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February 03, 2016

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Miss Marple

Well, we have hit a new low in political news:

http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/03/trumps-supporters-way-more-likely-than-hillarys-to-expect-sex-on-first-date-and-film-themselves-having-sex/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Thomas Collins

Jebster should do OK in NH, BOE. Jebster is NH's kind of Republican, and, from the number of Jebster ads I have seen, he has lots of money to spend. He is a bigger threat to Kasich than to Cruz, Rubio or Trump. If Kasich doesn't pull off a win or strong place in NH, he'll fade quickly. I suspect voters who might be attracted to Jebster are also potential Kasich voters.

common man

henry

That Ballard has groupies? Its the talk of JOM? The things you miss when you dont read old threads...

lyle

http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2016/02/anybody-going-to-apologize-to-tea-party.html?spref=tw

No. Next question.

common man

henry

That Ballard has groupies? Its the talk of JOM? The things you miss when you dont read old threads...

narciso

what could go wrong:


http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/02/03/military-diversity-office-improperly-spent-1-million-housed-violence-and-misogyny/

common man

Jeb! wants to replace the mailman's kid as the NYT favorite Republican?

narciso

btw the marlowe tale was by depuy.

NK

hasn't Jeb already done that?

Jeff Dobbs

lyle:
with a paranthetical note that the overall slant of this magazine is decidedly not conservative

Oh, would you look what time it is! It's time for another round of "stories I have told before". Only this time, lazy me feels like just copying and pasting it.

Away we go!

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

Since Tom brought up Texas Monthly, let me just say that I have a fun story...(fun for me anyway)

I was chaplain at the YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch (near Winter Park, CO) like 15 years ago.

One of my "official" job responsibilities during the week was to just "hang out" and interact with staff and guests. Fun stuff.

So, most evenings after dinner I would hang out in the lobby, chat with the front desk workers, make conversation with guests as they came by, helped out when I could or whatever else was going on.

So, one night this guy comes in, he and 3 kids, ages 2, 5 and 10. He says that he and another family each had a Suburban going on one of the four wheel drive roads up behind the resort -- and they got one of the vehicles stuck. He came back down with the kids, but the other couple and his wife were up with the other vehicle.

He needed to be pulled out.

We had maintenance folks who could do the job. But, he also needed someone to look after the kids while he led the maintenance folks up to the spot of the stuck Suburban.

That's a job for ME!!!

So, off they went and off I went with the kids to the cabin. We played games, I fed them some dinner. After a while, I put the 2 year old to bed. Then the 5 year old. Then I hung out with the 10 year old for a while. We started chatting...the usual stuff, where are you from, what grade are you in, what does your dad do for a living...

"He writes and teaches"

"Writes what, teaches where?"

"He writes for some magazine, he teaches at the University of Texas."

"Really, my brother goes to Texas. What does he teach?"

"I don't know, politics or government or something"

"Ah, political science, I suppose. Um, let me fathom a guess, because this is really weird, my brother said one of his professors might be coming here this summer -- he writes for Texas Monthly and your last name is Burka."

"Yes"

"Is your dad's name Paul Burka?"

"Yes."

It's a small world...

...but I wouldn't want to paint it.

Posted by: hit and run | December 06, 2007 at 02:29 PM

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

Paul Burka retired from the magazine last year...

http://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/what-ive-learned/

henry

For Kasich fans. I guess this counts as bragging. (ht lurking unit)

Texas Liberty Gal

MM - I will not accept that when Cruz does something it's just "hardball" but when Trump does something "oh, the humanity."

I never said that - just saying that what Cruz did is no worse then what Trump has done

Momto2

Drove by the local mosque yesterday (in Ga.) - they have a sign out promoting some upcoming event stating, "Come and meet your Muslim neighbors."

No thanks!

Beasts of England

Note to self: be on the lookout for hot chicks with Trump bumper stickers.

Threadkiller

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Old Lurker

Tell me again the world has not gone nuts?

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/02/03/10000-migrants-to-be-housed-in-luxury-berlin-hotels-while-local-homeless-go-without-shelter/

Porchlight

Porch - as more evidence comes out its clear its Carson's team is responsible for this - you can't expect Cruz's campaign to sit on this info.

Texas Liberty Gal - I'm agnostic - my point is just that Trump isn't sitting on it either. Cruz took advantage of the CNN report; it's blowing back on him; Trump is taking advantage of the blowback.

NK

@1:48-- OK, that was funny.

Threadkiller

How are they going to get a proper head count without your participation, Momto2?

:-)

Threadkiller

How are they going to get a proper head count without your participation, Momto2?

:-)

henry

Santorum is dropping out. He will endorse someone (oh boy, 0 more percent!!!)

Rick Ballard

TLG,

The secret hold has to be illegal. Just because it's never been seen is no reason to believe it doesn't exist.

Look, Cruz has admitted he has a strategy and the means to pursue it from the very beginning. Anybody who paid attention to his win in Texas knows what he is capable of. The polls consistently and conclusively proved that his strategy and execution just weren't effective in Iowa so the results had to have been the result of dirty tricks.

You know what they say - you can fool some of the people all of the time...

lyle

http://www.mediaite.com/print/jeb-bush-has-to-tell-new-hampshire-crowd-please-clap/

Heh.

jimmyk

So does Rodham Jimmyk

I could have worded that "straight from the bottle" a bit better. Unlike Hillary, I do use a glass.

Texas Liberty Gal

Tell it to the victims of San Bernadino - http://www.news8000.com/obama-makes-first-us-mosque-visit/37791858

Jeff Dobbs

trumps-supporters-way-more-likely-than-hillarys-to-expect-sex-on-first-date-and-film-themselves-having-sex

Well, you know...

https://youtu.be/MCYAz06_Ppg?t=2m18s

Texas Liberty Gal

Sorry - should have included the headline to the link

Obama: 'Muslim Americans keep us safe'

Texas Liberty Gal

Meant to include the headline to my link

Obama: 'Muslim Americans keep us safe'

Porchlight

Look, Cruz has admitted he has a strategy and the means to pursue it from the very beginning. Anybody who paid attention to his win in Texas knows what he is capable of. The polls consistently and conclusively proved that his strategy and execution just weren't effective in Iowa so the results had to have been the result of dirty tricks.

I think Cruz is a strong campaigner, Rick. I think he won fair and square in Iowa (or at least as fair and square as can be expected in the modern primary system, anyway). He's been disciplined and impressive throughout.

But, Texas is a state with a runoff system. Dewhurst beat Cruz in the primary by 9 points (Cruz beat Trump by 3.4). It just wasn't enough to avoid a runoff, which Cruz then won easily (thanks in large part to the Huntress, who is now evil because she supports Trump).

Cruz won't get any do-overs running for the WH. Nor is he in a race where winning the primary is the same thing as winning the general, as in TX. No matter how wounded the Dems may be, they're still a gazillion times more formidable than whatever clown the Dems put up against Cruz in 2012. (I can't even remember his name.)

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Muslim Americans keep us safe;


Feel safer yet?

Miss Marple

http://news.yahoo.com/windows-10-becomes-automatic-download-even-don-t-115058914.html;_ylt=A0LEVv4FSrJWRh0AiGknnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--

Apparently you WILL take Windows 10 and like it.

I am going to change my settings so that there are no automatic uploads allowed.

Rubio's fault!!!

lyle

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/02/obama-defends-the-faith.php

IBD has more, and then sums up: “So let’s recap. The mosque that is hosting the commander in chief, while receiving his historic benediction graduated a terrorist who plotted to blow up a local Army recruiting station, hired an imam who condoned suicide bombings and blames American ‘foreign policy’ for terrorism.”

As I say, one is left to draw one’s own conclusion. IBD draws this one, which errs on the side of generosity and caution: “Obama has to be willfully blind not to see all these ties to terror.”

lyle

Yer not gonna believe this:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/02/bernie-sanders-movie-star.php

Momto2

Feel safer yet?

no, I do not! I do not trust them one iota...and I think that this attempt to make them seem like just regular old Georgia folks - you know - your NEIGHBORS!!! - is also a sham and a front for some nefarious future scheme. Probably to lull us into believing O's lies that they are just like us!

Miss Marple

So, which is worse, an entertainer/businessman who wants to be a politician, or a politician who wants to be an entertainer?

jimmyk

I didn't watch the entire clip, but I have to admit Bernie wasn't half bad. Maybe he missed his calling.

jimmyk

Feel safer yet?

Meanwhile, 404 is working on the serious problems:

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-administration-orders-labeling-of-israeli-goods/

The headline is a bit misleading: The administration wants to prevent Israeli companies that operate in the disputed territories (and that employ Palestinians, incidentally) to be prohibited from labeling their products "Made in Israel."

Old Lurker

Why did I think of Janet when I read this?

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/02/03/oklahoma-university-makes-fitbit-wearing-mandatory.html?intcmp=hphz01

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

So how long does that book poll last?

Dave (in MA)

Just had to explain to an immigrant coworker that no, Trump isn't out of the Presidential running because he didn't win the Iowa caucus; it's not like the NFL playoffs where you're out if you lose.

Jeff Dobbs

Ig:
So how long does that book poll last?

I think about 931 pages.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Good luck, James.

Truthbetold

Sarah Palin's PAC burning through cash

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/01/29/19194/sarah-palins-pac-burning-through-cash

mike in houston

From Iowahawk

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/694886391113654272

NK

IowaHawk is also not a Trump Guy:

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/694886391113654272

lyle

Speaking of FitBit, my b-i-l forwarded me this from one of his college students:

My FitBit says I masturbated four miles today.
henry

Fit-bit... what happened to medical privacy?

henry

Fit-bit... what happened to medical privacy?

henry

see what over-voting in the book poll causes?

lyle

BTW, the WSJ is in full post-Iowa Rubio fanboidom:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/happy-iowa-aftershocks-1454460735

Then there’s immigration, which we have been told by countless voices on the right is the driving force behind populist anger against “the establishment,” whatever that is. But according to the Iowa entrance polls, the anti-immigration rage is overrated.

Cute.

The immigration debate isn’t over this year, and on Tuesday in New Hampshire Mr. Cruz launched another assault on Mr. Rubio. But the Iowa results suggest that the Floridian can neutralize the attack if he isn’t defensive and fights back. He’d be that much better positioned for the general election if he does.

Here's an imperfect but tasty antidote:

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2016/02/will-banning-muslim-migration-ruin-anti.html

Old Lurker

That's very good, Lyle.

Tell that kid that relief is on the way:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/virtual-reality-male-sex-toy-7299079

Beasts of England

FitBit lie!

h/t talking sheep

common man

Is Jim Gilmore still in the race? Cuz that is where I predict the 0% supporting Santorum goes. Lets hide and watch and see if I am right...

James D

Ig, I have no idea how long the book poll lasts. I was hoping it would be over already, but apaprently not!

Old Lurker

Do we get FitBit points for voting for James?

lyle

http://thepeoplescube.com/

Hit the link for the sidebar on the left and scroll.

NK

JamesD -- if they are pulling a ChiTown on you and recounting the votes "until they come out right" then you should go all Le Donald on them and demand a do-over.

lyle

Hmmm...

http://theweek.com/articles/603052/marco-rubio-isnt-second-coming-george-w-bush-hes-much-worse

Miss Marple

My daughter's company gave all employees some variety of a Fitbit type device. It sends information to her phone (basically how many steps, etc.). If they reach a goal, they get their names entered in a drawing for prizes.

She said it's available on-line with Amazon for around $25.

I am not interested.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Had a Miss Marple type adventure just now.
Went shopping earlier and took Chester so I had the passenger window down about 5 or 6 inches so he can catch bugs in his teeth.
Got home, mucked about for an hour or so and had to go out again.

Chester dutifully jumped up on the floor of the pickup and I plopped in my seat, uneventfully.
However as Chester took up position in the co pilot's seat things got a bit more dicey as a dark form in the backseat shot into the air like a rocketing pheasant upon Chester's ascension to his throne.
Took me a few seconds to figure out what was going on and Chester seemed even more perplexed. Once the thing started spitting feline curses at us left and right as it bounced around in the back like a demon on a hot plate, looking for the exit, things became a bit clearer to all concerned.

I bailed with a stifled "what the hell?" before the thing could light, claws extended, on the back of my neck. I left my door open, hoping it could make a getaway as it obviously was not interested in testing Chester's open window, no matter how confused its guardian might seem.

After a few more muttered oaths [by the cat, not me] and some tentative thrusts and feints and general chaos in ye olde cockpit the two antagonists began to come to terms with the situation and things began hotting up until the cat resolved to risk it all...and not for love.

With a loud snarl it hopped for just an instant onto my seat's headrest, deftly lept to my rear view mirror like a diminutive, fairly exasperated mountain goat and made a getaway over the hood.
Chester was still so confused he didn't even hop out and give chase or even muster up a bark; just looked at me with that same "what the hell" look I was giving him.
There might have been a bit of "thanks for leaving me hangin' bub" also, but I think he's over it by now.

James D

Totally, NK!

NK
Buckeye

JiB

Yes Harvard does have more QBs in the NFL than OSU.

It will be interesting to see if Cardale "12 gauge" Jones makes it.

Miss Marple

Iignatz,

How funny! I was loading my Jeep yesterday and left the hood open. It was sunny and rather pleasant. Went out to take another box and there was a feral cat basking on the carpeted surface. He scooted out quick but it gave me a start, probably because my subconscious is still worried that raccoon will show back up!

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

OSU is to good quarterbacks as the U of Miami is to law abiding citizens.

Rick Ballard

NK,

Gallup makes the overall effectiveness of the Merde Touch very evident, as does the problem Red Witch is having with her Black Albatross choker. One might wonder when the MFM will realize the full cost of supporting The Triumph of the Trump in a repudiation election. How many Senate seats is the additional ad revenue worth?

Captain Hate

will be interesting to see if Cardale "12 gauge" Jones makes it.

He was a "can't miss" a year ago based on what, four games? Now he's a question mark. Other than Timmay T, do any of Urban's QBs have enneffell experience?

I think it's safe to say he has a brighter future than Johnny Meathead.

Buckeye

"OSU is to good quarterbacks as the U of Miami is to law abiding citizens."

Awww, come on Ig, we occasionally have one good enough to win a national championship.

Assuming they don't fumble the hand off to the running back :)

Buckeye

Johnny Meathead must be afflicted with the affluenza virus.

lyle

I think it's safe to say he has a brighter future than Johnny Meathead.

If he's the standard, I have a brighter future in the NFL. What a grease fire.

clarice

Of course Ballard has groupies--who better to steal things like "Ambassador Munchausen" from?

lyle

Santorum is evidently out tonight and has been badmouthing Cruz on CNN, natch.

James D.

Speaking of Johnny Meathead...

http://youtu.be/KYBmzPUI-Qs

clarice

A must read:FTAThe news media has become just another outlet in the culture war of the left. Its business model can't be fixed because it isn't in business to make money, but to indoctrinate. It doesn't care about the financial bottom line, but about the political bottom line. Its future is boutique journalism funded by liberal billionaires looking to influence policy by subsidizing failed media outlets that would otherwise go on the block for a buck just like Newsweek.
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/02/fixing-news.html
The news doesn't need to be fixed. It needs to be freed.

Beasts of England

Johnny Football has always had an affluenza problem. Comes from pretty big money, if I remember correctly.

cheerleader

What JEB! is up to today is he's campaigning with his mommy.

lyle

ISTR poppa Meathead owns a few Mercedes Benz dealerships in the Lone Star State. I doubt he's as rich as any of The Cankles Crime Clan Cronies.

DebinNC

This story was co-published with Al Jazeera America and the Huffington Post.

Wish I'd seen that before reading. The "publicintegrity.org" fooled me.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Awww, come on Ig, we occasionally have one good enough to win a national championship.--

Well if that's the criterion the U of M occasionally has enough guys out on parole to win a championship or two also. :)

lyle

Someone linked this earlier:

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/02/03/gallup-more-gop-states-than-democratic-for-first-time-ever/

But I wanted to highlight this:

Republicans control more state legislatures than any time since Herbert Hoover. Thanks to that control, their majority in the House of Representatives will remain solid for years, if not decades, although the Senate is another matter. That means they can produce more effective candidates for other offices, too; Republicans control a record number of gubernatorial seats, too.

The problem for Republicans has been translating that dominance into wins at the presidential level.

Well, golly gee, Ed. That's a real mystery right there!

Jeff Dobbs

Oh no! James slipped under 40%!!!!!

Listen, poll, don't make me come back in there.

cheerleader

Sue no one knows who leaked the story about Carson leaving to CNN

Bill Mitchell
‏@mitchellvii

CNN’s Baldwin: Cruz Is Throwing My Network ‘Under the Bus' - 'That Was BS' -

Breitbart
http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/02/03/cnns-baldwin-cruz-is-throwing-my-network-under-the-bus-that-was-bs/ … via @BreitbartNews

NK

I bet the Muslims leaving the place were muttering who the f#@k is Obummer to be lecturing us about Islam: God is greatest!! Sharia or death!!
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2016/02/03/obama-at-mosque-betrays-our-values-to-say-islam-itself-at-root-of-terrorism/

narciso

ah so that explains it,


http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/02/03/huffpost-arabi-muslim-adversary-trump-defeated-in-iowa/

Porchlight

Now, who blew this story up?

Oh yeah, the whiner. Who is soooo stupid that with a handful of tweets this morning he has the entire country talking about what terrible things Ted Cruz did to Ben Carson, as opposed to just a few righty outlets talking about it yesterday. CNN and Cruz and Carson are now openly squabbling.

But don't worry, stupid old Trump is going to implode any minute now.

mike in houston

Reporter: This line of attack, though, he’s calling you a cheater, he’s calling you a fraud. Does this cross the line for you?
From Red State

Cruz [laughing]: Listen, Donald’s insults get more and more hysterical the more and more upset he gets. And that’s fine, he can do that, but I’m not going to respond in kind.

Reporter: Do you think they’re funny?

Cruz: I think they’re hyster… I think they’re very funny. I think Donald… I wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing Donald has tweeted, because he’s losing it. Look, we need a commander in chief, not a twitterer in chief. We need someone with judgment and temperament to keep this country safe. I don’t know anyone who would be comfortable with someone who behaves this way having his finger on the button. I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning and Donald, if he were President, would have nuked Denmark. That’s not the temperament of a leader to keep this country safe.

Momto2

I have been reading about this horrific murder of the 13-year-old in Va. How in the world can two young people who have so much promise end up committing such an evil act?

All I can surmise is that brains, physical ability, and unlimited possibilities for success cannot replace a spiritual foundation and a moral compass. If those two essential elements are lacking, there seems to be no equivalent substitute.

So very sad for the little girl's family who nursed her through a lifetime of medical issues only to lose her in this brutal fashion.

Rick Ballard

Copenhagen is just a loser city anyway.

narciso

this would be around the time, they cuff her,


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lawmaker-more-than-22-clinton-emails-will-be-classified-top-secret/article/2582306?custom_click=rss

NK

29 TOP SECRET (or higher emails) on the Clinton.com server. Why is she not under indictment and held without bail in an Orange jumpsuit?

common man

I know this wont play to those of us who are into doom, but look what the latest Ras polling is finding:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the next president after Barack Obama will come from the GOP. Just 36% say that’s unlikely. These findings include 25% who think a Republican president is Very Likely and only nine percent (9%) who consider it Not At All Likely.

clarice

For Kasich lovers--you know who you are:http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2016/02/tweet-of-day_3.html?spref=tw

Porchlight

Thanks, common man.

The Hillary loss in IA (that's what it was regardless of the official vote total) is the first thing that's making me hopeful this year.

NK

I don't care what Ras says, OL is not coming in from that ledge anytime soon.

Miss Marple

Hey, things are looking up. My daughter brought me a bottle of wine on her way home from work!

Also, I unsubscribed National Review and Glenn Beck from my email. Beck kept sending me stuff even though I had cancelled, and I imagine I will have to do so again. That should rid me of his advertisers selling all sorts of survival junk.

National Review ticked me off for thanking me for supporting their obnoxious "Against Trump" issue and hitting me up for money so they can continue their mission (which I think is to keep everyone well-paid and appearing on talk shows).

So I sent Jack Fowler a "you are not the boss of me" note only, in more elevated language (and I remembered to proofread), told him I was done with them and was unsubscribing.

Buckeye

MM

Your daughter is trying to coax you off OL's ledge. Wine would work for me.

DrJ

Buckeye,

'Twould for me too -- it would help if it were a Jeroboam or larger.

lyle

What kind of wine?

Signed,

Wine Snob

:)

henry

IRS computers crashing... can't accept tax returns.

End it, don't mend it.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Just so I understand; Trump is great because he takes on and demolishes the MFM...except when CNN is on his side, in which case it's great that he sidles up to them and pats their fanny for thumping Cruz or whoever is next.
Got it.

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