Quotes of the day

posted at 9:01 pm on December 29, 2015 by Allahpundit

Bill Clinton is scheduled to make his first campaign appearance of 2016 in New Hampshire next week.

The news of the former president’s planned stops prompted a late-night tweet from Trump on Monday…

“Though Donald Trump has pushed around nearly all of his fellow Republicans, Hillary Clinton won’t be bullied or distracted by attacks he throws at her and former President Clinton,” Clinton campaign spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said in a statement to NBC News.

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“I’m telling you this very strongly. First of all, she has committed a criminal act…. What she did with the emails was criminal,” Trump told supporters in Nashua, N.H. Summing up the Benghazi scandal, Trump charged that Clinton was “too lazy to answer phone calls.”

While Clinton for weeks has been able to quietly run her own campaign while watching Trump and other GOP candidates attack each other, Trump’s renewed focus on Clinton has brought her into the fray

While the Trump-Clinton clash could point to an effort by Trump to shed his GOP competition, Christopher C. Hull, president of D.C.-based public affairs firm Issue Management, Inc., downplayed any long-term strategy. He said the fight probably stems more from Clinton making the questionable claim in the last debate that ISIS was using videos of Trump statements to recruit.

“That was the opening Trump needed,” Hull said. “He understands leverage and he understands opportunities.”

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A poll of the upcoming presidential election finds Hillary Clinton tied with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. In the Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely voters, Clinton has 37 percent support against Trump’s 36 percent support. The finding upends most pundits’ predictions for the 2016 contest.

It is widely asserted by the pundit class and the Republican establishment that Clinton would be the prohibitive favorite against Trump, and generally most Republicans, in the election next Fall. This assessment is largely based on the conventional wisdom inside the “Acela Corridor,” the train link between Washington and New York where most of the political pundit class resides…

Among Republicans, however, 36 percent say they are “extremely excited” about the 2016 election, double the number of Democrats. Whether its eagerness to end the Obama Era, block Hillary from returning to the White House or genuine enthusiasm for Trump or other Republicans is immaterial. Republicans, at this stage, are highly motivated.

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I think it’s smart of Trump to counter-attack against Hillary the way he is. As someone who doesn’t want Trump to get the nomination, I worry that it may be too smart in that it will encourage some Trump-skeptics to rally to his side.

The Clintons seem to think getting into a fight with Trump is good for them. I’m sure it helps with fundraising and makes her seem even more like the inevitable nominee (which is probably one reason Sanders is trying to pick a fight with Trump as well).

But there seems to be this assumption that Trump’s insults and attacks are only effective against Republicans. I don’t think that’s true. Or at least I’ve seen no evidence for it.

Reminding people of Bill Clinton’s treatment of women, and not just Monica Lewinsky, is not good for the Clinton campaign. Having Hillary Clinton tagged as a hypocrite for crying sexism about everything and anything while (1) defending her husband’s predations and (2) laughing about getting a plea bargain for a child rapist seems entirely fair game. Trump has a gift for getting unpopular things into the national conversation. Having reporters asking Bill Clinton whether his sexual escapades are “fair game” is preferable to having them gush over his retail political skills, which is their default approach to covering Bill.

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During the heat of the 2008 campaign, Trump took to his own blog to praise Clinton, writing that she’d make a great president.

“Hillary Clinton said she’d consider naming Barack Obama as her vice-president when she gets the nomination, but she’s nowhere near a shoo-in,” wrote The Donald about the heated Democratic primary in 2008. “For his part, Obama said he’s just focused on winning the nomination, although at least one member of his team said Clinton would make a good vice-president. (I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president or vice-president.)”

BuzzFeed News previously uncovered past Hillary Clinton praise on his Trump University blog, calling her a “great trouper.”

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump revived Bill Clinton’s past marital indiscretions this week, attacking Hillary Clinton on Twitter and on TV for playing the “women’s card” and saying her husband’s past affairs would be fair game.

Trump took a different tact in the late ’90s, when the scandal was at its peak, defending then-President Bill Clinton against the “moralists” and hypocrites in Congress and arguing that the scandal wouldn’t have been that bad if only Clinton had chosen to carry on an affair with a supermodel instead.

“I got a chuckle out of all the moralists in Congress and in the media who expressed public outrage at the president’s immoral behavior,” wrote Trump in The America We Deserve . “I happen to know that one U.S. senator leading the pack of attackers spent more than a few nights with his twenty-something girlfriend at a hotel I own. There’s also a conservative columnist, married, who was particularly rough on Clinton in this regard. He also brought his girlfriend to my resorts for the weekend. Their hypocrisy is amazing.”…

“When confronted with the Lewinsky matter, Clinton should have stoutly refused to discuss his private life,” wrote Trump. “He should also have declined to answer, rather than perjure himself. If the Clinton affair proves anything it is that the American people don’t care about the private lives and personal of our political leaders so long as they are doing the job.”

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Now I realize that Trump supporters will rationalize their man’s past praise of Hillary. This rationalization takes the form of, among other things, “Well, Ronald Reagan supported Democrats.”

Yes, Ronald Reagan voted for FDR four times. Ronald Reagan also had to deal with Communists in Hollywood while serving as President of the Screen Actors Guild and also got to understand the hardships facing small businesspeople and workers while travelling around the country as a spokesman for GE. These experiences, which took place over many years, turned Reagan from a liberal Democrat to a conservative Republican and would serve as the foundation for his “A Time for Choosing” speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater in 1964, his two terms as Governor of California and two terms in the White House.

Trump’s about face on Democrats did not come about because of a change of ideological conviction, but because of shallow opportunism. As Trump himself put it with regard to Hillary, “Why would I say she’s doing a terrible job knowing that I may need help from her or her husband in two years about something that I’m not even thinking about now?”

But if Trump said he thought Hillary would make a great President because he thought by saying good things about her that he could get “help from her or her husband” then it could also be said that Trump is now saying terrible things about Hillary because he needs help from voters to get him into office. But once in office then Trump won’t need anything from the voters until the next election.

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When I was growing up in New York, I wanted to be a professional boxer, but was smart enough to know that if I entered the ring with Muhammad Ali — then heavyweight champion of the world — they’d have to bring out the smelling salts within seconds and the ambulance would soon arrive to cart me away on a stretcher!

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should consider such thoughts as he ponders his plan to go mano a mano against Bill Clinton, the most popular living former president and the heavyweight champion of American politics today. So might Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is widely despised among his GOP Senate colleagues, could well be defeated for reelection to the Senate from Texas and runs for president as the “Trump Lite” candidate. Bill Clinton is the heavyweight champion of American politics because his presidency is fondly remembered as a time when the nation was blessed with rising prosperity and tens of millions of new jobs and a widespread optimism that America was on the right track and tomorrow would be better than today…

Clinton is the happy warrior of American politics, who has demonstrated great skill working with political opponents to make government function effectively, while Trump praises himself for giving money to politicians to peddle influence and insults widely respected leaders such as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose intensely patriotic heroism in military service he denies…

There are good reasons why Bill Clinton has earned the vast popularity he possesses and why Donald Trump has earned the sky-high negative ratings that plague him with national voters, and the loudmouthed bully of GOP politics would be well-advised to not mess with the heavyweight champion of the American political world.

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Via the Right Pundit.


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I’m too lazy to do it.

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 12:04 AM

When the thread moves fast or the topic is way hot, or important to me, I do it too; generally it is bad form, especially when they are so long. Just friendly note. You don’t care, obviously :)

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:07 AM

Most Americans back Trump’s call to halt Muslim influx

http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/most-americans-back-trumps-call-to-halt-muslim-influx/

Americans are strongly backing GOP presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump’s suggestion that all Muslim immigration be halted..

Nearly 70 percent of those responding to a poll question about halting refugees from Syria agreed with Trump, and almost the same percentage said America should ban all Muslim immigration at least temporarily.
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It bulloney that Americans reject Trump’s Muslim immigration… even if Ted Cruz does: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428204/ted-cruz-rejects-donald-trump-muslim-immigration-ban

anotherJoe on December 30, 2015 at 12:09 AM

IDontCair, aka…well…just read this and see how easy it is to link something into short text.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM

So… how do I take a long link, like for a youtube video, and turn it into one of those weird tinyUrl thingamajigs? My, uh, friend wants to know. In layman’s terms.

Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:16 AM

Just friendly note. You don’t care, obviously :)

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:07 AM

And that’s the way I took it. ♪ ♫ ☻ ☺ ♫ ♪

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 12:16 AM

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:04 AM

She will be conjured soon.

SpongePuppy on December 30, 2015 at 12:17 AM

http://tinyurl.com/

The instructions are there.

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 12:18 AM

Buckshot Bill

Version 1

Or this

http://ow.ly/url/shorten-url

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:19 AM

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:19 AM

My apologies.

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 12:21 AM

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 12:21 AM

Better two :)

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:23 AM

Who helps in Ohio, more than Trump himself?

Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:03 AM

Taft?

kcewa on December 30, 2015 at 12:26 AM

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 12:18 AM
Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:19 AM

Thanks, wasn’t sure tinyUrl was what it was called or not. Er, my friend says thanks, rather.

Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:26 AM

I love asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because I’m still looking for ideas.

Galtian on December 30, 2015 at 12:29 AM

Aslan’s Girl [email protected]_Girl 1h1 hour ago Elgin, IL
Reuters
12/27: Trump 40% Cruz 17%
12/29: Trump 39.1% Cruz 13.7
Trump’s down only 0.9 pts while Cruz has dropped 3.3 pts
Interesting.

This could be a mini-version of 2012 where people rise against a seemingly inevitable nominee, but then fall when they get scrutiny:

“I like Ted Cruz, but, yes, he’s a disaster on immigration.” -Ann Coulter

The graph tells the tale. One by one the anti-Trump candidates rise, helped in no small part by a desperate media and establishment, and one by one they fall.

http://recovering-liberal.blogspot.com/2015/12/cruzs-poll-decline-underway-if-so-last.html

anotherJoe on December 30, 2015 at 12:30 AM

Bill, HA, until recently, didn’t allow any CNN links to be posted directly. They just recently adjusted that. Used to drag them all through one of the listed shorteners.

Some sites, like a good conservative Canadian one, is still forbidden.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 12:30 AM

NFL head-trauma film bombs after Will Smith tries to act stoic and boring as oscar-bait, clearly haven’t learned nothing from last box-office bomb, After Earth.

Critics suffer permanent brain injuries from excessive face-palming.

Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:32 AM

Heh.

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 12:39 AM

Critics suffer permanent brain injuries from excessive face-palming.
Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:32 AM

Did you make that one up yourself?
I like it.

LegendHasIt on December 30, 2015 at 12:44 AM

Did you make that one up yourself?
I like it.

LegendHasIt on December 30, 2015 at 12:44 AM

Yep, all me.

Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:54 AM

But seriously, I’m not sure there is anyone who would do both 1 and 2 well. Rubio might ‘heal’ the Party by getting the GOPe more on board, but would probably hurt Trump more overall with his base supporters. Plus he’s not good at the other 4 points, and I’m not convinced he’d be much help with Hispanics anyway. He’s too much of a panderer.

Buckshot Bill on December 29, 2015 at 11:44 PM

I never said I like Rubio but hey, the VP world isn’t limited to current candidates. I would be fine with Walker, Paul or Martinez, or anyone who is on reasonable terms with the GOPe but won’t enrage the base. Taking Cruz as VP is not only a waste, it’s an open invitation for the GOP brass to throw away the election.

Rix on December 30, 2015 at 12:56 AM

NFL head-trauma film bombs after Will Smith tries to act stoic and boring as oscar-bait, clearly haven’t learned nothing from last box-office bomb, After Earth.

Critics suffer permanent brain injuries from excessive face-palming.

Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:32 AM

Best news of the week. Perhaps the film is bombing because the rest of America, like me, is sick and tired of the left’s chickifying football and other manly sports for that matter.

You sign up for a contact sport, which will earn you millions if you’re even half good, I think you assumed the risk. A film that attempts to make victims out of guys who knew what they were getting into, from probably age 16, is nothing but propaganda and another attempt of the left to undermine American institutions.

I think they should get a little input from all the players and families, especially the black ones, as to how the sport has treated them, instead of focusing and a small percentage of guys who’ve actually been hurt through play, and even the much smaller percentage who’ve had concussions.

But, then again, it would not play into their constant sky-is-falling narrative.

TXUS on December 30, 2015 at 1:07 AM

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OmahaConservative on December 30, 2015 at 1:36 AM

Billy Jeff looks and sounds like a walking corpse. He must have less stamina than his skank wife with that bony body of his. He may keel over if he exerts himself too much. Even if Trump didn’t neutralize him, I don’t think he’d be much of a game changer for the skank.

Cecil Corn on December 30, 2015 at 2:27 AM

“Taxes Are Wealth”…..

williamg on December 30, 2015 at 2:40 AM

“Taxes Are Wealth”…..

williamg on December 30, 2015 at 2:40 AM

All of those statements are true williamg, IF, you just happen to be a member of the ruling class/aristocracy then they are not only true, but self evident truths. Taxes are your source of wealth, war does ensure your peace and surveillance does equal your own security and freedom.

The ruling class/aristocracy are parasites, and just like all parasites, they do not consider themselves parasites, they consider their position in society to be their rightful position, at the top of the food chain and everyone else is the food chain.

oscarwilde on December 30, 2015 at 3:17 AM

Billy Jeff looks and sounds like a walking corpse. He must have less stamina than his skank wife with that bony body of his. He may keel over if he exerts himself too much. Even if Trump didn’t neutralize him, I don’t think he’d be much of a game changer for the skank.

Cecil Corn on December 30, 2015 at 2:27 AM

Trump is older than Bill but looks and acts LOTS younger.

Bill had a triple bypass. Trump is in pretty good health.

How about a cage match??

fred5678 on December 30, 2015 at 3:34 AM

Morning y’all

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 4:38 AM

Trump is older than Bill but looks and acts LOTS younger.

fred5678 on December 30, 2015 at 3:34 AM

Bill is a vegan. That explains it.

kcewa on December 30, 2015 at 4:45 AM

Morning y’all

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 4:38 AM

Morning. Keeping Dry

kcewa on December 30, 2015 at 4:49 AM

Crickets so far on dear leader spying on bibi and congress

Good lapdogs lsm

What if W did this part 74,367

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Cutie, kcewa :)

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on December 30, 2015 at 5:14 AM

Crickets so far on dear leader spying on bibi and congress

Good lapdogs lsm

What if W did this part 74,367

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 4:55 AM

The office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said only that it was looking into the matter.

kcewa on December 30, 2015 at 6:28 AM

You guys are awesome.
E.O.M.

Jazz Shaw on December 30, 2015 at 6:28 AM

Crickets so far on dear leader spying on bibi and congress

Good lapdogs lsm

What if W did this part 74,367

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 4:55 AM

The office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said only that it was looking into the matter.

kcewa on December 30, 2015 at 6:28 AM

“We are looking into it” Paul Ryan

Translation: Dammit, those Americans caught us again – I’ll act like I care and then go have dinner with Nancy Pelosi. The peasant class will forget all about this in no time.

Key West Reader on December 30, 2015 at 6:30 AM

You guys are awesome.
E.O.M.

Jazz Shaw on December 30, 2015 at 6:28 AM

We love you Jazz. May you and your family have the comfort of Jesus’ peace.

kcewa on December 30, 2015 at 6:34 AM

Coming to a city near you…

So, voter ID cards, or some form of identification for voting is too much of a burden on society.

Tell that to the feds now.

Millions of air travelers across the U.S. are potentially at risk of finding themselves grounded in the new year thanks to a post-9/11 law that took a decade to finally come into effect.

The REAL ID Act, originally passed in 2005, was meant to tighten standards for government-issued IDs like driver’s licenses — to boot, it banned federal agencies from accepting any IDs that don’t meet the bar.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/29/terminal-confusion-dhs-push-could-make-some-ids-invalid-for-flying.html?intcmp=hpbt1

But this is not a burden?

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2015 at 6:57 AM

You guys are awesome.
E.O.M.

Jazz Shaw on December 30, 2015 at 6:28 AM

And so are you Jazz!

bazil9 on December 30, 2015 at 7:01 AM

*waves* to CMS

bazil9 on December 30, 2015 at 7:01 AM

What does E.O.M mean?

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2015 at 7:12 AM

kasie hunt has a childhood bible too.

what a political hack.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Hey B9 :)

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 7:19 AM

Hey B9 :)

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 7:19 AM

Hiya,girl..hope y’all had a Merry Christmas.

bazil9 on December 30, 2015 at 7:20 AM

Taking Cruz as VP is not only a waste, it’s an open invitation for the GOP brass to throw away the election.

Rix on December 30, 2015 at 12:56 AM

Ted Cruz is going to be the nominee, he will have a say in who the VP nominee is going to be.

That being said, the VP nominee does not make or break a party’s ticket. When Ted Cruz gets the nomination, I’m sure he will want somebody on better terms with the GOPe to help mend fences. Maybe a good job for Kasich.

And before one of Tramp’s howler monkeys makes a complete idiot of themselves (as if that isn’t a given), I think the talk of Ted Cruz being poison to moderate Republicans is more propaganda than it is based in fact.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:21 AM

noted Trump hater matt lewis now shilling for cruz.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:23 AM

NFL head-trauma film bombs after Will Smith tries to act stoic and boring as oscar-bait, clearly haven’t learned nothing from last box-office bomb, After Earth.

Buckshot Bill on December 30, 2015 at 12:32 AM

It was a stupid week to put up any movie that doesn’t include large furry creatures named after our First Lady (and hence a word close to hookie is banned at HA)

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:24 AM

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:21 AM

nominee????? LOL

two words bro…..rafael cruz.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:25 AM

What does E.O.M mean?

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2015 at 7:12 AM

End Of Message

kcewa on December 30, 2015 at 7:25 AM

noted Trump hater matt lewis now shilling for cruz.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:23 AM

What does one have to do with the other? There are many of us who hate Donald Tramp. He is morally, intellectually, temperamentally, and experientially unfit for the job. Turning into a blathering and drooling idiot when asked a question about nuclear deterrence proved that.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:27 AM

two words bro…..rafael cruz.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Why? I haven’t heard him speak…tho Cruz is all I care about.
He’s my #2.
What? Is he extreme?

bazil9 on December 30, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:27 AM

So when Trump wins the nomination vote for hillary and go have yourself a good cry.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:32 AM

So when Trump wins the nomination vote for hillary and go have yourself a good cry.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:32 AM

VeryUnhappyNomad is fast approaching reallynot2bright in the ‘comically mentally unstable’ department. lol :D

The Sisters of Mercy – “No Time to Cry”

Anti-ControI on December 30, 2015 at 7:38 AM

So when Trump wins the nomination vote for hillary and go have yourself a good cry.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:32 AM

Well, if Tramp wins the GOP nomination, Blue Clinton will be the next president. You howler monkeys are going to be the ones most disappointed.

As for me, if Tramp wins, it is a given I’ll be in the first wave to one of the re-education camps.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:40 AM

bill bratton looks upset. Kelly’s comments have hit the mark.

idiot says homeless commit only a small percent of crimes

bratton slept with a dog and now has fleas.

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Ditto B9 :)

cmsinaz on December 30, 2015 at 7:52 AM

As for me, if Tramp wins, it is a given I’ll be in the first wave to one of the re-education camps.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:40 AM

I already reserved a bunk for ya, right next to mine.

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2015 at 7:56 AM

Good Morning, y’all!

Spying on our friends while embracing our enemies.

My take: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/obama-spys-on-israel-and-congress-while-iran-tests-rockets

Obama Spys on Israel (and Congress) While Iran Tests Rockets

kingsjester on December 30, 2015 at 7:59 AM

M O E

Message Of End

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 30, 2015 at 7:59 AM

Well, if Tramp wins the GOP nomination, Blue Clinton will be the next president. You howler monkeys are going to be the ones most disappointed.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Hmmm, interesting…so you won’t be as disappointed, eh? Interesting Freudian slip there.

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Still no word from Ms. Jackie? Hope all is well.

Thanks for all you do Jazz and wishing 2016 to be the year of Perspective and Inner Peace for you and your family.

Me, looking for a cold beer in the middle of a flood. Thank goodness coolers float.

HonestLib on December 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Exclusive: Johnny Carson Returns to TV

Show ’em how it’s done, Johnny!

Naturally Curly on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Hmmm, interesting…so you won’t be as disappointed, eh? Interesting Freudian slip there.

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Don’t get too excited there curious George. If Tramp wins the nomination, my disappointment will be months old by the time of the general election. I will have come to the conclusion that we are screwed no matter if Blue or Tramp “wins” because this nation is doomed no matter what.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Blah
Bleat
Blare

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 30, 2015 at 8:23 AM

Show ’em how it’s done, Johnny!

Naturally Curly on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM

He did. None of them have measured up.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Obama Spys on Israel (and Congress) While Iran Tests Rockets

kingsjester on December 30, 2015 at 7:59 AM

The spying on Israel is a given. It’s the spying on Congress that is of more concern IMO. If Congressional leaders signed off on the NSA “monitoring,” I want names.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Don’t get too excited there curious George. If Tramp wins the nomination, my disappointment will be months old by the time of the general election. I will have come to the conclusion that we are screwed no matter if Blue or Tramp “wins” because this nation is doomed no matter what.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM

I’m going to go with your earlier statement, skippy. It’s the unmeasured, visceral statements that reveal our true thoughts.

The fact that you’d like to see Hillary as Prez just shows how far off the deep end you’ve gone.

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:26 AM

I’m going to go with your earlier statement, skippy. It’s the unmeasured, visceral statements that reveal our true thoughts.

The fact that you’d like to see Hillary as Prez just shows how far off the deep end you’ve gone.

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Are you actually suggesting that you can psychoanalyze a complete stranger over the internet? Wow, you howler monkeys are even more goddamned stupid than you appear.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM

i take it your a cruz supporter then?

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 8:29 AM

Are you actually suggesting that you can psychoanalyze a complete stranger over the internet? Wow, you howler monkeys are even more goddamned stupid than you appear.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Don’t get too excited there curious George.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Irony.

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Of course I wasn’t saying any of that but, in typical howler monkey fashion, you’re just flinging poo because somebody is critical of the ignorant douchebag you’re supporting in your uneducated unsophisticated way.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Are you actually suggesting that you can psychoanalyze a complete stranger over the internet? Wow, you howler monkeys are even more goddamned stupid than you appear.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:36 AM

I envy people like you. You don’t actually have to think or prove others wrong with fact. You merely have to screech whatever stupidity Trump has issued out for the day. And any challenge is met with insults and the blog-equivalent of flinging your own poo. Your life, as an uneducated idiot, must be so simple and unencumbered. Lucky you.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Are you actually suggesting that you can psychoanalyze a complete stranger over the internet? Wow, you howler monkeys are even more goddamned stupid than you appear.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:41 AM

And in addition to being an internet psychologist, Nappy is also an internet optometrist:

You might want to get your eyes checked if you can’t see the reality of what is going on with Rubio’s campaign. It’s slick but without substance. Almost as pathetic as Trump’s campaign but without the howler monkeys.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Are you actually suggesting that you can psychoanalyze a complete stranger over the internet? Wow, you howler monkeys are even more goddamned stupid than you appear.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

fossten on December 30, 2015 at 8:44 AM

“America wants a female in the White House, and Hillary is close enough.”
Rix on December 29, 2015 at 10:24 PM

LOL. Finally a QOTD thread worth reading.

Cleombrotus on December 30, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Trump is older than Bill but looks and acts LOTS younger.

Bill had a triple bypass. Trump is in pretty good health.

How about a cage match??

fred5678 on December 30, 2015 at 3:34 AM

They were both born in 1946. Otherwise, correct.

Welcome back, Jazz!

I hope Jackie is well.

22044 on December 30, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Katrina Pierson I want to have her babies and I’m not even equipped to have babies.

Who is John Galt on December 30, 2015 at 11:40 AM

♥J♥

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Paladin, HonestLib, my friends,
I’m sorry you’ve been concerned. I hope you’re all well and that the recent bad weather hasn’t been too rough on you and your families and friends.
There was an occurrence very early Christmas Eve morning that has left me deeply saddened. Because I had house guests and they’d come a very long way to be here for Christmas I made the decision not to let them know what had occurred and, instead, made arrangements to resolve the issue after they’d all caught their flights home on Monday. Due to the flooding and snow I was obliged to wait until today.
I’m deeply moved by your regard for me and I appreciate it very much, but please don’t worry. I’ll be back soon. J.

thatsafactjack on December 30, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 7:21 AM

You’d better remember all the names you’ve called Trump supporters….because we sure will.

Solaratov on December 30, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM

i take it your a cruz supporter then?

renalin on December 30, 2015 at 8:29 AM

Obviously. He’s a low-class, ill-mannered, uneducated lout who has no other way to express himself than to insult his betters; rather than engage them in meaningful conversation.

Solaratov on December 30, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Sad to hear J. and hope you resolved and will continue to, soon, best possible, with time and life…

Thank you for checking in and strength and good luck in all.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Sad to hear J. and hope you resolved and will continue to, soon, best possible, with time and life…

Thank you for checking in and strength and good luck in all.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Ditto.

AesopFan on December 30, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Coming to a city near you…

So, voter ID cards, or some form of identification for voting is too much of a burden on society.

Tell that to the feds now.

Millions of air travelers across the U.S. are potentially at risk of finding themselves grounded in the new year thanks to a post-9/11 law that took a decade to finally come into effect.

The REAL ID Act, originally passed in 2005, was meant to tighten standards for government-issued IDs like driver’s licenses — to boot, it banned federal agencies from accepting any IDs that don’t meet the bar.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/29/terminal-confusion-dhs-push-could-make-some-ids-invalid-for-flying.html?intcmp=hpbt1

But this is not a burden?

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2015 at 6:57 AM

Feeling your sarc, Walt, but notice how stinking long it took (a) to pass and(b) to implement this rather important legislation.

Besides, where does it say in the Constitution that Congress shall make no law that is burdensome? We would have to repeal 99% of the Federal Register if that were true.

This is a burden that is acceptable to me – because the only states with DL that don’t meet the standard are issuing them are illegals no questions asked.

Nowhere in this post does the reporter outline what is entailed by the Real ID – which makes the whole story rather uninformative.
Nor does DHS itself at this link
http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs
Here is the relevant information from Wikipedia

A Real ID-compliant form of identification requires the following pieces of data:

Full legal name,
Signature,
Date of birth,
Gender,
Unique, identifying number,
Principal residence address,
Front-facing photograph of the applicant.

Said cards must also feature specific security features intended to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or duplication of the document for fraudulent purposes. These cards must also present data in a common, machine-readable format (bar codes, smart card technology, etc.). …

Before a card can be issued, the applicant must provide the following documentation:[26]

A photo ID, or a non-photo ID that includes full legal name and birthdate
Documentation of birth date
Documentation of legal status and Social Security number
Documentation showing name and principal residence address

Digital images of each identity document will be stored in each state DMV database.

Document verification requirements[edit]
Section 202(c)(3) of the Real ID Act[27] requires the states to “verify, with the issuing agency, the issuance, validity, and completeness of each document” that is required to be presented by a driver’s license applicant to prove their identity, birth date, legal status in the U.S., social security number and the address of their principal residence. The same section states that the only foreign document acceptable is a foreign passport.

The DHS final rule[15] regarding implementation of the Real ID Act driver’s license provisions relaxes, and in some instances waives altogether, these verification requirements of the Real ID Act. Thus the DHS rule concedes that there is no practical mechanism to verify with the issuers the validity of documents proving the applicant’s primary address (such as a mortgage statement or a utility bill) and leaves the implementation of this verification requirement to discretion of the states (page 5297 of the DHS final rule in the Federal Register).[15] However, the DHS rule, Section 37.11(c), mandates that the Real ID license applicants be required to present at least two documents documenting the address of their primary residence.

The DHS rule declines to implement, as impractical, the provision of the Act requiring verification of the validity of foreign passports, presented by foreign driver’s license applicants as proof of identity, with the authorities that issued these foreign passports (page 5294 of the DHS final rule in the Federal Register).[15]

Section 37.11(c) of the DHS final rule allows the states to accept several types of documents as proof of social security number: a social security card, a W-2 form, an SSA-1099 form, a non-SSA-1099 form, or a pay stub bearing the applicant’s name and SSN. However, the states are not required to verify the validity of these documents directly with their issuers (e.g. with the employer that issued a W-2 form or a pay stub). Instead, the DHS rule requires the states to verify the validity, and its match with the name given, of the social security number itself, via electronically querying the Social Security On-Line Verification (SSOLV) database managed by the Social Security Administration.

The DHS rule, Section 37.13(b)(3), specifies that the validity of birth certificates, presented to document the date of birth or to prove U.S. citizenship, should be verified electronically, by accessing the Electronic Verification of Vital Events (EVVE) system maintained by the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), rather than directly with the issuers of the birth certificates (such as hospitals).

Linking of license and ID card databases[edit]
Each state must agree to share its motor vehicle database with all other states. This database must include, at a minimum, all the data printed on the state drivers’ licenses and ID cards, plus drivers’ histories (including motor vehicle violations, suspensions, and points on licenses).
…As of May 11, 2005, several portions of the Real ID Act have imposed higher burdens and stricter standards of proof for individuals applying for asylum and other related forms of relief. For the first time, immigration judges can require an applicant to produce corroborating evidence (8 U.S.C. § 1229a(c)(4)(B). Additionally, the government may also require that an applicant produce corroborating evidence, a requirement that may only be overcome if the judge is convinced that such evidence is unavailable (8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(4)).

Restricting illegal immigrants or legal immigrants who are unable to prove their legal status, or lack social security numbers, from obtaining driver’s licenses may keep them from obtaining liability insurance and from working, causing many immigrants and foreign nationals to lose their jobs or to travel internationally in order to renew their drivers license. Furthermore, for visitors on J-1 and H1B visas, the fact that visas may expire before their legal stay is over (this happens due to the fact that J-1 Visas are issued with a one-year expiration date but visitors are allowed to stay for their “duration of status” as long as they have a valid contract) can make the process of renewing a driver’s license extremely complex and, as mentioned above, force legal foreign citizens to travel abroad only to renew a VISA which would not need to be renewed if it weren’t for the need to renew one’s drivers license. Although the new law does allow states to offer “not for federal ID” licenses in these cases, and that some states (e.g., Utah and Tennessee) have already started issuing such “driving privileges certificates/cards” in lieu of regular drivers licenses, allowing such applicants to be tested and licensed to drive and obtain liability insurance,[citation needed] the majority of U.S. states do not plan to offer “not for federal ID” licenses. In October 2007, then-governor of New York Eliot Spitzer announced that the state will adopt a similar “multi-tiered” licensing scheme in which the state will issue three different kinds of driver licenses, two of which comply with the Real ID security requirements and one which will be marked as “not for federal ID” purposes.[34] However, following a political outcry, Spitzer withdrew his proposal to issue licenses to those unable to prove legal residence.[35]

I’m kind of okay with burdening people who are here illegally, legally without documentation, or caught in the mess of sorta-kinda-legal visas.

Going to funerals for people killed by illegal felons and terrorists is a real burden.

AesopFan on December 30, 2015 at 8:33 PM

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