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51  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: May 15, 2016, 06:59:06 PM
I might add hotair to my frequent daily internet stops.

PP,

Full disclosure please.  Are you working for the Trump campaign in an official capacity?

Thanks
52  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: May 15, 2016, 09:48:22 AM
 Carter

Every time he opens his mouth on the topic of politics I am reminded of what a progressive fool he was and still is.

He is no longer the best post President in our lifetime.

he won't be missed once the melanoma takes him to where we all go in the end.
53  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / My conscious is clean and I am voting Trump on: May 15, 2016, 09:45:26 AM
And I am aware of his negatives.

Wow GM.  In the many years I have been on this thread I believe this is the longest post you have ever made.

I am voting for Trump.  Why:

Because he as Crafty pointed out has good positions. 

Because he is the nominee like it or not.

Because I believe he can be brought around to our side.

I am not going into this blindly.

I am not low information.

They did not have free speech in Nazi Germany.  They killed off their opposition.

We have free speech here.  Trump does not control the media.  Yes they love him.  They have made fortunes off him but they don't like him and they show his negatives along with his positives

He does not the majority of people behind him. 

I do not mind some populism either.   I don't see why we can not have both Conservatism and Populism

Sometimes I think Conservatism gets mixed up with Libertarianism.   I don't like the latter.  Not for me. 

54  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Patrick Stewart on: May 14, 2016, 09:42:53 AM
In the Breitbart article on how he gives a homeless man $5 because he is holding a sign that says "give me a dollar or I will vote for Donald Trump is the statement below.

Anyone else pick up on how absurd this statement is:

“I’ve been interested in and involved in politics all my life,” the 75-year-old actor said. “My first act of political civil disobedience was in 1945 during the post-war election, so I am interested in parties and groups. Particularly, in these days, we are confronted by extremist points of view and extremist actions, certainly since the troubles with the IRA.”

55  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 2nd post on: May 13, 2016, 01:40:09 PM
This totally explains the fanatical nature of the darn trans bathroom garbage being shoved down our throats from the left.  It is all about getting rid of the concept of gender.  No 'his" or "her, "he" or "she" "girl or boy" or "male or female" . Isn't this what the loons sn some of the Scandinavian countries have done?

I think the title of this Breitbart article has it exactly right:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/12/mediagetshb2wrong/
56  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / This has to stop on: May 13, 2016, 12:37:17 PM
This is so wrong.  So 99.999% of people have to be uncomfortable for the problems of somewhere in the range 0.001 % of people?
This is not a civil right for God's sake.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-obama-issues-historic-declaration-123200234.html?nhp=1
57  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The electoral process, vote fraud, SEIU/ACORN et al, etc. on: May 13, 2016, 12:23:43 PM
Anyone see a pattern where such voter fraud always seems to turn up? wink
58  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trade Issues / Freedom to Trade on: May 13, 2016, 12:22:17 PM
As long as we encourage Americans to not work as hard, they won't.

Obviously many who come to this country ARE "hungrier" and will work 50% harder for the same thing.  They have something to prove and there is less sense of entitlement.

thanks for your valued response Doug.  You are persuasive.

59  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 13, 2016, 10:37:16 AM
"My view: No global taxes.  No global laws.  Just voluntary agreements among countries. "

I agree with # 1.  And # 3.  I am not sure about #2.  Some global laws are helpful in resolving peaceful disputes between nations.  Lest the powerful take advantage of the small.  But I confess I know essentially nothing about this.

"Trump constantly conflates sovereignty with trade protectionism. "

Doug knows more about this than me.  But Reagan utilized some protectionism.  At least when it came to national security.  Was Reagan wrong with this?

I am serious not being sarcastic.
60  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iran on: May 13, 2016, 10:29:09 AM
Hi, Doug

Playing devils' advocate Trump would reply that Hussain was NOT building nukes as we thought and WMD were not found (though I think chemical weapons may have been and most I guess were moved into Syria).   To be fair I was for the Iraq invasion and ousting Hussain WMD or not.  I didn't realize the sectarian violence that would ensue and thought most Iraqis would actually be grateful to the US.

His guiding principle is to do what is best for America.  Each foreign situation has to be assessed individually and risk/benefit assessment made for each situation.  Whether Korea Iran Isis, China , Russia, etc

Just my one cent.
61  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Iran launches missile from underground on: May 12, 2016, 11:43:28 PM
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-shows-off-third-underground-missile-site/
62  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trending lists are manipulated on: May 12, 2016, 11:07:38 PM
Facebook selecting what news stories to "trend" is not surprising.  For a long time I felt Yahoo either gets bribed to trend certain headlines or people or / and the people, usually celebrities are trending as a result of phony computer generated clicks.

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/05/12/leaked-documents-confirm-facebook-deciding-which-news-stories-users-see/
63  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Yes Yes Yes again ; ONLY from the Trump campaign on: May 12, 2016, 10:50:03 PM
Sessions picking the Trump ball and running with it.  I know trump is vulgar, and has lowered discourse to name calling, but his theme as nicely outlined by Sessions is EXACTLY what I at least have been pounding the table here for years.  The ONLY ONE to tell it like it is.  Our country is in a life and death battle from the left that is pushing this one world nation shit down our throats.  I am for some form of trade and globalism but not this.  I just didn't hear this from any other candidate.  That is why I keep staying intrigued with Trump despite his pissing me off so often.  In the end he has the message for me.  National Review and other never Trump people can talk about conservatism etc (which I agree with too) but what good is any of it if we give our national identity.

I have even thought Sessions for these reasons is the perfect VP choice but I am not sure independents would identify with him:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/12/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-jeff-sessions-editorials-debates/84298310/
64  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 12, 2016, 10:39:15 PM
Jeff Sessions read my post here on this thread of May 8 which included:    grin

"Kerry calling for an end to borders and thus nations and countries.  I think this need to be a part of Trumps campaign.  Do the people of this nation black white christian and not male and female want to live the way the elites have decided for us with one world not under God or do we want to keep the US of A .  Because if the left has it's way there will be no USA.  I would like to see how happy Black lives matter would be once they realize what dupes they are"

Session on Drudge today sums it up:

"For the first time in a long time, this November will give Americans a clear choice on perhaps the most important issue facing our country and our civilization: whether we remain a nation-state that serves its own people, or whether we slide irrevocably toward a soulless globalism that treats humans as interchangeable widgets in the world market."

We give up our nation to the world or we stay a country.  Some are surely happy with the former.  Obama, Kerry, and Zuckerberg whose only interest is expanding FAcebook (which could be renamed Zucker book) around the world.  Of course with him at the top.   I am not sure what most new immigrants think but I would think most later generation Americans would like to stay American.  Either way lets put this up front and center in this election. 
65  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way forward for Republican party on: May 11, 2016, 09:36:51 PM
"I suspect Newt is looking to get back into the game , , ,"

He sure sounds like it.  He grinned from ear to ear when someone asked him if he would say yes to a VP pick.
 a few days ago.

We have always liked him around here but the last time he ran as  I think you pointed out he does have his "flaws".

I would be happy if Trump uses his skills for something but - I guess probably not a good idea though for VP.  Yet it seems a mistake not to use his persuasive skills for something.  He is a huge talent.

How my life would have been different if I had his gift of gab.

66  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The tax return conspiracy NUTS. on: May 11, 2016, 07:58:45 PM
What a riot it would be if Trump held on to his tax returns leading to all sorts of conspiracy theories.

Then at the most opportune time release them and they show nothing.  Just like Brock did with his long birth certificate and giving rise the faux story the Trump was one of the "birthers".   

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435254/donald-trumps-tax-returns-delegates-should-abstain-if-he-wont-release
67  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way forward for Republican party on: May 11, 2016, 07:49:29 PM
"Republicans" maybe .  But not very conservative
Cory Gardner, John Kasich, John Cornyn and worst of all Barbara Comstack all have Conservative liberty scores that are low  (less than 50%).  Not much above the Democrats and indeed some Democrats have higher conservative scores than Comstack who is at a ridiculous 25% score.  She may as well be a crat.  She votes with them most of the time! 

So what the hell good is that.

Newt is on hash oil.  As Mark Levin says,  " I worry about Newt"

These are the rhinos of rhinos:

https://www.conservativereview.com/scorecard
68  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Stinks to high heaven on: May 11, 2016, 02:48:35 PM
From what we read in the press the State has been not as forthcoming as they could or should be.  Not totally like the IRS.  Officials at these agencies need to be held more accountable in my armchair opinion:

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/doj-hillary-clinton-bryan-pagliano-email-scandal/2016/05/11/id/728287/
69  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: white collar and organized crime on: May 11, 2016, 02:10:37 PM
For people who think we should get rid of the post office, just remember, stealing mail delivered by UPS or FEDEX is not a Federal crime.  It may be petty theft but that is about it.

While USPS mail crime is a bigger problem then many realize at least it carries the weight of jail time.  Don't think there are not people on the inside involved too.  I know from first hand experience.  this is small time stuff here:

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/05/10/mail-thefts-soar-as-thieves-target-mailboxes-post-office-drop-offs/
70  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dana say it ain't so! on: May 11, 2016, 10:52:24 AM
Dana is now as vulgar as Donald and is even now guilty of the very same name calling she authored a critical letter of Donald from a group of conservative women.  She must not have known the commentator is a BRC carrier and has to have very severe surgery.  The surgery can be life saving but having to go through with it is horrendous:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/11/dana-loesch-lashes-out-at-flat-chested-trump-supporter-undergoing-mastectomy-surgery/
71  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / No context as to choice on: May 11, 2016, 10:44:04 AM
"But between a big government progressive and a potential despot -- every American must ask themselves where liberty has the greatest chance to survive over the next four years."

I would pick Trump in a heartbeat.  One good reason he can be replaced in 4 yrs.  The courts can be used against him as can the legislative branch and the polls and media. 

With Hillary she will, like Brock, work behind the scenes to implement INSTITUTIONAL changes, will strategically place their fanatical statist people in all important levers of government, will pack the courts with ideologues, social justice warriors and socialists, and the media will be ON THEIR SIDE doing very little (except fro Drudge Breitbart National Review Conservative Review who basically just preach to the choir).

That is my assessment.  Can Trump do great damage with some not thought through decision - of course.  But it will not be in a way that is "transformative" with deceitful and dishonest propaganda.   With him we will know what we are getting.  Big difference.   No even a close decision for me.
72  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: May 10, 2016, 06:19:21 PM
Kerry is on the airplane as well as Sid Blumenthal offering up Ukraine to the Reds.
73  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: May 10, 2016, 06:02:46 PM
Doug writes,

"I like Mark Levin - only when he agrees with me."  I really like and fortunately agree with him ~ 90% of the time. But he rather uncompromising and steadfast .  If one does not agree with him look out.

BTW I have so far only spent time listening to one of his CABLE TV shows (45 minutes ) on topic of the  threat of EMP to our way of life.   It was VERY interesting indeed.  We could reduce that threat for perhaps a "mere" $2 billion but it would be pennies to pay to prevent the trillions of damage and millions of lives that would be lost.  One small nuclear explosion in the atmosphere over the US could do us all in.  That is all it would take.  Korea might soon be able to do it.

 
74  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: May 10, 2016, 05:52:53 PM
Wow.  What a hit on Megyn!

She went after Trump.  Big mistake for the Trumpists.

I thought her question in the debate was valid in view of Trump's history.  But the way she asked it, and the way she persisted (not totally unlike her usual style though) was clearly meant as a hit job.  Little did she, or me or us know, that getting Trump to say vulgar or outlandish things would not detract but would instead strengthen his support among his disciples.

As for Megyn she has turned me off a while ago with her Turmp like narcissism.  In that regard they are exactly alike.  Besides she is not a real blonde and she certainly has had some plastic or other work done.   She is no longer a newscaster and is now of a self promoting celebrity.  She will try to get into movies probably now at least on the side. 

The must have blond hair dye in the elevators at Fox just down the hall from the shop that sizes the blue the pink the green the red miniskirts
75  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: May 10, 2016, 05:34:36 PM
Pat says pressure will be coming from the DNC and WH to ask Hillary to step down.

I don't know what he is reading but that is not what I have been reading nor could I ever imagine Hillary step down without being unconscious. 

The fix is in every which way but loose.

No crime committed.  Just mistakes.

For God sakes she already apologized!  What more could an honest person want?  Leave the poor lady alone. (sarcasm)


76  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fascism, liberal fascism, progressivism, socialism, crony capitalism: on: May 10, 2016, 02:25:48 PM
Yes i saw this . Did you see his bio on Wikipedia. 

He is half Jewish , hates orthodox Jews (conservatives) probably hates Israel, is gay , his daughter is lesbian, his wife an ACLU lawyer, and him an Ivy league professor.  Can't fit the profile of a leftist/statist too much more than that sadly.

From Wikipedia: 

"he is identified with the 'critical legal studies' movement and once stated in an article that, were he asked to decide actual cases as a judge, he would seek to reach results that would "advance the cause of socialism".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Tushnet

If my fellow communist Jews and other liberals hate this country so much why don't they move to China or Russia or better yet Cooooba ?

How did these fuckers gain so much power in the media and in out educational system and now our political system?
I guess i can answer that ;  identity politics, redistribution of wealth and opening up the flood gates to the envious of the world.
77  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: May 10, 2016, 02:16:01 PM
Trump and the RNC should be on the airplane to see Putin this evening!

Would that be ironic.  The Hill who used the server to hide everything in the end gets screwed by its contents being made public.

How bout we swap Ukraine for San Fransisco?
78  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: May 10, 2016, 09:36:59 AM
Of course.  Continue to his last second in office doing EVERYTHING he can to make America look bad.  He will temper it but in his usual veiled, lecturing way disrespect our nation overseas again.  But this is expected when we have as our S of St and President two people who do not believe in country let alone our country.  So amazing that people would vote for people who do not even like the country they are to represent.  Amazing what bribes can do:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/10/confirmed-obama-will-visit-hiroshima-visit-japan/
79  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: May 10, 2016, 08:31:15 AM
 "The man on the street does not know who will replace Maduro if recalled and does not seem to care."

This to me seems remarkable. Propaganda and censorship really does work I guess.

If people start to lack food than it may be as Michael Savage has suggested that is when they start to riot in the streets.

80  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: May 10, 2016, 07:48:35 AM
He is going to negotiate even lower rates.   grin

Seriously , I agree we need to hold him accountable.  We cannot simply jump on board all blindly gung ho .

We got to repeatedly yank him to as far to the right conservative spectrum just as the left will like drug induced amazon warriors yank him as far to their end of the political spectrum.

The Trump tug of war.

Everyone of us need to man the tug of war rope. 
81  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: May 09, 2016, 07:45:15 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/news/emails-hillary-clinton-director-state-department-appear-missing-205506182.html

WE all knew this did and would happen.  She always has any incriminating evidence destroyed or made to disappear.

What I am not completely clear about is why cannot the FBI get a court order to seize evidence before we all know it just simply vanish?  Why do government departments have rights to not turn over documents (like the IRS or DoS) like the rest of us?

National Security issues? or phony claims thereof?
82  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender, Gay, Lesbian on: May 09, 2016, 07:22:56 PM
"Breaking with Republican-led states and cities that have moved to restrict bathroom use, the California Assembly on Monday passed legislation requiring all single-stall bathrooms to be open to people of any gender."

From now on we could piss off all the women and leave down when we urinate and leave it up when we exit the bathroom.

Nothing like scorned women to get things changed back to NORMAL.
83  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: May 09, 2016, 01:57:10 PM
Cannot say I disagree.   The former Repub candidates all look foolish now endorsing Trump after they attacked him.   Contrast that to the Dems who disagree but don't call each other names.  Trump himself started it though.  Now the Dem job is easy ,

https://www.yahoo.com/news/jindal-endorses-trump-162008441.html
84  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: May 09, 2016, 08:58:46 AM
This is on Yahoo news today.  That support for the Republican stance blocking Garland is "collapsing".  First look a the author of the article.  A far left lawyer.  Second look at the poll infromation. Nearly all the people polled are black or single women.  Third even the poll admits 42% don't even know who Garland is.  So what is written in this article is worthless.  Total propaganda.  Yet it is right at the top of Yahoo news.  I can only imagine how the questions were worded.  Ok ask a single young mother and a Black if they think the Republicans should confirm Obama's SCOTUS nominee.  Gee I wonder how they would respond. 

No biggie.  Add up the numbers and publish in the news with title trumpeting the results as fact.

Republican ought not to cave :

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/05/09/3776434/support-republican-partys-plans-supreme-court-collapsed/
85  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / VDH hits another grandslam on: May 09, 2016, 07:01:40 AM
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435138/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-conservatives-never-trump-2016

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON   May 9, 2016 4:00

What do conservatives do when there is no conservative candidate? I watched Donald Trump serially blast apart all my preferred candidates — Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz — as if for sport they were sent up in succession as clay pigeons. And now the November Rubicon — vote for Donald Trump, or stay home and de facto vote for Hillary Clinton — is uncomfortably close. Most of the arguments pro and con have been aired ad nauseam. The choice is difficult for principled conservatives, because no sooner should they decide to vote for Trump than Trump will surely say something outrageous, cruel, or crude that would ostensibly now have their imprimatur on it. And note, this matters to conservatives much more than it does to liberals. Few Obama supporters at Harvard or the Ford Foundation or the New York Times worried much in 2008 that their candidate had dismissed his own generous grandmother as a “typical white person” or that he tried to get away with airbrushing out the obscene Reverend Wright and mythologized his close friendships with reprobates like Bill Ayers and Father Michael Pfleger. Aside from his dubious political loyalties, Trump persists in being mean-spirited. He seems uninformed on many of the issues, especially those in foreign policy; he changes positions, contradicts himself within a single speech, and uses little more than three adjectives (tremendous, great, and huge). But the problem with many of these complaints is that they apply equally to both the current president and the other would-be next president. When Hillary Clinton, playing to the green vote, bragged that she would put miners out of work, and then, when confronted with an out-of-work miner, backtracked and lied about her earlier boast, we had a refined version of Trump’s storytelling. The Clinton Foundation’s skullduggery and Hillary’s e-mail shenanigans seem to trump the Trump University con — and involve greater harm to the nation. Her combination of greedy Wall Street, for-profit schmoozing and paint-by-the-numbers progressivism is repulsive. Trump’s cluelessness about the nuclear triad is a lowbrow version of Barack Obama’s ignorance, whether seeking to Hispanicize the Falklands into the Maldives (wrong exotic-sounding, politically correct foreign archipelago, Mr. President), or mispronouncing “corpsman,” or riffing about those Austrian-speaking Austrians; or perhaps of Hillary Clinton’s flat-out lie about the causes of Benghazi, hours after she had learned the truth. I don’t think reset, Libya, Benghazi, red lines to Assad, step-over lines to Putin, and deadlines to Iran attest to Clinton’s foreign-policy savvy. It is easy to be appalled by crude ignorance, but in some ways it is more appalling to hear ignorance layered and veneered with liberal pieties and snobbery. The choice in 2016 is not just between Trump, the supposed foreign-policy dunce, and an untruthful former secretary of state, but is also a matter of how you prefer your obtuseness — raw or cooked? Who has done the greater damage to the nation: would-be novelist and Obama insider Ben Rhodes, who boasted about out-conning the “Blob” D.C. establishment, or bare-knuckles Trumpster Corey Lewandowski? Neither Jefferson, Lincoln, nor Reagan is on this year’s ballot. So voters must deal with realities as well as principles. Neither Jefferson, Lincoln, nor Reagan is on this year’s ballot. So voters must deal with realities as well as principles. Note as well that so-called Republican elites really did help to create Trump: On matters of illegal immigration, offshoring and outsourcing, huge deficits, trade, and political correctness, many conservative pundits, handlers, and politicians sounded about the same as their liberal counterparts. When they debated on TV, it was like listening to two divorce lawyers; in the green room, would they sip bottled water and swap stories about their crazy clients? I recently watched Fox’s star anchor Megyn Kelly, in fawning fashion, interview firebrand Michael Moore as if he were a genuine documentarian. Moore praised Kelly to the skies, and engaged in jocular buddy joshing about her post-Fox career plans, before he waxed on in magnanimous style about how he had felt poor George W. Bush was simply incompetent rather than malicious. His disingenuous mush went unquestioned. Yet Moore remains a reprobate who after 9/11 thundered: “If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who did not vote for him. Boston, New York, D.C., and the planes’ destination of California — these were the places that voted against Bush.” Of the American dead in Iraq, he once gloated, “I’m sorry, but the majority of Americans supported this war once it began and, sadly, that majority must now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let that maybe — just maybe — God and the Iraqi people will forgive us in the end.” Michael Moore cuddles on Fox the way Al Sharpton goes to the Oval Office. What is the difference? In the last five years, I have attended perhaps a dozen lectures by various establishment politicians and pundits (who supposedly believe in the “rule of law”) in which they pompously lectured down to their conservative audience that illegal immigration was a minor problem for the rube wing of the Republican party but for the enlightened was mostly an opportunity to win pro-family new voters. These are politicians and pundits whose children go to private schools, who live in apartheid communities, and whose experience with illegal aliens, to the degree it exists, is via a housecleaner or landscaper. Another dilemma hinges not on the omnipresence of crudity but on how one prefers to have it presented — delivered in a chartreuse monster truck, or by Tesla? One is the gutter sort — besmirching John McCain’s war record, or fibbing about releasing tax returns, or bragging about rank adultery; the other is dressed up with sonorous cadences about why you must be the first presidential candidate to reject campaign-financing-reform rules in the general election, when you vowed you would be the most transparent candidate in history (as you hid both your medical records and your university transcripts and became Wall Street’s most endowed cash recipient). When Obama later was forced to admit that his autobiographical memoir was mostly fiction, or when Bill Clinton was revealed to have jetted around with convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein, or when Obama invites as an honored White House guest a rapper whose latest album cover glorifies homies on the White House lawn gloating over the corpse of a white judge at their feet, I think we long ago eroded any notion of presidential decorum. The honest and quite legitimate argument against Trump on this count is the one we never hear: that instead of offering a corrective to the present crudity, he might continue to erode the dignity of the office in the manner of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Even Trump, however, could hardly do more damage with the Iranians than did Obama’s in-house wannabe novelist, Ben Rhodes, who, in the twilight of his one and only policy career, now brags how he misled the Congress and the public by easily salting the media field with phony nuggets of expertise and punditry. The point is that we are worried about Armageddon on the Trump horizon while we are living amid the Apocalypse. No one today much worries that in the 2008 campaign Obama smeared the working classes of Pennsylvania, revved up his supporters in Philadelphia (“folks in Philly like a good brawl”) to bring their guns to a knife fight, and urged others to “get in their face,” and quite unapologetically lied about his supposedly sporadic presence in front of Reverend Wright’s racist and anti-Semitic pulpit — after earlier bragging in a Chicago newspaper interview about his perfect attendance. Few cared about the felon Tony Rezko’s sweetheart discounted sale of backyard real estate to the Obamas — an academic’s downscaled version of something like Trump Steaks. If anyone knows of another case of an obscure underdog Senate candidate suddenly surging ahead of, first, his favored primary opponent and, later, his favored general-election opponent — after both had the details of their sealed divorce and custody records mysteriously leaked — please cite a parallel. Trump is, of course, spring-loaded; he has no safety and can go off at any time. Trump is, of course, spring-loaded; he has no safety and can go off at any time. But whether he is amnestied like Obama or Biden will depend on his ability to limit his insanity to weekly rather than daily outbursts or to dress up his gaffes and blunders in nasal tones in the style of liberal grandees. No one knows how to square the Trump circle of cleaning up his act without ruining it — only that the circle has to be squared.  So, the issue for conservatives in November is twofold: One, would a Trump presidency represent a new ethical and cultural low; that is, would he say and do things far beyond what we have come to contextualize and excuse from the Clintons or Barack Obama? In this regard, I grant that how one expresses one’s cruelty — coarsely or with double-entendres and snark — matters in our shallow and media-driven culture. Whether a plagiarist or fabulist ends up wrist-slapped like Fareed Zakaria, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Maureen Dowd or fades like Jason Blair and Stephen Glass, or whether a bad racist joke about CP (“colored people”) is repulsive or merely out there, depends entirely on your buzz and what you represent — and whether you are Hillary Clinton or not. Two, would Trump’s convention-stamped agenda be more or less conservative than that of Hillary Clinton? Trump is certainly no conservative, and he has moved the Republican party leftward in some areas; Hillary’s latest progressive personification is beyond liberal, and has moved the Democratic party much further leftward in all areas. Or, to put it another way, whose most recent opportunistic incarnation now seems the more conservative on matters of illegal immigration, budgeting, defense, domestic spending, and foreign affairs? Not voting for Trump is not just like voting for Hillary Clinton in 2008 but rather like voting for a 12- or 16-year continuation of Obamism. There is also a 30–70 chance that Trump might recalibrate his candidacy in the next six months. It may be easy to continue with the Never Trump movement as long as he daily spins his conspiracy theories and tall tales. But what happens to conservative resistance if by August he has reinvented himself into a more sober Trump and announced that if elected he’d like to appoint Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court, John Bolton as secretary of state, Larry Arnn as secretary of education, and General Jack Keane as secretary of defense? Will we say that it is just a ploy to get our votes, or confess that it is a shameless, naked ploy that is still preferable to the likely Clinton alternative? And what happens if even his more outrageous promises are reified with not-so-outrageous details: Making Mexico pay for the wall could easily be accomplished by slapping a 10 percent federal surcharge on all remittances sent out of the country by those who cannot document legal residence; rejecting the Iran treaty could be couched in terms of reviewing how Ben Rhodes deceived both the public and the media in unconstitutionally rerouting the treaty around Congress. There are six long months to go in what has already become a reckless, grueling, and unpredictable campaign between two iffy candidates. By the time of the election, Hillary Clinton will be 69, she has health problems, and she is mired in a host of scandals, from the shakedowns of the Clinton Foundation to a possible federal reprimand or indictment over her reckless use of her private e-mail server for State Department business; Donald Trump is a year older, with a trail of business controversies, and he is capable of saying anything at any time. Amid that dilemma, my suggestion is to curb the hysteria about “Never Trump,” while watching him closely over the rest of the spring and early summer, in the context of assessing, not whether he is a humane and principled conservative, but whether he is, as alleged by some conservatives, really less conservative and less humane than Hillary Clinton. The Reagan horse left the 2016 conservative barn many months ago, and it is coming to be time to pause and assess whether we are really left with only two bad choices — or with a bad Trump and a far, far worse Clinton. If it is the latter, then it is an easy choice in November. — NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Savior Generals.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435138/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-conservatives-never-trump-2016
86  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: May 08, 2016, 08:00:32 PM
I think Trump's theme could be to make and keep America great again vs the Democrat/liberal/leftist party them which is get rid of the United States and make the world all into one nation.

one world socialist government vs America as it has always been.

A theme based on this could appeal to most people in the country. 

I think......
87  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The real goal of the left listening to Jeff Sachs around 2007 (Kerry Globalist) on: May 08, 2016, 11:39:20 AM
(Surprising the article in Crafty's post above made it into the NYT.)



I don't really need to post a Drudge headline since I am sure every one has seen it , but this says it all.  Kerry calling for an end to borders and thus nations and countries.  I think this need to be a part of Trumps campaign.  Do the people of this nation black white christian and not male and female want to live the way the elites have decided for us with one world not under God or do we want to keep the US of A .  Because if the left has it's way there will be no USA.  I would like to see how happy Black lives matter would be once they realize what dupes they are:

What does Kerry care?  he married into millions:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/kerry-slams-trumps-wall-tells-grads-to-prepare-for-borderless-world/article/2590596
88  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / More University sponsored get the white guy stuff on: May 08, 2016, 07:41:40 AM
Its all about race, ethnicity.  Basically get white anglos.  And peel off the with gays to their side too.  I am not surprised a state school in New Jersey would reward identity politics violent demonstrations with awards, and a scholarship to a tax funded university:

http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/05/07/blood-smearing-protestor-milo-yiannopoulos-rutgers-talk-given-human-dignity-award/
89  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / who would have guessed? on: May 08, 2016, 07:14:58 AM
We knew that the Democrat party and the DOJ were going to find a way to fix this for Hillary .  The only questions remaining were what kind of baloney story are they and their media accomplices going to hit the propaganda  outlets with.

It dawned on me that the plan for  fix is totally in for Hillary .   Behind the scenes Obama, Bennett, DOJ have likely worked out the fix.

Obama absolutely is colluding and gave up the secrets in his Wallace interview when he said she was "careless" but "nothing intentional" was done.  We now see hints from the journolisters who are using the  exact same language.  For example the Wash compost opinion article that uses the EXACT same language.  "mistakes" were made - and hillary admits to that, but there is no *intentional* security mistakes.   And the claim (which is clearly NOT true) that since there is no *intentional* effort on her part or from her aides to compromise security (the world's smartest Yale valedictorian lawyer had not clue, despite being briefed, despite signing a document, etc. blah blah blah) she didn't know the emails were classified , she didn't know that the server was not secure and  THEREFORE NO CRIME was committed.

Now will this sell to the public?  Answer it will not matter.  The entire elected Democrat party will with arms in lock step will of course all make the case.  Most of the mainstream media certainly will go along with it.  And the DOJ will turn this into a no big deal slap in the wrist and Obama will give us a lecture about Justice was served.  And we know what 40% or there 'bouts of the public will  be happy to keep blowing this off and many will of course say it was a Republican witch hunt the whole time.

We  here all know this is from start to finish totally flawed, not believable, untrue, not even close to being consistent with the facts but it suggests to me that the Dem machine is already outlining their weasel arguments (flawed, disingenuous, and not even really resolving the law breaking) that they will try to con over the public with as the DOJ brushes this off.
90  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: May 08, 2016, 06:23:04 AM
"IMHO saying that Bush knew there were no WMD but lied us into war voided any notion of obligation to support Trump."

Agreed.  And maybe worse he even blamed W for 911!! 

Totally outrageous and shameful IMHO too.That was even worse then most of the Democrats!  I do not really recall even them doing that.

( Except maybe Crats  didn't make a stink because the blame could have been traced back to Clinton who allowed Bin Laden to escape and Berger was caught at the Library of Congress National Archives pilfering documents that , if I recall correctly, had to do with that.)

91  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: May 08, 2016, 06:15:12 AM
"Rhodes’s innovative campaign to sell the Iran deal is likely to be a model for how future administrations explain foreign policy to Congress and the public. ..."

Sure .  As long as the administrations are Democrat.  No one believes the press will not go after the truth in Republican administrations.

92  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Not so sure on: May 08, 2016, 06:12:49 AM
Doug,

I really don't know who to believe.

Many other places in the news claim just the opposite.

I recently read something about Kilimanjaro's ice cap is clearly disappearing though maybe not as fast as Gore had us believe

Same is true for Greenland.

I have different sources making different claims.  So how the heck can I possibly have any clue?

93  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Apple in IT users hard drives on: May 07, 2016, 10:45:12 AM
Apple gets into ITunes users hard drive and if they find something that "does not match" they upload to their (apple) database then delete the music from the person's hard drive
If they person had their own music on their hard drive apple has now effectively just stolen their property:

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/05/06/apple-music-users-report-missing-music-in-library/
94  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Reagan loved tariffs that helped American industry on: May 07, 2016, 10:18:30 AM
and lets not forget his bail out of Chrysler as well as this.  I don't see why we cannot protect American industry and workers at times:

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/06/nevertrump-movements-view-of-trade-would-have-made-them-neverreagan/
95  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hill is "uniquely suited" on: May 07, 2016, 09:51:37 AM
to take on Trump.  Gotta love how some professor types sit around dreaming up these so called "analyses":

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-election_us_572cae72e4b016f378957726
96  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jeb Bush on: May 07, 2016, 07:31:36 AM
I don't blame him for not supporting Trump.  How could he after what Trump did to him AND his family.

I agree with everything he says but one crucial point:
AFter 12 years of Bush's this is where we are.  They deserve some blame.  He takes none for the family.  He still doesn't quite get it.  That is a shame.  Denial I guess:

https://www.facebook.com/jebbush/posts/876702172458827
97  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: May 07, 2016, 07:21:22 AM
Look at how stupid this is.  "The Illinois way is failing Democrats".  The title should be "the Democrat way is failing Illinois".  It is so frustrating how the Dem party gets off easy.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-madigan-rauner-emanuel-democrats-illinois-lucas-edit-0508-jm-20160506-story.html
98  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / are we at war or not? on: May 07, 2016, 07:16:00 AM
This officer does have a good point.  Why are we always conducting war like military operations without approval from Congress.  OTOH we have a President who will not name the enemy for who they are.   

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/05/06/army-captain-sues-obama-war-isis/
99  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Get out of jail on: May 07, 2016, 06:57:55 AM
"Get out of jail free" cards being issued by Democrat party.  Well not exactly but they are trying to free them all, and give them voting cards

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/06/report-leftist-groups-registered-two-thousand-virginia-felons-to-vote-in-two-weeks/
100  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: May 07, 2016, 06:30:50 AM
Well, it's an interesting thought.
China or Europe would probably move in.
Dollar replaced by Euro or Yuan?
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