Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on January 15, 2016 by Allahpundit

The Fox Business debate made clear that the Republican primary is Donald Trump’s race to lose. It’s not only that Trump continues his months-long polling lead and the debate won’t do anything to change that. It’s that Trump’s considerable political skills were on display Thursday evening. Provocative, gauche, funny, emphatic, and fearless, Trump doesn’t back down when the crowd boos him, he holds his own against more polished opponents, and he has identified and exploited the anger of many Republican and independent voters.

But Trump has done something more. He’s become the focal point of the 2016 campaign in a way no other candidate of either party has. Fair or not, it’s Trump’s statements and policy declarations that become fodder for debate questions and force his GOP rivals to respond or adjust. Look at how he’s changed the tenor of Marco Rubio’s campaign from being sunny and future-oriented to being exasperated at the state of the country under Barack Obama. Trump’s suggestion that Democrats would challenge the legality of Ted Cruz’s status as a “natural born citizen” forced Cruz to go on the attack—something Cruz did not anticipate having to do this early…

For much of 2015, the question was, Is Trump serious? The past week should have settled that in the affirmative. So the question becomes: Who will stop Trump? Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio? Chris Christie? Hillary Clinton? And what happens if, as I suspect, the Trump phenomenon cannot be stopped?

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The message that came out of this, the sixth televised G.O.P. debate, was that the Republican nomination is increasingly looking like Trump’s to lose. With the possible exception of Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, who took their shots at the billionaire from New York, the other candidates seemed to have given up any hope of standing up to him. And neither Cruz nor Bush managed to knock Trump down. Now, it appears, only the Republican voters can do that. According to the latest polls, they don’t seem to be in any rush.

After the debate finished, Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush’s former spokesman, estimated on Twitter that Trump now had a sixty per cent chance of getting the nomination. That’s just one person’s opinion, of course, but it reflects a widespread fatalism in the Republican establishment. Trump, once regarded as a political neophyte who would inevitably self-destruct, is now increasingly seen as an unstoppable force.

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What was unthinkable a few months ago no longer is. Trump’s durability in national polls and his standing in the early states have forced GOP leaders — and all his rivals — to confront the possibility that the New York billionaire and reality TV star could end up leading the party into the fall campaign against the Democrats.

Trump is anything but a typical front-runner. In fact, he is the most unconventional and atypical front-runner for as long as anyone can remember. And unless and until he actually wins primaries and caucuses, the race will remain what it has been for months: a confusing mash-up among a relative handful of candidates looking to pick up the pieces of a possible Trump breakdown…

Or it could be a race pitting Trump and Cruz, with establishment candidates destroying one another in the battle for supremacy, the ultimate evidence that the balance of power in the Republican Party has now tipped in favor of the anti-establishment grass roots.

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[T]he debate, the sixth in a nomination contest that has defied predictions, left a GOP establishment that fears disastrous repercussions from a Trump nomination no closer to finding a way to head him off, with the first balloting now a little more than two weeks away.

Trump repeatedly dismissed the nuanced arguments of his peers in favor of the blunt and forceful assertions that have made the billionaire the party’s national front-runner…

Declaring that “I will gladly accept the mantle of anger,” he made clear that he understands what many of his establishment foes still seem not to — that much of what they see as weaknesses in his campaign are the wellsprings of its support. But in this debate, he also sanded some of his sharp edges with humor and worked to humanize himself.

His opponents, by contrast, often acting with visible desperation to attract attention as voters start making up their minds, seemed mostly intent on fighting among themselves. That precluded any single candidate from rising above the others.

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Has Trump already conquered the Republican Party?

It’s more than a legitimate question to ask, especially after the results from our new NBC/WSJ poll and after last night’s GOP debate. Let’s start with the poll: Not only has Trump more than doubled his national lead — from five points to 13 — two-thirds of GOP primary voters (65%) say they could see themselves supporting him. That’s up from just 23% who said this back in March.

What’s more, in hypothetical one-on-one match-ups, Trump tops Rubio, 52%-45%, though he loses to Cruz, 51%-43%. And in a three-way race, it’s Trump 40%, Cruz 31%, and Rubio 26%. So the combined outsider/insurgent wing is at 71%, while the establishment wing is at 26%. Then at last night’s GOP debate, we noticed three developments: 1) Trump has improved as a debater (his response to “New York values”; 2) his antagonists like Jeb Bush have been reduced to asking him to merely “reconsider” (!!!) his Muslim ban proposal; and 3) a cheerful optimist like Marco Rubio has turned much gloomier, suggesting Trump’s influence on the race has even trickled down to the Florida senator…

You know the different stages of grief — shock and denial, pain and guilt, anger and bargaining. Well, have we finally reached the last stage, acceptance?

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So looking at the debate at a distance, in terms of the strategic challenges facing the candidates and lasting damage done or not done, I’m inclined to one big conclusion: Donald Trump won.

Why? Because he’s ahead in the race and suffered no real damage…

It’s pretty simple, I think: If the other candidates don’t raise issues that are a.) important to GOP voters, and on which b.) Trump is at a comparative disadvantage, they’re not likely to gain on Trump. To the contrary, they allow the impression to further sink in that there’s no reason to worry that a Trump presidency would endanger important conservative policy goals—such as repealing and replacing Obamacare, appointing constitutionalist judges, or standing up Putin (and enemies abroad more generally). If the other candidates continue to allow voters to assume that there’s no difference between Trump and them on these (and other) issues, voters will continue to become increasingly comfortable casting their ballot for Trump.

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Months ago, during the Summer of Trump, Republicans looked at the appearance of this gross, comic, orange interloper among them with a mix of shock and disdain. Fox News tried to discredit him as a serious candidate; nobody else onstage knew quite what to do with him. Since then, Trump has created facts on the ground, making himself an indispensable element of the party. He now seems completely normal.

Part of it is that Trump has gotten better, more polished. His cartoonish facial gestures come less frequently. He is less outrageous (and less funny). He seems to control his tone more effectively.

But mainly, Republicans have decided to start treating him as a regular candidate and a member of their party in good standing, rather than an impostor who has hijacked it on a lark

Jeb Bush went after Trump on his unfathomable proposal to exclude all Muslim immigrants, but he did so almost as a supplicant, asking him to “reconsider.” It was as if Bush was afraid Trump would turn on him again, and Trump, recognizing Bush’s gesture as a plea for mercy, reciprocated.

***

A Republican National committeeman delivered a call-to-arms against Donald Trump during a closed-door GOP meeting on Thursday, urging his colleagues to take a forceful stand against those who he said are destroying the party’s brand…

“You can argue with me, but we’re almost terrorized as members of our party. ‘Shut up. Toe the line, embrace each other, and let’s go forward.’ I understand that. But there is a limit to loyalty. I am loyal to this party by speaking out on these very issues,” he said at the private breakfast meeting…

“As a party, we owe it to ourselves to speak up, and not let the tail wag the dog, and not let someone say, all of a sudden, ‘If you don’t play my game, then I’m running as an independent.”…

At one point, Redfield acknowledges the visceral anger that Trump, with his tell-it-like-it-is style, has tapped into — but warns that letting anger consume the party would prove costly. “You always hear the argument, ‘Well, this is what people are thinking.’ So, if this is what people are thinking in this party, as far as I’m concerned, we’re going in the wrong direction,” he says.

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“I’ve been much more blunt in the past couple of weeks when I talk to these guys,” said Rick Wilson, an outspoken Trump critic and political strategist who advises several major Republican donors. “I’ve said, Look, you guys pay me money to tell you what’s going on, and you have to start taking [Trump] seriously. When President Hillary Clinton names her second or third Supreme Court justice, I’m going to call and tell you, ‘I told you so.’ When Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer fucks over your industry, I’m going to call and say, ‘I told you so.’”

Liz Mair, another Republican strategist who doubles as a Trump-hostile talking head on cable news, expressed frustration that the GOP donor class isn’t urgently mobilizing against The Donald.

“The Republican Party’s strategy with regard to dealing with Trump is basically prayer — and that’s it,” said Mair, who launched a “guerilla” political group in November aimed at “destroying” the candidate. “I think there’s a lot of people in the party who go to bed every night and pray that our long partisan nightmare will be over. But they don’t do anything to change the equation.”

“It’s disconcerting, to be honest,” Mair added.

***

Trump is an angry man, and Republican voters—or at least, 34 percent of them—love it. His competitors know this, and they’re trying to mimic it. Cruz promises maximum force against “radical Islam”; Rubio angrily denounces President Obama for “undermining the Second Amendment”; and Christie channels his old, raging New Jerseyan persona by slamming his opponents for dodging questions (“You already had your chance, Marco, and you blew it!”). But none of these candidates is as convincing or as compelling as Trump, who commands the stage with firm attacks on America’s alleged enemies—foreign and domestic—and can easily parry his own opponents’ attacks, as he did in an exchange with Cruz on “New York values.” Trump hasn’t just improved from his previous debates; he’s grown beyond expectations. You could argue, fairly, that he’s the best politician in the race. Trump has the juice, in other words, and it’s hard to see how he loses it…

Which is to say that, for the establishment, this debate changed nothing. The status quo is where it was on Wednesday. Trump is still the front-runner. And judging from his dominance in the debate, he might even expand his lead. Cruz is still the next most likely choice, and if he loses support, the beneficiary isn’t Rubio—it’s Trump. It didn’t have to be this way—there was a point where mainstream Republican voices could have stopped Trump with money and effort—but now it’s too late.

Now, instead of brushing Trump aside, Republican elites are learning to love the Donald and accept him as a potential nominee, or at least a candidate they can work with. Put differently, Republicans are beginning to prepare for a world where Donald Trump, celebrity nativist, is their leader.

***

Trump and his supporters like to talk in sweeping and apocalyptic terms, and I’ve no inclination to do the same. The United States does not face any “existential” threats, there will be no Norman landing, no Mongol invasion. But it would be naïve to dismiss as bigotry or anxiety what so many voters feel deeply — that the country is in the middle of a profound and perhaps negative transformation. At some point, our debts do become unpayable. At some point, immigration does alter the traditional suite of American virtues. At some point, the terrorists do threaten our security. And consider: If the Islamic State were to conduct a major attack on American soil during a Hillary Clinton presidency, would the electorate turn to Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio? Or would the ranks of Trump-style partisans swell, and 2020 end up as a race dominated by a candidate who is not a buffoon but a nasty demagogue in a much older European mold?

If Trump is where Republican primary voters choose to go, the best thing for the country might be not to defeat him, but to push him into office and temper him there…

If Trump wants to win, he will have to balance his ticket, at least a bit — Rush Limbaugh is not a viable vice-presidential pick. A President Trump would probably have to select his Cabinet from among Republican officeholders, and they would still have to be confirmed by the Senate. Every member of Congress would be far more jealous of his constitutional authority under a Trump administration. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have refused to impede the usurpations of authority by a president from their own party, but Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell wouldn’t. Likewise, the massive complex of Washington bureaucrats, which raced to carry out President Obama’s tasks, would surely drag (if not dig in) its heels. And Republican governors, too — reliable conservatives such as Scott Walker, Nikki Haley, and Mike Pence — would not bend to Trump simply because of his party affiliation…

I do not want Donald Trump to become president. His election would be bad for conservatism, for the Republican party, and for the country. But we do not know the contours of a Trump presidency; they may still be able to be shaped by more sober minds. We know well, though, the likely contours of a Clinton presidency — and there is reason to think that it would prove worse. Weighed against Hillary Clinton now, and against the demagogues who could arise if things continue down the current path, Republicans’ best course might be to support Donald Trump.

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he fancies himself a poet
a poet everybody
a poet

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:37 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:28 AM

.
Oh … I’m afraid that’s the glass of water I just knocked off the TV tray, next to my computer (how embarrassing).

My apologies … I’ll handle it…

listens2glenn on January 16, 2016 at 1:35 AM

I was thinking the kitchen sink. ;)
I never have time anymore for qotd..was ready to go!

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:38 AM

Looks like most bailed..or passed out.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:39 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:35 AM

I have yet to hear the donald
speak a complete coherent sentence.

could be?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:39 AM

Wife just got home … I’m outta’ here . . . . .

(till later in the morning)

listens2glenn on January 16, 2016 at 1:39 AM

how can you have pudding
if you don’t eat your meat?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:41 AM

I like dripping..so my choice. ;)

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:36 AM

Given the choice, I’ll go for dripping, too…

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 1:41 AM

This thread is dripping…c’mon y’all..liven up.
Its TGIF. :)

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:28 AM

Was just listening to the last video, above, with Beck. He’s sick.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 1:41 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:35 AM

I have yet to hear the donald
speak a complete coherent sentence.

could be?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:39 AM

I understand him and I don’t even speak yankeee..lol
He doesn’t use enough details at times..I think he could ramp that up.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:41 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:28 AM

Was just listening to the last video, above, with Beck. He’s sick.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 1:41 AM

I need to. Jumped on here then the phone..I didn’t pursue the post.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:46 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:41 AM

used to do a lot of work for a company man who spoke okie

I understood everything he said, therefor I got all his work.
the donald, who knows what the hell he said. I don’t.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:47 AM

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:47 AM

Not a fan?

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:48 AM

It’s okay Schad..I have an enemies list..;)

Beck is always such Mr. Drama-yawn

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:52 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:36 AM

Given the choice, I’ll go for dripping, too…

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 1:41 AM

That’s my friend.

I guess I’m asking a lot, it’s almost 2.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:53 AM

It’s okay Schad..I have an enemies list..;)

Beck is always such Mr. Drama-yawn

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:52 AM

….huh!……”enemies list“…….hmmm…….interesting…….

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 1:55 AM

Jackie’s not here..maybe I can summons here.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:55 AM

her

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:56 AM

Eric Bibb – “Shine On”

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 1:57 AM

Not a fan?

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:48 AM

?

Mr. trump
reckon not

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:52 AM

….huh!……”enemies list“…….hmmm…….interesting…….

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 1:55 AM

Hey WG..long time no see.
I take it you don’t have an enemies list?
I don’t do anything with mine..just keep my eye on them.
I like my freedom to much.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

Who are you leaning towards, Fred?

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

Jackie and Axe have been conspicuously absent for two days… Bmore for a week of more.

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

Hmmmmm…..I wonder what they’re up to.
B’s always working.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:00 AM

Who are you leaning towards, Fred?

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

cruz

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 2:01 AM

Crassical Glass………

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:01 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

cruz

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 2:01 AM

He’s my 2nd in line…may move to 1st. I have time and am watching closely.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:02 AM

Crassical Glass………

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:01 AM

Impressive… never hear of him before…

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 2:05 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:02 AM

yes it’s still too early to commit 100%
they could still step in some shit and
i don’t want ’em wipin’ their feet on my porch steps.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 2:06 AM

Riot – “Born in America”

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 2:07 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:02 AM

yes it’s still too early to commit 100%
they could still step in some shit and
i don’t want ’em wipin’ their feet on my porch steps.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 2:06 AM

Yes Sir. That’s why I don’t early vote either.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:08 AM

Haven’t read the thread yet, but I’ll weigh in anyway ;)
This entire piece from Ian Tuttle at National Review Online is worth reading — restrained, meditative, and quietly hysterical.

..I do not want Donald Trump to become president. His election would be bad for conservatism, for the Republican party, and for the country. But we do not know the contours of a Trump presidency; they may still be able to be shaped by more sober minds. We know well, though, the likely contours of a Clinton presidency — and there is reason to think that it would prove worse. Weighed against Hillary Clinton now, and against the demagogues who could arise if things continue down the current path, Republicans’ best course might be to support Donald Trump.

J.E. Dyer on the debate: closing remarks.
http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/01/15/good-debate-didnt-change-anything/

Trump comes across as a fighter because he doesn’t shrink from the implications of his most clearly articulated positions. Now, I don’t think he is a fighter in the way Ted Cruz is. Trump has a native hard-headedness that serves him well in many situations, and he has the admirable, indispensable quality of moving forward: dropping old baggage, believing in renewal, creation, and a better future. He doesn’t recognize any such concept as permanently “losing.”

But that’s not the same thing as having a vision in your head of what ordered liberty is supposed to look like for humanity, and knowing what kind of “good ideas” you have to stand against for the use of government, because those ideas never work out the way their advocates insist they will.

Trump is used to managerial ideas working out – or not, and then you liquidate the bad idea and do something else. I perceive Cruz to be the one guy on that stage who knows, with such certainty that he will say no to things on principle, that this dynamic doesn’t apply to government and never will. You will always regret even letting it get started.


But in the meantime, [Trump] sure sounds like a fighter to a lot of the voters in 2016. It’s time to start having the votes, and seeing where the people really stand. The only prediction I make is that voters will not be flocking to the candidate(s) who strive for the safest and most reassuring, mainstream profile. Business as usual – the magic Romney, McCain, or Dole the RNC back-roomers always long for – would mean more of the suck people are having to embrace right now, and that’s not what voters want.

Myra Adams: http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/01/15/3-time-bomb-issues-the-presidential-candidates-are-ignoring/

Sadly, the presidential campaign’s great capacity for amusement obscures deep national discourse needed on many important problems. Chief among them are what I call three “time bomb” issues: infrastructure cyber-attacks, the U.S. government’s unfunded liabilities, and apocalyptic Islam. All three are currently careening out of the government’s control with the potential to negatively impact, dramatically alter, or create tremendous chaos throughout our civil society.

Moreover, out on the campaign trail, during debates and in the media, no presidential candidates of either party is raising these issues to the degree warranted by their severity – if at all.

The candidates are playing to the issues that are of interest to the voters, and the media is not only carefully ignoring these, but suppressing them. And the moderators pick the questions.
I would like to see more autonomy for the candidates at the debate, but nothing stops them from raising issues on the campaign trail.
However, most of the electorate doesn’t have the background to even understand the first two, and the hysteria from the Left on the last one is hard to punch through.
Which is why Trump is gaining ground: he Just Says No.

Donald Trump didn’t hesitate when asked whether he’s had second thoughts about his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. “No,” he replied during Thursday night’s debate. “We have to stop with political correctness.”

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:10 AM

learning to fly

watch ApacheWhoKnows bouncing around in the wheat field.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 2:14 AM

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:10 AM

I keep asking myself, “What happens when people start picking up their guns?”

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 2:19 AM

Donald Trump didn’t hesitate when asked whether he’s had second thoughts about his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. “No,” he replied during Thursday night’s debate. “We have to stop with political correctness.”

Sanity

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 AM

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 1:55 AM

Hey WG..long time no see.
I take it you don’t have an enemies list?
I don’t do anything with mine..just keep my eye on them.
I like my freedom to much.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

………the encroachment of looters and the evil upon the freedoms of men is a sound that is felt and a slight of hand that is heard………no list is necessary for me to hear the shape of evil or see the velvet touch of life-plasma roaring in waves from their vortex……

………lists are not necessary – and only become obsolete and change the moment one makes them….

………one only needs to learn to hear with acuity and feel with veracity to identify the “enemies”……

……….for example: “Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.” –Ayn Rand

and:

……….”Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.” — Ayn Rand…..again

……….Learning the signposts of truth and character – and how the properties of freedom present themselves – alway better than any “list”…..

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 AM

Laughing Hyenas – “Gabriel”

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 AM

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 AM

Thx but my mental list remains. In business, especially.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:24 AM

Crassical Glass………

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:01 AM

Impressive… never hear of him before…

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 2:05 AM

…..he’s one of the people that makes living in this world Better with every moment he is alive – and every musician I know……including me…….pretty much worships his work………

……if you Ever hear of him playing around your area – don’t miss it…..

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:25 AM

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 AM

Thx but my mental list remains. In business, especially.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:24 AM

……business is where I’ve discarded lists like that the most…….people change…..I prefer to see what is in front of me with Clear Eyes and Ears……..those who are evil and have not changed – never disappoint…..they always reveal themselves with the first motion or non-motion they initiate…..I can see it when they walk into the room………when there’s no humility in their bearing – then you know…or – if they try to hide themselves from scrutiny with furtiveness or other techniques…..then you know….

……however – there are those that change…….I hate to say I “see their aura” – but I can see how their inhaling and processing of the world falls around their posture and their bearing…the adjectives they choose and the motions of their bodies and hands…..

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:32 AM

45 Grave – “Concerned Citizen”

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 2:34 AM

want to write hiku
but can’t get ‘nough courage to
so goodnight to you

Fred

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 2:34 AM

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 2:32 AM

Thank you for the words G. I’d rather not reveal what it is I do or why
certain people stay on a list to not be trusted or interfere with my work.
To make it worse..it’s family sometimes. Greed.

“.those who are evil and have not changed – never disappoint…..they always reveal themselves with the first motion or non-motion they initiate”

Nicely said.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:37 AM

As for the cutting out liberals … I think I’m just done with them. And when we “break up” they will be told the reason. Including my mother who will be un-invited to her youngest grandchild’s Navy graduation just because Grandma is a commie freak who supports Obama and is voting for Sanders (confirmed this last night).

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 11:19 PM

I hate to see family dissension over politics.
Perhaps it would be better to have her witness the profound emotion of the ceremony, and contemplate the young people having such a strong commitment and dedication to their country.
Epiphanies have been triggered by such experiences.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:37 AM

jrsrigmvr on January 16, 2016 at 2:34 AM

Good night, Fred. Sleep well.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:38 AM

Donald Trump didn’t hesitate when asked whether he’s had second thoughts about his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. “No,” he replied during Thursday night’s debate. “We have to stop with political correctness.”

Sanity

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 AM

Agreed.

And Cruz?

anotherJoe on January 16, 2016 at 2:39 AM

I did lose a once very dear, close friend because of her liberal views. We were friends for over 30+ years. My kids even referred to her as “Aunt”. But she felt shoving the gay agenda down our throats was of greater value than our friendship. I accepted her as she was for all those decades but she suddenly decided that if I didn’t accept and not just tolerate her life choice, then she didn’t need me. This is liberalism. The deranged libs can have it because I want no part of it.

texasmagnolia on January 16, 2016 at 12:03 AM

So sad.
My HS best-buddy came close to cutting me off over the SSM debate and she isn’t even gay, nor any of her family that I know of.
The issue has a tremendous emotional punch for some reason.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:40 AM

smokeyblonde on January 15, 2016 at 11:19 PM

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:37 AM

I hate it to AF.
My Bio Dad is a lefty but we decided in 08 after things got nasty
to not ever discuss politics. So we don’t and it saved our relationship.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:40 AM

New York’s alright, if you like saxophones!

New York’s alright if you wanna be pushed in front of the subway
New York’s alright if you like tuberculosis
New York’s alright if you like art and jazz
New York’s alright if you’re a homosexual

New York’s alright if you like drunks in your doorway
New York’s alright if you wanna freeze to death
New York’s alright if you wanna get mugged or murdered
New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 12:54 AM

New York values?

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:41 AM

Jackie and Axe have been conspicuously absent for two days… Bmore for a week of more.

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 1:58 AM

Going undercover for the VRWC?

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:42 AM

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:10 AM

I keep asking myself, “What happens when people start picking up their guns?”

PointnClick on January 16, 2016 at 2:19 AM

God help us all.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:42 AM

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 AM

Agreed.

And Cruz?

anotherJoe on January 16, 2016 at 2:39 AM

I know, a major disappointment. I guess he hasn’t
seen what is going on in Germany and other countries in Europe or Scandinavia.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:44 AM

Louis Tillett – “Carousel”

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 2:45 AM

Good-night all.
Enjoy the week-end.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:48 AM

Night AF and all. Off to dreamland.
Have a great weekend.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:49 AM

I know, a major disappointment. I guess he hasn’t
seen what is going on in Germany and other countries in Europe or Scandinavia.

bazil9 on January 16, 2016 at 2:44 AM

Well sure he has but Cruz thinks that we can just better vet the migrants from a few jihadist states, so we let immigrate here about the same number of Muslims.

Problem is you can’t vet the future children of the Muslim immigrants. Like the male shooter was a US born child of Muslim immigrants. Please don’t turn us into Europe with their out of control Muslim populations and rampant rape and No Go Zones and whole blocks of cities that are taken over for their massive prayer rituals.

For what reason do we let them in? To prove that we are ‘compassionate’ and diverse and what not? Leave that for the Democrats. And smiley Haley…

anotherJoe on January 16, 2016 at 2:54 AM

If you care about policy in the slightest, Trump is a joke who often loses arguments to himself. Whether it be Trump from 3 months ago or Trump of 3 minutes ago, he probably claimed both sides of the issue.

Trump believes socialism isnt a problem. Bad management is the problem. He can run this corrupt, bankrupt, and incompetent govt, even if no one else in the annuls of history was able to do it.

But i digress….

Trump will not win the nomination. He isnt the guy. He might have been able to pull it off in 2008 or 2012…not in 2016.

Iowa will surprise people…..Cruz will win….big.

alecj on January 16, 2016 at 2:58 AM

New York values?

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:41 AM

Maybe? :)

Universe – “Cocaine”

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 3:07 AM

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OmahaConservative on January 16, 2016 at 3:17 AM

Somewhere Over The Rainbow | Songs | Tommy Emmanuel….

……absolutely soul-shining…….

williamg on January 16, 2016 at 3:24 AM

John Candy, Bill Nunn, Kevin J. O’Connor – “Born in The USA” from Canadian Bacon

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2016 at 3:48 AM

A Canadian, a Cuban, and an American walk into a bar. The bartenders asks, “what can I get you senator Cruz?”.

VorDaj on January 16, 2016 at 4:08 AM

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OmahaConservative on January 16, 2016 at 4:45 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on January 16, 2016 at 4:54 AM

Got a bolthole, supplies and arms?
cozmo on January 15, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Kentucky.

ConstantineXI on January 16, 2016 at 5:52 AM

Tripwire Alert – North Carolina 2016 Republican Primary Ballot Example…

How the GOPe still plans to get Bush elected.

Magicjava on January 16, 2016 at 7:32 AM

Happy Saturday, y’all!
The best-laid plans of mice, men, and Hillary…

My take: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/hillary-benghazi-and-the-democrat-nomination-inaction-has-consequences-too/

“Hillary, Benghazi, and the Democrat Nomination: Inaction Has Consequences, Too”

kingsjester on January 16, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Shabbat Shalom

In Jerusalem, whole town shut down, except for a few Arab businesses.

In a few hours, the light rail will start back up, the buses will start running and the stores will open.

It’seems light that movie “Dark City,” everything stops and then starts up again.

It’s an interesting culture shock.

Walter L. Newton on January 16, 2016 at 8:27 AM

Gasoline in Altamont Kansas, $1.39 per gallon… Curse you Altamont Kansas…. Errr, no, wait, curse you California, where gas is still averaging $2.79 a gallon.

oscarwilde on January 16, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Glad to hear you made it there, safe and sound. Keep your wit and wits about you, Walter.

A couple of friends saw 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi last night. Their review? Although she is never mentioned, seen or heard in the movie, Hillary is toast.

Fallon on January 16, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Myra Adams: http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/01/15/3-time-bomb-issues-the-presidential-candidates-are-ignoring/

Sadly, the presidential campaign’s great capacity for amusement obscures deep national discourse needed on many important problems. Chief among them are what I call three “time bomb” issues: infrastructure cyber-attacks, the U.S. government’s unfunded liabilities, and apocalyptic Islam. All three are currently careening out of the government’s control with the potential to negatively impact, dramatically alter, or create tremendous chaos throughout our civil society.

Moreover, out on the campaign trail, during debates and in the media, no presidential candidates of either party is raising these issues to the degree warranted by their severity – if at all.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:10 AM

A post by AesopFan on Myra Adams questions above…
Myra must be holed up somewhere watching her Netflix as you click on any Trump Rally and during his Q&A’s he answers these questions from voters. I just watched the one he did in Urbandale, IA and he addressed two if not all three questions above.

Trump is making the GOPe so nervous which is music to my ears because I am FED UP with them. I have been voting party line for decades. These last seven years of Obama’s admin and the GOP promising to stop them and then whining about how many parts of Congress they control and still nothing was the last straw for me. The BLIND and DEAF GOPe didn’t even see this building over the last 5 years and now expect us to come running to their plea’s…

g2825m on January 16, 2016 at 11:28 AM

A Canadian, a Cuban, and an American walk into a bar. The bartenders asks, “what can I get you senator President Cruz?”.

VorDaj on January 16, 2016 at 4:08 AM

I think you are wrong about Cruz’s citizenship status, but the joke is still funny.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Moreover, out on the campaign trail, during debates and in the media, no presidential candidates of either party is raising these issues to the degree warranted by their severity – if at all.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 2:10 AM

A post by AesopFan on Myra Adams questions above…
Myra must be holed up somewhere watching her Netflix as you click on any Trump Rally and during his Q&A’s he answers these questions from voters. I just watched the one he did in Urbandale, IA and he addressed two if not all three questions above.

g2825m on January 16, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Thanks for the correction.
It’s hard to keep up theses days — too many candidates on too many different forums, so much commentary that I have to limit how much I surf the web — appreciation to the HA Commentariat for “crowd-sourcing” more info.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 11:48 AM

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