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3/19/2016

The Real Reason Trump Skipped the Debate: Megyn Kelly

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:16 pm



So now the candidates are doing town halls Monday. Donald Trump gets to have his hand held by Sean Hannity, and there will be no mean Ted Cruz or Megyn Kelly to confront him in ways that harm him, like the last Fox News debate. Meanwhile, Trump is whining about Megyn Kelly again, making it clear why he backed out of the debate.

His claim of a conflicting speech was a lie.

And he’s getting away with it.

315 Responses to “The Real Reason Trump Skipped the Debate: Megyn Kelly”

  1. Amazing. Nobody is even really talking about it.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  2. you have to pick and choose how you use the sleazy cable news propaganda bunnies

    Mr. Trump is very good at that

    he knows what they’re good for and what they’re not good for, and he uses them like the disposable trash they are

    it’s very refreshing

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. Cruz ought to take Fox News to task for this, on the air.

    “Sean, before we get started, I’m sorry that Fox has decided to knuckle under to Donald Trump’s demands about Megyn Kelly. Up to now, Fox has been the only stand-up news organization in the business. I’m sorry to see that end.”

    But he won’t. He needs Fox, too,

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  4. Nor is anyone talking about Trump’s still-unreleased tax returns.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  5. That’s not true. The Lois Lerner wing of the IRS is talking about Trumps tax returns, and how best to leak them without being indicted.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  6. I’d love to see Hillary bring this issue to light.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  7. They will not be released. They cannot be released because they will show that Trump does not pay income tax.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. harvardtrash Ted released his returns even though they showed how him and his goldy sacky don’t give any monies to charity

    happyfeet (831175)

  9. Just repeating hateful speech doesn’t make the hater smart…or even correct.

    I appreciate that pesky First Amendment, unlike Biff Tannen, but this consistent graffiti of nonsense sure is tiresome. But then, it is kind of the Trump Way: repeating nasty comments over and over again.

    And much like the Orange Toupee, Mr. Feet sure doesn’t like him the lady folk.

    It’s a pattern. And noticed by everyone.

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  10. this first amendment is my favorite followed closely by the second one

    what’s your favorite one Mr. Jester?

    happyfeet (831175)

  11. Is it a requirement or a tradition that candidates release their tax returns? I really don’t recall ever seeing any candidates returns but then since I’m no envious leftist they would not interest me. I do recall hearing how little Gore gave to charity so I assume he released his. Are there any other documents candidates should or are required to reveal?

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  12. 9. Try to demonstrate that you are a trained observer, unswayed by your predilections:

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/03/19/krauthammer-fight-between-the-establishment-and-anti-establishment-is-over/

    Having a CV is only a start.

    DNF (755a85)

  13. Just why are the Cruzes required to charitably give, Happyfeet? Points will be deducted if you give the tired “they can afford it” argument.

    Bill H (dcdd7b)

  14. And Patterico? I think you are right. The BLOT needs that female vote, and his history of misogyny needs to be kept on the downlow…at least until HRC is the nominee. Then we will hear this, 24/7:

    http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/03/15/anti-donald-trump-ad-women-sot-ctn.cnn

    I would love to see the press do “interviews on the street” where they play that video and put female reactions to it front and center. Scott Adams thinks most women will think it is funny. But then, Scott Adams has an odd view of reality.

    Again, truculence is not strength, and being a jackwagon is not the same thing as being honest.

    Cowardly little Daddy’s boy, afraid of a talking head on the news. Typical. And this is the person who can “stand up” to Putin. Please.

    This guy is the ONLY way HRC can become President.

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  15. I don’t think any one is “required” to give to charity. But it does indicate a level of morality and generosity. I also don’t think it’s my business what someone else gives.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  16. Is it a requirement or a tradition that candidates release their tax returns? I really don’t recall ever seeing any candidates returns but then since I’m no envious leftist they would not interest me. I do recall hearing how little Gore gave to charity so I assume he released his. Are there any other documents candidates should or are required to reveal?

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6) — 3/19/2016 @ 1:13 pm

    I don’t think it’s either, Rev. It appears to me that it was some agitation on the left started a few decades back when the “rich” were allegedly taking over everything. Something like that anyway. It’s just become a standard demand. For both sides, I’ve always seen it as an intrusion that I don’t need to have. Whether or not Gore gave charitably didn’t influence the fact that he’s a wacky dirtball.

    Bill H (dcdd7b)

  17. I don’t think any one is “required” to give to charity. But it does indicate a level of morality and generosity. I also don’t think it’s my business what someone else gives.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6) — 3/19/2016 @ 1:18 pm

    True. But you can be charitable and have it not show up on your taxes. I agree with your point: it ain’t my business.

    Bill H (dcdd7b)

  18. Ah, the voluble Mr. Feet. He is just a kvetcher, with no center of beliefs about anything. He knows it. Everyone else does, too.

    If he really believed in the First Amendment, this would chill him to his bones.

    http://reason.com/blog/2015/12/18/trump-keeps-trashing-the-first-amendment

    And I quite like all of this:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432037/donald-trump-libel-first-amendment

    Mr. Feet will not.

    But he find it is easier and more fun to call people silly names. Especially easier. And not vote.

    Did I mention that?

    Such a maroon. Patterico is a saint.

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  19. Just why are the Cruzes required to charitably give, Happyfeet?

    they are NOT required at all Mr. H me I got rid of a LOT of my charity after the idiot failmericans gave food stamp a second term and i also stopped doing the recycles

    there’s exceptions for example i sponsor my sister for her events where she runs or bikes or whatever (it’s really good for her)

    also me and her and lil brudder just donated to a museum in our home town in texas in the name of mom and dad (i couldn’t really get out of that, even though i really think the board of that museum has some truly disgusting people on it)

    but for the most part now i just give to friends and family, and that’s more than enough i think

    i sure don’t give no monies to failmerican political trash

    but i don’t make pretend to be this super holy christian where me and my goldy sacky are walking in the footsteps of Jesus doing the dominion on the woodland creatures, and that’s where I’m different from harvardtrash Ted

    happyfeet (831175)

  20. I don’t blame Trump for exposing Megyn Kelly’s animus towards him. Watch her show, the bias is constant and palpable. Right from the get-go Kelly has been out to get Trump. She doesn’t come out and call him an NAZI homophobe, but she invites guests who willingly do her dirtiest work for her.

    FOX is biased against Trump. Owner Rupert Murdoch is cheek by jowl with the GOP establishment in the effort to drive Trump from the race, or deny him the nomination. Murdoch’s 2 sons run FOX for their father’s corporation, one son’s wife works for the Clinton Climate Initiative.

    When Trump begged off the last debate, FOX has to cancel the event – it would have been a ratings disaster. Very few Americans who aren’t already Cruz supporters would tune-in to listen to the overly dramatic and insufferably pedantic Cruz and Kasich gab fest. Those guys could put Argus to sleep.

    Besides, it was also an opportunity for Trump to stick it to the smirking pantywaists at FOX. That’s a win/win for The Donald.

    ropelight (6e3e88)

  21. Yeah, Bill H. Maybe I should have said: It may or could indicate a level of generosity rather than “does”. Personally, most of my charitable activities do not end up on my taxes. Especially the time and labor I used to donate to my Club helping the poor, Meals on Wheels and Wounded Warrior. Now because I’m on oxygen I can’t do it and I really miss it. The clients miss me too which is personally gratifying in that it shows all those years did make a difference to some people.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  22. 20. “Watch her show”

    No, thanks.

    DNF (ffe548)

  23. Back when Romney was getting this treatment from Democrats with bylines, he could have generated his own steam, if only he had a clue.

    By refusing to show his returns, and stating in uncompromising terms that this is the exact and only protection of privacy afforded by the Constitution.

    But Romney was clueless. On how to generate his own press. On the plain meaning original interpretation of the Constitution. And on practically everything else.

    Still is.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  24. There simply is no chance the Conservative hope will either win the democratic nomination or general.

    This fact is baked in the cake, cast in concrete, obvious to all and sundry.

    Spending a thousand on the lottery makes more sense than BSing here.

    DNF (755a85)

  25. Some Harvard guys analyzed Clinton’s and Trump’s Twitter followers and found that Trump has just as much support as Clinton among the ladies percentage wise, but more overall female support due to his larger following.

    So much for one off exit polls.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  26. the conservative hope is that the nasty disgusting incontinent old woman doesn’t succeed food stamp

    i pray for this all the time to lutheran jesus

    happyfeet (831175)

  27. mr happyfeet, since he allegedly graduated from Univ of Pennsylvania, is donnie trump “penntrash”? Or just trash? (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  28. nope he’s not really an obscene credentialist in the same way harvardtrash are

    happyfeet (831175)

  29. Cruz’ ostensive purpose and the expectation of all his supporters herein is that he will coalesce efforts with the GOPe.

    we’ve seen that movie and it always ends badly.

    DNF (ffe548)

  30. I don’t think any one is “required” to give to charity. But it does indicate a level of morality and generosity. I also don’t think it’s my business what someone else gives.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6) — 3/19/2016 @ 1:18 pm

    Sorry, Rev. I didn’t mean it to sound like I was trying to stick it to you. I probably overstated my beef- if it could be called that- with Happyfeet at #8. Which brings me to:

    they are NOT required at all Mr. H me I got rid of a LOT of my charity after the idiot failmericans gave food stamp a second term and i also stopped doing the recycles

    there’s exceptions for example i sponsor my sister for her events where she runs or bikes or whatever (it’s really good for her)

    also me and her and lil brudder just donated to a museum in our home town in texas in the name of mom and dad (i couldn’t really get out of that, even though i really think the board of that museum has some truly disgusting people on it)

    but for the most part now i just give to friends and family, and that’s more than enough i think

    i sure don’t give no monies to failmerican political trash

    but i don’t make pretend to be this super holy christian where me and my goldy sacky are walking in the footsteps of Jesus doing the dominion on the woodland creatures, and that’s where I’m different from harvardtrash Ted

    happyfeet (831175) — 3/19/2016 @ 1:28 pm

    Good to see how you feel on that, Happyfeet. The way your original post read, it was an indictment. The only thing I see her is you’re rather unhappy about his Christian beliefs. I don’t know why that’s bothering you so badly. I mean dude, I’m an atheist, and his beliefs- and the charity that stems from it- doesn’t even raise a blip on my radar. I really don’t think it’s a matter of pretend with him. It may not even be with Trump- I don’t know, and I honestly don’t care.

    You give with your sister and brother- that was an example as I was mentioning to Rev Hoagie. That charity doesn’t show up on your tax returns. The returns show merely how much you were able to get a receipt for.

    Bill H (dcdd7b)

  31. Oh, for God’s sake. BLOT is not an “…obscene credentialist..“?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryZjRaOKXbM

    But…but…that’s different. Right?

    Just a freaking scam artist and cheap vulgar braggart.

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  32. Bill H, what Mr. Feet has…um…issues regarding is SSM.

    Oh, wait.

    http://www.glaad.org/trump

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  33. mr happyfeet, so donnie’s just ‘trash,’ right?
    New Yawk greaser trash.
    Three wives, four bankruptcies, a bad orange toupee, and a history of going on the Howard Stern Show to talk about women’s private parts.

    mr alec baldwin and mr warren beatty don’t even stoop so low to reach so high.

    But Ted Cruz went to Harvard—and Marco is only 5’10″!!!!111!!!! (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  34. nonono Mr. The Donald is manhattantrash with a eurohooker wife

    everybody knows this why you trying to confuzzle people

    happyfeet (831175)

  35. @13 Bill H

    Poor Ted

    He can’t he’p it

    He was born with a silver crucifix in his mouth (or was that a Maple Leaf).

    The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.

    If Cruzes don’t give they don’t love the Lord.

    If they don’t love the Lord no Jesus Magic that gets him to 1,237.

    pinandpuller (0845e7)

  36. Trumpsters is everything you say but he is also smart. That is why he is not doing the debate. He is ahead. He will win or get damn close. He only has to lose by continuing the debates (which he sucks at).

    Frankly, I just want a POTUS who loves the Good Ol USA. Cuz our current version of Democrats hate everything about this Country. Even a Big Gubmint loser like Trump, so long as really cares about the Nation, will get some good done. Cuz Hitlery and her Hate USA coalition will only worsen the situation and further promote parasitism at the Public trough.

    Cruz should cut a deal and award himself the GOP apparatus, purge the Country Clubbers, promise peace and quiet to Trump, and then redo every major piece of legislation we ever wanted redone. The Democrats will be so busy hating Trump they won’t even pay attention to the legislative process. In 8 years, Cruz can do more for this nation by gutting the machine he claims to hate.

    Not my dream scenario but this can work out fine if you know how to wield the ax. Purge the party oligarchists, pack the Courts, rewrite the laws, gut the Left’s money train from the Govt, and let Trump be an idiot who is focused on the Left. Let him fight our fights, use Trump to deliver the change we need.

    Rodney King's Spirit (a089dc)

  37. I wish Cruz would go on the offensive and verbally abuse team republican. He used to do that. And the public applauded.

    mg (31009b)

  38. Some Harvard guys analyzed Clinton’s and Trump’s Twitter followers and found that Trump has just as much support as Clinton among the ladies percentage wise, but more overall female support due to his larger following.

    So much for one off exit polls.

    papertiger (c2d6da) — 3/19/2016 @ 1:54 pm

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!! Twitter followers! There’s a great measure for determining support in a general election!!

    Patrick Henry, the 2nd (ddead1)

  39. Trump is the best FOIL we could hope for if changing Govt is what we want.

    But for this to happen we need Trump fighting the Left and vice versa while doing our best to do our work quietly, quickly, viciously and without shame.

    The Papers and Pundits can react to the Trump v Democrats’ theatrics as they wish.

    Rodney King's Spirit (a089dc)

  40. Aww. Mean ol Trump scuppered the debate in Salt Lake City interrupting the careful planned protests of dozens of the University of Utah’s Students for a Democratic Society.

    http://www.sltrib.com/home/3676832-155/utah-trump-protest-organizer-our-resolution

    Wonder if Kelly had their seating reserved?

    Oh well. Guess I’ll never know.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  41. Even a Big Gubmint loser like Trump, so long as really cares about the Nation, will get some good done.

    yes yes yes this is obvious to anyone who is willing to do the analysis

    Mr. Trump is the only one who’s in a place to save america from the moist and stinky reign of that nasty incontinent old woman.

    Too many people are playing fantasy politics pining for the harvardtrash goldy sacky ascendance. (This is not going to happen even if weirdo willard endorses him twice with bells on.)

    America needs them to snap out of it and to take a more sober and judicious look at the realities facing us.

    happyfeet (831175)

  42. @25 papertiger

    Aren’t a lot of twitter accounts fakes or novelties?

    As far as anectdotal evidence goes, there’s no indication that Bill likes Hillary but I’m sure he’s going to vote for her anyway.

    pinandpuller (928ad9)

  43. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!! Twitter followers! There’s a great measure for determining support in a general election!!

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!! Exit polls!

    /// obligatory.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  44. harvardtrash Ted released his returns even though they showed how him and his goldy sacky don’t give any monies to charity
    happyfeet (831175) — 3/19/2016 @ 12:52 pm

    Maybe, like a lot of Christians, and I am one, he doesn’t claim his charitable donations and donations to his church on his taxes! A lot of us feel that claiming them as donations on the 1040 is sort of like cheating God!

    Yoda (feee21)

  45. And is not true to the spirit of giving!

    Yoda (feee21)

  46. 37. This is exactly what has me concerned, Ted is playing possum.

    DNF (755a85)

  47. #41 My point goes further ..

    Conservatives for years have sought to fight the traditional political wars. To try and win the GOP then try and convince the general public of its wisdom. Etc. On this effort it has failed. It has never been able to even take power in the halls of the GOP nor any major Institutions beyond think tanks.

    The Left however during this time has slowly hijacked the Democratic Party and used whoever came along to push their views. And with those views we have FailAmerica as Happyfeet states. FailAmerica is however ecstatic over the parasite economy and the clan divisions based on gender, race, money. It is a wonderous state for them and they continue to slowly transform the Country into soul-less animals. Taking over Hollywood, taking over the Newspapers, the Universities, the Federal Bureaucracy etc…..

    The Left has never sought to win elections only to impose policy. Conservatives have failed to follow suit.

    For this reason, I keep calling on Conservatives to play the long game and to use what presents itself to efficiently, effectively, vicsiously and without shame target the dismantling of the Left. You must be smart and stop with the petulant responses of “my party did not pick my guy” nonsense. There is an opportunity for a principled conservative to broker something to start creating this change. Doing this HEAD ON claiming electoral victories will never work. AN Army of 1 can not beat army of 5 in traditional warfare.

    You start by using an idiot like Trump. You flatter the imbecile. You use him to amass power. His ego will grow so big even as his weakness magnifies. He will be so into the Media and Democrat fight that the respite you provide him on your side will be rewarded even if you do so quietly.

    Target the Culture and Laws and Institutions that aid and abet the Left. Eviscerate them. Destroy those in those positions of power. Target the Universities, I am sure the Liberal Professors are guilty of at least 2-3 crimes each. Get them. Hollywood, same. Never speak politics when doing this. Only justice and fair play. No matter how minor what they do, punish them to the fullest extent of the law. Laws to be changed to destroy the Left and its support? Do so. Want to get more Republican Voters, stop giving tax breaks to the poor. When they pay they will understand. Same goes for the Fed Govt support of dependency,

    SO, gotta go but that is the best thing to do.

    Rodney King's Spirit (a089dc)

  48. Aren’t a lot of twitter accounts fakes or novelties?

    I guess. Twitter accounts are as squirly as exit polls. Maybe more so, given that Twitter has adopted the Democratic Underground’s model for deciding whose tweets are too subversive.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  49. And is not true to the spirit of giving!

    this is sorta not very sense-making Mr. yoda

    if you can decrease how many of your monies go to the federal government, those monies are liberated for productive purposes that can help the american people

    happyfeet (831175)

  50. Spending a thousand on the lottery makes more sense than BSing here.
    DNF (755a85) — 3/19/2016 @ 1:50 pm

    Then invited you are to go away, return never!

    Yoda (feee21)

  51. Target the Culture and Laws and Institutions that aid and abet the Left. Eviscerate them. Destroy those in those positions of power. Target the Universities, I am sure the Liberal Professors are guilty of at least 2-3 crimes each. Get them. Hollywood, same. Never speak politics when doing this. Only justice and fair play. No matter how minor what they do, punish them to the fullest extent of the law. Laws to be changed to destroy the Left and its support? Do so. Want to get more Republican Voters, stop giving tax breaks to the poor. When they pay they will understand. Same goes for the Fed Govt support of dependency,

    has a single one of the loathsome propaganda sluts officiating any of these “debates” asked the R candidates if they would defund NPR?

    happyfeet (831175)

  52. 50. understand syntax you do not

    DNF (755a85)

  53. 46- What would be the downside of telling team republican that the Georgia Island shenanigans are an embarrassment to the voting public. And to back Ted in one state and someone else in another is garbage politics. Name names at the traitor island backstab.
    Ben Sasse is a total hack for showing up.

    mg (31009b)

  54. 51. Gingrich was a more credible anti-establishmentarian than Cruz, IMHO.

    DNF (755a85)

  55. this is sorta not very sense-making Mr. yoda

    happyfeet (831175) — 3/19/2016 @ 2:47 p

    Maybe, like a lot of other true Christians that are born again, bought by the blood, Bible believing Christians and he is walking in the Spirit!

    Matthew 6:2″So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3″But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

    2 Corinthians 9:7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:9(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

    Yoda (feee21)

  56. 54-Perhaps. Cruz never promised everyone in Florida a spaceship built for two like Newt did in his pandering spiral.

    mg (31009b)

  57. I get the point most make that Trump will disappoint.

    So the Donk is to be preferred?

    ESAD, hypocrite.

    DNF (ffe548)

  58. 50. understand syntax you do not
    DNF (755a85) — 3/19/2016 @ 2:58 pm

    Syntax understand completely! Understanding liking “BSing” here you do not. So invited you are to leave and return here do not. Much more pleasant for you it will be, and for others too.

    Yoda (feee21)

  59. by not deducting your charities you’re taking monies away from private citizens and handing it to the corrupt malevolent failmerican government what uses it to oppress people

    it’s really just that simple Mr. yoda

    happyfeet (831175)

  60. 55. Remember, we are talking politics.

    DNF (755a85)

  61. As I said, Newt choked in Florida. mg hits on exactly why.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  62. by not deducting your charities you’re taking monies away from private citizens and handing it to the corrupt malevolent failmerican government what uses it to oppress people

    Yes, but you can stiff the government other ways.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  63. and well you should

    happyfeet (831175)

  64. 58. BSing is mindlessly desecrating whitespace with drivel.

    DNF (755a85)

  65. If Cruz is going to win California, he should be extremely anti moonbeam, pelosi and boxer.

    mg (31009b)

  66. IMHO and ESAD, go together they do not! More like ESAD is an egotistical PR!CK.

    Yoda (feee21)

  67. Trump is just a “community organizer.” America has a long history of community organizing, most coming from the left. And it is that community organizing which has paved the way for Trump’s organizing from the right. In modern urban development projects, a developer like Trump has to deal with – actually pay off – the community organizers who stood in his way. By now, he knows exactly how the game is played and he is, in fact, playing it.

    I think this is the reason the left is so infuriated by the relatively moderate Trump: he has stolen their thunder, along with their tactics.

    Why should the left have a corner on the community organizing market, anyway? We deserve our own Al Sharptons. That Trump wants to use his followers as an “Occupy”-like movement targeting his enemies would seem to go with the territory. Hillary does it. So does Bernie. Why not Donald?

    For the longest time, I’ve wondered when Republicans would get wise to Alinsky. That time has come.

    ThOR (a52560)

  68. 61. Point taken. Neuter was not himself after SC.

    DNF (755a85)

  69. 66. Touche. It is all I’ve got.

    DNF (755a85)

  70. 67. “stolen thunder”

    Good point.

    DNF (755a85)

  71. it’s really just that simple Mr. yoda
    happyfeet (831175) — 3/19/2016 @ 3:11 pm

    Not quite! Deduction that you take is “sounding the trumpet”, and its reward is what you will receive.

    Matthew 22:21 21They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” 22And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.

    Away go, little doodlebug!

    Yoda (feee21)

  72. 71. Sorry, there are no devoted men of God involved.

    DNF (755a85)

  73. The blog patrol is out.

    Rubber Ducky (31009b)

  74. @44 Yoda

    Churches that send out “giving statements” to take to your tax planner are kind of icky.

    The left hand ought not know what the right hand is doing.

    pinandpuller (0845e7)

  75. Cruz is. Why hf puts him down, always he does!

    Yoda (feee21)

  76. Much like I don’t care for the constant vulgar bashing of Trump supporters by fellow Republicans because we as people are better than that, so I am not into Republicans going all “Alinsky” in the culture because we definitely are much better than that and so is the American Republic we represent.

    I had lunch today with a Trump supporting friend and showed him the FEC figures Yoda furnished me. He took them and I hope he thinks about them. But he did say one thing when I rhetorically asked why anybody would support Trump. He looked me in the eye a stated: “Because he’s NOT PC and I’m tired of PC and being afraid of saying anything in public and being called names. Can you see how they call him names? That’s why I’m for Trump”. Well, Trump sure ain’t PC.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  77. 61) no mittens nuked him from orbit, with brokaw’s branding re the ethics complaints, and elliot abrams practically calling him a sandinista. even though he had defended the administration’s policy at oxford,

    megyn is no shrinking violet, re her appearance on stern, who is a sordid oracle of sorts, but she pretends to be,

    narciso (732bc0)

  78. @67 ThOR

    Or as Stacey Dash put it, Trump is “street”.

    Ted can pull parliamentary procedures from his butt all day.

    We need someone to cut the Gordian knot.

    pinandpuller (c16705)

  79. Churches that send out “giving statements” to take to your tax planner are kind of icky.

    The left hand ought not know what the right hand is doing.
    pinandpuller (0845e7) — 3/19/2016 @ 3:33 pm

    Agree with this I do! Cannot always give what I should, but take credit for what I give, I do not! Gave also of my time with a Gospel Quartet by playing banjo, bass, and guitar, until paralyzed my right hand became. Give all Glory to God, never a music lesson I had, received Gift from Him! Now He has taken it away. Waiting for what next He has in store for me!

    Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

    29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

    30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

    31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the LORD!

    Yoda (feee21)

  80. I agree with you Yoda. I participate in charities because I want results, not credit.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  81. 67)well I would take a little issue, he’s a salesman, and as such needs to know his market, this is rare apparently, demint for example was in advertising,

    narciso (732bc0)

  82. If Cruz is going to win California, he should be extremely anti moonbeam, pelosi and boxer.

    Isn’t that like breathing?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  83. Reading these comments and listening to Trump supporters on the radio makes it clear to me how angry they are, and how much they want to hurt the people they think are standing in the way of fixing things. At first it was about being angry but now it’s about hurting people.

    DRJ (15874d)

  84. What radio are you listening to DRJ? I was just reading how anti-Trump protestors closed down a highway and were chanting “We want Trump dead. We want Trump dead” and another group I think in NYC hanged Trump in effigy, then cut the head off and kicked it down the street. Who is angry and wants to hurt people? There is so much hate and vitriol on the anti-Trump side I wish they could muster that much up for the actual enemies of America who murder Americans on a global scale.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  85. Toure on MSNBC:

    Then Trump arrived like white supremacy’s version of Santa Claus with a bag full of gifts. He gave them swagger. He gave them unadulterated machismo — Trump is the most macho presidential contender ever. And Trumpy KKKlaus reminded them that a white man who employs good ol’ fashioned white toughness is unstoppable. And everywhere he looks there’s someone to fight. In Trump’s mind, everything in society is aligned against white men — Washington, Mexico, China, Democrats, Black Lives Matter, everything; it’s a total disaster. So little time, so many asses to kick. Entitlement is a powerful drug and Trump’s a big-time dealer.

    Now there is an anti-Trump, anti-white racist hater.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  86. Several talk radio shows, including this.

    DRJ (15874d)

  87. well it’s mostly harmless, so we are told, and the huntress could tell you being hung in effigy, is just an expression of civic interest,

    narciso (732bc0)

  88. Except for Rush, I think most of the conservative radio broadcasts are replays or delayed in my area so I’m not sure when they were originally broadcast. There are angry conservatives on talk radio but Trump people are angrier.

    DRJ (15874d)

  89. and erickson is a reliable source for this why,

    narciso (732bc0)

  90. Ok, if you don’t think Erickson is being truthful about hiring security guards to protect his family, then try Bethany Mandel.

    DRJ (15874d)

  91. well you have cruz’s no 1, supporter saying he wants to stab trump, so where exactly does the moderation begin,

    narciso (732bc0)

  92. it’s all gotten out of hand, and ‘we’ll be lucky if we live through it’ as the late Fred Thompson entoned in Red October,

    narciso (732bc0)

  93. I thought I read that story was bogus.

    DRJ (15874d)

  94. I just see he’s gone very john smith lately, and yet red queen doesn’t get the savaging she deserves, like her trafficking in gamma level clearances,

    narciso (732bc0)

  95. after what stephanie cutter did to mitt, and she is not shunned by polite society, well the reasonable facsimile one finds in dc, but is trusted to carry the garland water,

    narciso (732bc0)

  96. Trump said repeatedly that she should be fired so it would be hard to take him serious if he showed up at her debates seeing that she is discredited and biased and all.

    Jcurtis (2a52f0)

  97. well frankly professional anchors are few and far between, megyn used to at least feign professionalism,

    narciso (732bc0)

  98. For example, I listened to a show last night that is hosted by Lars Larson, a Trump supporter based in Oregon. His Trump callers are bitter, emotional, won’t talk about Trump’s specific policies and adamantly argue Trump is the only option. At the link, Larson’s explanation for why he supports Trump isn’t much better.

    Maybe Larson’s screener selects callers who are emotional first but the people who support other candidates are not as bitter and want to talk about the candidates’ policies, not their own anger.

    DRJ (15874d)

  99. It seems cynical, but then again new coke failed,

    New Coke did exactly what it was supposed to do: let them change the formula to replace sugar with HFCS.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  100. There is so much hate and vitriol on the anti-Trump side I wish they could muster that much up for the actual enemies of America who murder Americans on a global scale.

    So, Trump’s supporters are angry and want to break things, but yelling, screaming and breaking things is not the way to get things fixed. It’s how a 4-year-old gets Mommy to go to ToysRUs.

    Now we have a second set of counter-tantrums. That does not make me more likely to approve of the original tantrums.

    It makes me more likely to look around for the adults.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  101. then there are these folks who think garland is some sort of reasonable choice,

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gop-wont-give-the-nominee-a-hearing-explained/2016/03/18/25df8ab2-ec8a-11e5-a6f3-21ccdbc5f74e_story.html

    well obama saw him as a mark early on, yet he reserve his vitriol for the huntress,

    narciso (732bc0)

  102. Garland is anti-2A. End of discussion.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  103. it makes me so sad to see the impotent raging of the people who hate Mr. Trump

    i don’t know how to help these people i fear their souls are lost

    Dear Lutheran Jesus please to calm the hateful hearts of the trump haters, keep them from choking on spite and bitterness and lift them up for so they can walk in peace and love amen

    happyfeet (831175)

  104. Trump is a p@$#y, that’s all you have to really say about him not debating.

    Mgron (51c83c)

  105. Now there is an anti-Trump, anti-white racist hater.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6) — 3/19/2016 @ 4:11 pm

    Much as I can’t conflate Trump with Hitler, I can’t put much stock in this either. Toure Syndrome is preaching at the choir. The only person he’s convincing is himself, and MSNBC gives him a lot of money to say crappy things about people who are already targeted as crappy by the left. He’s simply a low-grade race baiter.

    Bill H (dcdd7b)

  106. and pro abortion, seemed he ruled correctly on citizens united, but likely he would wilt,

    http://observer.com/2016/03/another-defector-dead-in-washington/

    the similar event, was what brought chambers out of the cold,

    narciso (732bc0)

  107. Reading these comments and listening to Trump supporters on the radio makes it clear to me how angry they are, and how much they want to hurt the people they think are standing in the way of fixing things. At first it was about being angry but now it’s about hurting people.

    DRJ (15874d) — 3/19/2016 @ 4:03 pm

    And I think its understandable. But what they don’t understand is they are hurting the wrong people. The establishment will be fine- while right not they don’t like Trump, they’ll find a way to work with him and get what they want. Its his very supporters which will be hurt by his policies.

    Patrick Henry, the 2nd (ddead1)

  108. derangement like the t-4 virus has many forms,

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trumps-brand-of-authoritarian-populism-carries-echoes-of-chavez-peron-2016-03-18

    they miss the donkey carcass in the hall,

    narciso (732bc0)

  109. @ DNF (#54), who wrote:

    Gingrich was a more credible anti-establishmentarian than Cruz, IMHO.

    In what version of the English language can the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives be considered “anti-establishmentarian”?

    Gingrich was many unusual things when he was in office. But “anti-establishmentarian” was not one of them. By definition, the Speaker of the House of Representatives is the establishment, the apex of the pyramid, third in line for the presidency, leader of the People’s House.

    I nominate this for the Trumpkin idiocy of the day.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  110. he had been out of office, for a dozen years, that hastert was quite an improvement, wasn’t he,

    narciso (732bc0)

  111. “Reading these comments and listening to Trump supporters on the radio makes it clear to me how angry they are, and how much they want to hurt the people they think are standing in the way of fixing things. At first it was about being angry but now it’s about hurting people.”

    DRJ (15874d) — 3/19/2016 @ 4:03 pm

    I think their anger is more around their economic situation, a perception that they don’t matter and their concerns aren’t given the time of day, and they are tired of seeing the phony PC BS that pervades society, while at the same time they watch the Left’s anti-Americanism and criminality displayed nearly every day with no pushback, let alone consequences.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  112. A Trumpkin wrote (#78):

    Ted can pull parliamentary procedures from his butt all day.

    We need someone to cut the Gordian knot.

    This is very typical of Trumpkin irrationality. The rest of us have a belief in the United States Constitution. Trumpkins, and Trump, view the Constitution as “parliamentary procedure,” and they think the Constitution is excrement. Then they find the most corrupt, venal, vulgar con-man on the planet, and anoint him as their Messiah in the belief that he will root out and cure corruption, venality, vulgarity, and fraud.

    This is a form of mass hysteria.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  113. Yes, I think that’s true, Haiku. What I disagree with is what it takes to fix things.

    Trump people seem to think it will take a strongman/bully like Putin to fix things, but I think it takes someone committed to conservative policies and values. Hoever, if I’m wrong and what we need is a strongman, I don’t think Trump is the answer. Trump isn’t as smart as Putin, let alone Obama, and he won’t be able to deal with foreign leaders or undo what Obama and the Democrats have done.

    DRJ (15874d)

  114. @21 Rev Hoagie

    I don’t mean to get too personal, but I used to deal with DME.

    Have you looked into portable liquid O2?

    You can keep the big “R2D2″ canister out in your garage. The portable unit is very light and easy to fill.

    They have a “pulse” feature that administers O2 only when you breathe in so it can last several hours depending on your lpm requirement.

    They also make pulse regulators for the compressed cylinders that extend their use.

    Just a thought.

    When you have three of those units connected together putting out 15 lpm then you can hang your boots up.

    pinandpuller (a12946)

  115. and Trump, view the Constitution as “parliamentary procedure,” and they think the Constitution is excrement

    They look at the success that the GOP has had in absolutely stymieing Obama and the Democrats and view it as failure. Mere bickering. Not getting anything done. “Why doesn’t Congress ACT!!!1!”

    Never mind the reality of the immense power the Constitution vests in the President, power which has been checked for 6 years (and would have been OURS had most of them got off their butts in 2012).

    Meanwhile the GOP has building such a base at the state level that when they win the White House — which was a slam dunk this year barring a complete cockup — the wave of changes would be, to coin a phrase, awesome. A ready-made ratification of any amendments presented, for example.

    But no. What they see is no action and their solution is an Emperor. And for Emperor they choose a man who would have trouble running a chain of grocery stores. And they wonder why the adults are upset.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  116. What is important to me, DRJ, is as much as I support Cruz and want him to win this thing, I DO NOT wish to live through another 4 to 8 years of a Democrat in the Oval Office, a continuation of the same lawless, evil destruction of our civil society and expansion of the State. No thank you. I am not a “won’t vote for Trump” person.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  117. I understand feeling that way and those who don’t feel that way. I hope I don’t have to decide how I feel.

    DRJ (15874d)

  118. Mark Kirk has called for a vote. But he did beat James Gomert 2 to 1 in the primary. Illinois will get another Democratic Senator next year if I have anything to say about it. It’s the Kirks who give us the Trumps, the Buchanans, and the Dukes.

    nk (dbc370)

  119. kirk is slimy and useless like meghan’s coward daddy

    if i end up having to vote cause of all the cruz people turn pro hillary then yes yes yes i’ll vote against him

    happyfeet (831175)

  120. @115 @Beldar,

    I like the cut of your jib.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  121. choose carefully, nk, or drink from the wrong goblet,

    narciso (732bc0)

  122. Beldar, have you read Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer”?

    Kind of prescient, I think.

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  123. Mark Kirk is the best we can get in Illinois.
    This silly notion that we’re choosing between Mark Kirk or Ted Cruz is just silly.

    In Illinois, we’re actually choosing between Mark Kirk and Stalin. And Mark Kirk understands that.

    Get it together, people. Please?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  124. well she’s an affable zampolit, the fact her record at the illinois veterans department, cannot be discussed is distressing,

    narciso (732bc0)

  125. not knowing your audience, part cinc,

    And, somewhere down the line Kasich says: “Well, I believe that the 2nd Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms, but the Supreme Court has decided otherwise and it’s time to accept that and move on.”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  126. I didn’t like him to begin with because he’s pro-abortion. And Tammy Duckworth is not a bad girl. Bob Dole endorsed her the first time she ran.

    nk (dbc370)

  127. In Illinois, we’re actually choosing between Mark Kirk and Stalin.

    “The most conservative candidate who can be elected.” And in Illinois, it’s amazing that any Republican can be elected. Might be easier if there was Voter ID.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  128. Just a depressing reminder…Ted is at 53, Trump at 11 in Utah. Freaking Kasich has 29! The problem isn’t Trump. The problem is the 29 representing pure fools, with a dollop of mendacity thrown in.

    It’s the electorate, stupid.

    FYI – Cruz takes all 40 delegates if he holds 50% or better. Trump must get to 15% for any chance at any delegate acquisition.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  129. Bob Dole endorsed her the first time she ran.

    The “tax collector for the welfare state.”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  130. You know …

    Do you remember the cartoon The Wizard of ID? Well, I got my hands on a collection from 1974. It’s got this one joke:
    — What is that big building?
    — The VA hospital.
    — Wow. How many people work there?
    — Two.
    — Two? Then why is it so big?
    — The waiting room.

    1974! F*** politicians!

    nk (dbc370)

  131. yes, that is true, but dana priest won a pulitzer, whereas it’s been mostly squirrel under shinseki and then macdonald,

    narciso (732bc0)

  132. veteran’s bureau has been a rathole since the 20s.

    narciso (732bc0)

  133. Kasich has come out in favor of full amnesty. He correctly notes that there is a GOP faction that favors that, and he hopes to catch Cruz in the middle. He may be crazier than Trump.

    It’s time for the delegation of GOPe leaders to make a trip to Kasich.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  134. why he’s singing their tune, poorly, that is the point.

    narciso (732bc0)

  135. @87 Rev Hoagie

    Mexico is a joke. They have the light skinned ruling class who try to drive out all the poor Sangre de los Indios to America.

    pinandpuller (928ad9)

  136. narciso, dana priest, won, but, seriously, didn’t gonzaga have a better team, than, elm street, high school, over on, maple street (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  137. I DO NOT wish to live through another 4 to 8 years of a Democrat in the Oval Office,

    You wouldn’t have to Colonel, Hillary! is at least a socialist and most likely a fascist and Sanders is a communist, not some “cute old guy”. That pig is dangerous. But neither is a democrat. There are no longer democrats their party was taken over. The Republicans are now what the old democrats were. And we are the left over Constitutional conservatives.

    Pinandpuller, thanks for your input. I have an oxygen concentrator at home @4lpm to which I’m tethered by 60′ of tubing which gives me run of the house. When I go out I carry a cylinder bag which on 4lpm pulse lasts me about 3 hours. I have optional larger cylinders which will last about 3 hours straight and 6hours pulse. I’m looking to get a portable battery operated concentrator that will last 12hrs per battery and the new ones are light, about 4lbs + a 2lb battery. I’m going to U of P hospital April 11-14 for tests to qualify for lung transplant. I’m also looking at Lung Volume Reduction Surgery but the transplant lasts longer. Over the past several months I’ve had a lot of testing by Pulmonologists and such in April they want to make sure I’m healthy other than my lungs, which I am. I’ve met my surgeons Drs. Cooper and Porteous, Cooper all but invented these lung surgeries so I’m lucky to have him. All I can do is wait and see how it goes. I only worry for my dear wife. I know what it’s like to lose a spouse and at our age it’s even worse. Thanks again for your input.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  138. But he did say one thing when I rhetorically asked why anybody would support Trump. He looked me in the eye a stated: “Because he’s NOT PC and I’m tired of PC and being afraid of saying anything in public and being called names. Can you see how they call him names? That’s why I’m for Trump”. Well, Trump sure ain’t PC.

    That goes to the heart of the matter.

    Most of the loudmouths and loudmouth activism through the decades have invariably involved the left and liberal mouthpieces. This had been made worse by the mantra of “to prevent fights from breaking out at family gatherings, please avoid talking religion and politics!”

    The latter automatically plays into the hands of liberalism since most people fall for the stereotype that people of the left, even when obnoxious, foolish and two-faced, at least mean well and have a big heart. That same benefit of the doubt generally isn’t given to people of the right, so combining that with lots of PC and country-club manners works against conservatism.

    Trump, however, is an ideological chameleon, stuffed with too much ego, bravado and Howard-Stern type of candor mixed with insult. If just a bit of that could be somehow transferred to Ted Cruz, along with Trump’s somewhat more pleasing voice and face, Cruz would be either leading the pack or giving Trump a much harder run for the nomination.

    Mark (9a4a17)

  139. sorry to hear that rev.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/3410534/posts

    it will be a distinction without a difference, of course arkin borked boykin, with little outrage, about a dozen years ago,

    narciso (732bc0)

  140. Hoagie, I am sorry to hear of your challenges, and I wish you every success for a healthier life. Truly.

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  141. @115 Beldar

    It must be fun believing in something that is apt to change upon the death of a single justice

    Lawyers are funny kinds of creatures.

    pinandpuller (928ad9)

  142. truly because precedent is a mug’s game,

    narciso (732bc0)

  143. Hoagie,

    I’m sorry you had this happen but I’m glad you’re in good hands. Penn has a world-renowned transplant center.

    DRJ (15874d)

  144. Very droll chap that pudandpuller.

    nk (dbc370)

  145. e pleb nista, nk, the second amendment was narrowly tailored after miller till the 60s,

    narciso (732bc0)

  146. Trump isn’t as smart as Putin, let alone Obama, and he won’t be able to deal with foreign leaders or undo what Obama and the Democrats have done.

    I wish you’d define smart. Anyone who applies “smart” to the horror currently in the White House deserves to have his or her judgment questioned, or at least to have his meaning of smart clarified.

    I perceive anyone who’s over the age of 40 and certainly 50 and who’s very liberal as automatically not being very smart. Not necessarily IQ smart but certainly basic-wisdom smart.

    Mark (9a4a17)

  147. 48 states had concealed public carry of handguns, 38 of them “shall issue”, when Heller was decided. 49 when MacDonald was decided. The Supreme Court just got on the bandwagon when it had almost reached its stop. All the real Second Amendment victories were in the state legislatures.

    nk (dbc370)

  148. I said since the 60s, when the Dems pushed for more licensing, then reversed paths with the brady bill, take your own bedlam on lake michigan,

    narciso (732bc0)

  149. Obama is smart at implementing his agenda.

    DRJ (15874d)

  150. @141 Rev Hoagie

    Good to hear that you have things lined out. SOB is definetly no joke.

    The lung reduction surgery sounds interesting but if the long term solution is a transplant then God bless you.

    I have a feeling I would have loved dealing with you as opposed to the lady who called at one AM because she didn’t know the difference between her smoke alarm chirp and concentrator alarm.

    pinandpuller (c16705)

  151. If Trump has a conservative agenda (and I doubt it), I don’t think he is smart enough to implement it. He’s already admitted he needs a politician to help him who knows how to pass legislation.

    DRJ (15874d)

  152. He should have run for the Senate from New York. He would be the perfect foil for Schumer.

    DRJ (15874d)

  153. Pulling for you, Rev.

    mg (31009b)

  154. to the lady who called at one AM because she didn’t know the difference between her smoke alarm chirp and concentrator alarm.

    That’s hilarious! Scares my wife every power outage.

    Thanks for your thoughts guys. Transplants are on a numerical sliding scale nowadays. Doesn’t matter who gets on the list first the higher the number the sooner the transplant. A guy like me would be in the mid 30’s but a 12 yo girl would be 98. That way regardless of who was there first the most needed receive first treatment. Seems fair. I certainly don’t want some kid to die because I “was there first”.

    I have my oxygen, I use a nebulizer 4 times a day and that helps plus I have Symbicort and Ventolyn for emergencies. I can stick it out. It’s uncomfortable always feeling like you’re suffocating but it is what it is.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  155. Kasich has come out in favor of full amnesty. He correctly notes that there is a GOP faction that favors that, and he hopes to catch Cruz in the middle. He may be crazier than Trump.

    Kasich is both crazier and far more foolish than Trump or any of the Republicans who aren’t as innately, emotionally liberal as he is. He represents all the Republicans or self-styled conservatives who have, for example (and based on opinion polls), blamed the Congressional budget sequesters on the right, not the left. Trump very easily could be among that pathetic crowd, but, unlike Kasich, he at least is currently sane enough to sense that America has lost its greatness.

    Mark (9a4a17)

  156. “67)well I would take a little issue, he’s a salesman, and as such needs to know his market, this is rare apparently, demint for example was in advertising”narciso

    He’s just a bang beat, bell ringing, big haul, great go, neck or nothing, rip roarin, every time a bull’s eye salesman.

    The piper pays him.

    ThOR (a52560)

  157. well 200 million in advertising and other instruments have gotten near bupkis, because they don’t do market research.

    narciso (732bc0)

  158. Hoagie, check with the Veterans Administration. Your combat service might entitle you to priority consideration. You earned it. Contrary to media reports, my experience with the VA health care providers in SW Florida has been surprisingly good, better than good, every bit as good as the care my private medical insurance buys in the best health care systems in Naples. The VA is capable of delivering excellent medical care. Look into it if you haven’t already.

    ropelight (6e3e88)

  159. My best thoughts and prayers for you as well, Hoagie. And for your wife.

    Contrary to opinions here that Trump is not too smart, he certainly begs to differ. When asked on who advises him about foreign policy issues, he said that his primary consultant is himself, saying “I have a very good brain,” and “I have a good instinct for this stuff.” Just what you want to hear from the man who would be president, eh?

    Dana (0ee61a)

  160. Well, Trump does put the stin(k), in instinct.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  161. Dana, any other response might be more politic or more polite, but Trump’s answer has the virtue of being accurate. Of course, the President should listen to the best advisors he can gather around him, but eventually he’ll have to listen to himself, weigh the options, and make a decision. That’s just the way it works. The buck stops in the Oval Office. The President’s job is unique and he needs a solid core of intelligence, compassion, cunning and self-confidence. It’s called leadership, and not many men can handle making the tough choices.

    ropelight (6e3e88)

  162. they will have a new round of the vapours tomorrow, and with that I bid adieu,

    narciso (732bc0)

  163. Best wishes, Hoagie, hope you qualify if you need it and it all goes as it should.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  164. Hoagie, I wish you all the best. I hear about some advances in organ compatibility with kidneys that they think might apply to lungs. In any event I hope it all works out for you.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  165. unlike Kasich, he at least is currently sane enough to sense that America has lost its greatness.

    Actually, I don’t think Kasich cares. He’s quite willing to rule among the ruins.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  166. The guy from Ohio is a democrat, and should be prepped for tar and feathers.
    No way this clown can be on a republican ticket. Giving Garland a hearing is crazy talk.

    mg (31009b)

  167. Obama thinks he is the smartest guy in the room, too, and so do his supporters — despie his record of multiple failures.

    The similarities are growing between Obama and Trump, and also between Obama’s supporters and Trump’s supporters.

    DRJ (15874d)

  168. I want to thank all you guys and gals for your advice and well wishes. It is appreciated from my heart. Certainly not my lungs 😉

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  169. #174, DRJ, Obama’s supporters are the ones disrupting Trump’s campaign events. But you already know that, yet you twist facts to smear Trump and his supporters. I thought you were better than that.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  170. Megyn Kelly is on-board DRJ, she’s Tweeting that Trump’s supporters are the ones causing violence at his rallies.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  171. ropelight,

    Thank you for your comment because I want you to understand my point and you didn’t understand.

    Obama thinks he is the smartest guy in the room, no matter how many times he fails. He always has a reason why someone else is at fault. Ditto for Trump.

    Similarly, Obama’s supporters idolize Obama no matter what he does, and they believe everything he says no matter how many times he waffles. Just like Trump’s supporters.

    DRJ (15874d)

  172. It’s not surprising there is violence at the Trump rallies. Obama supporters may be starting the violence but Trump supporters will finish it, because all of them are letting emotion overcome reason.

    DRJ (15874d)

  173. Excessive emotional veneration of one person is a cult. Like Obama’s followers, Trump followers are starting to manifest the traits of compliance, identification, and internalization that characterize cults and can lead to violence.

    DRJ (15874d)

  174. lil roobs’ exit means Alaska is extending Mr. Trump’s delegate lead over harvardtrash Ted by +1

    happyfeet (831175)

  175. I can’t take credit for these ideas. They are widespread.

    DRJ (15874d)

  176. Here’s another example: Obama begat Trump, and this campaign proves Trump and his supporters learned well.

    DRJ (15874d)

  177. cultwatch 2016

    Glenn Beck brings a child on stage who apparently has been fasting in anticipation of Tuesday. “This is the priesthood rising,” Beck says.

    happyfeet (831175)

  178. Ropelight is disappointed in all you Conservatives. He really expected better out of all you Conservatives. Ever notice that Ropelight sounds exactly like Perry with his passive-aggressive patronizing and his dishonesty and idolatry of dregs of society?

    John Hitchcock (c3c6b7)

  179. i never noticed that at all really

    happyfeet (831175)

  180. All religion is a cult to some peopoe, happyfeet, and it seems you are one of them. Since you are so concerned about religious cults, why aren’t you concerned about political cults?

    DRJ (15874d)

  181. i just wanna beat Hillary

    happyfeet (831175)

  182. Mr. Frey I have enjoyed your blog and thoughts over the years. But you are turning into a one trick pony over The Donald. I’m not a fan of Trump (more of a Cruz kind of guy). But your obsession with Trump means you are in danger of beclowning yourself. And whoever is on the ballot in November, my vote will be cast for “not Hillary”. Some fates are truly worse than death.

    Comanche Voter (1d5c8b)

  183. Actually, DRJ, I think hf just has a problem with religion when people are so serious about it that their beliefs actually change their behavior from what is politically acceptable, which is only a little less constricted than PC.
    Christians are fine as long as they are the pro-choice pro-SSM kind,
    who always eat their meals and leave fasting for the wackos.

    MD not exactly in Philly (b0439a)

  184. I wish you’d define smart. Anyone who applies “smart” to the horror currently in the White House deserves to have his or her judgment questioned, or at least to have his meaning of smart clarified.

    Mark (9a4a17) — 3/19/2016 @ 8:22 pm

    Damn, I wish I had a dollar for every time someone compared Trump’s intellect, experience, and/or foreign policy instincts to that of Barack Obama. I’d be a millionaire myself. There’s just one problem: Trump is NOT — I repeat, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT!!! — running against Obama! He’s not even running against Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders yet! He’s running against people who are more experienced and smarter than he is when it comes to the business of leadership in government. And that includes John Kasich.

    Obama is gone, come hell or high water, on January 20, 2017. I was hoping that after years of our republic being re-painted in socialist primer, Republicans — the rank and file, not the “establishment” or the “elites” — could send the message to the remainder of the electorate: Do away with celebrity worship. Don’t be fooled by campaign stagecraft. Stop requiring your Chief Executive to be entertaining. Giving a good speech does not mean you have good judgment. We’ve tried that, and it doesn’t work. And we’re not going to make the mistake of nominating an incompetent just because he tickles our sphincters.

    Unfortunately, too many have decided hair of the dog is just what America needs.

    L.N. Smithee (0c5978)

  185. Obama supporters may be starting the violence but Trump supporters will finish it, because all of them are letting emotion overcome reason.

    That assumption reminds me of the comment made recently in one of these threads that fascism is coming to America. But a form of totalitarianism apparently associated with (to haul out the stereotypes) people who are gun-totin’ white/Anglo Americans, all presumably full of rightwing bile, cracking down on those who aren’t or on the US populace in general.

    I just don’t see that.

    The reason is the differences between innate liberal (what fuels most Democrats and many so-called independents) and innate conservative biases (what fuels most Republicans and truly right-leaning so-called centrists). Even more so when we have been swamped by over 60 years of increasing social-economic liberalism intertwined with lots of political correctness—with the major levers of society, including the world of education, media and entertainment, and government entities like the IRS, etc, dominated by the left.

    Opinion polls indicate younger Americans are more liberal or leftwing today than in the past, and the mindset that those in the public who say disagreeable things (but as defined by the left) should be censored is manifesting quite strongly from the left, not the right.

    If there is any extremism rising in the US in the future, the best symbol of that is in the form of Lee Harvey Oswald, the murderer of one of most beloved icons of the Democrat Party and liberal people. Oswald was of the left, grotesquely so, residing in the middle of conservatism, yet he pulled his infamous act in Dallas, when the US was far more conservative than it is today.

    Various Americans back then, including wary, jittery Republicans, would have had better reason to fear extremism originating from the right, not the left. But from that point onward, just about all the growing levels of violence — including riots like Watts 1965, etc, etc — have been spawned by the left, not the right. That’s still true in 2016, even more so in post-9-11 America—and not associating jihadism with the Western right.

    Mark (a6a46e)

  186. i just wanna beat Hillary

    happyfeet (831175) — 3/20/2016 @ 8:50 am

    Nonsense. You wouldn’t be resorting to finding nits to pick in order to call Cruz a phony Christian rather than the lying, profane, Biblically illiterate, twice-divorced, thrice-married, unrepentant adulterer with (at this moment) LESS of a chance of beating Hillary than Cruz does.

    L.N. Smithee (0c5978)

  187. harvardtrash ted can’t beat hillary if he can’t get the nomination it’s that simple

    and the math is the math he can’t win

    at this point he’s just playing spoiler

    happyfeet (831175)

  188. Show me the math that says Trump has a better chance of winning than Cruz. Put up or shut up.

    L.N. Smithee (0c5978)

  189. harvardtrash Ted needs like 90% of teh remaining delegates to get the nomination

    that’s unpossible!

    happyfeet (831175)

  190. #178, DRJ, I understood your point. You’ve confused disagreement with understanding. I grasp your point, I just disagree with your simple minded broad brush smears.

    Trump and Obama have very little in common, and Trump’s supporters are not all alike, they’re individuals, they support him for a variety of reasons. You see them as all alike: competitors of your preferred candidate. In only that one narrow respect are Trump’s supporters like Obama’s supporters.

    Moreover, you’re correct that Obama’s supporters do idolize him and deny his failures, but you’re wrong about Trump’s supporters, they just don’t care about his shortcomings. His past failures, bankruptcies, political contributions, and liberal positions are largely irrelevant. Trump isn’t an idol, he’s the best man for the job of putting this nation on the right path to recovery and he’s the only candidate that can beat Hillary to a pulp and arrive in the White House with a legitimate mandate to clean house.

    Protesters at Trump’s rallies deserve to be treated with exactly the same care and concern they show to the assembled supporters. If protesters get noisy, obnoxious or violent they should expect noise, obnoxiousness and violence in return. That’s the law of the jungle and it’s as old as the sky.

    Additionally, protesters might consider how few their numbers are in comparison to the overwhelming number of supporters and what the consequences of their provocations might engender. Organized attempts to disrupt the political rallies of opponents has an exceptionally ugly lesson to teach. Everyone, everyone, would be well advised not to ignore the painful lessons of history least we find ourselves reliving them.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  191. — could send the message to the remainder of the electorate: Do away with celebrity worship.

    I’d rather more people send the message, loud and clear, that liberalism and left-leaning people are to be discouraged and shown for what they really are. Even the simple phrase of “[insert name of current president] is too liberal, too leftwing,” rarely or never comes from the lips of any Republican, Trump and otherwise. That’s one reason why the foolish retort of “you dislike him because he’s black!” still has more traction than it deserves.

    Mark (a6a46e)

  192. L.N., Mr. Feet has found a fellow soul to champion: fundamentally unserious, lazy, vulgar, crude, and absolutely sure of his own uninformed opinions.

    Oh, and completely and utterly hypocritical.

    He is like a graffiti artist tagging other people’s buildings and claiming it is art.

    For whatever reason, Patterico likes him. Hell of party, right?

    https://vimeo.com/70753317

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  193. And LN, your comment at #195 is the entire point. But it sure makes Trumpites angry.

    I would like to see two polls showing him beating HRC.

    I really do suspect this is a conspiracy. How else would HRC get elected?

    But remember, it doesn’t matter. People like Mr. Feet run their mouths, but not their feet to a voting booth.

    Simon Jester (7b8c18)

  194. hell of party bingo bango

    the R establishment is trash trash trash and that includes harvardtrash Ted the Kim Davis butt snuffler i think

    is time to give these ones a time out cause of they’re no good

    it’s the year of the outsider

    we tried nominating Meghan’s filthy p.o.s. coward daddy

    we tried nominating filthy harvardtrash weirdo mitt “romneycare” willard

    it’s time for a clean break from all these losers

    happyfeet (831175)

  195. You guys have interesting and perhaps valid theories about how Trump can’t beat Hillary! and all that. Just like a lot of liberal outlets do. A lot of leftist media do. A lot of leftist politicians do. But someone must explain to me if Trump is such a loser why is the democrat establishment against him along with every leftist organization from Black Lives Matter to Code Pink and all those Hollywood types like Cher and Samuel L. Jackson against him? Wouldn’t it stand to reason if Hillary! can whoop him they’d be for him? Yet they’re all scared to death of Trump.

    Frankly, I think Hillary! is such damaged goods that Trump or Cruz could beat her. And if I was in charge of the campaign ads she’d be so beat up by all her past lies etc. she’d be lucky to carry the Clinton household let alone an election.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  196. @ Simon: I haven’t read Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer” but I’ll keep an eye out for it.

    @ Steve57: My jib is gibe-worthy, but thanks. 😉

    @ Hoagie: Best wishes for your medical success & recovery.

    A Trumpkin wrote (#146): “It must be fun believing in something that is apt to change upon the death of a single justice.” This is another piece of profound idiocy — of the sort that is universally found among Democrats: The “living, breathing Constitution” doctrine. These are the morons who believe that the Constitution — the set of rules about rules — means nothing, and that there are no rules.

    Ted Cruz & I believe in a Constitution which contains only what its Framers put into it, or that which has subsequently been done through the amendment process. It doesn’t change with the coming and going of SCOTUS Justices or Presidents.

    The idiot who commented at #146 instead believes in the integrity and word of someone whose entire history proves that he’s without integrity and that he won’t keep his word. That idiot is happy for there to be no rules about rules, or rules at all — just the whim of a megalomaniacal egotist who claims, at this particular moment, to take some positions that roughly align with the conservative movement or the GOP, even though he changes positions with all the thoughtful deliberation I give to discarding a tissue after blowing my nose.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  197. #141: Hoagie, I’m sorry to hear of your medical problems. The oxygen concentrators really helped my father-in-law and hope you’re finding similar relief. I also hope you are adapting to your new lifestyle, and finding new activities that are enjoyable and rewarding. I certainly appreciate your comments here, especially with all your trademarks and titles!

    If you are looking for some new web-based activities, I recommend that you check out the Hillsdale lecture series. You have to provide some personal information and an email address, and create yet another password, but once that’s done you have access to quite list of “classes”. The most recent class is on the Constitution and public policy, and I have found it quite interesting. They have different speakers for each session, and it is a lot like attending seminars at a university. Although the speakers don’t appear to participate in the discussion board, so there isn’t the level of dialogue that we (occasionally) enjoy here.

    I haven’t been involved in volunteer work for the Wounded Warriors. What did you do for the group? My wife is active in Make a Wish and she has found that to be very rewarding.

    BobStewartatHome (7b7fb2)

  198. Gee, I dunno why Trump would pick a fight with Meg(OB)gyn just prior to primaries in New York Pennsylvania Connecticut Maryland Delaware Oregon Washington California.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  199. Hoagie,
    I’ll be back in Philly in a couple of weeks, if there is anything I can do to help out, please let me know.

    DRJ,
    For some time now I (and others) have found ropelight not able to be reasoned with to a large degree.

    You’ve confused disagreement with understanding. I grasp your point, I just disagree with your simple minded broad brush smears.

    See, DRJ, you are the one who is simple minded and doesn’t know the difference between disagreement and understanding. Feel free to indulge him as you wish, but if you aren’t getting anywhere, it’s not you.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  200. Another Trumpkin, this one a particularly nasty one, wrote (#197) in response to my friend DRJ as follows:

    [Y]ou’re correct that Obama’s supporters do idolize him and deny his failures, but you’re wrong about Trump’s supporters, they just don’t care about his shortcomings. His past failures, bankruptcies, political contributions, and liberal positions are largely irrelevant. Trump isn’t an idol, he’s the best man for the job of putting this nation on the right path to recovery and he’s the only candidate that can beat Hillary to a pulp and arrive in the White House with a legitimate mandate to clean house.

    DRJ had it exactly right: Trump’s supporters do idolize him and deny his failures, or assert their irrelevance. The nasty Trumpkin proceeded to prove exactly that! He insisted that Trump “isn’t an idol.” But then he instantly pivoted to an assertion that he’s “the best man for the job.” And the Trumpkin, in prototypical Trumpkin style, gives not a single fact, not a single bit of history or past performance, to substantiate that grand assertion!

    Has Trump ever in the past “put this nation on the path to recovery”? No, he’s blown through several huge fortunes running shady, high-margin businesses — casinos! — into repeated bankruptcies. He has to keep inventing new scams (like Trump University) to keep from going into personal bankruptcy himself. He’s been a reality TV star more famous for being despised than liked; but he got fired even from that job, in which he was famous for pretending to fire people. He’s a walking insult machine, spewing vulgar profanities and racist and sexist slurs. He tells more lies even than Obama, and some of his biggest lies are his efforts to pretend that he disagrees with Obama, when his entire past life demonstrates profound, deep, and reflexive agreement with Obama and the Democrats on almost every issue that’s important to conservatives or Republicans or even independents.

    I’ve never been to Mars. I’m told that there’s something there called Valles Marineris:

    Named Valles Marineris, the grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 kilometers across, and delves as much as 8 kilometers deep. By comparison, the Earth’s Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA is 800 kilometers long, 30 kilometers across, and 1.8 kilometers deep.

    As Arizona nears its primary, I hope its voters will recognize that there is a Valles Marineris-sized chasm between Trump’s promises and his life-long pattern of (non-)performance.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  201. FWIW, I have no problem with die-hard libs not giving to charity…
    If they give extra to the government, since they think it is up to govt. to solve all of societies’ problems.

    As far as declaring charitable tax deductions…
    I think Jesus was saying to not show off for your own pride’s sake,
    he elsewhere says that we are to let others see our good works and glorify our father in heaven.
    As far as the IRS goes, I don’t know if the person seeing my tax returns thinks well of me or thinks I’m an idiot for donating,
    and the only person at church who knows how much I give is the volunteer treasurer, not the pastor, not the elders, and I don’t know if that person is thankful for what I give or looks down on me thinking I should be giving more.
    I see appealing to the tax code to have more discretionary income to use wisely, including giving more, similar to Paul appealing to the officials on the basis of the privileges of being a Roman citizen, just using the lawful advantages of the legal environment for honest gain.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  202. having said that, if Cruz or anyone chooses not to itemize their deductions, I can eagerly and joyfully understand that as a matter of conscience and am happy for them,
    as long as they don’t try to say everyone should do that,
    and I am not saying everyone should take advantage of the tax code either.

    It is a matter of conscience before the Lord.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  203. @180 DRJ

    Raphael Cruz said his son is the annointed one(PBUH)and Glenn Beck announced that Ted Cruz is the fulfillment of Mormon prophecy.

    I’d say the veneration runs about evenly.

    But then again people like me who decided to vote for Trump in a primary, instead of Cruz, shat upon the Constitution, so what do I know?

    pinandpuller (c16705)

  204. Thnak you Beldar and BobStewartatHome. Hillsdale is a smashing idea since I do spend a lot more time at home now. I got myself some exercise equipment because I have to keep in some sort of shape and my doctor insists although “round” is a shape it should not be mine. It’s hard to keep weight off with the steroids.

    My job at Wounded Warriors was locating prosthetics. I also did mobility like wheel chairs and scooters. We would try and get new and used/refurbished donations. I would also set up “dedicated” drives. Like a community would come together to provide certain items or services for a particular wounded member I’d coordinate churches and stores in the area for a fund raiser for the person. I’d get publicity and make sure the items purchased were correct. Sometimes we would be building ramps or putting in lift chairs in homes. It was interesting. Believe it or not some of the saddest and most pathetic cases were not Iraq or Afghanistan vets but guys from my era in Vietnam. They were looked on with such distain some gave up. They were treated horrendously mostly by the leftists of this country. And they were treated horribly by the government because the agents and bureaucrats are anti-military leftists and thought of the men as killers. So many of my fellow Vietnam vets just gave up and died. What a waste. I faced communists in the battlefields and faced the domestic kind at home which is why I have zero time for Hillary! or Sanders. I know exactly what they are. And the same for their followers.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  205. …When asked on who advises him about foreign policy issues, he said that his primary consultant is himself, saying “I have a very good brain,” and “I have a good instinct for this stuff.” …
    Dana (0ee61a) — 3/19/2016 @ 9:47 pm

    Dana, any other response might be more politic or more polite, but Trump’s answer has the virtue of being accurate.
    ropelight (6e3e88) — 3/19/2016 @ 10:12 pm

    What evidence do we have that Trump has a good instinct for foreign policy? That foreign policy is easier than knowing where and when to build a casino and how to make it work??

    Asa I’ve said before and will continue to say, I respect the reasons why a person would listen to Trump, and I’ll say I even can understand why people would have wanted to support him to spite the GOPe and the PC crowd in spite of Trump’s multitude of problems as a conservative candidate,
    but to continue to support him at this point and think he will actually be a good president in a conservative mold just has no justification other than
    trusting what he has said for the last 6 months,
    and that is exactly the kind of thinking and behavior which the Trump people are supposed to be protesting.

    If one wants to say one is concerned about how the Dems will try to use the “native born American” stuff, that’s find too,
    but to claim it IS right and that one issue “Trumps” the experience Cruz has demonstrated,
    is beyond respect, IMO.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  206. LOL, Kirk and Snow are exactly why folks are voting for Trump. Can anyone ever forget her letting Obolacare out of Committee also in interest of “fairness.”

    George Bush is still waiting for his Social Security and Fannie/Freddie proposal to be voted on. His Democrat frems were not so kind.

    If have to hear another story about how Conservative Principles blah blah ….. all the while losing battle after battle after battle.

    The High Priests of Conservatism loathe the riff raff when it does not do as it wants. Problem is outside their temple, their is a ware going on. A war they are losing regardless of the virtue of the message.

    Rodney King's Spirit (a089dc)

  207. Megyn Kelly is on-board DRJ, she’s Tweeting that Trump’s supporters are the ones causing violence at his rallies.

    I would not be surprised at all to find these demonstrations are false-flag operations, designed to pump up Trump’s support. It’s so obvious what will happen that it’s hard to believe anyone would be that stupid. Then again, the far left ca be pretty stupid….

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  208. But your obsession with Trump means you are in danger of beclowning yourself.

    It is not possible to beclown oneself by opposing clowns.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  209. there is no such thing as clowns

    happyfeet (831175)

  210. Kevin, do you know what one bald headed man said to the other bald headed man?

    He said, “Let’s put our heads together and make an ass out of ourselves.”

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  211. Clown cars are real.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  212. it is truly an age of wonders

    happyfeet (831175)

  213. harvardtrash Ted needs like 90% of teh remaining delegates to get the nomination

    No, he needs to get the majority on some ballot. He can fairly easily have a plurality at the convention. It is even easier for Trump to fail to get the majority going in, at which point he’d have to rely on the good will of the party regulars.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  214. California’s primary will count for something. My ballot. It’ll be a first for me.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  215. And now, so very predictably: The very same Trumpkin (#146) who earlier mocked me for believing in the Constitution — “It must be fun believing in something that is apt to change upon the death of a single justice” — now instantly (without admission or acknowledgement) reverses position to pretend (#209) to be a deeply, deeply offended constitutional loyalist: “But then again people like me who decided to vote for Trump in a primary, instead of Cruz, shat upon the Constitution, so what do I know?”

    Isn’t that just perfectly Obamaesque? Can’t you just imagine some weasel like Denis McDonough making that exact same argument, with that exact same aggressive insincerity?

    Beldar (fa637a)

  216. Kirk and Snow are exactly why folks are voting for Trump.

    Oh, come on. 99% of Trump voters think Kirk is captain of the Enterprise and Snow is the old guy trying to kill Katniss.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  217. I stand with the eagles, unashamed of our baldness.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  218. My ballot. It’ll be a first for me.

    I’ve voted in every election since 1972, primary and general. Nice that you’re finally showing up instead of just bitching.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  219. Beldar–

    I saw a car the other day with two bumper stickers:

    “Constitution Voter”

    and

    “Obama/Biden”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  220. pudandpuller needs to get together with pieter.

    nk (dbc370)

  221. i just wanna beat Hillary

    happyfeet (831175) — 3/20/2016 @ 8:50 am

    That’s why you support someone who’s going to lose. Oh wait a minute you don’t support Trump. And you don’t care about the election. You just like continually making all these anti-any-other-candidate comments mixed in with pro-Trump comments for no apparent reason.

    Does it seem like every Trumper continually contradicts themselves? That’s a rhetorical question.

    Gerald A (7c7ffb)

  222. Hoagie, my Doctor has the same concern about my apparent choice of shape. I’ll contact the local WW and see what they need in the way of volunteer work. It sounds like you had some interesting challenges. I’ll look for Hoagie-like comments on the Hillsdale discussion board. Maybe we can get a dialogue going similar to what we have here.

    Doc, the IRS tax thing may have repercussions that go beyond merely allowing donors to take deductions. If a group is formed for political purposes and is denied the tax-exempt status, where do they fall in the constellation of legal entities? If they collect money to be spent on educating the public, but the IRS declares their educational subject matter to be unworthy, then how will the entity be treated if someone sues, and what about the donors, are they liable? The Republican party has a number of local organizations, and they tend to be allowed to use the “.org” extension, but donations are not deductible. Perhaps the answer is to form that kind of an entity? I’d appreciate it if some of our lawyers could clarify this.

    BobStewartatHome (7b7fb2)

  223. Here is a great interview with the Orange Toupee. Kind of says it all.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmw0-mMURL0

    Such a scam artist.

    Simon Jester (bc0700)

  224. Actually her name is Snowe. With an “e”.

    dumas

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  225. “It is possible that I could disgrace myself. But there’s always a bit of Dialectic to help out. I have naturally expressed my statements so that I am also right if the opposite thing happens.” — Karl Marx

    We have always been at war with Eurasia. No one is wiser than Socrates. Nobody knows the military better than I do.

    nk (dbc370)

  226. The High Priests of Conservatism loathe the riff raff when it does not do as it wants.

    I don’t know about the High Priests of Conservatism, but the High Priests of the Republican Party apparently are quite lukewarm in their conservatism since, on one hand, they don’t like Ted Cruz and, on the other hand, are unhappy about Trump’s lack of political correctness, which disturbs liberal-leaning sensibilities.

    Many of those same high priests also fell for the crease of the pants of the Democrat Party’s nominee in November 2008 and don’t seem all that phased by what horrible Hillary’s competitive edge says about we the people in 2016, about this nation in the 21st century. But those high priests are the canary in the coal mine (the one we’re all trapped in), now starting to grow listless and droop, maybe just a few months away from keeling over.

    Mark (a6a46e)

  227. I’ve never missed an election. It’s just my vote never mattered before.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  228. Bob, your thoughts are way beyond my meager contribution. There had been a kerfuffle over whether someone declaring their contributions on their taxes was disobeying Jesus’ words about not letting the right and left hands know what each other is doing.

    I guess they could data mine everybody who has over a certain percentage of charitable contributions and put them on a domestic radical watch list, for example,
    along with the kind of things you mention.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  229. papertiger–

    #224 was uncalled for. I’m sorry.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  230. You can be a not-for-profit without being tax exempt. If you do a spend down, you have zero profit at the end of your tax year and you pay no taxes. You should not represent to your donors and vendors that you are tax exempt before you have the certificate and number, and they should not believe you unless they see it. The consequence for your donors might be gift tax if they give you over a certain amount but I’m not up to par on those details of the tax code.

    nk (dbc370)

  231. I can’t comment on the religious implications, not being particularly religious, but I would think it’s not the act of itemizing a charitable deduction that is suspect, but in giving to charity where the motive is the deduction rather than the benefit given.

    If your heart is not in the act of charity itself, then it is meaningless to God. I doubt that will vary much among beliefs.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  232. The reason you want to incorporate, as a not-for-profit even if you don’t get tax exempt status, is to avoid joint liability for the acts of other members of your association. That’s how Southern Poverty Law Center bankrupted Ku Klux Klan members. The Supreme Doofus was found liable for a cross-burning done by the Grand Klown, etc.

    nk (dbc370)

  233. papertiger–

    #224 was uncalled for. I’m sorry.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

    Alright.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  234. The reason you want to incorporate, as a not-for-profit even if you don’t get tax exempt status

    It is also hard to get insurance, checking accounts, resale permits, etc, if you don’t incorporate.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  235. Yes, there’s no shortage of honorable man who won’t hesitate to circumvent the law when it’s necessary to punish the wicked or protect the sanctimonious.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  236. Kevin M (25bbee) — 3/20/2016 @ 11:42 am

    Agreed.

    From my point of view, choosing not to declare charitable deductions would be kind of a way to “prove to yourself” that your motives are not mixed up. I think this is a perfectly reasonable way of looking at it, but not necessarily how to look at it.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  237. You are probably right, Patterico. Also, he’s in first place and will only lose ground with his level of debate skills trying to best Cruz, who’s an expert.

    Also, am I alone in finding Kelly really annoying? She talks to fast and so high pitched, and every interview is like an aggressive cross-examination…I’m exhausted after five minutes.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  238. Is it really worthwhile trying to argue with Trumpkins?

    I long presumed that the Trumpkins who comment on a blog like this one, or on the two or three others that I regularly read and comment at, are indeed representative of the broad range of voters who are casting ballots for Trump in primaries and caucuses. That was a mistaken premise.

    Instead, the Trumpkins who write here, or at other comparable blogs and internet media, are all — in varying degrees but with a single purpose — active and intentional co-conspirators with Trump in the Biggest Con Ever. As such, they’ve taken to mimicking, with remarkable fidelity and accuracy, the slippery-stupid glibness of Trump himself: Broken syntax, vulgar schoolyard slurs, fractured chains of stream-of-consciousness, logical gaps, and unashamed, unprincipled reversals — always heavily leavened with insults and personal nastiness, and then finally topped with an insincere gravy of mock-righteousness.

    Accordingly, nothing written here — by our host, his co-bloggers, myself, or anyone else critical of Trump — is at all likely to change, or even influence, any of them even a little bit.

    But there are some number of Trump voters who read this blog, but don’t comment. And there are tons and tons of Americans who have voted for Trump, or may still vote for Trump, who don’t generally post blog comments, or go to rallies, or watch the Sunday morning news shows, or get into any political setting more formal than a water-cooler conversation among co-workers. They’re not necessarily “low-information,” but the genuinely well-informed who aren’t also vocal or participatory are pretty rare.

    Those people are still reachable. They might be reachable directly — for example, through something they read on the internet. Or they might be reachable indirectly, via something that Aunt Sue (who reads Patterico.com) said to Uncle Ernie in their presence at dinner last night. They might be reachable even if they don’t acknowledge or indicate that they’ve been reached in any way other than the most important way, viz: with their votes.

    So it’s worthwhile continuing to refute the vocal and activist Trumpkins publicly, even though the vocal and activist Trumpkins themselves can’t be affected or convinced. Arguments waged and won against those vocal and activist Trumpkins can still be effective in deterring other possible Trump voters.

    Beyond that, however: It’s also worth trying to refute the vocal and activist Trumpkins because every time that’s done effectively, other Trump opponents will be rallied and encouraged and assisted thereby. I can’t tell you, for example, how frequently in my day-by-day in-person political conversations, I will paraphrase or plagiarize outright something thoughtful or profound or especially well expressed by our host, or by his co-bloggers, or by his most thoughtful and wise commenters here. So as aggravated as I find myself when I’m responding to Trumpkins — which feels quite a bit like trying to explain substantive due process to my Siberian Husky — to the rest of you, my friends, I’m thankful in even larger measure:

    It is indeed worthwhile to argue with Trumpkins, and I thank you for your continuing efforts.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  239. nk, thanks! That’s just what I was wondering about. So the tax exempt thing just throttles donations by 30% or 40%, as I will explain to Kevin, below.

    Kevin, … but in giving to charity where the motive is the deduction rather than the benefit given

    I can’t imagine a situation where the motive is the deduction. If you owe $N in taxes before making the donation of $D, then after consideration of the donation your tax obligation will decrease by your margin rate, R, which might be 35%, times your donation. So you save 35% of $D on your taxes, but at a cost of $D. Ergo, the donation costs you (1-R)*$D. This is a real cost, and you should be just as concerned about the benefits you are providing as you would if you gave the full amount, $D. And there are limits on the amount that can be deducted.

    The deductibility is just a way of increasing the donation amount. Basically, you are redirecting a portion of your taxes to the charity. If you intended to give $1000 to the charity based on what you could afford to give without consideration of the deduction, and if you were in a 35% margin rate on the tax schedule, you could give the charity $1538, since the $1538 netted against the tax savings of $538 would put you back at $1000.

    BobStewartatHome (7b7fb2)

  240. I sort of wonder if your average Democrat hates Fox News more than they like Clinton.

    It seems like Donald is testing the theory.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  241. @ Patricia (#243): Megyn Kelly’s interviews can indeed be exhausting to watch, and you’re absolutely right that they reflect her civil litigation background. For those of us who share that background, that’s also exhilarating to watch done so well, so consistently. It’s professional, if sadly atypical of professional journalists.

    As for the pitch of her voice, though, I’m mildly grateful that she doesn’t have a Lauren Bacall contralto, nor a southern lilt, either of which would surely shred the last bit of objectivity that I, and many other male viewers, could otherwise claim to have about Ms. Kelly. I am a fan, unabashed.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  242. Here’s an excerpt from Rachel Stockman’s article in Law News, 3/20/16:

    Judge Smacks Down Trump’s Ted Cruz Birther Claims, and Hardly Anyone Covers it

    […]
    So how did Judge Pellegrino of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania arrive at his decision that Cruz was eligible?

    The judge relies on several pieces on legal scholarship. First, a memo produced in 1968 by Charles Gordon, then the General Counsel of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, which says: “The Framers were well aware of the need to assure full citizenship rights to the children born to American citizens in foreign countries.” He also points out a 2011 Congressional Research Service Memo entitled the “Qualification for President and the ‘Natural Born’ Citizenship Eligibility Requirement.” The document concludes:

    “The weight of legal and historical authority indicated that the term ‘natural born’ citizen would mean a person, who is entitled to U.S. citizenship ‘by birth’ or ‘at birth’ either by being born ‘in’ the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents.”

    Then the judge spends four pages quoting from the recent work of Paul Clement & Neal Katyal in the Harvard Law Review, in which the two Constitutional scholars (from different sides of the political aisle) conclude that “as Congress has recognized since the Founding, a person born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent is generally a U.S. citizen from birth with no need for naturalization. And the phrase ‘natural born citizen’ in the Constitution encompasses all such citizens from birth.”

    In his conclusion, the Judge states:

    Having extensively reviewed all articles cited in the opinion, as well as many others, this Court holds, consistent with the common law precedent and statutory history, that a “natural born citizen” included any person who is a United States citizen from birth.Accordingly, because he was a citizen of the United States from birth, Ted Cruz is eligible to serve as President of the United States..

    The judge’s decision is ripe for a higher court review, but it is significant nonetheless. As election law expert Dan Tokaji points out in the Election Law Blog this case could ultimately be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

    “A state court ruling would be helpful, but only a Supreme Court ruling could dispel the uncertainty surrounding its meaning. The good news is that review of a state court decision on Cruz’s eligibility could be sought in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s jurisdiction to review federal law questions is broader than that of lower federal courts,” he wrote.

    So perhaps, one thing Trump said is correct that this question could end being caught up in the courts for some time. The petitioner, Mr. Elliot, already said he plans to appeal the Judge’s decision.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  243. Bob–

    There are reasons to donate things, particularly appreciated things, where one avoids paying any tax on the appreciated value while claiming it all.

    Or you are “donating” to a foundation which you control, and whose assets you manage. So long as there is a minimum percentage of those assets secondarily donated each year you can utilize your donated monies to great effect. Perhaps even give your daughter of other retainers a sinecure.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  244. but only a Supreme Court ruling could dispel the uncertainty surrounding its meaning.

    I am taking bets that this will resolve everyone’s “doubts.”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  245. Beldar, me too! Megyn is capable of thinking on her feet, er …, well you get what I mean. She brings a lot of brain power to her interviews. She is always well prepared, and I’ve never seen her flustered. I have a hunch she hasn’t really resolved some of the progressive causes she occasionally champions (of which none spring to mind right now,) with her basically conservative take on things. And unlike a lot of the male talking heads on Fox, she isn’t one to cower and hold back when confronted with unpleasant things like Bill Ayers. The only think I can’t figure out is why she always wears those stiletto high heels when she is working with a focus group. She’s not a runway model, and I fear for her safety.

    BobStewartatHome (7b7fb2)

  246. *daughter OR other retainers

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  247. Kevin, I’ll accept your second point. But as to the first, the donation still has value, and you are just taking advantage of the convenience of a having someone else haul away the clunker in the driveway, or sell those appreciated shares. If you sell those 2000 shares of CSCO awarded to you when it was a tiny startup thirty years ago, you’d be taxed perhaps 15% of the total (depending on your basis) but 85% is still a lot of bucks, say $48,000 at Friday’s close. Saving 35% of the total value ($56,600) by deducting that from your income (if allowed) would save you $20,000 in taxes, but you’d have lost $28,000 compared to cashing the stock yourself, which it to say the cost to you of your donation was $28,000.

    I am assuming, of course, that the value of the donation as determined by the charity is an honest reflection of what they received for it. In Chicago, that might not be the case for donations from prominent Party Members. Nor is it the case when Hillary! claimed $200 for some used underwear she claimed as a donation in the ’90s. But that is apparently what the tax code allows, and so I guess we should all take a plastic sack stuffed with something down to Goodwill drop-off.

    BobStewartatHome (7b7fb2)

  248. Poll: Utah would vote for a Democrat for president over Trump

    If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll.

    “I believe Donald Trump could lose Utah. If you lose Utah as a Republican, there is no hope,” said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, a top campaign adviser to the GOP’s 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney.

    The poll found that may well be true. Utah voters said they would reject Trump, the GOP frontrunner, whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the Democratic candidate on the general election ballot.

    While Clinton was only slightly ahead of Trump — 38 percent to 36 percent — Sanders, a self-declared Democratic socialist, holds a substantial lead — 48 percent to 37 percent over the billionaire businessman and reality TV star among likely Utah voters.

    “Wow. Wow. That’s surprising,” said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. “Any matchup in which Democrats are competitive in the state of Utah is shocking.”

    Also surprising is the number of Utahns who said they wouldn’t vote if Trump were on the ballot. Sixteen percent said they’d skip the election if Trump and Clinton were their ballot choices, while 9 percent said they wouldn’t vote if it was a Trump-Sanders matchup.

    Both Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich would beat either Democratic candidate in Utah, the poll found. Sanders came closest against Cruz, with 39 percent of Utahns backing Sanders to 53 percent for Cruz.

    You can’t explain facts to a Trumper. They’re a lot like Obama voters.

    Gerald A (7c7ffb)

  249. ropelight (7e31c4) — 3/20/2016 @ 12:41 pm

    So, you’re saying that while there is considerable legal argument to the effect that Cruz is eligible, (along the lines we have argued here)
    because of professional law-fare people like the one who has harassed our host and others,
    the question, no matter how ridiculous, will potentially stay alive for awhile?

    Has the Supreme Court ruled whether oxygen is necessary for human life??

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  250. How much do Democrats hate Fox News?

    When you Bing “Donald Trump Megyn Kelly” on a news search, Fox News, which is a principle in the story, doesn’t appear on the news page.
    Because Fox isn’t a “legitimate” news source. Gawker is there. How do they even afford to keep the lights on after Hulk Hogan ripped out their guts in court?

    Gawker is legit. Fox news isn’t.

    That’s how much.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  251. 3/20/16, Pam Key at Breitbart writes:

    On “Fox News Sunday,” veteran journalist Bob Woodward said the Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign and smart Democrats are seriously worried about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bringing in new voters to the election process who normally don’t vote.

    Woodward said, “It’s important that the people in the Clinton campaign and as you called smart democrats are worried. And that, you know, this is a serious worry. And just from the polling perspective, what are there almost half the people don’t vote, right? And Trump is getting some of those people. The polls — there are good numbers on that because that’s maybe why people are worried.”

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  252. #255, MD, that comment is beneath you.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  253. Which part?
    The part pointing out that the bulk of your quote argues against what you’ve been claiming?
    Or the part where I suggested that nothing exists until the SCOTUS says it does?

    FWIW, I’ve already agreed that people can keep doing law-fare on this time after time in different federal districts until it gets to the supreme court, or I guess by some mechanism where every district has thrown it out at some level and the SCOTUS says enough already and refuses to take it up.

    And I suppose there could be a concerted effort, with different actors bringing cases in different districts one or two at a time just to try out different strategies.

    I get that. It’s just that I expect all kinds of crap thrown against the wall, or through the fan, or through the fan against the wall,
    no matter who the nominee is
    and that Trump is not at all immune to it.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  254. Doc, give SCOTUS a little time. They work in alphabetical order, and it took them quite a while to determine that CO2 was a pollutant. I expect they’ll have to backtrack a little to cover Ar, then CO. And after that, N2 will be quite a challenge. But once they get to O2 we’ll be able to answer your question. It must be wonderful to be a Supreme Court Justice. No rules, no boundaries, just your imagination.

    BobStewartatHome (7b7fb2)

  255. #259, no, MD, it was the part you left out.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  256. Yes Megan is very skilled. For plain old listening to discussion though I prefer the voice style of a Andrea Tantaros.

    Patricia (9f6f9f)

  257. If the future is like the past, you will accuse me of knowing what you are talking about but refusing to answer (citation needed),
    but what did I leave out that makes the comment beneath me?

    And if you don’t want to answer, can somebody else explain it to me.

    meanwhile, I am bummed out that SFA did not advance, and my honorary Texanhood has ended.
    Now it will be Middle Tennessee (along with Gonzaga).

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  258. because of professional law-fare people like the one who has harassed our host and others,
    the question, no matter how ridiculous, will potentially stay alive for awhile?

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  259. #255, MD, that comment is beneath you.

    ropelight (7e31c4) — 3/20/2016 @ 1:46 pm

    I refer you to #216.

    Someone who can write that can only describe others’ comments as “beneath them” from their view from below.

    L.N. Smithee (0c5978)

  260. Well, then LNS, if you feel so strongly about it, present company excepted.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  261. Like blubonnet, ropelight is a hopeless conspiracy nut.
    Like Perry, ropelight is busily engaging in passive-aggressive patronizing stunts while covered in sludge himself.

    John Hitchcock (c3c6b7)

  262. Nice of you to drop by Hitchcock and spread a little Christian cheer. Remember the Golden Rule, and prepare yourself to take a heaping helping of what you dish out. And, you’ll never see it coming.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  263. ropelight, if Donnie PennTrash has already lost Utah, then how is he going to win Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Colorado?
    …and which additional state is he going to win in order to make up for the loss of Utah?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  264. because of professional law-fare people like the one who has harassed our host and others,
    the question, no matter how ridiculous, will potentially stay alive for awhile?

    ropelight (7e31c4) — 3/20/2016 @ 2:35 pm

    What part of that was objectionable?
    That law-fare exists?
    Or that I said the matter was ridiculous?
    That the issue with eligibility will exist despite it having no merits because of law-fare?
    Or did you think I was referring to you about harassing out host?
    No, I wasn’t referring to you, I was referring to the self-made law-fare expert who learned his craft while sitting in the penitentiary for blowing people up.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  265. MD in Philly,

    Trump Fan Boy is always going to hurl accusations and protestations, regardless of how polite and reasonable your line of questioning is. After all, he takes his cues from the 6’3″ zillionaire who fears questions by Megyn Kelly.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  266. Thanks, CS
    I’m just pursuing the facts he presented and his accusatory comment which I still don’t understand,
    unless it was just his way of saying he disagrees with me.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  267. MD, no more please, I take it back. Your comment at #255 represents the extent of your understanding of the content expressed in my comment at #248. I was inaccurate when I said it was beneath you, I now see that it’s a faithful indicator of your ability to fairly and accurately unravel complex issues.

    There, I hope you’re satisfied.

    ropelight (7e31c4)

  268. It seems that rather than being clear and specific about where I was wrong, it’s insult and leave.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  269. ATTENTION,
    on Fox in a moment they are going to have a story about Billy Ayers crashing a Trump rally.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  270. How much do Democrats hate Fox News?

    Hillary and Sanders were on a Fox Town Hall a week or so ago.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  271. there’s a difference between a debate and a town hall, the latter would force them to defend the somelivesmatter lie for instance, or the bit about ‘no one died at benghazi’

    narciso (732bc0)

  272. Hillary was asked to defend her email problems and Libya and Syria as foreign policy failures. She was not specifically asked about Benghazi or her comments to the widows.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  273. Dinesh D’Souza wiped the floor with Bill Ayers several weeks ago in a debate. Ayers was dressed like a college student who works part-time at a record store.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  274. and where was the follow up, that is the difference in treatment.

    narciso (732bc0)

  275. It looks like there has been a series of “debates” between Ayers and D’Souza. Do they differ from event to event? Does Ayers think he wins and D’Souza thinks he wins? Are they just pumping up their own bases?

    And for you onlookers, my perspective is that ropelight’s quotation didn’t exactly support what he wanted it to, and when I pointed that out, the interaction went into deflection and obfuscation mode,
    did I miss something?

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (f315c7)

  276. Being in bed with a corrupt government/business machine naturally generates bitter, vituperative bile.

    The Senate is handing TFG everything he asks for while their goons, yes goons, spiral into high dudgeon:

    http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=6895

    Sucks to be you tools.

    DNF (755a85)

  277. 284. Case in point, the GOP is raping veterans:

    http://weaponsman.com/?p=30468

    DNF (755a85)

  278. since opera buffa, seems to be the preferred form,

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/3_19_2016_16_50.html

    narciso (732bc0)

  279. But Cruz and the rest aren’t out there saying overtly racist things. Trump is. Sorry you can’t see that subtle difference.

    “Racist” and “racism” have been so dumbed down over the decades, and exploited by such a wide variety of people with any number of agendas (but often of the left), that when I hear those words lobbed about and aimed with fury at people from all directions, I become suspicious.

    This isn’t 1950s America, this is the US in the 21st century. A society so dumbed down by the concept of bigotry (which is closely aligned with the concepts of racist and racism) that a vociferously anti-US, anti-Christian enlistee in the US military (Nidal Hasan) was allowed to push his agenda until it was too late. A person who was tolerated, if not even a bit humored, by members of the US military, not by members of Emily’s List, the ACLU, Act Up, the Rainbow Coalition, etc, etc.

    Mark (a6a46e)

  280. That’s $500,000,000,000.00 (jpg)

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  281. BTW, is today Palm Sunday for you schismatics? Καλο Πασχα then, all y’all.

    nk (dbc370)

  282. Judge Jeannine:

    So, you don’t like Donald Trump. You’re going to create a “unity ticket” of other candidates to make sure he doesn’t win.

    Say again? You want to stop one of the biggest vote-getters in your own party’s Republican Party primary history?

    Yet ‘Donald Trump must be stopped’ is the Republican Party’s mantra! Hey, I didn’t always like my party’s choice for president, but I generally supported him.

    Good that Trump is a white male otherwise they’d be accused of being racist, and lucky Trump’s not gay otherwise the Republican Party would be accused of being homophobic.

    So let me see if I understand this. The guy who keeps winning, despite his being called a misogynist, a racist, and a xenophobe, who has more than 50 percent of the delegates, with even as many as 17 other Republicans in those primaries and the Republican Party’s mission is to block Trump’s nomination?

    What are you guys smoking?

    Okay, you like Ted Cruz. Good for you. But he needs to win 80% of the remaining Republican delegates. Keep dreaming guys – it ain’t gonna happen.

    John Kasich. Nice guy. Absolutely no path to the nomination.

    So I say to myself, ‘Self, why?’ Why would Republicans try to sabotage their own front-runner and risk a Democrat winning the White House? And I keep coming up with the same answer: the Republican establishment, elected officials and party leaders are in bed with the Democrats!

    Keep ladling out your facile BS, counsellors.

    DNF (755a85)

  283. Everything you people ‘know’ is cwap:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-20/why-true-cost-living-much-higher-were-told-or-sold

    Repeating obvious lies fools no one beneath your station.

    DNF (755a85)

  284. What’s next, Judge Judy?

    Colonel Haiku (c22a91)

  285. She doesn’t want to scotch her Supreme Court nomination.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  286. who’s racist is that John Kasich loser i think

    he just looks like he’d be very very uncomfortable around people of color like he’d pucker up and clutch his purse real hard and sweat a lot

    happyfeet (831175)

  287. DNF thinks himself clever.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  288. Yup, that’s why Kasich wants to keep out Mexicans and Muslims.

    The one who’s afraid of macho foreigners is Trump. Because he’s a scaredy-cat. A scaredy-cat old lady scaredy-cat. He should call himself Donna. Donna the prima donna. The scaredy-cat old lady Donna the prima donna.

    nk (dbc370)

  289. Mr. Trump is much maligned he loves mexicans so much he just doesn’t want illegal alien people mucking up the gears, and you know what it’s time failmerica dealt with this immigration issue my goodness what a mess

    happyfeet (831175)

  290. What’s the deal with you and Mexicans and moslems, nk? You oft indicate some specific love of these two groups.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  291. He’s some guys right up your alley.

    Mexico is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens, a status that would enable them to vote — presumably against Donald Trump.

    QuickTake
    Immigration Reform

    Officially, Mexico says it respects U.S. sovereignty and has no strategy to influence the result of the presidential race. Yet Mexican diplomats are mobilizing for the first time to assist immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship, hosting free workshops on naturalization.

    “This is a historic moment where the Mexican consulate will open its doors to carry out these types of events in favor of the Mexican community,” Adrian Sosa, a spokesman for the consulate in Chicago, said before an event on March 19. In Dallas, about 250 permanent residents attended the consulate’s first “citizenship clinic” in February and another 150 in its second in March. In Las Vegas, the turnout topped 500.

    Underscoring the fine line that separates participation from interfering in another country’s election, Sosa noted that the consulate only hosts the event but it’s community organizations who offer the advice.

    Is that it, nk? More new democrat voters?

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  292. Give el Norte back to teh gringos
    Don’t make them have to take it away
    Give el Norte back to teh gringos
    Make America American today

    Colonel Haiku (c22a91)

  293. Their women. I’m a sucker for dark-haired, dark-eyed women. Just like Byron:

    SHE walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
    And all that’s best of dark and bright
    Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
    Thus mellow’d to that tender light 5
    Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

    nk (dbc370)

  294. The country went into the toilet in the 1840s when they let in the Irish, Hoagie. Now you’ve got a Ryan as Speaker and a McConnell as Senate President pro tem, not to mention two Irish past Presidents. We need to learn to adjust to new realities.

    nk (dbc370)

  295. And let’s not forget the dang Germans.

    Drumpf 2016

    Leviticus (efada1)

  296. yassou.

    I don’t know about you, nk but I won’t live under the Turkish yoke.

    Said, this day, practically 100 years from the Armenian genocide.
    .
    Islam is a religion of peace my #$$.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  297. Lepanto. Muslims aren’t the only ones with long memories.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  298. Proudly kuffar harbi.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  299. DRJ (15874d) — 3/19/2016 @ 4:03 pm

    “At first it was about being angry but now it’s about hurting people.”

    It’s the Listerine theory of econmics and politics. If it hurts (someone) if it feels like it might be wrong, it must be effective.

    Sammy Finkelman (9b50c7)

  300. 303.Their women. I’m a sucker for dark-haired, dark-eyed women. Just like Byron:

    nk, I believe Byron was referring to a Greek chick when he wrote that. Why, you’re Greek, no? Why aren’t you infatuated with Greek and Italian chicks? My first wife was Jewish but I made a move on her because she looked like a hot Italian chick.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  301. I did marry a Greek girl. As for Italian women, we’re on the same wavelength. Sophia Loren! And you know that Sicily and Southern Italy were Greek colonies before the ascendancy of Rome, right?

    nk (dbc370)

  302. “Before Rome was Greece. Before Greece was darkness.” A quote from a professor of mine strangely enough he taught economics. He taught that the entire civilized Western World owed it’s beginning to Greece.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  303. Islam is a religion of peace my #$$.

    By contrast, the holy religion of secular liberalism certainly nurtures peaceful, wonderful societies.

    Lots of that noble theology does exist in places like Belgium.

    Mark (a6a46e)

  304. Trump supports eliminating or limiting the malice standard for public figures in libel law. Instead, he wants the standard to be fairness.

    DRJ (15874d)


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