Friday, February 26, 2016

Trump, Rubio, some humor and more political news

ER Visit Tuesday
On Saturday, I started my first head cold in over eight years. Usually using a Neti pot twice a day, 365, holds them at bay. Not this time. It grew worse day by day, finally, Tuesday, I got up with a temp of 100, dropped to 99 an hour later, was 98.8 when I got up again at noon. Blood pressure was 88/49. Coughing got worse by the day, very productive with color in it. Had some chills during the night. So I checked in with my transplant coordinator. She sent me to the ER for tests. It looked for a while as if they would keep me, but thankfully not.  No flu. Blood work okay. Chest x-ray not great, but no worse than in December. So they gave me a course of antibiotics and sent me home with strict instructions to return if I got worse.  Some better each day since, though still coughing more than normal, and very tired. We shall see. ~Bob

No Surprise: Gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for president
No Surprise: Gov. Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump for president
No one should have been surprised. Ah, yes, Chris Christie, who was my least favorite candidate until Trump jumped in. Christie, who's "hurricane bromance" with Obama in October of 2012 gave the Democrats momentum going into the election, angering conservatives. Christie, who has been soft on punishing Jihadists and tough punishing political opponents in NJ. Christie, long vilified as a RINO by conservatives. Now from the uber-RINO Trump. Trumpeters will no doubt now declare that Christie, like Trump, has always been a staunch conservatives, a fact no one noticed a couple of years ago. Christie can't be angling for the VP spot, as someone on Fox said. A Trump-Christie ticket would get crushed in both NY and NY, and do worse in the rest of the country. But given how bleak Christie's political future looks in NJ, he is clearly hoping for a spot in DC. My guess is his price is AG in a Trump Administration. But if there is a Trump administration, Christie may appoint him, but he and all Trump supporters will be bitterly disappointed at the end of the first year. You read it here first, though I pray I don't get to say, "I told you so." ~Bob

Excerpt: Christie spent a year telling the world that the entitlement crisis is the gravest threat to the future of the country (for instance, in the January 14 debate: “The reason why no one wants to answer entitlements up here is because it’s hard”). But the day after Trump insisted that we don’t need to touch entitlements and that we can balance the budget by finding “waste, fraud and abuse” and eliminating Common Core, Christie comes out and celebrates Trump as the guy the country needs. Christie boasted constantly about the need to tell the American people hard truths and he endorsed the guy who tells little more than easy lies. What a profile in courage.

4 reasons Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump

Chris Christie’s despicable endorsement of Trump

Too Funny: Feel the yearn! BernieSingles.com aims to connect Sanders supporters looking for love
Excerpt: This was bound to happen. Millennials love Bernie Sanders. And millennials love online dating. Enter BernieSingles.com, a website aimed at connecting the Vermont senator’s single supporters who may be looking for that special fellow democratic socialist. (My first thought was, "Dear God, progressives are going to breed." Then I remembered they have tenure at the universities, so they don't have to breed, merely indoctrinate the children of moderates and conservatives. I expect that some trolls will sign up pretending to be young, single attractive Bernie supporters to mess with them for entertainment. My next though was we should start a website for single, female leftist multiculturalists wanting to meet your Muslim immigrant men to make them feel welcome. No better way to educate them on the position of women in Islam and under Shari'a Law, a position enforced by violence. "Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them."--Qur’an 4:34. ~Bob)

Report finds Obama rule could cost low- and middle-income earners billions. By M.D. Kittle
Excerpt:  An Obama administration’s hastily implemented retirement investment rule, sold as a middle-class white knight to greedy Wall Street brokers, could cost U.S. retirement savings as much as $80 billion a year, according to a congressional report released this week. “The Labor Department’s rule threatens to harm low- and middle-income Americans by increasing the cost of investment advice,” U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a statement Tuesday.

Fast and Furious Court Victory for Judicial Watch. By Tom Fitton
Excerpt: This is an important story about Judicial Watch’s complicated and complex investigation into the Obama administration’s deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal.  And this is one story that should be shared far and wide. Earlier this week Judicial Watch was pleased to announce that we scored a victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding a September 5, 2013, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for all records of communications between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on settlement discussions in the Committee’s 2012 contempt of Congress lawsuit against former Attorney General Eric Holder. The contempt citation stemmed from Holder’s refusal to turn over documents to Congress related to the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.  The appeals court decision was issued last week, on February 12. (Really good news! Thank heaven for these guys and their persistence.  Someday the ugly truth my finally come out despite all the desperate efforts to maintain a huge coverup.  Won't that be nice, to be able to demonstrate the idiocy, incompetence, and then deceptions committed by the Obama leadership in this particular case? --Del)

Worth Reading: : How African-Americans and African Immigrants Differ: The rift between African-Americans and recent African immigrants to the United States.  By Jacob Conteh
As an immigrant to the United States from Sierra Leone, I perceive a huge chasm between African-Americans and African immigrants in the United States. That chasm has widened over the years. It has caused deep animosity between many African-Americans and their African immigrant cousins. The chasm has prevented African-Americans from participating in the current economic boom in Africa and it has shut many African immigrants out of opportunities for economic advancement here in the United States. ... However, the time has come for African Americans to realize that while racism still persists, the best thing they can do for their children is to teach them to take full responsibility for their actions. Fathers need to take care of their children and young women need to stay in school instead of having children. It is only when black people, be they from Africa or America, unite to instill discipline and respect for each other that the chasm that has divided us will narrow. Then we can finally work together to remove poverty from our people both here in the United States and Africa. (I have been fortunate to get to know several immigrants from African countries, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and this article mirrors what I heard and learned from them.  Their initial reactions to the push from Black Americans to join in local psychology about race was puzzlement and then lack of enthusiasm, for which they ended up getting flak.  My Nigerian pharmacist lady was told she was an "oreo" because in Pharmacy College she was studying with the other advanced students, who were White! The writer makes an excellent final point. --Del. A few years ago in DC I met an African immigrant working as a waiter, while he got his second degree. he was very unhappy with illegal immigrants, having waited in line for several years to come here. Very sharp guy. ~Bob)

Squandered: Our Military's Technological Edge. BY STEPHEN GREEN 
Excerpt: Daniel L. Davis reports on the Pentagon's broken procurement system:
The rest of the world has simply not suffered from the same acquisition impotence as the Pentagon. The yawning capability gap that once existed between the United States and the rest of the world has now shriveled to nearly nothing. The clearest example—and should be the most embarrassing to America—has been the creation and now production of the Russian Armata Universal Combat Platform. (We used to lead, by far.  No longer, the bureaucracy, the politicians, the lobbyists, have all combined to make weapons development a huge, expensive, never-ending boondoggle.  This is crazy, and dangerous, really dangerous. --Del)

Bernie Sanders will take it all the way to the convention. Here’s why.
Excerpt: It’s perfectly plausible — though far from certain — that by mid-March, after the voting in another two dozen states or so, Hillary Clinton will have accumulated an advantage over Bernie Sanders in delegates that is all but insurmountable. But even if that does happen, the Democratic contest probably won’t end there. Because it may be in Sanders’s interests to take this all the way to the Democratic convention this summer. And it’s likely that he’ll have the means to do so, as well.

Anti-Gun Senator: Lee sentenced to 5 years to 9 years for political corruption
Excerpt: Yee, a Democrat, formerly represented the western half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County in the state Senate. Yee and Jackson were arrested in March 2014 and have been free on bail since then. (Anti-gun state senator headed for the big house for running guns and public corruption. Good. --Joe)

California Senate's Top Gun Control Advocate Arrested In Firearms Trafficking Plot

Marco Rubio keeps losing. So did Bill Clinton.
Excerpt: Notice the distinct lack of 1's. Yet Rubio's still in, and many people think he's still got a shot, if he can consolidate the establishment vote and then the anti-Trump vote. But he keeps losing! Trump's rolling. Well, no. They probably have the burden of proof, but they're not necessarily delusional. The recent history of nominations, in fact, makes clear that the fight can often be long, drawn out -- and the eventual victor slow to get out of the gates.

Worth Reading: Donald Trump-Christian Martyr. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: “Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it and maybe there’s a bias,” Trump said. Cuomo cut in again: “You think you can get audited for being a strong Christian?” “Well, you see what’s happened,” Trump said. “You have many religious groups that are complaining about that. They’ve been complaining about it for a long time.” “Spit take” doesn’t even come close to describing my reaction. As it was, I gagged so hard my spleen almost came out my nose. It was nearly the first recorded instance of spontaneous self-mummification. I scared the cats because I reacted like members of Delta House when the picture of Flounder appeared on the screen. There are two possibilities here. Either Donald Trump believes what he said, or he doesn’t. If he does believe this, he’s sufficiently delusional to disqualify himself for public office. If he doesn’t believe this, he thinks his conservative Christian supporters are morons. ... The IRS is different. It’s like the eye of Sauron searching the land for “strong Christians.” When its cruel gaze landed upon the failed casino magnate, beauty-pageant impresario, thrice-married and confessed adulterer who’s talked about how his own daughter is so hot he’d date her if she wasn’t his daughter and bragged about how it doesn’t matter what critics say about you so long as “you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass,” and who told Howard Stern that his ability to avoid getting the clap while sleeping around was his “personal Vietnam,” the IRS immediately saw the truth of the matter. (Yes Donald Trump, who turns 70 in June two months after I do, and his 45-year-old Russian model third wife, are winning the "Family values" vote. ~Bob. How is it that Trump has never mentioned the fact that he’s being audited by the Internal Revenue Service every year for twelve years before? How is it that Mr. “Two Corinthians” never bothered to mention that he believes he’s being targeted -- since before the Obama administration! -- by the IRS over his religious belief. And last night he started hedging on whether he’ll be able to release his returns until this audit is complete. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Of course: Donald Trump Empire Sought Visas For At Least 1,100 Foreign Workers
Won't matter at all. His supporters don't care what he has said or done in the past, they love what he said today. And if, as so often happens, he says something different tomorrow, they love that too. After all, "he tells it like it is" and that changed daily. ~Bob

Rubio pounds Trump at Houston debate. Cruz, Kasich, Carson left on the sidelines

A Rubio-Cruz Ticket Might Be the Only Way to Stop Trump. By Jonah Goldberg
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431778/marco-rubio-ted-cruz-stop-donald-trump

Excerpt: In June 2009, Richard and Shelly Hewson paid the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, an educational venture owned by businessman and now–presidential candidate Donald Trump, $21,490 for classes that promised to teach them how to flip homes for profit. They ponied up the high price “because we had faith in Donald Trump,” Richard wrote in a January 2015 affidavit. “We thought that if this was his program, we would be learning to do real estate deals from his people who knew his techniques.”

Poll: Trump’s negatives among Hispanics rise; worst in GOP field

WaPo Fact Checker: Timeline of Trump’s comments on Iraq invasion: Not loud, not strong, and no headlines
Excerpt: March 21, 2003: Trump actually praises the invasion in an interview with Fox News. BuzzFeed News published an audio clip, where Trump says: “Well, I think Wall Street’s waiting to see what happens but even before the fact they’re obviously taking it a little bit for granted and it looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint and I think this is really nothing compared to what you’re gonna see after the war is over. … I think Wall Street’s just gonna go up like a rocket, even beyond, and it’s gonna continue and, you know, we have a strong and powerful country and let’s hope it all works out.” 

Mitt Romney believes ‘there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes’
Excerpt: Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney  assailed billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump on  Wednesday afternoon for failing to disclose back taxes, repeatedly suggesting that the billionaire’s financial records may contain “a bombshell” that could damage his White House bid. “I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes. I think there is something there,” Romney said on Fox News’ “Your World” with Neil Cavuto. “The reason I think there is a bombshell in there is because every time he is asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays.”

Worth Reading: After screaming for a real conservative for years, will Republicans nominate a liberal?
Excerpt: Outside of immigration, Donald Trump is a liberal. Outside of immigration, Donald Trump is to the left of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and at times he’s even to the left of Hillary Clinton. Immigration is Donald Trump’s Republican stance. On just about everything else, he’s running as a democrat. His supporters don’t see it that way. They usually fall into one of two camps: those who believe he’s a conservative because of his immigration stance and those who are switching to his populist narrative and not worrying about conservatism anymore. The first group gets something of a pass since they’re simply being misled by Trump’s incredible sales pitch and his unwillingness to offer details about his policies. (Even on Immigration, he once said that the Dreamers had convinced him. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The tough choices of overseas intervention. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The United States has targeted a lot of rogues and their regimes in recent decades: Muammar Gadhafi, Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Manuel Noriega and the Taliban. As a general rule over the last 100 years, any time the U.S. has bombed or intervened and then abruptly left the targeted country, chaos has followed. But when America has followed up its use of force with unpopular peacekeeping, sometimes American interventions have led to something better. The belated entry of the United States into World War I saved the sinking Allied cause in 1917. Yet after the November 1918 armistice, the United States abruptly went home, washed its hands of Europe’s perennial squabbling and disarmed. A far bloodier World War II followed just two decades later. It may have been wise or foolish for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to have intervened in Vietnam in 1963-1964 to try to save the beleaguered non-communist south. But after 10 years of hard fighting and a costly stalemate, it was nihilistic for America to abandon a viable South Vietnam to invading communist North Vietnam. Re-education camps, mass executions and boat people followed — along with more than 40 years of communist oppression.

Wisconsin’s right-to-work law goes on trial
Excerpt: Right-to-work goes on trial in Dane County on Thursday morning.
The Machinists Local Lodge 1061 at 10 a.m. is slated to argue its case in a Dane County court that Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker last March, is unconstitutional. The union filed its original lawsuit one day after Walker signed the bill.

First John Doe documents released from lawsuit show GAB’s partisan motives. By M.D. Kittle  
Excerpt: Waukesha County Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr. has issued an order unsealing “the vast majority of the parties’ filings” in a taxpayer lawsuit brought against the GAB by conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth. The first round of documents were being released Thursday, although some records that could prove particularly embarrassing to the GAB will have to wait. The agency has 30 days to decide whether it wants to appeal their release.

Conservative leaders consider ditching Cruz for Rubio: report
Super Tuesday may be too late. ~Bob

Horowitz: Where the Hell was Trump When We Needed Him?
Excerpt: This begs the question: Where the hell was Donald Trump’s aggressive voice and impervious persona when we needed him on this fight or any other political battle?  We are not talking about ancient history here; this was three years ago.  If his passionate words about our sovereignty are to be taken at face value, it’s hard to explain his silence at the time.

David Duke: Voting against Trump is 'treason to your heritage'

The white nationalist and former KKK grand wizard encouraged his listeners to volunteer for Trump.

His Supporters Don't Care: Donald Trump's Orgy of Irresponsibility
Excerpt: Donald Trump does not try to ingratiate himself by telling Americans how good they are. He does it by telling them it's commendable to be bad. His campaign is not so much a challenge to prevailing standards as a rejection of all standards.  Other candidates fudge, exaggerate, and mislead, but they operate within accepted limits on dishonesty. Trump denies truth and embraces falsehood. He can't be proven wrong because he and his followers deny the authority of facts. He encourages his audiences to trust what they feel—and nothing else.  "Donald J. Trump's record on truth and accuracy is astonishingly poor," Angie Drobnic Holan, a reporter for PolitiFact, wrote in December in The New York Times. "So far, we've fact-checked more than 70 Trump statements and rated fully three-quarters of them as Mostly False, False or 'Pants on Fire' (we reserve this last designation for a claim that is not only inaccurate but also ridiculous)." (Trump's supporters remind me of Obama's supporters--complete unmoved by facts. Reasoning with either one is impossible. At least Bernie supporters know what they want: free stuff paid for be future generations. trump supporters hate most of his past policy positions and support for leftist politicians, but it doesn't matter, they want Trump. Because he tells it like they want to hear. ~Bob)

Few Choices for U.S. as China Militarizes South Pacific. By Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr.

Horowitz: Trump Takes Obama’s Position on Israel

Trump says he WILL release his tax returns – once the IRS is done auditing him – and suggests he was targeted because 'I'm a strong Christian'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3465020/Trump-says-release-tax-returns-soon-IRS-auditing-said-Mitt-Romney-looked-like-fool-delaying-own.html
Is there such a thing as 'a routine audit?' Seems to me if I was a GOP presidential candidate and a Democrat run administration's IRS audited me right now, wouldn't you be upset about it? I think he's a BS'er, period. He said about a week or so ago that he wouldn't release them until after Super Tuesday. ... anyway, why does it matter if he's being audited and we see his returns? --Nanette.

Donald Trump Turned Down 94.4 Percent of American Job Applicants, Applied for Hundreds of ‘H’ Visas Instead
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/431908/donald-trump-immigration-hypocrite-who-ignores-american-workers

Know Who Else Has Received Loans from Citibank and Goldman Sachs? Donald Trump.

NYT Opinion: Register All Guns, License All Gun Owners. By AWR Hawkins       
Excerpt: On February 24 New York Times op-ed contributors Abner Mikva and Lawrence Rosenthal argued that it is time to register all guns and license all gun owners; background checks are not enough. Moreover, the authors suggested such licensing and registration would not violate the Second Amendment. According to the NYT op-ed, background checks are not sufficient, there are too many ways to go around them. “A more effective system would require everyone who owns or acquires a gun to register it.” And a second component to this “effective system” would be a licensing requirement for all persons who wish to register guns. (Yep, registering all guns and licensing all owners is just a great idea.  It's always worked in the past for the governments to set up for initially reducing gun ownership and ultimately seizing guns from the people.  Let's check out the countries where private gun ownership has in fact reduced gun crime to near nothing.  China, Cuba, Viet Nam for starters.  Of course, the detail that there is no freedom in those places can't be important.  Hitler took all the guns from Jews, Stalin took them from about everyone, but hey, let's not dwell on those details. Yes, there is a price the society pays for comparatively free access to guns.  Crazy people use them to kill, criminals use them to rob and kill, and there are accidents as well.  But the absence of gun ownership by the people gives all power to the central government, and our Founders to a man never wanted that to happen.  Neither do it, particularly after seeing how that government has been behaving in the past decades. Mikval and Rosenthal can put their bright idea where the sun doesn't shine, this is just one more of the never-ending attempt to control, control, control everyone that certain ideologues love. --Del)

Money for ISIS Refugees, though: Lacking Basic Gear, Special Operators Stuck Buying Their Own Equipment. By Travis J. Tritten
Excerpt: Sean Matson, who recently left active duty as a Navy SEAL, said the military measured his head four times -- each time before deployment -- with plans to provide him a more advanced ballistic helmet. But the new helmet never materialized. During a deployment in Africa, Matson and six of his fellow SEALs each shelled out about $900 for updated helmets that held the lights, communications devices and batteries needed for their missions. "There was never a clear solution to it, so guys were going out spending $800-$900 on their own ballistic helmet," said Matson, who is now CEO of the military supply company Matbock. (Every time I think I've heard all the bad news possible about undercutting, weakening, inflicting PC, and other abuses of our military, sure enough, along comes another one of those "WTF!  You HAVE to be s*****ing me!" stories.  So here it is.  (But all those people in Congress have great pay, benefits, their own medical plan, and pretty much want for nothing other than a guarantee of being reelected.) --Del)

Worth Reading: Bernie Supporters’ Hatred Of Work Is Why Trump Supporters Are So Mad. By Mark Hemingway
Excerpt: While this reads like so much Hallmark pablum we take for granted, if you think about it, it’s hard not to be offended by this Forest Gumpery. Seriously, did she just say “don’t take a job just for the money”? Is that why Clinton and her husband spent a decade giving speeches to Goldman Sachs for $300,000 and a favor to be named later? Or struck million-dollar deals with shady post-Soviet oligarchs with terrible human rights records? But if there’s another piece of advice here that absolutely disqualifies Clinton for the presidency, it’s “do what you love.” The truth is, that is simply not an option for most people. When it’s 39 degrees and raining in February, do you think the guy who picks up your trash is staring at your acrid, bacteria-laden refuse at 6 a.m. and saying, “Thank God, I love what I do”?

Excerpt: There’s still time to turn it around, of course. But now that many conservatives are moving from the bargaining phase to the depression phase of the K├╝bler-Ross model, we can begin to grapple with the prospective reality of a Trump-versus-Hillary general election. Whether you’re an ideological conservative, a proponent of limited government, or someone who believes that the president has too much power already, you shouldn’t think of this matchup as a contest between horrifying candidates. Rather, you should ask yourself which scenario would be more damaging. I’m pretty sure you’d find that Donald Trump is the form of the Destructor.

Excerpt: Almost as soon as Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee — which may be as early as March 15 — Democrats will surely start to churn out their negative ads.   They will attack Trump’s credentials as a tribune of the little guy by focusing on a money-grubbing venture like Trump University, designed to extract as much cash as possible from people who thought they would learn something from the shell of a school.   They will dissect his business record. They will fasten on his failed casinos and the bankruptcies he used to stiff creditors while maintaining a lavish lifestyle.   They will fry him for hypocrisy on immigration by pointing out that Trump Tower was built by illegal Polish immigrants worked to the bone and that, according to news reports, illegal immigrants are helping build his new hotel in Washington.

Obama Stimulus Dished Out Hundreds Of Millions To FILIPINO Vets
President Obama’s $757 billion economic stimulus program was promoted in 2009 as a way to jump-start the U.S. economy by injecting tax dollars that would stimulate new jobs and growth, especially through spending on new infrastructure like roads and bridges. But hundreds of millions of dollars spent in the program went instead to elderly Filipinos, much of it virtually guaranteed never to make its way back to the U.S. economy. Tucked away in the stimulus was a provision to pay $9,000 each to residents of the Philippines who fought alongside the U.S. in World War II. Those who had become U.S. citizens since the war got $15,000. (As the forensic profiler said, expect the OPPOSITE of what he says. --Barb)

Zuckerberg Berates Facebook Employees Who Think ‘All Lives Matter'
Excerpt: According to Zuckerberg’s recently circulated company memo — obtained by Gizmodo — Facebook has “never had rules around what people can write on our walls — we expect everybody to treat each other with respect.” “Regardless of the content or location, crossing out something means silencing speech, or that one person’s speech is more important than another’s,” the Harvard dropout continued. “I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but… I now consider this malicious as well.”
                                                                                                
Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Iraq: The Real Story: Donald Trump’s account of the Iraq War is all wrong. Why aren’t his Republican opponents saying so? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Donald Trump constantly brings up Iraq to remind voters that Jeb Bush supported his brother’s war, while Trump, alone of the Republican candidates, supposedly opposed it well before it started. That is a flat-out lie. There is no evidence that Trump opposed the war before the March 20, 2003 invasion. Like most Americans, he supported the invasion and said just that very clearly in interviews. And like most Americans, Trump quickly turned on a once popular intervention — but only when the postwar occupation was beginning to cost too much in blood and treasure. Trump’s serial invocations of the war are good reminders of just how mythical Iraq has now become. We need to recall a few facts. Bill Clinton bombed Iraq (Operation Desert Fox) on December 16 to 19, 1998, without prior congressional or U.N. approval. As Clinton put it at the time, our armed forces wanted “to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors. Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world. Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas, or biological weapons.” At the time of Clinton’s warning about Iraq’s WMD capability, George W. Bush was a relatively obscure Texas governor. (Trump's supporters remind me of Obama's supporters--complete unmoved by facts. ~Bob)

VIDEO REPORT – ISIS comes to Montesano Wa

Pat Condell on why Trump is popular.
Condell is a controversial character, but a good communicator and mostly logical.  He points out here a really critical thing about why Mr. Trump is so popular, and he's right. -Del. Condell says Trump is giving us honesty. He is saying things that many people (often me) believe to be true. But he has said many other progressive things in the past. I think his only core values are self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. ~Bob

Didn't Kerry explain the Religion of Peace thing? Kerry on Gitmo Detainee Who Returned to Terrorism: ‘He’s Not Supposed to Be Doing That’
Excerpt: Secretary of State John Kerry lamented Wednesday that a terrorist who the Obama administration released from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay subsequently returned to fight for al Qaeda, telling lawmakers “he’s not supposed to be doing that.” Appearing before the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Kerry made the statement while testifying about the State Department’s budget request for the fiscal year 2017. (Good old John Kerry, always good for a laugh. --Del)

Canadian Imam at Friday Prayers: Rome Will Be Conquered Just Like Constantinople (VIDEO). By Jim Hoft 
I'm currently reading 1453 a history of the conclusion of the centuries old Muslim crusade to conquer the Christian city of Constantinople. Fascinating and frightening. ~Bob

Hungarian Leader Says ‘People Would Hang Me’ If He Accepted Refugees
Excerpt:  ... “If you take a lot of immigrants from the Middle East, you also import terrorism, crime, antisemitism and homophobia,” Orban told Bild. “In Hungary we don’t have ghettos. No areas where you don’t want to go. No scenes like the ones in Cologne on New Year’s Eve." (TRANSFORMATION--What the current US regime wishes for its people...such hatred.  But hey, folks aren't aware.  Keep your noses in that video game, phone, iPod. --Barb)

Of Interest

Humor: DARTH TRUMP - Auralnauts

Humor: Trump Ad by the Poorly Educated

Satire: Fake Bernie Ad

Satire: Winter is Trumping

The Boy Who Became a World War II Veteran at 13 Years Old. By Gilbert King

Ronald Reagan's Humor

The Elephants Who came to Dinner













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