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Friday
Jul012016

Independence Day

It was not an easy process, nor one entered into lightly.  It was no less than earthshaking.  We owe everything to our Founders.  

This clip from the film "1776" is one of my favorites.  It gets to the heart of the process, even while being a bit cloudy about dates (the vote was for the Lee Resolution, and taken on July 2nd, while the Declaration was approved on the 4th, and not fully signed for some time after.

John Adams, in a letter to his wife, said:

"I am apt to believe that it [July 2nd] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

Well stated, Sir. 

 

Monday
Jun272016

House Democrats Release Own Benghazi Report as Cover-Fire for Hillary; Mentions "Trump" 23 Times Throughout; Still Can't Confirm Cause

So anxious to counter the inquiries by "Republicans" (mentioned 200 times), Democrats do little in proving anything, and instead come off looking obsessed and outlandishly silly.

Hat tip to Gowdy's crew:

A quick Ctrl+F search of the Democrats’ 339-page “report” reveals these telling facts:  (link added by skinnydipinacid)

339 – Total pages
 
334 – Number of times “Clinton” appears
 
200 – Number of times “Republicans” appears
 
85 – Number of times “Stevens” appears
 
55 – Number of times “Blumenthal” appears
 
36 – Number of times “Smith” appears
 
23 – Number of times “Trump” appears - ?????
 
15 – Number of times “Doherty” appears
 
12 – Number of times “Brock” appears
 
8 – Number of times “Correct the Record” appears
 
6 – Number of times “Woods” appears

Soooo...  that means Donald Trump, who had literally nothing to do with what happened in Benghazi, was mentioned MORE TIMES in the Democrat's "report" than, not one, but TWO of the men who actually died there (Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty)...  

....COMBINED!     (psst... Lefties...  15 + 6  <  23   ...just FYI)

There are some crazy people out there... then there are the type of crazies that give psychologists nightmares.   The members of the Democrats' Select Committee on Benghazi appear to lurk somewhere in-between.   This so-called reports is just another session on America's big brown leather couch where they speak unthinkable things that only they can consider rational.  

It's another case of Trump Anxiety.

To further their case for a serious prescription they concluded that Hillary did a remarkable job handling the crisis in Benghazi (I assume by showing that YouTuber a thing or two) and that they still can't pinpoint what led to the attacks, or who caused them (apparently those "guys out for a walk one night who decided to kill some Americans" have been removed from the suspect list).

Bonus:

Tuesday
Jun212016

Say What You Want About Trump... The Man Can Sure Brand Politicians

I'll admit, I'm kinda looking forward to seeing what kind of content lies in store with Trump's new website, LyingCrookedHillary.com, aimed to “showcase some of Clinton’s most disastrous lies to the American people.”.   Should be packed full of goodies.  Lots to choose from.

I suggest future leaked emails and documents (enjoy those 261 from the DNC hacking... thousands yet to come, or so they claim).  

Download button appears after the link.  Don't worry.  They're safe. I already scanned them all.   Password to open the zip file is #GucCi2/0

Oh, and the left-leaning hysterics really don't want you to read this either.

If nothing else they take your mind off the kind of wretched saps that that make up the current administration.  Apparently freedom of speech is thing some people can't quite grasp.   Maybe next they can blame the Orlando shooters motives on some random YouTube video.  Just sayin'.

Since I've kept my mouth shut for two whole days on this (consider it a new leaf I'm turning over to help keep me from cursing... so far it's not f***ing working!) so just nod along as I say this:  You know damn (there I go again) well that if this shooter had been a Christian male walking into an abortion clinic killing everything in site but unborn fetuses that this administration would make every attempt to pinpoint the specific dots worth connecting to help you see what the motives behind such an attack were, not omit every detail hoping some alternate context is created.

I guess when you can't make many other assumption based around the proven facts that you have to scrub out the dots entirely and hope some other random line is drawn, then filled in with crayons by a complicit media outlets and lapdog officials willing to push the killers narratives and blame the opposition party.   Nevermind that he swore allegience to radical Islamic organizations, and that they, along with such a significant percentage of Muslims support violent Jihad and the execution of gays (not to mention Jews, loose women, etc.), or that he shot up a gay club, or that he supported Hillary Clinton.  "Good grief, what could have possibly caused this, I mean... other than guns and Conservatives?"

(ACLU lawyer... go figure)

Does this same logic then apply to the hate that inspired this guy?

Thursday
Jun162016

Obama Gives Orlando Families "Who Don't Care About Politics" a Shoulder to Cry on During Hyper-Political Speech

... Because most everything he does defies logic:

Obviously he has a problem with setting aside his career as a pandering pot-stirr... er... I mean "Community Organizer" and being an actual leader during times of tragedy and unrest.   He claims to stand for the LGBT community, then pretty much calls them obsurd after said community is out hitting gun stores and stocking up (as are many others), trying (and failing, like usual) to convince Americans that it "defies logic" to assume you can stop an armed killer by being "similarly armed".

Absolutely... stupid.

Maybe if Obama spent as much time battling terrorists as he does blasting Republicans and defending the Muslim faith we wouldn't have as many problems as we currently do.  Eight years in and the guy still acts like an inexperienced bloviator when it comes to leading this nation.

But hey...  it's Friday.   Drink. 

Wednesday
Jun152016

Early Father's Day Thread

[ahem] Just in case anyone I know is reading this, and needs an idea.

 

Tuesday
Jun072016

Hillary Clinches Dem Nomination

Bernie fans are ticked too.

Can't say I blame them though.   They've been stuck listening to AP reports for more than 24 hours affirming Hillary had secured enough of the remaining super delegate votes to win, in turn quelling the Bernie votes, before rubbing their noses in it 1/2 hr before the polls closed with her victory speech.

That was a laughable moment too.  Her, talking about secretive money, and Wall Street brokering.   Yeah, we get it... you loaded your stump speech with Bernie Sanders talking points in hopes of attracting his supporters, but what you don't understand is that it's laughable when you do it.  

I bet this guy's happy though, and that's all that really matters:

... an oldie, but a goodie.

Monday
Jun062016

Conflict of Interest? Bias?  NAH!!!

The judge in the Trump University case has been happy to play the victim to Trump's stupid comment about him being a "Mexican."  Trump's fat mouth got him in hot water, but the facts emerging indicate that he wasn't far off the mark, if he had only left out the "Mexican" part.

Apparently the judge is hardly a shining light of objectivity, since he is associated with the self-identified racist group La Raza, even aiding an illegal alien to get a scholarship.

So, on one side we have Trump shooting off his big mouth, and on the other side we have a judge whose rancid associations call into question his fitness to hear this case, plus the megabucks (close to a million) paid to the Clintons by the law firm representing the plaintiffs.  To follow the smarmy media narrative, a big mouth is far worse than judicial malfeasance and legal conflicts of interest.      

Friday
May272016

Extended Weekend Open Thread

Seems like it's been a while since I did a "meh, who cares, let's just put something up post", but sadly this won't be one of those.  In fact, I might get wordy.   It's been that kind of week.

Before I begin, I just want to start by saying... I like my new Senator:

So good it almost makes you feel dirty.    I'm guessing a vast majority of frantic left-wingers felt the same way today (only without the "good" aspect) after seeing this epic tweet-blooper from MSNBC:

Unfortunately the tweet was quickly ruined with the appearance of Obama...  much like the economy, our nation's border, and every woman's public bathroom in America before it.  

OFF TOPIC:   Since Bill Clinton was once considered the country's first black president... Does that mean Obama is our nation's first transgender President?   (I'm thinking legacy)

Speaking of the Commander in Chief, did you see he's finally going after ISIS?   Only, not in the way YOU might think, by, you know...  killing them.   No, instead he's looking for ways to PROSECUTE them.   What a humanitarian.   Nevermind the growing trail of dead, innocent bodies left along the way.

Oh, and he told reporters in Japan he'd take one more question in his press conference today...   unfortunately for him it was a question about Prison Granny's growing email scandal.

Prison Granny went into full damage control mode Thursday after this news broke:

... Oh, and her aides' depositions are being kept private.  

Is THIS bad? 

Hillary defended herself saying is would not "affect either the campaign or my presidency.” She also noted that her use of private email was not unprecedented (even though Collin Powell, Condaleeza Rice and others didn't openly lie, delete emails, nor were they uncooperative with inspectors):

“I have turned over all of my emails. No one else can say that," Clinton said. "I have been incredibly open about doing that.” 

About 32,000 emails were deleted before she "turned them all over".

If I was her opponent, I'd want to debate her again too.   I bet Sanders only wishes he'd have had the courage to take her on earlier in the race instead of skating around it.    Guess he'll have to settle for a charity debate with Trump (who clinched the GOP nomination b.t.w.) instead.   Maybe if they threw in a few hundred thousand dollars to the Clinon Foundation we could turn this into a threesome.   Just sayin'.

And almost lastly...  another sad, pathetic politican:  Sen Orrin Hatch.    He wasn't capable of just admitting that Republicans are going to do whatever it takes to block any Supreme Court nominee until after Obama is gone (and good riddance to him) and instead tried to take some phony noble route by issuing a statement via an Op-Ed that read:

“Like many of my Senate colleagues, I recently met with Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. … Our meeting, however, does not change my conviction that the Senate should consider a Supreme Court nominee after this presidential election cycle"

One problem:  he hadn't met with Garland yet.   It was a draft that got accidentally published before the two had even had the opportunity to get acquainted.  SPOILER ALERT:  Garland didn't impress.

However, my vote for most ridiculous, idiotic, offensive pile(s) of oh-my-gawd-what-the-heck-is-that goes to the people of Tap 4 Fun... more pointedly the people behind their mobile MMO game "Invasion".   It's of the same mold as Game of War (remember that commercial?) and Mobile Strike (now sporting the Governator in its ads)

Well apparently this Invasion game (created by the company Tap 4 Fun) is looking for their own spokesperson, having seen the attention they've gained for their competition...  only they have decided to open it up to their players to, get this, VOTE on who their spokesperson should be out of a handful of candidates.

Today I got a message (in-game)... here's what it read:

Yes, they misspelled Keifer Sutherland's name... and no, I don't believe Baltimore Maryland is an actual person's name...  but they also included... Chris... KYLE!?  As in the Frog who's funeral was so notable that it had to be held at Cowboy Stadium Chris Kyle?!?!?   WHAT???!!!!!!  

The Facebook backlash has been fairly constant all day, and deservedly so.  Definitely biggest douches of the decade so far for either not knowing or (worse) knowing and finding it funny to put him in list of actors, a boxer (no idea what Mayweather has to do with a war game), an MMA fighter (ditto) and a city recently known for civil unrest thanks in part to their leftist State's Attorney that fell off the soapbox trying to make a name for herself.

This post is beginning to make me lose even more faith in humanity, so screw this, let's call it a weekend .  Enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day...   and don't forget to vote for Chris Kyle as a final "F-you" to Tap 4 Fun via their silly Facebook question (make sure you ask that all his proceeds as a spokeperson are paid in full to his family).

 

 

Sunday
May222016

Hillary Clinton May Only Be Fooling Herself

I had to double-check the new talking point Hillary was spouting off today on Meet the Press, and how she's had 2 million more votes than Donald Trump so far.   I didn't think that was completely accurate, and she's been known to lie alot, so I felt the urge to dig into her claim.

Now I suppose you could round up 1.82 million votes to 2 million and hope it flies, but the issue Hillary (and for that matter... Democrats) needs to worry about are the numbers BEHIND those numbers.   The early primary votes were obviously dilluted down on the Republican side simply due to the number of candidates in the race.   That being said... the Repulican side still has close to 3 million more counted votes (25.87 million between just Trump, Cruz, Kasich and Rubio) than that of the Democrat candidates (22.94 million).

Clearly a weak talking point, but hey, when your campaign is struggling... struggle with it:

Okay, now that's just awful.   I'm sure granny camp thought a Venn graphic would be a hip, stylish way to show... well, whatever it is she's trying to say.   So in the spirit of Venn I thought I'd break another stat down in a similar manner (only mine would be done correctly):

(That's a problem for the left)

 

 

Wednesday
May182016

How NOT to Respond to Somebody Citing You as "the WORST Abuser of Women in U.S. Political History"

<= Just in case you were unsure of who the Democrat subject is

Now, there's good ways and bad ways to address a hot topic such as rape, an oval office b.j., repeated trips to a pedophile's island or even a sweetheart deal received by said pedophile (although I feel like I'm leaving out quite a few steamy accusations in this list)...  then there's the Clinton way:  with a smile and a pander, to all you folks out there, that are smart enough to figure it out on your own.

Well golly gee.  (video c/o CNN)

Energizer?  WHAT?!

Word of advice to the Clintons (not that I want them to actually take it, because I'd rather see them lose horribly in November)...  it MIGHT be a good idea to figure out a better way to address these accusations, because Trump is only getting started with the accusations against Slick Willy, and they're only going to get more brutal and frequent than this one tweet: 

Maybe it's just me, but if some crazy woman was out there claiming I raped her many years ago, then re-emerging on the political scene and smeering me (and my wife's campaign) STILL to this day (oh, and I was innocent ::wink wink::) I guarantee you I'd be out there defending my good name (assuming said hypothetical me had a "good name" to defend), but Bill Clinton has never really been one to defend himself against any of these accusations.  He instead opts to dodge and deflect, and the mainstream media has long been willing to oblige his deflections.  No, they'd rather dredge up even darker sludge on the Clinton's upcoming opponent (and failing) instead.

Nothing screams "we believe you" more than a dogged search for a bigger distraction.

Even some left-wing media outlets like MSNBC, HuffPo, Vox and many others have (despite the obvious up-front dismissals for political sake) consider many of the explicit stories more credible than some of the others (code for "well... shit"), and they've received countless interviews from the accusers, but never do they get a difinitive comment beyond a deflection or "not available to comment" from the Clinton camp.

Not that anybody would believe him anway:

Monday
May162016

New Thread, To Provide Room For...

...more of Hillary's lies.  So many, so little bandwidth.  Running out of space on the last thread. 

Wednesday
May112016

Nominating Hillary Would be a Democrat Disaster Simply to Protect the Status Quo*

I remember MY first time taking the SubwayNot my words.  Those are the words from the Sanders camp.  I would have used the title "trainwreck just waiting for the right time to derail".

In more ways than one Sanders is correct.   Hillary "Sniper Fire" Clinton (in my opinion) is baggage for the Democrat Party.  Her favorablility numbers were not all that impressive going into the 2016 primaries, but lately they've taken a bit of a nosedive, much to the credit of both Trump and Sanders.  

On top of that, she lies, or "conveniently misspeaks" (if one so prefers such a phrase) often, and tends to shift her position based on which way the poltical headwinds are blowing at the time in which her lips start moving.   She's branded herself from left, to moderate/centrist, to (so-called) progressive in a period of time that exceeds only half of my childrens' ages.  

Take coal mining for example.  That one stupid statement about putting them out of business (which she may or may not have even supported... since it's Hillary) has cost her West Virginia in the primary and will likely cost her those same states and then some in the general election vs Trump (Pennsylvania, Virginia, etc).   I'm actually surprised she hasn't come out saying "my history of supporting fossil fuels has been well documented" and tried to lie about always supporting them.  Still time I suppose.

Then there's the whole email/Clinton server thing.  Good grief almighty.  Illegality aside, she actually ran around saying she turned over 90-95%, before claiming "every" email (not of a personal nature ::wink wink::) on her personal server (which was destroyed) before the State Dept had insisted they'd actually received less than 1% of her emails, with Rep. Susan Brooks even pointing out an astonishing drop in Libya-related emails from prevous year 2011, to 2012 (leading up to the Benghazi attacks) and highlighted it as a "lack of interest" (if not a sign of obvious wrongdoing). 

... And don't even get me started on Benghazi.

The last two alone are enough to make your everyday American Joe leery of such an individual, but to ignore such toxicity levels and thrust said person into the deep end of a presidential election?   Well, now that's just reckless.   It's like drag racing to the cliff's edge.  Sanders is spot-on by calling them out on it.

Let's consider just SOME of the things Hillary has flip-flopped on (so far):

She opposed ethanol mandates prior to running for president in 2008 (ironically, they grow corn in Iowa ::wink wink::).

She opposed gay marriage (numerous times) prior to that same primary and supported the Defense of Marriage Act before she was against it (even went as far as rainbow-coloring her "H" logo).

She opposed NAFTA in 2008 as well, shortly after praising it as a boon to the economy.

She opposed raising the debt limit (voting 3 times not to) before "praying that common sense would make a comeback" and pass in 2014.   I suppose she gets folksy bonus points for praying.

She opposed the Keystone XL pipeline (finally, per the link) after the backlash she caused by saying she was inclined to support it.

She opposed raising payroll taxes until she starting "Feeling the Bern".

She opposed TPP before she was against it.

She supported Iran's ability to enrich uranium for civilian purposed, but then rejected the idea in 2014, prior to her help in ushering in Iran to the table in the recent deal (being heavily scrutinized as of late) by saying her team helped "set the table" for John Kerry's horrible negotiations.

I could go on...   Deportations of illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities, driver's licenses for illegals, her opinion of President Bashar al-Assad, the Cuba embargo, numerous free trade agreements, gun control, eductation reform, school choice, charter schools...  what difference at this point does it make?

She makes John Kerry look like an amateur flip-flopper.  She IS a bad candidate, and the Democrat/enablers that helped push her far into the lead over Sanders have to be feeling a little skittish as they watch him still in the race, supposedly defeated, yet still drawing crowds that any candidate would feel proud of.

Whether you love him, hate him, or find yourself somewhere in between, you have to admire Sanders and his tenacity.   He is still relevent in the race, and is in some ways doing harm to the "Crooked" Hillary Clinton, who would like nothing more than to wrap up her game of progressive charades and go back to pretending to be a moderate again.   Trying to out-progressive the bigger progressive is not going well for her and it's starting to look like it will affect her beyond securing the Democratic nod.

I'm staring to wonder:   If her numbers tank any further, should the White House just wrap up this email investigation, unleash all their dirt, and throw her in prison in hopes of a better on-deck candidate (be it Sanders or Biden)?

*For sake of potential scrutiny not a single Fox News/Trumpbart article was linked to in this post

Tuesday
May102016

Election Night / New Thread

Raise your hand in the air... . if you just don't care... about criminal indictmentsBecause new threads are fun.

So Trump is already being called the winner in West Virginia, but there's apparently a push to see Cruz re-enter the race if he wins in Nebraska.   So... we'll see how that goes (not holding my breathe).

Hillary however, not so certain.  Should be another nail-biting night for her.   She was ahead going into WV, but it also sounds like coal miners hate her, so you never know.

Maybe I'll follow up with results.

Maybe I won't.

We'll see.

:: Cheers ::

 

Wednesday
May042016

John Kasich's Laughable Exit

"I FINISHED 4TH... IN A 2-MAN RACE!!"To be perfectly frank...  I really wouldn't even be typing about this story had I not already stated that Kasich would be staying in the race after yesterday's Indiana primary (his fault, not mine), promising comedic politics for the next month or better.  

He's always been the last-place-guy, so it shouldn't come as a shock... certainly not news-worthy.   The only thing shocking is knowing that somehow, somewhere, somebody finally talked some sense into him.

Many assumed Reince, but word is he took the advice of Bob Roach, his close friend/wealth manager (sounds like a good friend to have) that "thought his message would be diminished” if he stayed in the race.   I assume he meant EVEN MORE diminished, but hey, friends tend to pull their punches.

That was yesteray, when he stated he would be staying in the race.   Then last night happened, leading Ted Cruz to call it quits (and blowing up Twitter in the process), but despite having even less delegates that a candidate suspending his campaign (again), Kasich vowed to venture on.

This morning Kasich (ever the pandering politician) took advantage of the May 4th holiday to spread his anti-Trump message:

(Yes, yes.... May the 4th be with you...  always)

8 HOURS LATER, he STILL appeared to be fundraising with an upcoming remarks release:

By this time I was intrigued.  Would my prophecy come true?   Might he actually tell the world that FINALLY the Republican race for the presidential nominee is down to a 2-MAN race, just as we Americans have been asking for months?!?  Oh man... how GREAT would that be!?! 

But alas, all he did was wimper and walk off stage, suspending his race in the process:

Per ABC News:

"He feels that it would just be tainted, it would lessen the message that he's trying to get out, if he became the laughing stock of the political pundits,” said Bob Roach, a wealth management adviser in Columbus who has known Kasich for decades and spoke with the governor before and after he decided to suspend his campaign.

... well, assuming he hadn't already "become".

So that's it.  Kasich called it quits, officially making him the 4th place finisher in what became a 2-man race between him and Trump.   God I love politics.

So bring on the Hillary attacks.  I have zero doubt that the Trumpateers will be even more ruthless than they were against Cruz.  Prepare yourself America:


 

Tuesday
May032016

Trump Wins; Takes All of Indiana's 57 Delegates; Ted Cruz Drops Out of Race for President

 

YUGE news!

<=  Official Cruz campaign response.

That puts his total delegate count (not counting unbound delegates) to 1010, just 227 delegates away from the magic number of 1237, and with Trump-leaning states like West Virginia (34 delegates), California (172 delegates) and New Jersey (51 delegates) on the horizon it didn't bode well for Cruz.

It leaves a "two-person" race with the Karate Chopping Waterboy Kasich, who for some reason is still staying in the race (he must think he can actually stop Trump on his own), which should make for a hilarious end to this Republican Primary.    I'm just waiting for Kasich to say, "FINALLY, a two-man race like everybody's been wanting for weeks!"   Seriously though... who wouldn't like a little icing on the cake in the form of a 90% to single digit win for Trump over KCWB?   :: raises hand ::

Say what you want about Cruz, he recognized the realities of race ahead, contrary to a couple of the candidates that remain.

Given Hillary's current lead and the fact that she'll split the delegate count with Sanders (regardless of who wins  she'll still score in the mid-40's) and be on cruise control until inevitably securing the nomination....  so it's looking more and more like this:

 

 ... LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

 Shot:

 

Chaser: