politico.com/livestream

  36. the Kochs and their associated groups have been moving in a direction of replacing the Republican party. This organization is certainly shaping the political debate in the Republican party. Their major focus is libertarian in nature: reducing the role of government, fighting crony capitalism, removing business subsidies and giveaways, reducing the mandatory sentences of the failed war on drugs, etc. If there is a theme to be discerned, I would say that they are focused on an entrepreneur-driven economy and against a bureaucratic-controlled economy.

    They are misrepresented in the media with the Koch’s attacked for their energy industry ties. The reality is that they oppose energy industry subsidies, including oil industry subsidies that benefit their own companies.
    ——-
    Interesting.

    I have not studied the Koch organization at all, but my impression was exactly that.

    Favorable.

    The idea that they could emerge as the alternative to the crony capitalist dc centered organization is something I have not heard.

    And to me it is very intriguing.

    We are, as noted, at a place where the trust factor of the base toward leadership is roughly zero.

    That is the predicate for a third party.

    But third parties tend to fail, because they lack organization, funding and are narrow.

    This solution however avoids those problems and is therefore within the realm of possibility.

    It needs the right candidates, and we even now we have a few like that.

    They are closely allied with the American People against the corrupt establishment.

    Somewhere in his insanity Tom Friedman made the point that our political system

    Is evolving along the lines of an internationalist party, and a pro American party.

    This could be the answer to the latter, because the Republican Party has failed openly and notoriously in that task.

  37. VotingHillary

    August 1, 2015 at 1:51 am

    My fave version of Kashmir.
    ————
    That is a nice version, I am not used to watching Robert Plant dressed in such ‘conservative’ clothes.

    One of my favorite songs has lyrics that seem to fit Hillary, instead of posting the visual version of Plant in super tight jeans, here are the lyrics… 😉

    Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin Lyrics

    https://youtu.be/qHFxncb1gRY

  38. It’s like Obama doesn’t even try to hide his HATRED for Americans anymore.

    Not after passing a bill that would SLASH veteran benefits by a staggering $6 billion.

    And give that money to illegal aliens who are having a tough time “fitting in” with American society.

  39. The various Koch groups aren’t trying to replace the Republican party, IMO. They are trying to replace (or marginalize) the Republican leadership. They already have built a better voter database platform. The RNC had to all but beg to get a data sharing agreement for the 2016 election. They are building the targeted get-out-the-vote platform.

    They already do every effective advertising. They were big players in the 2014 Senate races, beating Pryor in Arkansas, Braley in Iowa, Ormond in Kansas, Landrieu in La, Hagan in NC. The only one they lost that I can find is that they were unable to beat Shaheen in NH (but they are ALREADY running Kelly Ayotte ads here for 2016).

    Here are a couple examples of their Senate ads:

  40. Oh, and speaking of Koch affiliated donors, the Ted Cruz SuperPac run by and funded by Robert Mercer ($11 million) donated $500,000 to Carly Fiorina’s SuperPac. It was pretty much the only money that Cruz SuperPac spent.

    Cruz is getting hammered by the pundits because his four SuperPACs haven’t spent any money so far. And, that’s supposed to be a bad thing? The first vote isn’t cast until January. SuperPACs are primarily advertising funds. It would be crazy to run ads at this point in a primary.

  41. The various Koch groups aren’t trying to replace the Republican party, IMO. They are trying to replace (or marginalize) the Republican leadership. They already have built a better voter database platform. The RNC had to all but beg to get a data sharing agreement for the 2016 election. They are building the targeted get-out-the-vote platform.
    ————
    Well, try thinking about it this way:

    1. Stage I: Mega Donor: this is the stage we are at now. The Koch organization represents an independent source of funding to the traditional source of Wall Street. Wall Street likes the RINO because the RINO is corruptible and easily bought off and can be used to advance the globalist agenda of Wall Street. The Koch organization is nationalist, and is inclined to finance conservative politicians committed to the Constitution and opposed to global government. It plans to spend $1 billion to that end, which rivals Wall Street/

    2. Stage II: Shadow Party: this is the position that Soros is at now with the democrat party. He has the final authority on all the big decisions involving the Democrat Party, Obama is his puppet–and he gives Obama his marching orders through Robert Wolf of UBC, and was also instrumental in arranging the Nobel Prize for Obama. He is the real democrat party, and the organization you see on front street is nothing more than a facade. I do not think Koch aspires to that stage but it is only natural that they want a significant role in restoring the integrity and values that the Republican Party stood for under Reagan. In that limited sense they are a shadow party.

    3. Stage III: Successorship: this is the likely end game which will arise not through conscious design but through default of the RINO leadership. When the Republican Party falls apart, they will be around to pick up the pieces. They will be the vehicle which offers conservatives a better option than a third party. They will be a way to hold the party intact, but change its direction to conform with the Reagan brand, as opposed to the Bush heresy. That is the role in which Ted Cruz could become most powerful.

  42. “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.”

    That is Buchanan’s scenario. In other words, the establishment nominates Bush, the base stays home, and Bush loses. A massive exodus from the Republican Party ensues. The RINO screams you are giving the government to the left. The base fires back, no are not giving it to them, but experience has consistently shown that when we give power to you, you betray our interest and collude with the left. The involvement of the Koch organization could backstop that exodus, and provide a bridge to new leadership, controlled not by RINOS but by conservatives under the wing of the Koch Brothers devoted to American sovereignty, the general welfare, and traditional values.

  43. Carly Fiorina, what question would you ask the other candidates here this weekend?

    Fiorina describes 40 years of increasing government size and corruption crushing the US economny. “My question to Gov. Bush would be, what makes you think you are the Bush who can change that?”

  44. Mike Allen from Politico might be the most annoying person on earth.

    Scott Walker was excellent in the Q&A session. Definitely has an “aw shucks” charm

  45. And so it begins…..

    Some Democratic bundlers step up Draft Biden efforts amid signs VP may be edging closer to 2016 run

    Michael Isikoff
    Chief Investigative Correspondent
    August 1, 2015

    From article…..[Excerpt mine]

    After raising $1 million for Barack Obama during his two presidential runs, New York businessman Jon Cooper was exactly the kind of high-powered political “bundler” Hillary Clinton wanted on her team during this year’s run.

    But after agreeing to serve as a “Hillstarter” — as the Clinton campaign had dubbed its elite fundraisers — Cooper sat down at his computer a few months ago to write a fundraising pitch for the former secretary of state … and froze.

    “I was trying to come up with a rationale for her candidacy — and I couldn’t do it,” Cooper tells Yahoo News. Clinton, he concluded, was “too calculating, too cautious, too controlled.”

    So now Cooper, who owns a large manufacturing firm on suburban Long Island and had previously raised money for Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign, has signed on as the national finance chair for the Draft Biden Committee — one of a small but growing group of Democratic moneymen that is trying to prod the vice president into shaking up the Democratic race by making one more run for the presidency.

    Read more at https://www.yahoo.com/politics/some-democratic-bundlers-step-up-draft-biden-125613677451.html

    Pray tell who do YOU think bumbles will publicly support at the last minute when the nomination is on the line? Asshat.

    Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand up? Before it’s too late?!?!?!?

    Hillary 2016?

  46. Onto other topics, namely the stupidity of democrats in Congress….


    Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach

    By DEB RIECHMANN
    Associated Press

    From article……[Excerpt mine]

    A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to support the accord within hours of Obama’s personal lobbying at the White House this past week, part of the administration’s all-out campaign since the pact was announced July 14. Other Democrats have signaled they are leaning in favor and still others have remained undeclared, awaiting a vote in September.

    The deal, which curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions smothering its economy, is not a traditional fight between the White House and Republicans, who control the House and Senate. This is about Obama, who has often been at odds with congressional Democrats, trying to cajole them just weeks after a divisive debate over trade.

    The president has talked to more than 80 lawmakers, either individually or in small groups, administration officials said. Obama, who delivers a speech on the deal on Wednesday at American University, also hosted a reception for about 100 House Democrats at the White House.

    Vice President Joe Biden has traveled to the Capitol and invited lawmakers for breakfast at the Naval Observatory. Cabinet and other administration officials have spoken with more than 175 lawmakers. A member of the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to brief lawmakers next week.

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s recent exchange with Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 3 Democratic leader in the House, shows the extent of the administration’s bend-over-backward persuasion campaign. “I’m briefing later,” Moniz told Hoyer in a hallway. “Are you coming? And if there’s anything you want to know more personally, give me a call. I can expand.”

    Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/dems-still-weighing-iran-deal-happy-obama-outreach-123258928–politics.html#

    This joke of an agreement, which does nothing to even slow the worldwide terror that the Iranian regime exports. How is he gaining ANY support from Democrats? Do the dems not WANT Jewish support anymore? Do the dems WANT to be remembered as the vehicle that launched a middle east nuclear arms race? Do they want to be known as the party that turned its back on Israel? The political landscape has changed. This is not a republic. Its an autocracy. As much as I like Trump, this is one that he is no way capable of fixing.

    We are in trouble now….

    Hillary 2016?

  47. Couple of corrections….

    This joke of an agreement, which does nothing to even slow the worldwide terror that the Iranian regime exports, is a national security nightmare.

    As much as I like Trump, this is one that he is in no way capable of fixing.

    My bad.

    Hillary 2016?

  48. And, right on cue, one of Hillary Clinton’s best friend in South Carolina from the NYTIMES article on Biden’s trial balloon:

    “It’s not that we dislike Hillary, it’s that we want to win the White House,” said Richard A. Harpootlian, a lawyer and Democratic donor in Columbia, S.C., who met with Mr. Ricchetti before Beau Biden died. “We have a better chance of doing that with somebody who is not going to have all the distractions of a Clinton campaign.”

    At least he didn’t call the Clintons racists (yet).

    Can Clyburn be far behind?

  49. Conservative donor Koch urges end to ‘corporate cronyism’

    Aug 1, 9:28 PM (ET)

    By JULIE BYKOWICZ

    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire industrialist and conservative political donor Charles Koch welcomed a group of roughly 450 like-minded fundraisers to one of his twice-annual conferences Saturday by challenging them to advocate for ending “corporate cronyism” – even if those policies help their businesses.

    Koch, who along with brother David has long pressed for a federal government that collects fewer taxes and issues fewer regulation, said cutting back special treatment for business is the first step to ending a “two-tiered society” and encouraging “principled entrepreneurship”

    “Where I believe we need to start in reforming welfare is eliminating welfare for the wealthy,” Koch said. “This means stopping the subsidies, mandates and preferences for business that enrich the haves at the expense of the have nots.”

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150802/us–gop_2016-koch-donors-6c70bbdb7d.html

  50. “It’s not that we dislike Hillary, it’s that we want to win the White House,” said Richard A. Harpootlian, a lawyer and Democratic donor in Columbia, S.C., who met with Mr. Ricchetti before Beau Biden died. “We have a better chance of doing that with somebody who is not going to have all the distractions of a Clinton campaign.”
    _________________

    This makes me want to puke! Surely Mr. Harpootin does not think that Biden stand a snow ball’s chance? Are the Dems in the “cut off their noses to spit their faces” mode once again? Politics is a rotten mess that’s for sure.

  51. hwc
    August 1, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Sounds like Trump’s peers are about to get into the game. Let’s see who they will back after 8/6.

    Hillary 2016?

  52. Harpootlian, a former head of the SC Dem party, was probably the biggest player in accusing Bill Clinton of racism in the 2008 election.

    I don’t know what the Clintons did to him, but it’s no surprise to see his name popping up as an anti-Clinton “voice of the party”.

    Jim Clyburn will be along shortly.

    ===========

    In fairness, the Dems are in a real pickle. Their presumptive nominee has ethics problems on multiple fronts. The stench of the UBS scandal alone would sink most candidates.

  53. The Kochs are in a different league than the Donald. Both of the brothers, David Koch and Charles Koch, are each worth a Forbes Magazine estimated $43 billion. That’s a combined net worth of $86 billion. Trump has donated $1.8 million to his campaign so far. The Koch brothers and their group of affiliated donors (several hundred at the conference this weekend) are expected to invest $889 million in the 2016 political races

    ———————–

    BTW, they gave $25 million last year to the United Negro College Fund, earmarked mostly for Koch Scholar scholarships. Liberal groups are furious. At least one union, AFSCME has pulled its support of the United Negro College Fund for taking the Koch’s money.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-colleges-face-hard-choices-on-25-million-gift-from-koch-brothers/

  54. And, right on cue, one of Hillary Clinton’s best friend in South Carolina from the NYTIMES article on Biden’s trial balloon:

    ————-
    Hillary’s best friend?

    You have got to be kidding.

    He is a vocal supporter of Satan Obama.

    Always has been.

    He is a class action ambulance chaser.

    He is more full of shit than a Christmas goose.

    He goes on and on and on about racial justice.

    Then, he tells the governor of that state she should go back to India.

    If this were a Perry Mason story this guy would be found dead in his office

    And the list of suspects would be an embarrassment of riches.

    Because everyone who ever met the prick would have motive.

  55. The five invited candidates at this weekend’s conference are pretty much where the Koch network’s money is going:

    Fiorina
    Walker
    Rubio
    Cruz
    Bush

    Although some of their group is supporting other candidates. For example, Huckabee’s only significant donor is also part of the Koch group.

    Cruz and Rubio and Walker have been at other Koch conferences. This might be Bush’s first; I’m not sure.

    The Kochs has said they don’t want to get involved in the primary fight (although various Koch affiliated donors have invested heavily). Trump could actually change that, if it were necessary.

  56. Elizabeth Warren’s head must be spinning:

    DANA POINT, Calif. — Conservative benefactor Charles Koch assailed the banking industry Saturday for accepting “corporate welfare,” saying that financial bailouts have left big banks controlled by government regulators.

    As he welcomed a gathering of donors here who support a political network he helped launch, the billionaire industrialist departed from his prepared remarks and held up the country’s major financial institutions as examples of the risks of government subsidies.

    “The big banks have been among the biggest proponents of corporate welfare,” Koch said, standing before hundreds of wealthy contributors assembled on palm tree-ringed lawn of a luxury oceanfront resort. “They’ve got massive bailouts, virtually free money from the Fed, and regulations that are crushing the smaller banks, the community banks.”

    “Now the chickens are coming home to roost,” he added. “The Fed has taken control of these banks. The Fed now decides what businesses they can be in and how they can run those business, and they’ve implanted, whatever you want to call them – regulators, auditors, controllers – to make sure the banks follow these rules. And when they deviate at all, guess what? They get multibillion-dollar fines. In return, the banks then make big political contributions to the very groups that have set up these controls in the first place, so this destructive cycle goes on and on.”

    Koch called for “eliminating welfare for the wealthy,” saying there should be no more “subsidies, mandates and special preferences for business.” He noted that “these prescriptions will not be an easy pill for many business people to swallow.” Some companies, including his Wichita-based Koch Industries, will lose profit in the short term.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/01/charles-koch-assails-banking-industry-for-embracing-corporate-welfare/Koch Calls for End to “Corporate Welfare” for Wall Street

    And from Bloomberg:

    Charles Koch, the billionaire leader of a conservative network that has pledged to spend hundreds of millions of dollars influencing next year’s elections, called for an end to what he called “corporate welfare” for the biggest U.S. banks.

    Koch singled out the financial industry as a target Saturday as he welcomed about 450 wealthy donors to a semi-annual retreat at a luxury hotel in California. The group, known as Freedom Partners, supports the free-market ideas Koch has long championed, and includes many of the country’s biggest Republican contributors.

    Big banks, Koch said, “are among the greatest proponents of corporate welfare,” having received bailouts during the financial crisis and access to unlimited lending from the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the burden of financial regulations imposed in the crisis’s wake fell hardest on small, community banks, many of which were forced out of business, he added. Big banks’ political contributions help preserve their advantages, he said.

    “The destructive cycle goes on and on,” he said.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-02/koch-calls-for-end-to-corporate-welfare-for-wall-street

    You can see Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability to advertising on this theme. The amount of money she and her husband and their foundation have pocketed from the major banks is breathtaking…

  57. In his book Extortion, Peter Schweizer, describes the regulators as executive branch racketeering. In effect, the regulators are like mob bosses going into a bank and saying, “My, this is a pretty nice business you’ve got here. It would be a shame for something to happen to it…” Then they threaten or file fines and force the regulated business to, in effect, pay protection money in the form of campaing contributions, slush funds for favored programs, loans for targeted “development”.

    The Washington cartel….

  58. “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”–Mark Twain

    Jbstonesfan: this is quite possibly the most compelling story I have ever heard. I have a friend who is doing an extensive museum exhibit on the Holocaust. She is also a professor at Indiana University, and she has taught a course on deep dark family secrets. This lovely black woman who is German, spent five years going to school in Israel, discovered by accident that her grandfather was the commandant of the Nazi extermination camp at Krakow–the real life character portrayed in Schindler’s List. She is forced to come to terms with what one of my favorite political writers, Hannah Arendt referred to as the banality of evil. She is a humanist, and offers deep insights on such compelling questions as what can I tell my children, does civilization learn from these things or are we doomed to repeat them. Pope said know then thyself, presume not God to scan, the proper study of mankind is man. And then there is the Iran deal which raises the spectre of another Holocaust. This story is right out of Rod Serlings Twilight Zone, but is also very instructive.

    https://youtu.be/qIcb_Uh3ciY

  59. Fironia…really? Guess the Kochs want her in the debates really badly if they are dishing some big money out to her. Surely none of the Reps candidates will be silly enough to pick her as a VP just because she is a woman and only because she would be an attack dog against Hillary. Somehow that feels degrading. Hopefully they won’t fall into that trap and will pick the BEST VP no matter what gender and for my money, it surely is not within a country mile of Carly.

  60. And, Time Magazine:

    http://time.com/3981312/charles-koch-corporate-welfare/

    Conservative billionaire Charles Koch told his ultra-rich friends that they face a “life and death” decision whether to keep lobbying for tax breaks and government subsidies.

    “Business leaders (must) recognize that their behavior is suicide, that it is suicide long term. To survive, long-term, they have to start opposing, rather than promoting, corporate welfare,” Koch told about 450 allies at an Orange County, Calif., summit that began Saturday.

    With the Pacific Ocean behind him and friendly CEOs sipping wine nearby, one of the biggest political donors in the country said it is time for conservatives to start eschewing tax breaks.

    “Obviously, this prescription will not be an easy pill for many business people to swallow. Because short term, taking the principled path is going to cost some companies some profits, as it will for Koch Industries,” the 79-year-old Koch said. “But long term, it will allow business people to continue to own and run their businesses, which none of us will be able to do, in my view, in the future otherwise.”

  61. Why Fiorina was invited is an interesting question. For one thing, she is getting funding from some big players in the Koch donor world, including $500,000 from the Ted Cruz SuperPac run by the Mercer family.

    She’s certainly being promoted for VP consideration.

  62. BTW, I thought Fiorina was very strong in her presentation this afternoon. She’s a strong candidate, albeit obviously not a contender for the Presidential nomination.

  63. And Politico:

    Koch went on to lambast “irresponsible government spending from both political parties that’s bankrupting out nation,” and a “foreign policy that repeats the mistakes of the past and feeds special interests at the expense of a national defense that truly makes Americans safe.” And he called on the assembled business leaders to reject “corporate welfare,” that he said is creating “a two-tier society” by “creating a permanent underclass, crippling our economy and corrupting the business community – present company excepted, of course.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/charles-koch-blasts-parties-for-corporate-welfare-120901.html#ixzz3hcveG7tU

    Four US Senators — Cory Gardner, Mike Lee, Ben Sasse and Dan Sullivan — and Rep. Jim Jordan were in attendance in addition to the Pres candidates Rubio and Cruz. No mention whether Boehner and McConnell were invited. 🙂 Probably not enough “decorum” for Hatch or Lamar Alexander.

    I have to think this is a tough environment for Bush.

  64. freespirit
    August 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm
    Good to see you VH. Been a while.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Thanks, Free. I still read here on occasion, but frankly, this site has become to depressing for me. I fail to understand a site called “Hillary is 44” having the majority of posts being proponents of Republican candidates…especially one so diametrically opposed to Hillary’s position as Cruz.

    It is obviously the admin’s choice to allow this site to become what it has…anti-Hillary, but I wish the name of the site would change as I feel it is now false advertising.

    I wish you well, friend.

  65. THE CORNER THE ONE AND ONLY. Soros & Fellow Billionaires for Open Borders Lobby GOP on Amnesty SHARE ARTICLE ON FACEBOOKSHARE TWEET ARTICLETWEET PLUS ONE ARTICLE ON GOOGLE PLUS+1 PRINT ARTICLE EMAIL ARTICLE ADJUST FONT SIZEAA by MARK KRIKORIAN October 29, 2013 7:22 PM @MARKSKRIKORIAN

    The Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) organized today’s “fly-in” of some 600 people to lobby House Republicans to pass the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill (which Senator Rubio himself has now disavowed). It started with a two-hour teach-in at the U.S Chamber of Commerce, with the usual suspects saying the usual things. (Watch it here.) I couldn’t stomach the whole thing, but there were some amusing bits: Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union, said that we need immigration because our population is declining (in fact, even with zero immigration — zero — our population would continue to increase for generations, beyond which projections are meaningless). Also, Tony Massif, lobbyist for California agribusiness, said that if we we don’t import more stoop labor from abroad, then we’ll have to import more food, meaning our enemies would “control our food supply.” (You know, because all that corn and wheat in the Midwest is being hand-harvested by Guatemalan peasants.) Speakers were also pretending that amnesty and increased immigration were conservative initiatives by claiming that environmentalists and labor unions are responsible for the opposition to the Schumer-Rubio bill when, obviously, they’re among the bill’s chief backers. Anyway, that’s all boilerplate and hardly worth commenting on, as much as it might irk me. But I got to thinking about the groups hosting this thing and thought it’d be interesting to match up their principals and supporters with the Forbes 400 list. Turns out that “Billionaires for Open Borders” isn’t just a catchy name — it’s the reality. Joining Soros (#19 on the Forbes 400) in backing today’s lobbying effort are a broad collection of his fellow billionaires. One of the co-hosts was Partnership for a New American Economy. Among the group’s co-chairmen: Michael Bloomberg (#10 on the Forbes 400), Steve Ballmer (#21), Rupert Murdoch (#30), Douglas M. Baker Jr. (#161), and Bill Marriott (#296). Another co-host was Fwd.us, founded by Mark Zuckerberg (#20) and including among its supporters Bill Gates (#1), Eric Schmidt (#49), Reid Hoffman (#103), John Doerr (#184), Stanley Druckenmiller (#184), John Fisher (#193), Barry Diller (#260), Sean Parker (#273), Jim Bryer (#352), Mark Pincus (was #212 in 2011, but fallen off since), Matt Cohler (worth a measly $400 million, but on the Forbes Future 400 list), Fred Wilson (#16 on Forbes Midas List of top tech investors), Ron Conway (#41 on the Midas List), and Richard Kramlich (#73 on the Midas List). That’s not to mention a whole list of mere multi-millionaires and even billionaires who didn’t make the cut. To adapt WFB’s famous quip, I’d rather be governed by the first 400 names in the Boston phone directory than the Forbes 400 List.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/362532/soros-fellow-billionaires-open-borders-lobby-gop-amnesty-mark-krikorian

  66. VotingHillary
    August 2, 2015 at 1:11 am
    Tthis site has become to depressing for me. I fail to understand a site called “Hillary is 44″ having the majority of posts being proponents of Republican candidates…especially one so diametrically opposed to Hillary’s position as Cruz.
    ——–
    Let me see if I can help.

    We started off believing that Hillary could solve the nation’s problems.

    We discovered in the process that the system was rigged against her.

    We rooted for her to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes but that did not happen.

    Along the way, we discovered something even more important.

    We discovered that the system was also rigged against the American People

    But half of them were too stupid to realize that

    At that point, we shifted our focus from the candidate to the greater problem.

    The question then became how do we get the country back from people like Soros.

    How do we get back to the rule of law.

    At that point, two leaders emerged who were willing to tell it how it is.

    By all appearances, they are willing take on the entire system

    And fight to restore power to the American People

    Rather than offer us the usual choice between tweedle dee and tweedle dum.

    If Hillary were doing this, then we would be talking about her instead of Cruz

    If it were happening in the Democratic Party we would be talking about them instead of Republicans.

    The sheer treachery we see in the RINO provides a further reason to focus on Cruz.

    You find it depressing that we are not talking about Hillary.

    That would be easier to do, if she was giving us something positive to talk about.

    I find her failure to do that at this point, after the years we have devoted to her, depressing.

  67. For me, it was simple. After the 2008 Democratic primaries, I simply could not vote for the Democrat nominee. Once he took office and I saw the way he governed, saw the way he rammed Obamacare through, I had no choice but to vote for Republicans to deny him additional votes in Congress.

    The last time I voted for a Democrat was voting for Hillary in my state’s primary in 2008. For me to vote for another, the party as a whole would have to give me a reason to. After 8 years of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, my default position is to vote against them.

    I had not completely ruled out voting for Clinton, if she gave me a reason to support her with her campaign. Running to be Obama’s third term, and generally being shady as hell, she has done the opposite.

    But, even if you support her, what has she done so far in this campaign that even gives us something to talk about? I mean, seriously, she’s campaigning like she has brain damage or something. Have you heard her answer questions? Age? Strategy? Beats me. She makes Mitt Romney look charismatic.

  68. Nothing wrong with that Politico guy that a frontal lobotomy and a few visits to the hair club for men couldn’t solve.

    But if I were him, I would shoot my habidasher.

    Purple striped socks on national television?

    How gauche.

    It just isn’t done./

  69. the Rock

    Some Democratic bundlers step up Draft Biden efforts amid signs VP may be edging closer to 2016 run

    ————
    As time goes on, I can’t help but think that some of the folks that run for President, that have no chance of winning, had one of 3 reasons for running:

    1- They are just plain delusional

    2- They hope to win enough air time and support to be picked by the top contender as their VP or Cabinet post

    3- Or, they want to make enough noise from the wignut side of the party to try and steer the ‘winner’ in another direction, or what to throw the ‘winner’ off balance.

  70. VotingHillary

    August 2, 2015 at 1:11 am

    ———-
    Gotta agree with ya Voting, it’s depressing for me too…therefore I post less and end up bypassing most of the posts.

  71. Question: Why is it that when the democrats pass Obamacare, the Republicans promise to abolish it if we give them power, we give them power and instead of abolish it they merely go through the motions?

    Question: Why is it that democrats decry Republicans for making war, and when they get into power they open up new wars?

    I realize Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    I know that when you are the helm of an ocean going liner is handed over to you, if you turn the helm too hard to starboard and keep it turned it will turn gradually, then more and then more until all you have done is turn full circle, and in the worst of weather you could even capsize the vessel.

    Still candidates should make good on their campaign promises. At a minimum they should say what they mean and mean what they say.

    For the record, I am not interested in listening to any candidate tells us we will be fine if we just elect democrats instead of Republicans, or that the kingdom of god will be at hand if we just elect Republicans. Experience shows that is not true.

    Nor am I keen on a candidate who gives us this usual tripe that we are in trouble, but if we merely give him or her the helm it will be smooth sailing and America’s greatest days like ahead. That claim is what I would call the last bastion of scoundrels.

    I understand they are all looking to get hired, hence they all need to have their little elevator speech.

    But unless that elevator speech calls the game on the elites, demands structural reform, and a return to constitutional government, they can go fuck themselves.

    I am tired of being bamboozled.

  72. Shadowfax
    August 2, 2015 at 2:47 am
    VotingHillary

    August 2, 2015 at 1:11 am

    ———-
    Gotta agree with ya Voting, it’s depressing for me too…therefore I post less and end up bypassing most of the posts.
    —–
    Shadow, we are all depressed.

    But suppose we just ignored what is happening in the Republican Party.

    I am willing to try that for a week.

    What would we talk about?

    Hillary’s falling polls?

    Sander’s rising prospects?

    Sacagjewia waiting in the wings?

    Donor defections?

    Lavish contributions from Wall Street?

    Maggie Haberman rumors of Hillary’s impending death?

    Obama hidden war darker than a Russian play?

    The missing emails?.

    The grand baby, the hairdo, etc.

    The golden age of the 1990s?

    Not a lot of good stuff there to work with, agreed?

    You want to rally the troops–I get that part.

    But it is hard to rally them around poor strategy and execution, and at set of political values we do not subscribe to.

    Which were not the values she projected in 2008.

    To dwell on all that would be even more depressing, in this winter of our discontent.

    Obviously, I am missing something–some glimmer of hope, that I for one am not seeing.

    I rely on you to provide it.

    When I post articles, I usuall snip out any cheap shots at Hillary.

    I err on the side of publishing as opposed to censorship, if I think the article offers insight on what is happening.

    I could be wrong however.

  73. Yesterday’s headline: billionaires jumping into political horse race to back their favorite horse in this “deregulated environment” wherein, thanks to Roberts, a wall of money is free speech and corporations are persons. That’s again John.

    What will they get for their money–the quid pro quo? Two things: crony capitalism, and global government, which means relief from the constitution and other constraints imposed by the antiquated concept of sovereignty. And protection from China.

    Come back in fifty years. This will all be clear, whereas now it is not. But in 50 years our constitutional system which has brought prosperity and liberty to generations of Americans will be a forgotten memory.

    And what killed it will not be the perverse strategies of evildoers like Soros, but the indifference of this generation of Americans who are too busy with their own lives to take notice of what is happening. It calls to mind the behavior of the neighbors of Kitty Genovese.

    http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/03/13/thirty-eight-witnesses-rosenthal-kitty-genovese/

  74. More livestreams from the Kock shindig today:

    Good Sunday morning from Dana Point, Calif. DRIVING THE DAY: Today I’ll interview three GOP presidential candidates, on the second day of the Koch network’s summer seminar at an oceanfront hotel. During lunchtime here, from 3:10 to 3:35 p.m. Eastern, I’ll interview Sen. Marco Rubio. At 7:30 p.m. Eastern, I’ll have back-to-back conversations with Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Jeb Bush (7:30 to 7:55 and 7:55 to 8:20 p.m. ET). Livestreams here: http://www.politico.com/livestream.

    Cruz and Bush, back to back should be interesting. For Bush it might be like The Who “winning” the argument to close the show at Monterey Pop only to have take the stage right after Jimi Hendrix spritzed his guitar with lighter fluid and set it ablaze during Wild Thing. Will Cruz be that incendiary? Will Bush top it? 🙂

    Rubio gets the short straw with the lunch slot…

  75. Biden is getting in……lol, just about the worst thing that could happen for Sanders and the looney left because it fractures the anti-clinton wing even more.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-advisers-political-team-ramping_1002854.html

    ABC reports this morning that Vice President Joe Biden’s political team is ramping up. ABC sources its reporting to Biden’s political advisers.

    “This morning, the strongest signs yet that Joe Biden might be ready to run. The vice president’s advisers telling ABC News, his political team has been ramping up in recent days, entering what they call a more active phase,” ABC reports.

    “In camp Biden, there are discussions about fundraising and launching a political action committee, while the vice president himself hasn’t authorized any of these moves, one adviser tells ABC News he believes Biden is 90 percent in.”

    ………………

    Good, i need a laugh a minute from Mr Foot in mouth.

  76. Just for the record, Citizens United did not establish that corporations have rights protected by the Constitution. That was established in Supreme Court decisions more than a century ago. It has to be, otherwise the feds could walk into any business or non-profit and seize assets without a warrant.

    What Citizens United stopped was the ability of the federal government to block the broadcast or cable distribution of political documentaries, movies, or advertisements, i.e. political speech when produced by a for-profit or non-profit corporation (such as the Sierra Club).

  77. It’s becoming more clear by the day that HRC is being blackmailed. She’s in a can’t win position. If she does anything other than tow the 03 line, they’ll ruin her. If she plays this nicey nice game with 0-hole, no one is going to vote for her as she’s very inauthentic spouting this no-sovereignty, give-away-the-farm nonsense.

    Ya know, she was in a position to have made a difference by refusing the SoS job and then opposing this left-wing kook crap, but instead, she chose to work with the devil. She’s paying the price now.

  78. In fairness to Hillary, she has been a creature of the Washington cartel for so long now that she could not possibly look at the things the same way that regular people do. To her, the stuff she has been doing and saying is just normal. It’s like Orrin Hatch saying that Senators should not use their positions to maximize campaign contributions. These folk are so pickled by breathing the Washington air for so long that they don’t even see the ridiculousness of the things they say.

  79. True that we are depressed.
    But more of us are just plain MAD!!!!
    We are tired of the corruption of the people we have hired to serve us.
    They are like
    Bananas
    First green then yellow.
    All them in DC have reached the rotten stage.

    😡

  80. Rubio–Marco the red, what a puetz he is”

    With the world falling apart, how brave he is to say in his typical motormouth fashion that he sees no reason why the 21st century should not be the American century.

    Which means absolutely positively nothing.

    Get out the vaudeville hook, please.

  81. Shadowfax
    August 2, 2015 at 2:47 am
    VotingHillary

    August 2, 2015 at 1:11 am

    ———-
    Gotta agree with ya Voting, it’s depressing for me too…therefore I post less and end up bypassing most of the posts.
    _______

    Same here!

  82. Cruz and Bush, back to back should be interesting.
    ————
    When a pitcher meets a rock, you know it is going to be bad for the pitcher—The Man from La Mancha

    Likewise

    When a compassionate globalist Republican of modest intellect—and trust me, they don’t get any more compassionate than that trophy geek Jebdiah, what with his I love Mexicans, in a prior life I was a mestizo fighting for Juarez and this country discriminates against blacks–just what we need to hear after 8 years of Obama, and racial polarization he has engendered, backed by a bevy of billionaires

    Meets

    A conservative fire brand with a 200 IQ, a commitment to constitutional government, sovereignty and the American People which is second to none, and great courage

    You know it is going to be bad for Casper Milquetoast Boosh.

  83. VH, it’s a depressing mess isn’t it? I am glad to see you again. I’m holding out hope that the current situation will change.

  84. foxyladi14
    August 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm
    True that we are depressed.
    But more of us are just plain MAD!!!!
    We are tired of the corruption of the people we have hired to serve us.
    They are like
    Bananas
    First green then yellow.
    All them in DC have reached the rotten stage.
    _____________

    You got it right, Foxy.

    Mad as hell!!

  85. freespirit
    August 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm
    —–
    I guess we have different reasons for our depression.

    Some of us are depressed that Hillary is not turning out to be the candidate we believed she was.

    Others are depressed because they are looking for a path forward, and not finding one.

    Still others are depressed because we are talking about the opposition party, to avoid talking about our own.

    If Hillary had taken the advice Admin and the rest of us gave her she would not be in this position.

    And that is what depresses me. Contrary to what was said above, it did not have to be this way.

  86. wbboei
    August 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    freespirit
    August 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm
    —–
    I guess we have different reasons for our depression.

    Some of us are depressed that Hillary is not turning out to be the candidate we believed she was.

    Others are depressed because they are looking for a path forward, and not finding one.

    Still others are depressed because we are talking about the opposition party, to avoid talking about our own.

    If Hillary had taken the advice Admin and the rest of us gave her she would not be in this position.

    And that is what depresses me. Contrary to what was said above, it did not have to be this way.
    ______________

    Pretty well says it all, wbb.

    I’m depressed for a number of the reasons you mentioned. Depressed and angry.

  87. Hillary’s ability to secure the nomination depends in large part on her ability to attract and retain democrat donors.

    Among those donors, Soros is primus inter pares.

    What those people are interested in is continuing the push toward world government and open borders.

    They want a successor to Obama, who will continue pursuing the agenda they gave to him.

    And although the RINO is committed to the same objective, the base of that party is not–and they are doing something about it.

    Granted, the base of the democrat party is nervous, but when the chips are down they will follow orders–that’s all they’re capable of.

    Soros and his ilk want a nominee who will pursue their agenda.

    This explains Hillary’s position on open borders, climate change, the Iran deal, and other issues.

    The other thing Soros wants is a candidate who will win the general election at a time of widespread dissatisfaction and distrust.

    Like everything else Soros does, this is a game of numbers.

    And he does not rely on Real Clear Politcs averages.

    He has his own pollsters and they are much better.

    The magic figure for Soros is 40%.

    That is the firewall which Obama never fell below, and he has sprung back to 40-45.

    That reflects a hard core base that would defend him even if he killed mother teresa in broad daylight in front of 100 lying bishops.

    The trend line for Hillary is approaching that 40% figure.

    That is the fire wall, and it is about to be breached, unless it holds.

    As that happens, donors are looking at their hold card.

    And circus clowns like Biden are girding their loins.

    If you want to know why Hillary looks worried, you now have your answer.

    (Note: so now we are off Cruz and talking about Hillary. Does this make any of us feel less depressed?)

  88. I’m depressed for a number of the reasons you mentioned. Depressed and angry.
    ——–
    Me too, free.

    And unlike that wonderful black lady in the video above, who had a much bigger cross to bear, but was able to come to terms with it, for me it is still a struggle. My only recourse is to ponder the bigger picture, and worry about the loss of our county which is another call to arms for people like me, who never learn.

  89. Sorry Admin, you get no boo-hoo blues here. I got no time to indulge the “anybody but Hillary”, hater troll and I would rather start a fight.

    Just go read Hillary’s FB page and you can see that not even the illegal aliens believe her position on amnesty. But we do? Yea, her campaign sucks and she is being phony, but we do not know what is going on behind the scenes and she may just be doing the best she can. God bless and protect Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We need to get behind the fight for the country, not just the candidate. I believe these two are patriots. And between the two of them we need to bust the false narrative that is propagandizing the American People into suicide.

    It has all been class warfare and the populous has been the target. The middle class suffers the most because they had something to lose. Well it is mostly gone now.

    The reason that this time is so critical is that the global economy has gone bad with China busting. It is a race to the bottom. The false narrative continues as they will make up statistics to cover the trend as the FED should have increased rates years ago but Obola has put the priority on his Age of Fake through the 2014 elections and now it is too late. Markets are expected to start major failures in September when the FED claims they are going to make their rate hike. If the economy is booming in October, you can tell me that I have this all wrong.

    Otherwise the situation will either bring a return to Nationalism or we will become total farm animals under the domination of the Global Elite. The stakes in this election will not just be about the control of the party or the country, it will be about world domination. That was the not-so-apparent reason behind Obola’s installation in 2008. Now it is more apparent who they are and what they are about. They are also failing. Although they are more vulnerable, they will try to use that failure to further empower themselves through propaganda and tyranny.

    Besides supporting good candidates, this is a time to take care of you and yours. Cut budgets and stop buying cheap junk destined for the landfill. It is not so much the savings, but it is about starving the beast. This is how, we as individuals can fight economically.

    Upcoming is the issue of deflation versus inflation. The governments want inflation and currency debasement to minimize their debts. Their logic about how to achieve this (such as calculating unemployment differently) has been faulty. Assets are the only thing that inflated. We are most likely coming up on a significant deflationary period. Then we may be hit with inflation. Watch and choose wisely.

    August 6th is coming. Get the popcorn.

  90. I can well imagine a conversation between Soros and his cronies that goes something like this:

    Soros (in a heavy Nazi accent): I am vorried about Hillary’s numbers. They are going kaput. If she cannot win, then we cannot carry on with our plan for a Fourth Reich. And besides, I don’t trust her. She has an independent streak which is difficult to for us to control.

    Wolfe (Soros lieutenant, planner of the Obama campaign): Sire, the Dean Plan is ready to roll. There is an undercurrent of discontent among our donors. Nothing we cannot handle now. But if this downtrend continues we may have a revolt on our hands.

    Soros: I will say about this what I said in defense of my actions of looting Holocaust victims in the Steve Croft interview, it is no different than any market transactions, I am the winner, they were the losers. That means, I cannot place all my chips on a single bet. On the contrary, I must hedge my bet, by supporting other candidates, under the table, like I did in 2007.

    Wolfe: then tell me sire, who should hedge our bet with?

    Soros: Biden.

    Wolfe: sire, I say this with respect: Have you gone mad. Biden is dumb as an ox, he has never been right on a policy issue ever, and he is a guinness book of worlds record gaff meister. You are joking, right?

    Soros: no. I am not joking at all. Biden is just what you say, a jackass. And not a very bright one at that. But he has one thing which the others do not have. He is loyal as a dog, and he has been for the past eight years. When we say jump, he says how high. And it is further testimony to his incompetence that he has served thirty years in congress, and failed to become a millionaire, as everyone else in that role has done. But that is not bad–its good. He needs money and we can provide more than he and is dentist spouse could ever dream of. So get a hold of Biden, swear him to secrecy, tell him what we have in mind, see how he reacts, and let me know. If he is receptive, we can set up a meeting at my place in the Hamptons.

  91. Trump slaps Obola (Take that!) and claims votes of African Americans.

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump thinks the United States will not see another black president for some time because Barack Obama has “set a very poor standard,” the billionaire businessman, entertainer and Republican presidential candidate told ABC News on Sunday. Trump — who has questioned whether Obama was born in the United States and was once sued by the Justice Department because the management of his apartment complexes allegedly discriminated against black tenants — also thinks he’ll win the black vote.

    Trump responded to a question on the show about a tweet he sent last year saying America would not see another black president for generations because of how poorly he thought Obama had done.

    “He has done nothing for African Americans. You look at what’s gone on with their income levels. You look at what’s gone on with their youth. I thought that he would be a great cheerleader for this country. I thought he’d do a fabulous job for the African American citizens of this country. He has done nothing,” Trump said.

    “They have problems now in terms of unemployment numbers, look at their unemployment numbers. And you have — here you have a black president who’s done very poorly for the African Americans of this country,” Trump said. “I think that I will win the African American vote and I think I will win the Hispanic vote.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-no-black-presidents-obama_55be34c3e4b06363d5a27ec4

  92. The black community voted for Obama by a factor of 90-10

    Now, as Trump points out, they are worse off than they were before.

    “Take what you want from life—and pay for it”. (An old Spanish proverb)

    When the burden of a bad decision falls on those who made that decision, I am okay with it.

    However, when they are allowed to spread the cost to society at large, like Wall Street does, I cannot abide.

  93. “I think that I will win the African American vote and I think I will win the Hispanic vote.”

    He must have had a wee nip of single malt wiskey at Turnberry…

    Come on, that’s just stupid. The Republicans could bring Martin Luther King, Jr back from the grave and pick him as their nominee and they wouldn’t win the African American vote. Clyburn would call him “racisss”

  94. He must have had a wee nip of single malt wiskey at Turnberry…

    The Republicans could bring Martin Luther King, Jr back from the grave and pick him as their nominee and they wouldn’t win the African American vote.

    Clyburn would call him “racisss”

    —–

    Not even if he started his stump speech with I’ve Got A Dream (of winning the AA vote)?

    Okay, fine, but I had to ask.

    Lets talk about the real racist in this scenario–Honest Jim Clyburn who steers no bid contracts to relatives.

    Yea that Jim Clyburn.

    Since we are talking about Scotland the following epitaph seems apropos:

    Clyburn should be buried in the sand trap of despair on the 14th hole at The Old Course at St. Andrews Scotland, which is affectionately known as Hell Bunker, with neery a word to commemorate his passing save a gold tee inscribed with the words black racist.

    That would be an occasion worth tipping a glass of McCallums 25 year old single malt scotch whiskey to, while singing auld lang syn.

    The answer to that question, i.e. should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?, being an emphatic yes.

  95. Good lord. At the Koch summit, special needs journalist Mike Allen asked Marco Rubio if he believed in evolution. I wish Rubio had looked at him and said, “for your sake, I hope evolution hasn’t stopped….”

    Looks like that will be the Dem operative assigned gotcha question to paint Repubs as Neanderthals…

    ————

    As for Rubio’s Q&A overall, I don’t think he did anything to hurt his chances at a VP nomination. He’s a slick talker who is not seasoned enough to be President and who picked the wrong fight against a better connected neocon establishment candidate from the same state.

    ————

    Can’t wait for the main show (Cruz and Bush) at 7:30. You know that Cruz will get the evolution question and other lefty memes from Allen. Should be fun watching him take batting practice. I expect that one to get turned around to a question the media should be asking Hillary Clinton. I’m sure that Allen will have two or three questions about “the gheys” for Cruz….

  96. Oh my god. She’s a piece of work…

    Right off the bat, she’s asked about her e-mail server…

    “I’m just so glad that so many of the inaccuracies and accusations have been cleared up in the last week…”

    Just the fact that she can say that with a straight face is truly remarkable.

  97. wbboei
    August 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    If Hillary had taken the advice Admin and the rest of us gave her she would not be in this position.

    And that is what depresses me. Contrary to what was said above, it did not have to be this way.

    Couldn’t agree with you more, wbb.

    Hillary 2016?

  98. Trump: Biden would be tougher to beat than Clinton

    Dylan Stableford
    Senior editor
    August 2, 2015

    From article….[Excerpts mine]

    Trump: Biden would be tougher to beat than Clinton

    Joe Biden speaks in Denver in July. (Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP)

    The news that Vice President Joe Biden is exploring the possibility of entering the 2016 presidential race was a hot topic on Sunday morning’s political talk shows.

    Donald Trump, who is currently leading the pack for the Republican nomination, thinks Biden could “maybe beat” the front-runner on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton.

    “Her numbers are going down drastically, so somebody like Biden could probably go in and do very well and maybe win,” Trump said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    Trump believes Biden would be tougher to defeat than Clinton.

    “I actually think Hillary will be easy if it’s her,” he said on “Meet the Press.” “But I’m not so sure it’s going to be her.”

    Read more at https://www.yahoo.com/politics/trump-biden-would-be-tougher-to-beat-than-clinton-125694612936.html

    I’m not sure who is advising Trump on political matters, but he is setting a very good table for himself. Without directly insulting Hillary or Biden, he directly insulted Hillary and Biden. Save Bush and Cruz, there is no one on the GOP side that can hold Hillary’s dirty laundry in a debate, regardless what position she takes on whatever issue. But by highlighting that her numbers are rapidly falling, he puts into the minds of the woe-be-gone everyday voters, otherwise known as the American voting public, that she can. And everybody in the Western world knows that Biden would lose in a match up to Madonna. So Trump is showing at least the beginnings of some real political chops on the campaign trail…

    Hillary 2016?

  99. It ain’t my blog, obviously. But this is the kind of sh** I object to:

    “Oh my god. She’s a piece of work…”

    I’m not whining. I’m not even defending Hillary. Just saying that there are ways to disagree with Hillary and how she is conducting this campaign on a Hillary blog, and IMO that kind of slam is not one of them.

  100. freespirit:

    Instead of objecting to my “feelings” after watching Hillary’s e-mail answer, why not post your “feelings” about her answer? You might have thought she was forthcoming and impressive. Post it.

    BTW, her answer on the classified e-mail “evolved” in this interview. In the past, she has said that she never sent or received classified information. Now, she says that she never sent or received information that was “marked classified”….

  101. I actually think Hillary will be easy if it’s her,” he said on “Meet the Press.” “But I’m not so sure it’s going to be her.”
    ——
    Rock Trump’s contention that Biden would be tougher to beat than Hillary has got to be one of those please don’t throw me into the briar patch comments. Biden is literally the fool on the hill–or in this case, the Naval Observatory, which is home to the VP.

    https://youtu.be/aB2110gbO9w

  102. gonzotx
    August 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm
    Just viewed the video you posted Wbb of the granddaughter of Goth, amazing.
    ——–
    Thanks Gonzo.

    You know Patton liberated one of the camps and made the townspeople visit the site and see the corpses. In one of those towns, the mayor and his wife went home afterwards and shot themselves.

  103. TheRock
    August 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm
    ——-
    Yes, Rock. We are both right. Would that it were otherwise.

  104. Great Thoughts on the Press *Open Thread*
    By KenoshaMarge – Saturday, 1 August 2015 236 38
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    Quotes about the press and the freedom it enjoys and doesn’t, IMO, deserve anymore. From Watchdogs to Lapdogs.

    The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. ~ Hugo Black

    The Founding Fathers gave the press the protection to do that but not the honesty or character.

    Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. ~ Joseph Sobran

    There was a time when the Democrat Party applauded questioning government. That was in my own lifetime. Now they are not only serfs, they are serfs with their hands chronically out for more freebies to insure their loyalty.

    Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government. ~ Marshall Herskovitz

    Ain’t that the truth!

    “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press” ~ Mark Twain

    Even back in his day you couldn’t trust the bastards!

    “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    The left is busily distancing themselves from one of the great minds of his or any other generation because he was a slave-owner. Two hundred years ago. Unbelievable!

    “Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.” ~ Geoffrey Fisher

    You would think people would embrace this idea. Instead most only care if the press isn’t being fair and honest to “their” side. Such a lack of character is disgusting.

    Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. ~ Hugo Black

    If you only criticize or support one party in the government then there is no freedom. Such as we have with the corrupt press we have in place now. They could never solve a problem since they are one.

    “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose” ~ George Orwell

    It never ceases to amaze me how many things Orwell got right!

    “You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.” ~ Scott Howard Phillips

    This is exactly where our modern media has gone so horrible awry.

    I loathe and despise the biased media in so many ways. That goes for both the left and the right. The problem is there is so much more bias to despise coming from the left.

    There are many countries where the press has no freedom and so the people do not have access to the truth. There are countries where real journalists risk their very lives to tell the truth.

    Here in the USA where the press has the freedom to be honest – they chose not to be. They sit on their fat, opinionated asses and corrupt their own occupation to the point where a majority of the public doesn’t truth them. They’ve earned that distrust with every lie, spin and silence.

    The Founding Fathers gave the press special rights to protect us and they corrupted those rights. Maybe despise isn’t a strong enough word.

    Great Thoughts on the Press *Open Thread*
    By KenoshaMarge – Saturday, 1 August 2015 236 38
    Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

    Quotes about the press and the freedom it enjoys and doesn’t, IMO, deserve anymore. From Watchdogs to Lapdogs.

    The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. ~ Hugo Black

    The Founding Fathers gave the press the protection to do that but not the honesty or character.

    Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. ~ Joseph Sobran

    There was a time when the Democrat Party applauded questioning government. That was in my own lifetime. Now they are not only serfs, they are serfs with their hands chronically out for more freebies to insure their loyalty.

    Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government. ~ Marshall Herskovitz

    Ain’t that the truth!

    “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press” ~ Mark Twain

    Even back in his day you couldn’t trust the bastards!

    “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    The left is busily distancing themselves from one of the great minds of his or any other generation because he was a slave-owner. Two hundred years ago. Unbelievable!

    “Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.” ~ Geoffrey Fisher

    You would think people would embrace this idea. Instead most only care if the press isn’t being fair and honest to “their” side. Such a lack of character is disgusting.

    Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. ~ Hugo Black

    If you only criticize or support one party in the government then there is no freedom. Such as we have with the corrupt press we have in place now. They could never solve a problem since they are one.

    “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose” ~ George Orwell

    It never ceases to amaze me how many things Orwell got right!

    “You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.” ~ Scott Howard Phillips

    This is exactly where our modern media has gone so horrible awry.

    I loathe and despise the biased media in so many ways. That goes for both the left and the right. The problem is there is so much more bias to despise coming from the left.

    There are many countries where the press has no freedom and so the people do not have access to the truth. There are countries where real journalists risk their very lives to tell the truth.

    Here in the USA where the press has the freedom to be honest – they chose not to be. They sit on their fat, opinionated asses and corrupt their own occupation to the point where a majority of the public doesn’t truth them. They’ve earned that distrust with every lie, spin and silence.

    The Founding Fathers gave the press special rights to protect us and they corrupted those rights. Maybe despise isn’t a strong enough word.

    Great Thoughts on the Press *Open Thread*
    By KenoshaMarge – Saturday, 1 August 2015 236 38
    Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

    Quotes about the press and the freedom it enjoys and doesn’t, IMO, deserve anymore. From Watchdogs to Lapdogs.

    The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. ~ Hugo Black

    The Founding Fathers gave the press the protection to do that but not the honesty or character.

    Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. ~ Joseph Sobran

    There was a time when the Democrat Party applauded questioning government. That was in my own lifetime. Now they are not only serfs, they are serfs with their hands chronically out for more freebies to insure their loyalty.

    Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government. ~ Marshall Herskovitz

    Ain’t that the truth!

    “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press” ~ Mark Twain

    Even back in his day you couldn’t trust the bastards!

    “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    The left is busily distancing themselves from one of the great minds of his or any other generation because he was a slave-owner. Two hundred years ago. Unbelievable!

    “Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.” ~ Geoffrey Fisher

    You would think people would embrace this idea. Instead most only care if the press isn’t being fair and honest to “their” side. Such a lack of character is disgusting.

    Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. ~ Hugo Black

    If you only criticize or support one party in the government then there is no freedom. Such as we have with the corrupt press we have in place now. They could never solve a problem since they are one.

    “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose” ~ George Orwell

    It never ceases to amaze me how many things Orwell got right!

    “You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.” ~ Scott Howard Phillips

    This is exactly where our modern media has gone so horrible awry.

    I loathe and despise the biased media in so many ways. That goes for both the left and the right. The problem is there is so much more bias to despise coming from the left.

    There are many countries where the press has no freedom and so the people do not have access to the truth. There are countries where real journalists risk their very lives to tell the truth.

    Here in the USA where the press has the freedom to be honest – they chose not to be. They sit on their fat, opinionated asses and corrupt their own occupation to the point where a majority of the public doesn’t truth them. They’ve earned that distrust with every lie, spin and silence.

    The Founding Fathers gave the press special rights to protect us and they corrupted those rights. Maybe despise isn’t a strong enough word.

    Great Thoughts on the Press *Open Thread*
    By KenoshaMarge – Saturday, 1 August 2015 236 38
    Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

    Quotes about the press and the freedom it enjoys and doesn’t, IMO, deserve anymore. From Watchdogs to Lapdogs.

    The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. ~ Hugo Black

    The Founding Fathers gave the press the protection to do that but not the honesty or character.

    Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. ~ Joseph Sobran

    There was a time when the Democrat Party applauded questioning government. That was in my own lifetime. Now they are not only serfs, they are serfs with their hands chronically out for more freebies to insure their loyalty.

    Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government. ~ Marshall Herskovitz

    Ain’t that the truth!

    “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press” ~ Mark Twain

    Even back in his day you couldn’t trust the bastards!

    “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    The left is busily distancing themselves from one of the great minds of his or any other generation because he was a slave-owner. Two hundred years ago. Unbelievable!

    “Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.” ~ Geoffrey Fisher

    You would think people would embrace this idea. Instead most only care if the press isn’t being fair and honest to “their” side. Such a lack of character is disgusting.

    Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. ~ Hugo Black

    If you only criticize or support one party in the government then there is no freedom. Such as we have with the corrupt press we have in place now. They could never solve a problem since they are one.

    “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose” ~ George Orwell

    It never ceases to amaze me how many things Orwell got right!

    “You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.” ~ Scott Howard Phillips

    This is exactly where our modern media has gone so horrible awry.

    I loathe and despise the biased media in so many ways. That goes for both the left and the right. The problem is there is so much more bias to despise coming from the left.

    There are many countries where the press has no freedom and so the people do not have access to the truth. There are countries where real journalists risk their very lives to tell the truth.

    Here in the USA where the press has the freedom to be honest – they chose not to be. They sit on their fat, opinionated asses and corrupt their own occupation to the point where a majority of the public doesn’t truth them. They’ve earned that distrust with every lie, spin and silence.

    The Founding Fathers gave the press special rights to protect us and they corrupted those rights. Maybe despise isn’t a strong enough word.

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    Quotes about the press and the freedom it enjoys and doesn’t, IMO, deserve anymore. From Watchdogs to Lapdogs.

    The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. ~ Hugo Black

    The Founding Fathers gave the press the protection to do that but not the honesty or character.

    Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. ~ Joseph Sobran

    There was a time when the Democrat Party applauded questioning government. That was in my own lifetime. Now they are not only serfs, they are serfs with their hands chronically out for more freebies to insure their loyalty.

    Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government. ~ Marshall Herskovitz

    Ain’t that the truth!

    “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press” ~ Mark Twain

    Even back in his day you couldn’t trust the bastards!

    “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    The left is busily distancing themselves from one of the great minds of his or any other generation because he was a slave-owner. Two hundred years ago. Unbelievable!

    “Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.” ~ Geoffrey Fisher

    You would think people would embrace this idea. Instead most only care if the press isn’t being fair and honest to “their” side. Such a lack of character is disgusting.

    Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. ~ Hugo Black

    If you only criticize or support one party in the government then there is no freedom. Such as we have with the corrupt press we have in place now. They could never solve a problem since they are one.

    “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose” ~ George Orwell

    It never ceases to amaze me how many things Orwell got right!

    “You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.” ~ Scott Howard Phillips

    This is exactly where our modern media has gone so horrible awry.

    I loathe and despise the biased media in so many ways. That goes for both the left and the right. The problem is there is so much more bias to despise coming from the left.

    There are many countries where the press has no freedom and so the people do not have access to the truth. There are countries where real journalists risk their very lives to tell the truth.

    Here in the USA where the press has the freedom to be honest – they chose not to be. They sit on their fat, opinionated asses and corrupt their own occupation to the point where a majority of the public doesn’t truth them. They’ve earned that distrust with every lie, spin and silence.

    The Founding Fathers gave the press special rights to protect us and they corrupted those rights. Maybe despise isn’t a strong enough word.

  105. Ted Cruz is a piece of work:

    “You are a Princeton debater and a master of debate. So what is your prediction about Donald Trump in Thurs debate”

    “I have a lot of talents, but predicting what Donald Trump will do is not one of them….”

  106. OMG. What a disaster. JEB! was riffing about immigration, some wonky explanation of “economic” immigration versus “extended family” immigration. He said that what we need to do is increase “economic” immigration and cut back on “extended family” immigration. The quote was something like, “we need to let more engineers and scientist in and — this might sound — keep grandma out…”

    Can you imagine the soundbyte in a campaign ad? This guy is more brain dead politically than his father. Keep grandma out? What a slogan….

  107. hwc, one’s feelings are their own – not my place to object to how you feel. I do object to the mean spirited manner in which you express them.

    BTW – If I choose to post I will do so. Your permission not required.

  108. JEB!s exact quote:

    Which immigration system is gonna create high sustained growth? The one that allows the scientist, the dreamers, the entrepreneurs, the inventors, the hard-workers to come? Or the one that says we are going to allow – you know, sadly – grandma to come? That sounds a little harsh…

    A little harsh? Gee… ya think? Of all the illegal immigrants to turn away at the door, you want to single out Granny?

    New slogan: Republicans don’t care about the 47% … or granny….

  109. HWC: I watched the Cruz interview and couldn’t help noticing the strange demeanor of Mike Allen, the Poltico superstar. His hands were flailing in all directions, his eyes were bugged out and darting in all directions like he was looking for skweeters, and he was reading his questions like a schoolboy. He may well be a addict, at the very least we should drug test him, and before we do we need to check his pockets to make sure he is not carrying around a bottle of fake urine. The purple striped socks–those were the first clue, then the fact that he works at Politico which is no stranger to illegal substances, but it wasn’t until I saw the video that I decided we had probable cause to violate his fourth amendment right of privacy and his fifth amendment right against self incrimination, and if there is any push back we can tell them John Roberts said it was okay to violate the Constitution and he does it all the time.

  110. freespirit
    August 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm
    ———————–
    A mission to Disrupt and Demoralize.

    Nobody has any power over you that you do not give them.

  111. Or the one that says we are going to allow – you know, sadly – grandma to come? That sounds a little harsh…
    ———–
    He’s a compassionate conservative alright.

    The thousand points of light he sees may be LSD.

    I wonder whether he and Mike Allen were sharing a little of that backstage.

    To help them through the night.

    As for granny–well—hit is Patty:

    https://youtu.be/aEV2mwNTkIs

  112. Mike Allen is a disturbingly odd duck, alright.

    Cruz ate him alive, but I thought his full-throated pitch to several hundred of the top Republican donors was very impressive.

    Discounting Fiorina, I would rank the presentations:

    CRUZ
    WALKER
    RUBIO
    JEB!

    IMO, Jeb is unelectable even without the baggage of being the third Bush to an electorate that is sick of Bushes. He may have been a good Governor ten years ago, but that was a piss-poor political speech in an moment of populist angst. Leave granny out in the cold in favor of “sustained growth”. Jesus. At least tell us we’ll get good jobs or bigger hamburgers or faster cars or something. Don’t make us sacrifice granny for some Wall Street sustained earnings growth mumbo jumbo.

  113. As to not be once again classified as a ‘mean girl’ and be talked about like on a middle school playground…I am going to deliver a tiny bit of good news, for Trump.

    I had lunch with a very dear friend, she voted for OFraud in 2012, never thinking she could possibly vote for a Rethug and she is disgusted with Obama now.

    Then she asked me what do I think of Trump! She said lots of people she knows, both Dem and Rethug are excited about what Trump is saying. She lives in the burbs outside of the Bay Area…so Trump is getting though to lots of people that you wouldn’t think would be interested in politics. She even knew there would be the first GOP debate this week.

    I told her I would much rather be cheering on Hillary, but at the moment, she is praising Obama and I am very unhappy about it. Also told her I would still vote for Hillary if she picks up her sword and starts fighting like a Clinton again.

  114. New slogan: Republicans don’t care about the 47% … or granny….
    ———
    I knew Jeb was a lousy debater.

    I knew he would come through.

    And it appears he has.

    All he needed to say is the nation has the same right as any other to say who enters the country.

    Our goal must be to attract the best and the brightest to these shores, whereas today nations like Canada are getting them.

    At the same time, we must abolish chain immigration which threatens to collapse the safety nets we have for lawful citizens.

    If people want to come to this country, they must accept the fact that we set the terms and conditions of entry

    It aint what you say, its how you say it.

    Why is that so hard for Jebediah to say?

    Because he is trying so hard to sound compassionate.

    That he ends up putting both feet in his mouth, compassionately.

  115. Shadowfax
    August 2, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I had lunch with a very dear friend, she voted for OFraud in 2012, never thinking she could possibly vote for a Rethug and she is disgusted with Obama now.

    Then she asked me what do I think of Trump! She said lots of people she knows, both Dem and Rethug are excited about what Trump is saying.

    The man’s karma is spreading, shadow. I have a friend at work that came over to Hillary’s side after we met. He, sadly, was a double bumbles voter (He became disillusioned when our premiums at work went up 20% and our deductibles quadrupled). Like your friend, we spent an hour last week talking about Trump’s rise and how impressed he is with it. Now when Trump penetrates the black community like that (disclaimer – my friend has Bachelors from SIU), then you know that the country is in pain and that Trump’s message is striking a chord everywhere!

    Let’s keep praying that Hillary gets the message. Soon.

    Hillary 2016?

  116. Exactly. I don’t have a problem with the point he was trying to make about immigration. He’s probably right. But, good lord man, your supposed to be a politician. You know the attack on Republicans is that they are cold heartless bastards who would push granny over the cliff in her wheelchair. And, you can’t make your point about immigration without leaving granny out in the blizzard to freeze to death?

    What, has the guy been living in a cave in the mountains of Afghanistan? Those are his political instincts? A friend of mine (Democrat) was a speechwriter on Bush 1’s 1992 re-election campaign. Said that the joke in the campaign was that watching Bush 1 give a speech was like watching a toddler running around a swimming pool. JEB! is just like his dad. He’s a terrible candidate.

    Meanwhile, did you catch Cruz pitchin’ his heart out to union workers? I think he’s getting that one ready for Thursday night. A companion close to go with his riff on the Dems choosing Hollywood billionaires over hard-working blue collar union members.

  117. And for the Hill fans, Cruz said that Biden was probably tempted to get into the race with Hillary’s troubles, but that Hillary would still get the nomination. Said that he was REALLY looking forward to debating her.

  118. As to not be once again classified as a ‘mean girl’ and be talked about like on a middle school playground…I am going to deliver a tiny bit of good news, for Trump.

    I’m sorry you felt offended by my comment the other day, Shadow. It’s ironic that you felt talked about as on a middle school playground, because that’s a good description of what *I* was seeing and objecting to.

    I just couldn’t see anything productive in the redundant and controlling slings and arrows. If you can’t see anything true in my complaint, we just have to agree to disagree.

    Again, though, I am genuinely sorry you were offended. I hope one day we will get beyond it.

  119. then you know that the country is in pain and that Trump’s message is striking a chord everywhere!
    ________

    Shadow, that’s what is so clear. The Dim and Repub Playas continue to talk as if the country still gives a damn about their ridiculous promises, proposals and plans. They act as if only “crazies” are supporting Trump and that they – The Playas – have the support of mainstream America – on the right and left. They just don’t get it.

    Should Trump actually get elected it would mean that MSM had received a much overdue and well deserved spanking. It would also remind politicians that they fu**ing work for us – the American people – not the fat cats with the big bucks to donate to their pathetic reelection campaigns.

  120. You have got to see the humor in some of this. On one of the other blogs, there is this character who goes by the name Tecumseh. He takes a dim view of Donald, based on what he says are three marriage and three bankruptcies. Everyone else of the blog is a Trump supporter and they ain’t having it. So they rush forward to attack him. They point out that Donald inherited a hundred million and turned it into ten billion, the bankruptcies were corporate not personal, and the women he divorced remain loyal to him. Pretty good rebuttal. Then one of them says his obsession with the immorality of three marriages and three bankruptcies indicates he (Tecumseh) is a religious fanatic, and he responds don’t foist your religious issues on me. Then another says Donald is so real, and he responds he is as real as a Disney character, and when the attack persists he says then go ahead vote for him, the nation did so well since electing the last charismatic, so why re-invent the wheel. I like Donald, even though he never answered the letter I sent him. But for some reason, maybe the lateness of the hours, this swashbuckling scene which was right out of an Errol Flynn movie seemed amusing.

  121. The angst, confusion, umbrage, and pants $(^##ing fear that Trump (and to a lesser degree but significant nonetheless of Bernie) is the most fun I have had observing politics in years. All of the consultants, media hacks, pollsters, crooks, parasites, and money men are gobsmacked. They don’t know what to do. If they do something it is wrong! Imagine “investing” hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to back hacks and collaborators like Yeb! or Rubio? because open borders and illegal alien invading hordes was settled last summer by Obama only to have Trump kick over the beehive. The days of sit down and shut up, racist!!!, and just lie and fool the stupid people in flyover country seems to have blown up. Who knew the great unwashed still had a big, loud GFY left in them after all the beatings? I hope the debate is a let’s stomp Yeb! brawl.

  122. Our Community organizer is at it again. 😀

    _____________________

    In a move that could be interpreted as a sign that votes might be getting hard to come by for his nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama is doing what he does best to try to rally support in Congress: He’s enlisting grassroots community groups to apply pressure on wavering politicians

    http://journal.ijreview.com/2015/07/245726-obama-unleashes-community-organizers-push-iran-nuclear-deal/?utm_content=buffera60a8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  123. Even as we may criticize somebody like Donald Trump for his statements, we are obliged to characterize what he said accurately rather than adding a word he didn’t use in a particular sentence. One can argue that Trump’s actual statements about McCain weren’t much better than the incorrect one that the Post attributed to him in their lead sentence–but that’s a different discussion than this one focusing on media reporting.

    It isn’t always easy for us as reporters to divorce ourselves from our personal thoughts and opinions when reporting the news. But when we are able to accurately characterize even those issues and people about which we have strong feelings, it can be among most important public services we commit.
    —–
    Well, that is Sharyl for you. The consummate journalist, hoping to restore integrity to those in her profession. Me? I think that is a lifetime exercise in futility. It misconstrues what big media is. It is not the arbiter of truth it pretends to be. On the contrary it is the voice of the elites bent on exploiting this nation and the world. All you need to do is look back at the kind of tripe that has come out of NYT for the past 50 years–the blatant lies, counterfactual assertions, the elevation of the irrelevant over the relevant and the preservation of the narrative over the truth, justice and all other ethical considerations. Sharyl wants to save them, whereas I believe they should be executed–meaning dismissed from the public square, without the benefit of a blindfold or last cigarette. If you read her book and see who the string pullers are, she knows what I do, and a great deal more. Surely she must realize that the standard she proposes for the media, which is of course sublime, is incapable of attainment by these jamokes.

  124. 2016 is unfolding like a 2008 redo. If you look carefully between the lines, I think you will see that the same reasons are in play to take her down. This, more than anything, provides assurance that Hillary is a patriot and will work to protect and build the country and the middle class.

    We saw who she was in 2008. She had the populous support and they still took control. Do not forget the lessons of ’08. The system has been corrupted. Give Hillary some credit for the difficulty of what she must do.

    The attacks on Hillary and Trump by the establishment is the best recommendation they could get.

    I say nay to the naysayers and will be supporting Hillary 2016 to the best of my ability.

  125. foxyladi14

    August 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Our Community organizer is at it again. 😀

    _____________________

    In a move that could be interpreted as a sign that votes might be getting hard to come by for his nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama is doing what he does best to try to rally support in Congress: He’s enlisting grassroots community groups to apply pressure on wavering politicians

    http://journal.ijreview.com/2015/07/245726-obama-unleashes-community-organizers-push-iran-nuclear-deal/?utm_content=buffera60a8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    WHERE are the funds for this kind of chicanery coming from? There have been probably a dozen astroturf BS campaigns over the last 6.5 years in support of some unicorn fart BS of Obama’s. If there are any taxpayer funds going for this crap, SURELY that is illegal. Not that legality is anything Obama has ever been concerned with, but this is pure THEFT to push a political agenda.

  126. Jolt’n Joe Biden’s crack (headed) team of political operatives

    Assure us he is ramping up . . .

    Like an inflatable penis.

    Will he secure the nomination?

    He has a chance as long as he plays the clown.

    If he does, and Cruz gets the nomination, Ted will let the air out of his tires.

    And all you will hear is a great hissing sound.

    https://youtu.be/Sfk9ou0Y2kc

  127. If Biden gets the nomination, I would support any Repub candidate over him – solely because he’s Obama’s boy. But, I’m damn tired of having to vote AGAINST a candidate, as i did in 2008 and 2012. It would be nice to have someone to really support and vote FOR.

  128. The danger of an aggressor is never just the specter of raw power, but instead the insidious messages about using what it has that it sends to more responsible parties. Once Chamberlain and Édouard Daladier backed down at Munich, the Soviets concluded that friendship with Western democracies was as dangerous as enmity to Hitler, and thus flipped their affinities. Other opportunistic Eastern European nations soon realigned with Hitler. So-called neutrals like fair-weather Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey conducted lucrative trade deals with Hitler and made the necessary adjustments to fit what they saw as an ascendant Third Reich. If the Iranian deal goes through, and if it is perceived as an economic, political, and military boon to the theocracy, then the surrounding and terrified Middle East will likely make the necessary political modifications to allow for Iranian expansionism.

    There are other disturbing Iranian parallels to Munich — and to all examples of appeasement from the Greek city-state appeasement of Philip II, to the accommodations of European monarchies to Napoleon’s early rise, to the license given Stalin to absorb Eastern Europe at Yalta. The appeasers always pose as peace-makers and caricature their skeptics as near troglodyte war-mongers.

    We are seeing this predictable caricature as well, as the Obama administration keeps insisting that there was no alternative to the deal other than either an apocalyptic nuclear Iran or yet another ill-starred Western preemptive attack in the Middle East — even as sanctions had crippled the Iranian economy to the point that the theocracy in extremis limped to the negotiation table seeking relief.

    Today we see a Munich-like arrogance that men of assumed reason and sobriety, by their winning charisma, rare mellifluence, or superior wisdom, can convince Khamenei of the errors of his ways. Western humanists habitually preen that they can demonstrate to authoritarians why their bellicosity is supposedly against their own self interests — as if autocratic aggressors envision risking war, and shorting their own people, as unimaginable evils in comparison with the acquisition of honor, glory and respect that follows from easily bullying neighbors and successfully gobbling up real estate. John Kerry believes that the bomb is not in Iran’s real interest; Iran believes that so far even the idea of a bomb most certainly has proved very much in Iran’s interest.

    As the democracies negotiated away Czechoslovakia to Hitler at Munich, the Japanese and Italians had earlier offered the world clear instruction about the wages of appeasement. Their serial aggressions in China and East Africa throughout the late 1930s had sated neither dictatorship, but rather convinced both that there were lots of weak countries that could be safely harvested without incurring a larger war with the West.

    While John Kerry ignored the long-term security of Israel and the Sunni states in the Middle East, Vladimir Putin had earlier demonstrated that Ossetia led to the Crimea that led to Eastern Ukraine that may well soon lead to the Baltic states. Failed reset no more wised up John Kerry than Abyssinia or Manchuria had enlightened Neville Chamberlain. Munich’s 1938 hype led to catastrophe in 1939, in a way that the current 2015 self-congratulation may well become frightening in 2016.

    The Iran deal is not Munich, but the same naiveté, vanity, and foolishness of Western leaders are close enough to warn us about what happens next. And it will not be good.

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/iran-the-munich-comparison/4/

  129. Not that Donald needs it or cares but he is so smart not to participate in those other gop group events
    They show their hands… DT gets a preview on their games & on how to interact and counter (pounch) & just in time for this Thurs

  130. I have no respect for anyone who believed the devil’s lie, who is shattered to learn that there is no tooth fairy. I am suspicious of anyone who cannot bring himself to admit that he was betrayed. Which brings us to Roger Simon’s comment:

    America is an angrier and more divided country than I have ever seen it in my lifetime, even during the days of Vietnam. There were obviously more demonstrations then, but the split was minor by comparison. Nixon’s famous “silent majority” clearly existed. He won the 1972 election 520-17 electoral votes, outdrawing McGovern by some 18 million ballots. Nothing of that sort could happen now. We are chopped in half and neither side is talking to the other. America is in the slough of despond. Nobody’s happy except for random three year olds who haven’t had to confront anything yet. Barack Obama has left a depressed nation, one could almost say clinically.

    What attracts people to Trump is that he is not a politician. Politicians are so twentieth century — and they screwed that one up quite a bit. Where Trump stands is not the point, except in the most general sense. The same voters who have damned other candidates to Hell for changing positions even once don’t seem to care at all that Donald has switched sides many times. He’s got moxie — and that’s all that counts. And again, maybe that is the most important thing. People can project on to him what they want to believe. This has worked for many past presidents — notably JFK, Reagan and, alas, Obama. (Well, nothing’s perfect.)

  131. Not that Donald needs it or cares but he is so smart not to participate in those other gop group events
    They show their hands… DT gets a preview on their games & on how to interact and counter (pounch) & just in time for this Thurs

    I don’t know about that. It’s been my observation that there’s a real learning curve in campaigning and that candidates typically improve in their discipline, policy points, and presentation as they accumulate stage time. There’s a progression from small town halls to smaller media interviews. By the time you hit the debate stage, you hope you are pretty quick on your feet.

    For example, Jeb! is seriously rusty. All of his answers sound like he’s talking to a hedge fund donor over lunch in NYC. He would never have suggested locking granny out if he had ever tried that line in a town hall in Iowa.

    There are many styles that can work, but you can really see the candidates that have recent experience.

    14 of the candidates are participating in the Manchester Union Leader forum tonigh in NH. (C-SPAN 7pm ET nationally), although it sounds like the schedule Planned Parenthood show vote will keep the three US Senators in Washignton (with live video presentations at the forum).

    One candidate refused the invitation, tell the Union Leader that he wouldn’t appear because he didn’t think he’d get their endorsement. I personally think that is a mistake.

  132. freespirit
    August 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    ——
    Don’t worry Free, Ol’ Gaff Machine Joe will NEVER get the nomination, nor will the white haired Kook.

    I bet my small raise, No Joe.

  133. This will have Harry Reid’s head spinning…

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/03/politics/2016-election-koch-brothers-donor-retreat/

    Throughout the weekend, Koch network leaders briefed some 450 donors, who pledge six-figure sums to become members of the Freedom Partners organization, on their policy and philanthropic goals for the 2016 cycle.

    Many of the discussions were heavy on policy issues. A Sunday afternoon session, for example, attended by several hundred attendees focused on legislation that would limit mandatory minimum sentencing, as well as other forms of criminal justice reform. At an evening reception, the featured speaker was Dr. Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund.

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