Monday, August 31, 2015

“Why the Dogs of Hell have been Unleashed on Donald Trump”

Coach is Right ^ | 8/30/15 | Wayne Allyn Root 

It isn’t often that Coach is Right publishes an entire piece not written by one of our own staff. But author Wayne Allyn Root has done such a masterful job exposing the fear Donald Trump has elicited from members of the Washington D.C. “Uniparty” and the sheer panic which drives their every response that it would be an injustice to excerpt only the occasional remark.
Americans of every political stripe will recognize the truth of Root’s presentation. Some may not like it or admit it, but there is no getting around it—Donald Trump has turned the political world on its head.
TRUMP By Wayne Allyn Root
Some people are getting very nervous, including Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few. And I know why.
I wrote a book titled “The Murder of the Middle Class” about the unholy conspiracy between big government, big business and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all and all for one. It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich — everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies.
But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. I’ve never seen them this outraged, this vicious, this motivated or this coordinated. Never in all my years in politics have I seen anything like the way the mad dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. When white supremacist David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana , even he wasn’t treated with this kind of outrage, vitriol and disrespect. When a known fraud, scam artist, and tax cheat like Al Sharpton ran...
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Over One Thousand Gather Where Deputy was Executed!

Breitbart ^ | Aug. 30, 2015 | Lana Shadwick 

HOUSTON, Texas — One night after Deputy Darren Goforth was executed at a Chevron station in Houston, Texas, over a thousand people gathered at the site to memorialize the man who was apparently murdered simply because he wore a police uniform. There was an outpouring of support for Harris County Sheriff Deputy Goforth, and for law enforcement officers and their families.
Deputy Goforth was shot execution-style at a gas station on Friday night. The officer was in uniform and was putting gas in his patrol car at a Chevron station in northwest Houston. Witnesses told Breitbart Texas that the shooter shot the deputy in the back of the head and three times in the back.

This brutal killing comes within days of a radio show based in Texas wherein a group of black radicals called for the lynching of whites and killing of cops, as Breitbart Texas reported.
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White Students at Washington State Expected to “Defer” to Non-White Students!

Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jim Hoft 

Campus Reform reported:
“ Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as “illegal alien,” “male,” and “female,” or if they fail to “defer” to non-white students.
According to the syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss’ “Women & Popular Culture” class, students risk a failing grade if they use any common descriptors that Breikss considers “oppressive and hateful language.”…

…White students in Professor John Streamas’s “ Introduction to Multicultural Literature” class, are expected to “defer” to non-white students, among other community guidelines, if they want “to do well in this class.”

In the guidelines in his syllabus, Streamas elaborates that he requires students to “reflect” on their grasp of history and social relations “by respecting shy and quiet classmates and by deferring to the experiences of people of color.”
Streamas—who previously generated controversy by calling a student a “white shitbag” and declared that WSU should stand for “White Supremacist University”—also demands that students “understand and consider the rage of people who are victims of systematic injustice.”
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A summer of Clinton stumbles gives way to an uncertain fall for Democrats!

The Washington Poat ^ | 8/29/2015 | Dan Balz and Philip Rucker 

MINNEAPOLIS — The Democratic Party, whose presidential race has been mostly overshadowed by Donald Trump and the Republicans, heads into the fall with its nomination contest far less certain than it once appeared and braced for a series of events that will have a significant effect on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign. Clinton’s standing has been eroded both by her own shaky handling of the e-mail controversy and by the populist energy fueling the challenge of Sen. (I-Vt.). Her weakened position in the polls has stoked talk about a possible late entry from Vice President Biden, which could dramatically change the dynamic of the race. As the Democratic National Committee wrapped up its summer meeting here Saturday, members were left with a series of questions not just about Clinton, but also Biden, Sanders and the party as a whole.
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General Pertraeus was convicted of this statute. What if no action is taken against H. Clinton?

United States Criminal Code 18USC Section 1924 | 8/30/2015 | Self 

(a) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.

(b) For purposes of this section, the provision of documents and materials to the Congress shall not constitute an offense under subsection (a). (c) In this section, the term “classified information of the United States” means information originated, owned, or possessed by the United States Government concerning the national defense or foreign relations of the United States that has been determined pursuant to law or Executive order to require protection against unauthorized disclosure in the interests of national security.

Question: If Hillary Clinton is not convicted of this statute, (assuming the FBI investigation confirms that a violaton took place) could General Petraeus sue to have his conviction vacated ex post facto on the basis of selective prosecution and the constitutional requirement of equal treatment under the law?

Trump: Republicans ‘become weak’ after being elected!

NYPost ^ | August 30, 2015 | 6:42am | Mary Kay Linge 

Donald Trump lashed out at his fellow Republicans in a speech to a conservative crowd in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday.
The bombastic billionaire said that inside-the-Beltway GOPers “become weak” ­after they’re elected.
“They walk into these magnificent buildings . . . and they go ‘Oooh, I made it,’ ” he mocked. “ ‘I’ll vote for ObamaCare extensions, I’ll do whatever you want.’
“Well, it won’t happen to me, I promise you,” he said.
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Hillary Squirms as Trump Calls Huma’s Husband Weiner a ‘Perv’ and ‘Sleazebag’

Breitbart ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Jordan Schachte 

Hillary Furious After Trump Calls Weiner A 'Perv'
Trump also suggested that Abedin, the daughter of Islamic supremacists — is a security risk.

But Hillary’s defense consisted mostly of an effort to change the subject. “Donald Trump has spent the summer saying offensive things about women, but there is no place for patently false, personal attacks towards a staff member,” said Hillary’s press secretary Nick Merrill.
Clinton’s statement also tried to stigmatize public debate about Abedin’s actions. Trump “should be ashamed of himself, and others in his own party should take a moment to stand up to him and draw the line for once. It’s embarrassing to watch frankly,” she said.
Clinton is surrounded by a protective clique and “Huma now is one of the people,” Trump explained during a speech in Massachusetts on Friday.
“Who is Huma married to? One of the great sleazebags of our time, Anthony Weiner, did you know that? She’s married to Anthony Weiner,” Trump said, before pretending to use an imaginary cell phone in mocking Weiner, who preyed on women using his Twitter account.
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Illegal Alien Child Molester Caught... for the Fourth Time

Freedom Outpost ^ | 8/30/2015 | Michael Ware 

We are becoming accustomed to the liberal way of jurisprudence. Arrest, convict, release, and repeat. For some reason, we have lost the idea of justice and punishment. So, when we hear that a man, who has been convicted of repeated sexual assault, is caught reentering the country, it should hardly rate as news. But, it should cause us to ask how we stop this repeat offender. It seems that the criminal is no longer in fear of justice.
Breitbart reports
A previously convicted child molester who has been deported at least three times is once again in federal custody after being arrested in Texas.
Juan Carlos Alvarez Rodriguez, a criminal alien from Mexico was arrested this week near Alice Texas following a traffic stop by Jim Wells Sheriff’s Office, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.
We know that all sorts of people enter our country illegally. It seems only logical that within the constant stream of people, there would be those who have a proclivity for young children. These people are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Therefore, we should not be surprised that they are also becoming more prevalent in Mexican society as well.
With these people, comes the threat to our children’s safety. We run the risk that these people will escalate their perverse sexual behavior, especially considering the open promiscuity of our decaying society. While these men walk around, unknown to the population, they are wolves hunting undeterred. These animals openly stalk our children, while those elected and paid to protect knowingly release such villains.
Breitbart adds:
During the subsequent interview, agents determined that Alvarez had been convicted in 1998 of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. The criminal alien had also been deported multiple times from the U.S including once in 2006 through San Ysidro California and in 2014 through El Paso.
And we know that Alvarez is not the only pedophile who has illegally crossed over into our country.
Breitbart continues
Texas also reported on Friday about the previously deported, illegal alien sex offender who is being hunted by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl with Down Syndrome in Pearland, Texas. The suspect was deported late last year after being placed on eight years probation for indecency with a child.
Now, here comes the hard part. Why do you think that these people, pedophiles, are continuing to enter and offend in our country? The reason is simple. We are placing them on probation for sexually assaulting our children. What the heck is wrong with us that we would allow repeat offenders to be set free?
We have decided that the life of the criminal and his comfort is more important that the safety of our children. Men, with warped desires, are given preference over defenseless and unaware children, unprepared to defend themselves from these twisted, sinful men.
There is a cure for this kind of problem. All we need to do is to read our Bibles image: to find that God has given to His people a remedy. I would first like to say that since the rape of a woman is a crime worthy of death, this should be a simple fix, but we also see that the incorrigible man is also worthy of death.
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 reads:
18 “If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, 19 then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown. 20 They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.
If we would once again bring the penalty for breaking the Law back to its rightful place in our society, these criminals would either stop or avoid our land. In either case, our children would be safer.

Who is Donald Trump and what does he really stand for?

Coach Is Right ^ | 8/31/2015 | Ed Wood 

When interviewing those who work for him (or who have or have had business dealings with him) negative stories about Donald Trump are curiously lacking. After all the employees he has had and all of the business deals made, there is an unmistakable lack of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and compassionate leader and say he has far more integrity and higher moral standards than many people may think.
And while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that. Generous people rarely talk of the charitable acts they bestow on others.
But interesting as this may be, the thing that people want to know is Donald Trump’s plan for America. It’s funny how many people say they don’t know what it is, or act as though Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework. But as most Americans won’t do their own research, here, in no particular order, is an overview of many of Trump’s positions and plans:
1.) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is going to risk the lives of her soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay the tab. Using the Iraq War as an example, Trump cites the huge expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the incalculable cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of a soldier who suffered severe injury.
2.) Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur who could lead our military back to proper strength. While he hasn’t said it directly that I know of, Trump’s attitude about America and about winning tells me he would be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle and put our soldiers as risk. Clearly Trump is a “win at all costs” kind of guy and I’m sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too.
3.) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 7 core principles:
a. American interests come first. Always. No apologies.
b. Maximum firepower and military preparedness.
c. Only go to war to win.
d. Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.
e. Keep the technological sword razor sharp.
f.See the unseen. Prepare for threats before they materialize.
g. Respect and support our present and past warriors.
4.) Trump believes that captured terrorists should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals, which is the treatment they receive from the Obama administration.
5.) Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of its currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again, drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here. Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes there be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S. This would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive when using their Mexican operations. They would therefore move manufacturing back to the U. S. where jobs would once again be created.
6.) Trump favors passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production, creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.
7.) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering and help put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals other than that which is currently included in the law.
8.) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help replace the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge a 20% tax on companies which outsource jobs overseas. Those willing to move jobs back to America would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to:
a. Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%
b. From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%
c. From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%
d. $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%
9.) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.” He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.
10.) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue. He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country. Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes as citizens have faithfully paid into the system, these services should remain available. The American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with Democrats who believe raising taxes is always the answer for when that is done, the economy is stifled. On the other hand, lower taxes create an environment which will help businesses grow. More workers will be hired and those new workers will also pay taxes. Together it generates more tax revenue for the government.
11.) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state, saying that America needs “a safety net, not a hammock.” He believes in a welfare-to-work program that would help reduce welfare rolls and encourage people to get back to work. And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.
12.) Trump believes climate change is a hoax.
13.) He opposes Common Core.
14.) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest or the life of the mother.
15.) He is pro-2nd Amendment rights.
16.) Trump’s view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman. He also believes that this is a states’ rights rather than federal issue.
17.) Trump supports the death penalty.
18.) Trump believes that there is a lack of common sense and innovative thinking in Washington. (Hmmm… looks like he believes in horse sense!). He says it’s about seeing the unseen and that’s the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around.
He tells a personal story to illustrate the point:
“When I opened Trump National Golf Club at Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom. The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we were losing business because people needed a larger space for their events. Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and permits (since it’s on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million. I took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be done. The problem wasn’t the size of the room, it was the size of the chairs.
They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy. We didn’t need a bigger ballroom, we needed smaller chairs! So I had them replaced with high-end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people. Our visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of years of construction and $5 million of expense. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little common sense.”
On top of saving years of construction and $5 million in expenses, Trump also was able to keep the ballroom open for business during the time it would have been closed for remodeling. This allowed him to continue making money with the space instead of losing revenue during construction.
Donald Trump’s entire life has been made up of success and winning. He’s been accused of bankruptcies, but that’s not true. He’s never filed personal bankruptcy. He’s bought companies and legally used bankruptcy laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time. But he’s never been bankrupt personally.
He’s a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our nation.
Earlier I quoted Trump saying, “I love America. And when you love something, you protect it passionately – fiercely, even.” We never hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans. Donald Trump is saying things that desperately need to be said but which no other candidate has shown the fortitude to stand up and say.
Looking over this list of what he wants for America I see a very necessary set of goals that are long past due. Before we criticize someone because the media does, maybe we should seriously consider what he has to offer.

The sound




Hillary's bathroom




His reflection


5 days away!






Not the best!




Sunday, August 30, 2015


Minimum Wage Hikes


Bigger size?


Job Growth

me either!

Signing up

Take a CRUZ

I will not allow!

The New Feminists




Now that's a border fence!

Race Card




Battle Stations

For no reason!

Work is done?

Have you heard?

Burn at the stake?



Alfred E. Obama

Big Brother




Clinton Rules


Still on!




The Clinton Activist

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hillary Clinton Tells Fox Reporter Ed Henry He can Only ask one Question!

YoungCons ^ | August 28, 2015 | Michael Cantrell 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is practically imploding right before our eyes as her email scandal continues to unravel and she keeps trying to play it down in hopes she can survive the storm.
Given the grilling she’s received from Fox News reporter Ed Henry over the last few weeks, Hillary decided to pull a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook and “handle” the journalist by telling him he’s only entitled to one question.
Yes, she really is that pompous.
Rather than sounding tough, firm, and confident like Trump did when he righteously manhandled Jorge Ramos, Hillary comes off as a mean-spirited, arrogant, self-righteous blowhard politician who’s obviously trying to avoid answering hard questions from the media.
It blows my mind this woman actually thinks she has a chance of winning the nomination and the presidency given the shenanigans she’s involved with.
Then again, I might be underestimating the power of the low-information voter and those willing to cast a ballot in her favor simply because she’s a woman.

Texas Deputy Executed Days After Black Radical Group Calls for Killing Cops!

Breitbart ^ | 8/28/2015 

A Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot execution style at a gas station while reportedly in full uniform. The deputy was filling up his patrol car. Witnesses told Breitbart Texas the shooter shot the deputy in the back of the head and then three times in the back. This tragedy comes within days of a group of Black radicals calling for “lynching whites and killing cops,” as Breitbart Texas recently reported. Witnesses also told Breitbart Texas that the shooter was a black male.
The shooting occurred late Friday evening in Northwest Harris County just outside of Houston. One witness who spoke to this writer said he knew the deputy personally and had just spoken with him about five minutes before the shooting.
He said he saw the man shoot his friend and speed off in a red pickup truck. He said he followed the truck for about two miles until he lost it at a major highway intersection. The truck turned onto Highway 6 from West Road and disappeared.
Deputies in the area confirmed they were indeed searching for a red Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Two teenage girls told Breitbart Texas they saw the shooter fire one shot into the back of the head of the deputy who was simply getting gas for his vehicle. After the deputy fell, they heard three or four other shots. According to the first witness, those shots were fired into the deputy’s back.
The execution of the deputy came just days after black radicals went on an internet radio show and called for the lynching of white people and the killing of cops to “turn the tide” against blacks being killed by cops. Breitbart Texas reported on Friday morning the details of the radio show and the comments that were made.
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Friday, August 28, 2015

What Trump knows that you don't

The Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2015 | W. James Antle III 

When pundits call Donald Trump a "know-nothing," they are not just using a historical if pejorative term to describe his immigration stance. They really mean that he appears to know nothing about public policy or governance.
On the charitable assumption that his blustery, content-free stump speech isn't an act, you'll get no argument here. But Trump does seem to know a lot more about politics than many of his detractors, including those critics who are well versed in the finer details of entitlement reform or international trade policy.
Trump's success in the polls has been particularly frustrating for wonky conservatives. How can so many people buy into the business expertise of someone who so often gives technically wrong answers to economic questions?
Worse, why do so many conservatives seem enamored with a candidate who has taken unconservative positions on issues like taxes, abortion, healthcare reform and entitlements — that is, most of the conservative domestic agenda — and in some cases hasn't even bothered to move to the right on them?
Pat Buchanan gave us a hint in his 1992 Republican National Convention speech, when he spoke of "conservatives of the heart" whose political convictions were more visceral than intellectual. "They don't read Adam Smith or Edmund Burke, but they came from the same schoolyards and playgrounds and towns as we did," he told the delegates.
Many Americans, even those engaged enough to identify as liberal or conservative much less Republican or Democrat, aren't systematic political thinkers. They vote for candidates based on who they like or trust. They cast their ballots on the basis of real and perceived self-interest. To the extent that they approach politics in a more ideological or partisan way, it is often through a nexus of loyalties and identity as much as a specific preference for how high the capital gains tax should be.
A lot of conservatism is based on an inchoate sense that something important about the America of old is being lost. Maybe it's because the government is getting too big, or social values are changing, or the demographics are different, or even a feeling that the country's foreign enemies are ascendant. But conservatives haven't always thought it was morning in America.
Mainstream Republicans have capitalized on these sentiments many times. Party leaders from George W. Bush to Sarah Palin have rallied attitudinal red staters. Trump has just taken this identity appeal to the next level.
But in terms of policy, it isn't just that some conservatives haven't read Hayek. They fundamentally disagree with him. At the grassroots level, the American right has always had strong strains of nationalism and moralism. That's not an inherently bad thing, but the modern conservative movement has generally tried to wed these tendencies to a more limited or even libertarian view of government.
Nationalism and moralism can easily be expressed through strong, activist government as well. The platforms of right-wing parties in Europe and the rest of the world are frequently anything but libertarian, even in the loose sense that Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were.
Trump also understands that many voters across the ideological spectrum aren't looking for a detailed political platform or five-point policy plan as much they want leadership. They want their government, and the people who lead it, to fix things and get things done. They want someone who will fight for them.
All of this annoys conservative intellectuals, who patiently point out to Trump voters that they shouldn't want leadership from someone who supports single payer, or conservative activists, who with increasing impatience try to explain that the right can't be led by a Hillary Clinton/Harry Reid donor.
But certifiably mainstream conservatives, from Andrew Breitbart to Ted Cruz, have employed the fighting terminology long before Trump, with varying degrees of specificity. You knew whom they were fighting — the Left, big government, the establishment, Washington — but they didn't always have the same answer about the ultimate purpose.
Before Reagan, Richard Nixon won two terms in the White House successfully pairing populist, culturally conservative Silent Majority rhetoric with frequently quite liberal policies.
The Donald knows that for many people politics is a team sport. The fans who cheered Brett Favre in Green Bay booed him in Minnesota and vice versa. Trump is trying out for the GOP team and has the marketing experience to sell it. While his pitch may seem crude, with the thrice-married braggart invoking the "great Billy Graham" and calling the Bible his favorite book, but is it that much cruder than the fundraising appeals conservative and Tea Party groups send out daily?
In retrospect, Trump's 2013 appearance at Graham's 95th birthday celebration in North Carolina might have been the biggest tip-off that he was serious about running for president.
When Trump came on professional wrestling broadcasts and trash-talked Vince McMahon, the crowd loved it. He is simply applying the same approach to Jorge Ramos, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. The crowd still loves it.
Finally, as somebody whose success comes as much from his fame as his real estate fortune, Trump gets the celebrity culture. Americans are obsessed with it and reality TV has blurred the lines between entertainment and, well, reality.
The citizenry's desire to keep up with the Kardashians and its anger at the political class has proved a potent combination. Many Americans think the people running their government are jokes, self-promoting blowhards with bad, expensive haircuts engaged in pointless political theater.
Why not have a candidate who will:
A.) Pick up issues with significant political appeal that the establishment in both parties won't touch
B.) Treat the system like the joke that it is and
C.) Lampoon the bad-haired self-promoters just by existing?
Trump may be a blowhard, the reasoning goes, but at least he's our blowhard.
This act is probably less sustainable than the entitlements Trump doesn't want to reform, but for a limited time it can be just as popular with its intended audience. The know-nothing may know a thing or two after all.

The GOP Field That Failed

The Politico Magazine ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rich Lowry, editor, The National Review 

The rise of Donald Trump is, in part, a function of a vacuum.
He is thriving in a Republican field that is large, talented and, so far, underwhelming. There’s 17 candidates and nothing on. Except Donald Trump.
Now, this has much to do with the media, and with Trump’s unique qualities as a showman. He has the advantage of not caring, about anything apparently — the facts, his reputation, or, ultimately, winning the presidency. In consequence, he is a free man.
The Jorge Ramos incident was Trump in microcosm. He did what no other Republican politician could get away with (having a security guy manhandle a Latino reporter) and displayed a cavalier disregard for reality by denying he was having Ramos removed, even as he had him removed. But the episode was mesmerizing, and Trump — in his madcap way — was commanding in how he handled it.
If any other candidate had done that or something similar, it would have been a signature event of his campaign, but for Trump it was just another day on the trail, to be eclipsed by some other memorable event tomorrow.
Trump has at least half a dozen such indelible moments — his bizarre announcement, the John McCain diss, the Lindsey Graham cellphone, the Megyn Kelly fight (x2), the Mobile rally — when the rest of the field has almost none. No speech, no policy proposal, no argument, nothing from the other candidates has come close to capturing the imagination of voters, giving Trump the space to loom all the larger.
The weakness starts at the top, or what was supposed to be the top. In the normal course of things, the establishment front-runner provides coherence to the field. Hence, the expectation that the field would have Jeb Bush and a not-Bush, or maybe two. For the moment, this assumption has collapsed, as the current shape of the field is Trump and everyone else.
This is quite the comedown for Bush. His “shock and awe” has turned into getting sand kicked on him at the beach by a loudmouth and bully. It’s not just that Bush is trailing Trump badly in the polls; he has acceded to the terms of the debate being set by the mogul. It wasn’t long ago that Bush swore off talking about Trump, as basically beneath him. Now, he is sniping with him daily.
Before he got in the race, Bush spoke of only wanting to do it if he could run joyfully. Little did he know that he would be joyously grappling with an ill-informed blowhard who takes it as his daily obligation to insult Bush and trample on the pieties he holds dear.
In the argument with Trump over mass deportation, clearly Bush is right. But the split screen with Trump doesn’t necessarily do him any favors. Trump is such a forceful communicator that he comes off as some sort of throwback alpha male, whereas Bush is such an earnest wonk he looks and sounds like a sensitive dad from a contemporary sitcom. It’s like watching a WWE wrestler get a stern talking to from Ned Flanders.
Bush is not a natural performer to begin with (he struggles with set speeches), and he believes his contribution to the race is to be the nonthreatening Republican, which is often indistinguishable from the uninteresting Republican. So while Bush has methodically built the superstructure of an impressive campaign — with fundraising, organization and policy proposals — he has so far barely warmed up an ember among voters.
Scott Walker, in contrast, had a surge early in the campaign. It dissipated over time when his limited preparation on national issues didn’t match his outsized early press exposure. A so-so debate performance and the rise of Trump have continued his long fade to middle of the pack in the latest early state polling (tied for fourth in New Hampshire and tied for seventh in South Carolina).
Walker’s ability to appeal to both the establishment and activist wings of the party had looked like a strength, but now it seems a precarious balancing act, made all the more difficult by a panicky reaction to Trump.
No sooner had Walker pronounced himself “aggressively normal” in the debate than he seemed to opt for just “aggressive” in an attempt to play to the passions tapped by Trump. Who could have predicted that the Midwestern candidate who tells stories about buying shirts for $1 at Kohl’s would have to play populist catch-up with the New York billionaire who travels by eponymous helicopter?
Walker had already changed his mind about immigration, shifting from support for a “comprehensive” approach to strong opposition to amnesty. Trump has pushed him further, and Walker has gotten tangled up on the issue of birthright citizenship.
Walker had already changed his mind about immigration, shifting from support for a “comprehensive” approach to strong opposition to amnesty. Trump has pushed him further, and Walker has gotten tangled up on the issue of birthright citizenship.
At the Iowa State Fair, he seemed at one point to say that he was opposed to it. Then, he told John Harwood of CNBC he wouldn’t take a position on it. Finally, on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” he danced around a question on the 14th Amendment before saying that anything that goes beyond simply enforcing our immigration laws is a red herring.
Earlier this week, Walker blasted President Barack Obama for hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping for a state visit, even though as governor he had been friendly to China and obligingly wore a Chinese-American flag pin in an appearance on Chinese state TV.
It’s one thing to play to the mood of voters; it’s another to give the appearance of not quite knowing who you are, which is much more deadly than an August dip in the polls.
As for Marco Rubio, for whom expectations have been so high, he has been the least reactive to Trump. His campaign is still betting on the long game. It believes his natural talent will tell over time, but he doesn’t have a natural geographic or ideological base, and his 21st-century economic agenda — although thoughtful — is not likely to stoke enthusiasm among primary voters.
Ted Cruz may be benefiting most from the Trump surge in his strategic positioning. He has a cogent theory of the case, which is that if he is nice to Trump — and the other outsider candidates — he eventually can inherent his supporters. This makes intuitive sense, although Cruz — exceedingly careful in crafting his words and in calculating his interest — is hardly a natural anti-politician.
It is still August, of course. The rules of gravity say Trump will come back down to earth. The media interest that is so intense now could burn out. His lack of seriousness should be a drag over time, and he will still have to weather more debates and presumably — should he stay strong — a barrage of negative ads.
Even if he fades, though, someone else will have to fill the screen. To this point, No one else has been big or vivid enough to do it.

Not Feeling Well... Sick with PIST AWF?

Aug 15 | hapnHal 

I am sorry that I have not been very responsive to post comments lately. I have been somewhat under the weather since my doctors informed me that I have an acute case of Post Islamic Stress Trauma with Apologetic White House Fatigue (PIST-AWF).

For those of you who do not know what that is; PIST-AWF is a newly defined disease that has been found to be widespread and highly contagious.

January, 2015 – Doctors at the CDC released a statement disclosing a new disease that has already infected over half of the United States and is anticipated to continue its rapid spread. The disease itself affects the cells of a person’s entire body then goes dormant. The disease ravages the body and leaves serious side effects. These side effects have been labeled as PIST-AWF.
Symptoms include:
* Severe pain of the scalp from pulling your own hair while viewing your president pander to Muslim terrorists.
* Uncontrollable heartburn at 8:00 PM during the O’Reilly factor.
* Loose bowels from swallowing the fact we elected Obama – twice.
* Extreme pain and discomfort due to vomiting from seeing terrorists murdering innocent people nightly.
* Bleeding from the eyes. This is not Ebola. It is your eyes reacting to accidentally flipping to a channel that shows Al Sharpton as a legitimate news show host and presidential confidant.
Since the disease consumes the entire body, every infected person is then identified as the disease itself.
If you feel you have Post Islamic Stress Trauma with Apologetic War Fatigue, please notify your local election board and place your name on the list for a cure. It is expected, and sincerely hoped, that the cure will be available in November of 2016.

The Lid: The GOP's Dynamic Duo? (Cruz and Trump)

NBC News' The Lid ^ | August 27, 2015 | Carrie Dann and Andrew Rafferty 

If you can't beat 'em, ask 'em to join you! In what is a pretty unusual move for a primary contest, Ted Cruz has invited Trump to join him at a rally to highlight opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. The Texas senator has long appeared to be positioning himself to pick up a chunk of Trump's supporters, including through his efforts to avoid criticism of even Trump's most bombastic statements. Cruz has not attacked Trump, and has in turn been one of the few GOP candidates who have successfully stayed out of The Donald's crosshairs.(As Trump is fond of noting, candidates who have aggressively criticized him haven't fared well in the polls, while Cruz has thrived this summer.)
And take a look at these numbers: In the latest poll from Quinnipiac, Cruz had just a quarter of Trump's support overall (coming in at seven percent, compared to Trump's 28 percent lead,) but he ran much more competitively with Trump among Tea Party Republicans and those who say they are "very conservative." Among Tea Party backers, Cruz captured 21 percent, compared to Trump's 25 percent. So it looks like Cruz has a good reason to believe that he'd get support from a slice of Trump's supporters if the real estate mogul deflates.

•Donald Trump defended his hair and attacked the New York Times during a rally in South Carolina, one of us(!) reports.
•Joe Biden could face an usual challenge if he jumps into the 2016 race: his gender....
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