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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Creed on: October 04, 2015, 04:14:46 PM

2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / From the highly qualified Jeh Johnson! on: October 04, 2015, 08:09:28 AM

I am sure the highly credentialed in the faculty lounge applaud this ruling.
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in Europe on: October 02, 2015, 04:14:49 PM
The europeans should enjoy the opportunity to complain, they won't be able to soon.
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Middle East: War, Peace, and SNAFU, TARFU, and FUBAR on: October 02, 2015, 03:01:42 PM
Not much we can do but watch things burn. Good thing Obama is gutting the US military.
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The long March through the institutions on: October 02, 2015, 01:28:40 PM

I can remember when I respected and admired the Secret Service.
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Carly Fiorina on: October 02, 2015, 01:25:25 PM

Carly wants a No Fly Zone around Syrian Rebels that we support.  And people think that she has good foreign affairs knowledge? This will cause issues with Russian, likely causing a confrontation with them in the air at some point. What a neo-con..........

Putin will shoot down either a drone or manned US aircraft at some point just to show he can.
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: October 02, 2015, 12:53:51 PM
Frankly the best thing to do is to prepare to rebuild after the collapse that is coming.
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: October 02, 2015, 12:01:05 PM

You can ensure that your daughter is trained and carrying concealed.
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: October 02, 2015, 11:07:24 AM

If Obama had a son....
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gun Shot Demographics on: October 02, 2015, 11:00:43 AM
With the bodies still warm and the facts still unknown, yesterday the President called for politicizing the issue. Choose carefully what you ask for , , ,

Bitter, fanatical loser targets Christians....

But enough about the president....
11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China's Looming Depression on: October 02, 2015, 09:59:04 AM

Their's and/or ours?

Something else to consider:
12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Warren forces resignation of scholar on: October 02, 2015, 09:56:28 AM

By James Freeman
Updated Oct. 2, 2015 7:32 a.m. ET

At least some Democrats are resisting Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s purge of the liberal intelligentsia. This week Ms. Warren succeeded in forcing the resignation of respected scholar Robert Litan from the Brookings Institution after he revealed that a new Labor Department regulation could cost investors billions. Now five Democratic economists have authored a letter to protest Warren’s bullying. Robert Lawrence of Harvard’s Kennedy School and Bowman Cutter of the Roosevelt Institute are among those writing “to express our concern over our colleague Bob Litan’s treatment at the hands of the Brookings Institution and Senator Elizabeth Warren.” Also signing the letter are Everett Ehrlich, Joseph Minarik and Hal Singer.
Morning Editorial Report

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Ms. Warren had falsely claimed that Mr. Litan had been “vague” about the funding for research showing the new regulation would limit choices and raise costs for investors. In fact, he had clearly disclosed that it was sponsored by a financial-services company. According to the new letter from Democratic economists, “Businesses sometimes finance policy research much as advocacy groups or other interests do. A reader can question the source of the financing on all sides, but ultimately the quality of the work and the integrity of the author are paramount. In Bob’s Litan’s case, both have been impeccable over a career of four decades. And, in keeping with those standards, he has been completely transparent about the support for, and conduct of, the study in question, as both Brookings and Senator Warren were well aware from the day he first testified before the Congress on the matter.”

The letter adds that “Senator Warren’s approach (and Brookings’ complicity with it) threatens ad hominem attack on any author who may be associated with an industry or interest whose views are contrary to hers. Those who differ with Litan instead should offer a substantive rebuttal to the paper in question, which would do much more to clarify the issue than implicitly depicting him as being inherently corrupted by the sponsorship of his work.”

Fauxcohauntus gets a scalp.
13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / No worries, Obama has Israel's back on: October 02, 2015, 03:24:47 AM

14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Secret Service not a fan on: October 01, 2015, 07:35:14 PM

Gore also outed as a douche by the USSS.
15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Abortion on: October 01, 2015, 03:05:55 PM

A beautiful young lady. made a wise decision.

The subject of abortion is such a personal issue that most discussions become highly charged and emotion. Add to that the "conflict" between government, religion, morality and science, and there is no ready answer.

With the availability of many different contraception devices today, abortions should be greatly reduced. However, so many people decry the use of contraception especially on religious grounds, it remains a problem.

What defines life? When does it begin? When the egg is fertilized, when it attaches to the wall, at a specific time period of development, or when it becomes a viable living entity outside of the womb?  Everyone has a different opinion and science or law cannot answer that question yet. So the "conflict" will continue.

As to Planned Parenthood, yesterday proved my point on abortion never being banned. Overwhelmingly, Congress approved continued funding for PP. The consequences of defunding PP was too much for even the Pubbies to consider.

Abortion funding for PP is barred by law. But this is such a joke. One simply changes bookkeeping entries showing that the abortion costs came from sources other than the government, and everything is fine. The politicians know this, but they don't care.

Unfortunately, the abortion divide will continue............and both advocating sides will profit from it.

I think we can agree that when body parts are harvested, it is well beyond a "clump of cells".
16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The long March through the institutions on: October 01, 2015, 04:07:30 AM

17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Never a vacuum of power on: September 30, 2015, 11:29:34 PM

Obama sucks.
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Abortion on: September 30, 2015, 11:09:50 PM
This nation is crumbling before us. The embrace of evil by mainstream society shocks me.
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Victim Culture Kills American Manhood on: September 30, 2015, 10:26:36 PM

Pretty good predictor of who wins when things go to sh*t.
20  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Regarding "amnesty" on: September 30, 2015, 10:07:50 PM
Putting aside the merits of the issue, it seems to me that we here need to recognize that if someone was brought here illegally as a baby or young child and has grown up here and feels and thinks he is an American, speaks English only, etc it is going to be seriously bad politics to say he should be shipped to a "home" he does not remember where the language is one he does not.

And how would you presume we do that? The "dreamer" program is already up to it's neck in fraud.
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Abortion on: September 30, 2015, 09:00:57 PM
My point was simply that Abortion will never be banned, and that the government uses it to divide and conquer. 

I agree with the second part. Did you view the recent PP sting videos? Did they not make you sick to your very core?

"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever."- Thomas Jefferson
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Housing/Mortgage/Real Estate on: September 30, 2015, 08:28:43 PM
Rewarding bad behavior will get you more....

Thought I would give people some idea of what I am getting on the Modification front.

1. One person who has not made a payment in 8 years just got modified. 3.5% interest rate. New 40 year term. Loan to Value 147%.

2. One person who has not paid in 5 years just got modified. 3.5% rate. Had 5% equity in home.

3. One person got denied. 6 months late, all caused by the modification process. If he got 3.5% for an interest rate, he could make the payment. Currently at 6.75%.  Had under 80% Loan to Value and was told that because he had 20% plus equity, he would be denied.

So if you don't make payments for years and are underwater, you can get modified. But if you are only a few months late, caused by the Mod process, and you have equity, you do not get a mod.

This stuff is so screwed up.......
23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Abortion on: September 30, 2015, 08:13:45 PM
The whole abortion issue is just pure manipulation by each side to keep the people divided. Here is why I say that:

1. Roe v Wade settled the issue once and for all. It will never be overturned. And there will never be a constitutional amendment barring it.

2. Pro abortion forces can use the threat of Roe v Wade being overturned so as to generate fund raising and to enhance their own bank accounts.

3. Pro Life forces use Planned Parenthood and other issues to generate fund raising as well.

Meanwhile, it keeps the focus off the other things that government does that is much more important for worrying about.

Murder is kind of a big deal.
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dr. Ben Carson on: September 30, 2015, 01:13:46 PM
The endless attacks from the MSM on Carson for his comments about the Sharia law are obnoxious.
I would certainly have to question if a Hassidic Jew would be able to be President with his beliefs. 
There is NOTHING controversial about his line of reasoning.  But of course the MSM has to keep up the mantra about Republicans being bigots.

CCP is right.  But Carson is guilty of letting himself get side-tracked, unless he thinks this is one of the top 3 issues we face.

I would say it is in the top 3.
25  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: PP: NY Obamacare goes under on: September 30, 2015, 11:27:37 AM
Largest ObamaCare Co-Op Admits Failure, Starts Closing Shop

Joining three other ObamaCare health care co-ops that already found themselves unable to operate in the current health care landscape, Health Republic, the co-op servicing the State of New York, started closing down its operation Friday, Sept. 25. "[A]fter coordinating with state and federal regulators, Health Republic will begin winding down operations in an orderly manner starting today," CEO of Health Republic Debra Friedman wrote to the co-op's members. "While we are deeply disappointed with this outcome, we believe it is in the best interests of our members. Starting a new insurance company is a daunting task in any environment, but the systemic challenges placed on us by the structure of the CO-OP program were simply too difficult to overcome." In other words, ObamaCare's worst enemy in this case was its own regulations. As The Daily Signal reported, the government loaned out $265 million to get the co-op off the ground. You shall know the program by its fruits: In this case, an effort by ObamaCare to provide more solutions and health care "competition" yielded government waste and failure.


26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dr. Ben Carson on: September 30, 2015, 11:26:53 AM
The more important point IMHO is that Dr. Ben is MAKING this point and defending it without flinching , thus making it more socially/politically acceptable to say it-- especially as he continues to rise in the polls.

Is not what he has done here real leadership?

27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 30, 2015, 10:18:49 AM
Deck chairs. Titanic.

Doesn't matter anyway.
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dr. Ben Carson on: September 30, 2015, 06:29:13 AM

Martha Raddatz! Professional Journalist!
29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump’s tax plan would cost a staggering $12 trillion over 10 years on: September 30, 2015, 06:26:45 AM
Yes, but it will be the Yuuuuugest, classiest, most luxurious deficit ever!

Trump’s tax plan would raise deficit $12 trillion: analysis
By Yaron Steinbuch
September 30, 2015 | 1:23am

Trump’s tax plan would raise deficit $12 trillion: analysis
Donald Trump
Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump’s tax plan would cost a staggering $12 trillion over 10 years — despite his pledge not to increase the deficit, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
The Tax Foundation found that Trump’s changes to the individual tax code would reduce net revenues by about $10.14 trillion, after accounting for higher incomes due to an 11 percent jump in the gross domestic product.
The billionaire businessman’s corporate tax cuts also would bleed $1.54 trillion over the next decade, and his plan to dispense with the estate tax would cost $238 billion, the group said.     -  NY Post today

My comments on this are in a previous post.
30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Larry Correia's election predictions on: September 29, 2015, 12:01:34 PM

My Election Predictions

    August 11, 2015   correia45   381

I was talking to Mike Kupari about this yesterday, mostly being my usual optimistic self, and telling him don’t worry, the election wasn’t going to be Donald Trump versus Bernie Sanders, so there was no reason to flee and build a compound in Costa Rica just yet. He suggested I write it up for the blog, so what the heck, here goes.

Note, these aren’t endorsements, they’re predictions. So you don’t need to yell at me for not backing your dude. Yes, I’m sure your Candidate X is super awesome, and I’m a stupid jerk face for not seeing it.

My prediction is that the republican nominee will be Ted Cruz. The democrat nominee will be Hillary Clinton.  At this early point in the campaigns I got Dole, Bush, and Romney right. McCain surprised me, but I think I was just blinded by my dislike for him. I predicted Obama as soon as he got done with that first original DNC speech, and sadly got that one right. Though I was surprised how fast he usurped the Clinton machine.

Here is my reasoning. First, the democrat side is really easy to predict. You’ve got one batty old socialist and a slightly battier old socialist. Though I’ve been told that Hillary Clinton isn’t actually a socialist because the way she loves taking bribes is very capitalistic. Good point.

Bernie is nuts, but he’s honest. He skips right over all the typical democrat feel good, heart string tugging reasons why they think the government should control everything, and gets right to the government controlling everything. He is economically illiterate. Those Occupy Democrat memes going around Facebook where they are quoting Bernie fucking up some basic economic principle are literally painful. Every time you share one of those, an accountant dies.

The only reason Bernie is actually polling surprisingly decently is because many democrats sense just how lackluster Hillary is. However, Hillary is still going to get the nomination. Because as much as democrats like to think that they’re all about tolerance, there is something incredibly emasculating about watching your candidate get chased off the podium of his own rally. There’s a reason the Black Lives Matter protestors haven’t invaded Hillary’s space, because we all suspect she’d shriek “GUARDS! SEIZE THEM!” super villain style, and then have them devoured by her nanotech enhanced attack weasels.

Hillary may be a liar and a cheat, and she’d sell your children’s organs to Russian mobsters to make five bucks, but at least she’s not a total chicken shit. So, barring the highly unlikely event that Hillary gets arrested by the FBI for one of her multitude of scandals between now and the primaries, Hillary is it.

On the GOP side it gets really hard to predict just because there are a slew of candidates. Right now I see it going Cruz, with an outside chance of Rubio or Walker. Yes, I know that isn’t what the polls say right now, but this is how I see it playing out.

Trump is a stunt candidate. He’s sitting around twenty percent, lots of people are flipping out about it, and the media is loving that. But the rest of the GOP can’t stand him. As we head into the primaries we always do this thing, where somebody will pop up, the voters will say Oooooh New and Shiny, they’ll surge, and then once people have a chance to actually look at what they’ve really done, they come back down.

The thing everybody needs to remember is that every single election cycle we go through this period where the media tries to pick the eventual GOP candidate for us. Their criteria are A. Can the democrat eventually beat them? And B. If they do somehow win, will they not rock the boat too bad for democrats? McCain is the greatest example of that ever. This time around their obvious pick was Jeb Bush. For weeks it was Jeb, Jeb, Jeb. Only Jeb was dull and Trump makes great TV. If you look at early polling it almost always correlates with how much media attention the candidate is receiving. So, a candidate polling at 5% is usually getting 5% of the coverage, etc.

Trump comes along, he’s bombastic, unapologetic, and simply does not give a shit. The real lesson to be taken from Trump and Bernie is that many Americans are so damned tired of the establishment and the media that they’ll root for anybody, no matter how crazy they are, if they’ll just quit sucking up and actually stand for something.

But here is the problem with Trump, and it isn’t his personality or being willing to insult people (because if I’m judging these people on personality, I’d probably get along with him in person way better than most of the others, and the Rosie line made me do a spit take). It is because he’s been a Republican less time than Bernie has been a Democrat. When I’ve talked to the hard core Stormtrumpers they’ll say he’s great on the border! Okay, but what about his record on abortion, guns, crony capitalism, government intervention, eminent domain, and single payer healthcare? Suck, suck, suck… oh but on that one he evolved… This week.

For the people convinced that Trump is the Real Conservative in the race, and that the other 15 are all RINOs, put down the crack pipe. This is the same guy who a couple of years ago was outraged about violent videogames and saying how somebody needed to do something about them. Yeah, there’s a dude totally grounded in the Bill of Rights.

And before any fanatical Trump fan yells at me again about Megan Kelly was mean and how I just listen to FOX News, I cancelled cable like a year ago, so I don’t watch TV news unless I’m on it. Sheesh. The hard core Trump fans remind me a lot of the old hard core Ron Paul fans.

So with all the attention in the world, he’s leading at 20%, but that’ll die down as the novelty wears off. Most people aren’t single issue voters, and they’ve already put up with two terms from a malignant narcissist, why pick another? Trump will eventually drop out and use his celebrity to make even more money, much of which he’ll donate to democrats and democrat causes.

Then it gets really complicated.

Carly Fiorina did really well on the first debate, and then kicked Chris Matthews’s ass (see that thing above about people being hungry for anyone who will stand up to the media). I’ve got several friends who are hard core Fiorina supporters, but I have another friend who worked for her at HP who really found her business practices shady, but I’ve not had a chance to delve into that enough to comment.

A lot of people are thinking it would be a good match up because Fiorina is a woman and Hillary is a sort of woman shaped carbon based life form. And it could possibly derail Hillary’s main campaign platform of Vote For Me Or You’re a Misogynist Pig. Which will probably be similar to Obama’s Vote For Me or You’re Racist and Vote For Me or You’re Racist 2: Extra Racist.

However, according to the media we all know that Republican women aren’t real women. Just like Ben Carson, Tim Scott, Mia Love, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, and Walter Williams aren’t actually black people either.

The strategic problem for Fiorina is that because she is a Republican woman, and she has done well, expect the media to go full Palin on her. If she does have any questionable business dealings, they’ll be huge headlines for weeks on end (unlike deleted emails, missing classified documents, and getting ambassadors killed, because what difference does it make?). She’s still a possibility, but if there is anything even vaguely shady or potentially shady, the media will use it as a club to discredit her. Nothing freaks out the media worse than female or minority republicans.

Once people get tired of the Trump show, that hunger for bucking the establishment and telling the media to bugger off will still be there. And this is why I think Ted Cruz will move into the lead. He’s been a pain in the establishment’s ass. The left wing media hates him. And you can usually tell who the media really fears by how much they try to ignore them, or talk about them, rather than to them (gee whiz, I can’t imagine where I came up with that theory!).

Cruz has an elected track record. He’s got actual conservative cred. He’s one of the Tea Party generation that’s been replacing the greying and thankfully dying off big government GOP. Is Cruz a fantastic candidate? Nope. His track record isn’t perfect and he looks a lot like a young Grandpa Munster. Once they can’t safely ignore him, expect the media to go after him extra hard. The thing Cruz has going for him on that front is that they’ve been trying for years, and they’ve already spilled every bit of dirty laundry they had to discredit him back during the government shut down fight.

The biggest hurdle Cruz has won’t be the DNC or their tame news media, it will be the McCains, Hatches, and Grahams of the GOP. Because they really want a Jeb or a Christie. (note, I didn’t put Lindsey Graham in that list of potential presidents, because nobody, and I’m including Lindsey Graham, think that Lindsey Graham can be president).

On Jeb Bush… Ain’t gonna happen. He was the media’s initial pick, and it was even more painfully obvious than when all the democrats showed up in our open primaries to “cross the aisle” to nominate McCain, and then promptly ditched him for Obama on election day. But Jeb’s got zilch. Actual conservatives don’t like him, the Tea Party hates him. On the issues, he’s mumble mumble amnesty and mumble mumble that’s not what Common Core was supposed to mumble. Seriously, do you know any actual voter who likes Jeb? Can you think of one? I can’t. Jeb has all the suck of the old, dying, big government GOP, so the conservative base will be even less enthusiastic for him than they were for Romney and McCain, with the added benefit that his last name is Bush, so automatically half the country hates him.

Chris Christie is beloved by the media because he’s loud, and the biggest big government big republican they can have lose to Hillary, and if Christie happened to somehow beat Hillary, then they’d only be stuck with a republican who was electable in New Jersey. Christie came to prominence because of that same phenomena that is floating Trump now—which I think will eventually give it to Cruz—in that he’s willing to be disagreeable. Sadly, he’ll buck the media, but he won’t buck the establishment because Christie is the establishment. By volume, he’s half the establishment. And I’m saying that as a 6’5” 300 pounder myself.

On the far side of Christie is Rand Paul. Now personally, I really like Rand. I think he’s actually got real convictions and he’s got guts. As hipsters where whining in one tweet about the horrible evil Tea Party, and their next tweet was lamenting how bad it was the government was reading their emails, a guy elected by the Tea Party was the one fighting to get the NSA to quit reading their mail.

If you had to name three elected officials in the GOP who have been the biggest pain in the establishment GOP’s collective ass over the last few years, it would be Paul, Cruz, and Mike Lee (that’s my senator! I don’t claim Hatch). Luckily, I think Lee is too antisocial to ever run for president, which is good, because I want him to eventually replace Mitch McConnell and his weird turtle face.

But between Rand and Cruz, Cruz is polling better now, and seems to be having a better run of it. Gut feeling, barring a really good showing, I think Rand is principled enough that he’ll drop out after the first couple of primaries to not split the Tea Party contingent, and the liberty minded republicans who are backing Rand will go to Cruz. That’ll be the jump. Of the other candidates, who else would they support? A regular Rand ally, or one of the bigger government types? That’s a no brainer and several percentage points.

That’s if the Tea Party side coalesces into one favorite. The establishment side is split too, so it’ll be interesting if they all get behind one person.

There are two others that I still see as strong possibilities, Rubio and Walker.

Scott Walker is an election winner and a union buster, two things that really appeal to the base. He had a pretty vanilla showing in the last debate. He’s squishy on some core issues, but the feeling I get is that for some reason he’s a relative unknown to most primary voters. Which again shows that who the media most fears, they ignore, until they can’t, then they lie. They did the lie/fear thing in Wisconsin, but at the national level it has mostly been ignore. So if Walker does something really interesting enough to sneak past the Trump circus sucking up all the coverage and oxygen in the room, he could still have a shot.

Rubio is an interesting one. If you’d asked me four years ago who I thought the GOP front runner would be today, he probably would have been my call. It seems like he’s got a lot of national electability, but his problem is that he straddles the line between big government establishment republican and small government conservatism way too much. Note, to all aspiring young politicians, if perpetual loser John McCain wants you to team up with him on a big controversial issue, RUN AWAY! The whole fishing boat, speeding tickets, NYT expose helped him more than anything else. It humanized him and made him relatable. But there are too many issues he has sucked on with the base, so I think he’s going to fall by the wayside.

If several of the candidates drop out and toss their support behind Rubio or Walker, it could very well go their way.

Cruz and Rubio are both Latinos. Some republicans seem to think that is like a magic bullet, and suddenly republicans are going to get the Latino vote. That’s stupid. Just stop. The concept of “Latino” as a demographic is horribly flawed and unrealistic to begin with. How in the hell can you expect to stick people whose ancestors originate from one whole continent, the bottom half of another continent, and the west end of a third continent, islands in every hemisphere, spread over like 30 countries, in America between one and ten generations, and expect them to be this homogenous voting block?

Though since Cruz and Rubio are both Cuban, I expect to see the media declare that Cubans aren’t real Latinos. Sort of like when the government declared that Portuguese are Latino, and I was all like MWA HA HA HAAAAA I’M OFFICIALLY A MINORITY and they were all like oh shit what have we done?

On the same note, some republicans seem to think that if we run Ben Carson, republicans will suddenly get the black vote. I like Ben Carson. I think he’s probably a really good man. I also think focusing on his race is an incredibly stupid philosophy, and one that the democrats will beat republicans at every time. Identity politics are stupid democrat games. Don’t be surprised when you play their game and lose. That’s because they make the rules and game is rigged. You want to win, convince people that you’re worth voting for.

The problem with Ben Carson is that he’s not a politician, and it shows. You’d think being a non-politician at a time when everybody hates politicians would be a winning proposition, but they still have to know how to play the game. Trump isn’t a politician either, but he is a consummate game player. Fiorina isn’t a politician, but judging by how she rolled Jabba the Matthews, she’s got game. As a brain surgeon Carson is probably the smartest guy on the stage, but he’s not a political animal. Hillary has 1/3 of Carson’s IQ and none of his humility, but my gut feeling is that she’d walk all over him in a debate. Then Carson had to go and suck on guns, which is a kiss of death issue with the base.

Kaish… I’m not even going to bother to look on Google to see if I spelled that right. I have no idea why he is there. Non-entity. He could be the best candidate ever, who is right on every single issue, but I wouldn’t know, and neither do any of the voters. Perry just can’t seem to shine. Lots of Texans seem to love him, but he’s got zero momentum. Jindal, same thing. Barring any sort of super brilliant coup maneuver, I don’t see these guys moving up.

Lindsey Graham… Holy shit, just shoot me now. If Lindsey Graham got elected president I’d volunteer for that one way trip to Mars, and if that was a no go, I’d build my own rocket. He’s everything wrong with John McCain and the GOP, only he’s not a war hero, and has a lisp.

Again, these are just my guesses. I could be totally wrong. I also predicted Romney was going to win in the electoral college (to be fair, he only lost by like 600k spread across four swing states, so it wasn’t like I totally blew it). But the democrat side is going to be Hillary, unless she is arrested and can’t make bail.  Republican side, I figure Cruz, with an outside chance of Fiorina, Rubio, or Walker.

However you look at it, no matter who wins, we’re going to end up with somebody better suited for the job than Barack Obama. Sadly, I’m including Bernie Sanders in that equation, and that’s really saying something.
31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: PP, condoms, and Carly on: September 28, 2015, 05:53:08 PM

They were going to throw baby body parts, but those are worth money!
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sunni invaders attacking Christian refugees on: September 28, 2015, 05:50:44 PM

Wait. I was told Islam is a religion of Peace. Muslims attacking non_muslims? Has this happened before?
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 28, 2015, 05:49:02 PM
A line from radio this morning "I liked it better when it was Obama's tax plan".
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Steyn called it years ago on: September 28, 2015, 07:40:31 AM

35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Obama built that" on: September 27, 2015, 05:12:33 PM

36  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Celebrate diversity! on: September 27, 2015, 03:56:47 AM

What could go wrong?
37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Obama recovery on: September 27, 2015, 02:16:56 AM

38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 'America Alone' on: September 27, 2015, 12:18:46 AM
So, I would like to hear from Europeans how things are working out now for you all?
39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Middle East: War, Peace, and SNAFU, TARFU, and FUBAR on: September 26, 2015, 08:05:27 PM
Too bad we can't get an update on how awesome Obama is from Rachel.
40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: September 26, 2015, 08:03:43 PM
Almost like Putin has more flexibility in Obama's second term. Where would he have gotten that idea?
41  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The fix was in for women Rangers on: September 26, 2015, 07:59:43 PM

This is my shocked face.
42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Profound cultural rot on: September 26, 2015, 02:34:45 AM

43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sh*t just got real for Grandmonster Hillary on: September 25, 2015, 10:06:16 PM

44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Obama's Treason... on: September 25, 2015, 10:07:27 AM
This President will be responsible - via this Iran deal - for the deaths of millions - including Americans.  I believe he is aware of this, and doesn't care - because his main goal is the diminution of the United States as a world power.

45  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Professional Journalists! on: September 25, 2015, 09:51:42 AM

If you are a professional journalist and utterly ignorant, thank a teacher!

46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Obama says treaties trump Constitution on: September 25, 2015, 09:49:23 AM

The constitution means nothing to this lawless president.
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Scott Walker on: September 25, 2015, 09:48:07 AM
Lol....that is a part of my "charm". No ones knows when I am joking or not, even in person. Sarcasm is my specialty.

Yeah, Walker had lost most every one of his former supporters. It did not help him with his changing opinions on immigration. (Caveat: I did like him at the beginning, but felt he was not ready for prime time, as proven out.)

Walker was not one of the GOPe splitter strategy, so this should have little effect upon things from here. But I was very disappointed in his shots at Trump during his 3 minute press conference. It shows that he has now gone to the dark side, likely looking for new GOPe worlds to conquer.

Already, the Walker team is starting to move to Rubio. Does this mean that Jeb is about finished?  If others drop out of a more significant stature and go to Rubio, Bush may finally be laid to rest.

The elephant in the room is still Trump. The GOPe must find some way to negate him, or else they cannot get their candidate in. Carson and Fiorina will be easy to render out of the program, but the GOPe cannot do them in until Trump is gone first. The reason is that Carson/Fiorina supporters will move in some numbers to Trump if they go out first, so they must remain to help split the vote and harm Trump.

Interesting times..............

Just because someone takes shots at Trump doesn't mean they are part of the GOPe. There are real reasons to question Trump. If this country weren't so fcuked, his run would be a punchline.
48  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: FP on: September 25, 2015, 09:28:00 AM
Obama should draw some sort of red line... rolleyes

By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley

Piggyback. There’s a new report claiming Russia, Iran, and Syria have set up a joint coordination cell in Baghdad that will work with the country's Iranian-backed Shia militias fighting the Islamic State. One would think that Syrian military officials might have their hands full at home, but the unnamed U.S. intelligence officials in the Fox News story say they’ve seen the evidence. What is not so certain is how much the Iraqi government knows, or is involved, in the coordination group.

We’re also learning more about how the Russians managed to get roughly two dozen fighter planes into Syria without detection. A variety of U.S. officials over the past several days have suggested the planes came in with their tracking transponders off, and that the Su-25 Frogfoot and Su-24 Fencer attack planes actually flew in “tight formations” underneath the massive An-124 cargo planes in order to skirt radar.

Easy targets. In an interview that will be broadcast Sunday on “60 Minutes,” Russian President Vladimir Putin cleared up any misconceptions about Moscow’s intention to prop up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“There is no other solution to the Syrian crisis than strengthening the effective government structures and rendering them help in fighting terrorism,” he said. Putin also took a shot at two countries where the U.S. and NATO have recently ousted dictators, which then promptly descended into chaos. Any action “to destroy the legitimate government [in Syria] will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region or in other regions, for instance in Libya, where all the state institutions are disintegrated,” he said. “We see a similar situation in Iraq.”

Vlad the builder. The Institute for the Study of War has released a series of new satellite images showing new airstrip construction at the Istamo Weapon Storage Facility southeast of Latakia, Syria. The photos show fresh paving and clearing operations, along with new construction at the facility. Both Russian Mi-17 transport, and Ka-27/28 helicopters, “with possible anti-submarine capability,” the report says, are already parked on the new concrete.

Same as it ever was. And in Iraq, the fight grinds on. After 15 months of combat, the Iraqi army has yet to fully take control over the Baiji oil refinery. Despite previous claims by the Baghdad government that the sprawling facility and the nearby town had been cleared -- or were on the verge of being cleared -- of Islamic State fighters, there’s no real end in sight.

Just last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said retaking Baiji “is critical to ending Daesh's presence in Iraq,” yet a U.S. official told Reuters this week that Iraqi security forces and their allied Shiite militia forces only control about 20 percent of the refinery and the town. The inability to retake Baiji despite having thousands of troops on the ground backed by months of daily pounding by U.S. warplanes and drones circling overhead has called into question how Baghdad will eventually wrest the heavily fortified city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Boener leaving! on: September 25, 2015, 09:25:37 AM

Good riddance.
50  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Things that make you go hmmm , , , on: September 23, 2015, 10:00:49 AM

What is the difference between the vast majority of peaceful muslims and bigfoot?

There are people who claim to have seen bigfoot.
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