MERCENARIES vs. MISSIONARIES
The entire political world was made aware a few weeks ago of Rick Perry’s money woes. The news leaked that most staffers had their pay frozen, so Perry could continue basic necessities of infrastructure and travel. Campaign manager, Jeff Miller expressed gratitude for their service and his desire for them to stay, but assured them no hard feelings if they chose another endeavor. All but | Read More »
The New York Times’ Racist Attack on Clarence Thomas
It is interesting that a major newspaper would so blatantly call out the only black man on the Supreme Court for borrowing language in briefings. He is by far not the only one, and his average rate of language borrowed from briefings is not that much different from his peers. Over the years, the average rate of nearly identical language between a party’s brief and the | Read More »
Outlasting Ted Cruz
I wrote earlier (and somewhat cynically) that I think Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% is subtly sending a message that if the establishment must lose, they’d rather lose to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% than Donald Trump. They, like me, see the completely destruction of the GOP as a meaningful political party coming with Trump or, more and more, | Read More »
#WMATA has been misleading the public on safety
Early this month the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) had one of its trains derail underground near Smithsonian station, in the heart of downtown DC. Fortunately no passengers were aboard, but according to WMATA (interim) General Manager Jack Requa’s report on the derailment, that was just lucky. According to the report, “it is important to note that in this incident, critical information was lost | Read More »
The Sound and Fury of the Monster as Its Arms Stretched Toward Us
“Recipes in old places spared destruction are now made by new hands and do not taste quite the same. The lagniappe is different.”There in the hospital that night, she was in her mother’s arms being comforted and giving comfort. Newly born with the new baby smell, Evelyn slept in her mother’s arms as the monster stretched its arms toward us. The hospital staff had pulled | Read More »
Bodies of 71 Probable Syrian Refugees Found in a Truck in Austria
Well, it sounds like the administration’s Syria policy is going great. European media is reporting that Syrian refugees, desperate to flee the ongoing carnage in that country (which has received less collective attention from the media than the deaths of two local reporters in Roanoke yesterday) backed themselves into a refrigerated truck in incredible numbers and fled for Europe, where something disastrous happened: Hungarian police | Read More »
John Boehner Endorses Ted Cruz For President
Perhaps I am overly cynical, but when I heard that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% referred to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% as a “jacka–” at a fundraiser in Colorado, my first thought was that he knows the establishment’s goose is cooked. Between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%, he’d prefer Cruz. Boehner, to | Read More »
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.
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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 »