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GOP Debate Open Thread

I'll probably spend my night on Twitter... Join in the fray below:

Live stream available at Fox Business.

If you're all good little boys & girls I'll follow up with a recap later.


Shane! Come Back!

I mean, Skinny!  Come back! 

This is a Friday open thread, but it needs The Skinny Touch. 



Friday Free-for-all

What's the hot topic?

Hillary's lies and culpability regarding illegal emails, national security, and Benghazi?

Obama vetoing the defense authorization bill so he can spend more on his domestic "vision" for Amerika?

Or the REALLY important matter of the Cubs' collapse? 


Weekend Reminder to Avoid Having Fun on Halloween

PC is a ludicrous agenda, under which everyone is offended by everything.  Now we have Valdosta State University putting out behavior rules for Halloween, admonishing students to avoid dressing up like... well, pretty much anyone.  You just never know who might choose to be offended, so best to be safe. 

The school's new Costume Code includes these tidbits:

"Even if you do not celebrate Halloween, wearing costumes and dressing as someone different than oneself can be fun and playful.  Some costumes, however, can be more harmful than playful, and impact the community in negative ways."   Oooooo, negative impact.  Look out.

Students are instructed not to "reinforce negative representations of cultures and groups that take power away from individuals who are a part of those groups by objectifying them, while also not honoring the diversity that exists in their communities."  Huh????

So no "Indian" or "Geisha" outfits, no "sombreros" "and of course anything involving blackface, redface, or yellowface."  No mention of whiteface, naturally.

No "reinforcing prejudices and fears, wearing costumes that make light of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex work, or matters concerning the LGBTQ community.”  No specifics offered as to what constitutes an LGBTQ costume, so I guess we need to use our imagination.

Oh, and no dressing as "ghetto" or "hillbilly" or anything like that.  Those might "reinforce classism."

The bad, evil costumes banned by these rules supposedly "remove opportunities to have meaningful conversations about the daily experiences of individuals who identify with those groups."

I swear, civilization is on life support.  The imbeciles responsible for this PC cluster**** have absolutely no idea how ridiculous they are being, and probably bask in the self-serving glow of their own hubris.  

Good grief.



Music for the Weekend

Well...I'm not really running things at the site anymore, but since Redbeard and Sknnydipinacid are busy at the moment, I'll go ahead and put up a somewhat ancient rock tune.


Have a nice weekend!


Friday Open, With a Dash of Petulance

Our Dear Leader once again shows his total lack of respect for our ally Israel, the only free and civilized society in the Middle East, and in doing so demonstrates a child-like petulance and an ill-mannered arrogance that can only be described as dangerous to our national security.  In a blatant affront to Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama pulled his top State Department lackeys from the UN chamber during Netanyahu's speech. 

Statement from the State Department:  "Ambassador Power and Secretary Kerry were unable to attend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before the General Assembly because they were called into a meeting with President Obama, which they participated in via video teleconference."

If Obama were only and embarrassment (and he certainly is that) this wouldn't be quite so bad.  But the great fool is risking our national security with his hopeless incompetence and deliberate disregard for sane policy.  15 months and counting until he's gone.  Not sure we'll make it.   


Syrian Refugees Flee to Website with a Better Weekend Open Thread

Meanwhile the Pope is in town, telling us Catholics that we should willingly allow potential wolves into the henhouse... you know, because... history, or something... so there's that.   Oh, and many of them may not even be Syrian, according to German officials.   What could possibly go wrong?

Is it just me or is this map tracing the paths of Syrian refugees...

...starting to look like one of those maps tracing Billy's day on Family Circus:

 Syrian Circus?  Anyway, enough about these refugees.

Let's talk about Boehner, and the fact he's resigning.   We talked to conservatives in Washington and here's what they had to say:

Couldn't have said it any better gentlemen.

Oh, and the new Bond theme from Sam Smith is out, if you're into that sorta thing:

That about sums up today.   Guess I'll go back to doing nothing for what is likely the last weekday I'll have off for a while because I'm staring my new job next week.

Make the most out of your weekend...   I know I will.



Attrition / Realignment / Humor

Walker and Perry throw in their towels, Fiorina tops pundit poll as Trump slides, Rubio remains strong but unspectacular, Cruz still in there but constantly bruised by moron media, Carson may be losing a bit of steam, Paul still gets support, Christie is still very fat, and a bunch of other guys with basement poll numbers are slipping around like hogs on ice.  

On the other side, Crazy Uncle Joe-Joe is still eating purple crayons and wondering why thay don't taste like grapes, Hillary is still cackling like a rabid hyena whenever someone asks her a meaningful question that makes her unconfortable, Bernie is still promising everyone all the free stuff they want, and Marty O'Malley is still trying to apologize his way up the ladder.

The next few weeks will be interesting. 



Music for a Friday Night

Here is a lively little live tune to start the weekend off on a high note.  It's not quite as good as being there but almost:

Have a nice weekend...!



My Take on Last Night's Debate... If You Even Want to Call it That

Everybody keeps talking about last night's "winners and losers", but I don't think there was a bigger loser than CNN last night, who turned the entire debate into a sideshow by trying to pick fights between all the candidates.   I lost a lot of respect for Jake Tapper last night, who spent most of his time being an instigator... not a moderator.  Most of the questions at the beginning were about Trump, or based around attacks he's had against other candidates.  I highly doubt this would have been their strategy as hosts if this were a Democratic debate, but I guess we'll see when that time comes...  won't hold my breathe.

It did make for a great drinking game for those of us watching over at (both left wing and right, with the occasional trolls) as we drank every time the word "Reagan" was mentioned, any time Trump was attacked, any time there was a personal attack, any time Kasich tried to inject himself into a conversation to appear relevant (a late addition to the drinking game rules, but a deserved one), and every time Dr Ben Carson appeared to be blinking (or sleeping).   Needless to say I had to turn it off a little early and crawl to bed.

We stopped counting at 21...  that was the number of attacks on Trump (by CNN, not other candidates) before the 2nd commercial break.    This was more of an obsession than a debate.    Despite President of CNN's Jeffery Zucker's reasoning for the lengthy 3 hr debate being that they needed that much time to dig deep into the issues with 11 candidates, very few issues were presented in the questioning.  Instead animosity seemed the intention, with focuses on certain individuals, and the snubbing of others.

This was the media trying to pick the candidate.

First off there should have been more people on the Junior Varsity stage, because 4 on one stage and 11 on the latter wasn't the most ideal split.    Multiple candidates received little or no attention last night on the main stage...  in fact about two hours in I said "the whole left side of the stage may as well go home, because nobody's asking them anything".     CNN and the GOP added Fiorina to the main stage and didn't have the courage to knock anybody else down to the meaningless one, but as the night went on you could start to tell who belonged where.

In the JV debate, Santorum came off as the only person that didn't sound like his campaign was a complete waste of time, which is weird hearing me say that, because I've only considered his campaign a giant waste of time and money... with book signings.    Pataki and Graham showed why they're virtual no-shows in the polling and Jindal spent most of his time wishing he was still on the big-boy stage so he could go after Trump in person, as opposed to talking about him like a man obsessed off-stage.   I don't think last night's debate helped either of those 3, but it MAY have helped Santorum, even if only slightly.

As for the debate people actually cared about, it started exactly as I had expected, and throughout the night continued to put CNN and Jake Tapper in the role of stirring the pot like some high school drama queen in hopes of agitating other people into a hallway brawl.     Immediately CNN began going after Trump (a lot), and continued implement the same "moderation" tactics by finding ways to exploit differences between the other candidates, then focusing on petty differences in hopes of even more flare-ups.   It was extremely disappointing.  Often times they failed to get the results they hoped for, but not before the night had already been ripe with attacks and zingers, which gave CNN the type of morning-after headlines the hoped for involving Republican infighting and personal attacks

The next biggest "losers" of the night were unfortunately those who got little or no time to address...  well, anything.   Cruz was given hardly any time to talk and didn't even get a chance to speak (aside from his introduction) until about 20 minutes into the debate.   While making the most of it, attacking the Iran deal and making Kasich look like a clown, it paled in comparison to the focus that was onTrump, Bush and Fiorina.

Watch him turn Kasich into a fidgety mess:


Worse than that, Huckabee arrived even later into the affair, and seemed to do less with it (despite calling CNN out on having had no time to speak).    Paul and Walker were given more time, however both failed to do a whole lot with it.   Rubio found ways to capitalize on Trump responses about the Senate, so he got a lot more air time, but it was of no thanks to CNN.   John Kasich and Chris Christie managed to interrupt their way into the debate, but I don't think either did much in regards to substance, and by the end of the 2nd hour I was hoping Kasich gets left out of future main stage debates.   

CNN turned last night's into a Trump/Bush/Fiorina/Carson, only occasionally drawing in Carson, with everybody else was left fighting for scraps.   We'd ALL liked to have heard more questions about issues, policy, and maybe directing those questions at current serving members (Cruz, Rubio and Paul), but instead CNN chose to ignore those three most of the night, bringing them in only to respond to criticisms of the Senate by Trump or others.

It was obsurd. 

As for the JV squad, they should look to add Huckabee and Kasich at the very minimum.   Huckabee failed to do anything last night and Kasich came off more as a nuisance than a legitimate candidate.      They both could have left the stage and nobody would have noticed.  

As for Trump, he was pretty much attacked all night long and didn't take too many serious blows.   Biggest hit came from Fiorina about women hearing what Trump said in regards to comments on her face...  but history as shown that isn't enough to destroy Trumpapalooza 2015.   He was even the focus of CNN commercials during the break.   It was hard not to view CNN's debate as all about Trump.

By the end of the debate Trump definitely gave more bruises than he took, so he will likely remain the frontrunner for quite some time, and his scrap with Fiorina (and what is likely to be continuous media focus) will likely improve her poll numbers some as well.   Carson failed to wow, but he didn't exactly blow it either, and chose not to partake in CNN's line of a attack when asked about Trump.   I respected that, but don't see it being something that'll help him much.   He might drop a little.  I might eat my words.   We'll see.  

Bush flopped in my opinion (despite CNN considering him a winner in the debates last night, which just makes me laugh) and the only thing that actually gave him a lot of applause (from an audience ripe with establishment Republicans; i.e. Bush donors) was mentioning that his brother kept America safe.   It might have seemed like a good line at the time, but he's finally tying himself to his brother, and it won't help him at all.   He also seemed to be Trump's favorite punching bag, making him appeared more bullied than Harry Reid in a "weight room".

Rubio and Christie may have also improved their position in the race, but how much remains to be seen.

Real winners (in regards to polling):   Trump and Fiorina

Real losers (in the same regards):     Bush, Kasich, Huckabee and Paul

If you haven't watched it yet, here it is courtesy of YouTube:

If you have some sick for of desperation in your life, you can also view the JV debate:


Do Your Duty, Citizen

Do your duty, and report subversive elements to Citizen Robespierre and the Committee of General Security.  We must cleanse our campus of unclean practices that threaten the stability of the State.  Note the police instructions to turn in your fellow citizens. 

If you comply, you may escape the guillotine.


The Egomaniacal Weekend Open Thread

Alternate title was 9/11 Weekend Open thread...  but when you have a habit of paying tribute to things by tweeting out pictures of youself, the modified one seems more fitting:

Well, isn't that touching.   Only thing that might have made it more emotional is some staged tears from Mrs. Never-Going-To-Be-Prez or Debbie Doberman Schultz.  That might help sell the his "never forget" sentiment a little, but probably not much.

Actually, it's rather hard to take him serious on fighting terror these days.   Ignore the fact that he's promoting taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees that are basically unknowns, ignores illegals from all nationalities crossing our border, and has never really seen ISIS as a great threat (even though they're one hell of a JV squad).

My biggest beef this week however is the exclusive over at the Daily Beast:

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.

“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said.

It goes on...

That complaint was supported by 50 other analysts, some of whom have complained about politicizing of intelligence reports for months. That’s according to 11 individuals who are knowledgeable about the details of the report and who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.

The accusations suggest that a large number of people tracking the inner workings of the terror groups think that their reports are being manipulated to fit a public narrative.

Gee, a narrative... that's a shocker, huh?  No?  Really? (Not even a smidgen?)

Granted, the report comes with it's typical "but it happened under Bush too" over WMDs, with the pitch that they never existed, but hey... you'll get that from a left-wing site.

So yes, let's remember 9/11...  in fact, most of you probably already thought of this day the moment you picked up a pen to write today's date, if not before then.  We certainly don't require another photo-op from the Selfie-President as a reminder.   Maybe some of his followers might, but just about every American that gets the proper amount of oxygen to their brain... doesn't.

Happy Friday...  Now let's... DRINK....



 (  ... idiocracy, here we come!)


Okay, that went down waaaaaayyyy too good.   How about another?

SHOT #2:





Have a great weekend everybody!


Hillary Clinton Energizes the Crickets

Bad messaging, bad demographic research, tired speech, no enthusiasm.  But hey, it's HER TURN, and she's still the Presumptive Nominee, right?

You love me, right? RIGHT?


Support For Iran Deal Crumbling

Public support, that is.  A number of morons in Congress still want this piece of garbage to go into effect, despite the fact that only 21% of the public is for it, a steep drop in support. 

Poll result

The huge sticking point now, the thing that may still be able to stop the worst deal in history (short of the Munich Agreement), is that Dear Leader still refuses to turn over details on all the secret side deals.  The argument is strong that Congress must have this information before being able to vote on Obama's grand giveaway plan.

But Nancy Pelosi isn't worried about actually knowing what she's voting on; after all, "we need to pass the bill to see what's in it" is her idea of informed leadership. 





Freedom Is Scary and Should Be Restricted

So say the Kalifornia lefties who are trying to wreck Uber.  Now the courts are beginning to cave to leftie pressure by saying that Uber drivers must be considered employees rather than independent contractors.  This has been a ploy used by organized labor, big government, and crony capitalists for a long time. 

Uber dares to disrupt the cozy taxicab incest between government and taxi corporations, which has worked to limit competition and insure so-so service for decades. 

Good job, you Kalifornia lefties.  Free choice for consumers?  Screw that, right?  Free choice for drivers?  Screw that too.  Conform!  March in line!  Pay whatever the bureaucrats decree for a ride or a job.  

Why do lefties fear freedom so much?  Because with freedom comes a loss of their power.