Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Word Associations
So Quinnipiac recently put forth another objective, honest and unbiased opinion poll designed to boost the sagging fortunes of the so-called Democratic Party. It has the usual blather about how either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden will soon be our next Slytherin Overlord. But then they did ask a question my Inner Stat-Nerd could have some fun with. They gathered three groups of respondents and | Read More »
Republican Party, R.I.P. (1854 – 2016)
“[I]f Donald Trump fades away the party leaders will conclude they beat him and the crazy base. They will, like the Bourbons of France, learn nothing and forget nothing.” In 1854, confronted by the moral evil of slavery and the inability of the Whigs to provide clarity against it, the Republican Party formed. Whig Party leaders either shifted their party allegiances or quit politics altogether. | Read More »
Hillary Clinton Believes the GOP Field is Full of Terrorists
In an era when acts of terrorism are unfortunately becoming common, and evil is easy to distinguish, it takes one steeped in absurdity to assign it elsewhere. But if you need that person, her name is Hillary Clinton. On Thursday, Hillary said the following: “Extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups,” Clinton said during a campaign speech at Case Western | Read More »
Federal judge blocks administration’s ‘Clean Water Rule’ waterways power-grab.
A judge has put an injunction on the EPA’s latest power grab (the Clean Water Rule). And no, we don’t trust the EPA. No sane person does.Read More »
Edumacaliated: Gov. Jerry Brown Waives Exam For California Students
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The Sacramento Bee reports this week that Jerry Brown has granted a final exam “reprieve” to high school students who faced an uncertain outcome of their senior year thanks to California’s incompetent government. But in so doing, what kind of future has the state given them, or the colleges they may attend, or the jobs they may seek?
Jeb Bush to hire noted GOP base favorite Eric Cantor
Trying to get the GOP base on your side? Master stroke from Jeb! here. Cantor was courted intensely by other candidates. Cantor retains a strong political network in Virginia, a key primary and swing state. And he has enviable connections among Jewish business leaders who can be key supporters and donors. “This is a big deal for Eric, and a big deal for Jeb,” said | Read More »
Donald Trump Is Not a Racist. Don’t Go Back to 2005, Republicans.
While I continue to admire Donald Trump’s ability to command attention at long, rambling, unscripted press conferences, I still am not persuaded he will be the next President of the United States. Nonetheless, the GOP establishment in Washington has decided to treat Donald Trump the way the Bush White House treated many conservative leaders in 2005 during the immigration fight. They’re labeling him racist for | Read More »
RIP, the Jeb Bush 2016 Campaign
Back when Tiger Woods was far and away the best golfer on the planet, one of the things that people used to say about him was that he was the most “mentally tough” athlete on the planet. However, as his career went on, people started to notice something about Tiger – although he was great on Sunday when he entered the day with a lead, | Read More »
Bobby Jindal and the Easily Forgotten Lessons of Hurricane Katrina
This week marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2005. Katrina’s impact was broad, devastating, and in some ways unpredictable – it killed well over a thousand people, upended the lives of many thousands more, reshaped the politics of Louisiana, did more than any other single event to wreck the second term of George W. Bush, spawned | Read More »
A Look Back at Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson looks back at Hurricane Katrina, ten years later. He’s joined by radio reporter Daniel French who was in New Orleans when the storm hit, Jason Russell who discusses charter schools in post-Katrina New Orleans, Steven Horwitz on Wal-Mart’s quick response to the storm, and finally, Abby Phillip describes the different experiences whites and blacks have had rebuilding New Orleans.Read More »
Hillary Clinton “Takes Responsibility” for Email Fracas (But Not Really)
The media today is dutifully reporting that Hillary Clinton has “changed her tack” on the email scandal that is threatening to sink her campaign. What does that allegedly involve? Almost exclusively saying that she “takes responsibility” for using two different emails: “I know people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why,” Mrs. Clinton said Wednesday. “I get it. | Read More »
CNN: If You Oppose Gun Control You Are a “Fool” and a “Coward” (VIDEO)
Just now on CNN, host Carol Costello and Chris Cuomo held an unbelievable conversation about gun control. It is one thing for Cuomo to spout off at the mouth, because that is what he does. But Carol Costello is the host of a news program for a network that prides itself for having not gone the way of MSNBC or FoxNews, in terms of having | Read More »
What is Donald Trump’s Ceiling?
There is no doubt that the Republican race right now has come down to Donald Trump vs. everyone else. The latest Q-Poll shows Trump with 28%, followed by a large pack of candidates including Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92%, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich, who are separated by statistically insignificant | Read More »
What Will Be There?
Barack Obama is looking for an architect for his library. What exactly will be in the library other than his Nobel Peace Prize? Mounds of shredded documents? Stacks of erased hard drives? A taxidermied Valarie Jarrett? The “most transparent administration” in American history has actually been the least transparent and I suspect before they leave there’ll be a burn party to rival that of the | Read More »
How Bitcoin is hostile to property rights
Yesterday I called for the banning of Bitcoin and while reactions to my post included many personal attacks, Bitcoin talking points, and vague dismissals, nobody bothered to attempt to refute my core points. While Bitcoin cranks and talking point reciters were angry, it is irrefutable that Bitcoin’s intentionally designed properties make it hostile to property rights. There may be another cryptocurrency that isn’t hostile to | Read More »
We Will Not Legislate Away Evil
Yesterday morning tragedy unfolded in Virginia as a reporter and camera man for a local television station were gunned down by a man intent, according to his claims, of inciting the race war Dylan Roof had so badly wanted. Last night, in Sunset, LA, a man killed a police officer with a gun then stabbed three women. One of the women died. The gunman from | Read More »
Is Jorge Ramos a journalist or an attention whore masquerading as one?
What, exactly, is a journalist? The cynical among us (read: every comment to the posts on journalism that I write) would say that a journalist is a leftwing hack that advocates for the left-of-center causes and attacks Republicans at every opportunity. And, why not say that? Modern journalism is exactly that, you know. But, let us take the curious case of Jorge Ramos, a man | Read More »
Marco Rubio needs to wake up and pay attention
I am pretty much with most of the GOP electorate. I like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92% but he’s my second choice. He’s an attractive candidate but today he tried to play it too cute by half. In a campaign stop in Florida, Rubio offered an exceedingly mild critique of Donald Trump: “Ultimately the Republican Party will reach out to all | Read More »
Nevada Obamacare nonprofit (read: ‘subsidized’) insurer goes bankrupt.
Nevada Health Co-Op – yet another element in the grand expression of failure that is Obamacare – has, well, failed.Read More »
Barack Obama, Joe Biden And The 2016 Update of The Benny Hill Show
So let’s say you were Barack Obama.* Let’s say you really wanted that 3rd Term, but for some previously undiscovered reason, you actually walked around caring what was forbidden in the US Constitution. Who would be more committed than a guy who is actually addled enough to believe he really *was* serving Barack Obama’s 3rd term? The only guy that dumb still in President Obama’s | Read More »