Sunday, April 3, 2016

Today's worth-reading political news and opinion

Madison, WI April 2, 2016


Gov. Scott Walker: Ted Cruz will restore jobs, freedom, security
Excerpt: And since then, whenever our country has faced a crisis, ordinary men and women have courageously stood up to do extraordinary things. That’s why I am proud to endorse Ted Cruz for president. He is a leader who recognizes this isn’t about him. It’s about our country and leaving our kids with a more promising future. Both Ted and I grew up in working families. Our parents could not leave us a fortune. But they taught us about hard work — and the gift of freedom. And Ted has spent his life fighting to make sure freedom always remains vibrant for our children.

PPP Poll: Cruz Surging to Tie Trump Nationally
Excerpt: Billionaire developer Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are virtually tied in a head-to-head race among Republican presidential voters, according to a national poll released Tuesday. Here are the results of the latest Public Policy Polling survey of 505 GOP voters, conducted between Thursday and Saturday: Trump: 46 percent. Cruz: 44 percent. 9Kasich needs to get out, endorse Cruz and hope for VP. ~Bob)

Long-Time Leaders of Conservative Movement Unite in Support of Ted Cruz
Excerpt: he old lions of the conservative movement—leaders with direct ties to the 1960 signing of the Sharon Statement by 90 members of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at William F. Buckley’s residence—are uniting around the presidential campaign of  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with passionate endorsements of his candidacy.

Cruz vs Trump on Bailouts & Stimulus


Interesting: Trump’s Wisconsin Waterloo? The state’s political dynamics are hurting the GOP front-runner, and the polls show it. By Kimberly Strassel
Excerpt: The Badger State is gearing up to hand the real-estate mogul a defeat, and in the process potentially reroute, yet again, the GOP primary. Polls show Ted Cruz beating Mr. Trump, and some prognosticators have gone so far as to suggest the billionaire could place third—behind even John Kasich. The opposition to Mr. Trump is deep and wide enough that he could lose most districts. This rebuke has taken a lot of the media and political class by surprise. They figured Mr. Trump would do in this upper Midwestern state what he’d done in other states with a moderate or purplish tint: win. What they missed is Wisconsin’s recent political history and changed Republican culture—which have combined to make the state fertile ground for a Trump takedown. ... The state is also proudly home to the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and a governor (Scott Walker) who ran for his party's presidential nomination. The result is a conservative electorate that is highly informed, highly energized and highly involved. The fights so far have given voters an acute appreciation of the conservative principles at stake, and a pride in defeating union and liberal priorities. They have radar sensitive to “fake” Republicans, and many aren’t keen on what they are hearing from Mr. Trump.

In Ted Cruz country, Sarah Palin gets tepid response stumping for Donald Trump
Excerpt: In her Wisconsin debut as a Donald Trump surrogate, Sarah Palin was met with tepid applause and stone-faced silence Friday night at a Milwaukee County Republican gathering. In contrast, the 750 Republicans at American Serb Hall cheered enthusiastically for Sen. Ted Cruz, who was introduced by Gov. Scott Walker and talk radio host Vicki McKenna. The contrasting receptions illustrated why the Texas senator has surged past the real estate mogul and reality TV celebrity in the latest polls, especially in southeastern Wisconsin.

Worth Reading: Donald Trump’s poll numbers collapse as general election looms
Excerpt: The bottom is dropping out for Donald Trump. While Trump was never popular outside of his loyal slice of GOP voters, a raft of new polls show his national position hitting new lows, including with groups that are supposed to form his base. A collection of recent surveys by Real Clear Politics finds, on average, 30 percent of respondents hold a favorable view of Trump versus 63 percent who hold a negative one. Those numbers are roughly parallel to former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings during his final months in office, which set the stage for President Barack Obama’s landslide victory. America’s widespread loathing for Trump puts further pressure on Republican delegates to deny him the nomination in July if he falls short of a majority, a move that would set off an ugly civil war — but one that some in the party believe would be necessary to stave off generational damage.

Worth Reading: Electoral Map Is a Reality Check to Donald Trump’s Bid. By JONATHAN MARTIN and NATE COHN
Excerpt: In recent head-to-head polls with one Democrat whom Mr. Trump may face in the fall, Hillary Clinton, he trails in every key state, including Florida and Ohio, despite her soaring unpopularity ratings with swing voters. In Democratic-leaning states across the Rust Belt, which Mr. Trump has vowed to return to the Republican column for the first time in nearly 30 years, his deficit is even worse: Mrs. Clinton leads him by double digits in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump is so negatively viewed, polls suggest, that he could turn otherwise safe Republican states, usually political afterthoughts because of their strong conservative tilt, into tight contests. In Utah, his deep unpopularity with Mormon voters suggests that a state that has gone Republican every election for a half-century could wind up in play. Republicans there pointed to a much-discussed Deseret News poll last month, showing Mrs. Clinton with a narrow lead over Mr. Trump, to argue that the state would be difficult for him. (The Donaldcrats, who like the Obots live in their own little world detached from reality, insist that the polls are wrong. Well, the polls in WI show Trump down by 10 to Cruz. We shall see Tuesday night if they are wrong. ~Bob)

Scott Walker: 'High-risk proposition' for Donald Trump to assail my record

Trump’s Unhinged Attacks on Megyn Kelly Continue
Trump: "I'll be tough on Russia. I'll be tough on Iran. I'll be tough on China. I'll be tough on Immigrants. I'll be tough on Terrorists. I'll be tough on...Dear God, it's Megyn Kelly! Run away! Run Away!" ~Bob

It’s Probably First Ballot Or Bust For Donald Trump At The GOP Convention. By NATE SILVER
Excerpt: Here’s the thing, though: Those markets don’t make a lot of sense. If you really think the chance of a multi-ballot convention is 63 percent, but also still have Trump with a 56 percent chance of winning the nomination, that implies there’s a fairly good chance that Trump will win if voting goes beyond the first ballot. That’s probably wrong. If Trump doesn’t win on the first ballot, he’s probably screwed. The basic reason is simple. Most of the 2,472 delegates with a vote in Cleveland probably aren’t going to like Trump.

Full Circle to his old position: Today, Donald Trump Supports Abortion. By Erick Erickson 
Excerpt: After wanting to jail women who have abortions, a position no one in the pro-life movement endorses, then walking it back, today Donald Trump supports abortion. In an interview pre-recorded for CBS with John Dickerson, Trump says he thinks abortion laws should stay the way they are. So Roe v. Wade stands according to Trump. It’s the law of the land, after all. What this really shows, more than anything, is that if any interviewer focuses on just one issue and walks with Trump through it, they find he has no roots in the issues. He’s more astroturf than grass — and no more than an inch deep.

Interesting: Nobody's Stealing the Election from Trump. By Daniel John Sobieski
Excerpt: On the heels of a Marquette University poll showing Sen. Ted Cruz taking a 10-point lead in Wisconsin, Donald Trump once again whined on Wednesday that the “establishment” is trying to take the nomination away from him, citing the Louisiana delegate allocation which gave Cruz more delegates even though Trump got more votes. as Exhibit A. ... “The Establishment is trying to take it all away from us, folks. They’re trying so hard,” he said, noting the fact that he won Louisiana but still ended up with less delegates there than Cruz. The crowd booed. Well, it has never been quite clear who the “establishment” is but, whoever they are, of course they are. It’s called politics and, as the saying goes, politics ain’t bean bag. A lot of people were and are trying to deny Trump the nomination. Currently, there are Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Before them there were Rubio, Christie, Bush, Fiorina. Carson, Huckabee, et al. Nobody robbed Trump in Louisiana, where he contemplates filing a lawsuit. He was simply out-organized by the Cruz people, who knew the rules and played by them. (When I was in the Massachusetts Senate, I figured out that, despite being in a minority of seven out of forty, I could have more power if I knew the rules, so I learned them. When I had been there a year, I had three and four term senators asking me about the rules. ~Bob)

Trump learns that thinking is hard. By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: Such a response would have had the added benefits of conveying a rare sincerity from Trump and also, much to the pleasure of media-haters, of making Matthews seem like an off-base bully. But a truer answer — the pro-life answer that is, in fact, part of pro-life catechism — would have gone something like this: “Chris, let me skip the hypothetical and just say that I have nothing but compassion for women who find themselves unable to welcome a child into the world. I can only imagine how painful it must be for a woman to find herself in such a situation. This is why, as president, I would do everything in my power to help women find quality prenatal health care and other support, as well as loving homes for their babies.” This would have so flummoxed his interviewer while pleasing his conservative constituents that Trump could have backstroked to the convention and a likely nomination. Hypothetically speaking. It would have humanized him and revealed a depth heretofore in hiding.

WaPo Editorial: The GOP’s golden opportunity: Why Mr. Trump may finally be vulnerable
Excerpt: MANY TIMES since the New York real estate mogul commenced his presidential campaign, wishful analysts have declared “Peak Trump.” Remember when The Donald sneered at Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) war record? Or crudely mocked a New York Times reporter’s disability and then denied having done so? Or made bizarre insinuations about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s hormonal balance? Or shrugged at a Klansman’s support? Each transgression prompted pundits to predict that, at last, the GOP front-runner had gone too far and that his improbably high support within the GOP primary electorate would collapse. On each occasion, he kept winning, buoyed by a loyal, large minority of Republicans who are “supportive of Trump for reasons that defy some of the facts even,” as Doug Sachtleben, communications director of the conservative Club for Growth, which has been spending heavily on indifferently effective anti-Trump advertising, told the Hill newspaper.

Excerpt: Those of us who’ve pledged that we will never, ever vote for Donald Trump always get the same response: “You’d put Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office instead?” Clinton’s name is spoken like an epithet, as if it’s unthinkable that any conservative would take any single action that could facilitate her election. I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Clinton, but I also do not believe that Trump would make a better president. Not because Clinton isn’t as bad as you think, but because Trump is worse than you imagine. There’s no real difference in character between the two. They lie as easily as they breathe: habitually, transparently, shamelessly. Hillary lies like a lawyer, always parsing her words to provide a legal escape route. Trump lies like a thug, contradicting himself with each successive breath and daring anyone to call him on it. They both seek to destroy their political opponents, and they’d probably both wield the levers of power to do so and to reward their friends. In other words, they’re both fundamentally corrupt.

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. The second group has no excuse for betraying the conservative values that can save this country. 

New Poll: Women Really Don’t Like Trump
Excerpt: Trump’s image among U.S. women tilts strongly negative, with 70% of women holding an unfavorable opinion and 23% a favorable opinion of the Republican front-runner in March. Trump’s unfavorable rating among women has been high since Gallup began tracking it last July, but after rising slightly last fall, it has increased even further since January.

No Surprise: Donald Trump Admits To the RNC That He Hires Crappy People
Excerpt: Earlier in the week, my colleague, Leon Wolf, posted on an inadvertent bit of self-awareness shown by Donald Trump at a college rally in Wisconsin: “And you’ll find that when you become very successful, the people that you will like best are the people that are less successful than you, because when you go to a table you can tell them all of these wonderful stories, and they’ll sit back and listen,” he said. “Does that make sense to you? OK? Always be around unsuccessful people because everybody will respect you. Do you understand that?” (“Donald Trump’s ego is so fragile that he cannot handle tough, self-confident subordinates. So he hires idiots. And it shows.” --Nanette)

His supporters, like Obama's supporters, don't care about his daily lies: Trump Slipped and Spilled the Beans About Releasing his Tax Returns
Excerpt: During Tuesday’s CNN Milwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall, Anderson Cooper asked Donald Trump about his tax returns, which the Donald first said he would release over a year ago. Trump told Cooper he would give him a letter confirming that Trump’s taxes have been continuously audited. During that exchange Trump made another monster gaffe. Trump spilled his beans that he has no intention of releasing his tax returns when he slipped up and said, “And only a fool would give a tax return…“

Politico: Trump's Popularity Nosedives in Critical Stretch
Excerpt: Donald Trump may have finally worn out his welcome among Americans in the 2016 presidential race. Politico reports that the Republican front-runner is becoming more and more disliked by voters, threatening his chances to capture the GOP nomination. "Trump is, by far, the GOP delegate leader — and the only candidate with a realistic shot at winning a majority of delegates before the July convention," Politico's Steven Shepard writes. "But at the same time, nearly two-thirds of Americans view Trump unfavorably — and his image rating has declined since Republican voting began in February." (Trump will be lucky to carry 15 states. But the Donaldcrats "don't believe the polls." we'll see if they believe the WI polls Tuesday night. ~Bob)

Trumpism Is A Cult, Stop Pretending It’s Not. By Steve Berman 
Excerpt:  I’m tired of the much of the blogosphere, mainstream media, pundits, and political apparatus collectively holding its breath about Donald Trump. Maybe he’s got a strategy? Maybe he won’t be so bad? In private, he’s thoughtful (that came from Ben Carson, who Trump called a child molester and “pathological”).

Donald Trump Says Proposed Muslim Ban Would Not Apply to His Rich Friends
Because really rich Muslims--like Osama bin Laden--could never be terrorists. ~Bob

Excerpt: But the Trumpkin view of all Trumpkin enterprises is expansive, demanding superlatives. And so Trump expanded. Other top federal duties, he declared, included “health care, education . . . and then you can go on from there.” Go on to where? “Housing, providing great neighborhoods.” Anderson Cooper, tasked with the necessary duty of reminding Trump that this contradicts everything he said until five minutes ago, asked: “Aren’t you against the federal government’s involvement in education? Don’t you want it to devolve to states?” Sure, Trump said, but — see if you can make anything of this — we must consider the “concept of the country.” (If that sounds like a cheesy theme hotel, well . . . ) And: “The concept of the country is the concept that we have to have education within the country.”

Worth Reading: WaPo Fact Checker: Trump’s nonsensical claim he can eliminate $19 trillion in debt in eight years
Excerpt: We regret we have only Four Pinocchios to give for this whopper. Trump is insulting the intelligence of Americans for making such a claim in the first place. Four Pinocchios

In a revealing interview, Trump predicts a ‘massive recession’ but intends to eliminate the national debt in 8 years
Excerpt: Donald Trump said in an interview that economic conditions are so perilous that the country is headed for a “very massive recession” and that “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, embracing a distinctly gloomy view of the economy that counters mainstream economic forecasts. The New York billionaire dismissed concern that his comments — which are exceedingly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a major party front-runner — could potentially affect financial markets. “I know the Wall Street people probably better than anybody knows them,” said Trump, who has misfired on such predictions in the past. “I don’t need them.”


A close Wisconsin primary could spell future trouble for Clinton

Other Political News

Worth reading: The four foreign policies: Don't say you weren't warned. By Charles Krauthammer
Reviewing the final four presidential candidates foreign policies. ~Bob

Shifting blame, White House faults war general’s 2014 ISIS assessment as he departs
It's because the General is black, right? Obama praises thugs like Travon Martin and Michael Brown, while demeaning a soldier who has served our country for decades. ~Bob

Interesting, not surprising: Former Defense Sec Says Obama ‘Double-Crossed’ Him. By Jonah Bennett
Excerpt: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in an interview on Fox News that President Barack Obama “double-crossed” him. Obama pledged to Gates there would be no major changes to the Pentagon budget, Gates explained. That promise, however, was quickly broken. Obama instructed Gates to slash billions of dollars even though Gates had already cut the defense budget down by a significant amount, The Hill reports. “I guess I’d have to say I felt double-crossed,” Gates said. “After all those years in Washington, I was na├»ve.” Gates tried to persuade Obama that deep cuts to the Pentagon would endanger U.S. troops and was inadvisable because potential threats were increasing, not decreasing. The world was becoming more unsafe, not safer. “I think he acknowledged that what I was pitching at a minimum was, ‘The world doesn’t seem to be getting better. Before you head down a path of deep cuts in defense, why don’t you take it kind of slow,'” Gates said. “You know it was one of those things where I lost the argument.” (Gates took Obama at his word, and found out the hard way how little that was worth. --Del)

Army Selects New Compact Sniper Rifle. By Matthew Cox 
Excerpt: The U.S. Army has chosen Heckler & Koch to make its new Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System. The March 31 contract award to Heckler & Koch Defense Inc. – worth up to $44,500,000.00 – allows the Army to purchase a maximum total of 3,643 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) units, according to an announcement on In June 2014, the Army released a request for proposal to invite gun companies to build compact versions of the service’s 7.62mm M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System. (So the main idea was to make it blend in with all the other small arms people are carrying?  But it's going to be more accurate with a shorter barrel and fire the same round but have less recoil?  Those are great tricks! The Marines did an easier thing, they had a bunch of M-14 rifles selected from storage, accurized, fitted with good scopes, and every platoon has a sharpshooter with one of them.  No, they don't look like the M-4 at all.  They're good for shots out to maybe 800 meters, which is very handy in the terrain of Afghanistan.  And they cost a whole lost less than the $12K each for this new rifle.  Hell, if you don't insist on semi-auto function (not really essential for sniper work) there are all kinds of really good, high quality rifles in good calibers (7mm Mag for one) made right in the USA that are good for 1000 meters and again, cost a lot less. Apparently cost effectiveness is not a big deal for the Army right now.  I wonder how many snipers with field experience they asked about all this. -Del. Apparently length isn't as important to accuracy as stiffness of the barrel.  However, this is kind of stupid.  Partly this is because they're saying "sniper" - who tends to operate either on his own or as part of a very small team - with designated marksman - who sticks close to his unit.  Frankly, for the latter category I like the Russian Dragunov (I'm prejudiced; I own one) a lot. --LtCol Tom Krastman, USA (Ret) This contract, undoubtedly, has the fingerprints of a retired general(s) all over it - working contact(s) still on duty. So, what was a stupid idea when in uniform takes on great (green) appeal when retired. Business as usual. --Andy.)

Interesting: A Literary Guide To Our Orwellian Nightmare. We live in an age where the individual has to combat mass society and groupthink, and the individual is losing. Here's a brief overview of writers whose insights can help you fight back. By Marc Fitch

Worth Reading: How Good Is Job Growth? The Chart Obama Doesn’t Want You To See. By JOHN MERLINE
 Excerpt: "The longest streak of private-sector job growth on record”! “U.S. businesses have now added 14.4 million jobs over 73 straight months”! “The labor force participation rate rose to 63% in March, the same level as in November 2013”! All those quotes — minus the exclamation points — came from White House top economist Jason Furman. And they are all accurate. What’s missing, however, is context. Because when you look at these numbers in context, not only do the exclamation points disappear, but so do any claims of robust job growth under this administration. (Below is a great example of the game in progress. --Del)

Man Who Shot Virginia Trooper Hated Cops, Longed for ‘Showdown’ with Police
Well, after he spends a loooonnng time in a not very pleasant atmosphere sorting through his hatreds and negativism and realizes the pain and suffering he has inflicted on other souls, he may get his karma to come back as a white cop. --Barb

Obama's legacy of incitement: War on Cops: Law-Enforcement Deaths by Gunfire Up by 150% This Year

Destroy the police, destroy the military, destroy those who would protect and preserve and unleash....TRANSFORMATION.  BLM/BP and Soros-funded agenda, pushed by WH.  No reps to police funerals.  Remember when campaigning, Obama did not want to be photographed with police or military.....

When Huma Met Hillary: ‘Our Eyes Connected’
Excerpt: When Huma Abedin first met her longtime friend and boss Hillary Clinton in 1996, she was hooked. “Oh my God, she’s so beautiful and she’s so little!” Abedin recalled in a recent interview on the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast about the first time she met the Democratic presidential candidate.  It was election night in 1996, and Abedin and a few other White House interns were at an event in Little Rock with the then-first couple. (Another Clinton with and intern story....Barb

‘Done Nothing But Drive Us Apart’: Former Radical Black Panther Gets Candid On Obama, Race Relations
Clarence Mason Weaver was once so filled with hatred towards white people in America, that he broke up with a girlfriend who had a white dog, the now-conservative told The Daily Caller New Foundation in this exclusive video interview. A formerly hate-filled, Berkeley Black Panther liberal, Weaver is a black conservative who now holds strong views on Black Lives Matter, the first black president and how America can heal its racial divide... As to his views on the first black president, Weaver continues his bold, unique tirade with “Barack Obama hates America.” (Very evident by the destruction of the country, its morale, military, police, society, religion, healthcare system, nontransparency, corruption, stonewalling of FOIA requests, compilation of massive debt, attempt to create a command economy in the Soviet or Marxist manner versus capitalism's supply and demand system; falsification of employment/unemployment/job figures, GDP reportedly less than 0.5% and attempting to micromanage everything while managing nothing.  He hates America and is determined to oversee its final destruction with the importation of massive quantities of illegal immigrants over quotas, knowing they are not fully vetted and secreting them throughout the country, while turning out radicalized prisoners and pushing the black/red black anarchy militants with promises of including free electricity and diapers.  However, POTUS lectured Americans on "being driven apart" and how upset it made him and how he had NOTHING to do with it....  As the forensic profiler said, read the OPPOSITE of what Obama says for what he MEANS. --Barb)

Children on Easter egg hunt form human arrow to direct British police to suspects

Religion of Peace News

Europe gets ready to ship refugees stuck in Greece back to Turkey

Not quite the Islam Awareness they had in mind. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: To this poster advertising Islam Awareness Week, someone has added a note demonstrating he has more Islam Awareness than the organizers of Islam Awareness Weeks would like: Sura 9:5 is chapter nine, verse five of the Qur’an: “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” That’s the quintessential example of a Qur’an verse that Islam Awareness Week types would prefer you weren’t aware of. This is, understandably, a verse much beloved by present-day jihadists. In a 2003 sermon, Osama bin Laden rejoiced over this verse: “Praise be to Allah who revealed the verse of the Sword to his servant and messenger [Muhammad], in order to establish truth and abolish falsehood.”

UK Muslim school teaches that ‘Jews are plotting world domination.’ Head of Yorkshire private academy producing leaflets citing Protocols of Elders of Zion, telling women to cover up, not to work

Pakistan: Public schools teach hatred of Jews and Christians, “passion for Jihad”

Islamic State stones two people to death on charges of adultery
Excerpt: Stoning adulterers is not “extremist”; it is Islamic law. The caliph Umar, one of Muhammad’s closest companions, even maintained that it was originally in the Qur’an:

German Govt Splashes €200m To Segregate Women And Children After Migrant Home Attacks
They rape and murder indiscriminately; they abuse children, raping both sexes for their "need."  How can religious groups, especially the Catholic Church (which is making millions on the trafficking), lecture us about "being Christian" and accepting these migrants into our society?  Is this the future we wish upon the innocent, to cry the rest of their lives or commit suicide in anguish after being raped and torn and beaten by such? --Barb

Cameron Warns: ISIS Plans to Use Drones Armed with Dirty Bombs to Attack the West
And Obama just told them how many facilities worldwide have little-to-no security and how easy it would be to get material for a bomb, just egging them on to get it done; always rumored that he wants to declare martial law and cancel the elections....No word of what happened to those Middle Eastern men carrying metal containers across the border who were picked up by the feds and disappeared.....Barb

Of Interest

Restaurant's blunt sign on dining rules outrages customers
6.No clothes, no service. Exception. Women no clothes, more service. Signed Mohammad

If Gun Free Zones Work...

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