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2901  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: October 15, 2015, 02:06:50 PM
86th airborne.
I met a few soldiers who were there.  One just recently, who said I was the first one he met who was there.

Between Grenada and barracks bombing in  Lebanon which occurred at the same time we finally saw a resurgence of respect for our military after the flower children clowns of the 60's thought they co opted the right to criticize our soldiers who risk life and limb to protect us.

As for Gunny Highway ( a great movie),  there were many of them on the Island.

No one would have ever believed we would have a President and a Democrat party who would make our country the villain in the world today. 
2902  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Liberal news jackals on: October 15, 2015, 12:40:06 PM
I was one of the medical students "rescued" in Grenada in 1983 before I finished my training at Rutgers in NJ.

I will never forget how when a group of us brought by C 130 transport from the island of Grenada (Granada is in Spain) where brought to the air force base in South Carolina we were rushed by so called reporters.   They shoved microphones in our faces and began asking us what we thought of the invasion and Reagan.  The shock and disappointment on their faces when we overwhelmingly thanked our military, our country and our President.

Thank God for America.   

Well right at that time one reporter literally ran over to tell the other jackal reporters that there was ONE student who was criticizing Reagan for "invading a sovereign nation".   

Immediately as though they were running to escape a burning building they yanked the microphones from us and rushed the ONE "f"ing liberal to interview him so they could have what they really wanted.

A story that students were bashing Reagan and the US military.

Remember this was the first military action after Vietnam when the libs were all over the military. 

I learned then first hand how 95 % of the people could be for something but the news media, looking for a story, and especially one that has the liberal slant will focus and give loud voice to the 5% all the while covering up that it is only a small minority opinion.

The vast majority of us praised Reagan.  The news jackals couldn't stand it.

2903  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: October 15, 2015, 12:28:47 PM
" But what is known is that the protester admits to being from Lima"

Could anyone imagine what would happen in Peru if an American did this?
2904  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: October 14, 2015, 12:35:08 PM
Does anyone now doubt my assertion that even in the unlikely event Hillary gets indicted that it will matter one cent?   The party will still rally around her and she will still be the nominee.

Just pathetic.
2905  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: October 14, 2015, 12:33:11 PM
"For the first time I can say that Hillary is running.   (ccp and I had a bet on that.)  She sounds far better in this setting than other settings where she kept flopping."

Does anyone think for one second she didn't know the questions in advance?   

Yep there certainly WAS a conspiracy to inoculate Hilliary from the illegal activity with the emails much less cover-up of Benghazi.

For Sanders to stand there and with a straight face tell us lying, integrity, illegal activity is NOT important to be concerned with for someone to be the leading role model of this nation is sickening.  They are "f" pigs.

Vasserman Schultz with her great big smile.  The party knows she is their only hope so naturally lying, breaking multiple laws, and the rest just is going to be ignored.

I am sure the disgusting circus of Clinton talking about someone else jeopardizing our national security.  Or her comments about others on the stage changing their positions and there was more that I must have blocked out of my mind.

"I now owe ccp dinner and lunch on my failed predictions while we fight over breakfast" 

This is the first bet I (so far) have ever one that I am disgusted about! 

"Webb reminded me of my father's era, when the Dem party was full of honorable Dems like him."

I have read part of Joe Califano's bioptic as LBJ's aid while he was the President.  There were some of the same games the Dems play now in his politics but nothing as dishonest and communist as now. 

I don't think he would have opened up the borders to hordes of tens of millions of foreigners who don't love America like today.   And the thought that he would refuse to call out radical Islamist (like the communist we have today) is simply impossible to imagine.



 
2906  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Firing Federal empolyees on: October 10, 2015, 09:18:43 AM
I was trying to find information on this.  IN 2009 over 6,000+ were fired.  In 2013 9000+ mostly from the VA despite the rise of the Federal work force during the Obama years.

Why were so many fired in '09?   Any information on this.  I wonder if this was to pack the workforce with leftist political people:

****Firing Federal Employees Isnít Easy, But It Can Be Done
By Kellie Lunney
May 29, 2014

Members of Congress are working overtime these days churning out, or clambering onto, legislation that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to fire senior executives. The House on May 21 passed such a bill, and thereís more to come on that subject from both sides of the Capitol and both parties. The mismanagement at VA facilities regarding patient care and the alleged cover-up in Phoenix of medical appointment scheduling delays to help top managers secure bonuses and meet performance goals for the department has consumed Washington during the last month.

Among the many questions the controversy has raised, one seems to be at the heart of the debate: Why isnít it easier to fire career civil servants?

As is the case with most processes in the federal government, firing a career employee is not simple. There is a good reason why it isnít so easy, or as commonplace, as it is in the private sector: There are laws protecting career civil servants from being dismissed without cause or for politically-motivated reasons. Certainly thereís a case to be made that the federal firing process (which does exist) could, and probably should, be improved. But making it too easy seriously threatens the due process long afforded to federal workers, significantly increases the risk of politically-motivated sackings, and could have adverse effects on the recruitment and retention of talented federal employees.

The federal workforce is made up of about 2.1 million employees. In fiscal 2013, only 9,559 employees were terminated or removed for discipline or performance, according to Office of Personnel Management statistics. Thatís less than 1 percent of the total workforce. So, which Cabinet-level department fired the most employees (2,247) in fiscal 2013 for discipline or performance? The Veterans Affairs Department. VA is one of the largest federal agencies, but itís not the biggest.

In our July 2012 magazine, we looked at the federal firing process for most career employees to see how it works, and why itís underused, in Wielding the Ax. The process for senior executives is a little bit different, but they too are afforded due process under the system.

2907  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Not bad! on: October 09, 2015, 02:20:43 PM
She is quite attractive:    grin

https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0LEVy5iEhhWDfMAKsNXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=Renee+Ellmers&fr=yfp-t-901

True or not how dare any Dem use this as fodder after what they did to this country with Clinton.  

A Wikipedia insert  from a DHS IP address is a big deal however.
Likewise,  Secret Service agents looking up Chafitz file.  They must all be fired. All of them except the reported few who had legitimate reasons to at his file.
These people work for us not the other way around.

Somebody has to clean up our government.   What a darn mess.  The crook at the Copyright Office (now head of a department there - as Mark Levin says, "that's right I said it!") seems like the tip of the iceberg so to speak. 
2908  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi and related matters on: October 09, 2015, 12:47:16 PM
Cummings is an ideologue.  He will blow this off and continue his rant about a right wing witch hunt.  It is all party for him.

The big civil rights guy is not about honesty or integrity.  It is all about advancing leftist interests.

Trying to placating him is a waste of time.  Repubs need to hit the airways every way imaginable to circumvent the left wing counterattack.

IMHO of course.
2909  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Bobby Jindal on: October 09, 2015, 12:43:31 PM
"He taxes capital gains as ordinary income which is a big mistake because such a big part of a long term gain is the inflationary component - not a gain at all."

I am surprised by that.   
2910  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 2nd post on: October 08, 2015, 12:11:57 PM
BTW Doug Schoen who I like (for a Democrat) says the Republican turmoil is good for Hillary.  I say don't be so sure in the long run.
2911  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jindal tax plan on: October 08, 2015, 12:09:41 PM
I am posting here.  Received in my email today.  I admit I have not yet read it, but I am sure it is pro growth:

https://www.bobbyjindal.com/policy/tax-reform/
2912  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 08, 2015, 12:06:12 PM
"McCarthy just dropped out of the Speaker position race"

 grin
2913  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: October 07, 2015, 11:59:57 AM
Doug writes,

"may have forced Republicans to actually explain what the concern about Benghazi really is"

Doug I agree but I must ask at this point when, oh when have the hapless Republicans ever been able to make a case that can convince anyone?

In addition with a media that is mostly hostile to Republicans I have no confidence this will ever happen.

Why is it the Crats and the Clintons in particular always have attack dogs ALL over ALL the airwaves but not us?
2914  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Repub leadership is incompetent. on: October 07, 2015, 09:53:30 AM
The Dem machine is ALL over the place playing this up.  McCarthy is reported to be apologizing but he gave them a front to rally behind even though we all know Hillary is a lying corrupt selfish person.

Frankly it will not matter if she is indicted.  She and her mob will not go away.
She will still run, the party will still rally behind her, and make endless bogus excuses.

Rush was right.   Despite scandal after scandal they will snake their way through this because her own party simply will not do the right thing.   Ethics, laws it makes no difference.

What a "f" n dope McCarthy is.   I don't have the faintest clue why on Earth he even gave this as an answer to Hannity's question which was basically what have those in the Houses done for the Republican Party.   You mean this is the only thing he could come up with?

What a dope.  He is even more stupid than Boehner.

I want Cruz, or Jindal, or Trump or maybe Carson.  We have lost with anyone else.
2915  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: October 07, 2015, 09:44:47 AM
" 118,000 new jobs created"

Statistically all taken by people not born here.

Hey so what that is good for all of us!  tongue

Yet the politicians seem to not really be concerned  because it is all about love and dreams.

We the citizens are selfish ass holes and all those from elsewhere are saints. 


 
2916  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dr. Ben Carson on: October 05, 2015, 06:33:26 PM
"view of their Eastern Borders"

What a second.   The east is Siberia not Turkey.  Are you thinking "Eastern front" as in the *German Eastern front*?
2917  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 05, 2015, 06:30:03 PM
Could this guy McCarthy have been more foolish to imply the Benghazi committee was formed to just to sabotage Clinton's campaign?

How about it being formed what went on there and why the embassy was refused reinforcements and added security and why in the hell both Clinton and Obama's agents were lying about how it came about just before a Presidential election.

Why are Crats so clever and Republicans so stupid?
2918  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: October 05, 2015, 11:32:43 AM
"Biden carries the sympathy of losing his son.  Check back after he defends the Obama record for a year"

It won't be him anyway.  It will be the disgusting pig.  In the end she could commit murder and the libs will support her and deny everything else.   As the Democrats always do.
2919  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: October 02, 2015, 09:40:33 AM
GM,

Great post.    grin

Could go under (dark) humor too.

2920  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Colin is for strong defense and entrepreunerrial country yet on: October 01, 2015, 06:57:53 PM
he supports Obama and anybody who doesn't is racist.   Bottom line: race trumps all else for this guy.  Sad to say. 

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/10/01/colin-powell-i-am-continuing-to-be-a-republican-because-it-annoys-them/
2921  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Astronomy on: October 01, 2015, 06:45:25 PM
Are not his conclusions rather obvious?   We all know the Earth and Sun will not exist forever, and that there is likely life out there and whatever it is it may not be nice to us.   And yeah I saw and loved many of the sci-fi movies of the 50 and 60s:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/advanced-aliens-could-conquer-colonise-6545914
2922  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: September 30, 2015, 06:01:41 PM
Doug writes,

"It will be either Hillary (if she survives the email scandal) or Biden"

It will be clinton again.

the Clintons are all over the airwaves with their accomplisses in the media.

Erin Burnett interviewing Bill for the "clinton foundation" front.

A big announcement today on Yahoo news that Hill "breaks with Obama" on Obamacare:  She says she is against the Cadillac tax.  (big fn deal)

Showing her "humor" on the interview with ms analingus whatever the sleezeball's hoolywood name is.

And Bill telling us how "proud" he is of Hillary.  AFter telling one lie after another.
 angry
2923  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Dr. Ben Carson on: September 30, 2015, 11:14:42 AM
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.

2924  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Carly Fiorina on: September 25, 2015, 01:08:07 PM
"Shafting her own staff for years seems particularly telling and sits quite poorly with me."

Yes indeed.
2925  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 25, 2015, 01:07:16 PM
From the Walker thread.  PP writes:

"As well, it is only the more wonkish who want the details. Everyone else wants the "hope" that he can do something no one else will do."

We will see if simply getting up on stage for the next year plus and saying I am at such and such percent and he or she is only such and such percent and I want to make America great again will be enough.

I want a warrior too.  But just being bombastic alone at this point makes me nervous.

I would have to say it is between Rubio and Trump for at this point.  I would like Cruz or Jindal but their chances are pretty low to zero I am afraid.

Fiorina gives me the willies fro some reason.  I actually trust Trump more than I trust her.
2926  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Scott Walker on: September 25, 2015, 09:54:22 AM
"There are real reasons to question Trump"

Agreed.  I like Trump but I am absolutely getting tired of the childish name calling and his saying he doesn't need to know anything because he will hire good people.

As Krauthammer said last night, "it is not like the concept of *hiring good smart people* has never been thought of.

If Trump doesn't start sharpening his message he has indeed peaked.

2927  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The US Congress; Congressional races on: September 25, 2015, 09:50:24 AM
Ditto.

He looked absurd crying behind the Pope in contrast to Biden who looked uplifted.

McConnell next hopefully.

2928  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: baseball on: September 23, 2015, 07:17:34 PM
My father thought Yogi was the best clutch hitter he had ever seen.

In my day I thought Thurman Munson was.
2929  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: September 14, 2015, 05:40:07 PM
In response to PP's post above #947:

The left has to find somebody to keep the liberal ponzy scheme going.   So bring in from overseas.

2930  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: September 14, 2015, 05:36:12 PM
Beck has lost all credibility.
2931  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Bobby Jindal on: September 14, 2015, 05:33:12 PM
www.bobbyjindal.com/policy/
2932  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 12, 2015, 08:23:02 AM
BJ Clinton dumbed down the Office of the Presidency with lie after lie, with sleeze after sleeze. 

The really big concern I have about Trump is he could dump it down more if he were to win.   What kind of a role model does he offer our children?   Our culture is so degraded as it is.

Yet as Doug points out he soars in the polls.  And as Geraldo points we are NOT looking for humility.

We are looking for a warrior.   Someone who will stand up to the *F*ing left and shove PC back down their throats.  He does this like no other.  (If he keeps it up).
2933  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: September 11, 2015, 09:09:49 PM
Next are the Radical Muslims coming in with the millions of so called "refugees".  Who is dumber the Europeans or us?

The more they are welcomed the more they will come.

1986 3 mill got amnesty from Reagan.  In retrospect this kind gesture only helped feed the mess we are in today.
2934  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Where was this reported PP? on: September 11, 2015, 09:06:00 PM
"The ďemail czarĒ hired by the State Department to handle the agencyís response to the Hillary Clinton email scandal has a second hidden conflict of interest: she received some of the same classified emails that were also sent to Hillary Clinton via her private email system, Breitbart News has learned."

I am ready to explode with rage.   Since everyone is listening to him, Trump should start going aftedr the MSM for not doing their job and attacking this corruption.

He should go after Hillary and the MSM since both are complicit and indeed throw in "Obama's" Justice Department.

2935  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 11, 2015, 12:25:44 PM
PP,
I love the spirited debate on the board.

You said: "The "hand on the button" argument was brought out against Goldwater, Reagan, and so many others. Nothing happened"

Well something did happen.  Goldwater lost big time.   And part of the reason was his suggestion of using nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

My father voted for Johnson.  Many years ago I asked him why since he was mostly voting Republican.  His answer:

Goldwater would use nuclear bombs in Vietnam and I thought that was crazy.

I am sure many others felt the same way.

As for Reagan lets make one thing clear.  Trump is NO Ronald Reagan.  Not even close.
2936  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 10, 2015, 06:25:42 PM
Upstate New Yorkers are quite friendly and nice.  More like Midwesterners.  Like Doug.
Downstate New Yorkers are rulers of the world.

As for us from New Jersey well what can I say.

 grin

2937  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 10, 2015, 04:14:58 PM
"Are you from New York? Ever know a New Yorker?  All I have ever met are like Trump. Attack them and they attack back."

I am from New Jersey.  So you are saying everyone from NY is like Trump?

Come on.

I don't recall a single mayor from NY who was like this.

Perhaps I can say it another way.   He is up now.  But no one stays up for ever.  Just wait his turn.

And by the way.  Many New Yorkers are assholes.  Everyone knows this.

I want a leader.  Not an asshole.  That said I would still vote for him at this time.
2938  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 10, 2015, 03:00:01 PM
"FWIW I would trivialize some of the slurs that Trump comes out with."

Sorry I meant I would NOT trivialize....

PP,   we will see over time how Trump does.  I like him overall, but many people are concerned about him.

The more he keeps up the name  calling the more people question him IMO as right for the job as leader of the free world.

I am not used to or expect to see this from someone I want as a role model.  Yet I like everything else so far.


2939  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 10, 2015, 01:21:14 PM
PP,
FWIW I would trivialize some of the slurs that Trump comes out with.

Many people including myself do, and in my opinion rightfully so have to stand back with some reservation about Trump's temperament.
One of my patients said in the same sentence, "I like Trump but it's just that we will be at war in 15 minutes".
Clearly many other people are just a wee bit scared frankly of the extremism of his temperament.

Jindal makes a fair point.  And Rush was reading the article today on his show.  I did not hear the later portion of his show but it sounded to me that Rush thought Jindal makes fair points.

Are YOU 100% comfortable with Trump's hand on the nuclear button?
 
2940  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: September 10, 2015, 11:48:29 AM
"ccp and others have been right on this for a long time."

I cannot seem to get to the article but Drudge cites Gallup as having a poll that finds 80% say immigration will affect their vote.  I am not sure if this is just 80% Republicans or 80% all Americans.   Probably just Repubs.  Trump has clearly given people the courage to stand up to PC.  No matter what happens in the Presidential race he should be enshrined as a giant of politics.

"I favor legal immigration, but that has gotten completely out of control also."

Agree Doug.  

Here in NJ wher ever one goes we see people who appear to be from somewhere else.  The smallish Latinos are the most obvious and of course some of them are legal and legit.
But clearly so many others from so many countires are also here too illegally.   Some people come in to my office with their parents who just arrived from overseas and who cannot speak a word of English - yet they have Medicare.  How is this possible?

We are being abused and walked all over.

Yet I do recongnize how hard it would be to tell them to leave.  Some are our co workers are friends....


2941  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 10, 2015, 11:36:09 AM
Listening to Geraldo this AM (heck I was in the car and bored) callers to his show did wish Trump would tone down the name calling.  One said he prefers a gentleman and not someone with 5th grade talk.  

Geraldo I think hit it squarly on the mark.  His response was that those of us on the right (and left apparantly too) are not looking for humility.  The conservatives have had enough of humility.  We are looking for a strong leader who will fight back.

Just like the Left has decided honesty, truth, and the people of the US do not matter as much as their political agenda, the right will throw out humility in order to win.

Trump is at least honest.

As for the comment about Fiorna's face:
 First didn't he say this behind the scenes?  If so what is the big deal?  
 Second I happen to agree with him.  I've seen pictures of her that make me cringe.  At one point I thought she was a shoe in for the Joker.
2942  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / These may just be great days again on: September 10, 2015, 11:29:02 AM
"Produce the lawyers who approved these shenanigans"

Liars for hire should go the way of F Lee Bailey.

It is such a pleasure to watch her and her mafia organiztion unravel.   

I can't wait to read Drudge each AM now.  The highlight of my day.   It would smack so much of Karma if she was to go out in disgrace just like she and her lib friends did to Nixon.

Like an old ex- Iraqi military veteren told me when I asked him what he thought about the invasion and capture of Saddam said to me:

"There is a God"

(Now if only my wife could get even a smithering of justice)
2943  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: September 08, 2015, 12:03:23 PM
The rather warm reception awaiting at the borders of many of the countries will just encourage many millions more to flood over.

The end of the West as we know it.  Sovereignty is "medieval".
2944  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: September 08, 2015, 11:55:33 AM
"Who is it that has the power to fix the GOP?  The GOP led by its base voters."

If the base can succeed in cleaning house.  Won't happen with much of the current crew of "representatives".

OTOH maybe a really strong leader in the WH could tow the feckless ones in the chambers.

I don't see how anything gets fixed without a lot of pain ahead.

OTOH better than continuing down the same drain.
2945  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 08, 2015, 11:50:38 AM
"I have my own reasons to believe Trump is a big government (non)conservative."

Very possibly true. 
2946  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: September 08, 2015, 11:49:20 AM
PP:

Great post.  A boat load of material and the authors didn't even get to the topic of illegals. 
2947  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / I guess this is the source of most donations to '16 coming from a few on: September 07, 2015, 01:55:41 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/us/small-pool-of-rich-donors-dominates-election-giving.html?_r=0
2948  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 07, 2015, 11:33:39 AM
PP writes:

"It is all about having candidates rammed down our throats because it is good for the special interest big donors."

I haven't done any research to verify or confirm but someone recently cited a statistic that is 400 families are responsible for 80% of the national political donations.  At least I think it refers to national politics but I am not sure.

Reminds me of Churchill in his own autobiography writing that 200 or 300 families control all of England (circa ~ 1900).  I wouldn't call it "control" but would certainly call it remarkable influence now.

Back to Trump.   His ego is a huge concern.  Could, if he was to be elected (still a long shot) be even more of megalomaniac than Obama? More of an autocrat than the present "One"?

Just some food for thoughts?

2949  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: September 04, 2015, 11:20:22 AM
Doug writes,

"This is not a guy the ordinary voter can relate to"

Maybe.   But the latest poll shows he increased his favorability rating from 20 to 59%.   Poll error or bias?   I don't know.   He was on MSLSD this Am.   Frankly I thought he was spectacular.   He blew all the libs away with his answers which were spot on and even Joe Scarboro was giving him high marks.    After he wiped Eugene Robinson's smirk off his face with an unexpected and terrific answer to his question (about the Kentucky clerk news item) he later charmed Robinson so much that Eugene could not stop laughing and having a great time.

Clearly Trump is a VERY quick study and getting better by the month.

The Spanish vote is not one block.

He said he "will win the" Spanish vote.   I would not count him out on this.   So far he is doing great.  I don't see how caving in to radical Latino demands is going to help us with the Spanish vote.   They keep coming and coming and turning around and demanding more and more. 

That said immigration is not the only issue important to me.   I think he can be strong on the debt, taxes, health care, and foreign policy despite he doesn't know the names of some Arab leaders in the Middle East.
Surely that was a "gotcha" question.  Even the left leaning David Gergen had to admit it was.

I don't see how Trump didn't handle the question well IMO.

Doug, your strong reservations and even dislike and distrust of Trump are understandable.  

He is either for real, or the world's second greatest con artist.  The claim to the 'world's greatest con artist' will always belong to slick Willie.  




2950  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: September 03, 2015, 04:59:48 PM
*Well someone or some people are changing these lap dogs* shortly after they get to Washington and turning them into keeping the status quo.

I agree with pp.  Usually the answer can be found by following the money.

When we have politicians and their families in and out of lobbying, lawyer jobs, advisors, board of directors in a revolving door fashion peddling their influence in and out of office we've got a big problem.   Really not much different than any other corrupt country IMO. 

I hate to say McCain is right.   Too much money in politics.
 
I am not so sure we are better off having unlimited donations being deemed "free speech".

I just don't know enough to say.


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