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February 23, 2016

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pagar a bacon,  country ham and sausage supporter

"More terrorist attacks by Muslims,:

You can't make this stuff up.

http://woundedamericanwarrior.com/pure-evil-isis-just-beheaded-2-toddlers-what-they-were-guilty-of-is-unfathomable/

NK

Ignatz-- Trump 'new money'... uh... no. That would be news to Cornwall military academy and his childhood church Marble Collegiate Church on 5th Avenue.... he was a cute teen I'll give him that. Trump's paternal granddad was the first generation new rich: http://popularmilitary.com/donald-trump-says-going-to-military-academy-is-like-serving-in-the-military/

Jack is Back! (Barely)

"Does anyone care what this man thinks? He's a has-been and totally irrelevant. The fact that he doesn't even know what's going on in his own constituency says it all ... He should go back to doing what he does best: unveiling pompous portraits of himself that pander to his already over-inflated ego."

Who is it?

[More Trump trivia]

Cecil Turner

I am hearing a lot about how Trump can't win in the fall, but this is from looking at statistics and assuming nothing changes.

Oh, it'll change. The day after he gets nominated, the MSM will find every clip of his back-and-forth positions (with date stamps) and run them as unfairly out of context as necessary to make him look like a buffoon. Which won't exactly be hard, because he does it to himself daily.

The only good news on that front is that the MSM is populated by some of the stupidest people on the planet, and they may overplay their hand. But I sure wouldn't count on it.

Holdin' out for a Rubio miracle (cuz I think Cruz is toast) . . .

Porchlight

We are electing a Commander-in-Chief. Trump is running for Kardashian-in-Chief.

Very cute, and very typical.

Since you bring it up, care to poll the troops as to whom they would like to see in command? I suspect you will not like the results.

NK

Lighten up Porch, Trump is in fact a celebrity by choice and that's how he's running. This is beyond contestation. Hence me throwing up in my mouth if I actually have to vote for him.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The contingency of me overconsuming fruit is a remote one.

Tom Maguire
And that's a perception many share - not anything Cruz ever says directly. Versus Trump who almost never fails to actually mention specifically just how smart he is, how he went to the best schools, how his opponents are dummies.

Good point. I would square that circle by saying that Cruz comes off (to me anyway) as "I'm smarter than you" but Trump comes off as "I'm smarter than THEM, and you are smart enough to see it".

Or people just enjoy the bluster and see it as that.

rse

henry-to you comment on employers need a more diverse workforce as a false narrative. Yes and apparently timed to this new report with its ties to the feds, CoC nationally, and big bus.

http://r2kx0owzaa2lz9242dozvub8.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/A2A-update-full-report-FINALJan2016-1.pdf

Making Data Work for Community-Based Workforce Development programs. Just in time for those WIOA plans.

Be careful about saying local control is the answer. Frequently it's only the point of implementation and the controlling levers are out of sight unless you peruse statutes and regs at multiple levels.

Dondi and cruz voted for wioa. trump probably would have too had he been a senator, but they did.

Cecil Turner

And now, modeling the latest in ledge evening wear . . . (black tie, natch)

Jeff Dobbs

Cecil:
(cuz I think Cruz is toast)

Heck, I'm way past that. I think Cruz is toast as a candidate, but a good chance he could be a nominee to the Supreme Court, get confirmed, then end up being so hated, that he would become the first justice to get impeached since 1805 (two centuries ago!)

Anyway, here's where I left off...

In 2019, faced with mounting criticism of Cruz, President Trump calls for his impeachment.

Which would be ironic....

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/07/01/cruz_senate_should_be_able_to_impeach_supreme_court_justices.html

And off we go...

"Ted Cruz totally lied to me when I nominated him. He's, well, there's just something not quite right about him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Look, he's no doubt smart, but maybe too smart for his own good. I was too trusting of the guy. He's a snake. What a liar. I've been around a long time, been around a lot of people, a lot of unsavory people, and this Ted Cruz takes the cake. He has no business being on the Supreme Court. He's a disaster! Lifetime appointment? I don't think so. He needs to go. Even Ted Cruz has said the Senate should be able to impeach a supreme court justice, and now those words are going to come back and bite him in the behind. I am working with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who's a good guy by the way, totally misunderstood by a lot of people, but he's a good guy. But I'm working with Senator Schumer to get Ted off the court and working with him to name a successor."

I'm not sure exactly where I am on the DABDA scale. I think I'm breaking ground in new territory.

rse

NK & porch-will see a good family friend in the military late next week and I will ask him on behalf of jom. I already intended to.

Buckeye

"Lighten up Porch, Trump is in fact a celebrity by choice and that's how he's running. This is beyond contestation. Hence me throwing up in my mouth if I actually have to vote for him."

True that NK. Reminds me of Obama in that regard, Greek columns and all.

That is where we are in this country. Has nothing to do with temperament or qualifications.

Just who has gone "viral" this election cycle.

Appalled

Ignatz:

Re your 10:43, I was reacting to comment after comment about how dare Walsh write such a post that criticizes voters, how dare people be frightened and repulsed by the idea of Trump as candidate. What a wimpy little Pajama Boy Walsh must be to pen such a vile screed. I'm sorry, but puhleez. I don't embrace all of Walsh's fulminations, but I find a harsh reaction against an electorate which needs to rethink within the range of reasonable.

I get the who IVR thing -- nice thing about being a self-identified moderate is I don't have to sign on to that in this instance. I will say, IDVH.

re your 10:49, Trump acts like the new money guy in fiction, but he made his the old fashioned way -- by inheritance. He won't be a perfect fit with the establishment, but he has made his living accommodating himself to the powers that be. I don't think the Donald is a guy who feels like he needs to learn himself any new tricks.

Cecil Turner

That was disappointing. Second try at black tie ledge wear:

Captain Hate

Anybody else's browser getting hosed by that wounded American warrior site?

Balky peristalkic Baltic blockade.

I generally recommend spitting it out; if you try to swallow it you may just run into the next wave of revulsion.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Dude born in Queens to a pop who built low rent apartment buildings and a mama who wasn't even born here and a granddad who made his dough in gold rush hotels and whore houses.
He's Rodney Dangerfield, even if pop bought him a seat next to the upper crust, NK.

Cecil Turner

but a good chance he could be a nominee to the Supreme Court, get confirmed, then end up being so hated,

Cruz is in fact so much smarter than the average guy he's trying to reach, that it comes off as condescending. Not a problem when talking to SCOTUS justices (except possibly Sotomayor).

Who's on deck?

Sure, app, maybe born silverspooned but at first base not third.

Old Lurker

Very good, Cecil.

While we have a very wide range in permitted party wear at 6pm Cocktails, I personally like your picture and see some ways to improve the bomb I keep strapped to my own chest.

NK

Cruz to ATTY Gen then SCOTUS would be a very happy ending. I think he would love being Justice, and he would bring ginormous constitutional heft to the bench. His ego would get out of control, but hey....

Cecil Turner

I will say, IDVH.

I can probably go farther, into IDVD. But for me, IVR requires a recognizable R on the ballot, and so far . . .

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

-- I don't embrace all of Walsh's fulminations, but I find a harsh reaction against an electorate which needs to rethink within the range of reasonable.--

I think it was the "they're not really angry" bit that rankled.
If he truly thinks that then he is more out of touch than pajama boy.
The anger is more real and more palpable than at any time I can remember.

Rick Ballard

Cecil,

Look at his good points. He's certainly not pretending to be a bombastic jackass with a windsock for a compass. Think of him as being relentlessly authentic...

James D

Oh, it'll change. The day after he gets nominated, the MSM will find every clip of his back-and-forth positions (with date stamps) and run them as unfairly out of context as necessary to make him look like a buffoon. Which won't exactly be hard, because he does it to himself daily.

True. But except for that last sentence, the MSM will do that to whoever the R nominee is (substitute 'racist" "homophobe" "nazi" etc for "buffoon" as needed depending on the candidate).

The question is, which candidate(s) would be effective in fighting back against that?

Cecil Turner

Think of him as being relentlessly authentic...

Well, that's a plus. I guess.

I actually find some of his positions believable. I'm convinced, for example, that he's a die-hard Kelo supporter.

NK

Kelo? public 'purpose' is one of Le Donald's major stocks in trade.

I keep thinking about all that Fed gov't owned land and Le Donald as CEO of the Federal gov't. The mind boggles.

NK

Kelo? public 'purpose' is one of Le Donald's major stocks in trade.

I keep thinking about all that Fed gov't owned land and Le Donald as CEO of the Federal gov't. The mind boggles.

NK

Kelo? public 'purpose' is one of Le Donald's major stocks in trade.

I keep thinking about all that Fed gov't owned land and Le Donald as CEO of the Federal gov't. The mind boggles.

Porchlight

Lighten up Porch, Trump is in fact a celebrity by choice and that's how he's running. This is beyond contestation.

I do not contest it. *How* he is running ≠ *for what* he is running. He is running for President, not "Kardashian-in-Chief."

Cecil Turner

The question is, which candidate(s) would be effective in fighting back against that?

Err, maybe the guy who doesn't have video/audio of several contradictory positions on every topic? Seriously, these things write themselves. And the idea that he can weather the storm with stream-of-consciousness blithering ignores the basics of sound byte gotcha journalism.

The most interesting thing about the campaign so far is the lack of money spent on anti-Trump ads (WaPo cited ~4% or so). The moronic jockeying for second place is usually the topic, but the corollary is that he's never really been tested (except for Iowa, where it hurt him). Again, they might overplay their hand, but . . .

Miss Jane Marple

http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/02/duncan-hunter-endorses-donald-trump-219725

Also on Wednesday, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) told The Buffalo News that he is backing Trump, saying he has the "guts and fortitude" to get jobs back from China and to take on foreign threats such as the Islamic State and North Korea.

In an interview on Wednesday, Hunter told POLITICO that Trump has the strength needed for the job. "We don't need a policy wonk as president. We need a leader as president," Hunter said, adding that he has told his colleagues much of the same thing. "I'm in, and I've been in," he said in a telephone interview.

narciso

Is it, what has he actually acquired through eminent domain?

jimmyk on iPhone

--His "towering intellect" and "legal genius" would get lost on any attempts to sway the other justices because they would hate his guts.--

Nah, Ted's ego is run-of-the-mill for SCOTUS. Not much humility to be found there.

jimmyk on iPhone

--That is where we are in this country. Has nothing to do with temperament or qualifications.--

Yeah, I used to think after Barry there would be a backlash favoring experienced and thoughtful candidates like Walker. Instead Barry has proven to be the beginning of a slippery slope.

NK

Trump using gov't power for his own purposes? Trump Rink, Trump Links in da Bronx (pal Rudy tee'd that one up) AC state tax breaks for 'job creating' casinos, and of course Trump's urban development by blackmail. Buy up all the westside railyards, create a real estate monopoly, then convince the City to zone it for 'public use' in a way to make ginormous monopolist profits. Trump uses government power as a partner to make profits (sometimes an unwilling partner) http://observer.com/2008/08/remember-trump-city/

Beasts of England
...but I find a harsh reaction against an electorate which needs to rethink within the range of reason.

Needs to rethink, huh?

And, again, I was only kidding about the way that Walsh looked in that photo - especially the hipster pajama boy glasses. I'm not the only one who caught the resemblance.

I've read three more of Walsh's columns in the interest of fairness, but I really don't see the appeal. I know he'll be mortified to hear of my appraisal.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

A majority of the justices who upheld Kelo were appointed by Republicans.
If I have to I'll take my chances on whether he could do worse than Souter.

Appalled

Beasts:

I go to Abraham Lincoln -- "You can fool all of the people some of the time" -- and submit that's what is happening now.

Republics fail, Beasts, because the people do screw up. The USA, heretofore, has gotten past its foul ups (though the Civil War was a bit of a near thing). I don't think Trump means the end of the republic, but I think he is toxic thing for it, particularly since he is following a guy who really has messed with the Constitution regarding executive power. We're on the wrong road -- Trump will continue the march down the wrong road -- and it will be even harder to fix the mess when he is done.

James D

Appalled, the people have not screwed up, they've BEEN screwed.

Everything that is wrong with this country, and with our government, is the work of progressives, aided and abetted by go-along-to-get-along GOP "leadership" over the last 25 years.

If the American people don't understand government, and can't recognize liars and charlatans (obviously not, or Zero would never have been elected to any office of any kind), that is the product of a corrupted educational system, and a complicit media.

Miss Jane Marple

Oh, gloom and doom,

I remain amazed at this sudden concern about ethics in business and government.

Where were all these watchdogs when Denny Hastert bought up the land near soon-to-be funded federal highway route exits with inside information? How about when George W. Bush and his partners used eminent domain for the Rangers stadium? Anyone question how Harry Reid became a multi-millionaire while working for the government? How about Hillary Clinton's foundation?

I am sure Trump has used wheeling and dealing in the New York real estate market, using connections and possibly unscrupulous behavior. He is probably not the most saintly of men.

Here is the important part, though. Voters do not care. They don't. They know what he does for a living. They expect New York to be full of backdoor deals and possibly mob ties. They do not care.

They are voting for a guy who will smash up the current order. They want an outsider and someone they perceive as a strong leader. Trump saw the opening and took it.

Others could maybe have filled the spot, but Trump does have a unique combination of celebrity and business experience.

Lots of TV ads aren't going to do much. A lot of people don't pay attention to them unless they are interesting and/or funny. Most are not.

Sandy Daze

nb for Miss Jane Marple @ February 24, 2016 at 09:54 AM

"a strategist said here yesterday (and I am sorry I forgot who) that he might get Castro to accept all those prisoners and then in gratitude we give Cuba the facilities."

~~~~~~~~~~

During the meet and greet in Habana next month, the resident agrees to turnover GITMO, and the Cuban govt agrees to accept all of the prisoners incarcerated there.

Thus, the problem of where to transfer the prisoners (Yemen, Oman, USA supermax, etc) is neatly sidestepped. There is a willing nation and there is an available facility.

US Forces on the island and the Cuban forces conduct a turn-over in place.
...
Posted by: Sandy Daze | February 23, 2016 at 05:03 PM

Was this it ?

Miss Jane Marple

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3462406/PIERS-MORGAN-GOP-Trump-s-tipping-point-s-going-candidate-ten-reasons-lie-enjoy-it.html

This article should infuriate a lot of people. LOL!

Miss Jane Marple

Yes, Sandy! Thank you! I am sorry I didn't remember who posted it, but I thought it was pretty smart and JUST EXACTLY the type of thing Obama would do.

Beasts of England

I would be terribly worried about Trump if he were able to use executive power to the same degree as Obama, Appalled.

If he is elected and has a Republican senate, I think they would keep him in check. If it's a Democrat senate, then I worry that he might veer left. But those are simply guesses.

Tom Maguire

The InstaPundit takes a stab at Trump's non-condescending appeal:

And Trump is, in a weird way, a kind of egalitarian: He thinks he’s so great that everybody else is equal in comparison. His message is “I’m great and you can be too.” Sure, maybe not as great as him, but still really, really great.

As to Cruz on the Supreme Court - Dems would be unanimous against; Reps would only vote Yes to get him out of the Senate.

As to whether his personality would lead to a lot of 8-1 votes with the conservatives joining the liberal bloc en masse, who knows?

Stephanie

Cruz: Y'all are forgetting his work at the FTC or whichever alphabet it was. His associates there stated that he was excellent to work with, had an uncanny knack of getting them to join his decisions and make them feel like they were right for doing so.

Personally I like him at DOJ for a while as he likely knows from his stint in the AG office in TX and his clerking, where the zombies are buried.

clarice

Taranto BOTW:Consider again those quotes from Weisskopf and Obama. Both men subsequently apologized, and the Post ran a correction: “An article yesterday characterized followers of television evangelists Jerry Falwell [Sr.] and Pat Robertson as ‘largely poor, undeducated and easy to command.’ There is no factual basis for that statement.”

But is there any doubt both statements reflected, and continue to reflect, the prevailing attitudes of the dominant liberal culture, including of the Democratic Party? Those attitudes explain why the voters in question have been trending strongly Republican for a generation or more. But the attitude of Republican elites has often been more diffident than welcoming. Can you imagine, say, Mitt Romney—who himself got into trouble in 2012 for his surreptitiously recorded comments to donors about “the 47%”—saying he loves the poorly educated?

Trump is neither evangelical nor poorly educated. He is a mainline Protestant (Presbyterian), and by outward appearances not an especially pious one; a sybaritic billionaire from New York who holds a bachelor’s degree from an Ivy League school. Evangelicals and the poorly educated are drawn to him not because he is one of them but because he is open to people who are not like him. As the left, and some on the right, denounce him as a bigot, he has been winning by being inclusive.

Miss Jane Marple

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/270611-nevadas-gop-governor-being-vetted-for-scotus-report

Captain Hate

Nah, Ted's ego is run-of-the-mill for SCOTUS. Not much humility to be found there.

I'm regarding all these doom and gloom projections of Cruz's impact on the Supreme Court as poorly written satire.

Stephanie

THIS is the mindset of why the establishment won't take down Donald Winning!

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/02/marco-rubio-you-dont-win-the-nomination-by-how-many-states-you-win/

Stephanie

new fred

Jeff Dobbs

CH:
I'm regarding all these doom and gloom projections of Cruz's impact on the Supreme Court as poorly written satire.

Thanks for the gratuitous swipe, h8er.

Captain Hate

It wasn't just you and I'm still wondering how serious any of you were.

Jeff Dobbs

I wasn't serious. But I thought my stuff wasn't so "poorly written" :(

But - it wasn't really just satire - it was hyperbole using the very arguments that Trump, Rubio and their supporters use as to why Cruz shouldn't be the nominee...

Captain Hate

Don't feel singled out; I've been reading Henry James and compared to that everything else looks poorly written.

Cecil Turner

A majority of the justices who upheld Kelo were appointed by Republicans.

Every dissenting justice was appointed by a Republican.

Appalled

CH:

Henry James? It's such a long march from subject to verb to object with him that I have never been able to get past Turn of the Screw

Comanche Voter

Dang me. I'm likely going to be faced this November with something as unpalatable as Richard Milhous Nixon versus George McGovern in 1972, I didn't want to vote for either of them.

Melissa

"Holdin' out for a Rubio miracle"

Cecil is holding out for the Cuban anchor baby. Good luck with that, dope.

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