Friday, March 11, 2016

Today's Worth-Reading Political News and opinion

Out of pocket most of Friday, and will be all day Saturday, so didn't get through the email. Sorry ~Bob

"Power worship blurs political judgment. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." --George Orwell

Must See: Argentina

Trump and the GOP's Move Hard Left

I think not this close: Democrats would deliver blistering defeat to Trump in November: Clinton would win by 13 and Sanders by an even bigger 18

Worth Reading: The Stages of Trumpodism. By Jonah Goldberg, the Goldberg File
Excerpt: I’m losing the will to rebut Donald Trump’s “arguments” because he really doesn’t make any. First of all, most of his interviews are rapidly becoming as journalistically adversarial as the infomercial host asking, “Mr. Foreman, is it really true I’ll lose weight and save money by using the George Foreman grill?” But more importantly, if you listen to Trump’s answers to almost any question about how he will fix a problem, he uses up the first 95 percent of his time explaining, re-explaining and demagoguing about how bad the problem is. (That is, if he’s not talking about polls.) Then in the last few seconds, he says we’ll fix the problem by being really smart or by winning or by hiring the best people. In other words, he has no idea how to fix it. Before Trump gelded him, or before he went to sleep and awoke from his husk with a strange, new, Renfield-like respect for his master, Chris Christie was very good at pointing out how Trump can’t explain how he will do anything. Now no one seems to care. What I can’t get my head around is how other people can listen to this stuff and hear something substantive or serious. I truly don’t understand it. Or maybe I do understand it, and I just don’t want to because I don’t like what it might say about a lot of people I respect.

Excerpt: The divisions are about one man, a singular and profoundly polarizing personality. You can compromise over issues, or address grievances from the party’s rank-and-file to its feeble and teetering hierarchy. But you can’t split the difference over contrasting attitudes toward an egomaniacal Bonapartist whose followers believe that he, and he alone, possesses the magical power to “make America great again” and whose critics believe, with equal fervor, that his reckless, demagogic style, dubious character, and authoritarian tendencies render him altogether unfit for service in the nation’s highest office.

True, this: If You Are a Trump Supporter These Are The 9 Things I Assume About You

In anti-Trump move, Rubio frees up Ohio supporters to vote for Kasich

Ben Carson’s endorsement: He says there are ‘two different’ Trumps, one of them more ‘cerebral’
If Trump has a cerebral side, he's kept it hidden from me for decades. Christie didn't surprise me, but I thought better of Carson. ~Bob

Ted Cruz Might Still Be Able To Stop Donald Trump. All he needs is for Rubio to drop out three weeks ago. By NATE SILVER
Excerpt: The exit polls in Michigan and Mississippi asked voters who they’d pick in a two-way race between Trump and Cruz, also giving them the option to say they’d sit out the race. Among Rubio voters, on average between the two states, about 75 percent said they’d still vote in a Trump-Cruz race, and of those, 80 percent would prefer Cruz to Trump. Kasich voters were somewhat more equivocal; 55 percent said they’d still vote, and of those, two-thirds would go to Cruz over Trump. Although this is the first time the exit polls have asked about one-on-one matchups, the results are consistent with national showing Trump losing ground as the field winnows, as well as exit polls in previous states showing Trump being unpopular with Republicans who aren’t already supporting him.

Fox News Poll: Trump dominates GOP race in Florida
Excerpt: Less than a week until the first winner-take-all Republican primaries, Donald Trump is trouncing Marco Rubio on his home turf, according to a new Fox News poll.
In the race for the Republican nomination, Trump receives 43 percent among Florida likely GOP primary voters.  Rubio is a distant second with 20 percent, closely followed by Ted Cruz at 16 percent.  John Kasich comes in fourth with 10 percent.

Trump, Rubio close in Fla. primary, Washington Post-Univision News poll shows

Worth Reading:  Cuddle or dump? How down-ticket Republicans can handle a Trump nomination. By Ben Carson
Excerpt: So much more than the White House is at stake. With such a polarizing figure at the top of the ticket, the political ramifications are not as easy to decipher. Let’s walk through some options for down-ticket candidates: Dump Trump: While attractive for several reasons — significant portions of the electorate say they would never vote for him — this strategy has its downsides. For one, many voters will be turning out for the first time because of Trump. If you are a candidate in a heavily Democratic district or need a boost to tip the scales in your favor, it may not make political sense to shun the presidential nominee. Even if your strategy is to drill down for evangelical Christian conservatives, for example, embracing Trump may help you (see: Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Trump endorsement). But what if The Donald then goes off the deep end and forgets that the gospels are part of the Bible? Will any down-ticket candidate be able to ignore that? Trump’s lack of consistency on the issues, and even in the rhetoric he uses, makes him unpredictable. This has to give any candidate pause. (If nominated, I think Trump will carry about 15 states, and we will lose the GOP Senate with him, likely including Sen. Ron Johnson here in Wisconsin. ~Bob)

Bush family member endorses Cruz.  KATIE GLUECK
Excerpt: on Tuesday nabbed an unlikely endorsement: the backing of a Bush. Neil Bush, a brother of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, was listed (along with his wife) as one of 13 new additions to Cruz's national finance team. The campaign said the new additions are all former supporters of other candidates, including Bush, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Marco Rubio.

Excerpt: In an extensive interview with American Thinker, Vaknin explains that he first connected narcissism to the political stage in a 2008 essay where he suggested that then-senator Barack Obama was, in fact, a narcissist, but he also wrote that Obama was intelligent and pro-social, and that while Trump repeatedly to be the former, he is “definitely not the latter,” and that he should be considered “much more of a menace than Obama ever was” to the United States. There are, Vaknin explains, nine criteria that a narcissist meets, and there is little doubt that Trump is “writ large” on every one.  narcissist feels grandiose and self-important, and often exaggerates to the point of lying his or her accomplishments and skills. A narcissist is obsessed with fantasies of “unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence.” The narcissist is convinced that he or she is special and, because of that, should be treated as a high-status person. A narcissist requires “excessive admiration” and feels entitled, demanding special and often unreasonable treatment. A narcissist is “interpersonally exploitative,” using others to achieve his or her own goals, and is also devoid of empathy. A narcissist is also envious of others and will seek to hurt or destroy people, and, lastly, a narcissist “behaves arrogantly and haughtily,” and “rages when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted by people he or she considers inferior to him or her and unworthy.” (But they do not give Vaknin's credentials as an "expert."  ~Bob)

Republicans who don't support Trump want contest to go all the way to the convention poll shows as his support refuses to grow

Marco Rubio’s Florida Myopia Will Get Donald Trump The Nomination. By Erick Erickson 
I'm a Rubio supporter, but think this is true and he should get out and endorse Cruz. ~Bob

That time Donald Trump threatened Bloomberg News over a story about his golf courses, other stuff
Excerpt: Sofia Song was doing what financial analysts often do. She’d been consulted by Bloomberg News for a December 2010 story titled “Trump Evokes Doubts of Fading Brand With Golf Courses” under the bylines of John Gittelsohn and Nadja Brandt. At the time, Song was vice president of research at, a company that compiles exhaustive real estate listings. In her analytical travels, Song had found that Trump properties perform like a lot of other properties. “There’s no obvious premium for the Trump name,” she told Bloomberg News. Time for a Trump threat letter. Days after her comments were published, Song got this:

Trump Campaign Manager Calls Reporter “Delusional” After She Says He Assaulted Her. By Erick Erickson 
Excerpt: Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, assaulted a reporter, Michelle Fields according to Fields and at least one eye witness. According to Michelle Fields, “Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.”  The Washington Post’s Ben Terris was an eye witness. Terris saw what Lewandowski did. Thereafter, reports on the subject note that Lewandowski told another Breitbart reporter he had mistaken Michelle Fields for someone else.

Other Political News

Worth Reading: Can our colleges be saved? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The public is steadily losing confidence in undergraduate education, given that we hear constantly about how poorly educated are today’s graduates and how few well-paying jobs await them. The cost of college is a national scandal. Collective student loan debt in America is about $1.2 trillion. Campus political correctness is now daily news. How could higher education be held accountable and thereby be reformed? Just as expensive new roofs are not supposed to leak, $100,000 educations should not leave students unprepared for the real world upon graduation.

Interesting: Are the Republicans Going the Way of the Whigs? By Michael F. Holt
Excerpt:  A genuinely spontaneous, populist grassroots revolt of angry working- and lower middle-class dissidents, Know-Nothings initially pledged that they would never support any candidate who had ever held or previously sought public office. All professional politicians, they ranted, were the enemy. In their oft-repeated phrase, they exclusively sought candidates “fresh from the ranks of the people.” In its causes and expression, in sum, the Know-Nothing uprising of the 1850s comes as close to previewing today’s Trump phenomenon as one can imagine. Yet it took a different form than the Trump crusade, and that is the all-important difference between then and now.

Ukraine officer Savchenko mocks judges in final appearance
Excerpt: A Ukrainian officer has defied a Russian court trying her over the killing of two Russian journalists, vowing to continue a hunger strike and making an obscene gesture at judges. Nadia Savchenko, a pilot who served as an infantry volunteer fighting rebels, was making her closing statement. (This Ukrainian officer has brass cojones - and this is even more remarkable - because this officer is a woman! Not only was she a cutting edge pilot (one of the first female combat pilots in the Ukrainian forces), but after she was kidnapped by the Russians, she flipped off the “judges” at her “show trial” and told them in no uncertain terms what she thought of them! She will probably pay a big price for her courage, like the girls of the Russian band “Pussy Riot” who were arrested for protesting against Putin on trumped-up "blasphemy” charges. (They performed their protest in a cathedral - the Putin Mobocracy has gone to bed with the Russian Orthodox church to further cement their power.)  However, they came through their imprisonment unbowed and unbeaten. Let’s hope this brave lady manages to do the same - if they let her live. --Del)

Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal US Army Indoctrinated Soldiers on Dangers of ‘White Privilege’
Excerpt: Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained documents from the United States Department of the Army revealing that in April 2015, 400 soldiers in the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, were subjected to a “white privilege” briefing, including a PowerPoint presentation instructing the attendees: “Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual …” The slideshow also informed the soldiers: “Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans.” It alleged that there are unspecified “powerful forces everywhere” keeping different kinds of people from being valued, accepted, and appreciated, but “we act as if it doesn’t exist.” This alleged privilege creates a “yawning divide” in income, wealth, and dignity.  The material described a mythical African woman who isn’t aware that she’s black until she comes to America, encounters “white racism” and discovers the U.S. is “organized according to race.” (OK, someone has said that being born in the USA is like winning a lottery.  That's true, and it's also been true that being born male and White was like getting a better ticket with higher probability of winning something.  But we've come a very long way from 1776, bit by bit for a couple of centuries, and a lot further and faster in the last 50 years.  Are White men still a bit luckier than others in at least some senses?  Yes, no doubt about it.  Is it now overwhelming advantage build on trampling down everyone else?  No, it's not, and keeping up that drumbeat is not really going to help the society keep progressing. Doing "social engineering" in the military or a lot of other places for that matter is inappropriate.  If people haven't heard that everyone in the military needs to treat every other soldier, Marine, sailor, or airman as their comrade in arms, with respect and consideration, this kind of lecture isn't likely to help, and what it does do is start to really just irritate a lot of people and increase racial tensions.  Sometimes the more you push some ideas, the more resistance you create. I hope this kind of stuff stops, and soon. --Del)

Hating the First Amendment: AG Lynch: DOJ Has Discussed Whether to Pursue Civil Action Against Climate Change Deniers. By Melanie Hunter
Excerpt: Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged Wednesday that there have been discussions within the Department of Justice about possibly pursuing civil action against so-called climate change deniers. “This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on,” Lynch said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department operations. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) raised the issue, drawing a comparison between possible civil action against climate change deniers and civil action that the Clinton administration pursued against the tobacco industry for claiming that the science behind the dangers of tobacco was unsettled. (Because this President and assorted others enthusiastic believers in AGW, and refuse to pay any attention to the actual science of measuring planetary temperature by satellites, it has gone all the way to a PC command for everyone to believe in AGW.  And now the force of the Dept of Justice is trying to get focused on how to suppress all dissent by anyone on the subject.  This is a close as we have been in centuries to sending Galileo to jail for saying the earth rotates around the sun. Even for this Administration, this is way, way too far out.  It is a direct assault on the right of scientists and everyone else to examine the data and form their own opinions from them, and then discuss and express those ideas freely.  The reporter even uses the terribly pejorative term "deniers" in the article, which is itself a form of slamming those who are skeptical or even less than sure about the whole idea that the planet is heating up due to human activity. This is a very bad thing, but hopefully nobody will actually try to implement any more actions against those who disagree with the pseudo-science of AGW than all the various attacks that have gone on already and continue regularly from the passionately committed believers. --Del. Politicians have long hated the right of free speech, from John Adams "Alien and Sedition acts, to Woodrow Wilson's "Sedition Act" to Obama and Trump today. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The 2016 campaign obscures urgent foreign troubles. By Ed Rogers
Excerpt: While almost no one was looking, over the past 48 hours the prospect of nuclear conflict took quite a leap forward. That’s right; while the political class is obsessed with Marco Rubio’s last stand and Hillary Clinton’s latest embarrassment, something serious is happening that ordinarily would be considered consequential. Instead of contemplating  the existence of Trump Steaks or debating if saying “Excuse me, I’m talking” is sexist, the candidates running for president of the United States and the pundits who talk about the race should have something thoughtful to say about North Korea and Iran. The 2016 campaign is hiding rather than illuminating the urgent challenges the next president will face.

West Virginia Strikes a Blow for Freedom – Legislature Overrides the Governor’s Veto on Gun Rights!
Excerpt: The West Virginia state legislature struck a blow for freedom this past weekend by overriding Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D-WV) veto of a bill that would allow constitutional carry in their state. Governor Tomblin attempted to stifle the freedoms of the people of West Virginia by vetoing a bill that would allow citizens of the state to carry concealed firearms without a permit. Tomblin defended his dictatorial actions by claiming to know what is best for everyone else…

Hungary Declares State Of Emergency, Deploys Thousands Of Troops To Border
Excerpt: Hungarian Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér announced in Budapest on Wednesday that Hungary is officially in a “state of emergency” because of the migrant crisis and has called up thousands of troops to the border with Romania. Announcing the deployment of troops, the minister said: “we don’t know exactly what reactions those refugees and illegal migrants will have, [those] who are already inside the neighbouring countries. Therefore the government has decided that to prepare for this situation  Hungary will strengthen protection of its borders, and we declare a crisis situation due to migration for the entire country.”

New York Times: Unease Over Mass Migration Is Spawning ‘Far-Right
The New York Times has published a scathing profile of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Frauke Petry, describing the rising-star leader as “far-right”.  The paper repeated claims by the German establishment press, including that Petry was a member of a club of “preachers of hatred”, and that she had condoned illegal migrants being shot at the border. An extract is reproduced here: (New York Times furthering Leftist agenda of open borders for the global transformation. --Barb)

Believe it when I see it: Hillary Grand Jury Looking Into Political Corruption
Excerpt: Department of Justice officials have impaneled a federal grand jury in the Hillary Clinton email case and FBI agents have launched a second, separate investigation on political corruption involving the former secretary of state’s official activities and the Clinton Foundation, a former U.S. attorney told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Joseph E. diGenova, who served as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia for four years, said Wednesday he believes the FBI is investigating two separate Clinton scandals. (Most of these stories, like so many about Obama, are wishful thinking. ~Bob)

Union Officials Admit They Let Veterans Die Rather Than Talk To Republicans. By Luke Rosiak
Excerpt: A federal employee union president is wracked with regret because veterans likely died at a time when she knew about gross misconduct within her Department of Veterans Affairs facility but didn’t tell congressional leaders because they were Republicans. “If I would’ve gone to him two years ago, who knows what kind of lives could’ve been saved,” Germaine Clarno told a radio interviewer Monday, referring to the Republican leader of a VA subcommittee. Clarno, a lifelong Democrat and social worker at the Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Hines, Ill., has been president of the union representing doctors at the hospital since before the deadly wait-time scandal unfolded.

Rules of Engagement for the 21st Century Battlefield. By Allan West
LtCol West makes a great, intelligent, logical point here, but one that current PC thought utterly ignores.  Until we have some actual leadership in this nation that cares about the simple concept of fighting to win or just not going to the fight at all, the current crop of insanely restrictive and costly in the blood of our men ROEs will not change for the better. --Del

WaPo Editorial: Mr. Sanders peddles fiction on free trade
Excerpt: That’s unfortunate, as Mr. Sanders’s populist rhetoric doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. His insistence, for example, that the North American Free Trade Agreement led to 800,000 job losses ignores analyses from unbiased sources such as the Congressional Research Service. “In reality, NAFTA did not cause the huge job losses feared by the critics,” a 2015 CRS analysis found. Blaming freer trade for the loss of manufacturing jobs fails to tell the much bigger story of economic transformation that has swept the world over the past several decades. Technological change, automation, productivity improvements and other factors have eliminated old-school manufacturing jobs all over the world. Mr. Sanders cannot bring back the U.S. economy of the 1960s, and it would be harmful to try.

A Clinton Nomination Would Split the Democratic Party
Excerpt: Recently, Gawker revealed the extent of the Clintons’ influence over the media by leaking screenshots from 2009. The first is an email in which Clinton’s then-spokesperson, Philippe Reines, told then-politics editor of The Atlantic, Marc Ambinder, what language to use to describe a speech of Hillary’s in an upcoming article. The second picture shows the article using the language. Regardless of what side one comes down on, this influence is disturbing. (It appears Republicans aren’t the only ones with internal battles to fight. This view from the far left–I doubt they think of themselves that way, but they are, indeed far left–shows us some interesting things we may not otherwise be aware of. The "real" progressives don’t trust Hillary or the media, either. It’s nice to think the other side is confused, too. Ron P.)

Wounded Warrior Project's top execs reportedly resign amid lavish spending scandal
Excerpt: The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating officer of the Wounded Warrior Project were fired Thursday after an investigation into lavish spending by the veterans' charity, according to a report by CBS News.  Wounded Warrior Project's CEO, Steven Nardizzi, and COO, Al Giordano, were fired by the charity's board amid criticisms about how it spends more than $800 million raised in donations in the past four years, CBS News reported. The charity's board of directors made their decision after a meeting in New York City, where they received preliminary results of a financial and policy audit, sources told CBS News. 

Kloppenburg Flunks History: "President Lincoln Had Slaves"
Excerpt: Kloppenburg parroted Bradley's praise for Lincoln, but wanted to emphasize the complexity of our nation's leaders. "Any president that you might name would highlight how internally complex every person is. President Lincoln had slaves and yet he led this country in emancipating black people from slavery."

Kloppenburg’s UW Office Features Marx Poster
Excerpt: Jack Kloppenburg is a University of Wisconsin professor of community and environmental sociology and a graduate of Cornell University. His writings and speeches, have more than just a tinge of socialism. Kloppenburg even has a picture of Karl Marx on his office wall at the University of WisconsinMadison. Jack Kloppenburg is the husband of JoAnne Kloppenburg, presiding judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV, and ultra-liberal candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

How the Melissa Click case highlights tensions around police body-cam footage
Body-cams are ok as long as they are used to fire cops...but use it against a liberal and somehow it is unfair. --George

Canada Is About To Start Giving Away Free Money. It's part of a pilot program to reduce poverty.
Excerpt: If people know for sure they'll have enough money for essentials, will they contribute more to society? That's one of the many questions Canada aims to answer with a new pilot program that will give free money to citizens for doing nothing. (Hey, it made Detroit great again! ~Bob. And it won't cost the honest taxpayer a cent. --George)

Religion of Peace News

Shooters, you may fire when your targets appear...ISIS registration forms list names, contact info for 22,000 jihadists
Per report, includes 4 Americans....Barb

Uruguay: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” stabs Jew to death

Austria: Muslim taxi driver beats up gay couple, says “people like you should be shot”

Obama's Moderate pals: Iran fires missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on them in Hebrew

Religious groups call on U.S. to label ISIS crimes genocide
Excerpt: Religious groups teamed-up this week to ratchet pressure on the United States government to recognize the killings of Christians in Islamic State-controlled territories as genocide. “History will record the recent atrocities committed against religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide,” said Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus at a news conference Thursday. “The question is whether America will be remembered as courageous.”

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Funny: Donald Trump’s Gettysburg Infomercial

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