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March 25, 2016

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Thomas Collins

I consider Alexander Hamilton to be the most brilliant individual ever to have been in public service to the United States. But I recall he was pretty reckless with his johnson at least in one instance. Thinking with an organ other than one's head is hardly stunning.

Thomas Collins

Ah, Sue. Let's get to something truly important. Which team will have more wins in 2016? Red Sox or Rangers? I say Rangers!

Sue

The Rangers. But I'm not betting.

derwill

JMH, I was only thinking it might be Drudge because he's been strangely silent so far, when this is usually the kind of story he jumps all over. And he's been blatantly in the bag for Trump.

centralcal

My gosh, some of you are really, really gullible.

I think the following says it about right:

Toby Harnden ‏@tobyharnden 2m2 minutes ago

So friends of Bush spread stories re affairs of Rubio, whose friends spread stories re affairs of Cruz, which were spread by friends ofTrump
1 retweet 0 likes

Porchlight

And because it's Cruz, it's double damning, because, of course, a shameless philanderer is morally superior to a hypocrite. Is there anything Trump supporters won't excuse?

Okay, let's say it's all true.

You're saying that the guy whose personal life is an open book and all of whose wives have great things to say about him is morally inferior to a serial adulterer who hid his behavior from supporters, donors, and voters, at the risk of tanking his party, all the while hoping to get to the WH, where he (and through him, the country) could be blackmailed at any time by the many people who know the truth?

narciso

yes, the reynolds woman, he intern through callender circulated the sally hemings rumor,

Thomas Collins

I guess we have nothing on which to bet, Sue. We both think the Rangers will have more wins. Oh well, perhaps the Red Sox will surprise me and make the playoffs, and we'll have a Rangers-Red Sox confrontation.

DebinNC

TK will pipe up any minute reminding us that he wasn't smart enough to check citizenship requirements;)

I immediately thought of TK at a Freeper's new name for Cruz - Canadian Mountie.

Thomas Collins

In any event, I want you all to know that I stalwartly deny those scurrilous, nasty rumors that Playboy Playmates from the teasing era to the show it all including strategically placed tat era back to the teasing era all have lusted, some successfully, to jump into my Jacuzzi in the secret coop I own in Manhattan!

Miss Marple 2

Well, since I don't have any evidence or proof one way or the other on this, I am going to drop the subject.

If it's true, it will come out. If it's not, then the National Enquirer will be discredited.

I will wait.

Theo

TC --

Hamilton had other flaws as well, but the sex scandal that he was involved in was much worse than merely thinking with the little head. There were legitimate blackmail issues in that case where the woman's husband tried to get a government job (and I think did get something or other as "compensation.")

Hamilton in general lacked solid judgment. He was a tireless worker and a smart man on technical and arcane issues. He was also a good man -- the founder of the New York abolotionist society.

But even without the sex scandal I would not put him on a pedestal.

Theo

To pre empt TK, Hamilton was not a "natural born citizen" but was eligible to be president anyway. The "NBC" thing only applied to people born after the ratification of the Constitution. NO ONE was a natural born citizen of the United States before then.

Miss Marple 2

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3509420/Two-explosions-heard-Brussels-anti-terror-police-launch-fresh-raid-wake-suicide-attacks.html

Porchlight

It's too late TC. We all know you're guilty!

Theo

Miss M --

Is that breaking news?

Miss Marple 2

Theo,

Under headline it says this:

"Published: 08:24 EST, 25 March 2016 | Updated: 15:33 EST, 25 March 2016"

It popped up in my Twitter feed and I hadn't seen it when it was posted this morning. It has updates after the initial publication.

peter

great news, my older son has been accepted at 5 out of 5 colleges, still waiting to hear from 3 more.

Theo

congrats Peter....now comes the hard part....paying for it!

narciso

o'really now, dontcha now,


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rolling-stone-rape-hoaxer-doesnt-want-to-answer-questions-anymore/article/2586739

JM Hanes

Thomas Collins:

I'm not dismissing the story as bogus, but I am saying that the effect is devasting even if it's a pack of lies, precisely because people are so willing to believe it. I certainly hope the story isn't true, because even if it helps Trump in the primaries, it hurts Republicans, not just Cruz.

Maybe the Rubio crew had a hard time selling it, because there just wasn't enough there there for a more scrupulous publisher to go to print. It's not like Cruz had a lot of chums in the press running defense for him. I thought they were all supposedly in the tank for Marco.

I must say, I don't think the idea that the Enquirer might be doing BFF Trump a favor (while hauling in the $$$) is much more far fetched than the apparent belief that if the Enquirer says smoke, there must be a fire. What happened to all the folks who used to be the first to shout "I question the timing?"

Threadkiller

TK will pipe up any minute reminding us that he wasn't smart enough to check citizenship requirements;)

I know he isn't smart enough to know he was a dual citizen until a newspaper reporter told him.

Any legal eagles here do govt work? From what I have researched, his dual citizenship would have needed to have been disclosed when he clerked for Rehnquist, and when he worked for the DOJ, and when he worked for the FTC. It is part of their background checks.

Taqyia Ted or plain stupid? Your choice.

narciso

remember I had reservations about him forever,


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3509753/Former-CIA-Defense-Director-Leon-Panetta-Trump-Cruz-proposals-irresponsible-dangerous-national-security-risk.html

Free James D!

congrats, peter!

narciso

still the stupidest man in the room:

http://twitchy.com/2016/03/25/do-you-even-science-bro-neil-degrasse-tyson-tries-to-crap-on-batman-beclowns-himself-instead/

well outside of vox's break room,

Theo

JMH --

I personally do not care who any candidate had sex with. I did not care who Bill Clinton had sex with either, but I thought it was a dereliction of his duty to the country to ask us to trust him when he was engaged in a bold faced lie about "I want the American people to know that I did not have sex with that woman." If he had said "It's none of your business," I would have respected him. Or if he had refused to say anything about it that would have been cool with me.

Of course, all the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) who kept saying that a politician's sex life is irrelevant when it was Billy Jeff will now go into high dudgeon over Cruz' supposed hypocrisy. They will milk this however they can. Sex is okay. Outright barefaced lies about sex are okay. Failing to live up to your own standards is unforgivable. Funny value system those people have.

In other National Enquirer news, they are reporting that Scalia was murdered by a $2000 a night hooker as part of an assassination plot. I sort of hope that it is true to the extent that Nino died happy.

common man

Test

maryrose

Congrats Peter!
What schools did he get accepted into at this time?

Miss Marple 2

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3509718/ISIS-suicide-bomber-blows-FOOTBALL-STADIUM-near-Baghdad-killing-29-people-injuring-60.html

lyle

I know it's expensive to send kid to college but sending one to FIVE colleges has to be a mountainous financial challenge, Peter... ;)

Miss Marple 2

Peter,

Congratulations! That's a monumental achievement!

Theo

peter --

I am tempted to say what people told me when I told them that my youngest daughter was admitted to the University of Chicago -- "she must have a smart mother."

Thomas Collins

Great news, peter! Congrats to older son of peter!

JM Hanes

No, I wasn't suggesting that a hypocrite is morally superior, but I do think that the fact that all of Trump's wives apparently have nice things to say about him is pretty thin moral gruel.

That said, I'm a whole lot less concerned about either candidate's sex life than I am about the back stories and revalations to come on Trump's business deals. The press has barely even scratched that surface.

JM Hanes

Must be true, Theo! But then again, it's not like Scalia can sue them.

Dave (in MA)

http://hillaryufo.ytmnd.com/

Theo

"I am [more concerned] about the back stories and revalations to come on Trump's business deals. The press has barely even scratched that surface."

JMH --

If/when Trump is the nominee running against Rodham, the media will cover this in great depth 24/7. You know that you can count on that.

Threadkiller

Too bad we can't count on Cruz. Would he be doing better if he went after Trump's past?

Truthbetold

Tk

That was the point of Trump running as a republican, he was a monkeywrench from the very beginning.

maryd

LOL, JiB! Post of the day!

DrJ

Let's say the Cruz story is a "pack of lies," as JMH says. Then what should he do? He can't disprove something he didn't do. Sue the Enquirer?

narciso

well using the house of cards classic, rule, qui bono, who has had the longest public connection to the enquirer, even shared counsels of record,

Threadkiller

Cruz: I didn't attack Trump earlier to avoid becoming 'roadkill'

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3413547/posts?page=21

Wimp.

narciso

now I haven't quite figured how liz mair fits into this, but seeing her previous handiwork, and her ties to sundry central asian oligarchs, I can tender a guess,

another Bob

Narciso, do you have David Kendall in mind?

narciso

yes, that's who I mean, now it may just be a coincidence, but how often does that genuinely happen,

another Bob

Ms Marple, just for strict correctness, that was a Wash Times columnist and commentator, not a reporter. IOW Johnson could be GOPe taking sides.

narciso

who says, it was just on a four month fuse,


http://www.weeklystandard.com/when-the-time-bomb-doesnt-tick/article/2001698

Jack is Back!ll

Can we get back to movies, or books, or even music? Because a discussion aboout innuendo, bullshit claims. rumors and unfounded truths or false hoods is really unbecoming among the members here.

Lets give it a break and focus on what we do know or profess we know but not the silly stuff breakling out here. Of course, if you have no better things to do, then feel free to continue.

JM Hanes

DrJ:

The answer is that he has no good options. He's either got to spend time trying to prove it isn't true, or ignore it and just let it fester out there where folks are disposed to believe it.

The Enquirer has a vested interest in dragging the story out for as long as they possibly can, so I suspect we won't be seeing definitive evidence one way or another any time soon, alas.

Threadkiller

I stand with JIB!

Nothing but Easter, family, and car talk for me through the weekend.

I promise.

Threadkiller

And maybe irrigation. I am looking into dripper hose for my established citrus trees.

They are on bubblers now.

 _peter

#1 son so far has his choice of being an eagle, a ram, a cardinal, a bantam, or a crusader and is waiting to hear if he can be a cavalier, a bruin or a colonial.

Jack is Back!ll

-Peter,

Eagle.

Porchlight, why are you not out at the Austine Country Club and watching the 64 best golfers in the world during the Dell Match Play? Some great golf on a great, underrated golf course until now.

Spieth is into the final 16 knock off stage.

JM Hanes

Wish my last post hadn't followed directly after yours, JiB!

Since it's a religious weekend, here's a little food for thought: What believing in God does to your brain. Once you get past the subtitle (which is how Drudge linked it), I think this piece is actually quite interesting.

For some reason, the article included this map:

 photo Atheists_zps8ex6ugoc.jpg

A lot of countries obviously weren't included in the survey, but what intrigued me is that apparently the Czech Republic is a regular bastion of atheists. I wonder why? Could the Ceaușescu reign of terror have had anything to do with that?


Ignatz:

I thought the Sunday's Coming video you linked earlier was very powerful.

Jack is Back!ll

JMH,

He was Romanian, not Czech.

Perhaps folklore. Let's let narcisco sort it out for us. That's why he is here.

derwill

peter, I see a lot of cultural and animal appropriation in your 6:39.

anonamom

My Czech immigrant grandfather literally threw a Catholic priest off his front porch. Related to the priests in the old country extorting money from bereaved parents in order to get their deceased child's soul into heaven.

Six of his seven children got themselves baptized and raised their children as Catholics in spite of Grandpa's strong feelings.

JM Hanes
Miss Marple 2

http://fox59.com/2016/03/24/baby-orangutan-born-at-indianapolis-zoo/

It's a girl,and cute as a button! Picture at link.

Momto2

Here is one of our Easter traditions - We call them Resurrection Rolls.
They taste pretty good and they are a fun way for children (or grandchildren) to emphasize the real meaning of Easter.

http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/empty-tomb-rolls/

What's everyone cooking for Easter?

Momto2

Peter - Congratulations to your son! As a teacher, I know the stress my students feel as they wait for those acceptance letters (or now I guess it's online notification).

 _peter

now #1 son can be a cavalier too

Marlene

Good evening! We survived the Beltway today and are spending Easter week-end with the daughter and son-in-law. The cherry blossoms are beautiful!
Happy Easter to all! We should be back in Maine Monday night.

narciso

all I could glean was here,

Roman Catholicism was the main form of Christianity practiced by the Czechs (96.5% in 1910), until it started to decline after World War I and the breakup of Austria-Hungary due to a popular anti-Austrian and anticlerical mass movement.[11] During the Czechoslovak unification under a Communist regime, most of the properties of the Church were confiscated by the government, although some were later returned. After the Communist regime fell, 39.0% of Czechs were still found to be Catholic in 1991, but the faith has continued to rapidly decline since. As of 2011 only 10.3% of the Czechs still considered themselves Catholic, which is about the same as in Protestant-majority England.

they were predominantly protestant before, but that went the way of the horse and buggy

narciso

here's some more context,

http://www.iclrs.org/content/blurb/files/Czech%20Republic.pdf

but it doesn't explain why it's so much an outlier, in places like yugoslavia, where the church hierarchy had sympathies with the nazi regime, you would think it would more so,

henry

JMH, fun to see Boyatzis quoted in that article. I recall sitting next to him in the Org Behavior Dept seminar asking him to flow chart the logic behind their "theory" and getting a "you just have to get it" response. In the article he confirms that is using the religion processor instead of the analytical one.

Jack is Back!ll

Off to bed. Knee improving, Got a great PT therapist. Irish lass getting her PHd and knows her stuff. I am now on a cane.

Everyone in Belgium is safe but pissed. Finally the bell is ringing. I will only believe when I see it. Europe is screwed until they have a Trump who is willing to bet all the PC against the threat. Until then? Bumpkis.

Narc, thanks for taking over on the athesism BS from CZ

narciso

there was some pushback in the comments, although not enough,

re the slovakia part, that was similar to yugoslavia and romania, for the common factors I pointed out,

Captain Hate

I'm not dismissing the story as bogus, but I am saying that the effect is devasting even if it's a pack of lies, precisely because people are so willing to believe it. I certainly hope the story isn't true, because even if it helps Trump in the primaries, it hurts Republicans, not just Cruz.

During the Amirault and Duke LAX cases I stated that even when there is complete innocence there will always be some small minded people, in the latter case R$ fangurl #1, who will believe the accused are guilty. There's no way these charges don't hurt Cruz.

JM Hanes

Here’ the best I can do Easter-wise. Once upon a time, when my kids were very, very young, their father and I stayed out very, very late at a very, very festive party the night before. On arriving home, it would be more accurate to say we passed out than fell asleep. We were awakened the next morning by a sobbing Prince & Princess JMH, standing at our bedside wailing, “The Easter Bunny didn’t come!” "The Easter Bunny didn't come!" Horrors!

This is not a pleasant way to wake up, when you’ve got a hangover. We had forgotten their Easter baskets. After a desperate consultation in the nearest closet, Dad took over consoling the kids, while I lurched downstairs, frantically threw together cellophane grass, jelly beans, marshmallow ducks etc., etc., and then put the assembled array just outside the back door. When kids came down for breakfast, it took another teary several minutes before they discovered their treats. Silly old Mom & Dad had forgotten to leave the door unlocked! So the Easter Bunny had to leave their baskets outside! Phew!

narciso

it really looks like a severe outlier,


http://www.gallup.com/poll/13117/religion-europe-trust-filling-pews.aspx

Momto2

Great story JMH!

Momto2

Beautiful words and music : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTLRp2zU3x0&feature=share


O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!
What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.
What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

Porchlight

I'm making those rolls with the Sunday school kids on Easter, Momto2! Any tips?

Porchlight

Congratulations, peter. Really impressive. That's got to feel pretty good.

JM Hanes

narciso:

How interesting that Poland, right next door, is at the opposite end of the religioius spectrum.

Porchlight

Great job, JMH. :) I can relate to that. The Tooth Fairy has forgotten to come to our house a few times.

 _peter

JM Hanes, that describes several Christmases here, incuding a year I put together a foosball table at 5 AM and totally screwed it up so that all the men faced the wrong way. Fodder for the kids' therapy sessions.

narciso

it is striking how clear the admonition is to be in the world, not of it, one of the many ways, dreher misses the point, when he recommends monasticism as a strategy,

Marlene

Ha,peter! One Christmas Eve hubby put together a Fisher-Price kitchen set and as I placed all the fake food in the cupboards and refrigerator,I said,uh oh! The doors were all on backwards!
Congrats to your son!

clarice

Nothing important escapes the great Tom Maguire.

JM Hanes

LOL, peter! Both foosball & therapy comment!

Marlene

Hi Clarice. Hubby visited his aunt on LBK last Sunday. She said the traffic is the worst she's seen in 20 years!

clarice

The NE fairly clearly identifies the women--I think when they are that specific they are careful to avoid libel suits. I knew a lawyer whose firm worked on libel issues for them and says they were very strict internally on substgantiating items like this.

I can't say the story is yet confirmed but I would not dismiss it out of hand on any of the bases anyone here has yet mentioned.

Momto2

Porch - I've made them for my 2-year-old Sun School class - a little messy with the dipping in butter - I decided to dip while explaining the significance and just let them roll in the cinnamon sugar. Depending on their age, you may want to let them do it all. You need to be sure they are completely sealed. I just let them do their best - then went behind and pinched them good and tight. (otherwise, the melted marshmallow leaks out).

When they open up the rolls - lots of "Ahhh's" - especially at that young age! Hope they turn out well for you.

clarice

marlene--it gets worse and worse--I mean essentially--like Cape Cod--it's just one road on the island.

H/t:Instapundit
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/25/donald-trump-narcissist-business-leadership-respect-column/82209524/

Miss Marple 2

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/03/25/exclusive-top-jihadist-claims-islamic-state-has-agents-working-in-western-airports/

narciso

well we know they had them in minnesota, saleh worked in the transport office for a time,

Buckeye

http://youtu.be/6Ftpj5BFJLU

Worth it just to watch the violinist smile, trust me.

clarice

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/03/25/daily-beast-rubio-allies-shopped-cruz-affair-rumors-to-the-media/

boris

"Worth it just to watch the violinist smile"

Yes

Momto2

"Worth it just to watch the violinist smile"

Beautiful! I agree!

narciso

yes, I don't buy it, lets consider someone who has experience (of a sort), traipsing this sort of garbage, john weaver, if you want to take out your two leading opponents, would you do anything differently,

JM Hanes

Worth it for the music too! :-) Thanks for that, Buckeye.

Destiny Ignatz

--Ignatz:

I thought the Sunday's Coming video you linked earlier was very powerful.--

Yep, JM.
Good ol Shadrack Meshack Lockridge and EV Hill were guys I could listen to all day.
Two black Texas Baptists who could bring the house down [and both ended up in SoCal for many years].

JeanD

buckeye, thank you! Watched it twice and sent it to my family.

Glorious.

Captain Hate

Incredible how clarice's link reveals what scum gets hired by the GOP. Maybe it's time to just give up.

narciso

wonderful buckeye,

I don't trust the basilisk in these matters, although I admit they are perfectly willing to hire mercs as ruthless as bane's pawn in dark knight rises,

speaking of which, chris nolan, should have gone for alan smithee credit, re the spoilers of the affleck vehicle, it's like they took the worse parts of the marvel and dc templates,

clarice

Well, CH--you could just write in my name..or you could realize this stuff has been going on forever, no candidates are what they seem, and we just have better means to see what was previously well-hidden.

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