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Friday, April 22, 2016

My rambling: introducing Tea Party 2.0

  I have many friends who are horrified by Donald Trump. They simply cannot bring themselves to think of the man as POTUS.
  At the WSJ, Peggy Noonan--she of the GOPe-- has written an eloquent elegy for politics in America, primarily the Republican Party.
My Moment came a month ago. I’d recently told a friend my emotions felt too close to the surface—for months history had been going through me and I felt like a vibrating fork. I had not been laughing at the splintering of a great political party but mourning it. Something of me had gone into it. Party elites seemed to have no idea why it was shattering, which meant they wouldn’t be able to repair it, whatever happens with Mr. Trump.
  I might remind the morose Noonan that we in the hinterlands have been observing this mess from afar for quite some time and that's how we've gotten to the Donald Trump candidacy. 
  We're fed up with politicians like Jeff Flake who say the right things to get elected and then, when they get to DC , turn into monsters who only care about maintaining their parking spots in DC and their special favors from the TSA.
  But for myself, I cannot live like this. I cannot dwell in the negative, believing that this great country has fallen to the fatal charms of one Barack Obama and the bullies that run the Left.
  For myself, I believe there are seasons in life, in worship, that reveal that this life is a step away from another more important life. 
  Yes, I believe in Jesus. I believe in God. And I pretty much don't believe in humankind (or is it "manunkind"?) in the long run of the universe. 
  Men will be lovers of self, we read in the Bible, and if that isn't true today I don't know what is.
   And yet so many of us struggle to be good people, good parents, friends and citizens, looking for truth, like beggars who seek real food, not garbage from a public trash can. 
  So when we see Obama admonishing the Brits (whom he has repeatedly insulted) that they need to stay in his personal dream of the EU, I can only shake my head and wish the mess that is the Obama administration will be over with as little additional damage as possible.
  What's so astonishing is that this narcissist is so apparently unaware that he is being ridiculed around the world. So un-self-conscious that he feels comfortable doing whatever he pleases without regard of public perception. Indeed his entire administration has been one of disregard for public opinion, other than his adoring sycophants' prayerful worship
  So this:
...because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 
  Uh, yeah.
  And how can anyone not see this truth:
For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
  Really, I can't abide the pompous and often ludicrous assertions of the academics, the political class, the elite. 
  So Springsteen won't perform in NC where parents don't want men in the bathroom with their daughters but he will perform in countries where they actually kill gay people? Subjugate women?
  So presidential candidates are willing to tie global warming to Islamic terrorists? 
  And the current POTUS can be so unconcerned about his carbon footprint as to send his wife on a separate jet to England to have tea with the Queen, an hour earlier?
  So Democrats can legally target those with whom they disagree over a difference of opinion?
  So a presidential candidate can absolutely claim no lives were lost in the struggle in Libya, openly lying not only to the public but to the families of men who died under her direction? 
  So politicians are really going to criminalize...
  Ok, wait.
  I'm not going to do this.
  Politics has been reduced to vulgarities, mud slinging, lies and unAmerican assertions that we should hate ourselves because we are so ______. 
  My trust is not really in America (which I love) but in God.
  Much of the Left is built on lies, lies that declare that we are abhorrent people who need to be more like them and then we would be good. Much of the country club right is the same.
  You know those folks who abhor God, who love themselves and who think they are always right.
  And you are an idiot.
  Personally I'm sick of politics. I'm also sick of politicians who aren't willing to actually confront the reality of the mess the Left--and the country club Right-- has created in this country.
  But my hope is not in these politicians, nor is it in Donald Trump, who has far more to lose personally than any of the people running. (Who can't laugh when you hear lazy but likeable Bernie "socialism is best" Sanders was kicked out of a communist commune for not working?)
  My hope is in something eternal.
  It is not in Donald Trump, nor is it in Ted Cruz.
  My hope is in an awakening that is taking place around the country and hopefully around the world. An awakening that is spiritual, not political.
  No politician--whether old or new--will solve the problems in this world. Sure, I wish we wouldn't have to hear about people's private parts but such is humankind.
  I am not equating the tea party movement with spirituality or Christianity.
  I am saying something big is going on in this country that many people are not willing to acknowledge and about which they are even delusional.
  This is Tea Party 2.0.
  Where it ends in this life, nobody knows.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cruz's new killer advert (well, not really KILLER)

  Ok, this is funny, no matter who you like for president. Remarkable similarities to Hillary & Huma.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hillary-ious: she thumbs up a Bernie voter

  This is really hillary-ious; it reminds me of that phony meeting with a Russian official in which Hillary claimed she was presenting the Russian foreign minister with a red "reset" button, as if, like Obama, she had to apologize for the US's policies and presence in the world but from here on out, things will be just dandy!
  Anyway the Russian button didn't say "reset"--it said "overcharged."
  Her voice is so hard, so cracked, so overbearing that it's difficult to spend more than a minute listening to her, which is one reason I didn't listen to the Clinton/Sanders "debate."
  Anyway here Hillary is, LOLing over the remark of a so-called fan, not realizing the woman screamed  "I'm voting for Bernie!" Heh.
  The glories of a multicultural society come back to bite Hillary in her substantial you know what.She's just going to have to learn Spanish, like the rest of us.
  The phony thumbs up, the deep bellowing "knowing" belly laugh, the pretense that she understands Spanish...yeah. Hillary-ious.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Al Sharpton, White House "keeper of the dream"

  As revolting as this individual is, we find Valerie Jarrett exalting the "Reverend" Al Sharpton as a "keeper of the dream."
  Just what is the dream? 
  Is it communism? Is it race riots? Is it tremendous division among all classes and races of American people?
  Don't know who Valerie Jarrett?
  Well, she's the de facto shadow president who makes many of Obama's golfing decisions. 
  Apparently we aren't even pretending in our second term to disavow this type of shyster, perpetrator of the Tawana Brawley hoax, racist agitator, tax cheat, did I mention racist?, antisemitic, homophobic, riot inciter Communist, non-reverend profane cheater adulterer?
  Yes, Mr. Sharpton, you're really incredible, as Jarrett says.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Toledo Tea Party Meeting tonight

Toledo Tea Party
Monday, April 11th, 7pm
Hampton Inn
3434 Secor Road
Toledo, OH 43606, USA
(Secor Rd south of I-475)
(Where the old theaters used to be)
Pastor Lyndon Allen from the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is coming from Nashville, TN for our meeting (Mon April 11th).
Lyndon Allen serves as CUFI’s Central Regional Coordinator. He is the pastor of Woodmont Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Since working as a recording artist in the mid-90’s Allen has served in a variety of capacities including in the publishing, banking, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries. Since 2003, Allen has worked as a lay minister and teacher, specializing in pastoral marriage counseling. In Nashville, he has served on the Board of the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center and currently sits on the boards of Faith for All Ministries and the Operation Andrew Group. Prior to joining CUFI, Allen visited Israel twice on religious and government tours. In 2012, Allen launched Total Life Victory, an organization dedicated to teaching about the importance of the Hebraic roots of the Church. He hosts a Sunday weekly radio program- The Total Life Victory Radio Show. Allen holds a degree from Biola University in La Mirada, CA focused on Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Biblical Studies and Apologetics. He and his wife Sharyl currently live in Brentwood, TN, and are the proud parents of four wonderful children.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Elitists to voters: we think you're stupid

  I am somewhat mournful as of late. I haven't been able to listen to or even follow my usual talkers, commentators, writers...
  This has set my entire schedule out of order. I can no longer trust the voices I used to trust. 
  I can't even, to be honest, tolerate most of Fox News, which seems to have become a wholly owned subsidiary of the GOPe, just as the rest of the channels are wholly owned subsidiaries of Leftist drivel.
  What they all seem to have in common is a vituperous contempt for "others" with whom they disagree.
  The "others," of course, are we who doggedly pay our own bills, go to church, who attempt to raise our children well in an increasingly nihilistic academic system and simply try to maintain sanity in a culture that is breaking apart at the seams.
  Contempt oozes from the elite both right and left, and yet they do not seem to recognize their own absurdity.
  Take, for example, this WaPo article entitled: "Don't Laugh: I have a serious reason for raising my cats gender-neutral."
  After you finish laughing, you realize the young female (mais naturellement) WaPo editor is confused and quite sincere about never saying she/he again; rather, she, er, they prefer to use the very incorrect identifying pronoun they:
It is confusing. We’ve had gender drilled into us as part of language since we first heard adults talking when we were infants – decades of “he” and “she.”
But at the same time it’s necessary. People are coming to understand that not all of us fit into the “girl” box or the “boy” box. Those who don’t are claiming space to be who they are. We all need to find ways to acknowledge and respect that. My way of respecting it just happens to be raising my cats gender neutral. You can choose your own.
  One only wonders how many cats this young female will have when she's 50. Wild men may be blowing up Paris, etcetera, but she believes this is a necessary societal modification, the little miss insisting that calling a female cat "they" somehow alleviates the pain of being a transgendered person.
  Speaking of pain, I don't suppose those who were blown up in Belgium will ever feel the pain of having to witness #TheChalkening of the Donald Trump campaign.
  What's disheartening at this political juncture is that the folks on the right side of the aisle have fallen into the bullying, declaring these months out that they prefer to vote for a liar, a criminal, a person who puts our nation's security at risk such as Hillary Clinton rather than vote for Donald Trump, who has mysteriously disappeared from the political landscape for a few days, presumably to retool his approach to persuade the Jonah Goldbergs of the world that he is worthy of their vote.
   Here's a good take on those "educated" among us who believe they know better than all of us stupids. Though the writer references liberal elitists, this could just as well be observations of a right wing elitist:
On more than one occasion my essays for The Imaginative Conservative have been inspired by bumper stickers. Many moons ago, for instance, I wrote “The Wisdom and Wickedness of Women” in response to seeing a bumper sticker declaring that “Well Behaved Women Do Not Make History.” Recently, sitting in traffic, I saw this very same bumper sticker on the car in front of me, beside another which declared the following: “What you call the Liberal Elite, we call being well-educated.” The juxtaposition of these two stickers, carefully selected by the car’s owner to teach me a lesson, set me thinking. I might even say that it taught me a valuable lesson, though not the lesson that my neighbor in the car in front of me meant to teach me.
  See, the purpose of a bumper sticker is to get into the vision of the following cars. 
  If you make the mistake of actually discussing the content of said bumper sticker, you can guarantee not only an argument, but a defiantly offended visage suggesting "How dare you question my bumper sticker? These are my personal beliefs and you have no right to even discuss the topic!" (True story.)
  Yes, even the right wing has decided they know better than all of us stupids out here: take, for example,  the dustup created by The Conservative Treehouse who suggested right wing talking heads are having their pockets lined for opposing Trump. If you read the article, you'll be convinced that no one has clean hands these days.
  If anyone suggests Trump might more effectively defend this country than the connivers we have lined up for their turn at POTUS, they are quickly shelved,  labeled _______ (racist, etcetera) but most of all ignorant
  Because, you know, they all know best and you're stupid.
  Never forget that.
  You're stupid.
  I once received a group email forwarded from a young friend who cited overall state SAT averages as proof that "blue" (ie liberal) states are so much smarter than "red" (conservative) states; of course, the email originated with a liberal, was forwarded by a liberal, is based on tests written by liberals not to mention incorrectly assessed and applied by liberals to data based on liberals' assumptions.
  Yet somehow this young lady has the brilliant notion that this email proves how much smarter her crowd is than anyone who disagrees. 
  Haven't they noticed they are shouting in an echo chamber loaded with the stench of a stinking pile of detritus?
  Not to mention a peer reviewed stinking pile of detritus.
  And they say we're the stupid ones.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

I'll be voting AGAINST the Democrat Party

  What's most remarkable about this election, I think, is the dissension among the ranks, both Republican and Democrats, largely because of Obama's divisive, hateful and activist leadership.
  The Republican race is at a sort of standstill as Trump as remained quiet for a few days after his loss in Wisconsin and retooling his campaign but it's been interesting to watch the Democrats feud.
  While most commentators love to bash the so-called Trumpsters, you might notice that Bernie followers are equally--if not more--fanatical than the Trumpsters.
  Sure, the Republican party is in danger of a third party run if they screw over Trump but the Democrat party? Hm.
  Are people aware of how much Hillary is hated?
  I have a close--extremely liberal--Obama supporting relative who cannot stand the sound of her voice, who cannot stand her candidacy, who cannot vote for her. He wouldn't discuss Sanders either.
  I also ran into a very nice person the other day who started talking politics; the spouse is pro-Trump but this person saw no other option than Hillary because of Cruz's lack of appeal. "She's a liar," I said. The person acknowledged, well, yes, I know but..." to which I commented that anyone who goes to bed without helping a couple of Americans on a Benghazi rooftop who are waiting for American helicopters to arrive....well....the discussion died there.
  The Leftist agenda is in full bloom with college campuses in meltdown over ridiculous incidents, like the "pain" of witnessing #TheChalkening or a monk being mistaken for a KKK member or criticizing the style of someone's hair as being a cultural appropriation. Those college professors deserve exactly what they get. They've carefully nourished this mess.
  Meanwhile Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton breaks the law on a NYC subway which she has trouble entering because of her lack of understanding of how the unwashed masses live. Nary a peep from the press.
  We are indeed a divided culture, at this point. It becomes harder--more of a test anyway--to become a person of faith, at least a believer in Jesus, a Jew, a can have "faith" in the government, warmists, the abortionists, the transgender pushes, "science."
  And Obama appears on American Idol declaring his administration is trying to make voting in national elections as "easy" as it is to vote on American Idol, "often and with enthusiasm." We have a queasy feeling that Democrats DO vote often with impunity.
  So the deeper into election territory we go, the more divided we will be. Soon it will be time for Trump to right his ship if he expects to win. For myself, I can barely listen to Glenn Beck anymore but have taken great delight in listening to Chris Plante's witty barbed observations. 
  Fox News has proven to have its own problems and a drop in viewership over disgust of their coverage.
  The truth for me is that I make no fabulous declarations like that skunk Eric Erickson that I will never vote for Trump.
  The truth is I will be voting against the Democrat Party candidate. Anyone who claims they will vote for Hillary rather than Trump is a fool and certainly no conservative.
  For myself, I'm quite selective what I put in my brain these days. A Trump candidacy does not have to be a bad thing.
  After all, with Hillary, we know what we get.
  With Trump, we do not.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

YAWN: Fighting for you! YAWN

I have to say I love this. It so perfectly encapsulates the *wonder of Hillary*....

Sarah Palin is nobody's fool

Betting against Sarah Palin is not a winning strategy but when caught up in partisanship Twitter trolls are apt to forget that Palin is a damn site smarter than the average arm chair political commentator. Most Trump supporters on Twitter are aware that Glenn Beck and Senator Ted Ctuz did make a trip to the border town of McAllen, Texas to present the newly arriving children with soccer ball and teddy bears. Lord knows why the normally cautious Cruz allowed himself to be photographed at the scene but his trek is well documented with photographs and videos.
When Palin brought the matter up at a Trump rally in Milwaukee the establishment / Cruz people nearly lost their minds. Evidently the best and the brightest have been operating on low voltage as none of them seemed aware that the Alaskan Governor was right on point.

Eventually someone did point out the error of their thinking.

I didn't see anyone offer an apology to Governor Palin.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Yo! Dreadlocks are SO not white!

  Looking at all of these people makes me itchy, but anyway, this woman is said to be a college employee at University of California San Francisco. She resents the flea bitten white kid's dread locks, complaining he is appropriating her race. Or something.
  Just to throw in another libelous accusation, she claims he's putting his "hands on" her, which he had to do to get her hands off him.
  Seriously that kid looks like he's a puppet the way he bounces up and down.
  But, then, that employee has bugs in her hair so.
  Racial healing.
  It's so much better since Obama.

Trump needs to knock off the stream of consciousness shtick

  So he got himself into trouble again last night with blabbing something about abortion. 
  Why he couldn't see the setup by Chris Matthews I don't know. Just like Stephanolopolous starting the whole birth control meme with Romney--a  non item--Matthews got what he wanted from Trump, who fell right into the trap.
  Honestly. He's going to have to get better at repartee if he wants to win this mess.
  Previously I wrote that Michelle Fields's accusation against Trump's campaign manager is ludicrous but I should add that Lewandowski should have shut up with the stream of consciousness tweets by claiming he didn't touch her or know her.
  So really, people.
  Stop with the stream of consciousness stuff and think about what you say before you say it.
  OTOH, I'm trying to imagine Matthews or any other msm personality saying to Hillary Clinton, "This is not something you dodge. It's not funny."
  As a matter of fact, I"d like to hear anyone say that to Hillary Clinton about any of the ongoing problems with her truthfulness, illegal foundation donations, illegal IT activity.
  But sheesh.
  What a mess this campaign season has been.

Fields's accusation stinks

  This week has been quite exciting eventful with numerous little incidents  blown into huge pimples on the face of politics.
  Let's start with Michelle Fields' absurd accusation that Trump's campaign manager "assaulted" her.
  Seriously? You're a reporter?
  I didn't even need to know to she has a history of accusing people of crimes and assaulting/touching her.

  I didn't need to know that her mother is a pro-immigration activist who works against Trump and benefits financially through her pro-immigration activism.
  I didn't need to know that Fields violated Secret Service "field of protection" guidelines by reaching out to grab Trump, who wears a bullet proof vest, in an attempt to ask him questions.
  I didn't need to see Fields's photo of her supposed bruised arm, which some have claimed is the photo of an obese person's arm.

  What I care about is that Michelle Fields, pictured above, has made a huge deal out of nothing. She's using the Left's whiny victimology to try to win an argument. 
  If she really thinks Lewandowski assaulted her, then for him to apologize as she demanded shouldn't have been an option.
  It appears to me---an elderly retiree in flyover country---that Fields has thrown in with the Republican establishment in an attempt to do anything possible to discredit Trump and boost the establishment's chances of winning or moving to a brokered convention.
  Does anyone really think the establishment will allow Cruz to be the nominee?
  They're using Cruz and Kasich to splinter the vote away from Kasich. (For my own part, I still am having trouble believing that Kasich really won the state of Ohio. He has a reputation for bullying his own party in this state. Indeed he said the other day that he wouldn't be opposed to running a Democrat as VP if he would miraculously become the nominee.)
  I'm sorry about this because I have admired Fields's work but she really has discredited herself and essentially made herself unhireable.
  Except by MSNBC.
  They seem to like those wacko types.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Only a contested convention can save Cruz

If you think the primaries have dragged on too long you may want to console yourself with the reality that as far a the duration of time is concerned we have yet to reach the halfway mark. There are 65 days remaining until June 7 when California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota vote. For all practical purpose the remaining contests are Trump versus No Trump referenda. It is a mathematical impossibility for John Kasich to collect the necessary 1237 delegates needed to win the nomination. For Ted Cruz call it an extremely low probability.
At present only 914 delegates remain and to secure the nomination Cruz needs 772. The Wisconsin primary is listed as winner take all which is something of a misnomer. The winner in each of its 8 congressional districts will take all 3 delegates but of the remaining 18 delegates, 15 will serve at-large. Wisconsin's at-large delegates will be allocated on a winner-take-all basis. The candidate who wins a plurality of the statewide vote will receive all of the state's at-large delegates. In addition, three national party leaders will serve as bound delegates to the Republican National Convention. The RNC delegates will be required to pledge their support to the winner of the state's primary. In a nutshell, winning Wisconsin is not apt to be decisive for either Trump or Cruz but there will be 42 fewer delegates left reducing the outstanding count to 872. At present Cruz has a slight lead so for the sake of argument assume he wins statewide and carries 5 congressional districts. That would give him 33 delegates leaving him needing 739.
Looking forward to April 19, New York, where Trump leads handily, offers 95 delegates proportionally allocated. Each of the 27 congressional districts will award 2 delegates to the first place winner and 1 to second place with the remaining 14 delegates allocated proportionally unless one candidate receives 50% of the vote in which case he would take all. Trump leads in the Real Clear Politics average of polls with 54.5%. One might expect that to tighten but assume Trump does pull 50% and carries 18 congressional districts. He goes home with 50 delegates leaving Kasich and Cruz to divvy up the remaining 45. Kasich is probably stronger than Cruz so give him 30, leaving Cruz with 15 ruing the day he mentioned Trump's New York values. The outstanding delegate pool is reduced to 777 with Cruz needing 724.
Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island vote on April 26 putting 172 delegates on the line. No polling is available for Delaware and Rhode Island but Trump leads substantially in the remaining 3 states. Suppose Trump is having a bad day and only wins 58 delegates while Cruz and Kasich bag 57 each. Cruz would need 667 of the remaining 605 delegates. Under this scenario Trump would have only 856 delegates, needing another 381 to reach the required 1237 but this scenario probably downplays his strength. He would have to win 63% of the remaining delegates but as stated the scenario is exceedingly stingy.
It's doubtful either Cruz or Kasich will fold up their campaigns after April 26 but it's going to be exceedingly hard to court votes when the voters know that only a convention can bestow the nomination on one of the two candidates who could not win it on his own. Can Cruz with a straight face intone, "I am the only candidate who can beat Donald Trump"? Can Kasich spoon feed the voters enough bullshit to convince more than a few to waste a vote on him? After April 26 the only votes that will count are votes for Donald Trump.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Obama's version of capitalism sure benefits him

  In his best lecturer mode, Obama paces back and forth, no doubt reminiscent of the days when his college students hung on every profound word he utters, here Obama says:"You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works..." because, you know.
  Capitalism has been so rough on him.
  And America is SO rough on him.
  Like when he took 2 jets on his latest trip so that he could run the family over for a fabulous day trip. And, yeah. $200000 an hour to run each one of those jets.
  There's really not much difference between capitalism and communism or socialism, because communism and socialism has not worked everywhere it's been tried, eh? That's Obama's theory.
  He's the one always griping about inequity but as a taxpayer I have to pay his bills.
  Seems fair. 
  Because he's a one percenter.

Michelle O explains how hard her life is

  Maybe I can't get it through my noggin that the one percenters--those who fly around the world for that very special piece of cake--really really don't care about people themselves or any of the causes they so vociferously push on the unwashed masses.
  That's why when I hear people like BO and Queen Michelle gripe about how mean people were/are to them, I just can't quite believe my ears.
  So the other day Michelle Obama lectured the populace about the "rough" treatment she received as a young women when this terrible thing happened. (I have to say her history of grievances has an air of UNBELIEVABILITY to it, but, hey, maybe a construction worker had bad eyesight.) From the Daily Mail:
As I got older, I found that men would whistle at me as I walked down the street, as if my body were their property, as if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own,' Obama said in a speech in Argentina on Wednesday.
'I began to realize that the hopes I had for myself were in conflict with the messages I was receiving from people around me,' she said at the 'Let Girls Learn' initiative. 
  Here she is in her finery griping about how she had to learn to "listen to my own voice," as if she hasn't been doing that all her life. 
  Sheesh. You ride around in a 7 ton limo with people whose job it is to take a bullet for you and take a separate government plane to get to Hawaii a couple hours before the hubby and you think you're spreading good will and examples by bi%ching about your country and how mean everyone is to you.
  Delusional. So, hey. Move to Cuba.

A Cruz much is true?

  Sometimes there's a difference between news and gossip; other times--well, gossip IS news, especially if there are facts behind the gossip.
  Anyway, it looks to me like there's a game changer in the wind for the election.
  Yes, it's being "broken" in the National Enquirer which one might remember also broke the story of John Edwards and several others' shenanigans.
  You might have noticed an unusual synergy between two Republican candidates' wives' backgrounds. Turns out the story isn't really about the wives as much as one husband.
  It's called #thething on Twitter.
  While families (wives) should be off limits, the candidates themselves are not. (I might add if you have a wife who has done photo shoots no other FLOTUS has ever done, she really is part of your story too but I digress.)
  Three of the women have been identified and several confirmed.
  This story has been around since before March 10; today will be a big day for it, as it appears media has been ignoring it.
  It's also strange that Carly Fiorina's campaign received a $500,000 donation from the Cruz campaign and that that address is the same as the address for the PAC which posted the nude Melania photo. One of the identified women worked for the Fiorina campaign. Hm. 
  In addition, a Washington Times reporter has confirmed two of the women.
  Sometimes (most of the time) I hate politics. This is a shame. considering that Heidi Cruz has had some mental health issues, as many Americans have for various reasons.
  Read the links and decide for yourself. 
  This looks like a rough weekend for Cruz, regardless. 
UPDATE: One says no.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bill Clinton video: yikes!

  Just as Old Bill went off the reservation the other day by claiming that Obama's administration has been an "awful last eight years," one might wonder what the heck is going on with his health.
  Take a look at this video; he looks sort of...."disconnected"??

  Between Hillary's coughing, occasional medical glasses, rumors of ill health and Bill's apparent..."disconnection," these two aren't exactly suited to be running much of anything.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Cop reveals truth about Trump rallies

  It's incomprehensible that the media reports the Trump rallies as "Trump violence" or "conservative violence" or "violence that accompanies Trump rallies."
  These are left wing protesters who will protest ANY Republican candidate.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Explaining Trump to non believers

As my partner noted I am a Trump supporter and I suspect her post is her gentle way of prodding me into defending my choice. Trump is actually my third choice. I began favoring Rick Perry who I like and I figured could redeem himself from his fatal lapse of memory in the debate 4 years ago when he could not remember the third cabinet level department he would eliminate. I was wrong about that as Perry wilted in a Trump counter attack. With some disappointment and misgivings I turned my attention to Scott Walker who for some reason offered no personal attraction but certainly had a conservative record. By late September he had run himself out of money despite a large beginning balance leaving me without a candidate.
By this time it was evident to me that Trump was a different breed of cat. He said the most outrageous things and his polling strength only increased. This guy was magic! Bulletproof! Every attack backfired leaving the attacker clinging to his political life.

They put arsenic in his meat

And stared aghast to watch him eat;

They poured strychnine in his cup

And shook to see him drink it up:

They shook, they stared as white’s their shirt:

Them it was their poison hurt.

It wasn't what Trump said but rather what his supporters said that attracted me. They are aggrieved and for good cause. They have paid the price for inept and corrupt trade and immigration policies. I have watched my community's largest employer, Whirlpool Corp, cashier out thousands of loyal employees and flee to Mexico. I am watching a huge aluminum smelter in a neighboring county simply close. I have seen whole neighborhoods ruined by vacant homes, homes that have not been occupied since the financial melt down 8 years ago when it uncreditworthy sub prime owners just walked away. The Washington establishment should consider itself lucky if all the voters do is vote them out. And what did the GOP field of candidates have to offer? More of the same.
When the congressional debate on TPP hit peak angst in early summer slimming down the field of possible candidates was made easier when I stumbled across a Wall Street Journal editorial written by future Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Ted Cruz entitled Putting Congress in Charge on Trade wherein the made they made the dubious argument that giving Obama fast track authority on the treaty gave congress leverage. They even used the tried and true platitude "a level playing field". Good-bye Ted Cruz. Nothing would please me more than to see you and your good friend Paul Ryan picking oranges in Florida. By July the constitutional scholar from Canada had joined Glenn Beck at the border to pass out teddy bears and soccer balls to newly arrived illegal aliens. Maybe he could just throw sand in the voters' faces or tread on the flag and save himself time.
So by default here I am a Trump supporter but just because the choice was not clear in the beginning does not lessen my loyalty to the man. The question is, or rather was, frequently asked why Trump supporters are oblivious to his many shortcomings. Have you ever heard of blind rage? It's not totally blind but when he is compared to the remaining candidates he alone is addressing the issues they care about. They will overlook 3 marriages and Twitter tirades at Megyn Kelly as part of the bargain. His tone at his rallies is beginning to be shopworn if one has viewed a score or so on live stream but each seem to offer a surprise personal aside as he interacts with a veteran, a Nicaraguan  emigree or points out a Sikhs for Trump sign. Yes, Sikhs, Muslims, Hispanics and blacks are frequently seen at his events. How deep that support runs will eventually be determined but who has seen a Sikhs for Hillary sign? Diverse religious and ethic supporters are drawn to Trump for the same reason white Christian voters are. Nationalism, rage and a hope to find a voice not available anywhere else.
But the violence at the rallies? Putting aside the violence in recent weeks that has been fomented by outside groups and their frequently paid demonstrators Trump supporters are hardly terrorists. To those who say some have been handled roughly I would ask about the decorum of their union meetings. I remember vividly the first annual general membership meeting I attended. Probably not by accident the meeting hall was above a Moose Lodge so much of the membership had, as my dad would have said, taken libation. If there were any actual fist fights I missed them but the shoving and shouting, the standing on chairs to be seen and heard left an indelible memory. After the meeting was adjourned members laughed as they recounted the spirited antics. When people who get their hands dirty argue they frequently use their hands to make their points. Fists are slammed on tables, walls are punched, fingers wag in other's faces. Slapping someone's hat off borders on the extreme but I have seen Rand and Ron Paul supporters just as excited as any Trump devotee. No one is conscripted to attend a Trump rally and if the speaker sounds like a union bull steward that's what you get. One hundred proof whiskey is not for everyone.
Trump's tax proposals are a mixed bag but merely the starting point. I find reducing the corporate tax rate to 15% downright exciting. While some may argue legitimately that it would produce a 15 trillion dollar short fall over 10 years they do not take into account the 2 to 21/2 trillion in corporate profits sitting offshore which would most probably be repatriated in the first two years giving total tax revenue a pleasant but one time bounce. Still 15% of 2 trillion is preferable to 0% of 2 trillion. Another benefit of a 15% rate is almost all tax loopholes are meaningless. Why would a corporation try to reduce its effective rate from 39 to 24 percent by donating to to Planned Parenthood, National Review or the World Wildlife Fund when it could simply pay 15%? Furthermore when it becomes apparent to the shareholders that a donation to the Kasich for President Campaign Committee is coming out of their dividend check corporate money will play a smaller role in political campaigns.
The other side of the lost tax revenue coin is never mentioned. Does a corporation suddenly finding itself awash in profits simply burn the cash? No. Lost tax revenue to the IRS is the other side of cheaper prices and higher wages and more stock dividends.
Trump critics have expended much verbiage on the cost and futility of building about 1,000 miles of border wall. Oh, it would run over private property, it would displace some people, it would bother the sand lizards but it would not encounter any problem not faced in the construction of the new Interstate 69, the so called NAFTA Highway, nor would it cost a fraction of that project. He would deport millions of illegals. Yes, it's mandated under existing law and if he does not get all 11 million it does not mean he is a failure. This would be the only federal program that is pass / fail in a country where TSA fails to detect contraband more than 90% of the time and Obamacare in spite of hundreds of billions in cost leaves 30 million Americans uninsured.
Have you in the past 5 years ever made an inquiry about your credit card, sought technical support for your printer or tried to make sense of a bollixed up online order and reached someone who spoke understandable English? This massive offshoring of American labor has not yet surfaced in the trade debate but it is part and parcel of the same trickery as the H 1 visa scams. One of the subtle change in the World Trade Organization's language was to expand the agreement not only to include the exchange of good but also the exchange of services. Ergo short of withdrawing from the World Trade Organization there is nothing Congress can do to prevent more of the same. As the constitution entrusts to the president the power to conduct foreign policy it would be within the power of a President Trump to demand changes to that or any other treaty, NAFTA included, as the price for continued U.S. participation. Also as president, Trump could suspend all trade with China and demand restitution when a U.S. institution, governmental or private is a victim of Chinese hacking.
Could Donald Trump keep all his campaign promises? He probably will not be 100 percent successful. On the other hand he is the single candidate of either party who has offered to try.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Explaining Trump

  As any reader/s of this column know/s, my blogging buddy Hoosierman and I have disagreed about Trump for many reasons.
  As the campaigns heat up, our country's situation is becoming more dramatic and consequential every day.
  I have a close Christian friend who says if it comes down to Trump and Clinton, her vote may be for Clinton because of Trump's morality issues. It's as if Clinton's lying and putting national security at risk is not as significant as Trump's swagger and foul mouth.
  I might suggest to my Christian friends that the future of the country is at stake: we know what Hillary will do with Supreme Court nominees but we don't know what Trump will do.
  We know she will compromise our security because she doesn't care about this country; she isn't a patriot.
  Yes, Trump has numerous morality issues and can we trust him?
  The answer to that question: we've trusted the Paul Ryans and Mitch McConnells, not to mention Orrin Hatches and Jeff Flakes, for many, many years. Where has that gotten us? 
  So whom can we trust?
  The best commentary I've read on Trump is from Victor David Hanson here at, believe it or not, National Review:
But is he uniquely dangerous, ignorant, or cruel in terms of either distant or recent American presidential history?  
 I don’t think so. [SNIP]
Those are grounds enough for rejecting him. But what we don’t need is high talk about Trump as something uniquely sinister, a villain without precedent in American electoral history or indeed public life. That is simply demonstrably false. Trump thrives despite, not because of, his crudity, and largely because of anger at Barack Obama’s divisive and polarizing governance and sermonizing — and the Republican party’s habitual consideration of trade issues, debt, immigration, and education largely from the vantage point of either abstraction or privilege.
  Hanson enumerates Trump's flaws and with each flaw, he points to the Democrat parallel, established years ago.
  The problem for both Republicans & Democrats who direct vitriol at Trump is that he is fighting back. Not just arguing, but really fighting back.
   This is unique in our politics. Republicans don't fight back.
  They don't stampede.
  They don't threaten violence.
  In groups, they don't even litter.
  Trump's tactics are as reprehensible at times as.....Democrats.
  Do those Republicans who despise Trump not understand that these same tactics will be employed--perhaps in moderation with a different candidate--to whomever is the Republican running for president?
  And will that Republican candidate be capable not only of fighting back adequately but winning the argument?
  Make no mistake.
  Democrats created Donald Trump, Republican candidate for president.
  They're the ones who fight dirty. They're the ones who mock, ridicule, isolate the target and then repeat the lies until the little fools (who can be bought) have it drilled into their heads.
  No, Trump isn't my candidate of choice. Not in a million years. But there's something to be said for fighting back. I'm not justifying any of Trump's behavior. 
  But we are on a course that cannot be reversed.
  Can Cruz win? I don't know, but I know he has a high unlikeability factor even among Republicans. People just don't like him, his voice, his manner, his face. Unfair as that may be, it is reality.
  Voting for Hillary will wrap it up, wrap up this nation in more debt, more violence, more racial divide, more government and regulations. She's 
already talking about getting us flyover folks to enroll illegals--people breaking the laws of our country--at our own expense.
  As it is, much of the money--billions of dollars--earned by illegal lawbreakers is sent to their home country. 
  As it is, 25% of Mexico lives in the US
  As it is, the IRS pays free money back to illegals who've never paid taxes.
  We do this but we don't have enough money and regulations to help our veterans and fire bad VA employees?
  Another thing: the fact that other nations are concerned that Trump wins-- that the McConnell types are freaked-- that the DC power brokers are frantic that they will lose their power--that's a good sign, not bad.
  The fact that Soros is paying top dollar to disrupters to stop Trump means they're worried he will win.
  It's a sign that they don't think they can control him.
  And if they try to depose the will of the people....well, there'll be hell to pay if they try that and I have a feeling they'll regret it in the long run.