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June 24, 2016




My gut tells me more people are on the Trump bandwagon than the media would lead us to believe.

But then I don't make a practice of hanging out with leftys, so view might be distorted.


He has also repeatedly stated we just need to accept the federal welfare state because the voters have spoken.

A career in network television news must be as damaging to the brain as a career in DC politics.

Free James D!

CH summed up my opinion very nicely last night:

Absent from Will is any criticism of how badly Scott Walker's campaign team, which included Mrs. George Will, botched the chances of a very popular pol so badly he backed out extremely early. Trump's success is an indictment of so much of the GOPe that they would rather have the subject be anything else.

Most of the loud, public NeverTrumpers absolutely refuse to even consider that any mistakes or misjudgments were made by anyone except those nasty, stupid, tantrum-throwing voters. It would be funny if it weren't the future of the country on the line.

Another Bob

Miss Marple 2 | June 24, 2016 at 10:31 PM

MM, media people (especially newspaper types) are the most thin-skinned people I've ever encountered. They can dish it out, not many can take it.

Jack is Back!

As I predicted last night to much skepticism here, the EU ( Germany = Merkel) are making negotiating sounds as The Netherlands, France, Hungary and Finland are considering their options.

Like Obamacare it can't hold its own weight. Reform or replace or repepeal. Lots of options. All of which are better than the present.

Another Bob

JIB, I'm with you on the idea that brexit is far from a done deal.

But there's no way, I mean none, that EU reforms in any meaningful way. Too many people and too much money and power invested for that to happen.

The mischief will come from the UK side. It was a 52-48 vote, hardly a mandate, so there are plenty who are interested in sabotage. Here, the EU may make some entirely cosmetic concessions (and pay a lot of bribes to the right people) to enable the sabotage.

If the brexit crowd is serious, they need to move quickly.



I don't doubt that all kinds of overtures will be made to the UK.

The real question is will British politicians tell the voters to eff off or not.


Another Bob makes my point much more eloquently.


Based on absolutely no knowledge whatsoever, I am of JiB's persuasion---that the EU needs UK too much (military and money and goods) to simply tell them to take a long walk off a short dock.

And if I am wrong, and the EU takes a hardline UK, it will be be the end of the EU.

Those Brits were very smart not to abandon the pound sterling.


Its The Great Pumpkin George Will!

We all knew the GOPe was Charlie Brown trying to kick the Football, but who knew that George Will was Linus in the worlds most sincere Pumpkin Patch?

The 10:41 George Will link above reminded me of something George Will wrote 3 months ago damning the Republicans for "Insincerity" in refusing to consider Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland

"The Republican Party's incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle. The multiplicity of Republican rationalizations for their refusal to even consider Merrick Garland radiates insincerity."

Naturally George err Linus, no Great Pumpkin or Sincere Supreme Court nominee can show up in a Republican Pumpkin Patch radiating such insincerity! so Linus errr George, takes his blanket and trots off in search of a more Sincere Pumpkin Patch.

In a new Pumpkin Patch he meets Sally from PJMedia and explains to her how completely sincere he is when considering the importance of Conservative Supreme Court Justices (The 10:41 Link above)

Sally PJMedia asked George Will Linus about concerns among Republicans that a Hillary Clinton victory guarantees another liberal justice on the Supreme Court. In response, Will Linus said a Republican president is not “the answer” to a conservative-leaning Supreme Court.

So the sincere answer is what George Linus, Hillary?

Sincere George err Linus continues: “Sure, but I’m also concerned with the fact that I do not really believe Republicans think clearly enough about what they really want in judges. Republicans have given us Earl Warren, Brennan, John Paul Stevens, Burger, who was kind of mediocre, Blackmun. Having a Republican president is not an answer in itself,” he said.

You Blockhead, You've wasted another Republican Election by having us stand in this stupid Pumpkin Patch for 4 years waiting for a Sincere Presidential Nominee, and since his name is Trump you're now telling us you're sincerely going to help Elect Hillery!@#


You Just wait till next Election, Charlie Brown, you Just wait! I'll find the most Sincere Candidate for President in the whole world, and he'll nominate the most Sincere Supreme Court Judges in the whole world, and he'll do it right here in my Sincere Pumpkin Patch!

Another Bob

Anonamom, didn't we hear from the EU yesterday, saying "You want out?OK, get out. Now."


The good news about the EU is that you can run all around Europe without screwing around with visas.

That bad news is so can the throat slitting muzzies.

It is easy to be in favor of open borders when you live in "gated communities" or have an armed protective service.


excellent daddy!


If Brexit is going to blow up Europe defense, what will happen when a President Trump tells our NATO allies that they either pay their fair share, or get left behind?


AB, yep, they said that.

I haven't noticed much a relationship between what gets said and what gets done in a number of decades though.

Another Bob

First time I've been accused of eloquence, Buckeye.

Anonamon, ya got me on that one.


daddy! The George Will-GOPe Sincere Pumpkin Patch is Brit-type Brilliant!

Wish I could FB it.

Miss Marple 2

I think we need some Kipling this morning.

Puck's Song

See you the ferny ride that steals
Into the oak-woods far?
O that was whence they hewed the keels
That rolled to Trafalgar.

And mark you where the ivy clings
To Bayham's mouldering walls?
O there we cast the stout railings
That stand around St. Paul's.

See you the dimpled track that runs
All hollow through the wheat?
O that was where they hauled the guns
That smote King Philip's fleet.

(Out of the Weald, the secret Weald,
Men sent in ancient years,
The horse-shoes red at Flodden Field,
The arrows at Poitiers!)

See you our little mill that clacks,
So busy by the brook?
She has ground her corn and paid her
Ever since Domesday Book.

See you our stilly woods of oak,
And the dread ditch beside?
O that was where the Saxons broke
On the day that Harold died.

See you the windy levels spread
About the gates of Rye?
O that was where the Northmen fled,
When Alfred's ships came by.

See you our pastures wide and lone,
Where the red oxen browse?
O there was a City thronged and known,
Ere London boasted a house.

And see you after rain, the trace
Of mound and ditch and wall?
O that was a Legion's camping-place,
When Caesar sailed from Gaul.

And see you marks that show and fade,
Like shadows on the Downs?
O they are the lines the Flint Men made,
To guard their wondrous towns.

Trackway and Camp and City lost,
Salt Marsh where now is corn--
Old Wars, old Peace, old Arts that cease,
And so was England born!

She is not any common Earth,
Water or wood or air,
But Merlin's Isle of Gramarye,
Where you and I will fare!

Rudyard Kipling

Miss Marple 2


I agree with sbw! Brilliant! Tried to copy it to email it to someone, but alas, no can do.

I think you should print it out and mail it to George Will!

Pepe Le EU

I bet the UK is going to miss being ordered around by the Frenchies and other Eurodouche countries...

"BREAKING: France orders Britain to trigger Article 50 and choose new PM ‘within days’"


Beasts of England

I admit to being a little hungover and that's not the best time to catch up on the thread, and maybe I misread it, but - for the record - I'm not interested in having sex with George Will, either.


NPR commenter right now:

1. Pundits and Leaders are clueless, live in a bubble. (you betcha)

2. The six reps from the founding countries of G-6 met in Germany this morning, and decided EU "divorce" needs to be immediate and brutal.

3. They need to fix the EU right now, because Donald Trump and Putin are waiting in the wings.

That's wrong, IMHO--neither of those guys is waiting in the wings.
Both are already on stage.

Miss Marple 2

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 8h8 hours ago

Thoughts and prayers are with everyone in West Virginia- dealing with the devastating floods. #ImWithYou
3,899 retweets 12,216 likes

I wonder if Obama has said anything.

Miss Marple 2


pagar a bacon, country ham and sausage supporter

Just in case you were wondering who keeps Castro in power, beside the Obama regime.


Jim Eagle

The UK leaving the EU raises Germany's share to €2.4 billion extra.

Until I see Another Bob's scenario play out, I am betting that Boris or the new Leave PM will negotiate an "associate Membership" free of all the bureaucracy.


True about travel and visas but the UK was never a member of the Schengen treaty. So nothing really changes there. What's Spain and Portugal going to do? Kick out all the British retirees? That'll show em.

Off to the dogs then off to the Bay State for Frederick's Summer camp at Wellesley.


Watched a show on PBS last night about Tanglewood Music Center.

Have any of the New Englanders here attended a summer concert?

As you can tell from my music posts, I am a fan of the young prodigies. One of the few things that makes me optimistic about the future.

Might have to go to Tanglewood some time.

Miss Marple 2


This is an article written by someone who works for the EU who is an American.

Apparently, when you wade through all the paragraphs, it's Trump's fault for Brexit.

What's really funny to me is how the guy sees his work in Brussels and how he thinks it is all so reasonable.

Lurker Susie


Tanglewood is a great. We've been going for years. We are 2 hours from Tanglewood, 2 hours from Saratoga Performing Arts and 45 minutes from
Bethel Woods. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center and museum located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, which took place on a parcel of the original Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm. We take advantage of these 3 sites
all summer.

Miss Marple 2


It's a Cruz guy.

Imagine if a Trump supporter had done that to Cruz.

Some of the Cruz people refuse to take "no" for an answer.

Old Lurker

Anonamom, now don't go trying to change JOM. One reason we get along as well as we do here is that we all live by this: "...Based on absolutely no knowledge whatsoever..."


buccaneer morgan

So it was a cruz guy that captained the leave marketing, and levick is the detainees get out of jail card.

buccaneer morgan

Well Cambridge analytical, gunster may be working for simons, read queen's patron. When Greenberg worked for the Sandinista and the anc that was copacetic.


Powerline’s wonderful This Week in Pictures.

A lot are funny/bang on point. The Gorilla joke is particularly wry.


As you noted before MM - the Cruz people are all over this delegate vote scheme in Georgia. So if they are doing this much out in the open, you have to wonder what they are doing behind the scenes!

daddy - that Linus/Will series is brilliant! It needs more exposure.

pagar a bacon, country ham and sausage supporter

Lists more of the overwhelming harassment of decent people by the UE overlords.


James D.

Watched a show on PBS last night about Tanglewood Music Center.

The woman who narrated my last audiobook is also a professional opera singer. She's a vocal fellow in residence at Tanglewood this summer.


Jib, I wish I could meet you today but we're celebrating my 1st grandchild's birthday. I hope I can make the next one. This was taken a couple of days ago.

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http://city-journal.org/html/waterloo-sunrise-14589.html is from Matthew Hennessey, who thinks all the elite pouting is not very becoming either.

pagar a bacon, country ham and sausage supporter

" how the guy sees his work in Brussels and how he thinks it is all so reasonable.

Miss Marple, IMO, if you look at the Americans who work at the UN you see the same garbage. They all act like we are their slaves.

buccaneer morgan

Cambridge analytica was involved with Yeltsin and Mandela so his complaint is so (redacted)


The total dollar amount pumped into Castrogonia by “exiles” through cash remittances and goods/gifts is $  6,634,900,000 



Iirc Cruz finished 3rd in the GA primary. His current machinations confirm my decision not to vote for him then or ever.

buccaneer morgan

Adorable, rocco.


http://www.aei.org/publication/britains-day-of-infamy/?utm_source=paramount&utm_medium=email&utm_content=AEITHISWEEK&utm_campaign=Weekly062516 from aei is quite overwrought and fits with their Never Trump meeting at sea island.

I heard arthur brooks speak last fall and he does want to redefine conservatism in terms that used to be called progressivism.


Please pass along a Happy Birthday from me, Rocco.


"Adorable" was my first thought too, Rocco.


Maybe Cruz will denounce the delegates?

Miss Marple 2

The Dalai Lama is speaking here today in conjunction with the National Council of Mayors.

Why, I don't exactly know.

However, a friend of my daughter's who works at Christian Theological Seminary got her a ticket, so she is off to the State Fairgrounds to hear his presentation.

I will report on what she tells me.

I think he is here with the help of his brother, who lives in Bloomington, where Indiana University is located. There is a small community of Tibetan exiles who live there and another small community in Indianapolis.


Oh Rocco - she is beautiful! Wishing her a Happy Birthday!

DebinNC - MM linked this earlier - it was in the AJC 3 days ago:

We're bracing for a hot day in hotlanta - 95 will "feel like 103"
so I'd better go make a pitcher of tea!

Miss Marple 2

The Cruz people's machinations (ignoring the will of the people) are what I expect from the Remain people in the UK.

Boris Johnson should act quickly.

I assume Manafort knows this stuff is going on with the delegates and has a plan.

As an aside, I would point out that Cruz is more establishment than he portrayed himself in the elections.


Always my first thought at mention of Dalai Lama

Jim Eagle


What a cutie. Catch you when we go back on the 15th of July to pick him up. Might stay in Boston that time. We are extending our stay to Sunday so we don't miss teh Belgium v. Hungary Euro 16 game.

Janet the expert

One reason we get along as well as we do here is that we all live by this: "...Based on absolutely no knowledge whatsoever..."

Except for me. I am a self-certified expert.


My thought was Precious.

Look at Bloomberg with socialist Christiana Figueres. http://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/un-boss-brexit-would-mean-rewriting-paris-agreement-on-climate-change/

More importantly they are together because the US Compact of Mayors is merging with the EU's Global Covenant of Mayors. The UN entities use the term "glocal" now because so much of the national and global plans for us have to be implemented at a local level per their specs. Quite often and beyond ed, "returning to the local level" is just a sales hype to cover up that it is merely the place where the socialist chains are installed.

Miss Marple 2


What a wonderful photo and cute grandbaby!

The rise of digital photography and instantaneous sharing of pictures has been a wonderful blessing to grandparents everywhere!


One more point he is in charge of this global initiative on cities at the same time his philanthropy is pushing the What Works Cities initiative that is tied to Moneyball for Government.

All of these things are tied to Cass Sunstein and his nudge behavioral insights work that has a white House task force and a UK one.

Jim Eagle

Can't wait for 2018 and the US Open at Shinnecock. If we have wind it will be a monster more so than Oakmont this year.

Janet the expert

rse's link at 9:14 is good.

a bit - "...They’re fed up being forced to accept unlimited numbers of migrants and refugees from cultures that in many cases don’t share Western democratic values. They’ve had it with the internationalist coalition of elite journalists, establishment politicians, and financial grandees telling them that if they oppose the principles of open borders and centralized decision-making, they are no better than white-sheet-wearing racists."...

"The loudest shrieks and the shrillest commentary come from the halls of academia and the urban salons. Patriotism befuddles them. Why should you take pride in being a Briton—or a Texan, for that matter—when you could be one of us?"...

So then here's our VP Joe Biden - "Listing global irritants like mass migration, terrorism, climate change, Biden said those factors are leading to leaders "peddling xenophobia, nationalism, and isolationism," including in the United States."

Heaven forbid Americans love THEIR country.

JM Hanes


Thanks for the link to Samizdata. I haven’t been there for years. Loved yesterday’s quote of the day, from William Pitt, the Younger: “England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example.”


"I am betting that Boris or the new Leave PM will negotiate an "associate Membership" free of all the bureaucracy."

They’ll obviously have to negotiate something, because it’s not as though they can sunder all the ties that bind them together. It will be interesting to see precisely who ends up handling the negotiations and how. I note that it was the ministers of the “six founding member” states, not the head(s) of the EU who called on the Brits “to trigger Article 50 and choose a new PM ‘within days.’” It seems to me that the tension between sovereign states and the EU is not necessarily confined to UK, but almost built in. When push comes to shove, the big boys assert themselves outside of Brussels. I wonder if a big piece of the current resentment in re immigration is the result of Merkel simply setting policy for entire Union unilaterally, without even the pretense of consultation. I also get the feeling that even if EU members see the wisdom of negotiating some sort of special partner status for the UK, there are a whole lot of EU elites who will also want to punish/penalize the UK in some way, both for their own satisfaction and as an example to others.

Lurker Susie

Looks like Biden and Bush have something in common

On January 24, 2011 Former President George W. Bush spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where his presidential library will be located, and weighed in on immigration. "What's interesting about our country, if you study history, is that there are some 'isms' that occasionally pop up -- pop up. One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism. So if you study the '20s, for example, there was -- there was an American first policy that said who cares what happens in Europe?...And there was an immigration policy that I think during this period argued we had too many Jews and too many Italians; therefore we should have no immigrants. And my point is that we've been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism. I'm a little concerned that we may be going through the same period."


Thanks, Momto2. No surprise the anti-Trump Cruz delegate is from Brunswick, GA, a Superfund site. Whenever passing near Brunswick on our way to Jekyll Island back in the day, someone in the car would scream, "Windows up!" as horrible smells from the huge paper mill permeated everything within miles.


Thanks all...that was her 1st taste of sugar. Off to help set up for the party.


What a cutie, Rocco

JM Hanes

Happy Birthday to the lovely l'il Roccette!

buccaneer morgan

Yes brexit is an imperfect analogue for the tea party,I'm still like Colombo asking what made those companies so valuable 24 hours ago, or
Were they theranos writ large,

buccaneer morgan

This weeks twip is jittery like June bug.


One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism.

GW and Biden didn't include "survivalism", aka Americans wisely buying land with a water source, stocking up on necessities such as food/guns/ammo, but no doubt they find them equally appalling.

JM Hanes

When Trump said that President Obama had "caused" Brexit yesterday, I thought his remark was ill phrased, so today, via Miss Marple’s link, I enjoyed reading that:

Nigel Farage on Friday said Obama's calls for the United Kingdom to stay in the EU caused people to vote to leave.
It's almost as though he's got Trump's back! And what a pair Boris Johnson and Donald Trump might be, no? Their hair, alone, seems to signal a special relationship of some sort.

Miss Marple 2


Sebastian Gorka puts the hammer to Hillary. Very satisfying video to watch, but if you don't have video there is also a text story.


Gerald Walpin, the IG fired by Obama in 2009, has died. RIP and thank you sir for having the courage to speak out.


Miss Marple 2

JM Hanes,

Geert Wilder also has some hair deal going, too.

I had the same thought about Boris Johnson, and on my Twitter feed Wilder's photo showed up, and it made me laugh.

buccaneer morgan

Bow the salon, apparently agrees with trump that Japan and south Korea will get the bomb,

Miss Marple 2


"Walpin's son-in-law, Allan Tananbaum, said Walpin was struck by a car while crossing a street in Manhattan."

Hmmmm. Not to be all conspiracy-like, but this does seem a trifle odd.

buccaneer morgan

With Boris it seems to run in the family, from that weak piece I linked,

Miss Marple 2


This article details places she has NOT been seen, and includes some possible explanations, none of which are good.


Speaking of hair deals, in case anyone missed Boris Johnson and his father:

I'd almost thought that video narc linked was a joke, that someone dressed an actor up with a wig to pretend to be Boris's father, wearing a "Remain" t-shirt. But that's really him.


Overlooked narc's 10:10 before posting that, but that's the visual.

JM Hanes

Miss Marple:

Geert Wilders, too. LOL.


Geert's hair looks more like David Brock's.

buccaneer morgan

So Megan mcardle tries to avoid category error re the new health plan, but i don't think she

buccaneer morgan

Made it.


Ah, hah! I THOUGHT buccaneer's posts looked suspiciously like narciso's. LOL

Miss Marple 2

I mentioned this demonstration last night.


Of course, this is guaranteed to cement the oldervoters in their opinion.

These kids have no memory of life before the EU, and their heads have been filled with propaganda about the wonderfulness of being part of it.

In the same vein, a fiend of mine points out, Obama tells his young supporters to ignore what their parents say.

For some time I have noticed a generational division in the comments on the internet. It basically boils down to "you Baby Boomers are the cause of all misery." I noticed it often at Ace's place back when I was a frequent poster there.

This isfrom the Left, I have no doubt. Once before they caused a generational dvidie, back in the 60's.

It is supremely ironic that we will have to live through this twice, only this time we are the targets, rather than the egg-throwers.

Jack is Back!


I am invoking JOM rule 37(a) and penalizing you 5 minutes off the board for mentioning David Brock.

Come on, Darling. We have 3 ferries to catch😎


Okay, now I'm skeert. Having a\potential axis of bad hair in Boris Johnson and Donald Trump is a sign of Armageddon.

What I see is a stripping away of political correctness. The elites talk about nativism and isolationism.

I think the real issue is the attack upon the nation state by the Pan movement. It's Pan this and Pan that, but the reality is that socialism is more like Peter Pan. Pie in the sky BS cloaked in aphorsms and pseudo-ideals that at the ur level is simply statism.

Europe abandoned God in the 19th Century in favor of the worship of man and an inchoate idealism that said that social welfare was the panacea.

That was found to be untrue as the Soviets and Nazis based their economies on largely involuntary labor and then outright slave labor. The true believers were a small minority especially as time went on.

The identity of Britain is baaed upon the rule of law and the presumption of innocent until proven guilty. The Napoleonic code that Europe uses is the opposite.

That combination of legal presumption of guilt and state coercion is the essence of the European experiment.

That the economic imbalances and disparities of integrating very weak and strong economies was always going to tear apart consensus was never acknowledged or honestly reconciled.

Perhaps, just perhaps, this may be a correction of the imbalance we have seen in our political system. However the dark forces of authoritarianism in places like China and Russia and Turkey are very scary.

Free states have a tough time getting it together versus dictators for at least the first year or two.

buccaneer morgan

Well were back in strauss and Howe generations territory, notably Cameron and Boris are both late end boomers.


Geert Wilder's hair must be luxurious due to his brains beneath.

"Dutch PVV anti-Islam party-leader Geert Wilders shows a sticker in parliament in The Hague, Dec. 19, 2013, with the Arabic text: 'Islam is a lie. Mohammed is a bastard. The Koran is poison.'


So far 23+ people have died in WV flooding. Trump offered condolences, but I see nothing at the WH site about BOzo doing so. I see he called Merkel and Cameron after the Brexit vote. He called the coaches of the Cavaliers and Penguins. No indication he called the WV guv.


Well, West Virginians are probably just inbred white bitter clingers to O.

Miss Marple 2


That would be true to form. You will remember that several years ago Tennessee had a devastating snow and ice storm and he wouldn't declare a disaster for them. Nor, for that matter, has he done so for Orlando which is sorely burdened by the cost of the autopsies, burial's, aid to relatives, investigation, etc. The governor requested it and it was denied.

West Virginia is full of those stubborn and stupid (according to his thinking) coal miners, so I imagine his attitude is "let's see how independent they are, haha).

Shows how mean and petty he really is.

buccaneer morgan

Applebaum and Russell mead in their own way, miss the mark, re brexit

Michael (fpa Patriot4Freedom)

Rocco - Thanks for the pic of your adorable granddaughter. What a cutie !

Hope she enjoys her first birthday party.


some text

The Hair X 3


Gimme head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen!

buccaneer morgan

The west, broadly stated isnt interested in confronting the many manifestations of political islam, and only a little more vexed about volodya


At Insty: Heads continue to roll re the Iranian capture of 2 American Navy boats. The carnage in BOzo's wake may be unfixable.


"While a young lieutenant was the highest-ranking individual on either of the two 50-foot boats, when the order was given to evade the Iranian forces, the helmsman refused the order."

No better example of the fruit of 7+ yrs. of CiC BOzo.

buccaneer morgan

Dint we go to war with the UK over this type of shanghaing they called it impressment back then.


Happy birthday to your gorgeous granddaughter, Rocco!

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