Praise For @RealDonaldTrump As #Trump2016 Fights Big Media

Our regular readers and new readers who wish to understand our persistent praise of Donald J. Trump and total disdain of Hillary2016 need to look no further than our consistent attacks against Big Media. “Big Media is the enemy” we’ve written since the 2008 campaign.

Donald J. Trump understands Big Media and handles the entire Big Media enterprise like a man in a toilet stall – with toilet paper. Hillary Clinton on the other hand handles Big Media as pearls of great value and that is why her campaign(s) stinks. Big Media is not a pile of pearls. Big Media is a pile of ….

Thank you Donald J. Trump! To watch Donald J. Trump attack right-wing/conservative/Republican Fox News while appearing on Fox News is a thrill of a lifetime. To listen to Donald J. Trump attack the Bush family at a Republican debate on befuddled CBS was the rarest of caviar. We swoon with delight as Trump trashes Big Media without distinction as to what “side” they pretend to be on. Right-wing, left-wing, center, dull, click-bait, printed, broadcast, cable, cartoons, video, pundits, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, – to Trump all Big Media is to be handled with toilet paper because Donald J. Trump is not fooled by the fictions of Big Media.

We do have a quarrel with Donald J. Trump on his treatment of Big Media. We think Donald J. Trump is much too nice. Those “press pens”? We think they should be electrified to such an extent they fry any “journalist” who touches them. Big Media “personalities”? We think Trump’s team should beat, without remorse or relenting, any Big Media “personality” that approaches Trump or attends any of his rallies. As far as we’re concerned cattle prods and frequent brutal beatings should be the standing order of the day against Big Media. Think we are too unkind or Draconian? The Big Media creeps at Mother Jones magazine will likely convince you we too are too soft:

“Having vendettas against outlets and playing it out to the point that you’re not letting them in as press is ridiculous,” says Sam Stein, a senior politics editor at the Huffington Post, which has found itself banned from Trump events, possibly because of its decision early in the campaign to relegate Trump to the website’s entertainment section. (The publication reversed that move but started adding a disclaimer to the end of each Trump article labeling him a racist.) “I’m completely opposed to that. And I find it fairly childish for the Trump campaign to do this. It doesn’t suggest someone who’s big and tough and brave, that he can’t face critical media.”

Campaigns inevitably treat media outlets differently, offering the candidate up to favored publications for exclusive interviews or feeding scoops to friendly reporters. But the absolute refusal to allow certain publications to receive credentials to cover rallies is unprecedented in the recent history of presidential campaigns.

“If he’s the nominee, it’s not going to be ideal,” says Alexis Levinson, a reporter for the conservative National Review who can’t get on the media list for Trump events these days. “If the Democratic nominee is willing to credential National Review and the Republican nominee is not, think on that one for a second. That’s a strange dynamic.”

Levinson didn’t encounter any problems reporting on Trump at the start of the campaign season but has been unable to get media credentials since her editors published an “Against Trump” cover package that collected editorials from conservatives denouncing Trump—a part of the magazine that she had no involvement in as a reporter. Nevertheless, Levinson and her colleagues have been shut out from all subsequent Trump events.

“You can’t just decide you don’t want to deal with press because someone was mean to you,” Levinson says. “And no other candidate would get away with holding reporters accountable for what their editorial boards do.” The ban has forced her to shift how she’s covered the campaign. After waiting several hours in the general public line at an Iowa event, only to be turned away when the venue reached capacity, Levinson now avoids reporting on daily Trump stories. “I just don’t pitch stories that involve me covering Trump stuff anymore,” she says. “I don’t have three hours to go spend in line. It’s so irritating.”

Many reporters on the blacklist don’t have the luxury of skipping events. Instead, they register online for free tickets available to the general public and often have to wait in line for hours—a challenge for reporters who need to cover multiple events in a day, sometimes separated by hundreds of miles. [snip]

Since November, Nuzzi has been to about 10 Trump events through the public line, an experience she says has grown nerve-racking as the events take on an increasingly hostile tone, particularly toward the media. These days, Trump regularly whips the crowd into an anti-media frenzy and urges his fans to boo the press pen. [snip]

“I don’t know if I feel like I’m safer in the crowd or I would be safer in the press pen,” Nuzzi says. “Because at least in the press pen you know that you’re surrounded by a lot of people who could document or who could tell you, ‘Yeah, that was Cory Lewandowski who just pulled you to the ground.‘ But if you’re in just a crowd, with hundreds of people, I find it at least a little bit nerve-racking. I feel very alone. Very, very alone.” [snip]

Hostile rhetoric toward the press is a staple of his events. “I would never kill them, but I do hate them,” he said of the press in December. “And some of them are such lying, disgusting people.”

We added the emphasis to that Mother Jones article to demonstrate how loathsome Big Media individually and collectively is. The rest of the article is as repellent as the excerpts we posted. The whiners of the press are upset that they have to get on a public line, not get a special pass, to obtain access. When they do get in the “press pens” they try to violate the rules. Then they complain, like Michelle Fields and her lies against Cory Lewandowski, that they have to follow the rules they agreed to. That Nuzzi creep even cites the discredited Michelle Fields lies about getting “pulled to the ground” to get us to wish anything but severe beatings against Big Media.

Check out the parts we highlighted. Sam Stein complains about access for Huff n’ Puff so that Sam Stein can write an article which at the end declares Trump to be a “racist”! This “racist” “disclaimer” smearing Trump came after Huff n’ Puff swore to only post Trump articles in the entertainment section. Then the creeps of the press complain that it is “unprecedented” for a presidential candidate to treat them that way. Well, hooray Donald J. Trump and thank you sir for that bit of “unprecedented” – can we have some more? Can we get that press pen electrified to sizzling steak level?

If Hillary2016 had an ounce of brains they would do in 2016 what we advised in 2008. If Hillary2016 had an ounce of intelligence, a functioning brain stem, the collective scream would be agreement with the fearless Donald J. Trump. “I would never kill them, but I do hate them… And some of them are such lying, disgusting people.”

In 2008 we advised Hillary2008 to attack Big Media. Big Media was in the tank for Barack Obama and we thought a sensible person would point out the obvious. Rarely, did Hillary Clinton’s campaign ever take our advice. Donald J. Trump? Look at what happened this past weekend.

This past weekend the New York Times smeared Donald J. Trump. Donald J. Trump has been in nonstop attack mode since the latest slime oozed from the disgusting New York Times which regularly smeared Hillary Clinton in 2008 and praised Barack Obama. Donald J. Trump fought back and today he hit pay dirt:

Former Trump girlfriend hits back at ‘upsetting’ NYT cover story

The New York Times’ article published Saturday with the headline “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private” begins with an anecdote from a woman named Rowanne Brewer Lane, who as a 26-year-old model was asked by the businessman to put on a swimsuit during their first meeting at a Mar-a-Lago pool party.

“But the 1990 episode at Mar-a-Lago that Ms. Brewer Lane described was different: a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew. This is the private treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the up-close and more intimate encounters,” the Times wrote.

On Monday morning, Brewer Lane appeared on “Fox & Friends” to dispute the Times’ framing of her account. [snip]

They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump, and I don’t appreciate them making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not,” Brewer Lane said.

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked to clarify if Brewer Lane knew him well and that they dated for several months.

“That’s correct. Yes, and he was never — he never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way. He never offended me in any way. He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women. He was very kind, thoughtful, generous, you know. He was a gentleman,” Brewer said.

Guess who this woman is voting for:

As for whether she is voting for him, Brewer Lane said she is all in for her former boyfriend.

“I think Donald is doing a great job and he is a very successful businessman, he’s a great leader because of that,” Brewer Lane said. “He has a lot going for him, let’s face it, and I’m supporting him.”

Trump immediately responded:


Donald Trump is fearless in his war against Big Media. Trump understands how the game is played by Big Media and Trump knows how to hit back:

Fox News reports that Trump said on Thursday that if he is elected president, he will target Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, claiming Bezos, who owns, is using the Post to influence corporate tax policy.

Speaking to Trumpster Sean Hannity after Bob Woodward of the Post acknowledged the paper would employ 20 people to cover every aspect of Trump’s life, Trump snapped, “Every hour we’re getting calls from reporters from The Washington Post asking ridiculous questions. And I will tell you, this is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos … Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise. He’s using The Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed.” [snip]

Trump blustered, “He thinks I’ll go after him for antitrust. Because he’s got a huge antitrust problem because he’s controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing. He’s using The Washington Post, which is peanuts, he’s using that for political purposes to save Amazon in terms of taxes and in terms of antitrust.”

That excerpt from the anti-Trump hate site Dailywire mocks Donald J. Trump’s allegations but if they would read the news from Amazon today and the intent to sell even more self-branded goods, it appears that Trump is right about the anti-trust claims and how Bezos uses the Big Media outlet The Washington Post to politically lobby and intimidate.

Jeff Bezos is not alone in Big Media corruption of the political process. Last week website Gizmodo detailed how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg leverages his clout to corrupt the news Facebook users see. The corrupt Zuckerberg responded with a proposed meeting at which he will meet with “conservative” Trump haters. No Trump supporters need apply:

Glenn Beck, Anti-Trump Conservatives to Meet with Facebook’s Zuckerberg [snip]

Beck announced the meeting in a Facebook post on his page early Sunday morning. Beck and Perino will be joined by Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, and Mitt Romney’s former digital director, Zac Moffatt.

It is also important to point out that nearly every “leading conservative” listed above who has accepted and confirmed their attendance on Wednesday is part of the anti-Trump or “Never Trump” movement. The move to invite from this school of “conservatives” flies in the face of Zuckerberg’s claim of creating a diverse group for the discussion.

Big Media in recent years has endured three calamities:

Calamity #1: The internet. A reader in middle America or Australia, or anywhere, can read any newspaper or watch any video of any program anywhere at any time. That means that the Big Media powerhouses such as the New York Times and Washington Post have direct competition with every other outlet, website, blog, in the world. This dilutes the power of the biggest Big Media players such as the New York Times. Before the internet we never read the Hindustan Times. When issues flare up in the area however, we find ourselves reading the Hindu Times during the crisis instead of our once upon a time Big Media outlets to get news from the source area.

Calamity #2: Citizens’ United. We wrote about the Supreme Court decision in Citizens’ United. We suggest everyone read the section of the article we wrote explaining why Citizens’ United was decided correctly on Free Speech grounds. Aside from being correct, the decision in Citizens’ United was a massive blow on two levels against Big Media: (1) the decision opened the door to political players funding their own communications (such as movies) thereby not having to rely on Big Media outlets to get out the message they wished to convey, and (2) Big Media outlets like the New York Times lost their monopoly on big business contributions to political candidates/campaigns. Before Citizens’ United the New York Times Corporation via editorials in the New York Times held politicians in thrall and afraid. After Citizens’ United the influence of a corporate in-kind donation in the form of a newspaper endorsement meant a lot less – especially when added to the lessened clout of world-wide access to news.

Calamity #3: Donald J. Trump. Read all of the above. Donald J. Trump has smashed Big Media into pulp even as he continues to reshape it. Because of the lessened readership of newspapers such as the New York Times and the waning clout such lessened readership inevitably signifies Big Media has to become ever more hysterical to get attention. The more hysterical Big Media outlets become the less credibility they have. In the past, when they had tons of clout and influence, the New York Times would have published a demure two-column article below the fold to smear Trump. But now Big Media outlets are so weakened that the Times had to splash a four-column large headline with large picture above-the-fold to attack Donald Trump. And even with all that ostentatious full-color ink the Times has failed to hurt Trump.

Donald J. Trump destroyed the Big Media hit piece in the New York Times with one tweet. Trump uses Big Media to destroy Big Media.

Now, can we get those electrified press pens, set to sizzle, please?


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    Mexico fights back against ‘The Clown’

    Officials south of the border are mounting a counteroffensive to Donald Trump and his inflammatory rhetoric.

    Mexican officials are pursuing a counteroffensive to Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, reaching out to U.S. business leaders, looking at ways to better use social media, and even encouraging qualified Mexicans to get U.S. citizenship. But they’re also trying to stay sensitive about taking more high-profile steps, such as running TV ads in an already overheated presidential race that promote Mexico as a friendly, vibrant neighbor and not a cesspool of criminals. [snip]

    Already, advocacy groups are pushing Mexicans with legal permanent residency in the United States to obtain U.S. citizenship and register to vote in this year’s elections. Mexican consulates have also been promoting U.S. citizenship workshops, though the official government line is that it is not an attempt to influence the election.

  2. Admin: this is par for the course for NYT. Once they get the bit in their teeth, the facts do not matter, AND THEY INVENT SHIT THAT NEVER HAPPENED.

    I have several examples in mind when I say that, but the two which best illustrate the point had to do with South Africa, in the waning days of the apartheid regime.

    One case involved a customer of my dad’s who fled Europe when the Nazis took over and went to South Africa. There he built a successful large scale lumber business. My mom and dad took him and his wife to dinner at one of our best restaurants. No sooner were they seated than my dad brought up an article from NYT which he had read that morning. It concerned a massacre of a black village by white policeman. Immediately, the customer held his hand up as if to say stop and shook his head. He said to my dad: “Don, it never happened.”

    Another case involved an acquaintance of mine who is a software engineer. In a former life, he was a security guard for the president of South Africa. He and another security guard were ordered to take a NYT investigative reporter into the field to monitor what the whites were doing to the blacks in one particular areas. They heard the sound of gunfire and drove to the edge of a hill and looked down on two villages, populated by warring black tribes who had been fighting with each other since time immemorial. They waited until the gun fire stopped and went down to the villages. They found a pile of human bodies. The NYT reporter asked my acquaintance to stand by the bodies with his rifle. He refused. His partner however did what was asked. He was rewarded for his volunteerism by being featured on the front page of NYT the following morning with the photo this reporter had taken, and blaming this horrific episode on the white government, when the cause of it had nothing to do with apartheid.

    Given this history, and what we are seeing now as they completely distort the comments of Trumps former girl friend, make him out to be an abuser of women which she rejects and break the promises they made to her repeatedly during the interview, the only question that remains is whether the Grey Lady can be considered a journalistic institution. If you review the cannons of canons of professional ethics promulgated by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2014, the answer to that question becomes obvious. It is not just a few mistakes, it is a pattern and practice that renders them non journalists, in particular the provisions in caps.

    SPJ Code of Ethics

    Seek Truth and
    Report It

    Ethical journalism should be ACCURATE AND FAIR
    Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

    Journalists should:
    – TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OF THEIR WORK. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.

    – Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy.

    – Provide context. Take special care NOT TO MISREPRESENT or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.

    – Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.

    – Be cautious when making promises, but KEEP THE PROMISES THEY MAKE.

    – Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.

    – Consider sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Reserve anonymity for sources who may face danger, retribution or other harm, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Explain why anonymity was granted.

    – Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.

    – Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information unless traditional, open methods will not yield information vital to the public.

    – Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.

    – SUPPORT THE OPEN AND CIVIL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS, even views they find repugnant.

    – Recognize a SPECIAL OBLIGATION AS WATCHDOGS over public affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.

    – Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.

    – Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.


    – LABEL ADVOCACY and commentary.

    – NEVER DELIBERATELY DISTORT FACTS OR CONTEXT, including visual information. Clearly label illustrations and re-enactments.

    – NEVER PLAGIARIZE . Always attribute.

  3. Talk about a woman and Paul Ryan problem:

    Pelosi still withholding Clinton endorsement

    Both senators from California have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, and almost every congressional Democratic leader has, too. But there’s still one glaring holdout from the party’s embrace of its all-but-certain nominee: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    The San Francisco Democrat has yet to throw her support behind Clinton against Bernie Sanders, despite rising anxiety among Democrats that the party needs to close ranks and focus on beating Donald Trump. And with Pelosi’s home-state California primary just around the corner on June 7, the lack of an endorsement from one of the party’s most recognizable figures has become increasingly noticeable.

    Hillary Clinton has not learned one damn thing from 2008. Nancy Pelosi did the same crap-on-Hillary stuff in 2008. Hillary Clinton has not learned one damn thing from 2008. And people wonder why we’re pissed.

  4. A great article by Stockman.

    Trust me.

    Whatever Donald does not know about those lying mother fuckers on Wall Street

    His future Secretary of Treasury Carl Icahn does.

    Icahn equates the corruption in government with the corruption in board rooms.

    My sense is that he and Donald will roast those Wall Street pigs over an open pit.

    The imagery here is priceless:

    Donald throws a wild pitch from the pitchers mound . . .

    Whereupon the beltway whores panic and go racing madly for the dug out.


    Trumped! Washington’s Fiscal Hypocrisy Is Too Rich For Words

    by David Stockman • May 16, 2016

    You have to love it when one of Donald Trump’s wild pitches sends the beltway hypocrites into high dudgeon. But his rumination about negotiating a discount on the Federal debt was priceless.

    No sooner did the unschooled Trump mention out loud what is already the official policy of the US government than a beltway chorus of fiscal house wreckers commenced screaming like banshees about the sanctity of Uncle Sam’s credit promises.

    Let’s see. For 89 months now the Federal Reserve has pounded interest rates to the zero bound because come hell or high water the US economy must have 2% inflation in order to grow and prosper. Other than a handful of rubes from the Congressional hinterlands, there is nary a Washington operative from either party who has questioned the appropriateness or effectiveness, let alone the sanity, of Bernanke-Yellen’s 2% inflation totem.

    That means, of course, exactly 30 years from today investors would get back 54.5 cents per dollar of inflation-adjusted money on the principle of a 30-year treasury bond if the Fed hits its sacred targets.

    If that’s not default, it is surely a deeper “discount” than even the Donald had in mind while jabbering to CNBC about his years as the King of Debt.

    Oh, yes, the monetary geniuses who peddle the 2% inflation gospel claim we are all in it together. That is, prices, wages, profits, rents and even indexed social benefits allegedly all march upwards at 2% per year, and, save for minor leads and lags in timing, no one is financially worse for the wear.

    C’mon. That’s rank poppycock. The truth is, savers get killed and borrowers get windfalls; the wages of upper-end workers keep-up, while the purchasing power of paychecks lower down the ladder shrinks continuously; social security recipients get recompense, private pensioners get shafted. Yada, yada.

    Moreover, the biggest windfall harvesters of the Fed’s deliberate debt default policy are the leveraged gamblers of Wall Street and the clueless debt-addicted politicians of Washington.

    Even if you grant that the latter have no inkling that the savings function is the key to capitalist prosperity, they do spend a goodly amounted of time waxing about their endless affection for America’s working people. Why, Governor Kasich never finished a single primary debate without claiming he understood how to improve the US economy because he father was a mailman.

    So take a look at the graph below on real wages since the Fed went full tilt with the printing press in 2007. This is not a picture of 2% lockstep.

    Less educated and lower wage workers have experienced shrinking real wages and for a self-evident reason. On the margin, they are more exposed to the lower nominal wages of foreign goods and services competitors than are workers on the upper end of the jobs and income ladder.

    Indeed, 2% inflation is the very opposite of the Keynesian lockstep claim. It’s incidence among economic agents and classes is actually capricious and inequitable in the extreme.

    It is a grand policy scheme of random monetary default. But since the Donald had the temerity to broach the topic—whether by inadvertence or by purpose—–the spendthrifts of the Imperial City now want to smother us in phony fiscal rectitude.

    education wages

    In that regard, there are few more noxious precincts of statist fiscal hypocrisy than that occupied by the ranks of scribblers and bloviators at Politico.

    By the lights of these folks, everything that has been done in the Imperial City these last several decades should have been done. Certainly, there is no fiscal crisis that might warrant radical ideas like those proffered by Trump.

    Why Obama, the Fed and the Congress actually saved the country from Great Depression 2.0 in 2008-2009. Since then, in fact, we have been marching resolutely toward economic recovery and fiscal stabilization.

    No, not even close. There has been no meaningful economic recovery and the fiscal condition of the nation is frightful.

    As to the former, there are still fewer full-time, full pay “breadwinner” jobs than before the crisis. Likewise, the median household’s real income is still lower than when the previous Clinton was shuffling out of the White House In January 2001.

    But among all of the beltway cant, nothing is more grating than the economic policy architects of the Obama White taking to the pages of Politico to scold Trump about fiscal responsibility.

    These people have no shame. And among them, there are few Washington apparatchiks more culpable than Gene Sperling, who headed Obama’s economic policy council.

    To wit, between December 2008 and the present, the public debt exploded from $10.7 trillion to $19.4 trillion. That means that on Obama’s watch, and with Sperling’s presumptive advice, new public debt was issued equal to 80% of the total debt created during the entire prior 220 years of the republic and the tenure of 43 Presidents.

    That’s right. The Obama White House has indulged in fiscal profligacy like never before, yet this cat has the audacity to unload a self-righteous sermon on the sanctity of Washington’s credit:

    “……(Trump has no) sense of the economic and historical importance of America maintaining an iron-clad commitment to stand by its word on our national debt……… U.S. Treasury obligations are the least risky financial asset on the planet and the benchmark against which the price of all other financial assets is set……(not).even the slightest awareness from Trump that he that he might be playing with economic fire because if Treasuries were seen as no longer risk-free that would shake to its very foundations literally the core assumption of global financial markets, meaning that the interest rate on every other financial asset—mortgages, car loans, credit for businesses large and small—could go up perhaps by a lot.

    Well now. Has Sperling and his ilk ever considered how high interest rates might actually be—-save for the massive bond market fraud carried out by the Fed and the rest of the world’s central bank?

    Even the supposedly economically benighted types among us, apparently Donald Trump included, know that neither Washington, the IMF or the G-20 has repealed the law of supply and demand. Nor has the CIA yet classified how much sovereign debt and other financial assets the central banks of the world have vacuumed-up in the name of monetary “stimulus” over the past two decades.

    The fact is, about $19 trillion has been sequestered in central bank vaults since the mid-1990s. All of that debt would have otherwise massively burdened the world’s limited supply of real savings from income, thereby causing interest rates to soar. Instead, it was made to disappear by monetary authorities hitting the “buy” key on their digital printing presses.

    Global Central Bank Balance Sheet Explosion

    And the Bushbama enablement of this giant backdoor form of default on honest debt through appointment of avowed Keynesian money printers to the Fed isn’t the half of it. Whenever a corporal’s guard of Capitol Hill fiscal antediluvians has tried to stop the government spending machine by refusing to raise the Federal debt ceiling, their beltways bettors have cried “full faith and credit”, knowing that the Fed and its front-running Wall Street punters would buy-up the flood of new treasury paper.

    In this vein, Sperling recommended that Trump get himself educated by attending “Hamilton” next time he visits Broadway, remonstrating further about how “generations of Americans have benefited from a historical commitment started by Alexander Hamilton to ensure the full faith and credit of the U.S. is rock solid”.

    He then lobbed-in a self-justifying stink bomb by suggesting Trump is utterly bereft of the wisdom and courage displayed by the Obama White House when it starred down the 2011 debt ceiling challenge of GOP backbenchers. Said Obama’s former chief fiscal strategist,

    Imagine if we were in the middle of another debt limit stalemate like we had in 2011 (when I was watching from the White House, as director of the National Economic Council) and a President Trump told the world—or repeated to the world—that since the budget turmoil might be making U.S. debt looked shaky, he was open to buying back debt at a discount and was instructing his secretary of the Treasury to consider such options? What if he then went on for days confusing markets as to his true intentions while dropping lines about being the “King of Debt,” “playing poker” or “printing money?” Does anyone doubt that even without any congressional action such Trumpisms could lead to a global panic with unknown economic harm to the global economy and the long-term economic reputation of the United States?

    Well, here’s what really happened. Roughly 80% of Federal spending consists of transfer payments, debt service and other essentially locked-in commitments under law. The debt ceiling is the only frail reed by which the inexorable expansion of this fiscal doomsday machine can be arrested.

    So when the “full faith and credit” chest-thumpers on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue quashed the backbench uprising, they insured that Washington’s actual march toward default would continue unabated.

    In fact, total government transfer benefits have grown from $1 trillion per year at the turn of the century to $2.7 trillion at present. Even then, the baby boom bulge driving this budget breakout is just getting up its demographic head of steam. During the next 15 years the entitlement tsunami will truly become a fiscal doomsday machine.

    Indeed, while the Sperling’s of the beltway have been harrumphing about full faith and credit and the sanctity of the humongous debts that they are piling on to generations born and unborn, the doomsday equation shown in the graph below has been permitted to run its course unmolested by Washington’s supposed fiscal watchmen.

    To wit, since the turn of the century government transfer payments have been growing at approximately 2X the rate of wage and salary growth. Just how long do this geniuses think this trend can be maintained?

    Government Transfer Payments Have Grown 2X Wages

    But not to worry. We will grow our way out of it. As we indicated last week, Imperial Washington’s official fiscal scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), has deemed in its Keynesian wisdom that the business cycle has official been vanquished and that the US economy will enter the Nirvana of Full-Employment at potential GDP some time next year.

    Not only that. It will remain there for time ever more, world without end.

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  5. Donald throws a wild pitch from the pitchers mound . . .

    Whereupon the beltway whores panic and go racing madly for the dug out.

    I started to ask a foolish question, i.e.

    whatever happened to the time honored tactic of don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes?

    Then I realized that Obama is removing the author of those words from the face of the $20 bill, like the Battle of New Orleans never happened, and history begun with the saga of Taubman.

  6. The New York Times needs to learn something from this experience, namely when you want to promote your cherished meme that Donald is a serial abuser of women, and you have no facts to support it, beware of interviewing real people who can call you a liar when you twist their words, and call you out on those false promises of fairness that you never intend to keep.

    Instead, make up witnesses out of whole cloth. When others ask to hear from them directly, be arrogant and dismissive. Tell them your source is confidential. Cast yourself as a courageous defender of the First Amendment. And vow to go jail if necessary to preserve that sacred right. That way you can become the story, which is what these wanna be celebrities want.

    This tactic is now taught in at least one prominent school of journalism. It is called the Larry Flynt defense. In a culture corrupt as ours, it works rather well.

  7. The MSM is getting a good trumping. Long overdue. All the high brow parasites and cockroaches will be scrambling from the light.

    I love my big Trump stick.

  8. Better yet, try thinking of Progressivism as malware which is the silent killer of civilization.

    well said

  9. lu, did you read what wbboei posted? You probably understand it. It made my eyes cross almost.

  10. I wish they (or Trump) could get that economic info out to people, but maybe in English this time lol But from what I understood, these politicians in charge are crazy, and idiots. I have a little better idea now of why we hear they are kicking the can down the road, and loading our kids up with debt.

  11. The CNN interview includes the reaction by the NYT propagandists who wrote the letter. The inside word is NYT is in full damage control mode. The editor should be drawn and quartered. On prior occasions I have mentioned the great Los Angeles attorney Earl Rogers. Although he was a defense lawyer, on one occasion, because he had the best forensic team in Los Angeles, he was given the task of tracking down the labor anarchists who blew up the Los Angeles Times building in 1913, prosecuting them and sending them were they belonged which was to that fine vacation spot in California prized for its grapes, wine and incarceration center otherwise known as San Quentin. Writing about this event, his remarkable daughter, Adela Rogers St. John described the horrors that inflicted on the city, which had not seen such carnage since the American Civil War which was at that point beyond the memory of living men. At that time, Los Angeles was the Open Shop citadel of the west, and unions were not welcome, and General Otis, owner of that newspaper was virulently anti union. That was their beef. And while I cannot defend their tactics, when I look at a newspaper like the New York Times, which is so anti American, I can at least understand their motivations.

    Here is the CNN interview, first with the witness and then with the writers who completely distorted what she told them, who give a bullshit response and say they stand by the story. The male member of that team will remind you of that Obama man for all seasons, pajama boy.

  12. Attention Big Media: NYT has made all of you look like what you are–dog shit. And don’t bother with the it wasn’t me defense, I didn’t do it, I am innocent routine, which is the theme song of Rykers Island. That may be true in this instance, but if you are capable of any honesty then surely you realize that all of you are in pare delicto–all guilty. So when you profess shock that a witness is misquoted and misrepresented and like Claude Raines in the movie Casa Blanca profess shock that there is gambling, or in this case, lying going on, your true feelings should be there but for the grace of god goeth I, because you are all guilty of this, which is to say developing a narrative that protects your interests and then back filling into that narrative stories which may never pass the red face test, much less the standards of truth set forth in the cannons of ethics of the society of professional journalists. You began you attacks on Trump by casting him as a joke. How ironic that you and your cannons would turn out to be the real joke.

  13. No one–not even the left wing rag Mediaite believes Pajama Boy Barbaro is objective when it comes to Trump. The proof lies in his prior tweets on the subject. This is the worst scandal to hit the NYT since the heyday of Jason Blair. Thus it is hardly surprising that they are in a full lock down mode. However their decision to send these two fiction writers to a friendly forum like CNN was improvident. Mediate claims this is simply a case of crossing the line between journalism and advocacy. That too is a lie. When you make an argument based on true facts that is advocacy. When you make an argument based on false facts which you invent and then shade to a partisan point of view, that is not advocacy. It is good old fashioned lying. And for honest journalists, there is no living with it. Put differently,they may be content to live with it, but their audience is not.

  14. I think there needs to be a review of the curriculum in journalism schools. Do they teach them to be slanted now, or does it immediately, mysteriously happen when they get their first job?

  15. lorac
    May 17, 2016 at 3:57 am
    I think there needs to be a review of the curriculum in journalism schools. Do they teach them to be slanted now, or does it immediately, mysteriously happen when they get their first job?
    Both. They teach advocacy journalism, wherein the relevant questions are not who when what why and how, but whose side are you on? And when they get their first job, they learn that to get ahead you must impress your editor, agree with your colleagues, and support the narrative by hyping good facts and censoring bad ones. The worst of it, however, is there are some good journalists who operate at sufferance in media organizations. They do meticulous research, are very dedicated, and their stories are rejected by their bossess–people like Scott Pelly and that Shefflin at CBS. This is why Sharyl Attkisson resigned from CBS.

  16. The exodus of good journalists from big media is another example of Gresham’s Law, which says the bad money chases out the good. What remains are commissars rather than free thinkers. This is how the media echo chamber came into existence. According to Sharyl, it is all controlled by a clique in New York, who socialize, live in the same communities and subscribe to the same world view. They give shills like Pelly and Shevlin their marching orders, and like the good Bolsheviks they execute.

    And that would be Calamity 4 in Admin’s list at the top of this thread. Namely the concentration of media power and their unholy alliance with the uniparty and corporate sponsors. Consciously or not they have become the spokesman for crony capitalism, and the enemy of the people. Not for nothing are they known as elite media, a pejorative term.

  17. The New York Times majority stockholder is Carlos Slim. He is a billionaire in Mexico City and very much of the globalist crowd which needs the open borders, transfer of Mexico’s social and economic problems to the US and the US taxpayer to fund them to prevent any kind of reform which would impact his bottom line. This pipsqueak hit team were simply doing as ordered, by editors, assignment desks, the publisher, etc to keep the owner happy. The “team” to put out a hit piece is large at the NYT. Like Bezos at the WaPo, Carlos Slim didn’t buy a paper for the love of art and culture writers, but to influence US policy to continue their theft. So Trump has essentially neutralized Big Media via Murdoch (Megyn Kelly), Wapo’s Bezos through big mouth braggart Bob Woodward, and now Slim and his little blow flies. What juvenile and crappy “elites” willing to do anything for a buck.

  18. wbboei
    May 17, 2016 at 4:58 am

    May 17, 2016 at 3:57 am
    I think there needs to be a review of the curriculum in journalism schools.

    Think of Melissa Click. She taught future “communicators”. Not only is she representative of what is being taught at “respected” journalism schools but she has ruined an entire large public state university. The “neverTrump” ninnies at National Review willing to sink to any level to keep their sinecures paid for by old, senile, donor sponsors. Cause and effect. The fallout of idiocy has been catching up and is too obvious to ignore any longer. Boobs, dip-shits, and on their best days mediocrities run the media from top to bottom. Little lumpy headed Ben Rhodes’ brother is the president of CBS News. They don’t understand why they can’t get Trump press passes? All an incestuous nest of morons.

  19. From the Treehouse article above – this is mind boggling – and terrifying…

    In 2009 President Obama along with congress passed the roughly $900 billion stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    The “non-shovel ready” spending took place within fiscal year 2010/2011. The amount is significant because the injected stimulus was 30% more than the entire federal budget for the same year.

    Debt ceiling – failed stimulis

    However, since Fiscal Year 2008 we’ve never had a federal budget, preferring instead to fund government via base-line budgeting, continuing resolutions, increased in the debt ceiling, and omnibus spending.

    As a direct result of the “baseline-budgeting” part of that spending approach, the federal government re-spent the ’09 “Stimulus” (first spent in FY ’10) in all subsequent fiscal years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (started last October), and 2017 (December’s Paul Ryan Omnibus bill).

    That’s seven direct times the $900 billion “Stimulus” has been spent.

    Seven times $900 billion equals $6.3 Trillion, or sixty three hundred billion.

    Where is it?

    What did we get for it?

    What are we currently getting while continuing to spend it?

    Remember, this is IN ADDITION TO the original funding of government. This is ADDITIONAL SPENDING.

    So, where is it?

    What did we get for it?

    Where is it currently accounted?

  20. Mormaer
    May 17, 2016 at 5:16 am
    In the satirical film History of the World, King Louis VI of France, an earlier rentition of Bezos, Slim, Steyer, Murdock and the rest of those elitist humps, traversed his day exploiting his subjects and indulging his every whim. Used his staff for chess pieces, peasants for skeet shot, tossed casually into the air with wild and reckless abandon. Whenever he feels the urge to urinate, he summons a piss boy to carry over to him a bucket. And as he does so he smiles with that superior look that only an elitist can summon and announces its good to be king. However, as history records, the saga did not end nearly so swimmingly for good old Louis, because there came a time when he was murdered. For him and for all elites and their families, its good to be king—until it isn’t. (Friend and Foe) By the way, Carlos Slim and Jebediah Bush are business partners in those telecommunications business, a minor factoid which big media is loath to reveal. This is one of the reasons why the Bush dynasty is accurately described as a crime family. In fact, Jeb encouraged him to buy the beleaguered newspaper, on the belief that he would be treated well in the future presidential campaign. Does the expression thick as thieves ring any kind of a bell?

  21. Ryan is such a detail man that I begin to suspect him incapable of seeing the forest for the trees. He is not the big picture guy he pretends to be. He is a complete tool.

  22. Honestly, I just stumble onto these things. I currently need a good radar map. Fox5NY has one. But I have to get by this to get to it:

    Trump to make guest appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox TV special
    Updated:May 17 2016 05:53AM EDT
    NEW YORK (AP) — When Megyn Kelly sits down with Donald Trump for her prime-time special on the Fox broadcasting network, the Fox News Channel host hopes to call a truce to the war waged by the presumptive Republican nominee since he began slamming her after last August’s Republican debate, where he was galled by her tough questioning as one of its moderators.
    Being targeted by Trump has helped raise her profile and boost her star power, “but none of that takes into consideration the downside of being in Trump’s crosshairs,” she said during a recent interview with The Associated Press. “It’s been a year of security guards and closed blinds. I hope this interview will be a chance to clear the air in front of the American public, to get it over with, then move on.”
    Kelly said she’s excited to be venturing from the harder-edged format of “The Kelly File,” where she has reigned since 2013.

    Airing May 17 at 8 p.m. EDT,

    “Megyn Kelly Presents” is produced by veteran Barbara Walters collaborator Bill Geddie, with Walters’ “Most Fascinating People” specials as its model.
    “I’m not Barbara,” said Kelly, “but this is an opportunity to have a different kind of conversation than I’m used to.”
    Those conversations will include actor Michael Douglas, a cancer survivor whose health has been an object of concern in recent media reports. (“He’s looking good,” reported Kelly.)
    She will also talk with Robert Shapiro, famously part of O.J. Simpson’s defense team for his murder trial.
    “I was in law school when that case was being tried, and I was riveted,” said Kelly, who practiced law before getting into TV. “It’s not that I think O.J. Simpson is innocent. But it was great lawyering by Shapiro. To me, he’s a rock star.”
    Also on tap: Laverne Cox, the transgender activist and actress who appears on Netflix’s drama series “Orange is the New Black” and who, said Kelly, “puts a human face on a group of people who are still maligned, in many parts of the country, with impunity.”
    But the main event will be Kelly’s meeting with Trump, whose tirades against her have included a sneering reference on CNN to her menstrual cycle and tweets dismissing her as “lightweight” and “second-rate.”
    Speaking with a reporter recently in her cozy Fox News office, she declined to share details of the interview, but took pains to say she isn’t seeking a rematch…..

  23. Bread and circuses. .630 billion and we talk about Trump’s dating, bathrooms…

    What a scam

    How dumb we really are…

  24. NEW YORK (AP) — When Megyn Kelly sits down with Donald Trump for her prime-time special on the Fox broadcasting network, the Fox News Channel host hopes to call a truce to the war waged by the presumptive Republican nominee since he began slamming her after last August’s Republican debate, where he was galled by her tough questioning as one of its moderators.
    Being targeted by Trump has helped raise her profile and boost her star power, “but none of that takes into consideration the downside of being in Trump’s crosshairs,” she said during a recent interview with The Associated Press. “It’s been a year of security guards and closed blinds. I hope this interview will be a chance to clear the air in front of the American public, to get it over with, then move on.”
    Kelly said she’s excited to be venturing from the harder-edged format of “The Kelly File,” where she has reigned since 2013.
    During the 1950s this was called getting kicked upstairs

    But it requires a barf bag, a bullshit detector and hip boots

    Just to wade through it

    Once you have asked all the tough questions, endured the petty slings and arrows of your political opponent, raised your star power, and become a legend in your mind, there are no further worlds to conquer.

    When Alexander The Great, son of Phillip of Macedonia, conquered what was at that time the known world, he faced the same dilemma. He wept.

    Megan however is strong. She does not weep. She goes to Trumps office in disguise with a peace offering. And when that does not work, she opts for a less hard edged format.

    Caesar said it best: vini vini viche: I came, I saw, I conquered. And then I went to a FOX version of People Magazine.

    By the way, this was not entirely Meee–agains idea. On that you can make book.

  25. If it was only that single interview that would be one thing. But it was the hatchet job she did on Trump during the ensuing months until it was clear to everyone that he would be the nominee. Her goal was to drive a stake through his heart and she failed. Now, she is a liability to Murdock, therefore this transition to a “less hard edged format”, which she will grow bored with after a few months, at which time she will get hired by CNN and resume her attacks on president Trump. You can take Meegan out of the bar room but, you can’t take the bar out of Meegan.

  26. Regulate Bezos Not Drudge.

    Seems the democrat vice chair wants to extend the iron fist of government to a free press.

    And, according to her this has produced, god forbid, death threats.

    Move over Meegan. Another drama queen has walked on stage.

    Law enforcement can and should investigate.

    But in fact its like what Humphrey Bogart said about sex:

    Those who are talking about it aren’t doing it.

    And those who are doing it aren’t talking about it.

    This woman is a total ideologue.

    Death threats whether real or imagined are not the answer.

    The answer is to take her down politically.

    She is a clear and present danger to the First Amendment.

    She is another Lois Lerner.

  27. This ideologue is smarter than Lois Lerner in one respect.

    If Lois had invoked the death threat defense.

    Then big media could have blamed Sarah Palin

    And the RINOs would have agreed with him.

    Lerners mistake was relying solely on a legal strategy.

    Which was good enough to get her a $120,000 per year retirement from Uncle Sam.

    But not good enough to redeem her reputation.

    If she had augmented the legal strategy with a political strategy

    Which played to big media’s most profane instincts

    Then she would be a Gloria Steinam heroine adoring the cover of Ms. Magazine

    Rather than the pariah she is now.

  28. GOP reps hammer WH aide Rhodes at hearing; senators seek firing
    Republican condemnation of a top White House aide who boasted about the administration’s success selling the Iran deal to the public reached new levels on Tuesday, as several senators urged President Obama to fire him and a House committee looking into his claims went forward with its hearing – even though he didn’t show up to testify….

    Video at link. Gowdy is fired up. Rhodes will go on TV but will not attend Congressional hearing.

  29. Shakespeare wrote a play which anticipated the rise of Trey Gowdy

    The name of that play?

    Much ado about nothing.

    It didn’t take Rodney Dangerfied four acts to come to the point about Trey.

    As Rhodes goes on his brothers network and others to explain

    Not only his shameless self promotion

    But his Guberesque gutspill

    As in shore we misled the young impressionable press rubes

    This was like shooting clay pigeons–only the pigeons have a higher IQ

    And to tell this to an adoring big media rather than to congress

    The words ringing in Trey’s ears are: Hey, I get no respect.

    Too bad Trey. Maybe if you got a decent haircut and removed that gottee and did not endorse Jeb Bush, and before that John Boehner you would.

    Of course I have no proof of this—its just a theory.

  30. So now Gowdy wants him fired.

    Suppose you were Nietsches bad man

    Suppose you had watched Gowdy make similar demands on other liars–and get nowhere

    Would you not be inclined to fire to him?

    The answer is obvious.

    Gowdy has no credibility with anyone.

    He is another RINO god who failed (to stop Obama)

    They are doormats.

    The RINOs have had no success

    Knowing how ineffectual Gowdy and the rest of the RINOs have been in investigating all the other scandals of this administration,


    Why I will vote for Donald Trump
    by Curt Schilling

    If your response is going to be anything related to ‘no one cares what you think’ stop reading now and go elsewhere. You’re coming here either interested in why, or to add to your list of reasons you don’t like me. I’m ok with both.

    I’ve known Mr. Trump for a little over a decade. Our first encounter, and subsequent encounters, had to do with his request for me to appear on the apprentice.

    We spoke at length every time we got together.

    I realized very quickly this was a man decisive in action and confident in his ability.

    I also realized that regardless of his net worth, he worked his ass off. He didn’t have time for 8 hours sleep each night, too much to be done.

    So why will I vote for him? Here’s a few reasons why and none of them pertains to me just not wanting to vote for someone else.

    I trust him. I don’t agree with him on many things, that’s cool. I also know that there is and never will be a candidate anywhere that I will agree with on everything. That candidate doesn’t exist. If you say it does I think that makes you a sheep, someone afraid to have or voice an original, albeit unpopular, opinion at times.

    While I don’t agree with him there are two incredibly important things he possesses that neither candidate on the Soviet ticket do. He loves this country. You can laugh, you can mock, but you also are full of crap if the current administration has ever given you the confidence that they love this nation above all else. He will protect my family, and my loved ones. I say that because Mr Trump is where he is for one major reason. He’s been successful because he understands that surrounding yourself with smart people and listening to them, then parsing ideas and deciding, is how you win. Not all the time, but most of the time. When he says he will ‘make the military great’ he means “I’m going to create a group of men and women I trust to rebuild the worlds greatest armed forces and then insure that you and your family are protected BEFORE looking out for the interests of others”.

    I firmly believe that to know the real heart and soul of a man you look at his children. Who are they, what are they, and how do they act. I’ve never, even for a second, heard his children speak with anything but respect, courtesy, integrity and confidence. While you may think they are ‘spoon fed’ rich kids, experience tells me they have busted their asses to make their own way and be their own people.

    Let me also comment on you frauds in the liberal media.

    Mr Trump doesn’t want to ‘ban all muslims’ from entering the nation. Mr Trump doesn’t want to ban mexican immigrants from coming here.

    No, Mr Trump wants to halt, dismantle and rebuild a horrifically corrupt, broken and useless immigration system. This current administration has made no bones about ‘disarming’ both our border patrol and our first responders in a rush to make sure everyone, even criminals, don’t have their rights infringed on. [snip]

    What terrifies you now? I think it’s the fact people have decided to stop making you their ‘go to’ for news. You cannot be trusted anymore, you have openly talked down to and mocked the ‘common’ citizen that they’re finally standing up and telling you to pound sand.

    Those that still listen and believe you, and the massive amount of misinformation you publish are the lazy sheep and apathetic folks who will pull a lever for the felon or the socialist come next election.

    I do want Mr Trump to stop the name calling, I do want him to start being much more specific. But that’s just me and my opinion. I love that he gets it. What do I mean by that? I mean if you heard his initial tax proposal and recently heard his talk around changing that, you understand unlike the liar in chief, he gets that what’s going to happen is far too complicated to guarantee anything until you sit in the oval office. He won’t pander, and that alone sets him apart from 99% of the corrupt entrenched old white gov’t.

    You’ve managed to elect people that want to shred the 2nd Amendment while being surrounded by an armed detail

    You’ve managed to elect people who demanded a disaster of a health care system, while they themselves asked for, and received, exemptions from that very same broken down piece of junk.

    You’ve managed to elect people who honest to God believe you can pass legislation that will make criminals NOT be criminals, and you BELIEVE that!

    More at link.

  32. Pelosi never supported Hillary and it worked out that she became the 3rd most powerful person in politics. I think she still would prefer a Republican victory if she could win back he seat as majority leader. Trump has all the elements of a perfect storm to win. A deeply divided,angry nation. A very divided Democratic party and both sides seemingly wanting anyone other than the establishment candidates.

  33. JbStonesFan, Hillary has not learned a damn thing from 2008. Hillary continues to try to hug the very people who have knives in their hands to once again stab her in the back as they did in 2008. Hillary has not learned a damn thing from 2008.

  34. Elections tonight. The big question is whether Sanders will continue to humiliate Hillary and continue to prepare the way for the treachery to come at the convention.

    As to the GOP, Trump will get more delegates to add to the many delegates Trump continues to accumulate. Trump is fast grabbing, as we advised, the entire party apparatus to his control.

    Many have missed the news about the recent delegate gains and how Trump continues to consolidate a total takeover of the convention (again, as we advised):

    Republican activists chose party unity over “never Trump” resistance Saturday, with party leaders in one state after another pressuring their members to fall in line behind the presumptive nominee — and even punishing those who refused.

    Eleven states held annual Republican conventions or party leadership meetings Saturday, offering a platform for those who still object to Donald Trump as their party’s standard-bearer a prime opportunity to make mischief. But at almost every turn, they slammed into state leaders who closed ranks around a candidate who many once said they’d never support.

    In Nebraska, that meant overwhelming passage of a resolution that indirectly scolded conservative Sen. Ben Sasse for leading the #NeverTrump movement and scuttling a countermeasure to condemn “degrading remarks toward women, minorities and other individuals” by presidential candidates.

    In Maryland, it meant the ouster of a veteran Republican committeeman — Louis Pope — by Citizens United chief David Bossie, a conservative activist who is close to Trump and closely associated with the rise of super PACs in American politics. Bossie has been a longtime ally of Trump and represents an early look at how Trump’s takeover of the party could reshape it for years.

    In Arkansas, it meant packing the state’s national delegation with Trump allies and granting them influential leadership positions to shape Republican Party rules and policy doctrines at the convention.

    Across the country, party leaders encouraged, coaxed and even browbeat their rank and file into a message of unity. And they did it by way of a consistent message: Trump is flawed, but Hillary Clinton would be far, far worse.

    Oklahoma and Montana conventions shared a common mantra: “United We Stand.” In Montana, walls of posters interspersing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” signs with campaign posters for Congressman Ryan Zinke and gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte reinforced the theme. In Wisconsin, local reports indicated that even former Trump critics were nudging their allies into backing the mogul.

    That message carried over into the selection of delegates to the national convention. In all, nearly 400 were picked on Saturday at these 11 party meetings — about one in every six that will fill seats in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena in July.

    Sources in Ted Cruz’s orbit had suggested the Texas senator would still be a factor in delegate battles over the weekend, flexing his muscle among conservative activists to try and retain a position of influence at the national convention. But that plan appeared to fizzle. In Nevada, at least 13 of 15 statewide delegates were pro-Trump.

    In Kansas, a state Cruz won easily, Secretary of State Kris Kobach — a prominent Trump supporter — was selected to be a delegate. In Florida, where former Gov. Jeb Bush helped build today’s GOP leadership, most of the 14 delegates selected Saturday were supportive of Trump. And in Nebraska, where Cruz backers indicated they’d attempt to overtake the delegation, 21 of the 36 members picked Saturday had endorsed Trump. Only two opposed him, and the rest were undeclared.

    Even in Texas, where Cruz allies appeared poised to make a home-state stand, the statewide delegation tilted toward party insiders rather than anti-Trump leaders. Gov. Greg Abbott, former Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — who pleaded for party unity at the convention on Friday — were picked to go to Cleveland.

    There were, of course, lingering indications of discontent. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan skipped the Maryland GOP convention and hasn’t backed Trump, according to The Baltimore Sun. In Texas, Cruz’s father Rafael earned a delegate slot. In Nebraska, former GOP chair Mark Fahleson — a top ally of Sasse — was selected as well.

    Still, it was a far cry from scenes a month ago, when state conventions were tense affairs driven by Cruz’s bid to secure enough loyal delegates to wrest the nomination from Trump at a contested convention.

    This weekend, according to sources on the ground in a handful of states holding conventions, delegate selection affairs largely lacked that tension.

    Trump continues to consolidate his total control of the GOP. Smart man.

    At this point the delegate count is hard to follow because Trump has made so many gains. Tonight Trump will trump again. Soon the hostile takeover of the GOP will be complete.

  35. I follow Curt Schilling on twitter. I STRONGLY suspect he has been a closet Trump supporter for a while based upon swipes he took at “principled conservatives”. I’d ragged on him a bit to come out of the closet, but I think he had “appearances” to maintain with the rotating pundits.

  36. I think Hillary probably loses both tonight…maybe by less than double digits in KY as she and Bill put some time in there…Again Sander’s campaign (not his rabid supporters) is remarkably like Hillary 08 in the way he is racking up victories but cannot win the nomination much like Hillary rolled over Obama towards the end but the deal was sealed with only a 60 pledged delegate lead…Sanders, unlike Hillary, will be happy to bring chaos and anarchy to the convention. Hillary being a team player for Obama didn’t help her all that much.

  37. admin
    May 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    In Texas, Cruz’s father Rafael earned a delegate slot.

    please leave the 6.5 mm Carcano carbine at home.


    The Vermont senator has a good shot at claiming victory in Oregon, whose overwhelmingly white and liberal demographics bode well for Sanders. And it’s not beyond reason to think that he could pull off an upset in Kentucky, which would be an especially bruising loss for Clinton.

    As early results rolled in from Kentucky, Sanders led Clinton 47.2 percent to 45.7 percent with 10 percent of precincts reporting.

    Even a mixed outcome would be another headache for Clinton, especially with Sanders showing no signs of backing down or laying off the attacks that Trump has already said will be a playbook for his own battle against Clinton.

    On Tuesday, the senator again questioned the former secretary of state’s “judgment,” this time for floating her husband’s name as a top economic adviser.

  39. admin
    May 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm
    Both Oregon and Washington are very much Bernie states. Lots of left wing loons living in the Seattle and Portland areas.

  40. 86% reporting. Clinton ahead 47.2 to 46.3. Hillary should win because most of the counties still to report fully appear to favor Hillary, but that is just a quick back of the envelope analysis on our part. It is still very close.

  41. 95% of the vote in. Both have 46.5%. Win or lose, this is a political catastrophe for Hillary.

  42. Based on the CNN map I think Sanders win KY by a couple of thousand. Oregon will go heavily sanders..

  43. Clinton got cities, ie black vote.
    So we can be assure more anti white, anti police BS from her.

    How lovely….

  44. The way he is tacitly approving the vile things his supporters are saying about Hillary.

  45. I did not see the comment myself, but someone told me that Hillary was confident that after she wins the primary, the losing side will come together and they will be graciously accepted by the winners just like in 2008. Just one big happy family, as in (see below):

    Not exactly how I remember it. But then again I am no politician. To be a politician you must be have a long term memory loss. The only problem is sometimes your audience does not share that affliction. You may want to forget the past but they won’t let you.

    But that is why massive illegal immigration is so useful. These aliens have no recollection of the last campaign because they were in ISIS training camps tending to other matters, and if you give them lavish welfare benefits they will vote for you—and they may spare your life.

    The magic, the closure, the united front. From the chaos we saw at the Nevada caucus last weekend to a Judith Durham inspired kumbaya in Philadelphia. That is what Hillary is predicting confidently. Well she may be right. But there’s many a slip tween the cup and lip.

  46. I don’t see Sander’s supporters coming around…if anything, I see them sitting out or actually voting for Trump to spoil it for Hillary.

  47. Correction: my bad. I should not have said she may be right. She is by definition right always. Only she has a funny way of showing it. She should have been able to dispatch Bernie, whereas he has grown into a monster and the energy of the party is with those young Bolsheviks.

  48. Hillary’s black and Hispanic supporters say gimme mo.

    Bernies bolsheviks say I do not want mo, I want everything you have in the name of the collect whose service is perfect freedom.

    Which is worse for the country.

    I will tell you right after you prove to me how many angels can dance of he head of a pin.

  49. one of the most disappointing things I have heard come out of Hillary’s mouth was when she recently said “she would put Bill in charge of the economy because he knows something about it”

    really….really???…all this build up of the “woman card” and being the first woman to lead as President and she is going to fall back on Bill to do that job…

    her campaign is so desperate and a mess and contrived…she is lucky she has the media making all kinds of rationalizations and excuses for her…

  50. bstonesfan
    May 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    Very disturbing how reckless Sanders is …a real pig imo.
    Oh, he is not all that bad.

    Frankly, he reminds me of Trotsky.

    Who famously said–you may not be interested in evil, but evil is interested in you.

    I need Bernie like a fish needs a bicycle.

    It would be fun however seeing him torch the banksters.

    Actually though, he I am pretty damned sure Bernie is bluffing.

    So it would be equally fun to them call his bluff.

    And how the little Bolsheviks react to that snub/

  51. S
    May 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm
    Well, then . . I gather you have not heard the rest of the story

    She will appoint Obama to the UN and the European elites will make him Secretary General

    Which coincides with the $100 trillion global tax agreed to earlier this month in Davos.

    How could anyone say no to a Nobel Prize winner.

  52. Bill in charge of the economy because he knows something about it”
    Sure does.

    He signed NAFTA.

  53. CNN)Sen. Barbara Boxer, a veteran of Democratic politics, says she never saw anything quite like this before.

    Loud cursing, shouting, obscene gestures and vile insults, including crude comments about the female anatomy. It was all on display over the weekend as supporters of Bernie Sanders turned the Nevada State Democratic Convention into chaos.

    “I was not able to stop these people for doing what they did,” Boxer, a Hillary Clinton supporter, told CNN. “Apparently they’ve done it before. …. This group of about 100 were very vocal, and I can’t describe it — disrespectful doesn’t even explain it, it was worse than that.”

    READ: Changing super delegate rules would still leave Sanders behind Boxer is hardly the lone Clinton supporter to experience such harassment on the campaign trail. Several top Democrats told CNN publicly and privately that the energy and enthusiasm of Sanders supporters has at times descended into incendiary attacks that threaten to tear apart efforts to unite Democrats against Donald Trump. Several female senators told CNN the attacks have been misogynistic.

    What’s more, many Democrats fear that if Sanders does not rein in his supporters, the same ugly scene that occurred in Las Vegas last weekend could replicate itself in the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
    I am not worried about it.

    I have every reason in the world to believe this lovers spat will be settled by then.

    The party elites are the epitome of white privilege, determined to disenfranchise Bernie and his supporters, reward donors promote globalism, and crush the middle class, while quietly lining their own pockets with untraceable cash.


    The wonderful tapestry of black thugs, bat wielding anarchists dressed in ninja suits, grievance mongers who present themselves as knights errant of the tired the poor, the huddled masses yearning to bleed the middle class for welfare.

    Boxer is an alarmist and so is Feinstein–who gives a fuck about them. I say, what could possibly go wrong at the convention when an unstoppable force and an unmoveable object like these meet in Philadelphia. If I am wrong, can we at least hope that big media gets in the middle. That may be bad for big media, but it comes with the territory. Yes?

    (Note: Today, 30% of citizens are on welfare, 50% of legal immigrants, and 63% of illegals).

  54. gonzotx
    May 17, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC guy, now an organic farmer.

    Close but no cigar.

    He is an organ harvester.

    Very profitable enterprise if you don’t mind the black market.

  55. Apparently the last poll of Oregon in which Hillary had a 15 point lead was not correct.

    With 29% of the vote in, Sanders 57.8%, Clinton 42.2%

  56. 47% of vote in. Sanders 52.7% Clinton 47.1%

    Sanders cleaned up in Eugene. Sanders did very well in Portland.

  57. It seems Mr. Potato head told Bernie to get his supporters to cool it, and then told his supporters go for the gold. Naturally Potato head is unhappy. He accuses Bernie of no leadership. What the fuck does Potato head know about leadership. Has potato head ever been point man in a revolution? Has he ever said off with their heads or Viva France? Has he ever wailed to the heaven like Mad King Lear death to the tyrant. Well. Bernie has. Potato head has not. So maybe potato head should stick to what he does best, i.e. corruption.

    On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he had a “long conversation” with Sanders to lay out what happened in Nevada.
    “He said that he condemns that. I’m confident he does,” Reid told reporters. “This is a test of leadership.”
    Reid declined to comment when asked if he was worried that Sanders’ backers could upend the national convention this summer.
    But Sanders’ statement Tuesday was defiant, saying that the Democratic Party “has a choice: It can open its doors and welcome into the party” his backers or “maintain its status quo.”
    “At (the Nevada) convention, the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place,” said Sanders, adding that there have been “zero reports” of violence during his massive rallies across the country.
    Asked to respond Tuesday afternoon, Reid was angry, telling CNN it a “silly statement” that “someone else prepared for him.”
    “Bernie should say something — not have some silly statement,” Reid said. “Bernie is better than that. … I’m surprised by his statement. I thought he was going to do something different.”
    Nevada chaos

  58. Cudas to Bernie for making Reid look like the incompetent asshole he is. He told reporters he had the situation under control and Bernie made a liar out of him. Actually, Reid was always a liar, but being one and being exposed as one to the media is different.

  59. Oregon is a little closer than I expected but will but Sanders a clear winner..Ky was a moral victory for Sanders as Bill and Hillary spent some time there and it apparently resulted in basically a tie. While I understand folks who have switched from Hillary to Trump, the Bernie Sanders movement is harder to understand. He has done nothing significant in his years in the senate and has no realistic chance of getting most of his campaign promises passed, perhaps except for some change in the delegate process and a somewhat more progressive partt platform which means nothing.

  60. On the GOP side in Oregon there is a funny bit of news. Kasich beats Cruz, again:

    65% of vote in (much of it from early voting).

    Trump 66.6%
    Kasich 17%
    Cruz 16.3%

  61. bstonesfan
    May 17, 2016 at 11:48 pm
    A Pyrrhic victory, i.e. ” Another victory such as this and I shall come back to Epirus alone”

    KENTUCKY FREEFALL: Hillary Loses Quarter of a Million Votes from Her 2008 Primary Win

    Jim Hoft May 17th, 2016 8:02 pm 72 Comments

    It was another disastrous night for Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton lost a quarter of a million votes tonight in Kentucky from her 2008 victory.

    Hillary won the Kentucky primary in 2008 with 459,511 votes.

    On Tuesday night Hillary pulled ahead of Bernie Sanders in Kentucky in the final minutes.
    With 99% of precincts reporting—

    Hillary has 209,757 votes to Bernie’s 207,278 votes.

    hillary clinton kentucky 2016

    The Hill reported:

    Donald Trump warned that Hillary Clinton should “drop out” if she can’t win Tuesday’s Kentucky primary as he laid into his likely general election opponent in a series of tweets.

    “Do you think Crooked Hillary will finally close the deal? If she can’t win Kentucky, she should drop out of the race,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night before adding “system rigged.”

    At the time of his tweet, Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in a tight race for Kentucky, with news outlets characterizing it as too close to call.

  62. Well, this is by one of may favorite writers. It concerns the radical chic black lives matter group loved and applauded by our beloved elites and their big media beloved messiah. It is too bad for the nation that Hillary is determined to stir that same racial pot, making cops the scapegoat for all the problems in the black community. But, its politics. And if politics leads to civil war and armed insurrection, my response will be oh dear. Its not that I don’t care. Its that you can eat your gut out over these things and try in vain to convince others, but it is like trying to teach pigs to sing. Therefore, I am content to leave it to Heather.

    The Danger of The “Black Lives Matter” Movement

    Heather Mac Donald, Imprimus, April 27, 2016

    For almost two years, a protest movement known as “Black Lives Matter” has convulsed the nation. Triggered by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, the Black Lives Matter movement holds that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today. This belief has triggered riots, “die-ins,” the murder and attempted murder of police officers, a campaign to eliminate traditional grand jury proceedings when police use lethal force, and a presidential task force on policing.

    Even though the U.S. Justice Department has resoundingly disproven the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was shot in cold blood while trying to surrender, Brown is still venerated as a martyr. And now police officers are backing off of proactive policing in the face of the relentless venom directed at them on the street and in the media. As a result, violent crime is on the rise.

    The need is urgent, therefore, to examine the Black Lives Matter movement’s central thesis–that police pose the greatest threat to young black men. I propose two counter hypotheses: first, that there is no government agency more dedicated to the idea that black lives matter than the police; and second, that we have been talking obsessively about alleged police racism over the last 20 years in order to avoid talking about a far larger problem–black-on-black crime.

    Standard anti-cop ideology, whether emanating from the ACLU or the academy, holds that law enforcement actions are racist if they don’t mirror population data. New York City illustrates why that expectation is so misguided. Blacks make up 23 percent of New York City’s population, but they commit 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime, according to victims and witnesses. Add Hispanic shootings and you account for 98 percent of all illegal gunfire in the city. Whites are 33 percent of the city’s population, but they commit fewer than two percent of all shootings, four percent of all robberies, and five percent of all violent crime. These disparities mean that virtually every time the police in New York are called out on a gun run–meaning that someone has just been shot–they are being summoned to minority neighborhoods looking for minority suspects.

    Police operating in inner-city neighborhoods now find themselves routinely surrounded by cursing, jeering crowds when they make a pedestrian stop or try to arrest a suspect. Sometimes bottles and rocks are thrown. Bystanders stick cell phones in the officers’ faces, daring them to proceed with their duties. Officers are worried about becoming the next racist cop of the week and possibly losing their livelihood thanks to an incomplete cell phone video that inevitably fails to show the antecedents to their use of force. Officer use of force is never pretty, but the public is clueless about how hard it is to subdue a suspect who is determined to resist arrest.


    Unfortunately, when officers back off in high crime neighborhoods, crime shoots through the roof. Our country is in the midst of the first sustained violent crime spike in two decades. Murders rose nearly 17 percent in the nation’s 50 largest cities in 2015, and it was in cities with large black populations where the violence increased the most. Baltimore’s per capita homicide rate last year was the highest in its history. Milwaukee had its deadliest year in a decade, with a 72 percent increase in homicides. Homicides in Cleveland increased 90 percent over the previous year. Murders rose 83 percent in Nashville, 54 percent in Washington, D.C., and 61 percent in Minneapolis. In Chicago, where pedestrian stops are down by 90 percent, shootings were up 80 percent through March 2016.

    I first identified the increase in violent crime in May 2015 and dubbed it “the Ferguson effect.” My diagnosis set off a firestorm of controversy on the anti-cop Left and in criminology circles. Despite that furor, FBI Director James Comey confirmed the Ferguson effect in a speech at the University of Chicago Law School last October. Comey decried the “chill wind” that had been blowing through law enforcement over the previous year, and attributed the sharp rise in homicides and shootings to the campaign against cops. Several days later, President Obama had the temerity to rebuke Comey, accusing him (while leaving him unnamed) of “cherry-pick[ing] data” and using “anecdotal evidence to drive policy [and] feed political agendas.” The idea that President Obama knows more about crime and policing than his FBI director is of course ludicrous

    As crime rates continue to rise, the overwhelming majority of victims are, as usual, black–as are their assailants. But police officers are coming under attack as well. In August 2015, an officer in Birmingham, Alabama, was beaten unconscious by a convicted felon after a car stop. The suspect had grabbed the officer’s gun, as Michael Brown had tried to do in Ferguson, but the officer hesitated to use force against him for fear of being charged with racism. Such incidents will likely multiply as the media continues to amplify the Black Lives Matter activists’ poisonous slander against the nation’s police forces.

    The number of police officers killed in shootings more than doubled during the first three months of 2016. In fact, officers are at much greater risk from blacks than unarmed blacks are from the police. Over the last decade, an officer’s chance of getting killed by a black has been 18.5 times higher than the chance of an unarmed black getting killed by a cop.

    The favorite conceit of the Black Lives Matter movement is, of course, the racist white officer gunning down a black man. According to available studies, it is a canard.

    Former Rand Paul pollster Tony Fabrizio joins Trump 2016
    Kit Daniels – MAY 17, 2016 497 Comments
    Trump Hires Libertarian For Campaign
    Donald Trump has hired veteran pollster Tony Fabrizio, a libertarian who worked for Rand Paul’s campaign.
    Trump brought Fabrizio on board after consulting with his new convention manager Paul Manafort, who absorbed many of the duties previously handled by Corey Lewandowski, sources tell Infowars.
    Lewandowski, on the other hand, wanted to hire Ted Cruz’s former pollster Kelly Ann Conway.
    Fabrizio, who sources describe as a street fighter with a healthy obsession with winning, has years of experience as a political and corporate strategist who specializes in quantitative and qualitative opinion research.
    He also has experience in assessing government waste, such as his 2008 study showing the average Massachusetts voter believes the state wastes 41% of its funding.
    Fabrizio, like Trump, has also been targeted by the establishment media for interjecting libertarianism into the GOP.
    For example, in 2014 the National Review accused Fabrizio of “misrepresenting” the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of Americans with his poll questions, but their accusations backfired given the comments from readers.
    Besides working on the Rand Paul campaign, Fabrizio also worked on Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin’s win in 2015 and served as an adviser for the Senate campaign of Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, a libertarian-leaning Republican.

  64. Just wait wbb, as these murders by black on black increase till they are forced to move out to the white neighborhoods, nothing will change.
    I don’t blame the police, let them murder each other..nothing will change till the blacks stand up to these thugs and take their neighborhoods back. They need to take a long look in the mirror. They have sold their souls for free hand outs since the civil Rights, act and all they really have gotten is slavery right back at them.

  65. Obama-ism is being rejected, loudly, sarcastically, vulgarly by voters of both parties. Readers of this blog know it has been a fascist kleptocracy enabled and participated in by both parties. Cri de coeur such as the pathetic Politico agitprop wheedling to explain and rationalize the enormous increase of participant voters in the Republican primaries as well as the dogged resistance of Bernie left ideologues are NOT going along with the globalist program. That died in mass /rape/groping/mugging in Cologne on New Years Eve. How Hillary has managed to pick the wrong side in every issue important to an electorate is truly confounding. Glomming on to a president created by marketers, fakes, third stringer Ivy idiots, international thieves and supporters of terrorism is the single biggest political miscalculation of my lifetime. How did the astute, triangulating, MODERATE Clintons of the 90’s turn into this mess in 2016?

    Both parties “ideology” (theft by globalism) is being rejected vehemently. The media (of course) tried desperately to portray right leaning “fuck you” voter as racist, violent, and extreme while the left’s “fuck you” voter IS racist, violent and extreme. Of course.

    The polite descriptors are of a paradigm shift in the electorate. It is really a mud slide and the usual victims are on the top of the hill watching the traditional beneficiaries and string pullers of the media, professional government, self described smart people, and the marketing/opinion maker gurus slide into the sludge pit of their own making. In the immortal and prophetic words of Micheal Brown’s mother’s boyfriend “Let’s burn this motherfucker down!” Little did the media and apparatchiks understand this cri de coeur would be directed at them. Lucky Trump.

  66. Astute Hillary has no character, that’s how this happened. She hasn’t a clue as to what is right and what is wrong, no moral compass.

  67. Megyn Kelly had the “Megyn Kelly Show” about Megyn Kelly and invited Trump to talk about Megyn Kelly. LOL. She is trying to turn rotten, moldy lemons into limoncello. Yeah. No.

  68. Mormaer
    May 18, 2016 at 6:15 am
    100% accurate

    The upper class people who darken my doorstep are confounded by all this.

    They take pride in the fact that they have children working at the pinnacle of both parties.

    And my response is then they are undoubtedly part of the problem.

    Lord knows I try to wean them off old canards and paradigms.

    Like for Hillary there is no problem in the world except the Republican Party

    When the entire problem is globalism vs nationalism, collectivism vs individualism

    There is however on change with I find for lack of a better word–refreshing

    I sense a growing realization among our beloved elites that whereas before they set the table

    But now, they are on the menu.

    They worry about Bernie almost as much as I worry about globalization and the loss of liberty

    Because the only thing that defines those people is their money

    And without that they know they are nothing.

    I have been around too many will contests to believe otherwise.

  69. No subject matter in that interview. Just BS.
    How About 22 Trillion debt, 30 Million illegal aliens, loss of jobs, manufacturing, isis, etc!

  70. Lol Roberts look like a Banshee interviewing, or should

    I say grilling Ivana..

    Ivana kicked her libtard butt!

  71. “I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

    -Senator Barack Obama, 2008

  72. Foxy, I don’t really understand how that overtime works. In Texas if you work more than 40 hours a week you get overtime, it to my knowledge hadn’t been related to yearly wage.

    I’m confused.

  73. admin, heard TV speculation ( just 1 ) that Christie might be Donald’s VP.
    Now have this fresh in my inbox:
    Ms X,

    There are only 100 tickets left to tomorrow’s fundraiser with Mr. Trump and Governor Chris Christie in Lawrenceville, NJ. Purchase your tickets here!
    You’re not going to want to miss this historic event!
    Team Trump New Jersey

  74. I don’t think it would be wise. Christie is too bombastic, smart, but really almost 2 peas in a pod, although Christie comes off more angry, both from NE…

  75. coullton, eid, larsen, lee, pryor clerked for either rhenquist, scalia or thomas

    they look fine to me

    the one who clerked for Kennedy I would not select for Kennedy because Kennedy has gone bat shit crazy

    the one who went to notre dame I would exclude because that is Roberts almar mater.

    but where is Cruz on the list?

  76. well, no Harriet Meyers on the list

    She was with Locke Liddell in Dallas

    I used to do business with them in Texas

    She was not their best attorney

    She went to SMU–not an Ivy League school

    At the time that was the kiss of death

    They used to talk about a Jewish seat on the court–Brandeis, Cardozo, Frankfurter, Fortas and now of course Ginzberg

    They used to talk about a black seat on the court–Marshall (if you could keep him from snoring–one day I was in the specter gallery watching the proceedings, and he was slumped down in his chair ready slide off) and now Thomas. But typically it is an Ivy League group, Roberts being the notable exception. There is a little more academic diversity in the Trump list. I am not sure it is the best list, but it is one you could ride the river with.

  77. By Souters I mean faux conservatives with little controversy in their background, who then go rogue on you (batshit liberal might be a better descriptor) when the ascend (descend?) to or on (?) that bench. That was certainly the case with David Souter.

  78. Brief Marshall story. James Eastland (D. Miss) was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. LBJ had nominated Marshall for S.Ct.. Eastland had a vacancy open in the Southern District of Mississippi and wanted Harold Cox to be nominated for District Judge. Apparently, research into Harold Cox wasn’t favorable. Anyway, that was the tradeoff. Eastland recommended Marshall to the Senate, and Cox was nominated by LBJ. Cox was later known as the meanest judge in the United States. Lawyers were terrified of him.

    Quick Cox tale: Carter’s GAO was implementing some case disposal guidelines and a representative came to Judge Cox’s office to advise him the District needed to speed its cases through. Cox stared down the rep and said, “I want you to look at this Appointment behind me. It says Harold Cox, United States District Judge, to serve for Life, signed Lyndon Banes Johnson. Now, you bring me some higher authority that states otherwise, then I’ll consider it, but until then, I’ll run my Court the way I deem appropriate”.

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