@RealDonaldTrump Won’t Wear Cement Shoes – And Other Smart Things Donald Trump Did This Week

Donald Trump continues to do what we suggest. He’s very smart.

On Friday, Trump turned down an invitation to a forum in South Carolina hosted by Heritage Action. Credit where credit is due – Lindsey Graham also turned down the invitation. Why was this so smart?

Some Trump supporters became concerned when Trump announced he was otherwise preoccupied and sent his regrets. Big Media tried to spin it as Trump cowardice. We thought the Trump supporters should have been elated. As with Lindsey Graham it was an everything to lose nothing to gain easy decision (even if Graham is polling so low the Heritage folks didn’t want him).

Lindsey, had nothing to gain by attendance at the Heritage event, even though it was held in Lindsay’s home state. The Heritage folks hate Graham more than Paris Hilton hates Lindsay Lohan, so why go? Lindsay skipped town.

As to Trump, he too had nothing to gain and something to lose. Consider, Trump is tops in South Carolina. Trump polls at more than 34% in South Carolina with Carson #2 at 19%. Trump attendance at the Heritage forum would only give attention and publicity to the losers. Trump made the smart decision with his ‘I’m too busy with my magnificent business deals to bother with your puny forum, losers.’

The result of the Trump turndown? Few watched or cared about the forum. Winner? Donald J. Trump.

Another big Trump win this week was the second GOP debate. We’ve already written about why Trump won the debate so we won’t repeat ourselves. In an ordinary campaign that would be triumph enough for one week.

Trump’s greatest triumph of the week however was on Thursday. Finally, a presidential candidate did what we suggested so many times. What is it that we have suggested that only Donald Trump has taken to heart? This from our September 11 article this year:

John McCain and Mitt Romney as presidential candidates said Barack Obama was “nice” even as Obama trashed them. This praise of Obama continues even though Obama calls Republicans in opposition to his policies “terrorists”.

It’s a running theme from us: Stop calling Obama “nice”. Call Obama what he is, a nasty bastard. We’ve written it over and over and over. Hillary2008 and now Hillary2016 refuses to listen and that is why that campaign is sinking faster than Obama’s presidency. That clod Mitt Romney never really learned our lesson even as we tried to beat him into it back in 2012:

“Make it explicit. Stop with the clever ads that the politically involved understand. Tell the truth clearly and without fear. Mitt Romney should run an ad that goes something like this:

“Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”

Mitt Romney is and was a loser. Mitt Romney never fully understood or had the cojones to do what had to be done. Donald Trump deep down understands. Donald Trump totally understands everything we wrote in this 2012 article:

Mitt Romney must not whine. Mitt Romney has to strike at Obama’s heart. Mitt Romney must expose Obama for the ugly person he is.

Any American who still thinks Barack Obama is a “nice person” must be shown what a creep Barack Obama is. [snip]

First, clearly and without equivocation make Barack Obama personally responsible for the lies. Don’t blame the Obama campaign, blame Obama himself. Ads should be produced which clearly state something along the lines of: “Barack Obama pretends he is a nice person. But Barack Obama is a dirty Chicago thug and liar. Barack Obama is lying about Mitt Romney. Barack Obama commands his campaign to call Mitt Romney a “felon”. Barack Obama pretends he is nice. But Barack Obama is a nasty thug.” [snip]

Why didn’t Mitt Romney simply say that Barack Obama personally is the source of these nasty attacks. That Barack Obama himself is in full control of his campaign and that Barack Obama is the nasty thug hurling lies and smears at Mitt Romney. Why all the weak language Mitt?

Donald Trump understands what we write. In 2012 we wrote that many of the Romney “attack” ads against Obama sounded more like pro-Obama ads. A few days ago in Dallas Trump attacked on Karl Rove and the money Rove wasted in 2012. Donald Trump made the exact same argument we made repeatedly and with all the examples from the ads of 2012. The “anti-Obama” ads appeared to be pro-Obama ads. Read our article in full and look at the ads we lambasted Read what we wrote and then watch Donald Trump say almost the exact same thing in almost the exact same words:



It’s is not that Trump saw what we saw with those counterproductive ads purportedly against Obama, it’s that Trump then said what needed to be said about Obama. In Dallas Trump attacked Obama directly. Directly. That was a shocker after so many losers like Mitt Romney and John McCain saying nice things about Obama.

Then on Thursday, while other alleged candidates for president rested from the travails of a debate, Donald Trump went to New Hampshire to hold a town hall debate. The first question was about Obama and Muslims. That led to a concerted Big Media outrage campaign alongside the anti-Trump losers on the political spectrum because, get this, Donald Trump did not defend nasty Barack Obama.

Yeah, Big Media and Jeb Bush wanted Donald Trump to be like this loser:



That’s why McCain is a loser and why he lost. Loser, Loser, Loser.

Donald Trump is not a loser. That’s why Donald Trump understands exactly what to say:

Trump defend Obama? ‘I don’t think so!’

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said on Saturday it was not his job to stand up for U.S. President Barack Obama after a man at one of his campaign events said he was a Muslim and “not even an American.”

“Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump drew criticism on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals in the 2016 race for the presidency when he failed to challenge a man at a New Hampshire town hall Thursday night who said Muslims were a problem in the United States.

“We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American,” the man said.

Trump, the billionaire television personality who leads the pack of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination, has cast doubt on whether Obama was born in the United States and therefore qualified to stand as president.

“This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something,” Trump tweeted. “If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!”

That’s a pretty good response right there. But Trump added to the Trumpelishissness with this:

Far from trying to tamp down the controversy, Trump appeared to reach for more in his tweets Saturday morning, implying that Christians have suffered under Obama.

Christians need support in our country (and around the world), their religious liberty is at stake! Obama has been horrible, I will be great,” Trump said.

That’s how you win. Trump knows how to win. Jeb Bush? Jeb Bush is on the McCain/Romney road to ruin:

MACKINAC ISLAND – Jeb Bush took a swipe at Donald Trump on Friday evening for refusing to shut down a supporter who called President Barack Obama a Muslim.

“By the way, he’s an American, he’s a Christian,” the former Florida governor said in a speech here at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a gathering of party activists and officials in Michigan.

That’s the ticket you loser. Do what McCain did. Defend Obama. then when Obama trashes you think about how morally superior you are as you set yourself up to lose you loser.

Jeb Bush proved himself a loser in Mackinac Island with his weakness and defense of Obama – in yet another crapfest meeting with all the other losers in attendance. Count Trump out of this loserfest! Jeb Bush can be content among the other losers reading about the White House attack on Trump and the latest stupidity from Hillary Clinton in her attack on Trump. Hillary, Jeb, these other losers in Mackinac Island have not learned a thing about nasty Obama.

Donald J. Trump is not a loser. That’s why Trump won’t associate with the other losers today in Mackinac Island. Instead, on Saturday night Trump will campaign in Iowa. Expect Trump, Trump, Trump, with no apologies, no craven bow, no fear. Just happy students happy to be with a winner on Saturday night.



Why should Trump fear? The latest polls show Trump still high in the saddle. More importantly, Trump understands why he won the debate, and what that means for the likelihood of his success.

Now that Trump has survived yet another, and biggest of all assaults, on him – it’s time for the GOP establishment to do whatever to Stop Trump. Before the debate we predicted that pawn Carson would be replaced with pawn Fiorina who will flame out as soon as her history is exposed, who will then be replaced with another pawn – all to try to knock out Trump so that JeBush can be the nominee.



The probable next pawn will be John Kasich, we surmised, but Kasich is such a loser he’s spending millions on ads in New Hampshire and barely holding on. So Kasich is a problem pawn. Most all the other candidates have failed as pawns against Trump already. So now there is a new old pawn called to duty:

Can Romney Save Us From Trump?

In a tastefully furnished conference room somewhere in the nation’s capital, leaders of the GOP establishment are popping antacids and shaking their heads. Donald Trump is the face of their party now — and there’s no stopping him.

In the latest CNN poll, his lead has grown, due to increased support among two groups they assumed would grow to hate him: Republican women and college graduates. Every candidate challenging The Donald has seen his numbers drop. Ben Carson may be next over his rather dubious decision to attack Trump on illegal immigration — the issue that propelled Trump to first place in the first place.

If only there were someone out there who could appeal to establishment voters, but also engender support from the rank and file. An outsider who has never worked in Washington. Someone with some “high energy,” without the need for caffeine.

The “outsider” in this bit of foolishness is none other than Mitt Romney. Yup, Mitt Romney. A former governor who ran for president and lost who is the son of a former governor who ran for president and lost is now declared an “outsider” by those who want to stop Trump.

Mitt Romney 2016!!! That’s just about as funny, ok, funnier than Joe Biden 2016. What’s the equivalent to this? Imagine you fell into the ocean and are drowning. A dimwitted sailor hands you a decorative life preserver made of concrete. You put the cement life preserver on. You sink, you drown, you die, you stupid.

That’s what Big Media wanted Donald Trump to do this week. Big Media and the GOP establishment wanted Donald Trump to put on some cement shoes and go jump in a deep lake. But Donald Trump is too smart to don cement shoes like a murder victim in a Mafia hit movie. Donald Trump is too smart. He proved it this week.

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109 thoughts on “@RealDonaldTrump Won’t Wear Cement Shoes – And Other Smart Things Donald Trump Did This Week

  1. Hopefully your analysis is correct as it’s been 24/7 Trump is a bigot, birther and bully. Is he bring the helicopter for the kids?

  2. Admin! GREAT POST!

    AS for this: “MACKINAC ISLAND – Jeb Bush took a swipe at Donald Trump on Friday evening for refusing to shut down a supporter who called President Barack Obama a Muslim.

    “By the way, he’s an American, he’s a Christian,” the former Florida governor said in a speech here at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a gathering of party activists and officials in Michigan.”

    I’LL WILL BET YOU 5KSh (Kenyan Shillings!) MOST of AMERICA Believes the same thing that heckler (plant) said. Funny, that there is no picture of him, no pack of wolverines from the Press, NO ONE LOOKING to call out the RACYYYYYYYIST in the audience. The silence on him and the ATTACK ON TRUMP is deafening. Remember the guy who Obama responded to saying we will “share the wealth?”. HE was HOUNDED to death although it was Obama who made the comment. Obama is a Nasty Bastard, indeed.

  3. Remember when we wrote that the GOP primary was a fix for Jeb Bush that only Trump might be able to stop? We wrote that Trump had upended the Jeb Bush strategy and that the elements put in place by the GOP establishment to fix the election for Jeb Bush now helped Trump. We wrote it this:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2015/08/09/newsflash-its-a-fix-its-trump-or-bush-that-will-win-cruz-rubio-kasich-huckabee-carson-walker-paul-christie-are-losers/

    Why do you dummies think that in the early primaries the delegates won will be distributed proportionate to the margin of victory of the (many) candidates? Why do you fools think that the first state that is winner take all is one of the most delegate rich states and that state happens to be Jeb Bush’s Florida? Why do you numbskulls think that there are only about 10 debates this election cycle compared to the 27 of the last election cycle?

    All of this is designed to help one candidate snuff out the possibility of a debate based campaign from an undercapitalized candidate and to assure that the candidate with the most money and the biggest organization will be the eventual nominee. That was the plan… it was designed to nominate Jeb Bush… the plan would have worked… but then came Trump.

    Today, the New York Times appears to catch on to what we wrote in the beginning of August.

    Here’s the New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/us/new-party-rules-fail-to-speed-up-republican-race.html?_r=0

    Party Rules to Streamline Race May Backfire for G.O.P. [snip]

    But as the sprawling class of 2016 Republican presidential candidates tumbled out of their chaotic second debate last week, it was increasingly clear that those rule changes — from limiting the number of debates to adjusting how delegates are allocated — had failed to bring to the nominating process the order and speed that party leaders had craved. [snip]

    And they said they were increasingly convinced that Donald J. Trump could exploit openings created by the party’s revised rules to capture the nomination or, short of that, to amass enough delegates to be a power broker at the convention. [snip]

    But the evolving Republican landscape also suggests that the party’s changes, like squeezing primaries into a shorter period in hopes that one candidate would break through, are proving no match for a field this big and rambunctious, powered by the forces of populism and anger at Washington, and financed by wealthy benefactors. [snip]

    In the starkest sign of how unsettled the situation is, what once seemed unthinkable — that Mr. Trump could win the Republican nomination — is being treated by many within the Republican establishment as a serious possibility. And one reason his candidacy seems strong is a change by the party in hopes of ending the process earlier: making it possible for states to hold contests in which the winner receives all the delegates, rather than a share based on the vote, starting March 15, two weeks earlier than in the last cycle. Ten states have said they will do so.

    If Mr. Trump draws one-third of the Republican primary vote, as recent polls suggest he will, that could be enough to win in a crowded field. After March 15, he could begin amassing all the delegates in a given state even if he carried it with only a third of the vote. And the later it gets, the harder it becomes for a lead in delegates to be overcome, with fewer state contests remaining in which trailing candidates can attempt comebacks.

    Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to Senator John McCain of Arizona when he ran for president in 2008, said Mr. Trump could also be helped by the fact that candidates like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, with thinner financial resources and therefore likelier to run out of money, are, like Mr. Trump, political outsiders. So their supporters would be more inclined to fall in behind Mr. Trump than, say, Mr. Bush or Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

    “There is a bubble of delusion among Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., with regard to their parties’ respective nominating processes,” Mr. Schmidt said. “There is no magic date upon which the air will come out of the Donald Trump balloon. The notion that Donald Trump cannot be the Republican nominee is completely and totally wrong.”

    The Republican rule changes reflected the lessons learned from Mr. Romney’s defeat, after a long primary fight left him short of money and pulled to the right on issues, weakening him among undecided voters when he faced Mr. Obama. The party compressed its nominating calendar to try to make the process end sooner, limited the number of debates, moved the convention to July from August, barred all but the traditional early nominating states from holding contests until March and shortened the period in which states could hold primaries or caucuses that award delegates proportionally.

    But this was a remedy for a very different campaign from the one now being waged. With 15 candidates in the field, and Mr. Trump at the center of the action, the debates have become ratings bonanzas for the networks and drawn record-setting viewership. And many states, eager to play a more influential role, seized the opportunity to schedule their nominating contests earlier. Eight states in the conservative-dominated South, where insurgent candidates like Mr. Trump could do well, have created a Super Tuesday on March 1, when delegates must still be awarded proportionally.

    “It’s going to go on for a while,” said Karl Rove, a Republican strategist, noting how many delegates will have been distributed after the March 1 contests. [snip]

    It also represents a grudging concession that Mr. Trump may not fade from the scene — and that even if he ultimately loses, he is likely to have enough delegates to be a force at the convention.

    “There’s a growing sense that Donald is going to be in the final four,” said Phil Musser, a Republican strategist. “That means Donald with delegates. And Donald with delegates means an enhanced ability to shape the race.” [snip]

    “Somebody like Trump, who is operating in a crowded field, could put this contest away early if the crowd doesn’t thin out,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, who was a senior adviser to Mr. Romney.

    It’s the rules that matter and the rules we have examined. There’s also that 8 state victory limit the Times does not discuss which we think might prove instrumental. As Hillary2008 did not learn, the rules determine the outcome.

  4. I am disgusted by the activities over Trump’s reaction to the town hall question. Yes, they are LOSERS.

    I am reposting what the Sisters said:

  5. The Navy SEAL applicants undergoing their BUD/S training are repeatedly told that “it pays to be a winner.” Trump is the living embodiment of that ideal.

  6. Norma Desmond, we’re really perplexed about the GOP candidates’ reactions to all of this. We understand why Big Media wants to defend Obama’s honor from the horror of being called a, gasp!, Muslim. But don’t Republican candidates read the polls?:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/252393-poll-majority-of-republicans-thinks-obama-is-a-muslim

    Poll: Majority of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim

    A majority of Republican voters, 54 percent, think that President Obama is a Muslim, according to a new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP).

    Asked whether they thought Obama is a Christian or Muslim or if they were unsure, 32 percent said they were unsure. Fourteen percent said he was a Christian.

    Many right-leaning voters have been deeply skeptical about Obama’s faith since before he became president.

    This is a September 1 poll. Does JeBush read the polls about his own party? Does JeBush know that 54% is a majority. Do any of these people understand how this helps Trump?

  7. JBStonesFan, no helicopter tonight.

    As to the Obama Muslim question we don’t understand why no one points out the bloodline argument.

    In Jewish families being a Jew is determined through the mother’s bloodline. Your mom’s Jewish, you’re Jewish.

    http://www.chabad.org/theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/968282/jewish/Why-Is-Jewishness-Passed-Down-Through-the-Mother.htm

    In the Muslim world being a Muslim is determined via the father’s bloodline. Your father’s a Muslim, you’re a Muslim. Wasn’t Obama’s father a Muslim? So what’s the problem?

  8. I think Trump should answer the next question about Obama’s faith as he did on his own .. simply say “who has the right to question one’s faith …. American’s already know Obama does not have American’s at #1 so simply move on

    I notice CNN is not carrying Donald or did I miss it?

  9. ADmin!!!!! i’ve been saying this forever… irish born to irish catholics = catholic…… born to jews = jewish, born to mormons = mormon, should I keep going… holy crap this is ridiculous.

  10. I think the sisters have the right idea in that WE DO NOT CARE IF HE IS A MUSLIM. HE WILL BE GONE SOON!!!

    Thank whatever God you want to.

  11. From post: Some Trump supporters became concerned when Trump announced he was otherwise preoccupied and sent his regrets.
    ———————–
    That was me, but with hindsight, I’m glad, at least in the public’s eye, he took his time to resume his campaign. As previously noted, his reply was a dandy. I’m also fascinated with his initial response/body language re the Muslim question:
    “We need this question.”
    “It’s the first question.”
    But freedom of speech did prevail.

    Donald Trump Asked About President Obama Being “A Muslim”

  12. “Humble” Donald Trump is forced to acknowledges he is greater than the Pope when it comes to Big Media coverage. Trump also answers back against recent attacks at Faith and Freedom Forum in Iowa:

    Plus, Israel, Iran, 2nd Amendment, etc.

  13. Admin: so many tremendous insights in this article, I scarcely know where to begin.

    First, skipping Heritage was a sound move on many levels. I did not see that originally. But I do now.

    Second, the killer rebuttal to big media, i.e. I have no obligation to defend Obama

    Third, the counter attack he launched on its heels, i.e. Obama responsible for slaughter of Christians

    Fourth, the GOP decision to expand the field and limit the number of debates favors Trump.

    Fifth, Trump stands to inherit the outsider vote, when Carly and Carson collapse.

    Sixth, each of the pawns which big media celebrates today will be gone in a fortnight.

    Seventh, the large number of candidates means Trump can win with 30%–which he has now.

    Eighth, his willingness to cast aside political correctness and call Obama what he is.

    Ninth, his ability to take on the issues others are afraid to talk about.

    Tenth, his pre-emptive take down of establishment front men, i.e. Rove, Will, etc.

    Eleventh, the establishment is in turmoil–Romney in lieu of Bush. Neither has courage or charisma.

    Twelfth, I am sure you know, Trump’s main guy Corey Lewindowski came from the Koch organization.

    Like Donald, he knows how to win.

  14. Admin: political advice as good as yours would command top dollar in many campaigns. If I wrote a memo like yours–with those strategic insights, then I would have no qualms about charging the client $250,000. If you consider what Ed Gillespee charged the Romney campaign, i.e. $36 million–to lose a campaign, rather than to win one, the figure I set on this article is de minimus.

  15. As Hillary2008 did not learn, the rules determine the outcome.

    Except, the rules can be changed at the last minute, as happened to Hillary. And as we all learned, the DNC (and RNC) is a private organization, so they can do what they want. So even as people try to figure out how Trump can win with the revised Republican rules, I’m uneasy, because if it looks like Trump is going to get enough delegates, they might just change the rules mid-election season…

  16. Personally, my gut feeling has always been that Obama is agnostic – but that he definitely, strongly identifies with the Muslim culture, perhaps even to the extent that he wants it to become the majority in each country…

  17. I have not had a chance to read above so this might already be a comment. In one of his books, Obama said something like if push came to shove, he would always stand with the Muslims.

  18. lorac
    September 19, 2015 at 11:33 pm
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    Trump’s trump card is to run as an independent if he feels that the RNC is treating him unfairly by changing the rules. He will take with him a sizable number of voters who would otherwise vote Republican, guaranteeing that the official candidate will lose. That is a leverage that Hillary was not prepared to use when she got shafted by the DNC back in 2008.

  19. Admin-

    In the Muslim world being a Muslim is determined via the father’s bloodline. Your father’s a Muslim, you’re a Muslim. Wasn’t Obama’s father a Muslim? So what’s the problem?

    ————
    By crackie, Obama is at least partly a Muslin, just like he is partly white.

    ‘Birther’, that entire label makes me nutz…anyone else that put up a modified Birth Certificate would be hung from the nearest tree, but Obama and his gal AlmostOneDrop get a free pass.

    BTW, I am teetering on the edge of throwing in the towel for Hillary. I am disgusted with her lack of interest in running for President.

    I am not happy with Trumps mouth either, when everyone is the ‘worst’, a ‘loser’ or ‘horrible’…his adjectives become moot.

    If Hillary continues to run as a coward, I will vote for Trump just to get the damn fence built, if nothing else.

    I am pretty disgusted with this election, so far.

  20. So far, Hillary has continued to play her part as Obama’s Shield Maiden. If she somehow manages to become the official Democratic nominee and continues to sound like Obama’s Stepford Wife, then it’s going to be difficult to resist voting for Trump next year.

  21. I have said it before and will say it again…I love this place…

    btw…I was just thinking last night that I have been coming hear since 2007 as many of us have…

    Can you all believe that we have been here for EIGHT years…wow…times flies…

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

    …and I am developing strong feelings for The Donald…

    …the bottomline problem I have with Hillary’s campaign…even if she starts showing more energy, etc…is that she supports O’s policies…she wants to continue them and go further…immigration, dream act, etc…

    I cannot support another third term of O’s policies…whether it is Hillary or someone else…that is the problem…

    it is not whether I still like Hillary (I do very much)…or if she looks good, etc…it is what she says she will do and what the Democrats stand for right now…they do not want a wall, they want to keep sanctuary cities, and it is not just immigration…

    …the Iran deal…that one…really freaks me out…I feel like the Dems, O, Hillary…have sold out our safety on a big gamble…too big…and I am tired of how irresponsible the Democratic party has become…

    if push comes to shove with the Dims…they will support illegal immigrants over the middle class…they won’t say it like that…but that is what they are doing…and will continue to do…even if it drives our country into “bankruptcy”…for them, 19 TRILLION DOLLARS in debt is ok…

    I simply cannot trust the Democratic party right now…and that is not to say that I trust Republicans…

    I think Donald Trump will take the best from each party and use common sense to restore balance and sanity to our country…

    …and I love how he is a fighter, fearless and won’t give up…

    …and I love how he speaks up on behalf of the American people…

    …he is making it normal again to be proud and to care about being an American and to care about taking care of Americans too…instead of just being taxpayers who fit the bills for governmental fiascos…

  22. http://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2015/09/19/top-ranking-dea-official-signals-support-for-donald-trumps-proposed-border-wall/

    Top-Ranking DEA Official Signals Support For Donald Trump’s Proposed Border Wall

    Jack Riley, the No. 2 at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), signaled support for Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the Southern border in a recent interview centered on hunting down Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News, the acting deputy administrator at the Obama administration’s DEA agency, discussed why the U.S. government is invested in hunting escaped convict El Chapo, the leader of Mexico’s brutal Sinaloa cartel.

    Riley explained why El Chapo and his murderous criminal empire are a threat to the United States.

    The Sinaloa cartel has been dubbed the world’s biggest drug trafficking organization.

    It is behind a heroin epidemic in the United States that is causing a rise in murders and overdose deaths, reports Yahoo News.

    For Riley, who was once the target of an assassination plot by henchmen working for his personal nemesis El Chapo, hunting the Sinaloa cartel boss is personal.

    “Just so you know, I was going to retire — until this dick escaped,” Riley told Yahoo News, later adding, “I’m in it for the long haul.”

    El Chapo escaped from Mexico’s Altiplano maximum-security prison in July. The prison break is the second in Mexico for Guzman, who fled a different maximum-security facility in 2001.

    El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel is reportedly the source of much of the heroin trafficked into the United States.

    Yahoo News asked Riley whether or not Trump’s presidential campaign promise to build a wall along the Southwest border would make a difference.

    “I’m all for anything that would make a difference in stopping criminals and the flow of drugs. I’m a cop. Whatever the policymakers decide, I’ll work with,” responded Riley, signaling support for Trump’s immigration proposal.

    When asked if the U.S. government was doing enough to stem illegal cross-border activity, Riley said, “When you look at the relationships between street gangs and these people — wow. And then you throw in the supply of illegal guns, I don’t know. It’s tough.”

    Yahoo News noted that Riley recently told U.S. lawmakers that heroin seizures along the Southwest border had more than doubled in the last five years. The DEA official also said that the loads of heroin pouring into the U.S. had increased significantly.

    Yahoo News asked Riley to discuss how the heroin is getting into the U.S.

    ‘Virtually anyway you can imagine — from an 18-wheeler to inside a gas tank on a mobile home to a guy doing a backstroke in the Rio Grande with a backpack,” responded the DEA’s No. 2. Sinaloa probably has the best financed research and development of any so-called corporation in the world. Whatever they come up with, they’re going to try.”

    In his immigration reform plan, Trump proposes building a wall along the Southwest border and having Mexico pay for it. He also vows to deport illegal immigrant gang members.

    Trump is the leading presidential candidate of the Republican party. Critics of Trump’s border wall proposal argue that it will be ineffective and too costly to build and maintain.

    The DEA is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

  23. Admin
    One of the news stations yesterday was showing a new poll which had Fiorina leading Trump in New Hampshire. if accurate, isn’t this a sign of a big problem for Trump? Fiorina will obviously not last, but the pounding from the media is thunderous and effective.

    S
    I agree and have said before that I can’t support Hillary’s positions and thus can’t vote for her, despite liking her. However, I watched her yesterday being very nasty about how appalling it was that Trump didn’t defend our great POTUS and for the first time I can say that I didn’t like her…..at all. I know this comment will probably have people urging me to leave the site, but honestly I just don’t know where to go anymore for news and analysis.
    Both CNN and FOX have become unwatchable.

    I also cringe at some of Trump’s comments, but am keeping the larger picture front and center. Right now, Trump is the only candidate offering real change and real solutions. I believe he is very smart and very competent and screw the rest of it. Our government is overloaded with waste and fraud. Hillary won’t change any of that, but Trump could mkae a real dent.

  24. Outris,

    I read your responses from the previous thread. I hear you on outsourcing and sympathetic to the problems that come with it. But that is the nature of global economy. Having been a univ prof I have seen STEM shortage up and close and it is not something to scoff at. You have these students in CS 101 who could not translate word problems and write a 10 line program. America has great universities and higher education but education at high school level and below sucks. In this country, the smarter of the students go for law and medicine where the money is, and in the Indian context, the smarter ones ended up in computer science and IT since at least 2000. And the smartest ones remained home because there are more opportunities back home. My generation of Indians came to America looking for intellectual challenges and pursuits because of lack of opportunities back home at that time, (most of us are IIT and other top school graduates). But now there is plenty going on there and people like us won’t leave — we would not have left. So in that sense, the crop you are getting now through H1 and outsourcing is kind of mediocre. Unlike other immigrants though, Indians do have a choice and are not forced to come here. They are not running away from an oppressive situation in their home country. For America, that would mean a healthy and confident immigrant population who won’t end up on welfare bleeding the system.

  25. Pm we love you here, but clearly tHe dot.coms have been replacing American workers with non Americans, not even negotiable, and these are IT degreed people, not HS students. People who changed careers because the government told them this is where the jobs were, then the companies undercut them for cheaper labor….

  26. gonzotx.. there are different issues getting mixed up here. HS students comment was related to STEM shortage (I taught those HS students coming in as undergrads in the early 1990s during my grad school days and continued to see lack of growth as I became a univ. prof) and how unready the local workforce was for the sudden boom in IT. The other side of it was how ready less expensive workforce from elsewhere in the world was to fill that void. A 50 year old making 100+K being replaced by a 25 year old accepting 50K is a reality in a global economy. I certainly sympathize with the people who lost their jobs to this phenomenon. What is the solution? I don’t think there are easy answers here. Capitalism sucks!?

  27. September 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Pm we love you here, but clearly tHe dot.coms have been replacing American workers with non Americans, not even negotiable, and these are IT degreed people, not HS students. People who changed careers because the government told them this is where the jobs were, then the companies undercut them for cheaper labor….
    _____________
    Thanks Gonzo .

    PM, you made a statement in your posts which underscores the problem and the point with which drives me crazy..

    You said, “the crop you are getting now through H1 and outsourcing is kind of mediocre”. BINGO!!! Excellent American workers replaced by mediocre offshore workers who come here for 2 years and are then replaced by a new batch of fresh mediocre workers. That is a problem. And I’m amazed at how many of these couples happen to have a child while they are here. Believe me, MANY of the workers tell me they want to stay here rather than go back to India.

    Sorry… but it’s all about the $$$ and American workers suffer. And now that the salaries for Indian workers are increasing, IT companies are seeking cheap labor in other places like Ukraine and South America

  28. How ironic

    Nobody wants the working class in their party, except at election time.

    Everybody wants the donor class.

    For the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks:

    Its where the money is.

    It isn’t the emails, or the dynasty business that is holding Hillary back.

    It is the fact that she has allied herself with the donor class.

    And the base understands that

    Even thought they are too fucking stupid to realize that the same it true of Obama.

    Ironically, it is the very fact that they cannot say that about Obama

    That makes them determined to say that about Hillary for the sake of their twisted values

    As for the other party, Reagan brought in the working class, i.e. Reagan democrats

    And Bush, starting with the old man expelled them

    Whereupon, years later, Axelrod announced he did not want them either

    As a result, the working class rallies around Trump and tells them he is their man

    And what do the establishment candidates say?

    Hillary beats the drum of the war on women—and the solution is break the glass ceiling

    Bush says I love Mexicans. But for an accident of birth I would be one of them—a geek

    It the working class that believe is sovereignty, borders and the rule of law.

    The donor class sees them as constraints on their global economic designs and fascist predispositions.

    Also they want to save the planet and do justice as they see it, and not by halves.

    In sum, as Peg Leg Peg has noted, the Republican Party has traded the working class

    For 5000 donors, who give them billions to produce commercials about the working class

    That the working class does not trust and pays no attention to

    Cruz, Mike Lee, et al have embarked upon a great enterprise to save the republic and the party

    As with the Catholic Church in the middle ages, it would not be done from the inside–Erasmus

    It had to be done from the outside, at Wittenberg Germany, by Martin Luther

    Trump plays that same role in our era.

    frayed connection between the American working class and a Republican Party that 35 years ago became their natural, welcoming home and later threw them over to tend to the causes of the donor class. What the GOP got in return was 5,000 donor votes and lots of money with which to make commercials the working class will find neither believable nor even interesting.

  29. Outris,

    but market forces do not make a distinction between excellence and mediocrity at that granularity. You see it because you manage these people and have a direct line of sight. For people at the boardroom level, it is driving a Cadillac to get from point A to point B when the goal is only to get from point A to B — you can still get from point A to point B in a broken Ford which may need stops and restarts along the way but it gets you to point B. The boardroom people will give you, the manager the big bucks to drive that Ford and somehow get to point B. They don’t care how you do it but they know it saves them money.

  30. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/09/donald-trump-calls-out-the-very-severe-problem-with-some-muslims-in-the-us-video/

    DONALD TRUMP: “Some People Say” We’ve Already Had a Muslim President (VIDEO)

    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump destroyed Chuck Todd today on “Meet the Press” not falling into several of the liberal media host’s traps.

    It was just another day at the office for Donald Trump batting away a liberal talking head’s biased questions. Trump would not apologize for not defending Obama saying, “Obama is a capable guy.” Obviously, the media disagrees.

    Trump also was unafraid to call out the “severe problem with Muslims” in the world today. And, Trump also told Todd that there was no way in hell Obama would ever defend him, so get over it.

    Trump was flawless.

    Trump also acknowledged that NBC reported:

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Sunday that there is a “very severe problem” with some Muslims, and declined to say whether he’d support a Muslim president of the United States.

    In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump said that he feels “strongly that Muslims are excellent. I know so many Muslims that are such fabulous people.

    But he continued, ”We can be politically correct and say there is no problem whatsoever, but the fact is, there is a problem with some and it’s a very severe problem and it’s a problem that’s taking place all over the world.”

    Asked by host Chuck Todd whether he’d support a Muslim president, Trump dodged. “Would I be comfortable? I don’t know if we have to address it right now. Some people have said it already happened,” he said.

    The comments are sure to further inflame controversy sparked by Trump last week when he declined to correct a questioner at a New Hampshire town hall who denounced Muslims as a “problem” in the U.S. and asserted both the President follows the religion and wasn’t born in the U.S.

    In a poll taken earlier this year a majority of Democrats did not believe Obama was a Christian.

  31. Let’s see how Carson’s faltering pawn campaign of “nice” survives this Big Media attack:

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150920/us–gop_2016-carson-muslims-3a1c6b3137.html

    GOP candidate Carson: Muslim shouldn’t be elected president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says Islam is antithetical to the Constitution, and he doesn’t believe that a Muslim should be elected president.

    Carson, a devout Christian, says a president’s faith should matter to voters if it runs counter to the values and principles of America.

    Responding to a question during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution.

    “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”

    Big Media is conflicted. Carson was the once pawn to take down Trump. But now Carson says no Muslim should be president. What will Big Media do? Attack Carson or continue with the Carson as pawn strategy? Wait until Fiorina goes against Trump and Carson on Muslims then go all out for Fiorina again?

  32. BIG MEDIA HAS PUT THE WORLD AT RISK . . . .

    The Bear Awakes
    by Richard Fernandez

    1. The United Nations says there are NOW MORE REFUGEES ON THE MOVE THAN AT ANY TIME IN RECORDED HISTORY. They are at levels greater than World War 2. This reflects growing warfare in the world. “In the past five years, at least 15 conflicts have erupted or reignited: eight in Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, northeastern Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and this year in Burundi); three in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, and Yemen); one in Europe (Ukraine) and three in Asia (Kyrgyzstan, and in several areas of Myanmar and Pakistan).

    2. What’ worrisome is that the list is growing longer. Things are not getting better but worse. The 15 new wars are giving rise to instability on their margins and are likely to multiply. Now refugees are beating at the doors of Western Europe, which was heretofore directly untouched. But perhaps the most dangerous recent development are increasing tensions with Russia. To paraphrase president Obama’s jibe at Mitt Romney, which is ironically recoiling on himself, not only are the 80s asking for their foreign policy back, it looks like the 50s are chiming in too.

    3. Julia Ioffe in Foreign Policy says that for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Pentagon is preparing for war with Russia: “Exclusive: The Pentagon Is Preparing New War Plans for a Baltic Battle Against Russia. But the really troubling thing is that in the war games being played, the United States keeps losing.” For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its contingency plans for armed conflict with Russia

    4. To acknowledge that 15 wars have broken out in the last 5 years would be to admit failure. That may be why the president wants to avoid situations where he can be humiliated. As Stephen Sestanovich in the Wall Street Journal argues, president OBAMA IS RELUCTANT TO TALK TO PUTIN IN CASE IT MAKES HIM LOOK WEAK, BECAUSE SUCH A MEETING WILL REVEAL THAT OBAMA HAS NO POLICY. HE IS JUST COVERING UP THE PUNCHES NOW, PRETENDING THEY DO NOT HURT—THUS PROVING WHO IS AND WHO IS NOT ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY. WHEN YOU HAVE NO POLICY, SITTING DOWN WITH YOUR TORMENTOR WILL MERELY ADVERTISE YOUR CONFUSION AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT THEY CANNOT COUNT ON YOU.

    5. THE CHERISHED IMAGE OF EFFORTLESS SUPERIORITY EPITOMIZED BY MESSIAH OBAMA BY WHAT MARK STEYN CALLS “THE (BIG MEDIA) PALACE GUARD IS IN DANGER OF CRACKING UNDER THIS STRAIN. LIKE A PERSON FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS, OBAMA’S MAJESTY NOW HANGS BY THAT SINGLE THREAD. WHEN (NOT IF) THE MUSIC STOPS OBAMA AND HIS HANDLERS WILL CRASH AND BURN.

    6. THIS WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY DONALD TRUMPS WHO RECENTLY RESPONDED TO CRITICISM BY THE BELTWAY ELITES THAT EXCORIATED HIM FOR NOT RISING TO DEFEND THE PRESIDENT’S HONOR AGAINST CHARGES THAT HE IS A MUSLIM. WHEREUPON, TRUMP ASKED: “AM I MORALLY OBLIGATED TO DEFEND OBAMA EVERY TIME SOMEBODY SAYS SOMETHING CONTROVERSIAL ABOUT HIM????????? I DON’T THINK SO.

    7. However Vladimir Putin doesn’t have to play by Beltway media rules. And unlike Trump, Putin’s got nukes. The world is probably in one of its most dangerous conditions since World War 2. Yet the president is unwilling to even face the gravity of the situation for fear of besmirching his reputation. No reputation was ever worth that much.

  33. Does it not seem odd that Kerry is projecting into 2017???
    ———————————-
    It looks like the Donald is getting our mail!
    Published on Sep 13, 2015
    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump spoke about his tax plan, his rising poll numbers and how he will handle the next phase of his presidential campaign. Photo: Chris Buck for The Wall Street Journal
    Donald Trump: “Enough With the Nice!”

  34. Admin, word on the street is that Fiorina is the designated Trump destroyer now. So the inflated balloon of Ben Carson’s poll numbers will disappear soon. And, Fiorina will be the anointed queen to bring down Trump and if she succeeds, she will be brought down with all the skeletons in her closet and then we have the low energy Jeb! as the only guy standing. It is all so transparent sometimes.

  35. I think Biden gets in and it becomes 2008 again as Biden will allow Obama’s plan for a third term by proxy. Obama has enough support amongst all dems to carry Biden and sadly Hillary once again never saw it coming. The Sanders looks will fall into the Biden camp, the AA’s will be told Biden is the best thing to carrying out the Obama legacy and slowly but surely the support for Hillary from the base will cave as it did in 08. Thanks

  36. September 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Pm, all good points but these are generalizations not completely applicable to my situation. Some of our customers do indeed distinguish between excellence and mediocrity, thus some positions are being brought back in house in order to deliver the required level of service and expertise.
    Thanks for your insight.

  37. September 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    JB,
    He may run but don’t think he could win
    1) He’s a stupid f@#k with no redeeming qualities
    2) He’s got enough “Dan Quayle” moments to fill a book
    3) The core democrats are not going to determine this election.

  38. Outris, good.. glad to hear it. I was worried these motherfucking mediocre immigrant workers were ruining your day. You have to spend for the Cadillac when you need a Cadillac.

  39. jbstonesfan
    September 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm
    ————
    More probable than not.

    The general election is where he will get stopped.

  40. Obama said something like if push came to shove, he would always stand with the Muslims.

    The gist is the same, but I think (?) the first part was something like, “should the political winds change…”

  41. This Trump University (now defunct) is new to me – Trump is saying that maybe Obama got this lawsuit going, but it looks like Trump was sued for it by students back in July (although, he jumped into the race in June, I believe, so I guess the several lawsuits could all have been instigated by O). I sure hope Trump wasn’t involved in a “scheme” university…..

    http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/24/news/donald-trump-university-lawsuit/index.html

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/trump-responds-university-lawsuit/2013/08/26/id/522221/

  42. As I stated above, BOTH political parties have abandoned the working class and the middle class, for the donor class, whose interests and goals are fundamentally different, and in some cases hostile to those of the latter. That is where this ground swell is coming from, and debates notwithstanding, the much maligned Trump campaign HAS TAKEN ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN. It is reshaping the media response, how the candidates present themselves, and the risks they take during a campaign. Cruz has figured this out, whereas the others have not. When big media screeched, the other candidates jumped, and Donald said I have no obligation to defend Obama–get real. And then they talk up another candidate, call him or her a challenger, tell half truths, run a phony poll or two and voila requiem for Donald, or so they say. You can spare yourself much grief if you assume that Donald knows exactly what he is doing, and the establishment is in trouble. Not as much as they have inflicted on the nation, but maybe, if we are lucky, they will be called upon to answer for it. In the meantime, here is the evidence:

    TRUMP LAPS THE FIELD’: UP BIG IN TWO POLLS… EXCLUSIVE — TRUMP: ‘THIS MOVEMENT IS ONLY GROWING’

    Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015.

    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet’s nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party’s second debate of the 2015.

    Two of the first, post-September 16 CNN debate polls have been released and they show Donald Trump with a commanding lead.

    Chuck Todd said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “Trump laps the field at 29%, more than double of Ben Carson, and here comes Carly Fiorina moving into third place into double digits at 11% followed by Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96%, and Marco Rubio.”

    In a statement to Breitbart News, Trump declared that these polls prove he was the clear winner of the CNN debate this week. “According to the latest NBC News poll, I continue to dominate the field by a wide margin and was a definitive winner of Wednesday night’s debate,” Trump said.

    “This movement is only growing. Voters are energized and excited about real leadership that will fix the problems we face and get things done unlike the all talk, no action politicians that have failed us for far too long.

    “I look forward to focusing on the issues that matter including illegal immigration, the economy, our military and many others as I continue sharing my vision to Make America Great Again!”

    An NBC poll shows Donald Trump polling at 29%, more than twice the numbers of Dr. Ben Carson. It also shows Carly Fiorina shooting up to third place behind Dr. Carson, at 11%.

    You can see the results of the NBC poll here.Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 9.58.47 AM.

    The CNN/ORC polls shows that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has shot ahead of the pack into second place behind Trump.

    When those polled were asked who they were “most likely to support for the Republican nomination for president in 2016,” Fiorina is up to 15% from 3% in early September. Trump remains in the lead with 24%, but dropping from his high of 32%.

    Florida Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80%
    also received a sizable bump in the polls, climbing from 3% to 11%.

    The biggest loser in the poll was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who dropped from 5% to below 1%. You can read the rest of the CNN polling results here.

    Of the new polls, Donald Trump’s campaign said to Breitbart News, “Both polls reinforce that Mr. Trump is the leader in the race by a wide margin and won the debate. Other candidates will rise and fall depending on individual performance, but Mr. Trump is solidifying his substantial lead.”

  43. pm317

    September 20, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Outris, good.. glad to hear it. I was worried these motherfucking mediocre immigrant workers were ruining your day. You have to spend for the when you need a Cadillac
    __________
    Well…. that escalated quickly. Sorry for sharing my real world experience. Sheesh.

  44. Hillary was all about party over country in 2008, and she seems to still be there. For her to run on O’s record and want to continue it, even to the point of backing his Iran deal, she must be brainwashed that a republican is always going to be worse than a democrat, even after witnessing O first hand. I’ve tried and tried, and there is NO way to rationalize her support of the Iran deal.

    And why is she ignoring the people? Is she only allowing O supporters into her listening tour? There are massive amounts of dems as well as original Hillary supporters who do NOT agree with O’s plans which Hillary is supporting. What’s the deal?

    Either she is being blackmailed (which might account for not having the fire in her belly she used to – although I suppose age could as well), or she truly is not as smart as we thought. Bill sure has totally disappeared (even a low profile, you think you’d see him every so often). It seems like she NEEDS Bill – or at least some non-Obama person who can see what’s happening in the country.

    People are TIRED of politicians, they’re TIRED of the political parties, and these feelings are easy to see – like maybe read some articles? – and she’s clumping along with ear plugs, promising to continue policies that the majority of the country (I believe also the majority of the democrats) very clearly do NOT want.

    Hillary is super-smart, cares about the people, and loves America. Hillary wants to proudly continue Obama policies that the vast majority of Americans don’t want.

    Those two statements do not go together. One of them can’t be true.

    Unless she wants to win the nomination and then throw the general, because she’s somehow too owned (threatened) by Obama…?

    For years I have said she is the last remaining true public servant. I’m feeling really played….

  45. lorac
    September 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm
    ———————–
    I cannot justify Hillary’s behavior. I get so frustrated, I go post stuff on her FB page, but who knows if she is getting it. She had some stupid Hispanic posting her statements in Spanish with bad English Translations. Like were they sabotaging her, or what? No wonder her polls have been tanking. And the Iran deal, OMG.

    She has Bobots running her campaign and it is bad. She needs to fire them and hire Admin.

    I think I am going to post that over there.

    But if we end up with Trump and Hillary as the Presidential Candidates, I will sleep much better at night. It is still over a year until the election. My heart still belongs to Hillary, but I might just end up voting Trump.

  46. Bill has been noticeably quiet…he is such an asset but also can be a detriment if not disciplined. Hillary has the discipline but does not have that those natural political instincts and love of campaigning that Bill mastered decades ago…

  47. She had some stupid Hispanic posting her statements in Spanish with bad English Translations. Like were they sabotaging her, or what?

    Yes, it’s inexcusable. We speak English here (and someone should make that an official law, IMO). If she wants to appeal to people who don’t bother to learn English, then have a separate Spanish website. Her official website should be in correct English. It’s almost like she has given all the reins over to Obama people, and maybe just shows up where they tell her and say what they tell her. Like I said, either she is brainwashed or threatened, I truly don’t know how else to explain it – other than that the whole 2008 thing was a farce….

  48. The media is supporting JeBush on the Florida Gambling stuff. The thing is that we got gambling in 2004 and JeBush was governor here from 1999-2007. Trump had apparently made some tries for gambling with the previous governor, and did contribute to JeBush’s campaign, but the timeline on his push for gambling is fuzzy. But the media is calling it for JeBush.

  49. Paging Mormaer who wrote about Trump’s luck.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys.html?_r=1

    U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys

    KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

    At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.

    Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.

    The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.

    “The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

    The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.

    After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military.

    Four years later, the Army is also trying to forcibly retire Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a Special Forces member who joined Captain Quinn in beating up the commander.

    The Army contends that Martland and others should have looked the other way (a contention that I believe is nonsense),” Representative Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who hopes to save Sergeant Martland’s career, wrote last week to the Pentagon’s inspector general.

    In Sergeant Martland’s case, the Army said it could not comment because of the Privacy Act.

    When asked about American military policy, the spokesman for the American command in Afghanistan, Col. Brian Tribus, wrote in an email: “Generally, allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan military or police personnel would be a matter of domestic Afghan criminal law.” He added that “there would be no express requirement that U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan report it.” An exception, he said, is when rape is being used as a weapon of war. [snip]

    Still, the former lance corporal, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid offending fellow Marines, recalled feeling sickened the day he entered a room on a base and saw three or four men lying on the floor with children between them. “I’m not a hundred percent sure what was happening under the sheet, but I have a pretty good idea of what was going on,” he said.

    But the American policy of treating child sexual abuse as a cultural issue has often alienated the villages whose children are being preyed upon. The pitfalls of the policy emerged clearly as American Special Forces soldiers began to form Afghan Local Police militias to hold villages that American forces had retaken from the Taliban in 2010 and 2011. [snip]

    First, they were told, one of the militia commanders raped a 14- or 15-year-old girl whom he had spotted working in the fields. Captain Quinn informed the provincial police chief, who soon levied punishment. “He got one day in jail, and then she was forced to marry him,” Mr. Quinn said.

    When he asked a superior officer what more he could do, he was told that he had done well to bring it up with local officials but that there was nothing else to be done. “We’re being praised for doing the right thing, and a guy just got away with raping a 14-year-old girl,” Mr. Quinn said. [snip]

    Mr. Quinn said he later heard that the commander had spent the money on dancing boys. Another commander murdered his 12-year-old daughter in a so-called honor killing for having kissed a boy. “There were no repercussions,” Mr. Quinn recalled.

    In September 2011, an Afghan woman, visibly bruised, showed up at an American base with her son, who was limping. One of the Afghan police commanders in the area, Abdul Rahman, had abducted the boy and forced him to become a sex slave, chained to his bed, the woman explained. When she sought her son’s return, she herself was beaten. Her son had eventually been released, but she was afraid it would happen again, she told the Americans on the base.

    She explained that because “her son was such a good-looking kid, he was a status symbol” coveted by local commanders, recalled Mr. Quinn, who did not speak to the woman directly but was told about her visit when he returned to the base from a mission later that day.

  50. This post-debate poll will horrify the GOP establishment
    Updated by Dara Lind on September 19, 2015, 8:00 a.m. ET @DLind dara@vox.com

    There are sixteen major candidates for the Republican nomination for president. All but three of them have been United States senators or state governors at some point in their careers. The other three, according to a Morning Consult poll of people who watched the 11 leading contenders debate this past Wednesday, are leading the race.

    (Note: see graph posted on link below)

    A couple of big caveats: this is Morning Consult’s first campaign season and it isn’t yet a proven pollster, and the people who watched the Republican debates may not represent the party’s primary electorate as a whole. But when you consider that this is a poll of Republicans (and independents who plan to vote in Republican primaries) who are engaged enough to watch an early debate — who one would think are the most engaged voters out there — it gets even more worrisome for the establishment.

    Here are four terrible signs for the GOP establishment in the poll, and one good one:

    1) Political nobodies get an outright majority of debate-watchers’ support

    36 percent of poll respondents support Donald Trump; 12 percent support Ben Carson; and 10 percent support Carly Fiorina. All together, that’s 58 percent of Republican debate-watchers who support one of the three candidates in the race with no experience in elected office whatsoever. To put it another way, none of the twelve candidates in the field with political experience managed to crack 10 percent of the vote.

    2) Fiorina’s rising — but she’s not taking Trump’s support

    Most observers, including the poll’s respondents, agreed Fiorina won the debate. Now, many pundits are portraying her as the new candidate with momentum — implying that she’s seizing it from Trump.

    But Trump not only failed to lose support after a debate where he was largely irrelevant to the proceedings, he actually gained 5 percentage points since the last Morning Connect poll was conducted a week ago. If neither Fiorina’s rise nor his own debate performance has hurt Trump, it’s getting hard to imagine what can.

    3) Jeb Bush’s numbers are dismal — and Scott Walker’s are even worse

    6 percent of poll respondents said they would vote for Jeb Bush. That ties him with Chris Christie for sixth place (behind Trump, Carson and Fiorina, as well as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio). Just like Trump is somehow still gaining support, Bush is somehow still losing it.

    It is definitely bad news for the Republican establishment that their preferred candidate is getting 6 percent in the polls. But the man who was supposed to be his “conservative challenger” is doing even worse. Scott Walker, who when the race started was the closest thing to the candidate of the conservative movement, is polling at 1 percent. He is tied with former New York Governor George Pataki.

    4) The highest-polling elected official is Ted Cruz

    Ted Cruz made his name, nationally, fighting the leadership of his own party in the Senate in the floor fight that resulted in the 2011 government shutdown. Ted Cruz is notoriously disliked by his Republican Senate colleagues. Ted Cruz’s strategy over the last few months has been to buddy up with Donald Trump — even appearing at a rally in DC against the Iran nuclear deal together — in the hopes that when (or if) Trump’s candidacy fades, Cruz will swoop in and take his support. Ted Cruz is, in other words, running against the fact that he is an elected official. Ted Cruz is polling better than all the other elected officials.

    5) But what if all of this is just very good news for Marco Rubio?

    If you are an establishment Republican donor, all of this looks pretty dismal to you. But there is hope! After yet another quietly competent debate performance, Marco Rubio — who was once languishing with Christie and Rand Paul — is rising in the polls and, according to Morning Connect, right behind Cruz.

    Rubio is incredibly amenable to conservative establishment preferences. In fact, the biggest problem with his candidacy so far was that some of the people who might support Rubio were instead backing Jeb Bush. In a happy coincidence, just as Bush’s campaign is looking hopeless — and just as it’s becoming clear that the anti-establishment candidates aren’t going to take each other out on their own — Rubio’s looking a little better. In other words, Marco Rubio has a pretty strong case that if the GOP donor base wants to take down Donald Trump, he, and not Bush, is the candidate they should bet on.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/9/19/9353865/republican-poll-debate-fiorina

  51. “The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

    This is what happens when they push that all cultures are equal. No, they’re not. They didn’t allow these soldiers to be Americans. I took a class where one (male) student said that genital mutilation of females was okay because it “was their culture” – I about jumped out of my chair to tackle him. Human rights never take second place to culture. Shame on these military commanders. They should have been proud of these soldiers for wanting to do what was right. Especially knowing that the people – particularly the little boys – didn’t like it and wanted protection by the Americans. I hope this really comes out, and some *commanders* are held responsible…. and if the word came originally from Bush and/or Obama, I hope the connection is made clear….

    Generally, allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan military or police personnel would be a matter of domestic Afghan criminal law.

    That’s disgusting, it’s like this Iran deal, letting Iran inspect itself….

  52. Thank goodness for admin and Big Pink.

    I feel like I did in 2008, like not having a political party. I mean, mostly I’m okay with it, I even LIKE it (ie, no one owns me). But I have to turn a lot to rightward websites to hear more of the truth that the media won’t tell you – and – oy – there’s a lot of sexism still on that side – even misogynistic women. It blows me away. It’s not that they don’t support women for higher office, because they do – but if they don’t like that woman, even one on “their side”, it’s misogyny central….

  53. I think the Pope should minister to the Catholics, and leave the rest of us alone.

    He is coming at this thing from a Marxist viewpoint.

    You have heard of Saving Private Ryan.

    Well, how about Saving John Boehner?

    Memo in the language of Mission Impossible:

    To Pope Francis:

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to keep John Boehner out of the beer halls and bordellos during the other six days of the week. Or hear his weakly confessions from now on.

    That will test his faith—the Pope’s not Boehner’s.

    Boehner’s faith is sustained by donor contributions.

    The bidding starts at 30 pieces of silver.

  54. Dick Morris sees the same problem with Carly that we do . . . . He tells us how the democrats will use her business record against her . . . he concludes by saying let’s not make the same mistake twice . . to which I say . . . why not . . . we are talking about establishment republicans, are we not? Doubling down on mistakes . . . this is what they do, as a matter of course.
    ——–

    Carly Fiorina is a skilled advocate for the private sector, for limited government, against crazy regulations and for lower taxes. She is a Republican dream. In the debate, she showed how conversant she is with defense matters and her ability to summon passion and commitment in her answers triggered widespread admiration.

    But…

    She has several key vulnerabilities that we have to take seriously. The worst is the way Democrats can successfully twist her business record to her own disadvantage. Haven’t we just lived through the Romney catastrophe? Didn’t we all hear Republican primary rivals like Newt Gingrich decrying Mitt’s record at Bain Capital only to nominate him anyway and then watch Obama tear him to pieces using the same arguments? What is acceptable in business makes for a very bad record in politics.

    Our thanks to Chris Cillizza, who writes “The Fix” blog for the Washington Post, for reminding us of just how vulnerable Carly’s Hewlett Packard record left her. He reminds us that she was closing in on California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in their epic 2010 contest. A few weeks before Election Day, they were locked in a statistical tie. Then Boxer threw the HP punch.

    Her ad noted that Fiorina had laid off 30,000 workers at HP. It played a film clip of Carly saying: “when you’re talking about massive layoffs — which we did — perhaps the work needs to be done somewhere else?” Then the announcer says “Fiorina shipped jobs to China and while Californians lost their jobs, Carly Fiorina tripled her salary, bought a million dollar yacht and five corporate jets.” The lethal ad ends by playing a clip of Carly saying “I’m proud of my record at Hewlett Packard.”

    This is just the kind of ad we don’t want to see in October, likely this time replete with testimonials from workers who have lost their jobs.

    In California, the damage to Fiorina was mortal. She fell apart the moment the ad started to run and lost by ten points.

    With the current animus for high priced corporate executives who make millions while laying off workers and outsourcing jobs, there is no reason to make our hopes for the White House hinge on the ability of one such CEO to justify her actions. To Republicans, it doesn’t matter. We get it that you often have to lay off workers and outsource to protect the remaining jobs still in the U.S. But if Romney taught us anything it is that voters don’t get it.

    Let’s not make the same mistake twice.

  55. I sort of like Putin, in a platonic way.

    He certainly knows how to use power, and he does not blink.

    By contrast . . .

    I hate that fucking Obama, which okay, because he hates the country.

    He does not blink either. He turns tail and runs.

    Putin is the stalker, and Obama is Little Ms. Bopeep.

    You can see why Obama is frightened of him.

    Cause Putin is only to happy show the big media beloved messiah

    Which of the two is on the wrong side of history.

  56. wbboei
    September 21, 2015 at 2:34 am

    And old colleague called Fiorina “the Power Point Princess” last week while we were catching up. He said she speaks in memorized and honed power point speak for the board of directors and other dummies. He said it is a bunch of crap learned in business school and picked up from motivational speaking seminars. He also said she was a number cruncher without any understanding of the numbers. She is a scammer and climber. This is the nicer things he said about her. LOL.

  57. admin
    September 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Paging Mormaer who wrote about Trump’s luck.

    Yeah. He’s got it. Or he has a pipeline into the O administration or media before stories break. Maybe both. The public is ready for some luck since Obama doesn’t seem to have any but bad. Of course you have to be ready to hit on your good luck and Obama never is so that is a big part of it. You have to train yourself to take advantage of opportunities also which Trump has done all of his life.

  58. Carly the big fat nothing-burger. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/09/carly-fiorina-ceo-jeffrey-sonnenfeld-2016-213163#ixzz3mKnDy5Rk

    Princeton business professor and associate dean Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes “As Fiorina admits, I have been critical of her for over a decade—long before she announced her political aspirations. I have studied her business record, challenged her leadership abilities and have come to agree with the assessment that she was one of the worst technology CEOs in history. I stand by that evaluation.”

    Trump lucks out again!

  59. Larry Johnson has an article on Carly’s faux military expertise. Power point princess seems apt the way she rattles those memorized talking points (who needs a teleprompter if you can keep it all in your head).

    In our house, we have a metric called ‘scary’ for these candidates and Carly, Carson, Cruz, Huckabee and Walker to some extent, are all scary.

  60. If there is hell on earth, it is some of those middle eastern countries. I had read about child abuse in countries like Afghanistan sometime ago, may be in connection with Taliban. That article Admin linked and it happening on our bases and people condoning it are all highly repulsive. I missed what Trump said about it before this article was published.

  61. Horse face is using her deceased step daughter on the political trail like Biden and his deceased son…disgusting.

    Trying to make herself warm and fuzzy instead of the woman who outsourced 30000 jobs, gave herself a triple raise,bought 5 company jets, left with 100 million in her pocket.

  62. Carly is the Pearl Chavez of this election cycle:

    “And this is what the legend says – a flower, known nowhere else, grows from out of the desperate crags where Pearl vanished. Pearl – who was herself a wild flower sprung from the hard clay, quick to blossom and early to die. (From Duel In The Sun introduction, narrated by the estimable Orsen Wells)”

  63. The full quote:

    Deep among the lonely sun-baked hills of Texas, the great and weatherbeaten stone still stands. The Comanches called it Squaw’s Head Rock. Time cannot change its impassive face, nor dim the legend of the wild young lovers who found Heaven and Hell in the shadows of the rock. For when the sun is low and the cold wind blows across the desert, there are those of Indian blood who still speak of Pearl Chavez, the half-breed girl from down along the border, and of the laughing outlaw with whom she here kept a final rendezvous, never to be seen again… And this is what the legend says: A flower, known nowhere else, grows from out of the desperate crags where Pearl vanished. Pearl, who was herself a wild flower, sprung from the hard clay – quick to blossom and early to die.

  64. gonzotx
    September 21, 2015 at 11:19 am
    Horse face is using her deceased step daughter on the political trail like Biden and his deceased son…disgusting.
    ——–
    Making a market in the macabre is great fun, just as long as no one bothers to act, was this tragedy in any way related to their failure as parents. Until that question gets asked, or people start thinking about it, its le bon temps roule Day of the Dead chivaree, which may help rope and hog tie the illegal Mexican vote, since Mexico has a holiday by that name, somewhere around Halloween. In Biden’s case however, it ain’t Halloween, its a hollow weenie.

  65. Thanks for the heads-up Lorac. Fortunately we document our work with links (as in the current article with links to our articles from the 2012 and 2008 campaigns) to demonstrate our bona fides and development of thought. We first mentioned “Donald Trump” on this website, and did so favorably in March of 2009. In a quick romp through our archives we found The Trump Card written in April of 2011 which is eerily similar to what we write these days. That early article makes us 4 Aces. Anyone who can cite an earlier article they wrote along these lines gets our congratulations. Our The Trump Card includes such gems which are relevant for today such as:

    By seizing an issue without fear and making it almost 100% his own, Donald Trump is rising in the only public opinion polls that matter at the moment to potential candidates for president. [snip]

    Watching Donald Trump on his many appearances lately is a demonstration of how to go after Obama without fear. [snip]

    What Trump is doing is connecting the dots. Americans don’t know who Obama is or what he stands for other than his own self-advancement. What The Donald is doing is bringing to technicolor our own Big Pink mantra “Obama can’t be trusted….” Donald Trump is saying what needs to be said if Obama is going to be removed and sent packing back to the Rezko house (Hey Donald, don’t forget REZKO and the house!).

    We wrote that in 2011 and there’s a hell of a lot more we wrote back then that predates what anyone else is writing today. (By the way, that Trump Card article reads as if it was written this weekend, not 2011). We also wrote The Trump Card versus the Race Card back in 2011 which is also relevant to contemporary discussions.

    Every so often an ignoramus attacks us even as they compliment what we write. The charge is that we “borrowed” or outright plagiarized something. But if they would only check our archives before making such a ridiculous charge against us (unlike Joe Biden we take the plagiarism charge seriously and will refute it with facts and cite articles) they would realize that we are so often ahead of the curve it is our accuracy that stuns them not any intellectual “theft”. If their concern is for “credit” where it is due they can pay homage to Big Pink.

    Of course, we understand from checking your link that it is not the authors that make the plagiarism charge. The first time we ever visited that site was during the Trayvon Martin days when they wrote a very good article on the drugs Trayvon was taking and the article circulated in places such as Legal Insurrection. We referenced them and gave all due respect. Nothing we have ever written has been even in the slightest bit influenced by anything on that site. That site did not even exist when we first wrote about Donald Trump nor did it provide the coverage of Trump we did during the 2012 elections (much of which is what we write about now). We also doubt the author(s) of that article are “stealing” from us. More likely we are all writing what is obvious to any that will willingly see.

    We also read something there about us and Hillbuzz. We never had anything to do at all with Hillbuzz so don’t understand what that is about. The head guy at Hillbuzz once sent us an email to tell us that Big Pink was his inspiration for starting Hillbuzz and that was nice of him – but we never had anything to do with Hillbuzz and Hillbuzz never had anything to do with us although we appreciated all the sites inspired to publish due to our example.

    Sometimes after the 2008 campaign we received emails (and the rare comment) accusing us of the same silliness. We would always note that those websites didn’t even exist at the time we wrote the article they complained of. Sheepishly, the accuser instead of apologizing, simply never answered our retort. Which brings us to our most important point.

    Back in 2007 we were the only pro Hillary Clinton website other than the official Hillary website. There were some websites that wrote positively about Hillary but they also wrote positively about all the candidates. We were the only bare naked partisan Hillary website on the net – a fact that still astonishes us. Back then Hillary supporters were found in the comments sections of some websites but these voices were timid and beat up on regularly by the leftist mobs.

    Only after Hillary lost in Iowa did some websites declare themselves to be pro-Hillary. Only then did the timed Hillary supporters begin to cite us and speak like us even as they were rounded up and expelled wholesale from sites such as DailyKooks. But after Iowa it was too late. When it was time to speak up and support Hillary in 2007 too many voices were silent, whiny, or apologetic. It took the massive Iowa defeat for the timid to become partisans and fight like we fought.

    That’s not what we see with Trump.

    While the overwhelming amount of Republican/conservative and middle organizations and websites attack Trump there are a few websites that have recently sprouted, or like Conservative Treehouse, that openly defend Trump and sound the alarm bells. The comments sections too are completely different from Hillary2008. As ugly as the big conservative websites’ attacks on Trump are their comments sections are boisterous, powerful, fearless defenders of Trump. These comments sections are what have the GOP establishment in fear. The dogs are refusing to eat the dog food provided and opening up their own can of whip-ass in support of Trump.

    Again, that is not what we saw in 2008 with Hillary. Donald Trump in 2016 has a lot of “angry as Hell and ain’t gonna take it anymore” fighters. This makes us happy. We like fighters. We don’t like whiners. Never have, never will. Let a thousand fighters bloom!

  66. to reinforce Admin’s statements…as i mentioned I had just been reflecting on all “we” have been through here and up above had just said…

    S

    September 20, 2015 at 4:39 am

    I have said it before and will say it again…I love this place…

    btw…I was just thinking last night that I have been coming hear since 2007 as many of us have…

    Can you all believe that we have been here for EIGHT years…wow…time flies…

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

  67. fighters like fighters…I think most of us here are truth seekers…even if it is difficult to face reality…most of us are not in denial…and we will put country before party…especially if our party is going in the wrong direction…we don’t mince words here…

    and I have said many times over the years that Admin is fearless and so courageous…and creative…especially when it might have even been dangerous to be so…

    and added these sentiments…

    S

    September 20, 2015 at 4:39 am
    ***********************************

    I think Donald Trump will take the best from each party and use common sense to restore balance and sanity to our country…

    …and I love how he is a fighter, fearless and won’t give up…

    …and I love how he speaks up on behalf of the American people…

    …he is making it normal again to be proud and to care about being an American and to care about taking care of Americans too…instead of just being taxpayers who fit the bills for governmental fiascos…

  68. MEMORANDUM

    To Big Media

    From: Mark Stein

    Subject: Fuck Off

    Executive Summary: (Big Media’s condemnation of Trump’s failure to rebuke the man who said Obama was a Muslim is): a super-fake-o lame-ass nothing controversy that you dowager duchesses of the press are having the vapors about is precisely why the political process has fallen into such disrepute and your own industry is bankrupt. No real person cares about this “scandal”. So, unless you’ve got a question about the economy or immigration or something real, screw off outta here.

    Get Lost, You Palace-Guard Creeps
    by Mark Steyn
    Steyn on America
    September 19, 2015

    Isis prepare to behead a group of Christian men on a beach in Libya

    As the week ended, Obama’s palace guard in the American media were demanding that every other Republican candidate distance himself from Donald Trump’s failure to correct, among thousands of attendees at his events, one who apparently is under the reprehensible illusion that the President is a Muslim.

    Any candidate who plays this game with the Obamamedia is a fool.

    Assuming for the sake of argument that the questioner is genuine and not a plant (like, say, the 14-year old all-American schoolboy clockmaker who didn’t make a clock at all and is the son of a belligerent Muslim activist and perennial Sudanese presidential candidate whose brother runs a trucking company amusingly called Twin Towers Transportation), putting all of that to one side, there are several entirely reasonable responses one could make to the gentlemen of the press:

    1) Unlike Hillary Clinton’s under-attended “rallies”, a voter doesn’t have to undergo a background check or sign a piece of paper pledging to support her in the election before being permitted into a Republican candidate’s presence. So at our campaign events there are all kinds of people with all kinds of views – and it goes without saying I won’t agree with them all. If you find that odd, maybe you’ve been covering Hillary too long.

    2) Why does one Republican candidate’s “scandal” get hung around the neck of every other guy’s? I’ll answer your question to me about Donald Trump’s ‘gaffe’ after you ask Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee and Joe Biden about Hillary Clinton’s server and how she handled Benghazi. Till then, get lost.

    3) In the normal course of events, the President – who is supposed to serve as president of all the people, not just the half of the country that voted for him – should command a certain respect. But this particular president has compared the members of the loyal opposition to terrorists and to the more hardcore Iranian ayatollahs. And none of you media bigfeet huffing and puffing about lèse-majesté gave a crap about that. So, if you’ll forgive me, as someone designated a terrorist and ayatollah by Obama, I’m disinclined to rise to defend the President’s amour propre. Go hector someone else.

    4) As to respect for the office, the President is so respectful of the papacy that his White House reception for Pope Francis will be filled with gay bishops, transgender activists and pro-abortion nuns. Apparently His Holiness is expected to have a thicker skin about dissenting voices than King Barack.

    5) If I understand you shrill little twerps correctly, I’m supposed to point out to this guy in New Hampshire that the President is not a Muslim but a Christian. Well, his father and step-father were both Muslims, which means, as far as Islam is concerned, he was born a Muslim. Has he renounced it? My fellow candidate Ted Cruz entered this world in Calgary, Alberta in 1970, which means that he was born a British subject and a citizen of Canada. I don’t suppose the Queen cares about that one way or the other – unlike your average Islamic scholar in Qom or Cairo. Yet you media types made such a big deal out of it that Ted was obliged to write to Ottawa to renounce even any theoretical Canadianness. Have you inquired of your buddy the President whether he’s done anything similarly clarifying?

    6) As to whether he’s a Christian, have you asked him whether he has attended even semi-regularly any church other than that of Jeremiah (“God damn America”) Wright? A man is free to attend the Westboro Baptist Church but if he chooses to do so I’m not obligated to defend his Christianity. And frankly, whatever the President’s personal faith, there is no dispute that his leadership of the western world has been an utter catastrophe for Christians around the planet. Some of the oldest Christian communities on earth have been entirely extinguished on Obama’s watch: in Mosul, Iraq, which was an American protectorate on the day he took office, not a single Christian remains. Every single one of them is dead or fled. So, instead of jumping through your preposterous hoops and speaking up for the most powerful man in the world, I would rather speak up for the powerless – for the Nigerian schoolgirls, for the Yazidi, for the Copts in Egypt, and for all the other beleaguered Christian communities in the world this feckless president has set alight and watched burn.

    7) Oh, and one other thing. This kind of super-fake-o lame-ass nothing controversy that you dowager duchesses of the press are having the vapors about is precisely why the political process has fallen into such disrepute and your own industry is bankrupt. No real person cares about this “scandal”. So, unless you’ve got a question about the economy or immigration or something real, screw off outta here.

  69. even quicker….lol…

    Republican Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker has dropped out of the race to become the next U.S. president

    Breaking now, lol, not even 2 days.

  70. admin
    September 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm
    ———
    You have been right so long and for so often, that, well, if it were me, and not because I was tooting my horn, or hoping that someone would hire me to run a campaign–although my guess is, you have done that because you have the instincts for it—not just tactical, but strategic—I mean I would be inclined to do one article noting all the times you have been right, and conventional thinking has been wrong. I do not know how you feel about that, but a new visitor to this site, or even a casual one that flits in and out like a butterfly, might well miss the sound advice you have given and the elegant sustained argument you have advanced, which goes to the larger question of why, in the entire blogsphere, yours should be marked for serious reading by anyone interested in seeing past the big media morass of crap to the truth. Its something to consider.

  71. You may not like the idea of self promotion/ Neither do I, but I name drop from time to time, to annotate what I am saying. Yea, there is too much self promotion–by people who have nothing of substance to offer from whence cometh the celebrity, i.e. famous for being famous. But. Sometimes it is the only way to get important insights noticed. At this point I plan to see Chelsie when she is in town, and if I do, I will give her the Hillaryis44 pin which you sent me in 2007.

  72. It has been a long time that most of us have come here for relief, administrator’s wisdom and the other truly gifted bloggers …I came in 2008 and truthfully it’s been a really miserable country for almost 8 years. I have little joy watching our nation, as promised, being transformed by Obama, but there is little we can do to stop it. I have watched as old school democrats like most of us are now considered angry, out of touch, bitter, etc..I expect the worst, and hope the the best;)

  73. Walker bows out attacking front runner (Trump)…may have been promised something down the line by the party elites?

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