Donald Trump has been called many things over recent months, and refreshing is not one of them.
But that is how Bryan Cranston described the GOP presidential candidate on a podcast for The Nerdist” with host Chris Hardwick that surfaced on Thursday.
The pair somehow went from talking about bowling to the outspoken real estate mogul, with Cranston telling Hardwick that he might be able to create a show about bowling “when President Trump is inaugurated.”
“I actually like his candor,” the “Breaking Bad” actor confessed, and went on to imitate Trump: “‘You’re an idiot. I’m a winner, you’re a loser.’”
On a more serious note, Cranston said that he is happy that Trump has shaken up a political field that has never had a candidate like him before.
Cranston actually thinks Trump would be a horrible president, yet still finds him fascinating. Having an over-sized personality playing by his own rules is appealing even if you don’t like the guy politically.
I think the Trump and Sanders surges are deeply emotional responses from portions of the American electorate who are worried about enduring two boring faux imperial candidates who feel they’re owed the job squaring off for the presidency. I would like to think that acting out in a slightly unhinged manner, no matter how entertaining it is to watch, isn’t enough to get a man elected president of the United States.
Then again we’re dealing with a voting public that made the current occupant of the White House a two-termer.
Remember kids, it’s early.
He’s mired in the middle of the pack in early state polls, but it may not matter. The date circled in red on TED CRUZ’s calendar is March 1, when much of the South will vote in what’s been dubbed the “SEC primary.”
Cruz isn’t writing off Iowa and New Hampshire, but his fallback strategy is centered in the South, where the reception to his week-long, seven-state “Cruz Country” bus tour — marked by big, enthusiastic crowds and often rapturous appreciation of his scorched earth, anti-Washington rhetoric — explains why he sees a lane.
Cruz has an advantage in the South over most of his rivals: His campaign is already extensively organized there, with a roster that includes some of the region’s most prominent tea party activists. With at least seven Southern states slated to vote in the March 1 “SEC primary” (the name is a reference to the storied college football conference) the region will have a rare early and influential say in the Republican presidential contest — and Cruz is betting he will be a beneficiary.
With all of the Trump brouhaha the past few weeks it’s easy to forget that we are just past the middle of 2015 and a year away from actually nominating someone. While personalities are important in the early going to capture the attention of the public, campaigns matter. Ask Rudy Giuliani.
The hardcore Tea Party base support that Cruz enjoys should not be dismissed. They love him and he loves them. They were helping him go after the GOP establishment long before Donald Trump decided to play politics. He could very well be the guy the rabid Trump fans look to if (when?) Trump grows bored with his latest publicity stunt.
She’s amazed that Schumer suggested going back and trying to get a better deal, because that’s what is going to make the United States look bad. Mika is still very much in the “Obama is the messiah” camp and, as she can’t accuse a prominent Democrat of racism for opposing The Idiot King, she accuses him of playing politics.
Which is sort of what, um, politicians do, Blondie.
All but one of the 17 Republicans vying for the party’s presidential nomination have made the cut so far for the next debates hosted by CNN, the network said on Tuesday in a decision that could leave former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore on the sidelines.
CNN and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which is co-hosting the Sept. 16 debates, said invitations have been sent by former first lady Nancy Reagan to 16 candidates who meet their criteria. All but Gilmore “have qualified thus far and have received invitations,” they said in a statement.
Earlier this year CNN said candidates must meet certain criteria, including an average of 1 percent of support in three recent national polls. CNN’s latest poll released showed Gilmore at the bottom of the pack with less than one percent.
CNN is taking a different approach than Fox News by being more inclusive and splitting it up into two debates. Yes, it is still imperfect but it gets rid of that “not ready for prime time” slight that FNC did. If we are going to have a primary season that goes on seemingly forever, we may as well use it to vet as many candidates as we can.
Obviously, some criteria have to be established, they just can’t allow for anyone who files the paperwork to get some stage time. The lower-tier candidates who are at least getting some traction should have a chance to make a case for themselves. As these debates aren’t really debates in the purest sense of the word anyway, why not look for ways to make them work for large fields? Having a wealth of different candidates is a good thing, and it shouldn’t be discouraged by television execs who aren’t good at thinking up creative solutions to relatively simply problems.
As this article points out, the field may change drastically by the time CNN has to make its final cuts, so it’s time to get those office pools ready to go.
Via the Washington Post:
If he holds his lead for another week or so, his surge will look different than Gingrich’s and Perry’s — particularly if the lead grows. It’s like we’re marching up the side of Everest in a blinding snowstorm. Maybe we’ll follow him to the summit! Maybe he’ll plummet into a crevasse, like Gingrich and Perry.
That’s the conclusion of the piece. Trump will break the recent mold a bit if he hangs on a little longer. The number of people in this field, coupled with the fact that the presumptive establishment favorite took a hit after the first debate will probably make for very different situation here.
UPDATE: Schumer is probably out too.
U.S. Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Thursday he has decided to vote to reject the nuclear deal with Iran.
In a statement obtained by Reuters, Engel said he had raised questions about his concerns about the deal during the negotiations and since the deal was announced on July 1.
“The answers I’ve received simply don’t convince me that this deal will keep a nuclear weapon out of Iran’s hands, and may in fact strengthen Iran’s position as a destabilizing and destructive influence across the Middle East,” Engel said.
It may not mean much in the end, as the rallying power of the Democrat hive mind is strong when it comes time to vote, but it is certainly indicative of just how awful this deal is.
Much more interesting is that the Obama smoke and mirrors trick of giving a speech whenever he was doing something even he was bright enough to know was unpopular seems to have lost its power. In the past, no congressional Democrats dared question The Idiot King after a speech, let alone completely defect on the issue. Even the press wasn’t doing its usual girl-on-her-first-prom-date swoon after this speech.
John Kerry was unavailable for comment, as his wife was in dire need of a foot massage.
Carly Fiorina was the clear winner of the early GOP presidential debate on Thursday night, according to most pundits — and the Internet.
The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the only woman running in the GOP race, dominated Google searches throughout the early evening. According to Google, the only two other candidates to bump Fiorina out of the top searched spot during the 5 p.m. debate were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, but neither held on for more than about 20 minutes.
This is pretty much the best-case scenario for Fiorina in this ridiculous set-up that Fox News has going on for this first contest. Early in any primary, name recognition sells in the polls and that is why the GOP field is currently led by the son and brother of former presidents, a reality television star, and a governor who has rarely been out of the national news for the past four years. What Carly needed was getting some of the regular folk interested in who she is and it seems she accomplished just that.
Now let us see if it is reflected in any polls or if most of the regular folk couldn’t free themselves up in time for the earlier debate.
Donald Trump’s race for the White House has nothing to do with a phone call with Bill Clinton, according to a Hillary Clinton campaign spokeswoman.
“They exchanged pleasantries. Mr. Trump noted that he was thinking about running for president, and the president wished him well but didn’t give him any advice,” Jen Palmieri, the communications director for Clinton’s campaign, told Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC on Thursday. “Donald Trump doesn’t strike me as somebody who takes a big step like this because somebody else wants him to do; he seems to be somebody who very much operates under the premise of free will.”
The Clinton campaign played no behind-the-scenes role in encouraging Trump’s candidacy, Palmieri added.
Republican establishment types who have been in full garment-rending mode since Trump began his ascent in the polls added some conspiratorial shrillness to their tantrums yesterday claiming that Trump is nothing more than a Democratic plant in the Republican presidential field. That’s a patently absurd assertion, as the Democrats already had Jeb Bush at the top of the polls before Trump showed up.
Why not add fuel to the tinfoil hat fire though: if Trump is, in fact, a plant, the denial from Team Grandma is precisely what should be expected.
Somewhere in the night, Mike Huckabee wonders just how much more populist rhetoric he has to spew to be considered a closet Democrat.
Most Republicans believe real estate mogul Donald Trump will positively influence Thursday’s first presidential debate, saying his presence will challenge the establishment and open the party to new ideas, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows.
Trump’s outspokenness has worried party leaders and heightened anticipation for a potentially combative debate, which will be televised live at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox News, which invited 10 of the 17 Republican contenders to participate.
Many rank-and-file Republicans see Trump’s blunt and unpredictable style as an asset. More than two-thirds agreed that his debate appearance would challenge the establishment, while 62 percent said it would lead to more honesty, and 61 percent said it would open the party to new ideas.
Aye, there’s the rub.
Trump’s riding a wave of popularity fueled by people who don’t spend their days glued to political blogs, and that is what frustrates the professional political class to no end.
I don’t even like Trump politically but I can’t pretend the world is ending because he’s enjoying a bump in the polls at the same time Rudy Giuliani was dominating them in the 2008 campaign cycle.
I think the world is ending because there are so many people in the professional political class who think Jeb Bush should be president
Nothing like one publicly funded organization “fact checking” another.
Bush is right that Planned Parenthood receives $500 million a year in government funding — or, to be more exact, $528 million last year, according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report.
That totals more than 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s total $1.3 billion in revenue for the year, which suggests that the organization would be in some heavy financial trouble without that public funding.
What programs are funding that money?
Those public funds come from two programs: Medicaid, the health care program targeted at lower-income Americans, and Title X, a federal family planning program that likewise primarily serves lower-income Americans. The overwhelming majority of federal funding to Planned Parenthood comes from Medicaid — 75 percent, according to a Planned Parenthood spokesman.
Not all of the public funds Planned Parenthood receives are federal spending, however. While Title X is a federal program, Medicaid operates using federal and state funds. States receive a 90 percent federal reimbursement on Medicaid family planning spending, for example. So when Washington politicians talk about “defunding” Planned Parenthood, they generally mean cutting off federal money. States could continue to spend as they please.
How does Planned Parenthood actually use those government dollars?
Abortion is driving the defund-Planned-Parenthood discussion in the wake of undercover videos from the anti-abortion-rights Center for Medical Progress. The group says its videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue and have sparked a political firestorm. Planned Parenthood, for its part, says it does not sell fetal tissue and claims these transactions were donations.
However, abortions are actually not a big part of what Planned Parenthood says it does — 3 percent of the services it provided last year were abortion-related, according to the organization’s annual report. (For a sense of the scope of that, abortions accounted for about 328,000 of the group’s nearly 10.6 million services provided last year.)
It gets tricky here for a second. The author does mention that this 3% figure is arrived at by some creative accounting. It then moves on as if it never mentioned anything. In the “a picture is worth a thousand words” department, the only graphic provided is–get this–Planned Parenthood’s chart, which is used to prop up the the 3% lie. It’s a subtle thing, but it’s still a thing.
In another classic MSM ploy, it then delves into all that can go wrong using an inconclusive examination of the bill by the Congressional Budget Office. The negatives are listed very specifically and take up a lot of space in the article. but the disclaimer is quick and at the end.
To be clear, the CBO didn’t come to a firm conclusion on whether more or less spending is more likely.
However, it’s important to remember that these bills could only cut federal funds. States could still spend money to help Medicaid consumers, for example, use Planned Parenthood services.
Had it concluded there, all may have been well. The wrap-up, however, got back to abortion-rights advocates’ talking points.
Of course, without federal reimbursement, it could make those services much more expensive for those states. Abortion-rights advocates also argue that redirecting funding to other clinics could limit lower-income Americans’ access to family planning services, as other clinics may not have the capacity to handle the new customers, for example.
This is deft, old-school bias: pretend you’re presenting both sides but make sure one side is really, really presented.
Hillary Clinton has added yet another Hamptons fundraiser to her late August vacation in the well-heeled beach enclave — this one catered by former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s brother.
For between $500 and $2,700 per person (top prices include a photo op with the former secretary of state), supporters are invited to the East Hampton home of Hilary Leff and entertainment lawyer Elliot Groffman, on Sunday, Aug. 30, where singer-songwriter Dar Williams will also give a special performance, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO.
Here’s the real problem for America going forward: there is a large chunk of the American electorate so stupid they believe Her Madameship cares about working Americans, and they can easily propel her to victory. Never mind that Hillary is so imperious now that Queen Elizabeth II is calling her for tips on how to up her own game, the voting Democrat public questions nothing in their pursuit of checking off another “historic” diversity White House victory from their political bucket list.
The bright side here is that this event is being catered by Anthony Weiner’s brother, so there should be an unending stream of snide remarks about cocktail sausages.
We need to make this one stick. Face it kids, there are going to be a seemingly endless number of ways to negatively describe what’s been going on here once he leaves office. Let’s just thank Mr. Will for giving us a favorite this early.
The Obama administration’s top intelligence, counterterrorism and law enforcement officials are divided over which terrorist group poses the biggest threat to the American homeland, the Islamic State or Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
The split reflects a rising concern that the Islamic State poses a more immediate danger because of its unprecedented social media campaign, using sophisticated online messaging to inspire followers to launch attacks across the United States.
Many intelligence and counterterrorism officials warn, however, that Qaeda operatives in Yemen and Syria are capitalizing on the turmoil in those countries to plot much larger “mass casualty” attacks, including bringing down airliners carrying hundreds of passengers.
So I take it we’re not going with the whole “al Qaeda is on the run” thing anymore? Let’s hope someone has told the president, as we know how under-informed he is if he doesn’t get around a newspaper.
In this “Are there any adults in the room?” administration it should probably be seen as a small accomplishment that they are now considering both a threat, even if they can’t agree. Al Qaeda’s lack of running and the rise of ISIS came about because Team Lightbringer was dismissive of both.
Before we get our hopes up too much, let us remember that the man in charge of the agency created to keep us safer from terrorism is still playing make-believe.
–Image: Associated Press
Mark Your Calendars, Police Prepping for ‘Peaceful’ Demonstrators on Anniversary of Ferguson Shooting
Police in St. Louis County say they’re expecting a peaceful weekend from protesters marking the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson but that they’ll be prepared should events turn violent.
Protest leaders are promising that events scheduled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the St. Louis area will be relatively calm. Brown was unarmed when he was killed last Aug. 9 by a Ferguson police officer in a shooting that galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
“The events we have planned this weekend are intended to show the strength of community, the value of self-empowerment and the power of the people,” Nabeehah Azeez, of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, said at a Monday news conference, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/1E64sPq ) reported. Azeez was joined by more than two dozen people from at least nine organizations at St. Louis offices for the Service Employees International Union.
The organizers called upon police to respect demonstrators’ free speech rights and to refrain from confronting them in a militarized manner.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said authorities have no indication “that there is going to be anything except peaceful protest.”
So…the SEIU is involved and organizers/agitators have told the police what to do. This couldn’t possibly get any weirder, could it?
As the infomercials say-BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! (italics mine)
St. Louis County police Chief Jon Belmar said Monday that his priorities are to protect residents, property and the expression of First Amendment rights.
“We have been fortunate thus far to not have a loss of life. That’s certainly our primary focus as we move into this to make sure these events honor the memory of Michael Brown
I wonder if any of the business owners who had their livelihoods torched by the peaceful protesters feel fortunate. “Hey, nobody’s dead yet!” isn’t the highest of bars to set as a metric for success. It is quite galling to see a senior law enforcement officer speak of honoring the memory of a man who is best remembered for the consequences of attacking a police officer. While the law enforcement culture in Ferguson was found to be egregiously awful in regard to dealing with minorities, Darren Wilson was not. Conflating the two for a politically correct dance and continuing to add to the false myth of Michael Brown doesn’t do anyone in this sad story any good.
Except the nomadic band of outside professional agitators, of course.
Via NBC News
Students hitting the college bookstore this fall will get a stark lesson in economics before they’ve cracked open their first chapter. Textbook prices are soaring. Some experts say it’s because they’re sold like drugs.
According to NBC’s review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase.
“They’ve been able to keep raising prices because students are ‘captive consumers.’ They have to buy whatever books they’re assigned,” said Nicole Allen, a spokeswoman for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
In some ways, this is similar to a pharmaceutical sales model where the publishers spend their time wooing the decision makers to adopt their product. In this case, it’s professors instead of doctors.
“Professors are not price-sensitive and they then assign and students have no say,” said Ariel Diaz, CEO of Boundless, a free and low-cost textbook publisher.
One component not often discussed is that many, if not most, of those books are authored and/or co-authored by-you guessed it-college professors. Academia is polluted with anti-capitalists who are getting fat off of capitalism. These very same professors are complicit in the skyrocketing costs of education, which they then use to prop up tired wealth redistribution “solutions” for the very problem they created.
In the digital age, there is no sound reason for a college student to be forced to spend $100 or more for something printed on paper. Students all have laptops and Internet access, all the material they need for a class can be made available online at a more manageable cost than a printed textbook.
Maybe the professors getting royalty checks for textbooks can finance Bernie Sanders’ free college plan.
It would appear that the American public isn’t quite ready to be fooled all of the time.
Update: A new poll shows even worse numbers for the Iran deal. The Quinnipiac University poll shows 57 percent against and just 28 percent in support. The two-to-one negative split is by far the worst poll yet for the deal.
Below is our post from last week summarizing the deal’s declining poll numbers. As you will read, polls like this — that don’t provide details of the deal — have shown less public support for it. But this is clearly the worst one yet. (Quinnipiac, for what it’s worth, asked a more-detailed question in April and found nearly two-to-one support.)
Apparently, when it comes to the prospect of putting nukes in the hands of one of the most hostile regimes on the planet, the public here can’t be wooed by one of Obama;s signature, “Hey, I’ve got cool celebrity friends” public relations campaigns.
This deal is so bad that even casual observers of political news can plainly see it, which is precisely why Obama’s minions in the MSM haven’t been able to run adequate interference for him. Naturally, the sycophant-surrounded president still thinks the American people can be duped with the same media parlor tricks that got him re-elected, and no one around him will ever tell him otherwise. This is probably being viewed in the White House as Jack Black’s failure, not John Kerry’s.
Maybe we will get lucky and elect some adults in 2016.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin on Friday informed staffers that he is cancelling three afternoon programs: roundtable discussion show The Cycle as well as Now with Alex Wagner and The Ed Show, hosted by Ed Schultz. Friday, July 31, will be the final show for all three. Schultz and Cycle hosts Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman and Toure will leave the network, while Wagner will stay on to cover the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, Chuck Todd, who earlier this year was made host of Meet the Press, will host a daily program at 5 p.m.
This is a network that is so far in the toilet it is looking to Brian Williams to resurrect its reputation. While getting rid of some of the dead weight may seem like a good start, the mere fact that they’re keeping the perpetually vapid Wagner on to cover the presidential election shows that Phil Griffin isn’t ready to give up the progressive rating ghost yet. In the end, MSNBC may not make any serious strides until he is sent packing too.
While CNN may still be floundering too, it’s not as bad as it was during MSNBC’s brief tenure in the ratings sun, when the latter’s numbers only looked good if compared to the former. What success there was could at least have been a result of CNN trying to be the centrist alternative in cable news for a while, leaving leftists it used to serve nowhere to go but MSNBC. It was basically a participation trophy.
It remains to be seen if the petulant and persistent complaining about Fox News will still be a centerpiece of MSNBC’s broadcast model, given that it just makes them look like sore losers. In fact, it has become such a tired staple of left-leaning cable media that even the new “Daily Show” host is planning on dialing it back.
(VIDEO) Ernst: Funds Will Still Be Available for Women’s Health Services, Just Not for Planned Parenthood
As mentioned in my earlier post, the libmedia loves to pretend that Planned Parenthood is the only place women can go for pap smears and other preventative health services. Sen. Ernst debunks that rather easily here.
The White House said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama would oppose any efforts by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, a health organization that performs abortions at its clinics.
Republicans in Congress have threatened to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood after a group that opposes abortions released videos that suggest the health organization profits off supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research.
The press is still in full spin mode here, as you can see. The videos don’t “suggest” anything–they’re quite clear.
This also sadly proves that the ideological progressive agenda, especially on the abortion issue, won’t be held in check by the boundaries of human decency. The leader of the free world is willing to give a publicly funded organization a pass on harvesting fetuses for parts to dismember and sell in order to keep the insane pro-abortion lobby happy. Let that sink in.
In the Obama era, the pro-aborts have abandoned the “safe, legal and rare” pretense they used to use to dupe the public. As this episode proves, there are virtually no limits to how far they will go and any attempts to rein them in are portrayed as draconian restrictions on women’s health care.
Defenders of Planned Parenthood will have you believe that pap smears, mammograms and access to birth control will virtually disappear should the organization not receive taxpayer dollars. Like all things about Planned Parenthood, it’s a lie. Also, as many have pointed out, Obama’s “signature legislative achievement” is supposed to have all of that covered.
So, as Dr. Carson and so many others have pointed out, if Obamacare is so wonderful, why do we need to spend money on the abortion ghouls at Planned Parenthood?
Ask as many liberals as you can that question, if only to watch their heads explode.
Three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia filed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Wednesday for a now-retracted article the magazine published about a gang rape.
In April, Rolling Stone officially retracted an article written by Sabrina Erdely which told of the rape of a UVA student identified as “Jackie” at a party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. Fraternity members denied any wrongdoing and Charlottesville, Va., police said there was no evidence to support the story.
But months passed between the story was published and when it was officially walked back. During that time, three former members of the fraternity said people identified them as being involved in the fictitious rape based on details in the story.
The only way to get the irresponsible, leftist agenda-driven media to stop trying to ruin lives is to hit them in the wallets. Boycotts are not always effective, and often only provide fleeting financial discomfort. The mere threat of prolonged legal action and its attendant costs, however, can often be enough to change even the most rabid ideologues.
Liberty-loving Americans should get behind the funding of some deep-pocketed legal advocates (some of which already exist, but more are needed) to enable vigilance regarding the relentless Constitution trampling antics of the Left.
Thus far, Rolling Stone and Sabrina Erdely have been pretty unapologetic about making this heinous story up, which makes the entire incident all the more galling.
The number of anti-semitic hate crimes reported to police has soared in parts of the UK, police figures reveal.
A number of the largest forces in the country are recording rising numbers of offences against Jewish people and property, figures from police forces show.
In London and Greater Manchester the total more than doubled in a year, while there were also increases in Merseyside, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.
Crimes included assault, harassment, arson and criminal damage.
The UK has been continually gracious to radical Islamic elements in its midst, even going so far as to formally embrace some aspects of Sharia law. Last year, the fevered crazies gathered for a “Free Palestine” protest that police said was “largely peaceful” but was filled with plenty of seed sowing for the future.
As long as Israel is painted as an aggressor because it wants to protect itself, the hatred for it will grow among those easily manipulated by the growing class of professional agitators here and abroad. When leaders explicitly pretend Islamic violence isn’t really Islamic violence all the while implicitly agreeing with the “Israel is a bully!” crowd, it’s just more fuel on an already burning fire.
Please Collect Your Winnings if You Had Jim Gilmore at 17th in the GOP Presidential Free-For-All Pool
Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore filed the paperwork on Wednesday to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Gilmore becomes the 17th candidate to seek the 2016 nomination, a field that includes former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Earlier this month, Gilmore, 65, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper that he planned to formally enter the race in the first week of August.
We have now gone from a former governor who some people still remember (Pataki) to one that no one outside of his home state knows exists. You may not be able to tell your kids that any American can grow up to be president, but you can assure them anyone can run for the office if he or she has one friend with money to spend.
The GOP field may yet fill to twenty candidates as there is speculation about formal announcements from a lost Bush brother, Caitlyn Jenner and the ghost of Warren G. Harding.
According to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is essentially financing terrorism. And he’s not backing down after the president called his comments “outrageous.”
“If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” Cruz said during a round table Tuesday. “Billions of dollars under control of this administration will flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans.”
Mitch McConnell currently has all seventy of his chins flapping about in a fit over Cruz and his lack of willingness to be polite to people who don’t deserve it. You will not find many examples of Senator Cruz being impolite to people who don’t deserve it, by the way.
The prevailing sentiment among anti-Cruz Republicans is that he stirs things up simply because he has a big ego and likes the attention. In reality, he is bringing some Goldwater-esque swagger back to the Senate just in time to perhaps save the Republicans from themselves. Harry Reid wasn’t much for capitulation when he was majority leader, but Mitch McConnell’s memory seems to be nonexistent, as he wakes up every day already bent over backwards for the Democrats.
Cruz makes people uncomfortable, and that is his real sin in a city where those in the hometown industry are more interested in getting along at the next work-related happy hour than whatever the regular Americans are worried about.
Sometimes I wonder if it might be better for Cruz to remain in the Senate just to be a permanent thorn in the sides of idiots like McConnell, McCain and Hatch. He’s wildly popular with his constituents, because he keeps doing what they want, rather than what he wants, which is an almost unheard of modus operandi in D.C. these days.
“Five thousand, four hundred and ninety-nine abortions are in Cuyahoga County, which I happen to represent,” Patmon said in a speech Tuesday. “And 63 percent of them are black women,”
A federal grand jury has indicted Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah and four other individuals on a slew of criminal charges related to a long-running probe into his 2007 campaign for mayor of Philadelphia.
Fattah, who was first elected to the House in 1994, has been charged with bribery, racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud, mail and wire fraud, and filing false statements. The 58-year-old congressman faces as long as 30 years in prison.
Fattah has been the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee panel that oversees funding for the Justice Department and other federal agencies. He has now stepped down from that post, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.
Of course the Democrats would put a guy with money laundering and racketeering skills on the Appropriations Committee. Heck, it’s probably a prerequisite for even being considered.
Rather than comment on the overwhelming scope of the charges, Grandma Nan Pelosi could only belch up tired Democrat talking points:
“Congressman Fattah has been a tireless and effective advocate for America’s hard-working families across more than 20 years of distinguished service in the House,” she said in a statement.
When he isn’t ripping those hard-working families off through a fake charity he set up, that is.
At least the congressman has a strong sense of family and tries to pass along what he’s learned to his son:
Wednesday’s indictment comes almost a year after his son, Chaka Fattah, Jr., was charged with bank fraud theft. The younger Fattah also faces charges of filing false tax returns. He allegedly stole government money slated for city schools to pay personal expenses.
The government we deserve, indeed.
Tom Steyer’s hard green line is turning soft when it comes to Hillary Clinton.
The billionaire climate activist has spent more than $100 million of his personal fortune to support green-minded candidates and ballot initiatives in the past five years, ruffling the Washington establishment while threatening to torpedo even fellow Democrats who don’t hew the line on controversies like the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But he declined repeatedly Tuesday to criticize Clinton, who still refuses to take a stand on Keystone, and whose just-released initial climate proposal is notably short on specifics about issues like fracking and Arctic drilling.
There are two reasons that Mrs. Bill’s handlers keep her on a short leash. The first is that she is incapable of not being off-putting to any human with an IQ over 40. The second is that this allegedly accomplished politician who would be the most powerful woman in the world doesn’t have a lot of opinions on anything other than that she really wants to be President.
Liberals are so desperate to get their first female POTUS (I don’t know why, since gender is a social construct or something) that they’re willing to keep giving this strong feminist icon special treatment.
Those of you who read up a lot on the TPP/TPA brouhaha will remember that Her Madameship is very adept at having strong non-opinions on policy issues.
Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October.
The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said on Wednesday that analysis of the new pictures showed that construction begun in spring 2015 at the Sohae launch centre had been concluded.
As a result, space launch vehicle (SLV) stages – and payload – can be prepared horizontally in a new launch support building, then transferred to a movable support structure and conveyed to the launch pad.
The analysis, posted on the institute’s closely-watched 38North website, will reinforce predictions that the North is preparing a long-range rocket launch to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party on October 10.
There is so much going on in the world that is worthy of daily worry that it is easy to overlook the workers paradise up in northern Asia. If Iran getting a nuke doesn’t keep you up at night, imagine a world where NoKo becomes militarily competent. It may seem unthinkable right now, but the unthinkable seems to be happening on a weekly basis right now.
For the moment we’re probably safe. Unless, of course, Obama decides he needs another foreign policy “victory” for his legacy.
A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State’s “chief financial officer” produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently.
The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror army’s oil and gas operations in Syria. The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $10 million a month selling oil on black markets.
They use social media for recruiting, form strategic international partnerships and seem to overcome whatever setbacks befall them. Throughout all of this, U.S. leaders (loosest use of the term possible) assure us that alienating our allies in the region and using a halfhearted approach to attacking ISIS is the best course possible. The Team Lightbringer approach to foreign policy and war is so simplistic it should be written on a wall in crayon.
At present, Turkey is managing to convince NATO and most of the rest of the world that they are actually battling ISIS.
If you’re wonder just how topsy-turvy the world has become, guess who has long been critical of Turkey and its complicity in the rise of ISIS? Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep.
Salman Rushdie Says PC Would Prevent Fellow Authors From Defending Him Against Islamic Death Threats Today
Sir Salman Rushdie has claimed that the people who defended his most controversial work would not have done so today because of creeping political correctness.
Leading literary figures rallied to Rushdie’s defence after The Satanic Verses incurred the wrath of Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a fatwa for blasphemy against the author in 1989, which forced him into hiding.
Rushdie said he was dismayed by the protests that followed a decision by the American branch of the PEN writers’ association to award a prize for courage to Charlie Hebdo after many of its staff were murdered by two Islamists.
Barely three months after the attacks, more than 200 writers, including Michael Ondaatje, Peter Carey and Junot Díaz, signed a letter complaining that PEN was rewarding the satirical magazine for publishing “material that intensifies the anti-Islamic, anti-Maghreb, anti-Arab sentiments already prevalent in the Western world”.
“It seems we have learnt the wrong lessons [from the reaction to The Satanic Verses],” Rushdie told the French magazine L’Express.
“Instead of realising that we need to oppose these attacks on freedom of expression, we thought that we need to placate them with compromise and renunciation.”
Oddly enough, the tortured rationalizations for not denouncing every act (or threat) of Islamic violence all undermine the main contention of those doing the rationalizing, the idea that it’s just a few lone-wolf fringe whackos out there giving Islam a bad name. Working in tandem with this lunacy is the Ron Paul idea that we bring the crazy jihadist violence on ourselves.
It has been less than thirty years since the thoroughly unhinged Ayatollah Khomeini issued the fatwa against Rushdie for writing a book that hurt his feelings, yet people who were already adults then and should remember it have managed to either purge it from their minds or convince themselves it was simply a circumstance of a bygone age.
OK, they could be incredibly stupid too.
Whatever the case is, one thing is certain: those who pretend that the violent people aren’t violent are just as dangerous as the violent people. If you open the locked door for a murderer and he kills someone in the room, you’re part of the murder. It matters not that you convinced yourself that the murderer was different.
The MSM and entertainment media are complicit in this march to fatal political correctness, but people ultimately have to be clear thinking and responsible.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she supported allowing cities and states to tax online purchases, but she would not mandate it.
Clinton, who took questions from mayors at an event in South Carolina, said she thought it was worth experimenting with Internet sales taxes and that she would not stand in the way of jurisdictions that wanted to try it.
Finally, an issue that a prominent Democrat supports states handling without federal intervention. Grandma Mrs. Bill has already shown her fear of 21st Century stuff, now she wants to tax the thing that made her husband’s economy boom without any input from him whatsoever.
Next up: Hillary’s policy speech about kids and their loud rock and roll music.
Executive Overreach Is Contagious: Alaska Governor Bypasses Legislature for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
Last week, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced that he will bypass the legislative process and implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion by executive fiat.
Walker’s announcement should be no surprise to Obamacare proponents – after all, President Obama has maltreated his executive authority dozens of times to amend his signature law. But expansion may come as a shock to Alaska’s legislative leadership, who last month brokered an informal arrangement with the governor to put Medicaid expansion on hold until 2016.
The press conference Walker held last week was heavy on promises, but light on specifics. To hear the Walker administration tell it, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would be an economic elixir for a state budget hit hard by declining oil prices. It would help failing hospitals become whole again, a sentiment echoed by the long line of high-paid Alaska hospital CEOs brought in to praise the decision.
Before figuring out his best way to win an election was as an independent, Walker was a Republican, which simply makes him another in a long line of state executives who should know better (John Kasich, anyone?). It is always sad to see a governor elected by citizens who are hoping for some fiscally responsible leadership become addicted to federal goodies that he hopes will keep him in office for a while.
Even sadder is seeing politicians who fancy themselves independent or Republican using Democrat talking points to convince the public that fleecing taxpayers is somehow better if the money comes from Washington.
As the authors of this piece point out, those talking points also happen to be rather empty and wrong.
Gov. Walker’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion will create a massive new tax cliff, where earning a single extra dollar means that Medicaid expansion enrollees could face hundreds or even thousands of dollars of extra costs if they try and move off the program.
That new welfare cliff is sure to depress employment. Peer-reviewed research of previous Medicaid expansions to able-bodied adults shows that expanding Medicaid will diminish work, dampen earnings, reduce labor-force participation and hurt the economy. Those conclusions are supported by the independent Congressional Budget Office, which confirms that Obamacare will cause millions of working-age adults to drop out of the labor force or reduce their hours, ultimately reducing economic output.
In Alaska, nearly 4,000 able-bodied adults could drop out of the labor force entirely, with many more reducing hours to avoid the welfare cliff.
This entire article is worth the read, but I’ll finish with a thought on executive overreach: it only works when legislators abdicate power and responsibility. As the authors point out, it is imperative that the Alaska legislature block this power-hungry unilateral move.
The fight over Uber can be reduced by the media in a place like New York City as a fight between hide-bound yellow cabs and high-tech Uber “innovators”–but that’s a frame that ignores the more than 95% of the population that don’t use any kind of cab at all. And when you take a step back, the fight over Uber and its future likely use of driverless cars has enormous implications for whether our nation and the world can stop climate change from killing the planet.
This eventually gets to a pathetically predictable place, but let’s pause for a moment to have fun with whatever a “data justice” director is. Are there data victim groups that need protection? Is Big Data keeping people down? Is your data self-identifying in ways that aren’t legally protected?
Will these people make up anything to make themselves sound important to the other paste-eaters?
Back to the post. I’m sure you’ll all be shocked to find out that this writer used a thousand or so words to just puff up a yawner of a leftist talking point:
That a taxi-hailing app is an important “disruptive innovation” is a distraction from the serious failure of the U.S. to invest significant dollars in transportation infrastructure
Modern progressivism keeps its adherents riveted to the narrative by hypnotizing them with two simple, all-encompassing mantras: spend more on education and spend more on infrastructure. These are the perfect arguments for non-thinking puppets to make, largely because both are evergreen (there’s never enough spending, according to them) and involve polysyllabic catch words that make the puppets feel as if they have functioning intellects.
That’s how you get to the a place where you find the city bus more innovative than Silicon Valley.
I’m off to see if my data is oppressing anyone. If it’s not, I’ll need answers.
She says she wants people to vote for her based on “merits”, as if any modern Democrat has a functional understanding of the word.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders today released a statement about Ed Schultz‘s show being yanked from MSNBC.
Mediaite exclusively reported last night that The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show are all getting the axe to make way for more straight-news programming.
MSNBC has not publicly confirmed it yet, but Sanders –– who has been on Schultz’s show many times and who clearly has a big fan in the MSNBC host –– already has a statement out criticizing NBCUniversal’s parent company, Comcast.
Here it is in full:
We live in a time when much of the corporate media regards politics as a baseball game or a soap opera. Ed Schultz has treated the American people with respect by focusing on the most important issues impacting their lives. He has talked about income and wealth inequality, high unemployment, low wages, our disastrous trade politics and racism in America.
I am very disappointed that Comcast chose to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup. We need more people who talk about the real issues facing our country, not fewer.
At a time when a handful of large, multi-national corporations own our major media outlets, I hope they will allow voices to be heard from those who dissent from the corporate agenda.
Schultz was never quite able to create a niche as the slightly less obnoxious Keith Olbermann at MSNBC. He is an off-the-rails socialist who loves him some Bernie Sanders though. Big Ed’s refusal to cheer lead for Hillary may have as much to do with his dismissal as his ratings. Nobody at the network is pulling in monster numbers, after all.
As for Schultz’s respect for the American people, Comrade Bernie must not have been thinking about Republicans when he said that.