April In New York: #BrooklynDebate, #CNNDebate, NY GOP Grand Central, @RealDonaldTrump, #Hillary2016

For some April in Paris is grand. This April, the fun is all in New York, until the parade moves on.

The parade will soon move on. But for now the noise of the parade is in New York, New York:

NEW YORK (AP) — As Democrats readied for their first debate-stage clash in a month, Florida officials declared Thursday they would not prosecute Donald Trump’s campaign manager for misdemeanor battery, the latest extraordinary development in a turbulent presidential primary season now focused on New York.

Trump joined other presidential contenders from both parties who hustled into New York City ahead of the state’s Tuesday presidential primaries, a critical test as both parties’ front-runners fight to beat back surging challengers. New conflicts flared between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders hours before the evening debate in Brooklyn as protesters clogged the Manhattan sidewalk outside a state GOP dinner where all three Republican White House hopefuls were scheduled to appear. [snip]

The Democratic race has become increasingly heated in New York — including Sanders first questioning Clinton’s qualifications to be president and then reversing himself — and the tensions were likely to spill onto the debate stage.

Early Thursday, Sanders distanced himself from comments made by a surrogate the day before that voters shouldn’t “continue to elect corporate Democratic whores.” Sanders said on Twitter that the comment “was inappropriate and insensitive.” ”There’s no room for language like that in our political discourse,” he wrote. [snip]

Sanders broadened his attack on his party’s front-runner in a new ad unveiled Thursday.

Nothing will change until we elect candidates who reject Wall Street money,” the narrator says.

Trump, meanwhile, hopes New York marks an end to the worst period of his candidacy, a stretch that raised new questions about his policy abilities and revealed his campaign’s lack of preparedness for a delegate fight if the GOP race heads to a contested convention. A big victory in New York could increase his chances of clinching the nomination before the convention.

He dispatched aides to Capitol Hill Thursday in the first of what the campaign says will be a series of regular gatherings with lawmakers.

Trump adviser Ed Brookover said after the meeting that the billionaire businessman was on a “glide path” to reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

That’s a long winded way to write that “nothing has changed”. Trump will be the GOP nominee. Sanders will not be the nominee unless Mars invades and installs a Kook Kingdom here on planet Earth. Hillary? She won’t be the nominee either.

Like New York City, there is a lot of noise, some buildings going up, some going down, people moving to and fro, but not much happening.



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141 thoughts on “April In New York: #BrooklynDebate, #CNNDebate, NY GOP Grand Central, @RealDonaldTrump, #Hillary2016

  1. Great Trump speech on New York real estate tonight and how he helped resurrect New York City against all odds:

  2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3540606/Hillary-Clinton-live-town-hall-scheduled-Friday-morning-Good-Morning-America-cancelled-just-hours-event-scheduling-issue.html

    Why did Hillary Clinton leave Good Morning America in the lurch by pulling out of live town hall just hours before the event on Friday?

    Hillary Clinton will not appear at a scheduled live town hall on Friday morning
    The presidential hopeful was to appear on Good Morning America for the event
    ABC cited a ‘scheduling issue’ as the reason for the cancelled event

    A town hall with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been cancelled just hours before the event.

    The Democratic front-runner had been set to appear on Good Morning America Friday morning, but ABC said in a statement on Thursday afternoon that the event was being rescheduled for a different time.

    An ABC executive told DailyMail.com that it was Clinton who cancelled at the last minute due to scheduling issues.

    ABC announced the town hall just on Wednesday in a press release, saying ‘ABC News’ Good Morning America will hold two separate live town hall discussions with Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, leading up to Tuesday’s crucial New York Primary.

    ‘Both town halls will air during Good Morning America.

    ‘The town hall with former Secretary of State Clinton will air live on Friday, April 15 followed by a town hall with Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday, April 18. Sen. Cruz will be joined by his wife Heidi for a portion of the discussion.’

    The event was to be moderated by George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts.

  3. Sanders is KEELING Hillary in this debate

    Hillary will NOT release the speechs .. NOW she wants EVERYONE including TrUMP to give up HIS speechs before she gives hers….what a fraud she is

  4. SOOOOO glad to see Sanders calling out WOLF BLITZER for his wording of QUESTIONS to him

    SANDERS is bringing it tonight calling OUT the big companies

    I think people would be happy to pay more for products to be made in AMERICA

  5. For admin’s video of Trump at 9:04, Trump starts around 1:33:45 and talks through the end of the video (around 2:00:45).

  6. if Bernie says “Second of all” one more time I think I’ll scream!
    First (or first of all)
    Second (or secondly)
    Third……
    What does “Second of all” mean??

  7. Not watching..Hillary not doing well? She is only 12% point sup so she is not going to get a defining win in NYC…the slow march to nowhere will continue.
    I am sticking with my prediction of Biden getting the nomination once Hillary is outed by the Obamas’. Michelle Obama has made it her personal mission to defeat Hillary and install Biden and her beloved friend Dr. Jill Biden as the next first couple.

  8. I watched the closing statements..stacked house for Sanders. Hillary as usual better, but Sanders generates the buzz with the kids..

  9. gonzo, I was appalled, until I remembered that people like this seek out places they don’t fit in order to move us toward sharia compliance.

    I know a rabbi/chaplain resident who was trying to get into the army (actually, not sure of which service). He couldn’t get in, because he is that strict type of Jew and they wear beards. You can’t wear a beard because then a gas mask couldn’t seal over your face.

    If you can’t conform to the rules, go somewhere else. This female Muslim, as the student writer said, should have applied to any of a million other colleges that don’t have a uniform which precludes her sheet set.

    It’s all part of a plan. Each time someone gives in (as the Citadel is considering) they are just encouraging more of the same somewhere in society. It’s no different than the military not paying ransom for captured soldiers, or Trump refusing to settle lawsuits instead of going to trial, because it all just encourages more of the same.

    We don’t just need boundaries around the country, we need boundaries around our culture.

  10. Van Jones appears to admire Bernie for his anti-Israeli/pro Palestinian positions..isn’t he one of Obama’s pals?

  11. 1. Hispanic

    2. Woman

    3. Executive Experience

    4. Able to win a deep blue state

    5. Family oriented.

    I think Martinez on the Trump ticket advances Manaforts argument that Trump is changing the electoral map, whereas today the Democrats have a lock on 240 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

  12. So Sanders will pull a Cruz and try to get the delegates to switch at the convention..a real slime ball, but it may work and certainly will leave the opening for the great “unifier” Obama to pick his man or woman…maybe Hillary lucks out and gets a VP slot this time?

  13. Not that anyone here cares, but Hillary was great in the debate tonight. Most of the time ran circles around Sandcrap and didn’t take any crap from anyone.

    She also strongly defend Israel while Sanders defended the Palestinians.

    That’s all I am going to say, over and out.

  14. Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post:

    http://nypost.com/2016/04/14/the-post-endorses-donald-trump/

    The Post endorses Donald Trump
    By Post Editorial Board

    Donald Trump is a rookie candidate — a potential superstar of vast promise, but making rookie mistakes. The nominee Republicans need for the fall campaign is often hard to make out amid his improvisations and too-harsh replies to his critics.

    Here’s how we see it.

    Should he win the nomination, we expect Trump to pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner. The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned.

    Yet the promise is clearly there in the rookie who is, after all, leading the field as the finals near.

    Trump has electrified the public, drawing millions of new voters to the polls and inspiring people who’d given up on ever again having a candidate who’d fight for them.

    That’s the work of the Donald Trump we know — a New Yorker, born and bred.

    A plain-talking entrepreneur with outer-borough, common-sense sensibilities.

    Trump is a do-er. As a businessman, he’s created jobs for thousands. And he’s proven how a private-sector, can-do approach can rip through government red tape and get things done.

    These last 10 months, he’s ripped through a different morass — the nation’s stale, insider-driven politics.

    And he’s done it by appealing to the public’s anger at a government that’s eternally gridlocked when it comes to serving the people — but always able to deliver for the connected.

    He’s slammed the system for being rigged — and he’s right.

    To those fed up with the rule of lobbyists and an insular political class, to those who’ve seen their government ignore their needs — seen it continually degrade the quality not just of their economic lives, but of their plaace in society — Trump offers hope.

    But then there are those rookie mistakes.

    Start with policies that seem made on the fly.

    No, pulling US troops out of Japan and South Korea — and pushing both countries to go nuclear to defend themselves — is not remotely a good idea. American commitments may need rethinking — but careful rethinking.

    Yes, controlling the border is one of Washington’s fundamental duties — but “Build the Wall” is far too simplistic a policy for a nation of immigrants.

    By all means, get the best trade deals for America — but remember that trade means cheaper goods for the less well-off, and challenge US industries to improve.

    Trump’s language, too, has too often been amateurish, divisive — and downright coarse.

    But what else to expect from someone who’s never been a professional politician and reflects common-man passions?

    Indeed, his political incorrectness is one of his great attractions — it proves he’s not one of “them.” He’s challenging the victim culture that has turned into a victimizing culture.

    In the general election, we’d expect Trump to stay true to his voters — while reaching out to those he hasn’t won yet.

    Trump is now an imperfect messenger carrying a vital message. But he reflects the best of ‘New York values’ — and offers the best hope for all Americans who rightly feel betrayed by the political class.

    He has the potential — the skills, the know-how, the values — to live up to his campaign slogan: to make America great again.

    For those reasons, The Post today endorses Donald Trump in the GOP primary.

  15. jbstonesfan
    April 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm
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    It was the kids who got us Obama in the first place back in 2008. Based on that sorry experience, I’m now all for raising the voting age to 30 years old to make sure the voters have sufficient real life experience before taking the nation’s fate in their hands.

  16. Hi Shadowfax!!!! hang in there!!! maybe next Tuesday will all be happy!!
    ============
    Tony, you are correct. I don’t want to sound like our parents , but today’s youth are really misinformed, uninformed, and generally needy group of malcontents….(sans my kids off course :).

  17. This is surely found in video admin has posted 9:04 pm
    “…Donald Trump actually built the room he, and all the remaining candidates, were speaking in. The Grand Hyatt was his very first large-scale construction project in Manhattan during a time when New York City was in dire straits and most had given up on the Big Apple…”

  18. admin
    April 15, 2016 at 12:03 am
    Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post:
    ———-
    An imperfect messenger with a vital message.

    A fine endorsement, which elevates substance over style.

    Too many people cannot–or will not see past the personal style

    Which some love and some hate

    To the message he provides, and the movement he has inspired

    And to a great awakening.

  19. admin
    April 15, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post:

    http://nypost.com/2016/04/14/the-post-endorses-donald-trump/

    The Post endorses Donald Trump
    By Post Editorial Board
    “He’s challenging the victim culture that has turned into a victimizing culture.”

    THAT is the narrative shift we are seeing now.

    I think it started the night of the mobs in Chicago closing down, then terrorizing the crowd who TRIED to hear Trump speak. It was so egregious and hateful with virtue signaling against their own potential voters siding with a bunch of spoiled and ignorant college kids acting out with paid Soros bums. It was obvious who was claiming to be a victim but in fact was the victimizer. It only got worse with the media pile on, the eGOP, Cruz and Kasich siding with the mob victimizers (against the people of the United States) to shut down free speech and right to assembly, to assault, terrorize, destroy property, and humiliate anyone who doesn’t agree with them and/or fall in line and shut up. That was March 11th. That is when the professional Republicans, media, institutional left with union and Soros money went whole hog. Trump was polling near 50% and they HAD to try to take him down and if the public was collateral damage so be it. The Michelle Fields stunt was March 8th. There were several “plot lines” going on to demonize and discredit Trump and his supporters that week. “Trumpsters” were poorly educated, deserved to die (National Review article dated March 17 by the lackey Kevin Williamson) has been rolling along for a few months but the special denigration and outright hatred was saved for this push so the blowback would be more difficult with so many threads going on at the same time.

    It worked. Trump’s polling went down. “Never Trump” got rolling, the eGOP consultant class and media hacks (led by Me-gyn Kelly with her master Murdoch pulling her paid for strings), the caucus and election fraud specialists, the agitating lefties with globalism money, now had something to do. The rage machine and echo chamber were fully employed and televised and blasted onto the internet.

    On or about March 28th Manafort is hired full time. He has said he had been observing and informally advising for a while. I bet. It was 1980 all over again only with 24 hours news cycle and the internet. Same old shit. Beating back entrenched global thievery is never easy.

    How to beatkick back the emerging narrative that Cruz, the media, the RNC, women, BLM, anarchists, social justice mobs, Mexico, and Muslims are being victimized by Trump? FLIP THE SCRIPT! It also immensely helpful that scummy RNC chicanery in caucuses, idiot Paul Ryan is so transparent and frankly bug-eyed creepy, Cruz has a zipper and truth problem, world events in mass invasion and criminality, and that Michelle Fields is such a bad actress (like you know guys ya) and can’t see CCTV cameras stuck all over a ceiling even wearing glasses.

    Exactly who is victimizing who? Me-gyn Kelly went begging to Trump after giving enormous air time to “Never Trumps” gals who are paid liars. Ailes went begging to Trump at lunch just after that performance to back track even more. Karl Rove is still going after Trump but privately saying “I think we can work with this guy so get used to it.” BLM is told by the Ohio State administrators to stop “victimizing” the university employees who are afraid of you and you will be expelled if you don’t stop terrorizing them with your bullshit. A Florida DA says a media hack plant was stalking Trump and is a fake “victim”.

    Trump is managing to become symbolic of an entire country held in terror by of the professional “victims” who are in fact the victimizers. The word is getting out and the obvious is becoming so apparent that even Ailes and Rove have to acknowledge it. Thanks Paul. Really, really good work.

  20. “Here is where the wall comes in: those welfare benefits are also promised to their people by the government of Mexico. However, the corruptos (as Mexicans call their rulers) guarantee that they are never delivered. Instead, Mexicans working in the U.S. send back to their extended families tens of billions of dollars a year, resulting in an extensive Mexican welfare system, a courtesy extended to the Mexican elite establishment by its enthusiastic elitist counterparts in the United States.”

    “These financial remittances are called remesas, and Donald Trump proposes that the U.S. impose a surcharge on each of them, since they constitute an indirect but de facto Mexican government welfare program designed to prevent unrest or even broader domestic violence at home – after all, we must recall, Mexico’s official “Institutional Revolutionary Party” is well-entrenched, and with rare exceptions has controlled the country for almost a century. The remesas provide a safety valve that reduces the threat of serious unrest, allowing the corruptos to keep the party going unperturbed.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2016/04/14/why-the-wall-will-work/

    This article is one of the better basic explanations of what goes on in Mexico. The only explanation of why both political parties support this is that they are being paid to do so. Mexico also dumps many other problems on the US but that will shake out when the basics start being enforced again. The economic costs to the US are unbelievably huge and solely for the benefit of Mexico’s elites.

  21. Mormaer
    April 15, 2016 at 8:38 am
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    1. The status quo ensures that the uniparty establishment (in the US and Mexico) and drink like a fish, and the American People get the hangover.

    2. You are absolutely correct in what you are saying about Manafort, including the media shift. Knowledge is power. And a good strategy combined with power has the potential to run the table, as they say in pool. The best part of it, he is willing to have the border skirmishes others avoid, but he never loses sight of something Clausewitz called the center of gravity. His center of gravity is 1237.

  22. A good example? In the late 19th century, the Iron Chancellor (Bismark) was asked about the empires that France and Britain had built around the world, and he was asked how can Prussia hope to fight them in those distant lands?

    He stared back at them in icy silence with those cold blue eyes. Then, he pulled out a world map, put is hands on Europe and said, I do not need to. My center of gravity is here.

  23. For JB –

    Poll: Clinton’s Lead in New York Grows

    Hillary Clinton has expanded her lead over Bernie Sanders in New York’s April 19 Democratic presidential primary, according to a new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

    Clinton gets support of 57 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the poll, while Sanders gets 40 percent.

    That 17-point lead for Clinton is an increase from Monday’s NBC/WSJ/Marist survey (conducted by the same pollster), which found the former secretary of state ahead, 55 percent to 41 percent, though the change is within the margin of error.

  24. Donald said so much with relatively few words at gop dinner
    He is such a wise…and accomplished man…with heart…

    …turned to the debate and hillary constantly sucking up to O…was too much for me…and yes…she is heavy into white guilt and white shaming us

    Seemed like cruz went on forever…I always turn the channel or hit mute when he is on
    i love the Post endorsement & donald’s oped
    Donald…the man of the people…the true change agent
    Love DJT

  25. not sure if this has been postedmearlier, if so, here it is for the late afternoon big pinkers…

    Let Me Ask America a Question

    How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? No wonder voters demand change.

    By
    Donald J. Trump
    April 14, 2016 7:18 p.m. ET
    3285 COMMENTS

    On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred.

    A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined.

    In recent days, something all too predictable has happened: Politicians furiously defended the system. “These are the rules,” we were told over and over again. If the “rules” can be used to block Coloradans from voting on whether they want better trade deals, or stronger borders, or an end to special-interest vote-buying in Congress—well, that’s just the system and we should embrace it.

    Let me ask America a question: How has the “system” been working out for you and your family?

    I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people. Members of the club—the consultants, the pollsters, the politicians, the pundits and the special interests—grow rich and powerful while the American people grow poorer and more isolated.

    No one forced anyone to cancel the vote in Colorado. Political insiders made a choice to cancel it. And it was the wrong choice.

    Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.

    The only antidote to decades of ruinous rule by a small handful of elites is a bold infusion of popular will. On every major issue affecting this country, the people are right and the governing elite are wrong. The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.

    Why should we trust the people who have made every wrong decision to substitute their will for America’s will in this presidential election?

    Here, I part ways with Sen. Ted Cruz.

    Mr. Cruz has toured the country bragging about his voterless victory in Colorado. For a man who styles himself as a warrior against the establishment (you wouldn’t know it from his list of donors and endorsers), you’d think he would be demanding a vote for Coloradans. Instead, Mr. Cruz is celebrating their disenfranchisement.

    Likewise, Mr. Cruz loudly boasts every time party insiders disenfranchise voters in a congressional district by appointing delegates who will vote the opposite of the expressed will of the people who live in that district.

    That’s because Mr. Cruz has no democratic path to the nomination. He has been mathematically eliminated by the voters.

    While I am self-funding, Mr. Cruz rakes in millions from special interests. Yet despite his financial advantage, Mr. Cruz has won only three primaries outside his home state and trails me by two million votes—a gap that will soon explode even wider. Mr. Cruz loses when people actually get to cast ballots. Voter disenfranchisement is not merely part of the Cruz strategy—it is the Cruz strategy.

    The great irony of this campaign is that the “Washington cartel” that Mr. Cruz rails against is the very group he is relying upon in his voter-nullification scheme.

    My campaign strategy is to win with the voters. Ted Cruz’s campaign strategy is to win despite them.

    What we are seeing now is not a proper use of the rules, but a flagrant abuse of the rules. Delegates are supposed to reflect the decisions of voters, but the system is being rigged by party operatives with “double-agent” delegates who reject the decision of voters.

    The American people can have no faith in such a system. It must be reformed.

    Just as I have said that I will reform our unfair trade, immigration and economic policies that have also been rigged against Americans, so too will I work closely with the chairman of the Republican National Committee and top GOP officials to reform our election policies. Together, we will restore the faith—and the franchise—of the American people.

    We must leave no doubt that voters, not donors, choose the nominee.

    How have we gotten to the point where politicians defend a rigged delegate-selection process with more passion than they have ever defended America’s borders?

    Perhaps it is because politicians care more about securing their private club than about securing their country.

    My campaign will, of course, battle for every last delegate. We will work within the system that exists now, while fighting to have it reformed in the future. But we will do it the right way. My campaign will seek maximum transparency, maximum representation and maximum voter participation.

    We will run a campaign based on empowering voters, not sidelining them.

    Let us take inspiration from patriotic Colorado citizens who have banded together in protest. Let us make Colorado a rallying cry on behalf of all the forgotten people whose desperate pleas have for decades fallen on the deaf ears and closed eyes of our rulers in Washington, D.C.

    The political insiders have had their way for a long time. Let 2016 be remembered as the year the American people finally got theirs.

    Mr. Trump is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

    ***********************************************************
    Love DJT…

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

    this is what is was expecting from Hillary…this is what I honestly thought she would be saying when she announced

    …not O3 and all her pandering…

  26. I just heard a Bernie supporter on Neil Cavuto say that 40% of Bernie’s supporters will not vote or support Hillary

    when Neil asked him ‘what will they do’ he answered, they will either stay home…or they will cross over and vote’

    Neil asked ‘vote for who’…he answered ‘Donald Trump, in fact he said, that if Bernie does get the nom, (did not get this guys name)…he said, in fact he will actively work to elect Donald if Bernie does not get it…and he said alot of democrats will vote for Donald, not Hillary…

  27. this is the democratic strategist, Harlan Hill, that said bernie supporters will cross over and vote for Trump

    imo…I still think Hillary will get the nomination, I do not think she will win the Presidency

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/04/democrat-strategist-bernie-supporters-will-cross-vote-trump-instead-hillary-video/

    Democratic strategist Harlan Hill told Neil Cavuto today that up to 40% of Bernie Sanders supporters will cross over to Donald Trump if Bernie is eliminated.

    Harlan Hill: Almost 40% of Bernie Sanders supporters say they will not support Hillary Clinton in the general election. And I expect that number to grow.

    (the video clip is there, would not come up to bring it here)

  28. I don’t know, Donald wants them to work, Berne is all about free stuff, Hillary is a lot closer to Bernie

  29. gonzo… a lot of it is based on the “fair trade” issue…bernie and DT have similiar viewpoints, the difference is DT will do something about it

    Bernie is not a negotiator

    many of bernie’s supporters think of themselves as “rebels”…they want an outsider

    Hillary is the epitome of the insider establishment…

    she is currently on her way to LA for 2 fundraisers with George Clooney and Amal for tables that start at $350,000

    and then there is her Wall St sheneghians…they see her as a corportist

  30. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/276366-insurers-warn-losses-from-obamacare-are-unsustainable

    Insurers warn losses from ObamaCare are unsustainable

    Health insurance companies are amplifying their warnings about the financial sustainability of the ObamaCare marketplaces as they seek approval for premium increases next year.

    Insurers say they are losing money on their ObamaCare plans at a rapid rate, and some have begun to talk about dropping out of the marketplaces altogether.

    “Something has to give,” said Larry Levitt, an expert on the health law at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Either insurers will drop out or insurers will raise premiums.”

    While analysts expect the market to stabilize once premiums rise and more young, healthy people sign up, some observers have not ruled out the possibility of a collapse of the market, known in insurance parlance as a “death spiral.”

    In the short term, there is a growing likelihood that insurers will push for substantial premium increases, creating a political problem for Democrats in an election year.

    Insurers have been pounding the drum about problems with ObamaCare pricing.

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association released a widely publicized report last month that said new enrollees under ObamaCare had 22 percent higher medical costs than people who received coverage from employers.

    And a report from McKinsey & Company found that in the individual market, which includes the ObamaCare marketplaces, insurers lost money in 41 states in 2014, and were only profitable in 9 states.

    We continue to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges,” Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, said in February.

    The Aetna CEO noted concerns about the “risk pool,” which refers to the balance of healthy and sick enrollees in a plan. The makeup of the ObamaCare risk pools has been sicker and costlier than insurers hoped.

    The clearest remedy for the losses is for insurers to raise premiums, perhaps by large amounts — something Republicans have long warned would happen under the healthcare law, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    “The industry is clearly setting the stage for bigger premium increases in 2017,” said Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation. [snip]

    There have been some rumblings of discontent from Blue Cross plans. The plan in New Mexico already dropped off the marketplace there last year after it lost money and state regulators rejected a proposed 51.6 percent premium increase. Now, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina says that it might drop out of the marketplace because of its losses.

    Blue Cross of North Carolina CEO Brad Wilson said in an interview that the company had lost $400 million due to its ObamaCare business.

    “We’re not alone, and I think that that also is evidence to suggest that there are systemic and fundamental challenges that we all need to have a civilized conversation about,” Wilson said.

    He said a key factor in the decision on whether to stay in the market next year will be whether regulators approve whatever premium increase the company ends up proposing so as to try to make up for its losses.

    Asked about the risk of a death spiral, Wilson said he is not worried about that happening “tomorrow,” but has concerns if the situation does not change over time.

    “There’s not going to be something magical happen that will cause this to turn around,” Wilson said. He is pressing for changes like further tightening up extra sign up periods that insurers say people use to game the system and repealing the Health Insurance Tax, which could help lower premiums.

  31. Thanks Shadowfax.,….she needs a big win. Podesta came off very weak in post debate remarks compared to Sanders obnoxious but effective campaign guy Weaver who basically is going to do what Cruz is doing to Trump via delegates. . Watching him talk to Axelrod gave me the creeps.
    Truthfully, I was upset at Sander’s open hostility towards Israel and Hillary’s very lack luster of support for Israel compared to that of her senate tenure…

  32. jb

    I don’t know what to tell ya. I think you have made your mind who you support and so I will just stop by now and then to say hello to you my friend.

    Have a good weekend.

  33. lorac
    April 16, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I guess I pretty much knew that. The lies, the cover-up, preserving a second term for Satan. It is indefensible.

  34. lorac
    April 15, 2016 at 11:56 pm
    ————————
    I took a look and have to wish them luck. We did our analysis after the fact. And BO revised his reports up to 5 times. I am going to try checking the reports they are looking for, but I am not optimistic.

    The problem is that the damage is done by the time you can identify the abuse. The monthly reports are due 15 or more days after the end of the month, so by the time you get them, they are old news.

  35. lorac
    April 16, 2016 at 1:12 am
    ———————————-
    If they lied about the video causing the attack, then what else did they lie about what happened during the attack itself? Did they deliberately withhold critical military support at a time that would have saved Ambassador Stevens and those Special Forces who were killed by that Al Qaeda mob?

  36. foxyladi14
    April 16, 2016 at 11:14 am

    J.K.’s wife spills the beans.

    “Lehman Brothers” John either owes some favors or is getting paid. He is a globalist shill. His wife just confirmed what everyone already thought. Gotta keep those borders wide open and get the rigged trade deals done.

  37. Shadowfax, you should come by often and speak your mind. You are part of the family . Honestly, I have not made up my mind. I do not think trump will get the nomination and will not vote for Cruz. I also do not think Hillary will get the nomination for other reasons. If I am wrong and it’s Hillary v. Cruz or any other republican I will reluctantly vote for her. If trump makes it, it becomes a difficult decision.

  38. Jb,
    Then you can expect fireworks, because most of us don’t support Hillary and feel her actions have been traitorous.
    You may want to follow shadow to uppity, where they call anti Hillary people cockroaches and talk about smacking them. .
    Yes I read a few…they still worship Hillary, so if your inclined.
    I’m not saying leave this blog..not only do I have no right, but oh no, love you, but any pro Hillary BS Will Be Met accordingly. Just thinking that line of thought would be met there with open arms.Not so much here anymore.
    We are getting down to the end, it’s going to get brutal and I think you have a kind heart.

  39. jbstonesfan
    April 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    Shadowfax, you should come by often and speak your mind. You are part of the family.


    Believe me Jb, I always felt like the family here since 2007…but, the digs at every comment, even when my comments are to YOU, have made it a waste of time for me.

    I check in every now and then to see how things are going, but have found being on a Hillary site is much more sane for me. I do believe Hillary will win the Primary.

    Plain and simple, this is no longer a Hillary blog, hasn’t been in awhile. I do miss a lot of people here, but I am much happier somewhere else now.

    ((jb, Free, wbbs, Lu, S, Foxy, Tony and a few others))

  40. 4.16.16. Battle over Obama immigration actions lands before Supreme Court
    The impassioned election-year debate over President Obama’s immigration executive actions lands Monday before a short-handed Supreme Court, where justices will consider a fundamental question: how much power does the president truly have?
    The justices plan to hold 90 minutes of oral arguments dealing with Obama’s bid to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

    …A federal appeals court earlier had struck down DAPA, which has yet to go fully into effect. The Justice Department then asked the high court for a final review, in what could be a key test of Obama’s executive powers his last year in office….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/16/battle-over-obama-immigration-actions-lands-before-supreme-court.html

  41. If I may borrow a phrase GonzoTx:

    “Then you can expect fireworks, because most of us don’t support (insert Hillary or Obama) and feel (insert her or his) actions have been traitorous.”

    The names can be changed but the song is now the same.

  42. Look, I recall being one of the first one’s here livid over Hillary accepting the SOS position as she obviously would have to become a bot …what I didn’t count on was her remaining one after her tenure ended as SOS…this primary with sanders has caused her to really have to go even further left than anyone expected. The only one trying to have some semblance of reality is Bill and he know longer has the mojo of this new democratic party. As for Trump, lets be honest, a year ago none of us would have thought this would plausible and laughed it off, but his campaign, warts and all, really showed how treacherous both parties are and how rigged the system is.
    I have a soft spot in my heart for the Clinton’s because of what they have been through and frankly after Bill left they made enough money were if she didn’t care about our country she certainly would not want to be subject to this type of scrutiny again. Maybe it’s the historical drive of being the first woman President that drives her. Obama got in cause Bush really messed up in Iraq and the country thought how wonderful to have as Joe Biden stated this “articulate” AA American as President. Well, he turned out to be everything we thought he would be and like it or not effectively transformed the country as promised. The republicans meanwhile are content as long as they have their leadership positions in the House and Senate and see trump as the real threat to there staying power.
    =================
    Shadowfax, I understand how you must feel but like I said, as long as we all are respectful and understand that each of us have very strong feelings, it’s a healthy debate and we each learn something new from another person’s point of view. Imagine how the administrator feels after giving his/her all for Hillary for years and having to take a principled position based on what they know. Anyway, at the end of the day, we all want to feel that we and our loved ones are going to somehow get by and make it during these challenging times. That’s about it:)

  43. holdthemaccountable
    April 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm
    ———————————-
    With Justices Roberts and Kennedy being such wankers, I’m not optimistic of them blocking Obama since they seem to bend over and offer their butts to him almost every time.

  44. Jb…I was adamantly against Hillary being SOS from the get go, for the very reasons I now despise her.
    I knew if she did become part of his Administration it would signal her selling us out….it did..no one has been a bigger cheerleader for him, no one.

    And your right, Admin probably had the most invested and lost the most.

    What is most irritating to me is the drive by to post positive articles on Hillary knowing full well how most feel and then acting like a wounded bird. I don’t go to Hillary websites to post pro Trump articles, I would imagine I would be squashed like a “cockroach” as Uppity states she does to anyone not pro Hillary.
    Or be “slapped silly”…
    I don’t know, I guess I would expect that people would be less than receptive.
    I really think it’s done on purpose to elicit the very reaction it gets.
    Enough of my time on this.

  45. When you have posted somewhere for so long and it changes so drastically it’s natural to feel a little bit shell shocked. I was actually following the ” Huffington Post” in 08 until I saw the real hatred towards Hillary and Israel. At first I tried to post and defend both, but the vitriol of the responses made me uncomfortable. I not sure how I landed here, but it was like finding an Oasis out of the desert at the time. I don’t think anyone here is vindictive like the stuff I saw posted on that other HuffPo. Just people who find themselves torn between what is and what was. I am one of them.

  46. I think it is important that we be respectful of discussions about Hillary. I cannot say I know who she is or if she will be the Dem candidate. But I do know that we need to be able to have productive discussions. Shadowfax is a valued member here.

  47. gonzo – drive-bys with one of two things – a positive Hillary thing, like a poll – or a negative Trump thing, often nothing more than a personal prediction. And certainly never any discussion, always a drive by

    jb – how can there be a “debate” when one side discounts the negatives that the others object to? One side says she lied about Benghazi, even to the parents’ faces – the other side doesn’t care, discounts it. One side says Wall St owns her – the other side doesn’t care, discounts it. One side disparages whites and promotes blacks to the point of celebrating criminals who were killed in self-defense, pretending they were innocent victims – the other side doesn’t even seem to touch that, just discounts it. One side is living in fantasy land, thinking some miracle is going to change Hillary – like that old teenager movie, Live Science?, where the kids create a gorgeous woman out of thin air.

    And I don’t personally feel that Sanders is pushing Hillary left. I think the biggest reason that the party has gone so far left is BECAUSE the moderates left… so only the left wing kooks (and Hillary groupies) are left. If Hillary hadn’t chosen to be absorbed by the borg, the moderates might have grit their teeth waiting for the end of Obama. But she choose to be a bot after SOS, it was a choice, she didn’t have to. So it seems it’s where her heart is. So moderates drifted away because she was a bot, and then Trump appeared, and a truly sensible America-loving choice appeared and cleared the moderates away. She choose to be a bot and trash the common American.

  48. In other words, I think Hillary drove her non-delusional supporters away. And really, I no longer care if she has changed or is just lying about 95% of what she believes… I think I’d be a fool to vote for someone because I want to believe she stands for what she says she does NOT stand for.

    And Hillary will never build a wall, will never limit the non-assimilating refugees, that’s really who she has always been, she’s not lying about that. I didn’t know that in 2008, as some of her still-true believers did, but support her anyway. But even if she were lying, she owned by the same people who would force her to remain true to that, so in the end, whether Hillary was lying for 20 years or just 7, our country and culture will not be protected under Hillary. And her democrat divisiveness that has only grown during her bot years will just explode when she’s in charge – it will be Obama-time for 8 more years. No thanks. She is owned big time and will remain who she says she is.

    She doesn’t want us. We took the red pill.

  49. Salient observation about Trump by one of the leading objectivist thinkers of our time:

    Donald Trump is a genius and the smartest negotiator in history (30 minute mark).

    Donald Trump is an alpa male fighting a feminist culture where alfa males have been unpopular for 50 years except for grey haired pussies like George Clooney (1 minute mark)

    Most people today are moral cowards who will not speak the truth bacause they fear the emotional reaction by people who lack the capacity to think and have been programmed by the civilization destroying matra of the left. (1 minute mark)

    When you import millions of low IQ people from nations hostile to western traditions you will collapse western civilization. (1 minute mark)

    The key to Trump popularity is he listens to the people. Everyone else seeks to imprint the public with the talking points of their donors (1 minute mark)

    https://youtu.be/pr2SLCnJWBw

    https://youtu.be/pr2SLCnJWBw

  50. Donald Trump is an alpa male fighting a feminist culture where alfa males have been unpopular for 50 years

    I know this is a long-standing republican thing, including women taking jobs from men, but I can’t buy this. I want a strong leader, not an alpha male. The point is strong, not gender. There are still plenty of alpha males around, they haven’t been extinguished. The problem is the people in politics are corrupted, it’s not that they’re not alpha males. That’s my strong opinion. Men oppressed women since time immemorial, and now when men don’t get everything given to them, it’s women’s fault. Sorry, can’t go that route. Men played on an unfair playing field that they created themselves, and some can’t handle equality now when they don’t get everything. So they blame women.

  51. Lorac—it is a hard truth for people reared in this culture to understand and accept. And yet it explains most of what is wrong, and is leading to decline and unhappiness. Look at the sit coms–the crap Norman Lear peddles and all the other no talents in Hollywood follow, fictional and pathetic comedies of the heroic woman and the buffoon husband–but only if he is a white man. Look at the common culture that ignores the fact that over half of the spousal abuse is women abusing men. Look at the legal system which sides with the woman and makes the man pay for the rest of his life. Over 50% of the births today are out of wedlock, and 90% in the black community. Look at the children who are raised without fathers and the long shadows this creates for them. Look at that feeling that hits so many women in their late twenties who have gone for career, or stayed too long at the fair and want to get married and find there is no one worth marrying, or those that are, are not interested in the shackle. Men are pigs, men are selfish, women need men like a fish needs a bicycle according the the high priest of feminism Steinem. Studies even show that people today, women in particular, are less happy, more stressed than they were in the 1970’s. When you add it all up, it become obvious that the denegration of the white male in our society is a major factor in the decline of civilized society. And males now with disposable income, available pornography, dating and other pursuits look at the whole picture and say what is in all this for me? Why should I invest 20 years of my life, the best years. The only way this was ever possible was through societal pressure. And today, that societal pressure in favor of marriage is not there. And the society as a whole is in decline. This is an attack upon freedom of choice. It is not an attack on no fault divorce. It is not an attack on women. It is however a direct attack on a culture which denegrates the white male at every conveivable turn, white priviledge and all that shit. And those who cannot see it do not see the forest for the trees. You say this is a Republican thing? Let me let you in on a little secret: main stream republicans are the quintessential example of castrated males–castrated by their donors, but also playing the pc game which is also part of the feminist arsenal. It begins with not hurting someones feelings. It ends with serial lies.

  52. Correction: This is NOt an attack upon freedom of choice. It is not an attack on no fault divorce.

    By every conceivable measure, this is a society in decline. If you believe as Marx did that men are economic animal that jobs alone will solve the problem, then we must find a way to get our economy working and get those 95 million people who are not working while 30 million have entered our country illegally are taking their jobs–the ones that big business has not been able to farm out to other venues and all will be well. But if you think there is more to the story, and believe me there is, then you will realize that on the average, with our specie, the period of real sexual attraction between two partners lasts about three years. Your experience may be better than that, but that is what anthropologists tell us. Knowing that, and knowing the damage it does to children to grow up without a father, wouldn’t it be better for the culture to get off this kill the white males kick they are on. Men are not monagomous. Neither are women, although in times past their greater sense of responsibility and security made them less adventursome. I do not expect this to change. I just expect more of the same, until it cannot go on any more.

  53. Tony Stark, yes. Same queasy feeling here re SCOTUS and DAPA.
    —-
    But I digress to a sweet moment in PA.
    Over the weekend, Trump opened campaign offices in Harrisburg and Hazleton. US House Reps Tom Marino and Lou Barletta have joined politically as well as a presence for ribbon cutting. Enthusiastic local people at each.

    The Hazleton PA is a GUTSY decision on Trump’s part, and sweet reminiscence for Barletta. In case it’s not widely known outside PA:

    Back in 2006, Barletta, then the mayor of Hazleton, and the city were thrust into the national spotlight after the city passed an ordinance punishing local businesses and landlords who rented to or employed illegal immigrants.
    “Donald Trump has been getting the same criticism that I have took [sic- doubt Lou said it] for a long time, 10 years ago as mayor,” Barletta added.

    Now Hazleton is a hotbed of gun crime and drugs. It has to be crawling with undocumenteds. Democrat Senator Bob Casey has been busy sponsoring legislation to soften their path [and making a fool of himself altho not enough people know it]
    1) to make certain pregnant women are not discriminated against at work
    2) to increase availability of Pre Kindergartens
    3) to gain $60M more federal for a drug problem like he has never seen before
    4) to ensure all states are prepared for medical/psychological needs of babies born to drug-addicted parents.
    …[IN ON IT] Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Susan Collins (R-ME) announced that their legislation, the Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act, passed the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously

    http://www.casey.senate.gov/newsroom/releases/casey-bipartisan-senate-partners-introduce-bill-to-protect-drug-dependent-infants-clears-committee-unanimously

    Casey’s endorsement of Obama March 2008, and subsequent continuous support of him ever since, sticks in craw of PA who gave Hillary their plain majority vote.

  54. WHO recallS I/E? Could we have a little more of the former and tad less of the latter until we know whether the nation-destroying open border will prevail?

  55. On a different subject, the Saudis are now threatening to wreak economic havoc on this county if we dig into the 9-11 tragedy and expose their role in it. They paid a lot of money to get the big media beloved messiah into the white house and they are demanding he stop this dangerous nonsense. The question is can they do this without hurting themselves, and can they execute. Obama is crawling around like the worm he is trying to stop this dangerous mission to discover the truth. As I recall, this unholy alliance, centered entirely upon oil, dates back to the deal forged by Kissinger in the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis, where we agreed to defend Saudi Arabia, and they agreed to deal in US dollars, aka petro dollars, which could come to an end if they pull the trigger. Is the truth worth knowing?

  56. But this business of defending Saudi Arabia has under Obama gotten us into the dirty business of getting arms to Saudi supported sunni terrorist seeking to curtail the influence of Iran. That was the real issue at Benghazi. It is the truth that Hillary–and the rest of the Washington establishment does not want people to know. Donald has said he will expose the truth. That makes him a target for the uber corrupt Saudi regime. It sounds as thought they are dirty and worried about being exposed for what they are. If so, then there are things sociopaths in our own CIA may be called upon to answer for, including Brennan, who is widely distrusted. Also, it is useful to recall that units of the CIA under the direction of the Polish prince aka Zieb Brzeneski and his partner in crime Soros were at the forefront of the colors revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, which strategies were used to get Obama into office, so he could further their globalist agenda. They are also threatened by Trump. Is the Secret Service denuded by Obama, a match for the CIA run by that traitor Brennan? All we can do is hope.

  57. I watched all 26 democrat debates in 2008.

    I have not watched and will not watch any of them this time.

    I was told that Hillary trounced Bernie, just like she will Trounce Trump on the general election.

    That may be true, because if Trump does not get the nomination then the R party will be moot.

    But not everyone believes that Hillary trounced Bernie.

    Put differently, there is SOME evidence to the contrary.

    Nevertheless, losing the last eight elections does not matter–the super delegates are in the bag.

    And Hillary is holding off the prosecutors by refusing to disclose the CGI deals with foreign leaders.

    It is all coming together just fine.

    https://youtu.be/M773RTVDoT8

  58. wbboei
    April 17, 2016 at 8:04 am
    They are also threatened by Trump. Is the Secret Service denuded by Obama, a match for the CIA run by that traitor Brennan? All we can do is hope.

    There are rumors that Fields (who had a pen like object in her hand) was trying to “Yushchenko” Trump. AND that the stink after was to cover it up.

  59. To the indifferent politically correct public at large: the country is fixing to drive off the cliff. If you want to avoid it, you must do what you are not disposed to do, i.e. wake up, summon up your courage, close your eyes, and turn the fucking wheel!

    https://youtu.be/FDiZ5HW2wqU

  60. Lu,
    Time is short, and like Trump believes, There is No Time For The Politically correct, And AS Lorac restated, it is all drive by’s, or at least 98%
    Yes this person has been here awhile, I myself has been here since 2007, but if this site was still a pro Hillary site, I would be gone, not doing drive by’s. But tenure is not the issue for me. Whatever is posted on Trump is vile, negative, then comes the pro Hillary dump and then the flailing of victim hood, then the usual response. All well orchestrated.
    And JB is correct, a year ago, I couldn’t imagine supporting Trump, but a year ago, I didn’t know what he stood for.Am I making a pact with the devil? I don’t know, but I do know what Hillary stands for and it’s not me, not my children, or America.
    Trump is the imperfect messenger. ..but he’s all we got, so the chips are so very high, I’m done
    believing in Hillary and her games. It seems her true followers still like the games However.

  61. That’s right wbb,
    We are driving off a cliff, amazing how, many people either don’t see it or act as if it isn’t real.
    I still remember my mother and grandmother’s stories of the Great Depression, it burned a place in my mind..
    I think your right about our feminized males, I see it everyday. They won’t be happy till everything male is gender neutral.

  62. The Alpha Male, like the elite class, created their own problem with their unfairness and oppression of others, a failed system. People got together and rebelled under the oppression and I would rather die than live under the role they relegated to me. It was a failed system. That is not to discount the value of the alpha male. I would just consider being ruled by them as distasteful as being ruled by a bunch of malignant elite. And if that is what Trump is offering, count me out. They are not an evolution in social order.

  63. I think people are confused on what a Alpha male is and is not. Lots of projecting.

    Give me an Alpha male over these metro sexual shell of men we have running things these days.

    John Wayne vs Obama. .hmmm

  64. Lu4PUMA
    April 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm
    ———
    When you hear the word “alpha male” I suspect it conjured up in your mind something entirely different than what I am talking about. Maybe an overbearing male boss. Maybe some crude, mysogynistic type we have all seen along the way. That is not what I am talking about. When I think of that term, I think of someone is willing to assume a leadership role, commands respect and gives it, someone who has a vision, like Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Reagan. They are now the counter culture. What we see today is a nation of pajama boys. I am not interested in who you might wish to date. I am interested in someone who can turn this country around. That means knocking a few heads together. I think substance is more important than form.

  65. Both Bushes, Romney, and warheromcain and Kerry are pannie wastes.

    Kerry got his raped by the Iranians in a spectacle reminiscent of the love scene in Deliverance.

    But the worst of them all is that fucking Obama.

    He is a worm for all seasons.

  66. Obama wont tangle and he wont tango with Putin. He runs, hides and claims that the loss of a million lives is just a “rough patch” and justice will prevail, as it always does, in the long arc of history. Now I have taken course in physics, and I must tell you I never heard about a theory such as that. But if the big media beloved messiah says it, then it must be true. Or, maybe we should take that long arc of history, go see Obama, and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  67. 4.17.16 Trump strategist: ‘There’s not going to be a second ballot’

    “…There’s not going to be a second ballot,” Manafort said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
    “There are many paths to 1,237 for Donald Trump … and we are working all of those paths.”
    Manafort said Trump’s rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz only wins “the reddest of red states.”
    But Trump wins in states “where we have to win to win a presidency,” he added.
    Manafort said Trump appeals to independents and Republicans.
    He also expanded on what he means when he says the system is “rigged.”
    “When I say rigged system, I’m talking about a closed system — a system that keeps the voters from participating,” he said.
    “Because what this election has shown is that when voters participate, Donald Trump wins….”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/276600-trump-aide-there-isnt-going-to-be-a-second-ballot

    ———-
    FoxNews:
    RACE AGAINST ZIKA
    Top Obama doc urges Congress to ‘act now’

  68. A close friend of wrote a newspaper column on delegate theft.

    She will send it to me tomorrow, and when I get it I will post it.

  69. Talk about a misallocation of resources. I would not give a penny of foreign aid to Turkey. They are no ally of the United States. Obama is their butt boy however. Its like a scene from the HBO series Oz.
    ——–
    https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/04/16/turkish-president-erdogan-seizes-six-christian-churches-making-them-state-property/

    How much money does the U.S. give to Turkey?
    According to our research engine:
    The U.S. Government gave a total of $25,234,639 to Turkey in 2012:

    The aid was broken down in the following manner:
    Economic
    Department of Defense Security Assistance: $1,324,000
    Development Assistance: $133,731
    Migration and Refugee Assistance: $15,671,682
    Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining and Related: $1,255,826
    Other Active Grant Programs: $2,552,975
    Other State Assistance: $559,000
    Other USAID Assistance: $-713,675
    Other USDA Assistance: $4,000

    Military
    Military Assistance, Total: $4,447,100

  70. So I don’t like Sander’s at all, but there is no denying that his strategy to get the young vote has paid off in big dividends for an anti-Wall Street guy. Even silly things like appearing by video tape at the Coachella rock festival to introduce a band gives him credibility among the 30 and under crowd. Hillary had 8 years to see how Obama got the youth out to support him (obviously he also got unprecedented AA turn out) and her campaign got outmaneuvered by a 74 yr old socialist.

  71. wbboei
    April 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm
    ———-
    No, wbboei, I know exactly what an alpha male is. They have their good points and their shortcomings. The human race has a vast diversity of people and I believe it is fundamental to a healthy society to be respectful of that so that each member can grow to their full potential. But that is just some of the corny stuff Hillary speaks too.

  72. Wbboei, Erdogan, a rabid anti-Israei, anti-West Muslim and Obama’s must trusted foreign ally. Obama will punish Israel severely right after the election as Obama still has to at least pretend to support Israel’s right to exist despite his hatred of Israel and love of Muslims. Once the election is decided he will do whatever he can between Nov and Jan to force a 67 border settlement of Israel. He has already supported , despite leaders from his own party’s objection, legislation which supports BDS for Israeli goods in the so called occupied territories.
    Israel gets substantial aid from the US because of previous deals going back decades which Obama reluctantly had to abide by and touts all the time that he has not weakened Israeli security which is total BS. He hung them out to dry in operation Cast Lead when they needed more munitions and he would not let them use the stockpiles held in Israel..that is why Bibi could not finish destroying those terror tunnels. He also threatened to shoot down Israeli planes should they attack Iran and denied Israel the necessary bunker busters to penetrate the underground nuclear program. The US has never given Israel aid because they love the Jewish state, bujt because should WW3 break out it is the only truly reliable Middle eastern ally and over the years the US has gained invaluable intelligence and use of Israeli technology (Iron Dome)in return for our assistance. Israel also has to use the aid to by US weaponry.

  73. Lu4PUMA
    April 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    ——–
    Well said/

    You know what I worry about?

    I worry that in this politically correct cultural milleneau is that HALF THE ELECTORATE WOULD RATHER LOSE WORLD WAR II THAN HIRE PATTON TO WIN WORLD WAR II, BECAUSE PATTON IS NOT A POLITICALLY CORRECT.

    That is what keeps me awake nights, wondering whether I am living in the wrong century. Its a wonderland by night for Pajama Boys and Steinham Stalinists as Camile Paglia has pointed out.

  74. Of course is we could just get Catlin Jenner to start dating, I am sure the world would beat a path to his/her/its door. THEN, the cosmic balance would be restored. Alpha males would be surplusage. We could all be passive aggressive ninnies, afraid to tell the truth for fear that some circus freak carrying around a mattress would be offended.

  75. JB I had a Shakespeare Professor who was part of that “Lost Generation” that went to Europe between the two World Wars and spent a lot of time with the remittance men of the British Empire which was not feted to last. He used to talk about something called the “puss pocket of evil”. I never heard that phrase anywhere else. But when I look at the man who pulls Obama’s strings, and for me this is not name dropping, I spent 2008 analyzing him, and he is the last living Nazi–a puss pocket of evil. Soros. Soros hates Israel with a passion. He hates all democracies. He lives on hate. Obama is simply the fruits of the poisonous tree/

  76. Years ago when I was writing about Soros–with the help of Mrs. Smith and Confloyd who some of you will remember I posted a lot of it here, I mentioned a woman named dr. velma butler–its all coming back to me now–she said if Soros ever set foot on Russian soil he would be dead. And yet he lives here in the United States, has been a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and has worked with the Brzesnivsky faction of the CIA. How is this possible? What is wrong with a system that it would allow such a stone cold sociopath like him to gain power and turn the world upside down?

  77. Oh sure. The conservative media talks about Soros. Trouble is, they are about 10 clicks back, in terms of understanding what a puss pocket of evil he is, and the extent of his control. Simply put, he controls the democrat party.

  78. http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Randy-Levine-Trump-GOP/2016/04/17/id/724382/

    Randy Levine on GOP’s Foul Ball: Rules Deny Voters’ Will, Trump Wins

    By Randy Levine

    I have been an active Republican for over 30 years. I have served as principal associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan and deputy mayor and labor commissioner for Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    I have been on the finance commitees for the three past Republican nominees: Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain and President George W Bush. Four years ago I served at the Republican Convention as an alternate delegate from New York.

    Today, as I watch this nomination process unfold, I am in utter disbelief. Some of the same good people who have participated in Republican politics for many years are now actively trying to undermine the will of voters.

    I live in the world of sports where scoreboards and standings tell the story. It should be the same in the world of politics.

    If a candidate garners the greatest number of votes, he or she should get the majority of delegates. That’s the way elections are supposed to work.

    Thus far, Donald Trump has won over 20 primaries or caucuses; Sen. Ted Cruz, 10, and Gov. John Kasich, one.

    Gov, Kasich has already been mathematically eliminated and soon, the same will happen to Sen. Cruz.

    That said, Gov Kasich continues on, lingering in the race, hoping to win at the convention and claiming he should be selected because he believes the polls show that he does better against Democrats than his fellow Republican candidates.

    This argument makes no sense. It would be as if one decided to substitute the winner of the American League pennant in the World Series with the team which came in third place because the third place team looks better on paper against the National League champion.

    The real and fair world, whether it be with respect to sports or politics, simply should not work this way.

    You win or lose on the field or at the ballot box. It is OK to play as a spoiler, as many teams do to effect the final standings, but if that is your goal you should acknowledge it.

    The Republican National Committee and insiders argue that their rules are their rules. Therefore, it is OK to ignore the results on the field.

    No, voters vote in good faith. They believe they are voting for candidates, not local delegates who can alter the real final score with their own personal preference.

    Working party officials, much like coaches work referees is acceptable. Sen. Cruz is doing exactly this.

    But once a state votes and the results are in, the candidate who wins the most votes should be awarded the most delegates. Even more important, voters should be allowed to participate in every manner throughout the process.

    A situation like Colorado, where party officials changed the rules to exclude voting is akin to a rainout that was never rescheduled or played. A game in which the umpires, not the players, decide the result.

    The reality is that what seems to be going on is that certain party insiders and the party establishment do not like the results they are watching unfold on the field.

    They do not like what they see on the scoreboard, and they definitely do not like the standings.

    They do not like seeing Donald Trump on top.

    However, just as in the world of sports, a level playing field is required in the world of politics.

    The winner should be decided on the field by the voters. Not by a flawed system that disenfranchises citizens.

    ‎Randy Levine is President for the New York Yankees. He previously served as deputy mayor of New York under Rudy Giuliani and at the Department of Justice under President Ronald Reagan. His comments here are his own and do not reflect those of the New York Yankees.

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    even Tancredo, a Cruz supporter, admits Colorado was rigged

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/colorado-delegates-ted-cruz-donald-trump/2016/04/15/id/724224/

  79. way, way off topic…fwiw..

    yesterday I was watching one of my all time favorites ‘Camelot’ with Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris and (sigh) Franco Nero…

    the movie was made in 1967…and the villian is played by a young David Hemmings…and, imho, I could not help but notice how much a young David Hemmings resembled a young Donald Trump, especially in the eyes…according to wiki David was about 26 in 1967 so his looks around that time remind me of the young, handsome Donald…

    (I was sad to see David died so young, 62, of a heart attack in 2003)

  80. Manafort is incredibly good at countering the hostile interview, and scoring touchdowns.

    Next to pardoning Ayers, Bills greatest mistake was give Stephanopois power.

    Ye, George stops and poops alot has his cross examination script ready and is poised for the kill.

    The “thust” of his cross examination is to legitimize the rigged system and portray Donald as whiny, mean spirited and small.

    Paul does a great job of block and tackle—and runs circles around the little maggot. The little maggot comes up empty handed, just like rat boy Todd.

    Masterful.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/04/17/trump_convention_manager_paul_manafort_were_finished_with_rigged_closed_caucuses_trump_will_win_primaries_with_voters.html

  81. Quo Vadis? Literally, wither goest thou—or in the venacular, where the fuck are we headed under the big media beloved messiah, soros, and the agents of globalism, aka crooks without borders. I had a dream last night which was a variation of the Death of Marat, the murdered French revolutionary preserved on canvas by the classic painter of the period Jacque Louis David. It is not Soros extinction that matters–time will tend to that. It is the symbol of the death of pure evil which has hastened the coming storm that is called for in the name of retribution. The Nazi war crimes tribunals missed him the first go around. Justice delayed is justice denied. Then, I woke up. Here is Richard Fernandez showing what the future will look like–plus the how and the why of it.
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    The music has stopped and the petrostates who have long bankrolled Western politicians have run out of money. “The petrostates assembling in Doha to discuss a potential output freeze two days from now aren’t coming together in a show of solidarity or out of some sense of duty towards one another, but rather as an act of desperation. Bloomberg ran the numbers, and found that the oil price collapse has collectively cost the 18 countries involved in this meeting nearly one third of a trillion dollars.”

    “OPEC “has lost control of the oil market.” Caught between the desire to cut production to raise prices and pump to earn ready cash, the oil producers are unable to cut production for long term gain with some members, like socialist Venezuela, forced to keep pumping at all costs to barely keep afloat. What’s different about the present situation — and why it represents a political ecosystem collapse — is that Saudi Arabia and Russia are essentially in the same boat with Venezuela/

    Saudi Arabia has reached out to Russia, primarily to discuss the war in Syria but also to discuss oil. Russia is also producing oil at near-record levels, but top officials said earlier this week that Moscow is not contemplating cuts.

    “Clearly Saudi Arabia needs the money and so does Russia,” said Kenneth Rogoff, an economic professor at Harvard University. “Russia is really hurting. The standard of living has plummeted and if it lasts that will eventually undermine [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s poplarity no matter how effective his propaganda.

    “But Saudi Arabia has its failed war in Yemen, gigantic population growth and all kinds of internal political problems. So neither place is in a fantastic position to cut back.”

    Long a byword in wealth, the Saudi credit rating has taken a nose dive, something as unthinkable as Brazil’s decline only a couple of years ago. Now according to Madeleine Albright, the Saudis have to keep pumping for all they are worth in order to maintain market share even at a loss, since once they lose their dominant position they would also forfeit their political influence, with fatal consequences.

    Unlike Venezuela or Brazil who are only threatened by financial ruin the Saudis risk physical extinction if the neighboring swathes of terror and war, much of it their own making, are not held back by the United States.

    Therein lies the rub. They don’t have the money to buy protection anymore. The decline in the Saudi bank balance has made them less influential in American political circles.

    Faced with a bill that would allow victims to sue the KSA for 9/11 “Saudi Arabia has told Obama and Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if ” this were allowed. A threat that once might have stopped Congress cold is as Tim Worstall at Forbes notes no longer important enough to be decisive.

    But it’s not only the petrostates that are losing their former influence. China announced it will lay off 1.8 million “steel and coal workers” as it “aims to eliminate production capacity of as much as 500 million metric tons of coal and 150 million tons of steel by 2020.” The Chinese are bust too.

    Without that money the Globalization meme may also be in political collapse and in its decline liberals sense the possible resurgence of nationalism and other reactionary causes. EJ Dionne writes, “I locate the common roots of the rise of right-wing populism in globalization and technological change.” A Brookings forum following the same track noted “how economic grievances and political fragmentation are fueling the rise of right-wing political movements in the United States and Europe”.

    Brookings would have done well to observe that grievances had been there for years and held only in check by a relentless repetition of a Narrative that endlessly described how wonderful the globalized world without passports would be.

    The Manhattan Institute noted that Bernie Sanders “during a campaign event in New York … declared his intent to impose a nationwide ban on hydraulic fracturing,” like some witless zombie who “has made clear his intent to ruin the U.S. economy, put people out of work, and make Americans totally reliant on imported oil” while probably hoping to achieve the opposite result.

    That’s how the Narrative works. Sanders, like many a well-meaning liberal, may become so habituated to the mental Kool-Aid that he no longer detects the poison in it and like many other individuals is convinced he can fundamentally transform America by adopting policies which but for the artful camouflage of political consultants could easily be recognized as authored in Saudi Arabia or Beijing.

    What Dionne called “the rise right-wing populism” may simply be the weeds of common sense suspicion springing up in the face of Narratve cutbacks. Now that the Kool-Aid is in short supply even liberals are beginning to suspect that some Democratic candidates are being “bought and sold”.

    Renewed calls to examine the role of Saudi Arabia in the September 11 attacks and an increased skepticism in a world without nuclear weapons may be among the first signs that the lower echelons of the food chain are starting to feel the pinch.

    The Narrative may be breaking down. That would come none too soon. One of the unappreciated risks of globalization is it destroyed the barriers to corruption formerly imposed by limitations in institutions. The marvels of the modern age have made possible not only to spread organizations like Medicins sans Frontieres but also to proliferate crooks without borders.

    Today the world is one giant Easter Island as the Panama Papers show. For years scientists and archaeologists were baffled by how “Easter Island, in the south Pacific, once lush with subtropical broadleaf forest, was left barren and vast seabird colonies were destroyed after the arrival of man.” The most common theory is that the island’s 15,000 Polynesian inhabitants simply cut the trees down recklessly and — like Detroit or Venezuela — ate up their seed corn. A newer, not so very different theory is that Easter Island was reduced to a wasteland by rats. The danger facing the global world was that unlike the Polynesians there would be no getting away from the global rat.

    Almost all of the palm seed shells discovered on the island were found to have been gnawed by rats. Thousands of rat bones have been found, and crucially, much of the damage to forestry appears to have been done before evidence of fires on the island. Evidence from other Pacific islands also confirms how devastating rats can be.

    Exactly how rats got on to the island is not known, although one theory is that they arrived as stowaways in the first canoes of Polynesian colonists. Once they arrived, the rats found palm nuts offered an almost unlimited high-quality food supply.

    Under ideal conditions, rats reproduce so rapidly that their numbers double every 47 days; unchecked, a single mating pair can produce a population of nearly 17 million in just over three years. Research in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands shows that when available food is taken into account, populations can reach 75 to the acre.

    “At 75 rats per acre, the rat population of Easter Island could have exceeded 3.1 million,” says the report. The Hawaiian research demonstrates that rats were capable, on their own, of deforesting large lowland coastal areas in about 200 years or less. “In the absence of effective predators, rats alone could eventually result in deforestation.”

    But the rats are starting to lose. Events in Brazil are very probably soon to be echoed in in the West. The pendulum is swinging against them because, as Madison observed, rats are so voracious they often eat each other before civilization can be extinguished. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” he wrote. We are saved not by our better natures but by our worse.

  82. The foregoing serves to underscore the relevance and importance of electing Trump. No one else is strong enough to deal with these headwinds. All the establishment has been able to do is enrich themselves and kick the can down to road in dealing with problems–to a posterity which has no vote. This is the game that ruins nations, and these people need to be stripped of their power.

  83. holdthemaccountable
    April 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm
    Poll: Just 6 percent of people say they trust the media
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    That 6% should have their head examined.

  84. Social media posts, along with Cruz’s campaign website, reveal that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97%
    supporters in the Colorado Republican Party were responsible for crushing an effort to give Colorado the ability to vote in a state primary.

    In May of 2015, four Colorado Senate Republicans killed an initiative “to create a presidential primary in 2016,” reported the Denver Post. “Under the bill, Colorado would have held a presidential primary in March that ran parallel with the state’s complicated caucus system… when it came before the Senate Appropriations Committee, four Republicans voted to kill the bill with three Democrats supporting it.”

    The four Republicans who voted against the initiative were Sen. Kevin Grantham, Sen. Kent Lambert, Sen. Laura Woods, and Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg.

    On Cruz’s campaign website, Sens. Woods, Grantham, and Lambert are all listed as Cruz supporters and as declared members of Cruz’s “Colorado Leadership team.”

  85. Larry Johnson at No Quarter:

    The ability of the average voter to influence the process is becoming increasingly constrained. Both parties are shifting more to caucus and convention systems that inherently create obstacles to participate. The caucus system means that you have to go to a meeting at a particular time. If you have to work during that time or do not have a baby sitter or are unable to leave your house then you are excluded from the process.

    These smaller groups also are more susceptible to manipulation by even smaller group of insiders. It is really more like Student Council Government in High School. That is a system that exists to serve a particular class of students who pretend to act in the interest of the whole but, when you peel back the blather and look at the actual results, it is really a club for a clique.

    Cruz may be winning the battle of collecting isolated delegates from irrelevant states and may be able to block Trump at the Convention. At this point I think he will fail but it is not a lock for Trump. However, Cruz and the Republican establishment are losing the war. Cruz is not going to come into the Convention having won a plurality of the votes. In fact, Trump have several million more voters in his column than Cruz.

    If Trump comes into the convention as the clear leader in votes and delegates and is subsequently shut out from the nomination, a large and decisive number of registered Republicans and Independents will revolt. It does not matter that the process the Republicans are using is in accordance with pre-existing rules. The average voter could care less about “process.” Everyone understands being fair and that those with the most votes should win. The media is sure hoping that the Republicans screw Trump because it will be a ratings bonanza.

    A similar dynamic is at work on the Democrat side of the house, although Hillary can argue correctly overall that she has far more votes than Bernie. Bernie has won a number of key contests but the delegate count is rigged to favor the insider Hillary. I don’t think the conflict between Hillary and Bernie will fracture the Democrat party to the same extent that a Trump blow up will eviscerate the Republican entity, but the Democrats without Sanders are showing very little enthusiasm about Hillary. The numbers coming out to vote are way down.

    It is shaping up to be an ugly, hot summer for our political system.

    https://youtu.be/3fLoVpv5WZ8

  86. true JB…if Donald gets hold of that idea…PUMA will be there too : )

    I think he already knows alot of former Hill supporters …and soon to be ex Bernie supporters are coming his way…

    CNN is interviewing a man named Chris Cox, the Founder of Bikers for Trump…

    he makes some good points…ie…thousands of veterans are on the street and we are taking in more unvetted Syrian refugees…why not take care of our own vets first?

  87. Coach Rex Ryan introduces Trump in Buffalo at tonight’s rally. I hope Trump keeps his “how great Tom Brady” comments to himself. Please remember you’re in Bills country tonight. We love you Donald, but football in Buffalo is blood sport and fans outside of NE hate Brady.

  88. S – Trump has touched on dem party vote manipulation when he says how Sanders keeps winning but he’ll ultimately lose even if he were to catch up on votes, because of the superdelegates.

    IMO, his case is stronger pointing out how the “bosses” on each side are corrupt, but I think, at least before becoming president, he’ll only go so far – because of Hillary. If she weren’t running, I suspect he would mention that the superdelegates were for her in 2008, until the were bribed away to Obama.

    I suspect he might even be the first major figure to acknowledge that 2008 was totally stolen – but won’t because of Hillary. Perhaps once she is not his competitor, he might go all the way. In order for our system to be fixed, the truth has to come out about BOTH sides.

    So, I doubt he will highlight PUMAs being for Trump, because it would open up that can of worms, and he probably figures he doesn’t want to risk voters having sympathy for Hillary, especially if they learn the truth and may figure, she got cheated last time, we owe her this time…

  89. agree, lorac…was kidding

    DT knows he has alot of former Hill peeps

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    having said that…one never knows what DT will say at any given time

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