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Friday Talking Points [361] -- Bye-Bye, Rick

[ Posted Friday, September 11th, 2015 – 17:15 PDT ]

Breaking news! Rick Perry drops out of presidential race!

This news broke after almost all of this column was written, so we're just going to add this bit at the top to snarkily wish Rick Perry well in his future endeavors. I must admit I got it wrong when I predicted a few weeks ago that Perry would stay in the race longer than Jim Gilmore, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal. But that doesn't mean we can't have some fun betting who will drop out next! With Perry gone already, I predict that Gilmore will be next, seeing as how he didn't even make it onto next week's CNN kid's table debate. Place your bets in the comments -- who will be the next to fall?

One thing worth pointing out as Perry exits is that he was really the first Republican candidate to directly attack Donald Trump. Both Perry and Graham lit into Trump after his disgraceful comments about John McCain's military service. It did neither of them any good in the polls -- and, in fact, was roughly where Perry began his big slide downwards. Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned for the other candidates? Time will tell. OK, with the breaking news out of the way, let's resume our regular column, shall we?

CNN has just announced the lineup for next week's Republican candidates' debates, so we'll start with that. On the adult stage, there will be eleven candidates, since they had to bend the rules enough to let Carly Fiorina face off (yes, that was a pun) against Donald Trump. Appearing next to these two will be Ben Carson, Jeb! Bush, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, John Kasich, and Chris Christie. Relegated to the "kids' table" debate held earlier (to allow for their nap times, one supposes) will be Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham. Not appearing because he didn't qualify: Jim Gilmore. Appearing in spirit, and guaranteed to be mentioned by all: Saint Ronald of Reagan, whose plane they'll be debating under (for mystical and magical Republican reasons unfathomable to non-believers).

Speaking of getting blocked from a stage, an amusing thing happened this week out on the Republican campaign trail which few noticed. Ted Cruz seems to be running what might be called a "limpet mine campaign," since his favorite tactic now is to attach himself to other people's events. This week alone, Cruz showed up at a Trump rally in Washington and tried to horn in on Mike Huckabee exploiting the anti-marriage-equality clerk in Kentucky. Maybe he's just applying Black Lives Matter's tactics of grabbing other people's microphones? In any case, the Huckster wasn't having any of it. Huckabee would be the only one appearing on stage to make political hay out of the event, dammit! His staffers reportedly physically blocked Ted Cruz from taking the stage, so that Huckabee could be the lone Republican presidential candidate standing next to the woman. I guess the moral of the story is that Ted Cruz should stick to shadowing Donald Trump, who doesn't seem to care about Cruz appearing at his events (and, really, why should he?).

Trump was in the news "bigly" (as he would put it) this week, for metaphorically smacking Carly Fiorina in the face. He stopped short of using the word "ugly" or anything even more colorful (you just know he was thinking of a choice putdown but decided to dial it back), but made his feelings pretty transparent: America simply could not stand to see Carly Fiorina's face on their televisions for the next four years. Will this tank his support, even among Republican women? Not likely! In fact, Trump's polling dominance continues to grow, as he heads north of 30 percent. Only Ben Carson is over 10 percent anymore, and the other fifteen Republicans are all flailing wildly in the single digits.

Flailing especially hard this week was Bobby Jindal. Jindal, languishing somewhere below one percent in the polls, decided it was time to come out swinging at Trump. He put out a fairly hilarious ad comparing Trump's love of "winning" to Charlie Sheen, back when he was freaking out about "Winning!" and tiger blood and all the rest of it. Pretty funny, Bobby, but you'll still be at the kiddy table debate, sorry. Jindal did have one other choice thing to say about Trump, but it's so good we're saving it for the talking points.

Also flailing (although not quite as badly as Jindal) is Jeb! Bush. Bush seems to think that running for president means having to put out position papers on subjects like taxes. How quaint! In this Era Of Trump it's debatable whether such things matter or not any more, but nonetheless Jeb! released his tax plan anyway. It's got something in it to annoy pretty much everyone, which could also be said of his entire campaign, now that we think about it. Jeb! would end the "carried interest loophole" -- which translates, in Republicanese, to "raising capital gains taxes on the job-creators," so it'll likely go over like a lead balloon with Republican voters. It also adds over three trillion dollars to the deficit over the next decade, giving fiscal conservatives something to howl about. Oh, and it also would conveniently cut Jeb!'s own taxes by 25 percent. As we said, something for everyone to hate!

One thing worth mentioning is that the stars do seem to be possibly aligning in the political world to actually get rid of the carried-interest loophole that hedge fund managers use to pay half the taxes they should. Democrats (those worthy of the name, at least) have always pushed to close this loophole for good, but now two prominent Republican presidential candidates -- Bush and Trump -- have both called for the same thing that Bill de Blasio is currently championing. This loophole isn't going away tomorrow or anything, but it is indeed interesting to see some Republicans coming around on the issue, that's for sure.

Over on the Democratic side of the race, Joe Biden made an emotional appearance on last night's Stephen Colbert show. He is obviously still grieving over the loss of his son Beau, but the interesting thing was how people reacted today. Some point to Biden's appearance as evidence he's about to jump into the presidential race, and some say exactly the opposite, that it meant Biden will not run. We'll all have to wait another few weeks, most likely, to see who is right.

Hillary Clinton has got to be more than a little bit concerned over the state of her polling, in both Iowa and New Hampshire. In July, Clinton had 52 percent in Iowa to Bernie Sanders's 33 percent, but now Bernie's at 41 percent while Hillary has fallen to 40 percent. Sanders also now has roughly a 10-point lead over her in New Hampshire (seen in several polls). Bernie Sanders could win the first two contests in the primary race -- which would be a major achievement. Sanders is also expanding his campaign to the South and other places holding early primaries, so it seems likely he'll be competitive beyond just Iowa and New Hampshire.

Of course, the one-on-one dynamic on the Democratic side would be shaken up if Biden throws his hat in the ring. It's hard to predict what a Biden candidacy would do to the polling for Clinton and Sanders. Early indications are that Biden would pull from both candidates about equally, which wouldn't really give either Clinton or Sanders an edge from Biden getting in. But we'll see -- Biden's polling is still pretty impressive for a guy who hasn't even decided whether he's running or not.

In other news, President Obama had a pretty good week, as Congress is not going to send him a bill overturning the Iran nuclear deal. Obama would have vetoed it anyway, but now he won't even have to do that. Republicans in Congress proved, once again, that they are the gang who can't shoot straight, as John Boehner was almost held captive by the Tea Partiers (also, once again). This does not bode well for the upcoming budget fight, where the radicals are already threatening another government shutdown. September's going to be a frantic month in Congress, that's for sure.

Obama also announced this week that America would take in 10,000 more Syrian refugees (to date, we've taken in an underwhelming 1,500). Still a drop in the bucket, seeing as how Germany is taking in 800,000 this year alone.

And finally, after winning a religious equality battle in Oklahoma, the Satanic Temple now wants to put up a statue of Baphomet on public grounds in Arkansas. If the Ten Commandments are allowed, then a Satanic statue must also be allowed -- that's equal treatment under the law. It sounds silly, but these sorts of cases are the natural extension of religion inserting itself into what should be secular government. To put it another way: if Christmas is celebrated on public property, then you can't stop a Festivus pole from going up, too.

 

Most Impressive Democrat of the Week

This week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is none other than the governor of California, Jerry Brown.

Now, those readers living in California know that Brown had a mixed week. The legislature wrapped up business without moving on several agenda items Brown wanted (including an aggressive plan to cut vehicle emissions in half). A "right to die" bill did make it through, although it's unclear whether Brown will sign it or not (it would make California the fifth state to approve legal medical suicide).

Legislation aside, however, Brown earns our MIDOTW award for taking on not only Ben Carson but the whole "show me the evidence" nonsense from the right on climate change. Here's the story:

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) mailed Carson a copy of the synthesis report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), along with a letter asking Carson to utilize his "considerable intelligence" to review the material. The IPCC is the scientific body created by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization to provide regular assessments of the state of climate science for policymakers.

Brown's letter came after Carson asked to see the science demonstrating climate change was caused by human activity during a visit to California earlier this week.

"I know there a lot of people who say 'overwhelming science,' but then when you ask them to show the overwhelming science, they never can show it," Carson told The San Francisco Chronicle. "There is no overwhelming science that the things that are going on are man-caused and not naturally caused."

"Gimme a break," Carson added.

Brown said the flash drive contained the "overwhelming science" Carson wanted.

That is simply beautiful! Ask and ye shall receive, and all of that.

With such a simple and effective response, Brown definitely scored a point politically against Ben Carson and all the rest of the stick-your-head-in-the-sand Republicans. For handling it with both class and humor, Jerry Brown is our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week.

[Congratulate Governor Jerry Brown on his official contact page, to let him know you appreciate his efforts.]

 

Most Disappointing Democrat of the Week

More in sadness than in anger, we have to award the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award to Martin O'Malley.

O'Malley had a plan. He was going to be the anti-Hillary in the Democratic race. It would soon develop into a two-way contest, and if Clinton stumbled even a little bit, he'd be the safe alternative for Democrats to nominate.

This has not, in fact, happened.

Instead, O'Malley is regulated to the "Is he still running?" category, along with Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb, and now Lawrence Lessig. Bernie Sanders caught fire, and presents a solid alternative to Clinton -- something the O'Malley campaign just didn't see coming. You've got to feel a little bit sorry for O'Malley, especially since all the buzz started about Biden's possible entry into the race. "Hey, guys?" you can see O'Malley saying, "I'm right here, guys -- the safe alternative to Clinton you're looking for!"

Instead, O'Malley released the most bizarre fundraising effort ever. Here's the story:

Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley sought Thursday to turn his low standing with Wall Street executives into an asset, sending out a fundraising appeal that featured a video of him playing guitar on the streets of New York's financial district.

The video, shot Wednesday by Independent Journal Review, shows the former Maryland governor, clad in jeans and a black T-shirt, singing "This Land is Your Land" on Wall Street as some passersby wind up taking selfies with him and throwing change into his open guitar case.

Over the course of an hour, O'Malley, who's had a side career as the frontman of a Celtic rock band, is said to have collected $1.74, plus one pack of Gummy Bears from someone without change.

"Donate to my campaign today and show Wall Street we can do better," O'Malley says in the fundraising pitch. "We will elect a candidate who will hold them accountable. We'll do better than gummy bears."

Wow, that's just... wow. O'Malley is reduced to begging for gummy bears on the streets? A buck-seventy-four in an hour? That's just sad.

So for all the millions of O'Malley voters who have never materialized, we have to say that Martin O'Malley was the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week this week. Maybe we should all send him gummy bears, or something.

[Martin O'Malley does not currently hold political office, and our policy is never to link to campaign websites, so you'll have to search his contact info out on your own to let him know what you think of his fundraising efforts.]

 

Friday Talking Points

Volume 361 (9/11/15)

Obviously, I had to hastily rewrite one of these at the last minute. The rest are pretty standard fare, split between pointing out the idiocy of the GOP candidates and the idiocy of the GOP Congress. With a look backwards thrown in at the end, just for nostalgic reasons.

 

1
   A game the whole family can play

Bye-bye, Rick! Let's have some fun picking who will be next to collapse....

"This time around, it seems that Rick Perry won't even have the chance to have an 'oops' moment at a national Republican debate, as he becomes the first Republican to drop out of the 2016 presidential race. Of course, it was inevitable with so many people running that a lot of them aren't even going to make it to the first primary. So who do you think will be next to go? My money's on Jim Gilmore, but I'm wondering if George Pataki might be a safer bet. So who would you bet on for the next Republican to take the exit ramp?"

 

2
   Give us those papers you don't have!

Republicans in Congress, led (as always) by the Tea Partiers, devolved into farce this week.

"I see the House Republicans -- and a few senators running for president -- are now demanding an impossibility. Because they were so inept at voting against Obama's Iran nuclear deal, they tried to create their own reality to distract their own constituents. The clock hasn't started, they insist, on when Congress must vote on the Iran deal, because the White House has not provided them with the side deals Iran and the I.A.E.A. struck -- papers the White House does not have. Once again: they cannot provide what they do not have. This reality seems to have escaped congressional Republicans, but in the rest of the world the Iran deal is now complete. It'll take Republicans a while to realize it, but thankfully that won't matter to those of us who live in the real world."

 

3
   Trump unstoppable?

Trump faces off with Fiorina next week. Should be fun for all!

"Can you actually imagine what would happen if Donald Trump became president? Faces he deemed not suitable for television would not appear -- we'd have only beautiful women, as defined by Trump. President Trump will save us all from ugliness ever appearing on our screens again! Think it's impossible? Yet Donald Trump's poll numbers continue to climb, no matter what comes out of his mouth. There is simply no ceiling yet to his mounting support within the party. He's now polling over 30 percent, and my guess is that if he gets above 35 percent and sustains it, he may well become unstoppable for the Republican nomination. It'll sure make for an entertaining campaign season, that's for sure! Can't wait to see the debates next week, when Fiorina takes him on in person."

 

4
   Jindal gets off a good one

As promised, here is what Bobby Jindal had to say about Trump's religious knowledge. This is perfect for any Democrat to use, just preface with "...as Bobby Jindal said about Trump:"

Donald Trump has never read the Bible. The reason I know he has not read the Bible is that he's not in the Bible.

 

5
   Don't deficits matter?

Jeb! is already getting heat on this one from his own party. So go ahead and rub it in!

"Jeb Bush's tax plan would explode deficits to the tune of 3.4 trillion dollars over ten years. Even if you use the magical pixie-dust-infused Republican math they've adopted, Bush's plan still adds over a trillion dollars to the debt. So I guess Jeb's following Dick Cheney's view that 'deficits don't matter.' I can remember when the Republican Party used to be against deficit spending, so I really wonder whether Jeb's plan is going to gain much support even in the GOP."

 

6
   Pot, meet kettle

McConnell always sounds kind of whiney, but this week he was at his whiniest.

"Mitch McConnell used to believe that matters with a high level of controversy, quote, always require 60 votes, unquote. That's from back when he was in the minority in the Senate, of course. This week, he changed his tune, whining about the 'artificial limits on passage' caused by filibusters. McConnell complained 'the Senate should not hide behind procedural obfuscation to shield the president or our individual views.' Boy, that's rich! Sure is different when your own tactics are used against you, isn't it, Mitch?"

 

7
   Another crazy heard from

Here's a blast from the past -- and it's not even from Sarah Palin!

"I guess Michele Bachmann is feeling a little left out these days. After all, the craziness she used to dish up on a regular basis now actually seems pretty mild in comparison to this year's Republican nomination race. Bachmann tried to get back in the game by chiming in on the Iran nuclear deal, insisting that 'bombing Iranian nuclear facilities' is the way to go. She then got downright Orwellian, stating that dropping these bombs 'is called peace, that's not called war.' Doesn't that take you back? Remember when she was livening up the Republican campaign trail with such pearls of wisdom? But in the Trump Era, she almost makes you nostalgic for an earlier time when such craziness would actually get you noticed."

-- Chris Weigant

 

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29 Comments on “Friday Talking Points [361] -- Bye-Bye, Rick”

  1. [1] 
    John From Censornati wrote:

    "Perry attacked me. Now he’s getting out of the race." - Trump

    "You know a broken clock is right once a day." - Rick Perry

    It's a shame that Rick the Trump Slayer is getting out. He should've gotten a lot more attention for saying things like that.

  2. [2] 
    John From Censornati wrote:

    Kentucky. Tennessee. Who can tell the difference anyway?

  3. [3] 
    altohone wrote:

    Hey CW

    Nice as always.

    Sad to see Perry go so quietly... maybe we can get a follow-up bit on him in a few weeks when it is revealed how much debt his campaign still owes?

    My prediction for the next to go is Jindal.
    He knows his campaign isn't going anywhere, but just didn't want to be the first to quit. Lasting longer than the Texan will be a quality addition to his resume.

    Hillary... oh, poor Hillary.
    Just followed a link on another site that offers suggested reading of related stories... I forget the headline, but it got me to click... it was an interview with a pundit talking about how there was no way Bernie could top Hillary in NH.
    Turns out the story was a couple of months old.
    I should have suspected that since the next suggested story headline was "Bush, Walker leading polls".

    Bernie leading in NH and Iowa is big, but the other poll number that caught my eye was that national polls have Bernie only trailing by 10 points now. Seems like only a week ago when Hill still had a 30 point lead nationally.

    Also, you wrote-
    "Early indications are that Biden would pull from both candidates about equally"
    Any chance you'd be willing to share those "early indications"?

    Thanks
    A

  4. [4] 
    Michale wrote:

    One thing worth pointing out as Perry exits is that he was really the first Republican candidate to directly attack Donald Trump. Both Perry and Graham lit into Trump after his disgraceful comments about John McCain's military service.

    Which "disgraceful" comment was that??

    That McCain wasn't a war hero because he got captured?? That's pretty much the opinion of every military man and woman in this country...

    One thing worth mentioning is that the stars do seem to be possibly aligning in the political world to actually get rid of the carried-interest loophole that hedge fund managers use to pay half the taxes they should.

    I have always wondered who the mystical magical person or group who decides who "should" do something??

    Hillary Clinton has got to be more than a little bit concerned over the state of her polling, in both Iowa and New Hampshire. In July, Clinton had 52 percent in Iowa to Bernie Sanders's 33 percent, but now Bernie's at 41 percent while Hillary has fallen to 40 percent. Sanders also now has roughly a 10-point lead over her in New Hampshire (seen in several polls). Bernie Sanders could win the first two contests in the primary race -- which would be a major achievement. Sanders is also expanding his campaign to the South and other places holding early primaries, so it seems likely he'll be competitive beyond just Iowa and New Hampshire.

    And WHO has been saying for MONTHS that Hillary was in trouble, that the email thing would drag her down, that it wasn't a "faux" scandal, that it was something actually very serious???

    I know getting ya'all to admit that ya'all were wrong and I was right is simply not in the realm of possibility... So, I'll just say it myself..

    Ya'all were wrong... I was right... AGAIN :D

    Brown said the flash drive contained the "overwhelming science" Carson wanted.

    Did it include the OVERWHELMING science that disproves or doesn't support the Human Caused Global Warming theory???

    No??

    Than it's not "science"... It's faith...

    Pure and simple..

    "MY scientists are right and YOUR scientists are wrong.."

    Wow, that's just... wow. O'Malley is reduced to begging for gummy bears on the streets? A buck-seventy-four in an hour? That's just sad.

    Welcome to your new Democrat Party.. Hope ya like it.. :D

    I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.. :D

    I'll get to the TPs later today...

    Michale

  5. [5] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, in other news..

    Office Depot Defends Employees’ Refusal To Make Copies Of Anti-Abortion ‘Hate Material’
    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/11/office-depot-defends-employees-refusal-to-make-copies-of-anti-abortion-hate-material/

    I am SURE that ALL of the Left, including every Weigantian will fall all over themselves, castigating and boycotting Office Depot for their ridiculous stance of "WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE"....

    Right??? Right???

    {{cchhhiiirrrrrppppp}} {{chirrrrrrrrpppppp}}

    Yea, that's what I thought...

    Left Wingers.. The epitome of hypocrisy....

    Michale

  6. [6] 
    Michale wrote:

    Bye-bye, Rick! Let's have some fun picking who will be next to collapse....

    HILLARY!!! :D

    Yer right. It IS fun!! :D

    Although, predicting Hillary is going to collapse is like predicting that the sun will rise in the east and set in the west.. :D Too easy...

    Speaking of collapse

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3230843/Moment-Hillary-Clinton-s-stage-backdrop-collapses-campaign-speech-sending-flag-crashing-podium.html

    Her campaign can't even set up a backdrop without it collapsing and knocking down the American flag..

    Symbolism??

    How anyone can vote for Hillary is way beyond me...

    because the White House has not provided them with the side deals Iran and the I.A.E.A. struck -- papers the White House does not have.

    And why doesn't the White House have them??

    Because Iran said "NO"...

    So, NOW our POTUS is taking orders from IRAN.... :^/

    He's now polling over 30 percent, and my guess is that if he gets above 35 percent and sustains it, he may well become unstoppable for the Republican nomination. It'll sure make for an entertaining campaign season, that's for sure! Can't wait to see the debates next week, when Fiorina takes him on in person."

    Once again, it's clear ya'all don't get Trump or why he is so popular amongst the Right *AND* the Left.. Amongst white *AND* black...

    Ya'all constantly underestimate Trump's appeal to Joe and Jane SixPack...

    Jeb! is already getting heat on this one from his own party. So go ahead and rub it in!

    "Jeb Bush's tax plan would explode deficits to the tune of 3.4 trillion dollars over ten years. Even if you use the magical pixie-dust-infused Republican math they've adopted, Bush's plan still adds over a trillion dollars to the debt. So I guess Jeb's following Dick Cheney's view that 'deficits don't matter.' I can remember when the Republican Party used to be against deficit spending, so I really wonder whether Jeb's plan is going to gain much support even in the GOP."

    Complaining about Jeb policies is like complaining about Chaffee policies...

    Why bother??

    McConnell always sounds kind of whiney, but this week he was at his whiniest.

    No more whiney than the entirety of the Left was during the GOP minority days, right??? Now THAT was a whine-fest to behold...

    Mr Pot, here is Mr Kettle...

    Here's a blast from the past -- and it's not even from Sarah Palin!

    "I guess Michele Bachmann is feeling a little left out these days. After all, the craziness she used to dish up on a regular basis now actually seems pretty mild in comparison to this year's Republican nomination race. Bachmann tried to get back in the game by chiming in on the Iran nuclear deal, insisting that 'bombing Iranian nuclear facilities' is the way to go. She then got downright Orwellian, stating that dropping these bombs 'is called peace, that's not called war.' Doesn't that take you back? Remember when she was livening up the Republican campaign trail with such pearls of wisdom? But in the Trump Era, she almost makes you nostalgic for an earlier time when such craziness would actually get you noticed."

    How can we miss her if you never let her go away???

    :D

    Michale

  7. [7] 
    TheStig wrote:

    The glasses did no good. Return them to Prof. Kissinger with a nice note. Where does Perry go from here? I'm thinking Reverse Mortgage Spokesperson.

    I did not know Governor Gilmore was even running. His logo is very good, best in show.

  8. [8] 
    John M wrote:

    Michale wrote:

    "And why doesn't the White House have them??

    Because Iran said "NO"...

    So, NOW our POTUS is taking orders from IRAN...."

    Actually they are classified documents that belong to The International Atomic Energy Agency. Would you expect The OSCE, The Organization for Security and Co-operation In Europe, to release documents to Russia regarding an agreement between the OSCE and the USA regarding OSCE inspections of American facilities if the USA objected? Would you then say that Putin was taking orders from the USA? Sorry, your logic doesn't follow, but thanks for playing....

  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    Actually they are classified documents that belong to The International Atomic Energy Agency. Would you expect The OSCE, The Organization for Security and Co-operation In Europe, to release documents to Russia regarding an agreement between the OSCE and the USA regarding OSCE inspections of American facilities if the USA objected? Would you then say that Putin was taking orders from the USA? Sorry, your logic doesn't follow, but thanks for playing....

    If the agreement between the OSCE and the US was part and parcel to an agreement between Russia and the US then yes.. Such an agreement SHOULD be disclosed to Russia..

    For all we know, the side deal between the IAEA and Iran is that the IAEA will give Iran carte blanche in it's nuclear weapons program..

    Now, don't you think that THAT might have some bearing on Obama's deal??

    Well, probably not, because it's Obama and, as everyone knows, Obama can do no wrong..

    The side deals are VERY relevant to the main deal and, as such, they should be disclosed to Congress..

    A point that YA'ALL would be making if it was a GOP POTUS and a DEM Congress...

    Sorry, your logic doesn't follow,

    Yea, like ya'all know "logic"... :^)

    But, hay, gee whiz... Thanx for playing, JM.. :D

    Michale

  10. [10] 
    Michale wrote:

    JM,

    I have more, but I won't keep you. I know you are preparing to rush right out and protest and boycott Office Depot for their discriminatory and bigoted practices...

    {/sarcasm}

    Of course, the reality is the Left supports hatred and bigotry and discrimination and intolerance..

    As long as it's the "RIGHT" people who are the victims...

    Michale

  11. [11] 
    Michale wrote:

    Can't wait to see the debates next week, when Fiorina takes him on in person."

    I am at a loss to understand the issue here..

    Left Wingers have said things about Fiorina that was much MUCH worse than anything Trump has said..

    That's OK???

    Michale

  12. [12] 
    John From Censornati wrote:

    Trump was doing some entertaining on Jimmy Fallon's show Friday night. Jimmy asked Donald how he was going to create jobs in this country.

    Trump said "I'm just going to do it."

    "Right, but how?" Jimmy asked.

    Trump matter-of-factly replied "By doing it."

  13. [13] 
    John From Censornati wrote:

    My favorite Trumpism of the week:

    "We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning."

    Trump/Sheen 2016

  14. [14] 
    Michale wrote:

    Trump was doing some entertaining on Jimmy Fallon's show Friday night. Jimmy asked Donald how he was going to create jobs in this country.

    And the crowd loved Trump!!

    A little fact ya overlooked :D

    Michale

  15. [15] 
    Michale wrote:

    Trump also gave Fallon a huge ratings boost...

    Face it, people. Americans love Trump... :D

    Michale

  16. [16] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, in Hillary news..

    Turns out that Hillary's insecure bathroom closet private email server was not wiped, as Camp Hillary has claimed..

    That means that everything on that server is recoverable...

    That means Hillary is toast...

    Michale

  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:

    Donald Trump Gets Rock Star Greeting in Iowa
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/us/politics/donald-trump-gets-rock-star-greeting-in-iowa.html?_r=0

    "Oh Johnny, Johnny, did you back the wrong horse.."
    -Peter Venkmen, GHOSTBUSTERS II

    :D

    Michale

  18. [18] 
    Michale wrote:

    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) mailed Carson a copy of the synthesis report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), along with a letter asking Carson to utilize his "considerable intelligence" to review the material. The IPCC is the scientific body created by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization to provide regular assessments of the state of climate science for policymakers.

    Tell ya what, people..

    You Left Wingers give up your cars and your computers and your IPADs and your latte machines and every modern convenience. Go back to stone knives and bearskins...

    Ya'all do that by 2030 and then I'll *THINK* about changing my ways...

    Wow.. That looks EXACTLY like the "great deal" that Obama made with China... :D

    Human Caused Global Warming is a political agenda.. Nothing more... A political agenda wrapped up in a quasi-religious cocoon...

    "The bible is god's word.. How do we know?? Because it says so in the bible!! DOY!!"

    "The IPCC is the final word on Human Caused Climate Change. How do we know?? Because the IPCC says so!! DOY!!"

    The planet will continue to spin and the climate will continue to change well past the time humans go they way of the dodo...

    "These are the facts. And they are undisputed."
    -Captain Smilin' Jack Ross, A FEW GOOD MEN

    Michale

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    Ya know, you really have to admire the Perfect Storm of deceit that Hillary has created for herself..

    We come to find out that all of Hillary's emails are likely intact on her not-so-wiped private insecure bathroom closet email server.

    Here's Hillary's dilemma..

    If the State Department says that they can't release any of those recovered emails because they have classified data, that will prove Hillary a liar for claiming she didn't send classified emails thru her private insecure bathroom closet email server...

    If the State Department throws Hillary under the bus and releases the recovered email, the world will learn that Hillary really IS a lying, conniving, deceitful, power-hungry monster..

    Regardless of which way this plays out, Hillary is finished.. The WORST case for the Democrat Party is that she limps past the Democrat finish line and becomes the Party candidate..

    GOP POTUS... Guaranteed....

    Of course, it's entirely possible that Hillary may be trying a rope-a-dope and has planted phony "yoga classes" and "wedding plans" emails on her private insecure bathroom closet email server..

    But, like the forged Bush National Guard papers proved, no forgery of this nature is ever perfect.. And there will be millions of bloggers and cyber-thusiasts who will be ready and able to go over everything with a fine toothed comb.

    No matter which scenario plays out, Hillary is going to be too busy dodging questions to be an effective candidate. Either in the Primary or in the General...

    Yea, having a private insecure bathroom closet email server certainly was "more convenient.." :^/

    Such a profound lapse of judgement.....

    Michale

  20. [20] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    We touched on the Europe/Refugee crisis a bit ago..

    Things have taken a decidedly different turn in Europe in the last couple days..

    One question that I think is fascinating is this:

    Do refugees have a right to live wherever they want to??

    Or should their disposition be completely controlled by the EU and the host governments??

    It's a very fascinating quandary..

    Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few??

    Michale

  21. [21] 
    Michale wrote:

    CBSNEWS SHOCK POLL: SANDERS TOPS CLINTON BY 20 POINTS IN NH!
    https://today.yougov.com/news/2015/09/13/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-cbs-battleground-poll/

    Does NOT look good for Team Clinton...

    Michale

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    Regarding the refugee crisis in Europe....

    A STUDY IN CONTRASTS
    http://sjfm.us/temp/contrasts.jpg

    A picture is worth a thousand words.....

    Michale

  23. [23] 
    Michale wrote:

    A STUDY IN CONTRASTS
    http://sjfm.us/temp/contrasts.jpg

    A picture is worth a thousand words.....

    And Left Wingers wonder why Joe and Jane Sixpack don't want illegal immigrant criminals here in the US...

    Their reasoning is plain to see...

    Michale

  24. [24] 
    Michale wrote:

    Speaking of illegal immigration...

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/13/black-rapper-azealia-banks-shows-how-trumps-message-resonates-with-black-voters/?

    It's amazing how many of the black community are Pro-Trump...

    They (the black community) are finally coming around to the reality. That illegal immigration hurts the black community more than any other in the country..

    Michale

  25. [25] 
    Paula wrote:

    http://www.dailynewsbin.com/news/usa-today-admits-hillary-clinton-email-scandal-is-a-sham/22371/

    There is nothing there. There never was. It's just republican fake-scandal-making.

  26. [26] 
    Michale wrote:

    <I.There is nothing there. There never was. It's just republican fake-scandal-making.

    Really??

    So, Republicans control Obama's FBI???

    Republicans control Obama's Dept Of State??

    WOW!!

    Who knew... :D

    I admire your tenacity, Paula....

    But the facts are clear...

    Irregardless of what you or I think, it's what the VOTERS think that counts the most..

    And, according to the polls, Dem and GOP voters are united in their condemnation of Hillary Clinton....

    Michale

  27. [27] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    John From Censornati -

    Mea culpa. The fact-checking section has all been put on reduced rations. Heh. Anyway, I'll fix it... hey, at least the mistake was only one state away!

    -CW

  28. [28] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    OK, fixed it. Mea culpa, again. I'll answer the rest of these after I write today's column...

    -CW

  29. [29] 
    John From Censornati wrote:

    Now the jig is up. Who can tell the difference anyway? I would say that I wish that Kim Davis was inflicting her infantile thought disorders on TN instead of KY, but I really don't want these "religious freedom" zombie freaks persecuting gay people there either. She should move to Iran. She could EXECUTE gay people in Iran. Drink.

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