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2/5/2016

Trump: I Won’t Rule Out Ted Cruz as VP

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 am



Ted Cruz committing fraud and at least a “misdemeanor” in Iowa to steal the election? “I don’t care about that anymore.”

Also, Trump supposedly won’t rule out Cruz as a potential VP pick:

In a striking reversal of rhetoric, Donald Trump would not rule out Ted Cruz as his hypothetical vice-presidential pick.

“Well, I don’t know. Look, I have nothing against him. It was sort of a sad thing that happened, but I’ve always liked him,” Trump told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show Thursday, after weeks of trashing his primary rival as nasty, hypocritical and disliked.

Trump added that he has “always gotten along well” with Cruz, but that “I’m so much now focused on New Hampshire.”

Advisers have obviously pulled Trump aside and told him that he’s killing the polls in New Hampshire, but that he might blow that if he keeps up the whiny baby act. Trump figures the voters will forget that he said Cruz is a nasty guy who nobody likes who stole the election in Iowa and anyway is a Canadian who shouldn’t be running for president or vice president until a court says it’s OK.

In other words, he thinks voters are totally ignorant about everything except the stuff they like on TV.

He may be right.

158 Responses to “Trump: I Won’t Rule Out Ted Cruz as VP”

  1. Bedonggle

    Colonel Haiku (b52e12)

  2. Submit to Teh Swirl.

    Colonel Haiku (b52e12)

  3. Please clap.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  4. New Hampshire: Live Free or High!

    Colonel Haiku (b52e12)

  5. Donnie Trump was against Ted Cruz before he was for him.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  6. Trump figures the voters will forget that he said Cruz is a nasty guy who nobody likes who stole the election in Iowa and anyway is a Canadian who shouldn’t be running for president or vice president until a court says it’s OK.

    JP (bd5dd9)

  7. It’s getting hot in New Hampshire.

    DRJ (15874d)

  8. “In a striking reversal of rhetoric, Donald Trump would not rule out Ted Cruz as his hypothetical vice-presidential pick.”

    There is no such thing when it comes to Trump. In Trump’s universe, you can say opposite and no one things and make no effort to harmonize them or explain away the consistency. All that matters is the greatness of Trump, not whether his statements are consistent or contradict each other.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  9. Clearly Trump verbally emotes in a way that is highly unusual for an adult. It is a childlike quality. What kid hasn’t said something like “I hate Johnny , he’s a pig” and then 30 minutes later is happily playing with Johnny and then an hour later proclaims “Johnny is my best friend”?

    I’m not saying it is good for grown man to act that way, but simply that when Trump emotes in this manner he doesn’t mean for it to be the last word. He’s flexible.

    mark johnson (e25429)

  10. Trump seems to figure nobody will remember or acknowledge tomorrow what he said yesterday.

    Shades of George Orwell’s 1984! We have always been at war with Eastasia.

    Sammy Finkelman (dbec95)

  11. Sorry, not on topic, but for the last few days when I sign on, I’m getting a phishing warning, followed by a request to report the site to Microsoft. Anyone know what gives?

    Wordygirl (bebecd)

  12. It’s hard to read this as anything but a total repudiation of Trump’s birthers (including himself).

    And yesterday Trump said Cruz was such a criminal that he needs to be wiped off the Iowa ballot retroactively so that Trump is bumped up to the winner’s slot. Today, Trump is willing to place Cruz ‘a heartbeat away’ from the most powerful role in the world. Two days ago Trump said “no one likes him”. Today, he said “I’ve always liked him.”

    This kind of pathological lying and bipolar love/hate judgment would make it impossible to fulfill his duties. If a president started behaving like this it would become a 25th amendment issue. He ought to take a drug test and a psychological screening so voters understand what is going on.

    It was bad enough that he tried to veto journalists from doing their job. This guy is a republic ending kind of guy, and it’s getting more and more disturbing that a fair amount of the GOP hasn’t seen through him yet.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  13. So, Trump is a guy who might nuke Acapulco on Tuesday and then say nice things about Mexico on Thursday? Just the guy I want in the White House.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  14. I’m not saying it is good for grown man to act that way,

    A man who wants to control clandestine drone strikes with nerves of a drug addicted child.

    I agree this is not traditionally considered good.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  15. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  16. Sorry, not on topic, but for the last few days when I sign on, I’m getting a phishing warning, followed by a request to report the site to Microsoft. Anyone know what gives?

    How many sites does this happen on and what security software do you use?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  17. no who is hyperventilating the 21st century version of Catiline, shirley?

    narciso (732bc0)

  18. I truly hope Cruz doesn’t let him get away with this.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  19. I know that if I lived in New Hampshire, I’ve be watching all my TV on DVR and fast forwarding all the commercials at the highest speed. Or maybe just watching some old DVDs or Netflix for a week.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  20. We shouldn’t be surprised if Donnie Flip-Flop ends up sending Megyn Kelly a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
    In fact, Trump is a box of chocolates. You just never know what you’re going to get.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  21. it’s like the ambulance chasing lawyers on tv, they seem to be only 3, and they are in constant rotation,

    narciso (732bc0)

  22. It’s way too flaky even for a 69-year old. It’s not unusual for old men to have flashes of anger but lack the energy to sustain them, but this is more profound than that. There really is something wrong in Trump’s head.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. together they will make america great again!

    it’s like Mr. General Patton and Willie all over again

    The General calls the shots and willie do the snuff snuff!

    this is change i can belieber in for sure

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  24. #10… there’s nothing clear about Trump, Mark.

    Colonel Haiku (b52e12)

  25. Well… are we? https://t.co/5PCrdugluX

    Colonel Haiku (b52e12)

  26. Well… this is NOT encouraging
    “CITI SOUNDS ALARM: WORLD ECONOMY IN DEATH SPIRAL”

    Colonel Haiku (b52e12)

  27. I can’t wait to refinance my mortgage at negative interest rates. Then I can pay when the feds mail my envelop of quantitative easing. That’s how it works, right?

    I bet if Trump promised those two things he’d be nominated by both parties.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  28. Anybody read the pretty good article by Jessica Hahn at Breitbart, “Marco Rubio’s Top Ten Achievements in the US Senate”?

    (1) The Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight Bill

    The Washington Examiner’s Byron York has described the 2013 Rubio-Schumer bill as Rubio’s “signature accomplishment.” Although Santorum seemed reluctant to mention it, Rubio’s immigration bill is probably the first accomplishment that comes to mind when anyone thinks of Rubio’s very brief career in the U.S. Senate.

    (2) Obamatrade

    Sen. Rubio cast the 60th and deciding vote to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. By giving President Obama fast-track powers, Rubio essentially helped to ensure the passage of not only the TPP, but all subsequent trade pacts, which are now liberated from Senate filibuster, amendment process, and constitutional treaty vote.

    (3) Blocking Curbs to Muslim Immigration

    Rubio told Sean Hannity he’d “hate” to block funding for Obama’s refugees, and suggested that curbs on Muslim migration would be unconstitutional. This pro mass-migration offensive helped give Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) the space he needed to wave in a vast new group of Muslim migrants.

    (4) Enabling His Corporate Backers to Replace Americans With Foreign Workers

    In 2015, Florida Disney laid off scores of Marco Rubio’s constituents and replaced them with low-wage foreign workers brought in on H-1B visas. However, before terminating their American employees, Disney forced Rubio’s constituents to train their lesser-skilled foreign replacements.

    Cutting and pasting with kindle blows…anyway, read the rest for yourself. Rubio is not a full throated conservative standard bearer.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  29. Rubio’s support of the incredibly corrupt H1-B system is my biggest gripe with him. To his credit, Ted Cruz has looked into the system and changed his views after seeing the reality does not match the promises. Rubio is either ignorant or a stooge.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  30. For those that don’t understand, the biggest H1-B employers are foreign-owned consulting firms that then rent their foreign employees to US firms as contract workers. SInce the US firms are not directly hiring them, they do not have to pay competitive wages and all the “protections” in the H1-B laws are evaded.

    It sounds like free trade until you consider that to compete, American workers have to want to live in the same conditions that a 25-year-old single Indian immigrant will accept.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  31. Sheeesh! Trump says something nice about Cruz and the snakes start hissing and coiling up ready to strike. It’s likely one of these guys (if not both of them) will wind up being the party’s standard bearer in November. Let’s not whip ourselves into such a divisive frenzy in the preliminaries that we can’t unite against a common opponent in the big dance when it counts.

    ropelight (14147b)

  32. Regardless of a handful of bad votes, Rubio still has one of the most conservative ratings from ACU through 2014. (If I understand correctly, they haven’t yet finished the ratings for 2015)

    Breitbart.com is basically a shill for Trump. And that was before it descended into nuttery and daily click-bait ever since Andrew died.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  33. Rubio is the face of comprehensive amnesty. If Rubio becomes POTUS we’ll never see a wall, and we’ll have about 25 million new Democrat voters to deal with, all of them entitled to all the taxpayer services our social safety net can provide till it collapses and pushes the nation into bankruptcy.

    ropelight (14147b)

  34. GOP GOP
    rubio/amnesty
    2016

    mg (31009b)

  35. Trump, Romney, McCain. I can remember when Republicans used to run conservatives for president, but I’m really, really old.

    CrustyB (69f730)

  36. It’s downright funny that Trump thinks Cruz would ever want to sign on with him as V.P. When that ship goes down, it’s going to take all passengers with it. Trump will reserve the sole life jacket for the captain, blaming everyone else for plowing into the iceberg.

    Jeff Kalb (9ca142)

  37. Let’s not whip ourselves into a divisive frenzy pointing out that Donald Trump is a complete and utter phony, guys. What if he’s the nominee?!

    Leviticus (efada1)

  38. which is odd, because it is funded by cruz’s no. 1 pal, robert mercer,

    narciso (732bc0)

  39. tell me a reliable publication, that doesn’t get sidetracked by partisan agendas.

    narciso (732bc0)

  40. By tomorrow, Donnie Flip-Flop will change his mind and decide that he’s going to show up to the debate before the Iowa Caucuses after all!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  41. It’s true that Rubio’s voting record if actually very good. It’s also true that nominating him sends a loud and clear message about amnesty to all other cynical politicians. And it’s true that Rubio is the establishment candidate.

    It’s amusing because Rubio is likely more conservative than what most establishment guys really want, so they settled. But this primary is about fighting the GOP establishment. Ignoring that would be crazy after this was ignored in 2012 and 2008. The frustration led directly to this Trump mess.

    Let’s not whip ourselves into such a divisive frenzy in the preliminaries that we can’t unite against a common opponent in the big dance when it counts.

    ropelight (14147b)

    And who whipped whose supporters into this divisive frenzy? Plenty of Trump’s supporters would absolutely refuse to support Cruz if he is the nominee. Trump has said so many ridiculous things about him, and now he wants to pose as the nice guy, which to most of us shows a lack of integrity.

    Trump should have courage of conviction if he’s going to level the kinds of charges he has leveled. If he can’t, then he was an ass to make those charges. Long term, the party will pay a price. This is exactly why Trump must not be president. Long term, the nation would pay a heavy price for each of his manic phases.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  42. Not too surprising. It’s his MO. First he sets the fire. Then he fans the flames of blame until the media and others talk nonstop about the fire. Then he says why’s everybody still talking about the fire knowing the talk will continue without him. Bubba used to do the same thing with Carville and Begala. Trump’s too much of a control freak and too cheap to use paid surrogates.

    crazy (cde091)

  43. They left out the habeas shredding crimethink bill, another collaboration with schumer, because that never goes wrong.

    narciso (732bc0)

  44. Rubio is the face of comprehensive amnesty. If Rubio becomes POTUS we’ll never see a wall, and we’ll have about 25 million new Democrat voters to deal with

    Well, maybe. If a Democrat is elected this is a certainty. Then again, if Rubio is elected it will be with a lot of Hispanics voting for a Republican so maybe that changes the narrative some.

    all of them entitled to all the taxpayer services our social safety net can provide till it collapses and pushes the nation into bankruptcy.

    It is kind of funny once you understand this, but the people coming from Mexico LEGALLY are all dependents who are sucking the system dry. The ones coming ILLEGALLY are working and paying in — and will be for the next 40 years if we would only let them.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  45. i’m so upset about the death spiral

    Mr. Trump will know what to do

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  46. srsly this death spiral is bad business

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  47. Have you read Peter hamilton, pikachu.

    narciso (732bc0)

  48. I think he’s off watching Mad Max again.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  49. And who whipped whose supporters into this divisive frenzy? Plenty of Trump’s supporters would absolutely refuse to support Cruz if he is the nominee. Trump has said so many ridiculous things about him, and now he wants to pose as the nice guy, which to most of us shows a lack of integrity.

    Dustin (2a8be7) — 2/5/2016 @ 10:49 am

    I have doubts about voting for Trump, first of all, because a good case can be made that his conservative sounding positions since he started running aren’t sincere. The fact that they did in fact START more or less since he started running should be a huge red flag to anyone with any intelligence. Second, it strains credulity to think he has really changed on so many different things. Third he continues to say things even now that are liberal, talks of cutting deals with the Democrats, echos Democrat talking points on Bush being responsible for the financial mess etc.

    Pointing those things out isn’t “divisive” any more than when someone points out something Obama said. In response, the Trumpers simply insist that he really has changed, end of story, often bringing up the bogus Reagan comparison, or they just decide it doesn’t matter, come up with some contrived argument to ignore them etc.

    In constrast, they keep throwing mostly absurd stuff at Cruz, e.g. he’s a Canadian, Goldman Sachs, he didn’t fill out a form etc.

    Who’s really divisive?

    Gerald A (5dca03)

  50. It’s just so funny how Trump Incorporated and his sycophants on the internets have been engaging in Wild Fratboy on Spring Break machismo and name-calling, but now that they lost Iowa and they’re losing ground in New Hampshire, they’re all just a herd of mild-mannered lambs asking the Rodney King existential question, “Can’t we all just get along?”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  51. “Let’s not whip ourselves into a divisive frenzy pointing out that Donald Trump is a complete and utter phony, guys. What if he’s the nominee?!

    Leviticus (efada1) — 2/5/2016 @ 10:33 am

    Sincere concern duly noted.

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a)

  52. i’m so upset about the death spiral

    Mr. Trump will know what to do

    happyfeet (a037ad) — 2/5/2016 @ 11:50 am

    We need to cut some deals with someone. Not sure who.

    Gerald A (5dca03)

  53. Trump, Romney, McCain. I can remember when Republicans used to run conservatives for president, but I’m really, really old.

    It’s only done that three times in the last 60 years, if not more.

    Milhouse (87c499)

  54. If Donnie Trump can’t even man up and come to the table with Megyn Kelly, how can we trust him to come to the table with Putin, Iran, China, North Korea, et al?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  55. have NOT read Peter Hamilton – i bookmarked but i have a lot of wool ahead of me

    yes yes Mr. A we need to artfully do the deals to where we make America great again

    Trump/Cruz understand game theory and also process analysis to where they are certain to make America great again

    plus they have a hat

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  56. happyfeet, is Ted Cruz a natural born citizen?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  57. 31. Sheeesh! Trump says something nice about Cruz and the snakes start hissing and coiling up ready to strike. It’s likely one of these guys (if not both of them) will wind up being the party’s standard bearer in November. Let’s not whip ourselves into such a divisive frenzy in the preliminaries that we can’t unite against a common opponent in the big dance when it counts.

    ropelight (14147b) — 2/5/2016 @ 10:04 am

    Don’t you get it? Trump is playing you. If he had any concerns at all about Cruz being a natural born citizen he would rule Cruz out as a running mate. No one can be Vice President unless they’re qualified to be President. And as you are fond of pointing out every chance you get, a President has to be a natural born citizen.

    What Trump is telling you, ropelight, is that his charge that somehow Cruz’s birth in Canada to a US citizen somehow might disqualify Cruz is entirely BS. By saying he hasn’t ruled Cruz out as his VP, he is telling the world in no uncertain terms that he is fully aware Cruz meets all the qualifications to be President. But since he doesn’t have anything else to use against Cruz, he’ll deploy BS.

    Why are you falling for it?

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  58. Mr. Ted Cruz is for sure the most natural born one after Mr. The Donald

    Rubio on the other hand is a pooper

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  59. Has the problem really been a lack of contact with rohani, volodya and Kim 3, or is it they are bff’s.

    narciso (732bc0)

  60. Does Cruz really think trump will Nike copenhagen, November possibly.

    narciso (732bc0)

  61. 35. Trump, Romney, McCain. I can remember when Republicans used to run conservatives for president, but I’m really, really old.

    CrustyB (69f730) — 2/5/2016 @ 10:29 am

    The GOP never willingly ran a conservative for President. Normally, they work really hard to prevent that from happening, and except for Reagan they succeeded.

    Please look back at the history of the 20th and 21st centuries and tell me when the GOP chose to run a conservative for President.

    I love Theodore Roosevelt, but he was no conservative. He was a progressive. Hoover? He did a lot of damage to the economy after the stock market crashed precisely because he wasn’t a conservative. Eisenhower hated the conservatives in his own party, and according to Milton Friedman Nixon was the most socialist President in his entire long life. Ford and the Bushs were at best Eisenhower Republicans.

    Reagan is the lone insurgent to defy the party.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  62. Coolidge and that was by circumstance, Harding enabled mellon’s tax cuts, so all in all he was probably more to the right.

    narciso (732bc0)

  63. Ted Cruz committing fraud and at least a “misdemeanor” in Iowa to steal the election?

    No. Ted Cruz hired someone to commit fraud for him.

    Accuracy is important.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  64. It’s like Obama didn’t stonewall and audit his political enemies in 2011-12, he just went to the golf course while Lois Lerner did.
    He did make sure she got a full pension and a bonus though.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  65. Even presenting government analysis as, in some measure, factual renders one a filthy liar:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/02/05/meh-us-added-151000-jobs-in-january/

    DNF (755a85)

  66. narciso, thank you for pointing out specifics.

    I will not attempt to refute them. I don’t believe those few data points invalidate my observations of the general trend of GOP politics. That there isn’t a linear progression from point A to point B. There are detours.

    That’s a discussion I’d be happy to have. But in the meantime, I look forward to Milhouse spouting off about how I was arguing dishonestly.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  67. houston hello we have death spiral

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  68. “President Trump, this is General Smith speaking. Sir, the mission is accomplished. We bombed Denmark as you ordered.”

    “But General Smith, I’m no longer angry at Denmark’s Minister of Finance—can we take it back?”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  69. 46. I’m taking half the cash I’m clearing in divorce and hedging bets against the global and US economies.

    Provided I can get my money out in 2017 I will make a killing.

    DNF (755a85)

  70. good luck to all

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  71. 69. houston hello we have death spiral

    happyfeet (a037ad) — 2/5/2016 @ 1:55 pm

    I have a canoe and I know how to kill things with a bow and arrow. Or a knife if I can get close enough. Soes I can eat. Spring’s almost upon us, so that means a lot of tasty little alligators (and other good to eat critters) will be springing forth.

    Let the death spiral come. It’s about &*^da*#ed time.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  72. 62. I’d gainsay we’re done with the Bushes, at minimum.

    DNF (755a85)

  73. Patterico, making fun of Jebby for “please clap” might just make him upset, and if he’s upset he might display his leadership abilities by calling his mommy for help.

    Oh, too late, it’s done…
    http://www.npr.org/2016/02/05/465672072/barbara-bush-draws-a-crowd-in-new-hampshire-campaigning-for-jeb

    Arizona CJ (da673d)

  74. Yes it is, Steve57.
    Snares work.

    mg (31009b)

  75. 73. Skills in lost arts stand brushing up just now.

    DNF (755a85)

  76. Let the death spiral come. It’s about &*^da*#ed time.

    Ain’t that the truth with the fear of death being worse than death itself.

    Snares work.

    Still gotta kill’em and gut’em.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  77. Leviticus, to half the people here “irony” is “what iron is like”.

    nk (dbc370)

  78. 78. I confess to being very weak on gutting and butchering.

    DNF (755a85)

  79. What you want, mg, is a survival garden that doesn’t look like a garden. So passers by don’t see signs of cultivation. Neat rows of crops are a dead giveaway.

    People are lazy (that explains Bernie Sanders). If you can’t see it from a road it might as well not exist.

    Blackened Alligator

    Total Time:
    15 min
    Prep:
    10 min
    Cook:
    5 min

    Yield:
    4 servings

    Level:
    Easy

    Ingredients

    1 pound alligator loin meat

    Author’s note: I prefer the tail. I could make a dirty joke out of that statement, but since I’m resisting the temptation so should you.

    1 1/2 tablespoons blackening seasoning

    1 tablespoon cooking oil

    Directions

    Pound alligator until slightly flattened. Season using the blackening seasoning. Cook in hot oil for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, turning constantly after the first minute. When cooked, drain excess oil. Serve sliced.

    Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/blackened-alligator-recipe.html?oc=linkback

    Mebbe I’ll share more recipes as the apocalypse approaches. I plan on me and mine in my canoe eating well. I’ve got some FEE-nominal recipes for whale, courtesy of Norwegian friends who married Thai women.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  80. 77. 73. Skills in lost arts stand brushing up just now.

    DNF (755a85) — 2/5/2016 @ 2:07 pm

    I’m rediscovering the lost art of brewing up the rabbit dung glue to affix the obsidian blades to my Aztec macuahuitl.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  81. While the government may well lose daily oversight of portions of the country assumptions that it will be brittle are not warranted:

    http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=361335

    DNF (755a85)

  82. Tried a gator appetizer down in Orlando about 20 years ago… Tasted more like pencil eraser than chicken.

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a)

  83. 82. Everytime I think of a skill, e.g., cutting and welding, it requires a source of energy that cannot be relied on. You are way, way ahead.

    DNF (755a85)

  84. 85. Tried a gator appetizer down in Orlando about 20 years ago… Tasted more like pencil eraser than chicken.

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a) — 2/5/2016 @ 2:31 pm

    But, you see, that’s what I’m trying to address. They did it wrong.

    I’ve been dealing with this misconception ever since the Navy sent me to starvival school back in the late ’80s. Which amounts to, just because the Water Moccasin I killed tasted like cardboard after I tried to preserve the meat by making a smokehouse out of a parachute, that means no matter how you prepare it snake is just wrong.

    No!

    Prepared with care, it’s actually a versatile and tasty meat.

    Why is it I have to work at this?

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  85. Trump won’t even be the nominee. He isn’t even in New Hampshire today. He’s running scared.

    Victoria Balfour (4bb135)

  86. OK, I didn’t kill the Water Moccasin. That was a former bouncer from Albany.

    But I ate it. Or, I tried to. The snake meat really was like chewing cardboard, after we tried to smoke it.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  87. “Please clap.” lol

    Beasts of England (bb9ff2)

  88. “But I ate it. Or, I tried to. The snake meat really was like chewing cardboard, after we tried to smoke it.”

    Smoking snakes is a gateway to lickin’ teh toads

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a)

  89. I was young and stupid then, coronello.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  90. I have recovered.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  91. Coronello, certain meats require a technique called larding.

    http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/glossary/g/Larding.htm

    Pronghorn antelope immediately spring to mind.

    Will it work on gator? I plan to find out.

    In the meantime, we have recipes that we know work.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  92. I thought I clicked the clicker to the Golf Channel, but I ended up on the Food Network.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  93. I like food, Cruz Supporter.

    Food is right up there with the *wimminz.

    Anything wrong with that?

    *Also my canoe and a sharp axe and a way to make fire. But especially a woman.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  94. “Bunny Dung Glue Persuasion”

    Look over yonder
    Under that tree
    Teh rabbit’s fermentin’
    Most definitely
    A new high is comin’, whoo-hoo
    We’ll all be derangin’
    Ain’t it beautiful, whoo-hoo
    Bunny Dung Glue Persuasion

    Better get ready
    Don’t be uptight
    Dung, dung is the answer, whoo-hoo
    And that’s all right
    So don’t you give up now, whoo-hoo
    It’s so easy to find
    Just clean out your nose (Clean out your nose)
    It will blow your mind
    Bunny Dung Glue Persuasion
    Mm-hmm
    It’s some stimulation
    Bunny Dung Glue Persuasion
    Bunny Dung
    Glue Persuasion

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a)

  95. Subway’s “five dollar footlong” now costs six bucks.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  96. 98. Subway’s “five dollar footlong” now costs six bucks.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 2/5/2016 @ 3:21 pm

    Yeah, this is why I plan on moving into a shipping container installed on a rural property. And raising hogs on what the nearest donut shop throws away.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  97. By “installed” I mean dug into one of our low rising north Texas hillsides, as we have the occasional tornado here and I don’t plan on falling victim to the the next one.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  98. I’ll trade turkey for your bacon.

    No seriously. I raise turkeys as pets. Too emotionally involved to kill em.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  99. papertiger, I believe you. And I’m happy you have the luxury to raise turkeys as pets.

    But I think it’s important to recognize that we’re the weirdos, when it comes to the human experience.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  100. My friend from the bayou says you can always smell moccasins before you see ’em…
    maybe you just picked the wrong kind of snake.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  101. Well, to be honest, I’ve never gone hungry.

    Yet.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  102. Someday soon it’ll be me and the turkey in the storage container down by the river. Charlie Chaplin hungry.

    Then all bets are off.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  103. Doc @103, the thing is, in the bayou, the smells all run together.

    The flowers and the rabbit that didn’t make the jump across the creek and is now rotting in the crotch of the roots of a tree because it caught a leg on the way down. And drowned.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  104. My group killed and stewed a porcupine. Can’t recommend it.

    crazy (cde091)

  105. “Someday soon it’ll be me and the turkey in the storage container down by the river.”

    Better than you and teh Pygmy pony over by the dental floss bush!

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a)

  106. “My group killed and stewed a porcupine. Can’t recommend it.”

    I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it. Not too many meals you can also use to pick your teeth with

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a)

  107. “My friend from the bayou says you can always smell moccasins before you see ’em…”

    I know mine you can probably smell from a mile away.

    Colonel Haiku (ca2d1a)

  108. 107. My group killed and stewed a porcupine. Can’t recommend it.

    crazy (cde091) — 2/5/2016 @ 3:55 pm

    You and me both, bruddah. There’s lots of ways to cook up the wildlife wrong.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  109. You’re all worrying about nothing. Before you get to the point of having to forage for food like Paleolithics, you will have been eaten by a gang of feral teenagers.

    nk (dbc370)

  110. If I didn’t spit it out I swear to gawd I’d still be chewing on parts of that armadillo.

    And I’ve been retired for nearly ten years.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  111. True dat.

    crazy (cde091)

  112. I feel like I’m either Dennis Hopper or Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider.”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  113. Gorilla growing, Steve57.
    Have had gator a few times, the best was at the Big O’s on the Redneck Rivera in Alabama.

    mg (31009b)

  114. Touche, Col.

    mg (31009b)

  115. I must admit, I ate things growing up on the farm that will never touch my lips again.

    mg (31009b)

  116. Go get ’em, Donald! https://youtu.be/m8MhkheHJvM

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  117. Sorta the opposite, mg. After traveling the world I’ll now eat stuff I never would have considered food when I was growing up.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  118. No more gizards, brains or haggis for me. But do enjoy, Steve57.

    mg (31009b)

  119. mg @121, all I can say is, yum.

    And while you may be facetious I plan on leading the charge to bring haggis back to the US.

    Also and entirely separately, fish heads! Including the eye balls. Delicioso!

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  120. 119,,, maybe this has been posted already? Don’t know, but it does seem a little out there for a wannabe prez. Made me nearly choke on my pesto…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  121. Do you have to use so many cuss words?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  122. What the &$#@ are you talking about?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  123. can remember when Republicans used to run conservatives for president

    The GOP is not a “Conservative” Party. It is a broad center-right party. Sometimes it nominates people from further right than normal, sometimes further to the center than normal. Goldwater was probably furthest right and Nixon furthest left center in my lifetime. Mostly you get people like Bush. Romney was further right than the right fringe (who will announce themselves shortly) gives him credit for. McCain was an ignorant boob and a centrist.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  124. The last 25 or so comments seem like they can be skipped.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  125. Maybe 50.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  126. Everybody knows you spit roast or fry porcupine.

    ropelight (14147b)

  127. As far as a death spiral is concerned, maybe — just maybe — if we tried this capitalism thing again, we might be able to pull it out.

    It used to be that the USA was the country that pulled the world out of recession, but the current administration thinks the way to jump-start an economy is to smother it with lawyers and bureaucrats, then send special favored people big suitcases full of money in the hopes that they’ll do something useful with them. Didn’t work.

    Probably the best plan would be elect a Republican who actually understands this. And it isn’t Trump. We won’t bribe our way out of this mess.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  128. Death spiral bonanza:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-05/22-signs-global-economic-turmoil-we-have-seen-so-far-2016-just-beginning

    The suck in emerging markets has already arrived but wait for it on our end. Exports die first, layoffs begin in earnest, Deutsche Bank fails and $55 Trillion in derivatives go up in smoke, yada yada.

    DNF (755a85)

  129. 130. I agree with giving it another go, one just needs to survive the necessary killings.

    DNF (755a85)

  130. @129, there is always the trichinosis.

    So to be on the safe side I’d cook the holy ghost outta my porcupine.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  131. Anyone a ham radio op?

    DNF (755a85)

  132. Steve57, I have not digested those so called delicacies since the 60’s. Haggis was very bad in Scotland, If I had to chose I would take American haggis.

    mg (31009b)

  133. A good butcher is an artist.

    mg (31009b)

  134. mg @135, I did differently 25 years or so later.

    This is why I want to live in a free country. Who is to say what was right and what was wrong?

    Not me.

    If someone wants to eat haggis, let them eat haggis.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  135. Let them eat bad Scottish haggis, if that’s what they want.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  136. 119. He is heading down into a bottomless chasm.
    Hades.

    mg (31009b)

  137. As opposed to the good haggis which comes from…

    Where the h3ll does good haggis come from?!?!

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  138. …Haggis was very bad in Scotland

    As opposed to French Polynesia?

    Steve57 (f61b03)

  139. As opposed to what my aunt Jinny made at her farm.
    And that was bad.
    I have elite taste buds. I like grilled hot dogs with mustard and kraut.

    mg (31009b)

  140. The last 25 or so comments seem like they can be skipped.

    Kevin M (25bbee) — 2/5/2016 @ 5:13 pm

    Maybe 50.

    Kevin M (25bbee) — 2/5/2016 @ 5:14 pm

    Kevin M… teh Kevinator… goin’ all Milhouse on teh PeePs

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  141. 131. Cont. Chart displaying the evaporating USD held by foreign governments:

    http://i2.wp.com/bawerk.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/6.png

    Oil producing countries like Brazil and Nigeria cannot pull together enough dollars to conduct trade, e.g., medicines.

    This is going to hurt.

    DNF (755a85)

  142. I’d still be chewing on parts of that armadillo.
    Steve57 (f61b03) — 2/5/2016 @ 4:01 pm

    Didn’t your mother ever tell you to leave the armadillos alone…
    Hmmm?

    Painted Jaguar (a sockpuppet) (deca84)

  143. Gator, is it supposed to taste like meat him.

    narciso (732bc0)

  144. Gum, I mean.

    narciso (732bc0)

  145. Erdogan takes one in the keester:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-05/video-shows-tens-thousands-massing-turkey-border-russia-iran-bear-down-key-syrian-ci

    ISIS will now focus on Europe and points west.

    DNF (755a85)

  146. I’ve had alligator mixed in with stuffing and in gumbo, wasn’t much of a thing one way or another IMO.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  147. kind of like firm shrimp in texture, not that much taste to speak of, as I recollect.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  148. Haha, check this out: https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/02/05/pharma-bad-boy-martin-shkreli-is-a-big-democrat-donor/

    Turns out that Mr. Martin Shkreli is a big Dem sponsor. Shkreli is the guy who purchased the rights to a certain pharmaceutical drug called Daraprim that is particularly helpful combating HIV. He promptly raised the price of that drug from $13.50 to $750, per tablet. That is a 5,000% increase.

    One can argue right or wrong, but what is funny is the rank hypocrisy of the Democrats, again.

    U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings ripped into a smirking Shkreli during yesterday’s Congressional hearing of Shkreli. Guess who donated to Cummings’ reelection campaign?

    The Democrat party is beyond a joke. Please, someone, put them out of their misery.

    PS: Sanders refused money from Shkreli, so on this issue he is not a hypocrite.

    Pons Asinorum (49e2e8)

  149. thought I’d just throw that out there.

    Pons Asinorum (49e2e8)

  150. Trump in the past few hours after months of he and his supporters bashing Ted Cruz (nasty, whack job, liar, ineligible, etc.) would take him as his VP, and flip-flopped on his opposition to the Confederate Flag (had man at his rally with flag escorted out, and said to take down South Carolina flag down) Will he now flip on his support for Affirmative Action?

    Why did he do this? South Carolina is next! We Carolinians aren’t fooled. #CruzCountry

    Tricia (781ebc)

  151. Until Jan. got rolling the world thought the Fed would raise rates during 2016. A goodly number of home purchases were brought forward. Auto leases are about to have a three or four year run of reduced numbers increasing used cars on the market.

    Junk corporate bonds have already begun crashing which has led to pull-backs and sales in investment grade financing by banks to cover expected losses.

    So student loans are the only credit game in town:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-05/chart-doom-when-private-credit-stops-expanding

    Declining business, government and personal revenues thru 2017 are baked in the cake. Watch your asset values devalue.

    DNF (755a85)

  152. Support Democracy and the free market. Bribe a politician today.

    nk (dbc370)

  153. 149. I’ve had alligator mixed in with stuffing and in gumbo, wasn’t much of a thing one way or another IMO.
    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84) — 2/5/2016 @ 6:20 pm

    150. kind of like firm shrimp in texture, not that much taste to speak of, as I recollect.
    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84) — 2/5/2016 @ 6:21 pm

    Kinda my point, good dottore. You can survive on the stuff, but it’s sorta, bleh. Neither fish nor fowl.

    It will sustain you. And. That’s about it.

    Steve57 (f61b03)

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