Heatwave!!! Summer of Trump Scorches On!!!

Christmas in two weeks. The weather however says it is Summer.



It’s Summer of Trump. In New York City, forecasts aim a near seventy degree weather. In the capital the forecast hits seventy too for several days. It’s Summer of Trump big time.



It’s positively sizzling in Georgia:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is the overwhelming leader in the Georgia primary, according to a poll released Friday.

The Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll, first reported by Channel 2 News in Atlanta, shows the real estate mogul with 43.1 percent support in the Peach State, distantly followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), with 16.2 percent.



Grab the suntan lotion Donald Trump:

A New England police union voted to endorse Donald Trump Thursday evening, marking the Republican presidential front-runner’s first major endorsement in the early voting state of New Hampshire.

Trump announced his newfound support shortly after members of the New England Police Benevolent Association’s executive board members emerged from a meeting where they discussed the leading GOP candidate.

According to Jerry Flynn, executive director of the union, the benevolent association boast a membership of nearly 5,000 law enforcement and corrections officers from an estimated 200 precincts.



While sizzling in the sun at the beach there is often a wisp of a cloud that tries to stop the rays:

The Secret Plan To Nominate Mitt Romney From The Convention Floor

Those wispy clouds try to gather and block the sun’s rays:

Republican officials and leading figures in the party’s establishment are preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention as businessman Donald Trump continues to sit atop the polls in the GOP presidential race.

More than 20 of them convened Monday near the Capitol for a dinner held by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, and the prospect of Trump nearing next year’s nominating convention in Cleveland with a significant number of delegates dominated the discussion, according to five people familiar with the meeting.

Weighing in on that scenario as Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listened, several longtime Republican power brokers argued that if the controversial billionaire storms through the primaries, the party’s establishment must lay the groundwork for a floor fight in which the GOP’s mainstream wing could coalesce around an alternative, the people said.

The development represents a major shift for veteran Republican strategists, who until this month had spoken of a brokered convention only in the most hypothetical terms — and had tried to encourage a drama-free nomination by limiting debates and setting an earlier convention date.

Now, those same leaders see a floor fight as a real possibility. And so does Trump, who said in an interview last week that he, too, is preparing.

But that sun climate changes the intruding suckers double quick time. Those that think they can block the Summer of Trump from heating things up – better think again. This isn’t 2008 when Hillary Clinton refused to fight as the nomination was gifted to Barack Obama. Donald Trump Summer will scorch. If the GOP establishment tries to block Trump from the nomination and gift the nomination to Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio the nomination won’t be worth dog sh#t under a shoe in August.

The wispy Summer of Trump clouds try to block the sun but they are soon burned away. Call the doctor:

Ben Carson blasts RNC, threatens to leave Republican Party

‘I will not sit by and watch a theft,’ he says.

Ben Carson on Friday blasted the Republican National Committee following a Washington Post report that nearly two-dozen establishment party figures were prepping for a potential brokered convention as Donald Trump continues to lead most polls. [snip]

“If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” Carson said in a statement released by his campaign. [snip]

The retired neurosurgeon said that next summer’s Cleveland convention could be the last Republican National Convention if leaders try to manipulate it.

“I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald,” Carson said. “But I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee then we have a massive problem.”



In Summer of Trump time, the GOP establishment plots and schemes melt away like ice cream cones in August heat. That’s ’cause the people – are revolting:

Why would the people believe they are being lied to by politicians? Obama:

Almost Immediately Upon Hearing Word of the San Bernadino Shootings, Obama Ordered FBI To Downplay “Terror” Angle, Convened Meeting of NSC to Plot “PR” Response

You don’t say. [snip]

And as you know, the National Security Council is chiefly tasked with providing Public Relations cover for failing, weak presidents. Right?

A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP that the FBI instantly believed the shooting, which left 14 dead, to be a clear act of terrorism. The White House, however, didn’t feel the same way and quickly moved in to squash the terror classification.

This source added that as soon as the shooting took place, Obama convened a meeting with the National Security Council and the heads of other federal enforcement agencies to discuss a public relations strategy.

Zogby scores Trump at 38%. Morning Consult has Trump at 41%. CBS has Trump at 35%. Reuters has Trump at 37%. Gravis has Trump at 42%.

It’s endless Summer of Trump.



Hotter than a match head.

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167 thoughts on “Heatwave!!! Summer of Trump Scorches On!!!

  1. Carson’s threat to leave the party will carry more weight if Cruz threatens to do the same thing, but I doubt Cruz will do that.

  2. If those scum suckers think they can bypass the electorate, I can assure you, the electorate will storm the citadel and give Mittens his magical underwear on a silver platter. Bet on it.

  3. from michelle whitedove jan 2015

    2016 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION:

    For candidates I see Hilary Clinton, Jeb Bush and a dark horse. I predict that this will be the last election as we have known it. Finally it will be obvious to most people that the 2016 election is fixed, it’s a complete sham. Our Government has sold us out. We are not free to elect our president. Another shattered illusion – time to rise up!

  4. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-coming-republican-immigration-civil-war/article/2578034

    The coming Republican immigration civil war

    “This is not conservatism.” With those four simple words, House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entry into the United States until the federal government gets terrorism committed in the name of Islam figured out.

    “This is not what our party stands for,” Ryan added, “and, more importantly, it’s not what our country stands for.”

    That may depend on how the party is defined. While elected Republicans have almost unanimously distanced themselves from Trump’s Muslim gambit, one poll found that nearly two-thirds of GOP voters agreed with him. Another determined that more than three-fourths believe the United States is accepting too many immigrants from the Middle East.

    There is a civil war in the Republican Party on immigration. Those on Trump’s side tend to see the enemy as including the party’s leadership, consultants, intellectuals and donor class. (The dust-up over Trump and Muslims is likely to bolster that perception.) [snip]

    Trump isn’t the most articulate or consistent spokesman for immigration control in the GOP. That distinction goes to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. And Trump’s Republican critics would be the first to point out he isn’t the most conservative. But his rise has fueled a family argument inside the party about how conservatives should view immigration. [snip]

    In this telling, immigration affirms the truths we hold to be self-evident, particularly that all men are created equal and the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. The willingness of immigrants to come here is a testament to the success of those principles. “Immigration,” writes veteran conservative columnist George Will, “is the entrepreneurial act of taking the risk of uprooting oneself and plunging into uncertainty.”

    Restricting immigration, according to these Republicans, isn’t conservative because it requires government bureaucracies to interfere in labor markets. Immigration is like free trade and restricting it is like protectionism.

    Adherents of the other immigration view tend to see America as a historic people, not an ideological abstraction. They also look at immigration as the pre-eminent national security issue. They may not go as far as Trump, but they worry less about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria than the Islamic State in San Bernardino.

    According to this side of the argument, too much immigration can also alter the political character of the host country. It has already changed California from a state that twice elected Reagan governor and five times gave its electoral votes to Reagan and Richard Nixon to one where Barack Obama twice exceeded 60 percent of the vote.

    Effecting such a transformation at the national level, these Republicans argue, would frustrate just about every conservative policy objective and instead validate the thesis of hopeful progressive polemics like The Emerging Democratic Majority.

    To these conservatives, current immigration policy is less like free trade than corporate welfare. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., defeated a sitting House majority leader in a Republican primary in part by running on this argument. It’s also central to the thesis of a recent book-length critique of H-1B visas and similar guest-worker programs co-authored by the popular conservative commentator Michelle Malkin.

    Not everyone falls into one immigration camp or the other and many Republicans borrow some views from each. Most conservatives who want more immigration stop well short of supporting open borders. Most who want to keep immigration levels the same or even cut them are more measured than Trump.

  5. “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  6. The mysterious jihadi bride who helped her husband kill 14 and wound 22 in last week’s terror attack in San Bernardino could get the unceremonious – and un-Islamic – funeral she deserves, as no Muslim leaders want anything to do with her, FoxNews.com has learned.

    The bullet-riddled body of Tashfeen Malik is still at the San Bernardino County morgue, along with that of her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook. But while his remains are expected to soon be released to his family, community and mosque leaders are treating her corpse like a hot potato.

    “No one wants to claim her and no one wants to do the funeral,” a well-placed source within the Muslim community told FoxNews.com. “They are all waiting for someone else to be the one to take care of this part of it.”

    (Fox)

  7. Been quiet for awhile. There is a lot going on at home. We have a new president. he old president was corrupt, but money was available for the people. This one is supposedly NOT corrupt, but definitely inept, and he is bankrupting the country – fast. His policies are garbage and he moves just slightly quicker than tectonic plates where no fault exists.

    I am truly at a loss about Hillary. For someone so smart, so accomplished, and (at one time) so in tune with the heartbeat of this nation, to so completely miss the mood of the nation right now. On one hand, Hillary completely impresses me and I want her to be in the White House. There truly isn’t another person in this country more able, more ready and better suited. And I am tired of living under authority that doesn’t know what the hell they are doing.

    But she terrifies me as well. There truly isn’t another person in this country more able, more ready and better suited to carrying out whatever plans she gets it in her mind to carry out. And I believe her when she speculates as to how to continue the policies of bumbles the goat. I cringe when she applauds the ACA. I get nauseous when defends the deal struck with Iran. I cry a little when she backs the buffoon’s stances on immigration, gun control, education, etc. I feel that way because HILLARY IS CAPABLE OF ACCOMPLISHING THOSE GOALS.

    I’m tired of president’s that don’t know what they are doing. They do more harm than good. That is what scares me about Trump. Even if you want to upset the apple cart and start all over, its not something you can do in a day, AND its something that has actual real world consequences. However honest Trump sounds, many of the things he is suggesting are simply untenable. But as his supporter above so eloquently put it, he is telling the truth. He is saying what I am thinking, sure. But his inexperience shows with the way he speaks. Its too blunt, not statesmans enough. And regardless how you feel about other countries in the world, the United States cannot bully its way through every situation.

    But it CAN bully its way through SOME situations. Trump brings that. The United States does not have to lose in every contract or treaty it enters into. Trump brings that. There is something to be said for American pride. Trump brings that.

    Where there is life, there is hope. I truly hope that Hillary has some sort of master plan. Since I don’t see it, I’m at a loss for words. While I love her, support for her is a completely different story.

    Hillary 2016?

  8. TheRock
    December 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm
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    I so agree. All I know right now is that my country needs Trump to be the Republican Nominee and Hillary to be the Democratic Nominee. Which one for POTUS has yet to be seen.

  9. Shadowfax
    December 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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    Not only that, they should have been washed and buried by the end of the day too when they were killed according to Islam.

  10. China continues to implode. It is getting ugly and they are devaluing their money.

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/china-has-officially-joined-the-currency-wars/

    Until the imbalances are fixed and China takes its losses, and stops the easy money policies, outflows will continue and the regime will face continued pressure to devalue.

    So far, the regime has managed the decline by selling foreign exchange reserves. Purely from an economic point of view and disregarding the IMF power politics, it would be better to correct the imbalances with a one-off devaluation.

    History teaches us that countries spend foreign exchange reserves to defend their currencies and most have to devalue in spite of it. The Russian ruble is a good example from the recent past; the Asian currencies and the British pound are good ones from the 1990s.

    So if you can’t have your cake and eat it too, why not just keep it?

  11. Tony

    And now no one wants her rotting carcass.

    What Hell their poor little child will go though when she is old enough to learn of her killer parents.

  12. he moves just slightly quicker than tectonic plates where no fault exists.

    The Rock- that isn’t just a great description of Obama, it’s also beautiful and descriptive all on its own!

  13. In New York City, forecasts aim a near seventy degree weather. In the capital the forecast hits seventy too for several days. It’s Summer of Trump big time.

    Oh, man, must be nice! I wish the summer of Trump would come HERE! I’m FREEZING! It’s raining (CA style) and actually thundering and lightening (which is rare, and which I enjoy).

    It’s 64 (64!!!!) inside my house and I don’t have a heater in my house in SoCal! Ok, I have a space heater, and I pulled it out, and we’re all barricaded in the bedroom using the little space heater as if it were a fireplace 🙂

    I’m trying to bring out my midwestern training – next step: layers!!!! Of course, I don’t HAVE winter clothes to layer, so I’ll find something to work lol
    .

  14. Sixty four degrees? Nice! It’s in the 40’s here in the Puget Sound in Washington and raining every day, and I’m flying into Ontario on Sunday to work for a week in Loma Linda. Hopefully I’ll see a little California sunshine besides paying my respects at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

  15. Tony

    Good luck on that California sunshine…even in the Bay Area we have had rain in the past 3 days!! Our trees are finally happy, happy, happy. 😉

    Your chances of sunshine are still good since we have been in a drought for years…

  16. Lu4PUMA
    December 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Trump should offer Romney thy VP slot.

    I’m leaning towards Jeff Sessions to whom he could hand the job of codifying a complete re-vamp of immigration and trade. Globalists should be more afraid of him than Trump. Trump apparently delegates then supervises closely as his management style. I think Romney has burned his bridges with Trump as have a lot of elite Republicans. I find Cruz refusing to cross Trump hilarious and smart although a little weaselly. I still find immigration and the manipulation/abuses of it as the linchpin issue of the election and probably the decade and the public knows it.

  17. High of 77 today with a flash flood watch tonight here in the pine stands. We are out of drought for now. This weather pattern for December is not that unusual here but neither is cold near Christmas.

  18. When is someone going to say that Bowe Bergdahl is a idiot? Pot head? Generic idiot? Dropped on his head as an infant? Why is anyone listening to him? He sounds like a arrested development simple boy. How did they let him enlist? His thought patterns are disturbed and indicate a very low IQ.

  19. Mormaer
    December 12, 2015 at 6:31 am
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    Excellent! And he would counter-balance some of Trumps temperament issues.

  20. jbstonesfan
    December 12, 2015 at 1:20 am
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    We are just about neighbors. This year is shaping up like a good argument for global warming. It is going to be a green Christmas.

  21. Trump’s Cunning Plan Revealed

    Donald Trump – Bigot, zealot, xenophobe, racist, hitler-ite? Or Donald Trump – cunning strategist who knows Americans better than the “leave us alone up here on our Hill” career politicians and their lackey liberal media partners?

    You decide…

    As YouGov reports, a majority of Americans say that they view Islam unfavorably, and even Democrats are almost twice as likely to view Islam negatively than positively.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-11/guest-post-establishment-unhinged

  22. More on the stinkin’ FED and their ZIRP:

    December 16, 2015—–When The End Of The Bubble Begins

    Can the third great bubble of this century survive a Fed that finally wants to get off the zero bound after its way too late, but can’t do it anyway without a massive crash inducing cash drain from Wall Street? And in the teeth of the next recession to boot?

    Yes, the end of the bubble does begin on December 16th.

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/december-16-2015-when-the-end-of-the-bubble-begins/

  23. Mormaer

    December 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

    When is someone going to say that Bowe Bergdahl is a idiot? Pot head? Generic idiot? Dropped on his head as an infant? Why is anyone listening to him? He sounds like a arrested development simple boy. How did they let him enlist? His thought patterns are disturbed and indicate a very low IQ.
    ********************************

    well, true to form, Donald Trump has repeatedly and often at his rallys called Bergdahl “he’s a dirty rotten traitor…(and adds with emphasis)…a dirty rotten traitor”

  24. Drudge headlines. Believe the event was yesterday.
    TRUMP MEETS WITH PA REPUBLICANS IN NYC…
    Raises money for a divided GOP establishment…
    Protesters disrupt Trump speech at NYC luncheon…
    VIDEO: Protestors dragged out of Trump Plaza Hotel event…

  25. Trump sasses right back at the Saudi Prince. Saudi Arabia is like our evil human rights twin. They are behind this Sharia Law promotion shit, too. They recently beheaded 52 people, including minors, for relatively minor infractions of the law. I am ashamed of our affiliation with them. I really believe the Saudi and BO have involvement with ISIS, too.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/325713-trump-saudi-disgrace-twitter/

    Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected. #Trump2016

  26. Surprised Cruz ahead in new Des Moines/Bloomberg Iowa Poll…but does it really matter if Trump loses Iowa as long as he wins the big delegate states or is this a significant shift???

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    La4PUMA-it has been a very hot, humid, and wet winter so far down here in Boca/Delray. I think we were up to 85 degrees today . It has been a few years since we had a couple of weeks of really cold temperatures(50-60’s). I hope it cools off a bit as predicted for next weekend.

  27. jbstonesfan
    December 12, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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    I am in the same area. I do not know about the rest of the globe, but we have definitely had some warming.

  28. Berghdal a dirty rotten traitor
    =========
    Well, shore nuff

    But he is Shirley Temple compared to Obama.

    When it comes to dirty rotten traitors, Obama is the real deal.

  29. Lu4PUMA
    December 12, 2015 at 4:16 pm
    Here are the Republicans who voted for the Leahy Amendment
    ==================
    Mike Lee Utah, who helped Cruz with the Green Eggs moment.
    Shocker.
    Sad.

  30. It is not just the social and Sharia similarities, I think that Saudi is highly affiliated with ISIS:

    http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/08/what-stinks-in-saudi-aint-the-camel-dung/

    What stinks in Saudi Arabia ain’t the camel dung. It’s the monarchy of King Salman and his hot-headed son, Prince Salman. For decades they have financed terrorism under a fake religious disguise, to advance their private plutocratic agenda. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with money and oil. A look at the ISIS map from Iraq to Syria shows that they precisely targeted the oil riches of those two sovereign states. Saudi control of that oil wealth via their ISIS agents, along with her clear plan to take out the US shale oil competition, or so Riyadh reckons, would make the Saudi monarchy a vastly richer state, one, perhaps because of that money, finally respected by white western rich men and their society. That is clearly bovine thinking.

    Don’t bet on that Salman.

  31. I believe that if Trump wins the nomination….and I hope that he does….he will look outside of politics for a VP unless a deal with the GOP elite becomes necessary. I think he will look for someone brilliant, competent, honest and loyal; someone from the international business community or from the intelligence community. All the politicians, including our beloved Hillary, are sadly bought and paid for.

  32. gonzotx
    December 13, 2015 at 10:45 am
    I don’t believe Trump is behind in Iowa
    ————
    It is DMR/Bloomberg poll.
    IOW Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll
    The one DJT calls out on a regular basis.
    Talk about hiding reality.

  33. The subject of POTUS helping ISIS is creeping out. I have two links.

    BREAKING: U.S. Lawmakers Make Stunning Move To Investigate Obama For Helping ISIS
    http://conservativetribune.com/stunning-move-obama-isis/
    Three committees in the House of Representatives announced Friday that they were launching concurrent investigations into allegations that President Barack Obama deliberately manipulated intelligence reports from Syria and Iraq, allowing the Islamic State group to thrive.
    According to the Washington Examiner, Republican Reps. Ken Calvert of California, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio will lead the investigations for the Armed Services Committee, Intelligence Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, respectively.

  34. Lu4PUMA
    December 13, 2015 at 9:46 am

    It is not just the social and Sharia similarities, I think that Saudi is highly affiliated with ISIS:

    Trump has already taken a shot at Cruz over (((!oil!))) which means international oil not necessarily domestic and would necessarily include SA. I think this is a very early and oblique clue to one of the big differences with the two. The Bushes have always been buds and hooked up with the House of Saud. Most if not all Texas politicians have to deal with it to at least some degree. Prince Whatchamacall-It demanding Republicans ditch Trump NOW or else is another tell of where the money is which of course just confirms what the public already thinks. SA is a mess. Rather than modernizing they chose to remain a backward and ignorant medieval kingdom and things are not working out very well with the new competition of jihads.

  35. The closing paragraph of Richard Fernadez’s most recent article, channeling Kim Strassel, who was channeling Dan Henninger of WSJ, notes that Obama has removed the guardrails that kept politics on a well defined path, which boiled the frog, such that now a politician is free to behave like a banana dictator, and woe betide the one who does not. Here it is:
    ——

    Perhaps the “humble candidates—those with big ideas, but with respect for order and honor” are in the wrong saloon. The order and system that used to make “big ideas” work are temporarily inoperative. The world is in a state of transposition. It is waiting for an event, a man, a technology — a something — that can make the road from out of this dead end. That requires a skill set that most Western politicians don’t have. Because voters sense that politics is in flux past experience as a professional public servant is deprecated. In a situation where past organizational knowledge is regarded as a liability, a businessman can be as good as an ex-First Lady. Trump may not have what it takes; the danger for many of his rivals is the public now KNOWS they don’t have what it takes.

  36. Prince Salman.
    —–
    A fucking useless trust fund baby.

    Nothing wrong with that trust fund baby that a good old fashioned beheading would not solve.

    But first, you must scream: “Allah Akbar” so Obama does call the act of a white crusader, impose sweeping hate crime legislation, confiscate guns, use the IRS to spy on people, bury the middle class, have high tea at Picadilly with the head of ISIS, turn over our armories to drug gangs, import trainloads of dope, and bask in the undying adulation of big media. Kind of like having the last seven years compressed into five short minutes. The worst part? The fucking lectures. Cut-his-mic, before we all go insane.

  37. For the remainder of his term, I think Obama owes us one speech a day, and two on the weekends. They should be carried on all big media outlets, who can spend the rest of the day dissecting them, and running focus groups, and waiting for the latest round of what he meant to say was . . And for the sake of national security, all press questions would be pre-approved by the White House. Just like now. National security boy, that’s the thing for him and for any other banana republic dictator.

  38. holdthemaccountable
    December 13, 2015 at 11:34 am
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    I don’t doubt that they will find a lot of unsavory facts about his hand in all of it. However, I do doubt anything will ever come of it. He will be quietly shacking up with Mr. Love somewhere in a foreign land by the time anyone decides to do anything. And, at that point he will long have pardoned himself and the Persian slum-lord.

    One thing I do look forward to will be the tell-alls. By my calculations the first one will hit the shelves Saturday, January 21st, 2017.

  39. Where did they break their pic?

    The Republican establishment–as epitomized by McConnell?

    There is a one word answer.

    Do you want to guess, or should I tell you.

    Okay.

    CROMULUS.

    In the 2012 election, McConnell and his ilk solemnly promised voters that if they gave them the Senate as well as the House, they would stop Obama.

    Quid

    Pro

    Quou

    Well, voters gave them exactly what they asked for.

    And what did the RINO do?

    He lifted the cap on contributions to parties, surrendered to Obama, and played the game of failure theater.

    In other words, the RINO did not merely fail to fulfill his end of the contract—he betrayed the very people who gave him the gavel.

    And there is no living with that.

    Do you think McConnell when he breaks bread with the billionaires and the obsess over how to stop Donald, has any inkling of what he did wrong?

    Do you think he realizes that if he succeeds in his mission to derail Donald, that the party will go the way of the Whigs?

    Do you think he understands that if that happens he will be personally responsible.

    If he did, he would commit hai kari.

    He could not live with that.

  40. Don’t you just love the fucking RINO?

    Look at the way he frames the question, i.e.”

    We would rather lose the election than surrender to Trump?

    They are delusional.

    The choice is this:

    Would you rather go the way of the Whig Party than surrender to Trump?

    The decision here is a final one.

    If they crush Trump, they will be relegated to the dust bin of history.

    A party without a base is no party at all.

    The inside game here doesn’t cut it.

  41. holdthemaccountable
    December 13, 2015 at 11:34 am
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    The current bunch is too impotent to do anything about it. It is the Russians who have been exposing the Saudi/Turkey/US/ISIS affiliations, I suspect with a wink and a nod between Trump and Putin.

    The most we can hope for is that the US Citizens come to realize who is really terrorizing them. So they can show their rage at the poles.

    TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!

  42. I can do no better than repeat what Richard says above, namely that Trump may or may not have what it takes to get us out of this mess, BUT THE PUBLIC KNOWS THAT THE RINO DOES NOT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. I can think of no better example than light in the loafers Lindsey Graham. Oh? What is that asshole up to now? Besides walking around with his nose up McCain’s ass? You haven’t heard? He is working himself up into a state of high dudgeon screaming at the base, calling them racists and homophobes. Okay, fine, why? Because his public support level is on death watch and Trumps is going through the ceiling. He never stops to think, maybe just maybe the fault for this lies not in the stars, or in the base, but with people exactly like him. And it is a miracle that he is even in office when he sports that sort of attitude. He seems to have a indicts the base of the party for supporting Trump, and calls them racist and homophobic. Question: what the fuck is that loon doing in public office? He must have some sort of political death wish, in which case, I rather suspect there are those in South Carolina who are keen to take him up on it. Then he can go where he really belongs, which is either to the booby hatch or to a plush office on K street serving the military industrial complex. He is well suited for that role because he has more complexes than they do.

  43. After this one, Donald’s polling will go up even further. The elites think the base should play by their rules after they have fucked the base like a house cat. So when the elites say what he just said is horrible, it violates the narrative we have imposed on the population and we cannot have it, the base says if you are against it, then we are for it, because WE NO LONGER TRUST YOU to do anything more than line your own pockets, piss on our leg, and tell us it is raining. Ted will not be dragged into this, but his minions will try to use it to their advantage. But I doubt it will wash.
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    In what’s more evidence that Donald Trump is becoming completely unhinged, he is now stooping so low as to label Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz “a bit of a maniac”:

    I don’t think he’s qualified to be president… I don’t think he has the right temperament. I don’t think he’s got the right judgment… You look at the way he’s dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like a — you know, frankly like a little bit of a maniac. You’re never going to get things done that way.
    He added:

    Look, I built a phenomenal business. I’m worth many, many billions of dollars. I have some of the greatest assets anywhere in the world. You can’t walk into the Senate, and scream, and call people liars, and not be able to cajole and get along with people. He’ll never get anything done. And that’s the problem with Ted.
    It’s rather fascinating that this is coming from the most bombastic and maniacal presidential candidate in history. Almost all of his proposals are downright outlandish, and he calls everyone who dares disagree with him “a loser” and worse. See how he smeared Dr. Ben Carson by calling him “pathological.”

    What’s more, Trump’s latest jabs at Cruz prove that he has no idea what real conservatives want. Cruz promised them to stand up for their values in Washington, D.C., even if the establishment would hate him for it. That’s exactly what he’s done, and it’s one of the main reasons that he’s now so popular among evangelicals, very conservative voters, and those who identify themselves with the party.

    If I were Cruz, I’d politely ask The Donald to attack me even more. After all, this will only end up helping, rather than hurting him.

  44. You have head that old saying, right, i.e.

    Life is a tragedy to those who feel, and a comedy to those who think.

    I have been numb since the mistake of ’08.

    The electorate is not serious–they want only bread and circuses.

    So when in Rome, etc.

    Donald is just a better showman than the rest of them.

    At this point, the system is so broken, that why not support him.

    I’m in.

  45. We used to talk about a constitutional system.

    But with John Roberts at the helm (or more likely hiding under the bed) we are in a post constitutional era headed into the age of demagogues.

  46. I have railed against the Saudis here and elsewhere for a long a time and it is good to see people echoing that everywhere. The case in point is how they fucked Pakistan (the peasants, of course; the rich Pakistanis are on Saudi side) starting from the 70s. They are the state sponsors of the barbarians everywhere and ‘father’ of all problems related to T word. It is good to see the mfer Saudi prince take the bait from the Donald and who better to go after these mfers than the Donald. As Mormaer notes Cruz may be weak to go after these people seeing where his support comes from. And that is Trump’s trump card against Cruz.

    Read this article again: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/21/opinion/saudi-arabia-an-isis-that-has-made-it.html?_r=0

  47. Lovely Lindsey was just re-elected in 2014 so he is safe for five more years in the Senate. He thinks the electorate in SC will forget about it all by 2020 or he planned to retire anyway. He is essentially unaccountable at this point to anyone but his donors.

  48. So does anyone think the new Iowa poll spells trouble for Trump? The debate is going to focus on National Security and he needs to have a more rationale explanation for banning a group of people than the one he has set forth so far. It is crunch time and while most of us think he is a breath of fresh air into politics as usual, he must start being clear in how he intends on enacting the temporary ban and not come off mean spirited.

  49. Cruz has some potential glass jaws. One is his fundamentalist father who is a little “different” and says some pretty far out religious stuff. I personally know this type and they don’t particularly bother me but elsewhere it sounds kind of loony. Secondly is Cruz’s wife. She is basically a high level globalist and has been paid extremely well for it. She wrote a white paper for North American union globalism for the Rockefeller Foundation. Then she was a national global oil/portfolio manager for Merrill Lynch in Houston and then went up in status doing the same thing to Goldy Sacks. She has made a LOT more money than Ted while he humped it doing appeal work and working as solicitor general for Texas positioning himself for politics. I like Cruz a lot but against Trump and the current globalist/immigration/Saudi-oil-terrorist/EU implosion he is not positioned personally as well as he thought he would be a few years ago. Everything has gone to hell very fast and he has real potential weaknesses against Trump if Trump chooses to exploit them and I think Trump will with his warning shot about OIL. Plus Trump can go “OH NO! Not more Texas oil crap like the Bushes!” And both Mr and Mrs Cruz worked for Bush even though the Bushes are supposedly mad at them over !Jeb the dud which isn’t their fault he is so awful. Trump will have to deal with Big Oil but he is a deal-maker as are they.

  50. jbstonesfan, he should start talking about the Saudis and may be that is where he is going. It is easy to convert people to think why the hell are we defending these mfers. Apparently he went after Hillary and Obama for Iraq, Libya, Benghazi today on Wallace. The problems he is highlighting with Obama (and Hillary by association) are horrible regardless of the message or the manner in which it is delivered.

    On Wallace:

    TRUMP: She was secretary of state. Obama was president. The team — two real geniuses… Look at what happened. The Middle East is a total disaster under her. She traveled back and forth, but look at the problems. Look — as an example — Iraq, total disaster. They didn’t get us in, but they got us out badly, OK? Total — we spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, wounded warriors all over. Look at — look at Libya. Look at Benghazi, our ambassador. He wired her 500 or 600 times asking for help. She’ll take her friends’ call every time. Hillary Clinton doesn’t have the judgment. She doesn’t have the strength or the stamina to be president. She will be a terrible president.

  51. @Mormaer:Trump will have to deal with Big Oil but he is a deal-maker as are they.

    Yep, this is the part I am curiously waiting to see how it pans out, if Trump survives everything else.

  52. The media cycle has taken on all the attributes, allures and non sportsmanship (sportsmanship in our toxic political environment is for suckers) of a fox hunt, where the media puts on their with britches, their spit shined boots, their red coats and black hats, and sally forth, while the fox turns around and tells them how corrupt they are, stupid they look, and dares those dullards to catch him. And so it goes, i.e. i) Donald says something which sounds rash but is really true, ii) big media reacts in horror, and screams burn this is the final straw he is finished dead caput, iii) Republican contenders say off with his head, iv) Donald then acts hurt and says you misunderstood me, v) external events–bombings and the like prove Donald to be true, vi) polls go through the roof for Donald, and vii) pundits and establishment whores are forced to reboot their computer. and viii) campaign rivals who previously called for his head embrace him. Ad finitum, ad nauseum. This is fun to watch. The establishment has lost the base. Think of the walk around money they will need to get AAs to cross the line and vote for the establishment figure.

    in which Mr. Trump says something rash, the media pounce, and Republican contenders are told they must denounce him or forfeit their place among the just and the good. Mr. Trump then announces he is misunderstood—that in fact he loves women, Mexicans, Muslims, whoever he has offended this week.

  53. By PEGGY NOONAN
    Updated Dec. 11, 2015 6:27 p.m. ET

    As tribune of the base Donald Trump is successful and inadequate. You see it in the Muslim question. His strength is that he responds to and appears to share the concerns of those who are legitimately worried about whom we allow into the United States—our visa protocols, our vetting, our standards. This is a national-security issue. We have entered the age of ISIS-inspired and ISIS-directed attacks on the West. The latter (Paris) have tended to be bloodier than the former (San Bernardino), because they involve more operatives, more simultaneous targets, more weapons. Whether inspired or directed, the idea of future hits in the U.S.—and everyone, from the most sophisticated desk-jockey intel analyst in Washington to the receptionist at your dentist’s office, will tell you they believe more are coming—is very much on the public mind.

    A Paris here would change everything, transposing a detached debate about strategy into a hot and immediate political exigency. There is the real danger events will outstrip sober decision making. The smartest thing I’ve heard the past few weeks was the suggestion that America figure out the most effective and constructive things it could do after a Paris-style attack, and start doing them now. I hope everyone who runs the country is thinking about this. They’d better have a plan.

    But to Mr. Trump. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul, said Monday that U.S. intelligence officers believe ISIS terrorists are attempting to use the Obama administration’s Syrian refugee program to enter the country themselves: “I believe 2015 will be seen as a watershed year in this long war—the year when our enemies gained an upper hand and when the spread of terror once again awoke the West.” The director of the FBI previously told Congress the U.S. cannot adequately vet the 10,000 Syrians the administration wants to accept.

    Under the circumstances public concern is entirely warranted. Good on Mr. Trump for addressing it—and, in addressing it, forcing other candidates to come up with their plans. Bad on Mr. Trump—very bad—for doing it in his usual way. Colorfully, yes—this is a man who knows how to break through the clutter!—but crudely, seemingly off the top of his head, and using his mouth as a blunt instrument. He doesn’t think it through, doesn’t anticipate legitimate pushback, doesn’t try to persuade, only declares. And of course he was confusing and contradictory. We’ll ban all Muslims! Including U.S. citizens returning from an overseas trip? Yes! No! It’s only temporary, a pause. It’s not about religion, it’s about security! He ignores civic and cultural politesse when that politesse is not just old sissy stuff but a melting-pot tradition that exists for good reason. In defense of his stand he evokes FDR’s actions during World War II, which included putting Japanese-Americans in internment camps. Mr. Trump seems to think that was a good thing because FDR did it. But it is regarded as an American embarrassment and a stain on FDR’s legacy. And this is not a Secret of History. Congress officially apologized for internment 27 years ago.

    All of this forced us into the nonsensical but at this point compulsive media cycle in which Mr. Trump says something rash, the media pounce, and Republican contenders are told they must denounce him or forfeit their place among the just and the good. Mr. Trump then announces he is misunderstood—that in fact he loves women, Mexicans, Muslims, whoever he has offended this week. Oddly enough, I think he is sincere about this and feels genuinely injured. But one thing an effective leader must always do is know what can be misunderstood and guard against it, what can be misconstrued and used to paint you—and your followers—as bigoted. Leaders try hard not to let that happen. It is the due diligence of politics.

    A continuing mystery of Mr. Trump is his failure to impose on himself political discipline. He has been front-runner for six months but he doesn’t act as if he has absorbed the fact that he could become the nominee. At this point he owes it to his country—he owes it to his own ambition!—to become disciplined in terms of statements and policy. It is possible for candidates to be vivid but careful, dramatic but responsible. When you’re winning you can’t just keep pulling it out of your orifices. Mr. Trump’s lack of discipline should worry his supporters. I know it doesn’t, but it should. Because indiscipline shows disrespect. And people pick up on it, they see it.

    It is odd too that, as the longtime front-runner, he doesn’t attempt to reassure those who will have some impact on his future, such as state and national party leaders. In his daily actions he could continue to excite his base while subtly signaling to party elders that while he might be an unusual nominee he would, in some recognizable way, be a responsible one. Instead he ties them in knots each day and embarrasses them. That limits his popularity, lowers his ceiling of support, and reinforces the idea he’s an impetuous flake.

    He tweets out taunts alerting party stalwarts to his continued popularity in the polls, and noting that while he does not intend to go third-party he certainly could. This is a form of blackmail: Nice little party you’ve got here. Shame if someone blew it up.

    GOP leaders seem to be doing the only thing they can—watch the process play out and hope for good outcomes. Sooner or later, they hope, the field will winnow and it will be Mr. Trump with his 35% versus one, two or three non-Trumps who’ll fight over the 65%. Party leaders’ position is delicate. They are certain they cannot win the presidency with Mr. Trump as the candidate. And they know they can’t win the presidency if embittered Trump supporters stay home or bolt. They can’t win with him and can’t win without his people.

    Meanwhile Mr. Trump’s supporters, like Mr. Trump himself, appear to care nothing for the GOP. They believe America is in danger and this is no time for party loyalty. In any case they haven’t felt that loyalty for years because the party has disappointed them for years. Mr. Trump is both the expression and a deepening cause of the party’s fissuring.

    The biggest reason has been the distance—the chasm—between the party elite at the top, who are more or less for illegal immigration, and the bulk of the party on the ground, who are opposed. In this case there is a chasm between elites concerned that they personally will look bigoted if they take action and voters concerned about who comes into America in the age of ISIS. It is a split, a distance; it is primarily the fault of the top, not the bottom; and Mr. Trump, who through his popularity could choose to be a bridge across the distance is instead functioning as a deepener of it.

    If the nominee is not decided in the primaries and everything is fought through at the convention—well, that will be some convention. In the old fashioned, fisticuffs sense.

  54. I am hardly a student of the glorious Muslim religion, but when I hear things like Jihad, kill the infidel, ritual beheadings, women forced to marry second cousins, stoning, oppression of women, mosques used as terrorist recruitment centers, etc. I am left with only one question:

    Is there anything–and I mean just that anything good in the Koran?

    Or is it not in fact a religion of hate?

    If we are prepared to label certain crimes against victims hate crimes, how has the Koran managed to escape such condemnation?

    And don’t try to tell me it is a religion protected by the First Amendment.

    This gets into this not screaming fire in a crowded theater and yes but stuff. The point is where first amendment rights are concerned there are exceptions. Hugo Black was wrong about that.

  55. Here we go –

    The End of the Bubble Finance Era

    We are nearing a crucial inflection point in the worldwide bubble finance cycle that has been underway for more than two decades. To wit, the world’s central banks have finally run out of dry powder. They will be unable to stop the credit implosion which must inexorably follow the false boom.

    We will get to the Fed’s upcoming once in a lifetime shift to raising rates below, but first it is crucial to sketch the global macroeconomic context.

    In a word, we are now entering an epic deflation…

    http://dailyreckoning.com/the-end-of-the-bubble-finance-era/

  56. I was never a fan of Peggy Noonan, but I found her interview on “The Charlie Rose Show” very interesting. The above article on Trump is what I was referring to. Trump is saying what a lot of us are thinking , but he is making some unforced errors which appear to be hurting him, at least in Iowa (and again, I don’t think Iowa is as important as they would like to think, but Iowa did get Obama a lot of momentum).

  57. As I understand it, the Iowa poll shows Cruz/Trump at 28/26. I am pretty sure that is within the margin of error. Certainly within the margin that it can be manipulated. I would not be concerned.

  58. Trump can take his nasty comments about Hillary being incompetent and the ‘worst’ and shove them up his @$$.

  59. I find the flights of fancy by Peggy Noonan amusing. Trump said suspend Muslim IMMIGRATION and VISAS. The fact that the public agrees with him doesn’t seem to enter her elite brain. That was instantly extrapolated into concentration camps, RACISM against a religion? which is really a political and economic system, and he must be insane and undisciplined (I guess she is one of the few not reading Scott Adams explaining it all to non-marketers). The media and political class really sort of made his case for him since they are so proud of being elites (or wannabes) themselves with the 24 hour news cycle and the need for ad revenues and political donations. They look stupid. Even slow-poke Jeb the Bush Saudi lover has jumped on the suspend visas bandwagon.

    Floating around under the media overreaction is the silence of the White House and Democrats. And some Republicans. The Paris massacre infuriated that old rotten Socialist Hollande and his feisty little pugilist PM Manuel Valls who is ready to shut the border and bust Muslim heads. Why the difference. I posit it is the number of corpses. And French elections which were coming up.

    San Bernardino was no biggie. Just 14 dead and 20 something shot up. It is workplace violence. A gun incident. It happens all the time in the rotten evil US. Some dude dissed a Muslim co worker because he was a racist, ignorant Jew-Christian who kind of deserved it with his big hating mouth. You gotta break a few eggs for world wide diversity and open borders. And there is plenty of time to sweep it under the forget about it rug before November 2016 they hope. The same thing goes basically with illegal aliens killing and raping here and there. No biggie. Collateral damage. Nothing to see. It happens. A few (how many is not made known) gotta die so the big scheme can work. A little genocide happens with big migrations. No biggie. It is the way of the world. And you make the people targeted for extermination or enslavement pay for it with taxes. It is a grand scheme. Why is the public loosing its shit over San Bernardino and that chick that got shot in San Fran? We have lunatics shoot up schools and movie theatres all the time. The fact that we HAVE to put up with native born idiots as opposed to purposely imported ones seems to be the sort of thing that Peggy is paid to not get. Trump changed the NARRATIVE. The elites don’t like it and they gotta make the masses somnolent again. That crazy Trump is upsetting you. He is evil. He is racist. Don’t look at the corpses. Think of tacos and cous-cous. The Muslim call to prayer. Samba. You are getting sleepy. So sleepy.

  60. The elites can well afford to be “accepting and forgiving.” They live in gated communities, have well guarded offices and can afford to hire heavily armed and burly guards.

    Somnolence, hypnosis, prestidigitation and/or legerdemain will no longer work. Except of course for those that wish not to see the man behind the curtain.

    The louder they scream and the harder they gnash their teeth the more agitated the monster will become.

  61. Kasich, “Look, people don’t buy this. Oh, there may be a few, but this doesn’t represent what we are.”

    Translation: “It’s OK if a few peasants die. We want extremist muslims to like us.”

  62. I agree Lu,

    Not worried about Trump and Iowa. He will win it if there is minimum cheating.
    With the Republican party probably in cahoots with the Democratic party however to marginalize him, that is my main concern.
    He better have spies well planted.

  63. Oh, as a peasant, speaking for myself of course, I do not agree with Governor Kasich.

    And, what is this crap I keep hearing and reading that San Bernardino was the “first terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 911.”

    That’s a damned lie and can only be bolstered by the fact “terrorism” is constantly redefined in order to fit the necessary (and ever evolving) narrative.

    Gee, I wonder who has been setting that narrative? Maybe Governor Kasich can ask around. He seems to be in-the-know since he hangs out with the popular, mean girls clique.

    Speaking of mean girls, this very fitting line from the movie “Mean Girls” comes to mind:

    “Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.”

    Why can’t we have a whole bunch of people in power that want to solve the problem instead of being mean girls?

    Are you listening Lindsay “Lotta” Graham?

  64. Early TV was a downer. Rerun of Meet The Press talked how one would have to dip back 40 years to find the lastg previous such convention.

    I’m probably missing a basic understanding of such conventions, but I thought DNC had one in 2008.

    This ticked me off as well:
    Twitter warns users of state-sponsored hack
    “…Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation that would force social media companies to notify federal authorities of terrorist activity on their networks…”
    http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/263099-twitter-warns-users-of-state-sponsored-hack

    No real responsibilities for govt. Just do as it pleases.

  65. Mormaer
    December 14, 2015 at 7:39 am
    I find the flights of fancy by Peggy Noonan amusing.
    ————-
    What can I say about her that I have not said already?

    Nothing.

    What can I say about her that I have already said that bears repeating?

    She is a gadfly, a hanger on, an intellectual courtesan (notice I did not say whore, that accolade I reserve for EJ Dionne, who stands for the inalienable proposition that before there were geeks, a generation of them, there was EJ. Like Bogie said to his main squeeze Bergman in Casa Blanca, who are we but a pair of small pebbles in a big ocean, but whatever happens we will always have Paris, and we, thanks to a divine providence will always have EJ to trouble the living stream, and Peggy to hold our hand and say . . . this is how the other half lived–and I know because I travel in the highest circles but have never forgotten what is was like growing up in Queens, New York.

  66. I am switching my political affiliation from Hillary to Trump to Sebelius. If chaos is what we want, then why beat around the bush? Lets get on with it. Sebelius for President, and a federal judgeship for the Walrus she is married to, who had never advanced beyond the role of a lowly federal magistrate. It is an abomination, a travesty, a sophistry of reason that he has been blocked from assuming his rightful position among the gods of Olympus, and justice cries out for . . . whatever, to quote his wife.

  67. To that Saudi Prince who is meddling in our elections, I might say something like this:

    Hey maggot, people who live in glass palaces with gold fixtures should not throw stones.

    Or you could cut to the chase and say this: kill your own snakes and while you are at it go fuck yourself. You are in two businesses: one is exporting oil. The other is exporting terrorism. They are mutually exclusive. If you think you can dance with the devil, you will find out how wrong you are.

  68. In the final analysis, is this Saudi Prince with a big mouth and a perverse agenda, really any different from Zuckerberg? This gets into the whole business of social comparisons which is evident not only in us but in our simian cousins. Experiments have shown that when trained apes are rewarded with cucumbers for performing some socially favored task they are content–until they the controllers of the experiment introduce fruit and give it to only one of them. At that point, those who continue to receive only cucumbers revolt, and refuse to play the game. There is a new book about this which seeks to tell us when we should cooperate and when we should compete. I commend that book to your attention, called Friend and Foe, which is written by a Princeton professor and a Columbia professor–no Harvard footprint to make us suspect. Anyone who has raised children will appreciate the connections. The point is, the base of the Republican Party sees that they are getting the short end of the stick, and they are unwilling to continue playing the game which the elites are playing. This is main brain stem stuff, and it goes to the question of survival, and no EJ Dionne or other apologist for the elite class, or inerlocutor of the evolving narrative which keeps them at the bottom can talk them out of it. As I have said before, the only answer is to drag the elites down into the same ditch as the rest of us. How tha that occurs however I haven’t the foggiest. It will depend on some black swan sort of event.

  69. The point about Zuckerberg got lost in the above narrative. My point there is he is aiming to align himself with other members of the elite class who are attempting to reshape the world, and become part of the new INTERNATIONAL elite class at the expense of the American citizen.

    Again, this is an example of social comparisons, and is rising star within that group. If it requires burning the country or the middle class to progress through the chairs, then Zuckerberg is keen to do it. In light of this, we can now discern what the real meaning of progressivism is.

    It begs the pivota question which is never asked: progress toward what? The answer is toward world government, which marginalizes the people. The blue print for this is already in place and the European Union represents the not so shining example.

    his has been evident to me for a very long time, it has been dismissed as tin foil hat stuff, whereas now conventional voices, like the one below have tapped their way through to the same conclusion. As Justice Frankfurter once observed we should not despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all.

    This assumes however that it is not already too late.

    If the question is framed that way: do you favor world government–which is the real end game of progressivism, do you still wish to be thought of as a progressive? and, Are you prepared to accept the adverse impact this will have on the American People in terms of liberty and prosperity?, and, Are you prepared to accept those costs yourself, and be dragged down into the same cesspool as you are dragging other people though your advocacy of progressive doctrine. Nazis of a different kind.
    ———–
    Globalism: The Elephant in the Room

    Today’s Democratic party is unprecedented in that it fundamentally opposes the sovereign nation-state system as a legitimate form of governance. Their leaders don’t come out and say this, but their core beliefs are clear: if all cultures can peacefully coexist, they ought to, and dividing people into countries is segregation. To them, this is especially true if you believe the United States should restrict any forms of immigration.

    Globalism, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a national policy of treating the whole world as a proper sphere for political influence.” We have to understand that those who subscribe to this philosophy, like Barack Obama, are very forward thinking people (hence, we call them “progressives”). They’re not thinking about American men and women living paycheck to paycheck who just want to provide food for their families today. No, they’d build the Keystone Pipeline if that were the case. They’d use taxation powers to bring jobs back to the United States. They’d distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. They’d block the TPP. Contemporary progressive policies (from both parties) are meant to engineer tomorrow — a tomorrow so far down the road that most of us don’t think about it.

    They understand the implications of rapid, unfettered immigration. If you can successfully integrate cultures, you eliminate nationalism and prevent war. National borders become immaterial. Rapid multiculturalism may cause problems today – such as incompatible ideas, social unrest, and terrorism – but they believe it works and it will eventually work, provided everyone puts the agenda of a secular state before their own religious or cultural beliefs.

    Better for progressives: they exploit minority groups for votes. Law-abiding immigrants are essentially units of political capital.

    They understand the implications of “climate change.” Climate change is a blueprint for redistributing wealth internationally. Conspiracy theory? Well, in Paris this week, they tried to agree upon that (among many other things they did agree on). Hundreds of millions of dollars of American tax dollars are supposed to go to developing countries because America industrialized, industrialization releases carbon dioxide, and carbon dioxide is the reason poor countries are poor.

    If you’re skeptical, if you don’t believe Obama has a right to do that, or if you believe climate change policies will actually harm these countries, you’re a bigot. Personally, I don’t think it will happen, but most mainstream sources do.

    Progressives in both parties also understand the implications of unsustainable national debt. Notice how Obama preaches an apocalyptic vision of climate change (because over spans of hundreds of years, climactic disruption will cause some problems, sure), but the U.S. is years away from a currency crisis. We can keep printing money to pay off our debt, but they forget what inflation is, let alone the entire subject of economics.

    They understand the implications of political correctness. At least we have seen this backfire – the weight behind the word “racist” has dramatically decreased. Whereas racism before was associated with Jim Crow laws, the Klu Klux Klan, and black oppression, it is now associated with wearing an Indian costume for Halloween, having a Confederate flag on your car, and the song, “Baby it’s cold, outside” (Yes, the Huffington Post just wrote an article saying that song is essentially rape). Especially on college campuses, they have to know they’re attacking free speech. Think about it: free speech and free thought could seriously jeopardize the goals of globalism and multiculturalism.

    Owning guns also jeopardizes these goals. Hmm…

    Finally, we have to understand their interpretation of societal change. They believe technological change and globalization (carried out by several corporations and banks who support climate change and progressive policies) means that free people are not equipped to deal with the challenges they face. The core of liberalism is knowing how society should look, and taking whatever steps necessary to make sure it becomes such.

    And there are serious flaws in this worldview. First of all, getting the public to openly embrace government-enforced “sustainability” is literally getting them to embrace the notion that the ends justify the means. Humans become units of consumption rather than divine individuals. Many left-wing advocates like Bill Gates and Al Gore preach that the world is overpopulating. So, then, aborting your child would actually be a service to the collective, right? In a required climate change class at Michigan State this year, my professor said this verbatim:

    “Some people say there should be a stigma for having more than two kids. Sometimes I look at people with three kids and I think, ‘you just had to have the third one?’”

    It is also flawed because it is fundamentally illiberal. As the president of the United States and leaders of the United States, your only priority is the people who live here (such as drug addicts, single moms, and the homeless). Illegal immigration puts the world before the United States. Corporate welfare and outsourcing put the world before the United States. Bringing refugees from ISIS-controlled regions puts the world before the United States.

    And it’s not unethical to believe that. Government is not charity. Voluntarily donating money (which many do) is charity. Taking money from people to disbenefit them is tyranny.

    I don’t support Donald Trump, but I understand why people do. These are all things that would make our founding fathers cry and the Anti-Federalists say, “I told you so.” They’re things that never should have happened in the first place. Most know the change Obama wants for the United States was not the change he sold to the public. But turn on the TV and read the New York Times, and believing this makes you a right-wing nutcase.

    http://www.redstate.com/diary/hammo162/2015/12/13/globalism-political-elephant-room/

  70. Thanks Wbb!

    Me thinketh the good prince has had too much spirits from his own goblet. Hypocrite is too kind a word to describe the likes of him. It reminds me of another prince with a damaged reputation.

    “Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!— Why does the drum come hither?”

    Fans of Shakespeare know the drums (and cannons) are the military march that approaches. Which, of course, is the whole reason Saudi Arabia is building a damn wall. No, not hypocrite. “Evil” He thinks let the world do their fighting (and dying) for them. They have enough money to buy up the charred remains of whatever is left.

  71. jbstonesfan
    December 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm
    So does anyone think the new Iowa poll spells trouble for Trump? The debate is going to focus on National Security and he needs to have a more rationale explanation for banning a group of people than the one he has set forth so far. It is crunch time and while most of us think he is a breath of fresh air into politics as usual, he must start being clear in how he intends on enacting the temporary ban and not come off mean spirited.
    ——-
    The other thing he needs to do is stop calling Cruz a maniac for not kowtowing to the elites, and calling him unacceptable because you have to comprise with them to get things done.

    He forgot to look in the mirror.

    In a courtroom, this is a classic mistake. You want to leave the jury with a simple thought when they enter the jury room to deliberate. But if the thought you give them to chew on can be used by the other side to indict your client, and a competent opponent will gladly hang you by your own petard with that statement, then you may lose your case.

    Cruz is the second choice of Trump supporters and Carson supporters. Ergo, it would be prudent for Trump to tread lightly when attacking those candidates. He should take a page from the Cruz playbook, who dismissed the charge with humor, rather than falling into something which the elites will use which could become the magic bullet they have been unable to find thus far. On the other hand, we must let Donald be Donald.

  72. Trump would be far better served by avoiding ad hominum attacks against Cruz and Carson. He should simply define the differences, and is success in business is the ace in the whole, compared to one candidate who has never run a business, and another who has made his bones in the operating room. The country needs all three, but the shrinking middle class needs someone who knows how to negotiate, how to build jobs, and how to get him done. Those are the specific set of skills we need in a leader at this time. Just because a polls shows someone pulling even with you is no reason to change your game plan when you are holding aces. You just need to play it out.

  73. On the other hand, we must let Donald be Donald.

    ——–
    Absolutely.

    Trump shouldn’t be edited nor pretend to be someone different.

    People have to know what they are voting for.

  74. Me thinks someone is not as powerful as he once was.

    “Army Forces Command Overrides White House – Will Charge Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion.”

    I’m going to have a drink to celebrate.

  75. Well, excellent.

    They are setting the stage.

    Tapper, the scarecrow of CNN is pouring is setting up “debate” (kangroo court) senario which is designed to do three things, in no particular order:

    1. pit Cruz against Trump

    2. pit Rubio against Cruz

    3. put the fork in Carson

    The end game is to begin the coronation process for Rubio as the establishment candidate, since Jebediah has not exactly caught fire.

    If it comes off as plans, expect to see polls stating a red dawn is rising and his name is Rubio.

    Those same pollsters will claim that Rubio beats Hillary.

    None of this is true. The question is can they get enough people to see through the lie.

  76. Oh yes, and Dana is warming up the way the original Sultan of Swat did–grabbing a broom handle, putting on a blind fold, and swatting flies. Kasich and light in the loafers are horseflies, and in this case, the flies have the advantage.

  77. Actually, I am rooting for Dana. I hope she does better than she did in the first debate. There she tried too hard to put words in the mouth of the candidates, and after the John Harwood CNBC disaster that kind of thing will not merely not work, it will backfire badly. I am all for beating Kasich–the washed out boor bureaucrat and Lindsey–the monogoloid idiot candidate, but first Dana needs to take something off, like maybe the blindfold. As far as Tapper is concerned, the cause if hopeless.

  78. Felix_the_Infidel
    December 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm
    —————
    From love’s close kiss (the Rose Garden ceremony with Beau’s father)

    To Hell’s abyss (Fort Leavenworth Prison)

    Is one short flight I trow

    And wedding rings and bridal bells

    Are will-o-wisps of woe

    —The Harpy (By Robert Service)

  79. Army discipline will just need to adjust.

    Whether or not ISIS will make a reasonable accommodation to this handicap however is a separate question, which is open to conjecture.

  80. Thank you Felix..we had a nice Chanukah and hope all of you, whatever your your faith abd beliefs have a wonderful holiday season…

  81. I think we should let everyone be who they are, that goes for Hillary too.
    Unfortunately, people are left trying to read entrails and that doesn’t really work out very well. .ever.

  82. ABC continues to best NBC on security coverage. I never seem to get to CBS. ABC’s security feature tonight is much more than I’ll post:

    Secret US Policy Blocks Agents From Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says
    Fearing a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations” for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end the secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, according to a former senior department official.

    DHS’s Catron told ABC News the Department is “actively considering additional ways to incorporate the use of social media review in its various vetting programs,” while keeping an eye on privacy concerns.
    “The Department will continue to ensure that any use of social media in its vetting program is consistent with current law and appropriately takes into account civil rights and civil liberties and privacy protections,” Catron said.
    State Department records show that in 2014 the U.S. government issued nearly 10 million nonimmigrant visas, over 40,000 of which were K-1 fiancé visas like the one Malik used to enter the country.
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/secret-us-policy-blocks-agents-social-media-visa/story?id=35749325

    MrFking idiots.

  83. US employers frequently include social media sites while vetting potential applicants for jobs. There is no reason why our government should not be doing the same thing. Asshats have no common sense.

  84. holdthemaccountable
    December 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm
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    let us hope all those 40,000 K-1 visas are issued to Hindu Indian girls marrying timid Indian IT guys. Actually, that is not fair. For a job I interviewed soon after 4-year college, I had to compete for the job with another Muslim girl who was every bit an engineer just like me (and she was not wearing a burka or even a head scarf). She would be fine to come here too.

  85. Ideally K 1 Visas could be used for some Christians, seeing as Obama let’s so few in and they are being beheaded in the ME…

  86. I am not good company right now. Can’t sleep, can’t think, its worse than the buildup to a superbowl.

    Just think of it.

    Tomorrow the stellar examples of the most trusted name in journalism

    No. Not Ailes. No not Cronkite. No not Leslie Moonbat. CNN you dummy.

    And they will be drilling high inside fastballs at murders row.

    To Rubio, first question, do you feel being a Hispanic puts you at a disadvantage. Please take the next twenty minutes, or as long as you like educating us on the experience of being an immigrant, and why you love America.

    And to Ted, first question, explain so the audience an understand it, the mathematical theorums of Max Plank—oh they didn’t each you that in law school, but you still think you are qualified to be president.

    And to Trump, first question, they say behind every great fortune there is a great crime, and because you have told us that you have a very great fortune, what very great crime, or series of crimes did you commit to get to where you are, and do we have enough predicate actions for the Obama Justice Department which we at CNN are a part of to indict your arrogant ass, and we mean that only in the nicest way.

    I wonder what Dana will be wearing tomorrow night. I wonder whether Tapper will bob his hair. Wait a minute, wait a minute, weight a minute folks—please Mr. Kaisch you will have your turn—no no no no no I will be heard now Jake, because I have got to wonder what the American People are thinking when they see a bunch of bomb throwers up here on this stage, not me of course, dissing the elites, and being a former director of Leaman Brothers who got out before the crash, I want to say something that makes sense, so I will say nothing, but just remember that with no prodding I spoke up, and I brought prosperity to Ohio and I am practical and I am, stop running your index finger across your throat and saying cut, it is very distracting, lets take time out for a commercial. We may never return.

  87. On my way to work to Loma Linda this morning, I decided to stop by the apartment of the two terrorists in Redlands. The door and window were boarded up, and a flag on the door and the side o the apartment were placed by the landlord. It’s just weird to see this in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood and know that killers lived in that apartment. I then went to visit the Inland Regional Center where people had created a makeshift memorial to the victims of Islamic terrorism. The entire facility was ringed with a chain-link fence and covered up so that you could not see inside the property. There were many white ribbons tied on the fence along the Waterman Avenue side, and people left behind candles, flags and crucifixes by the sign on the sidewalk that said “Inland Regional Center, Serving People with Developmental Disabilities.”Standing there looking at the somber, sad scene, I could feel an almost primal anger welling up in me at those Islamists and those who support them. If Hillary cannot say the words “Radical Islamic terrorists” because of political correctness, then I don’t believe she is committed to really destroying every last one of those motherfuckers who assaulted my former neighborhood and its community in the name of Islamic jihad.

  88. Tony Stark, unfortunately for people on the left the damage is not enough, 14 in San Bernadino, 10 in Fort Hood and so on.. As Mormaer said up thread, they must think it is collateral damage. I was just talking about it with my husband and he agreed with that. A few here and a few there and the vast geography of this country (unlike Europe), I don’t know if that makes it difficult for the lefties to relate to it at a level that is required. But 9/11 was pretty serious and people (on the left) seem to have forgotten about it already — if Bush overreacted, Obama has subverted. I don’t really know what it will take to wake them up.

  89. Globalism: The Elephant in the Room

    Today’s Democratic party is unprecedented in that it fundamentally opposes the sovereign nation-state system as a legitimate form of governance. Their leaders don’t come out and say this, but their core beliefs are clear: if all cultures can peacefully coexist, they ought to, and dividing people into countries is segregation. To them, this is especially true if you believe the United States should restrict any forms of immigration.

    Globalism, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a national policy of treating the whole world as a proper sphere for political influence.” We have to understand that those who subscribe to this philosophy, like Barack Obama, are very forward thinking people (hence, we call them “progressives”). They’re not thinking about American men and women living paycheck to paycheck who just want to provide food for their families today. No, they’d build the Keystone Pipeline if that were the case. They’d use taxation powers to bring jobs back to the United States. They’d distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. They’d block the TPP. Contemporary progressive policies (from both parties) are meant to engineer tomorrow — a tomorrow so far down the road that most of us don’t think about it.

    They understand the implications of rapid, unfettered immigration. If you can successfully integrate cultures, you eliminate nationalism and prevent war. National borders become immaterial. Rapid multiculturalism may cause problems today – such as incompatible ideas, social unrest, and terrorism – but they believe it works and it will eventually work, provided everyone puts the agenda of a secular state before their own religious or cultural beliefs.

    Better for progressives: they exploit minority groups for votes. Law-abiding immigrants are essentially units of political capital.

    They understand the implications of “climate change.” Climate change is a blueprint for redistributing wealth internationally. Conspiracy theory? Well, in Paris this week, they tried to agree upon that (among many other things they did agree on). Hundreds of millions of dollars of American tax dollars are supposed to go to developing countries because America industrialized, industrialization releases carbon dioxide, and carbon dioxide is the reason poor countries are poor.

    If you’re skeptical, if you don’t believe Obama has a right to do that, or if you believe climate change policies will actually harm these countries, you’re a bigot. Personally, I don’t think it will happen, but most mainstream sources do.

    Progressives in both parties also understand the implications of unsustainable national debt. Notice how Obama preaches an apocalyptic vision of climate change (because over spans of hundreds of years, climactic disruption will cause some problems, sure), but the U.S. is years away from a currency crisis. We can keep printing money to pay off our debt, but they forget what inflation is, let alone the entire subject of economics.

    They understand the implications of political correctness. At least we have seen this backfire – the weight behind the word “racist” has dramatically decreased. Whereas racism before was associated with Jim Crow laws, the Klu Klux Klan, and black oppression, it is now associated with wearing an Indian costume for Halloween, having a Confederate flag on your car, and the song, “Baby it’s cold, outside” (Yes, the Huffington Post just wrote an article saying that song is essentially rape). Especially on college campuses, they have to know they’re attacking free speech. Think about it: free speech and free thought could seriously jeopardize the goals of globalism and multiculturalism.

    Owning guns also jeopardizes these goals. Hmm…

    Finally, we have to understand their interpretation of societal change. They believe technological change and globalization (carried out by several corporations and banks who support climate change and progressive policies) means that free people are not equipped to deal with the challenges they face. The core of liberalism is knowing how society should look, and taking whatever steps necessary to make sure it becomes such.

    And there are serious flaws in this worldview. First of all, getting the public to openly embrace government-enforced “sustainability” is literally getting them to embrace the notion that the ends justify the means. Humans become units of consumption rather than divine individuals. Many left-wing advocates like Bill Gates and Al Gore preach that the world is overpopulating. So, then, aborting your child would actually be a service to the collective, right? In a required climate change class at Michigan State this year, my professor said this verbatim:

    “Some people say there should be a stigma for having more than two kids. Sometimes I look at people with three kids and I think, ‘you just had to have the third one?’”

    It is also flawed because it is fundamentally illiberal. As the president of the United States and leaders of the United States, your only priority is the people who live here (such as drug addicts, single moms, and the homeless). Illegal immigration puts the world before the United States. Corporate welfare and outsourcing put the world before the United States. Bringing refugees from ISIS-controlled regions puts the world before the United States.

    And it’s not unethical to believe that. Government is not charity. Voluntarily donating money (which many do) is charity. Taking money from people to disbenefit them is tyranny.

    I don’t support Donald Trump, but I understand why people do. These are all things that would make our founding fathers cry and the Anti-Federalists say, “I told you so.” They’re things that never should have happened in the first place. Most know the change Obama wants for the United States was not the change he sold to the public. But turn on the TV and read the New York Times, and believing this makes you a right-wing nutcase.

    http://www.redstate.com/diary/hammo162/2015/12/13/globalism-political-elephant-room/

  90. Today’s Democratic party is unprecedented in that it fundamentally opposes the sovereign nation-state system as a legitimate form of governance. Their leaders don’t come out and say this, but their core beliefs are clear: if all cultures can peacefully coexist, they ought to, and dividing people into countries is segregation. To them, this is especially true if you believe the United States should restrict any forms of immigration.

    Globalism, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a national policy of treating the whole world as a proper sphere for political influence.” We have to understand that those who subscribe to this philosophy, like Barack Obama, are very forward thinking people (hence, we call them “progressives”). They’re not thinking about American men and women living paycheck to paycheck who just want to provide food for their families today. No, they’d build the Keystone Pipeline if that were the case. They’d use taxation powers to bring jobs back to the United States. They’d distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. They’d block the TPP. Contemporary progressive policies (from both parties) are meant to engineer tomorrow — a tomorrow so far down the road that most of us don’t think about it.

    They understand the implications of rapid, unfettered immigration. If you can successfully integrate cultures, you eliminate nationalism and prevent war. National borders become immaterial. Rapid multiculturalism may cause problems today – such as incompatible ideas, social unrest, and terrorism – but they believe it works and it will eventually work, provided everyone puts the agenda of a secular state before their own religious or cultural beliefs

  91. Sharyl Attkisson is the best journalist in the country. The only one who can be trusted 100%

    https://youtu.be/sYiG5n9NUVI

    Attkisson: Mainstream Media is Forcing Their Opinion on Trump Down American’s Throat

    by PAM KEY13 Dec 2015461

    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz,” investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson said the mainstream media’s dislike of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is calling into question its ability to remain objective.

    Host Howard Kurtz said, “So it’s almost like the left and the right are uniting against Trump and yet he’s still way ahead in the polls.”

    Attkisson said, “So if there was any doubt about the disconnect that some people, when they watch the news, feel when they see the reality on the ground not portrayed really by anybody in the mainstream that they’re watching they know that they’re getting in some instances what I call false reality portrayed to them by agenda journalists who want you to think a certain way and rather reacting based on the facts and looking at what’s going on they react viscerally at statements they don’t like or people they don’t like. And they’re surrounded by others of like mind who encourage them and urge them on. And, there are now news organizations that encourage them to give opinions like they never did before so this whole dynamic is changing. And a lot of people may like that who watch the news but there is a large fraction of people who find that disgusting and it kinda proves the points they thought or suspected for a long time.”

    She added the media is “forcing someone’s opinion down their throat rather than telling them the facts.”

  92. Speaking of woe, a Harpy, reading entrails and Big Media’s dreamed of coronation (wedding) of (with) Rubio, I am reminded of a line from my favorite play about a mighty powerful and very pissed off witch:

    “On all sides sorrow pens me in. Who shall gainsay this? But all is not yet lost! think not so. Still are there troubles in store for the new bride, and for her bridegroom no light toil. Dost think I would ever have fawned on yonder man, unless to gain some end or form some scheme?” ~Medea

    As fans of Euripedes know, the wedding between Jason and his new bride does not go as planned.

    There will NEVER be a better Medea than Zoe Caldwell. Yes, yes, Judith Anderson, but she was before my time. I never saw her in the role. For me, Medea will always be Zoe and Judith her nurse.

  93. ““We may be at a higher risk for food-borne illness outbreaks than some competitors,” the company admits in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, “due to our use of fresh produce and meats rather than frozen, and our reliance on employees cooking with traditional methods rather than automation.” (Think about that: Would you agree to open-heart surgery if the anesthesiologist planned to use “traditional methods” instead of state-of-the-art technology?)”

    “One wonders whether Chipotle’s “traditional methods” include employees’ neglecting to wash their hands before preparing food, which is how norovirus is usually spread. And the fresh versus frozen dichotomy is nothing more than a snow-job. Freezing E. coli-contaminated food does not kill the pathogens; it preserves them. (During my laboratory research days, we stored viruses and bacteria in ultra-low-temperature freezers.)”

    This brings back memories of student orientation of our youngest child at the University of Texas in 2008. Chipotle was across the main drag, staffed by nose ringed, heroin tracked, TB ridden assembly line workers with Obama posters stuck all over the store windows. My wife refused to get even a drink there much less food and demanded our daughter never darken their doors. The university was strongly suggesting that students not bring cars because of a parking shortage. After driving old junkers through high school, and her mother surveying near by food establishments such as Chipotle, my wife immediately bought her a new car (it must be safe!) so she could get something decent to eat off and away from campus. Chipotle cost us about $20,0000 and our daughter had a grand time and became something of a gourmand. It is strange but gratifying that the rest of the country is seven years behind us in both Chipotle and Obama knowledge.

  94. dot48 December 15, 2015 at 7:51 am
    ————–
    Here’s one on its way:

    This ? has been asked of @HillaryClinton by a friend of mine:
    What does the Religion of Peace Teach About Violence
    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm

    You can get a Twitter login just to have a look at what goes on there. Some account’s permissions may be tight, prohibiting you.
    You don’t ever have to tweet anything.
    You can follow whomever you want, or unfollow.
    You can block accounts you don’t like.

    I’m not the expert on anything digital, tho. So if others say something, use their information.☺

  95. pm317 December 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm
    holdthemaccountable December 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm
    ———————
    There’s a book “Games Your Mother Never Taught You”
    I had a paperback copy for years, but never got around to reading it.
    One of my bigger mistakes, no doubt.

  96. gonzotx
    December 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I think we should let everyone be who they are, that goes for Hillary too.
    Unfortunately, people are left trying to read entrails and that doesn’t really work out very well. .ever.
    _________

    Zing…. Never let an opportunity go to waste.

  97. holdthemaccountable
    December 15, 2015 at 8:51 am
    —————

    LOL, no it is not a mistake.. these self help books are overrated. We all live our lives the way we see fit — that may mean putting aside general notions of success and competition that books like those peddle (at least for me).

  98. Gee free surprised you don’t say the same about Admin?

    Truth hurts? OK to say things about Trump and others?
    AMDIN has much worse to say than I about Hillary, you may want to read the post first.
    If your that thin skinned you can probably go to her site and feel blessed.
    For me, I will speak my truth…she has need the shark, I don’t live in fantasy land.

  99. Tony,

    I have a, mosque across the street from me, I can barely stand it…mostly men, 18 to 35…The few women wrapped up like burritos…I have seen one child in 5 years…one.
    Thinking, it’s not a real holy place…
    Every time these assholes murder more people I look over there and All I ever see is them scurrying from their car to the doors.

    As far ad I am concerned, the #1 job of an American President is the security and safety of it’s citizens,
    Obviously obama is not up to the job, we are collateral for his ultimate goals…
    This will be the last Presidential election we can turn back that clock…we can’t let past loyalties blind us…it’s balls to the walls time and it’s not going to be pretty.
    Wbb,

    I don’t trust anyone 100%, but she is the closest we have to a true journalist. ..

  100. holdthemaccountable
    December 15, 2015 at 9:20 am
    wbboei December 15, 2015 at 12:25 am
    ———–
    For me, this is gold.
    ——
    That post was extracted from the preceding link. I tried three times to post the entire text but it would not post. I mention this in case you want to see where it goes. When it comes to importing other parts of the world into this country because we are not having enough babies, and are unwilling to adopt a lebensborn (sp. too lazy to look it up) then we ought to differentiate between those cultures which are compatible with our own, and India and Iran would be one example, and offering preference to those who can be part of the middle class, than be a dumping ground for the poor nations of the world. If am happy to be called a racist bigot for saying that because what I am saying is true, and the charge tells us more about the corrupt or ignorant accuser than it does about me. It is interesting too, because we have such an emphasis on careers in this country now, and partly as a matter of choice and partly as the result of not wanting to make the great sacrifices which a family today entails. Still I have yet to hear anyone on their death bed confess, my one regret is that I did not spend more hours at the office. Youth is a blunder, middle age is a struggle, old age a regret. But rarely if ever do you hear a death bed confession such as that.

  101. The first one I heard describe the betrayal of the people by the elites as a “principle-agent” problem was Jay Cost, who is still trying to shoe horn what is happening today into his view of history. He is the political equivalent of the chartists you see on Wall Street, saying in effect, when the stock behaves in this manner on my graph X will happen. Value investors see this as nonsense, and remind their couterparts that it is all the other things about the stock, like the market, the management, the financial strength, the p/e ration that tells you more than this business of star gazing. But the observation Cost makes is valid, even though a bit understated. Richard Fernandez and Sharyl Attkisson light the best path forward for me. They do what armies of congressmen, staffers, and big media hacks cannot seem to do–separate the wheat from the chaff.
    ————-
    King Pyrrhus, who gave his name to the phrase for a poisoned triumph was said by Plutarch to have described his battle against the Romans in 279 BC in these terms: “that one other such victory would utterly undo him.” The outward show of strength by the international community at the Paris climate summit has temporarily taken the spotlight away from the genuine political crisis facing Europe, the United States and Saudi Arabia. It’s a crisis of credibility in the leadership of the political elites.

    The anti-migrant sentiment unleashed by the recent terror attacks in Paris was beaten back by the French political establishment at a terrific cost. Ian Bremmer at Time wrote: “Marine Le Pen Lost a Battle But May Win the War in France”. The National Front was prevented from making embarassing electoral gains only by a sacrifice play by the French left, the equivalent of Republicans voting for the Democrats to prevent a Trump victory.

    France’s two-round voting system served as a democratic safety valve, giving the electorate a chance to rethink the outcome. The two-round system allowed the mainstream parties, the center-left Socialists and the center-right Republicans, to regroup after the first round and rally around consensus candidates.
    But it came at a cost. While the Socialists of President Francois Hollande managed to hold onto five of the regions, they opted to pull their candidates from two to avoid splitting the vote in areas where the FN was expected to perform well. … The center-right Republicans—led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy—can only be unnerved that they had to rely so heavily on the Socialist self-sacrifice to pull it off.

    Meanwhile the Obama administration was busy trying to convince an increasingly skeptical electorate it was winning in the war on extremism. Secretary of State John Kerry was reported by the Washington Post as heading for Rome to “avert mayhem in Libya, ‘the next emergency’ after Syria”. Iraq, Syria — the old emergencies — are left behind in the eddying wake of the news cycle so Kerry can focus on Libya “the next emergency” after the public has forgotten the previous.

    Kerry joined 20 other diplomats from Europe, Africa and the Middle East to address mounting concern that Libya is about to become, as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi recently said, “the next emergency” after Syria. …
    “I think, as Samuel Johnson once said hundreds of years ago, the prospect of hanging concentrates minds, and the threat from Daesh certainly aided in the recognition by Libyans that they need to come together and form a single government,” said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity under State Department rules for briefing reporters.

    Misgivings about Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy achievement in North Africa continue to mount. “A New York Times reporter who recently returned from covering ISIS (also known as the Islamic State and ISIL) in Sirte, a coastal city in northern Libya, told radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday that he was “shocked and alarmed” at how much ISIS has grown there.”

    “I have to say I was personally shocked and alarmed at what I found on this last visit,” Times reporter David Kirkpatrick told Hewitt. …
    ISIS is “sending in their own administrators, many of them from the Gulf, as well as their own military commanders, often Iraqis and former officers in Saddam Hussein’s army to lead their operations there, and recruiting foreign fighters from around the region,” Kirkpatrick said.

    Kirkpatrick explained that Libya is a failed state full of cities that are governed by local militias. … “And into this landscape comes the Islamic State … and it’s been expanding its own empire so that it now has a full and exclusive control of 150 miles of Libyan coastline” … 400 miles away from Sicily, Italy.

    Bill Roggio at the Long War Journal notes there is scant evidence that the administration’s air campaign is having a decisive effect on ISIS’ strength. A tremendous number of sorties have been expended for not very much in the way of achievement.

    Rather than fighting the jihadist groups on the ground as a viable insurgent force or state, the US has primarily relied on airstrikes, and in many cases, unmanned drones, to target senior and mid-level leaders of the jihadist groups. …
    There is little evidence that the Islamic State’s leadership has been decimated by the US air campaign and limited special operations raids, which began in Iraq in August 2014 and in Syria one month later. The coalition has launched a total of 8,783 strikes (5,765 in Iraq and 3,018 in Syria) as of Dec. 9, 2015, according to the US Department of Defense. Yet, according to the Pentagon’s own reporting only 13 senior and mid-level Islamic State leaders have been confirmed killed over the last 15 months.

    And if Obama doesn’t beat down ISIS the simple reality is no one else will. The contribution of the “allies” to the campaign has been negligible. “In Syria, the heart of the Islamic State, 94 percent of the air raids have been made by American pilots.” The Daily Telegraph noted that the sum of total of a week’s worth of the Royal Air Force’s “round the clock blitz” was a “grand total of 14 bombs”. The whole campaign was proceeding at the speed of a man wading in a swimming pool. The Telegraph article continued:

    even the Americans – who are doing about 78 per cent of strikes in Iraq and 95 per cent in Syria – are operating at an exceptionally low tempo compared to almost any allied air campaign of the past. As General Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the US Air Force, said last week: “This is never going to look like the first Gulf War air campaign. That is just not the intent of the strategy that has been decided on, whether anyone agrees with that or not.”
    But all such misgivings were brushed aside by the administration. Reassurance was the purpose of what the Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe called president Obama’s “rare appearance at the Pentagon [which] … seemed designed specifically to counter criticism that he hasn’t devoted enough resources to destroying the group.”

    “We are hitting ISIL harder than ever,” Obama said, using an acronym for the group. So far, he said, the United States has dropped nearly 9,000 bombs and last month struck more targets since the United States began attacking the Islamic State last year.
    Obama has been under intense pressure from Democrats and Republicans to increase the pace and intensity of the campaign against the Islamic State following recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris.

    Whether anyone believed him, even the New York Times, was another matter. But diplomacy, not winning, as ever appeared to be the main focus of the administration’s efforts. John Kerry is now in Moscow to talk to the Russians about the possibility of keeping on Bashar al-Assad. An administration which once declared Assad’s departure a necessity is going to try to convince all parties to bury the hatchet, a task made especially difficult because the only side everyone wants dead are the “Syrian rebels”. As Christoph Reuter writes in Spiegel Assad and ISIS need each other to survive to prevent any good guys from emerging as an alternative.

    There have been dozens of cases since 2014 in which Assad’s troops and IS have apparently been coordinating attacks on rebel groups, with the air force bombing them from above and IS firing at them from the ground. In early June, the US State Department announced that the regime wasn’t just avoiding IS positions, but was actively reinforcing them.
    Such cooperation isn’t surprising. The rebels — in all their variety, from nationalists to radical Islamists — represent the greatest danger to both Assad and IS. And if the two sides want to survive in the long term, the Syrian dictator and the jihadists are useful to each other. From Assad’s perspective, if the rebels were to be vanquished, the world would no longer see an alternative to the Syrian dictator. But the rebels are also primarily Sunni, as are two-thirds of the Syrian populace — meaning that, from the IS perspective, once the rebels were defeated, the populace would be faced either with submission and exile, or they would join IS.

    It is little wonder that “the main Western-backed Arab rebel group in Syria appears on the verge of collapse because of low morale, desertions, and distrust of its leaders by the rank and file.” Neither they nor the “air campaign” appear to serve any useful purpose except to mollify Republican critics in Congress.

    The Syrian conflict is not only a “war wrapped inside a war” but also a “war before the real war”, a preliminary bout before the final settling of accounts between Sunni and Shi’ite factions. The real war is not the imaginary backlash of Western Christians against Muslims. It consists largely of Muslim vs Muslim. Christof writes that Syria is “the first international Shiite jihad in history” with Assad increasingly playing the role of tumbleweed in a storm.

    which has been compensating for the demographic inferiority of Assad’s troops since 2012. The alliance has prevented Assad’s defeat, but it hasn’t been enough for victory either. Furthermore, the orders are no longer coming exclusively from the Syrian officer corps. Iranian officers control their own troops in addition to the Afghan units, and they plan offensives that also involve Syrian soldiers. Hezbollah commanders coordinate small elite units under their control. Iraqis give orders to Iraqi and Pakistani militia groups. And the Russians don’t let anyone tell them what to do.
    But if Syria is the “first international Shiite jihad”, Yemen bids fair to be the second. The New York Times reports that in this new hot spot next door to the Kingdom, Al-Qaeda is losing ground to ISIS in Yemen and unopposed by Saudi Arabia, which is preoccupied with quelling the Shiite Houthis.

    An analyst in Yemen who closely follows Sunni extremist groups in the country said the scale of the attacks by the Islamic State showed that it was becoming just as dangerous as Al Qaeda. At the start of Yemen’s civil war, the Islamic State’s presence was “limited,” said the analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the hazards of talking openly about the group.
    As the war has spread across Yemen and the violence intensifies, the group’s “recruiting circle is expanding,” he added. …

    Both the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have profited from a security vacuum while trying to rally Yemen’s Sunnis against the Shiite-led rebels, known as the Houthis, who are from the north, analysts say. Crucially, the groups have both faced little or no resistance from the Saudi-led coalition and its allies, which are focused on defeating the Houthis. The coalition receives backing from the United States and Britain.

    The Saudis have been having a hard time of it and recently sustained a heavy blow when a Houthi missile destroyed an entire Saudi command center killing “23 Saudis, nine Emiratis and 12 Moroccan officers” plus more than 100 others. Nothing daunted Saudi Arabia announced an alliance to defeat an terrorism: though who exactly were the terrorists was unclear.

    Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations have agreed to form a new “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.
    The new counterterrorism coalition includes nations with large and established armies such as Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt as well as war-torn countries with embattled militaries such as Libya and Yemen. African nations that have suffered terrorist attacks such as Mali, Chad, Somalia and Nigeria are also members.

    Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Shiite Iran, is not part of the coalition. Saudi Arabia and Iran support opposite sides of in the wars raging in Syria and Yemen. Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military intervention in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels and is part of the U.S.-led coalition bombing the Sunni extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

    Whether the new alliance comprises the Justice League or the Legion of Doom the reader may decide for himself. But that necessarily raises the question of whose side the administration is on anyway. It’s a question they can always dodge. The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein writes that “the White House held three separate meetings Monday with faith leaders to discuss” a possible visit to a mosque by president Obama. “Ideally, they said, the visit would be with former president George W. Bush.”

    Among the approximately 10 Muslim leaders who came to the White House on Monday to meet with several top officials was Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group. The meeting, she said, was called by the White House. According to a White House official, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes attended.
    Khera said she pressed the White House to consider something Muslim Americans leaders have requested over the years: A visit to a mosque.

    But will it be a Sunni mosque or a Shia one? Or should they should select one by lot? At least King Pyrrhus knew who he was losing to; Western voters don’t have that luxury. The political elites are doing their level best to change the subject whenever they are pressed by their voters to categorically declare their intentions. It is so much easier and more convenient for these leaders to continue the process of handing out all things to all men.

    The crisis facing the West is at rock bottom a principal-agent problem. The political elites no longer represent anyone but themselves. So far, whoever loses, they win. They will avoid challenging the status quo unless they absolutely have to.

  102. gonzotx
    December 15, 2015 at 10:14 am
    Tony,
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    I’m tossing the following into the mosque discussion as hearsay as best as I recall:
    A friend I trust noted that Muslim religion has no structure beyond the individual mosques, so each mosque has no accountability mechanism, is free to do as it sees fit.

  103. The bottom line is crystal clear.

    You would have to blind and stupid not to see it.

    It is precisely what Richard says it is, in the last paragraph:

    (So fixated are they on laying the arteries and tendrils of world government and carving out a special role for themselves as the international elite class, that we now have a crisis of megapolitical proportions on our hands, and the elites are doing nothing, dismissing to address the problem at hand. There is one word for this: dysfuctional, and it comes at a heavy political price.)

    “The crisis facing the West is at rock bottom a principal-agent problem. The political elites no longer represent anyone but themselves. So far, whoever loses, they win. They will avoid challenging the status quo unless they absolutely have to.”

  104. All LAUSD schools closed by ‘credible threat’ of violence Authorities say they plan a search operation of all of the LAUSD’s more than 900 schools. The nation’s second-largest school district has more than 700,000 students.
    http://www.latimes.com/

  105. CNN saying the closure of all Los Angeles schools from a terrorist threat was probably a hoax.

    Let’s see how ISIS uses this in a copycat manner.

  106. Obama is so much smarter than the rest of us.

    Shorn of the formalities, his Syria Policy looks like this:

    —————–
    A briefing document on Syria:

    President Assad (who is bad) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the Rebels (who are good) started winning.

    But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad) and some continued to support democracy (who are still good).

    So the Americans (who are good) started bombing Islamic State (who are bad) and giving arms to the Syrian Rebels (who are good) so they could fight Assad (who is still bad) which was good.

    By the way, there is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who want to fight IS (which is a good thing) but the Turkish authorities think they are bad, so we have to say they are bad whilst secretly thinking they’re good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is another matter.

    Getting back to Syria. President Putin (bad, as he invaded Crimea and the Ukraine and killed lots of folks including that nice Russian man in London with polonium) has decided to back Assad (who is still bad) by attacking IS (who are also bad) which is sort of a good thing?

    But Putin (still bad) thinks the Syrian Rebels (who are good) are also bad, and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who are good) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good).

    Now Iran (who used to be bad, but now they have agreed not to build any nuclear weapons and bomb Israel are now good) are going to provide ground troops to support Assad (still bad) as are the Russians (bad) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.

    So a Coalition of Assad (still bad) Putin (extra bad) and the Iranians (good, but in a bad sort of way) are going to attack IS (who are bad) which is a good thing, but also the Syrian Rebels (who are good) which is bad.

    Now the British (obviously good, except Corbyn who is probably bad) and the Americans (also good) cannot attack Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (bad) and Iran (good / bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to IS (who are super bad).

    So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS (no real choice there) and since Putin and Iran are also fighting IS that may now make them good. America (still good) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being attacked by the Russians for fear of upsetting Mr. Putin (now good) and that mad ayatollah in Iran (also good) and so they may be forced to say that the Rebels are now bad, or at the very least abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join IS (still the only constantly bad group).

    To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran) backed by Russians will be seen as something of a Holy War, and the ranks of IS will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadist fighting in the Holy War and hence many Muslims will now see IS as good (doh!).

    Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (might have a point) and hence we will be seen as bad.

    So now we have America (now bad) and Britain (also bad) providing limited support to Sunni Rebels (bad) many of whom are looking to IS (good / bad) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran (also good) and Putin (also, now, unbelievably, good ) are attempting to retake the country Assad used to run before all this started?

    Bottom line: Obama has given us moral clarity.

  107. Free,

    That Borderline Personality Disorder of yours is entertaining.
    I look forward to your rants, thanks, you made my day.

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