Double Meanings
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If Donald Trump is really serious about being a law and order President, one of his first tasks will have to be ensuring that Cankles and Candy Kaine end up in jail.

Just a thought.

Even, Steven
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Trump pulls nearly even with Clinton after Republican convention: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pulled nearly even with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the first time since May, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken over the course of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

The July 18-22 national online poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while 38 percent supported Trump. Given the poll’s credibility interval of about 4 percentage points, Trump and Clinton should be considered to be about even in the race.

Just before Republicans opened the convention on Monday, Trump had trailed Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points in the poll.

For the past several weeks, this poll has been showing Clinton with a much wider lead over Trump than most other polls, which makes this effective tie extremely bad news for the Clinton camp.

Once again, though, this is a national sampling, and the election will be decided in the individual states, so its relevance is not as acute as it might otherwise be.

That said, look for the DNC/ClintonMedia to swing into immediate action, squawking that it’s just one poll, the Trump bounce is entirely a fabrication of the publicity he got from the convention, and he will fall back into a double digit deficit just as soon as Cankles turns in a much better performance together with her fellow corruptocrat, the presumptive Dem Veep nominee “Candy” Kaine.

If the Clinton Crime Family didn’t have corruption, they’d have nothing at all.

Golly – Munich Shooter Wasn’t a Lutheran After All (Or a Right Wing White Nazi Terrorist, Either)
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The news flooded the media in the immediate aftermath of the latest slaughter, this time in Munich, sending Muslim apologists from the media to the White House into frenzies of mutual masturbation interspersed with occasional high-fives and victory laps: Finally  they had a slaughter that wasn’t grounded in the barbarian savagery of the “religion of peace.”

Time to celebrate!

Munich Mall Shooting: Hunt For Suspects Underway On Live TV | Deadline

But about 10 minutes later, Fox News’ Shepard Smith said: “I got to tell you, this does not appear to be an Isis-related attack; this does not appear to be Islamic. This appears to be neo-Nazi-style right-wing German issues, with the suspect, at least one of them, screaming about foreigners and shooting.” Smith also cited a report by Munich-based Focus magazine that said one shooter yelled that he was German and had grown up there.

Shep Smith.  FOX.  I’m sure Ailes’ departure from that net will vastly improve the reportage from people like Schlep.

Or not (and not so fast there, bub):

Did Munich killer lure children to their deaths on Facebook? | Daily Mail Online

Did Munich killer lure children to their deaths on Facebook? Police probe fake ad for free food at massacre McDonald’s where Iranian, 18, killed first of his nine victims before turning gun on himself

  • A number of people have been killed and another 21 people are injured after gunmen went on a shooting rampage
  • Police operation was launched in Munich, with force warning people to stay in their homes and avoid public spaces
  • Terrified shoppers were seen running for their lives from the Olympia Shopping Centre after hearing gunshots 
  • Witnesses said that the shopping centre gunman screamed ‘I’m German’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’ before shooting
  • Shooter reportedly fled after his shooting spree on the city underground network, which has now been shut down
  • His body was found half a mile from the scene. Police believe he acted alone after initially looking for three gunmen
  • He has now been identified as an 18-year-old Iranian, who has been living in Munich for more than two years

 


Come on, now. Did you ever have any doubts? Really?

If so, immediately turn yourself in to the nearest medic for treatment for Suicidal Idiocy Syndrome.

Punch Back Twice As Hard
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Too good to check: Trump ready to invest $20 million to end Cruz’s and Kasich’s careers « Hot Air

Who’s the source here? Given the vindictiveness involved, I’d say there’s a five percent chance that it’s Corey Lewandowski, five percent that it’s Paul Manafort, 15 percent that it’s Roger Stone, and 75 percent that it’s Trump himself. He did, after all, casually bring up this very ideain his press conference this morning.

Donald Trump plans to create and fund super-PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party’s convention this week, a source familiar with Trump’s thinking told Bloomberg Politics on Friday.

The plan would involve Trump investing millions of his own money –perhaps $20 million or more — in one or two outside groups about six months before their respective election days if Texas Senator Cruz or Ohio Governor Kasich stand for office again. The source said Trump is willing to set up two separate super-PACs – one for Cruz and one for Kasich – and put millions into each.

The source said that Trump would be willing to invest tens of millions more if necessary to ensure his former competitors didn’t win another race. Of course, the ire that Trump has exhibited in the aftermath of the bitter nomination contest could fade over time, leading the sometimes mercurial billionaire to drop the plans.

Actual quote: “The source close to Trump’s thinking indicated that Trump would consider forming the super-PAC whether or not he wins the presidential election in November.”

I hope so. Treachery should not go unpunished.

This Bloomberg story is floating around tonight at a moment when Kasich and Ohio’s state GOP are being urged to put aside their hard feelings towards Trump and get to work for him against Clinton. This guy is threatening the sitting Republican governor of a swing state he desperately needs to win this fall, knowing that he’s depending on the state party to do most of the legwork for his skeletal ground-game operation. Does he have clinical brain damage?

No, Allahputz, you blabbering dumbass.  He understands that carrots work ever so much better when a guy is holding a big damned stick in his other hand.

Duh.

America First
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Does Trump’s America First policy mean Allies Last? – The Washington Post

Henry Kissinger – Wikiquote

America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests. Henry Kissinger: The White House Years, quoted from Dinesh D’Souza: What’s so great about America. This echoes Lord Palmerston’s words: “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual”.

Our allies should be so in accordance with our own national interests, first, last, and always.

Any leader who does not understand that in his bones is not fit to be our leader.

Remarks Honoring Secretary George Shultz with the 2016 Secretary of Defense IDEAS Award > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Speech View

It means understanding where our challenges today fall in the broad arc of history, and how we can use history’s lessons to pursue today’s opportunities. And it means keeping ever grounded in our national security interests … they’re our North Star whether in the Asia-Pacific, in Europe, or the Middle East.

That focus on remaining grounded in America’s interests reminds me of a story about how then-Secretary of State George Schultz would conduct interviews with newly-sworn-in Ambassadors … some of whom are named to their posts by Presidents for reasons, in all candor, other than their in-depth knowledge of the country to which they are to be posted. George would point them to a large globe in his office and then ask, “Mr. Ambassador, so where is this country of yours?” The Ambassadors, fully briefed, would take a look at the globe, confidently spin it around, and point proudly to their assigned post. But Secretary Schultz would politely return the globe to its former position, point to the United States, and say: “No, Mr. Ambassador, this is your country.”

Just so.

VDH’s Dream World
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The Dream of Muslim Outreach Has Become a Nightmare | RealClearPolitics

When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world.

VDH, you naive twit.  He dreamed no such thing.

He dreamed of Muslim terror onslaughts, race war and revolution at home, and the humbling of the United States – especially its white citizens.

He’s been quite successful at achieving those dreams.

Contribute Your Own Suggestions In the Comments
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » IMAGERY: Ivanka Trump is the Anti-Bill Clinton: Two featured family members paint the convention c…

Bill’s not looking so good these days. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with him at the Convention.

Embalming fluid transfusions.

And lots of interns.  In his case, those don’t require a lot of effort on his part.

 

First Ted Cruz Committed Political Suicide, Then Crooked Hillary Did…
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The Left’s Beef With Tim Kaine – POLITICO Magazine

Everyone assumes Senator Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s “safe” pick for vice president.

Amazing, isn’t it, just how wrong Politico’s “everyone,” (which is mostly a handful of hacks who sit at the same dinner tables Politico writers do) has been about just about everything this election year, isn’t it?

He’s geographically safe: hailing from the swing state of Virginia, where a Democratic governor can name his replacement. 

The VA governor is a full-fledged capo in the Clinton Crime Family, who only won the office because the Bush/Romney/CoC Gentry GOP stabbed his opponent, Ken Cucinelli, in the back.  Repeatedly.

But ask anyone from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party about TKaine, and suddenly he doesn’t feel very safe at all.

 

“An establishment Wall Street Democrat like Tim Kaine … will do nothing but confirm to progressives she’s learned nothing from this primary,” Jordan Chariton told Politico Magazine, who reports for the Bernie-friendly online talk show The Young Turks.

 

As many as 22 million potential voters in November are thought to be Sanders-leaning Democrats, and they’re looking for evidence that Clinton is paying some heed to the surprisingly strong insurgency of the socialist from Vermont. Bernie’s success was a clear anti-establishment uprising, strong enough that his supporters expect their agenda will now help shape the future of the party. But choosing Kaine may send them the opposite message: This is her party now, and you aren’t the ones calling the shots.

Well, I guess that’s those filthy Sanders ruffians properly told, eh.  I mean, what are they going to do?  The party of Cankles and the BJ has spoken.  And they have nowhere to go and nothing to do but sit down, shut the fuck up, and follow orders.  Right?

Or perhaps not.

Donald Trump’s new target: Bernie Sanders supporters – CNNPolitics.com

But when it comes to her challenger, Bernie Sanders, Trump has taken a notably softer tone, praising the Vermont senator’s rhetoric and encouraging him to launch a third-party bid.

“I think Bernie Sanders should run as an independent. I think he’d do great,” Trump said at a victory rally in New York City Tuesday night, after sweeping five GOP contests in the Northeast.

Related: Why I’m voting for Trump

The next morning, Trump said on MSNBC: “Bernie Sanders has a message that’s interesting. I’m going to be taking a lot of the things Bernie said and using them.”

Trump’s advisers say these comments are a preview of more explicit overtures the campaign is ready to make to Sanders’ supporters once the populist liberal exits the 2016 race. That strategy is based on the broad areas of overlap between voters attracted to Trump and those who have flocked to Sanders. Both have angrily denounced the political system as corrupt and expressed deep frustration that Washington is not helping ordinary people. They both oppose international trade deals, saying they hurt American jobs.

Nah.  Trump’s an orange buffoon with a muskrat glued to his pate.  He couldn’t possibly have foreseen something like Hillary sticking it to tens of millions of Sanders supporters like she just did.  Anyway, I’m sure that the fact that Kaine is anti-abortion will help make up the loss of Sanders voters to Trump from increased feminist support.

Or not…

To Vote Or Not To Vote – That Is The Question
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Remember Freedom? | The Weekly Standard

‘A?vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary,” the governor of Wisconsin has spent the week of the Republican convention robotically repeating. “It’s a binary choice,” the speaker of the House keeps on telling us, in his less colloquial, more game-theoretical language.

This is all nonsense—rationalization masquerading as realism, sophism disguised as sophistication. “A vote for anyone other than Donald Trump” is .??.??. a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump. And our choice need not be, and is not in truth, a binary one; that we must choose between the two nominees of the major parties is required neither by the Constitution nor the laws of the land, nor is it the truth of what we will see on our ballots this November. Indeed, there is no legal requirement, there is no moral obligation, there is no civic duty to vote for every office on the ballot or to vote at all. Nor should there be. This is a free country.

Sounds familiar, mostly because I’ve made similar, but even more rigorous, arguments in the past:

How Many GOP Voters Can You Fool All the Time? | Daily Pundit

Their preferred antidote to either one is simple, obvious, and traditional (that is, it has worked for them many times before): 

Step One:  Hillary Clinton (Any Democrat) is the worst candidate evah, the very Devil incarnate who will rape your children and plunder your home.

Step Two:  Anything less than you wholehearted support – and vote – for our designated crap sandwich candidate, no matter how awful, is nothing more than a vote for the Democrat Demon who will destroy us all, you unAmerican bastards!  And staying home is nothing less than treason to all that’s good and true (and RINO).

This sort of bullshit has an unholy attraction to the unthinking, because it has the surface sparkle of truth – well, sure, isn’t not voting the same as voting?  (Although when put that way, the supposed logic involved begins to expose its creakiness).   But here’s a thought experiment to consider:

You have two candidates, and three voters.  The candidates can only win with a majority.  A tie is a loss.

Two of the voters are die-hard supporters of different candidates.  The third is free to choose between either, or not vote for either one.

Obviously, if he votes for one or the other, that candidate wins.  But if he doesn’t vote for either one, both lose.

Hence, refusing to vote for either candidate is not a vote for either of them.  It is merely a refusal to vote, not the action of voting.

This attempt to conflate the two reminds me of similarly familiar arguments about atheism – that belief in atheism is a religion, or, more stupidly, that a refusal to believe in religion is religious.  Just as a refusal to vote is voting for somebody.

Anway, look for the GOPe and its multitude of minions to keep hammering this trope – their project to destroy Trump (and then Cruz and Carson) to run Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio depends on you buying into it hook, line, and sucker for optimal success.

This math still holds true, by the way, but it dodges a somewhat different, but allied issue.  My argument was intended to defeat the idea that refusing to vote for the opponent of a political candidate is the same thing as voting for that political candidate.

I proved that is a lie.

But let’s put up a different proposition:  Refusing to vote for the opponent of a political candidate increases the likelihood of victory for that candidate.

And that is true.  It is not the same thing as voting for that candidate, but it does increase the likelihood of a victory of that candidate by fifty percent over voting for her opponent.

Kristol, being not very bright about such things, wanders off in the weeds about whether you have to vote, does the Constitution require you to vote, are there legal requirements for you to vote, and so on.  All of which is beside the point.

Of course you have the right to vote, or not vote, as you see fit.

What you don’t have the right to do is pretend, to yourself or anybody else, that a refusal to vote – which is just as much an act of agency as voting for or against somebody, has no effect on the contest in question.  It does, and there is no escaping that reality.

So if you are both sane and honest with yourself, you have some calculations to make.

1.  The contest this fall will be between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  One of these two candidates will be our next president.

2.  The voting public, on a state by state basis, will determine who wins that contest and becomes the next president.

3.  A refusal to vote at all, or a vote for a third party distraction, would appear on the surface to be a null vote – it helps (or hurts, depending on your POV) both candidates equally.  Neither one gets your vote.

4.  What your refusal does do, however, is shrink the pool of voters who are making the real decision between the two candidates.  And this means that it will fewer votes for the winning candidate to achieve victory.  Once again, this would seem to be a null scenario – what does it matter how many people participate in the election by voting for one of the two real candidates?

5.  This seems logical only because it ignores the elective weight of your three choices.  You can…

a.  Not vote.  Neither candidate is helped or hurt, and your hands are clean.  You think.

b.  You vote for Trump.  This increases Trump’s chances of winning by one half a vote over the alternative of not voting,  It also decreases Clinton’s chances of winning by one half a vote over not voting at all.  The net swing here is one full vote to Trump.  The match works the same if you vote for Clinton over Trump, as compared to not voting at all.

Bottom line:  While refusing to vote, or throwing your vote away on irrelevancies, is not a direct vote for Hillary, it does deprive Trump of a net one vote advantage in the race with Clinton.  That is does the same for Clinton is also irrelevant, because you could have voted for Trump.  But you didn’t.  And in so doing you lessened the chances of a Trump victory by one full vote.

It’s your choice.  You can, of course, vote or not vote as you choose.  But at least have the honesty to understand what you are really doing as you make your decision.

Bottom line – a “no vote” is not a vote for Hillary.  But it increases the likelihood of a Hillary victory as compared to the alternative of casting a vote for Trump.

If you can live with that, feel free.  In 2012, despite my best intentions, I couldn’t.  So I voted for Mittens Romneycare, because I could not bring myself to do anything that would increase the likelihood of a second Obama term.  And not voting, which was my original intention, would have done exactly that.

 

Good Catch
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Trump Speech Reactions Thread

The problem is, this speech seems believable and convincing, especially in a vacuum.

I’m scared.

— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 22, 2016

Heh.

Scott Adams: The Trump Family Is the Ticket
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My Opinion of Trump’s Convention Speech | Scott Adams’ Blog

Persuasion-wise, Trump’s family was the big story of the convention. People seem to love them in the same way the public loved the Kennedys. And notice how Donald Jr. and Eric both have the speaking cadence of Jack and Bobby Kennedy. Notice also how Melania reminds you of Jackie Kennedy – quiet, smart, and classy.  These are coincidences, but your irrational brain doesn’t care. It sees a new batch of Kennedys and wants to see more of them. That’s powerful election magic for a nation that only pretends to care about policies.

A week ago you compared ugly Donald Trump with ugly Hillary Clinton and declared them a visual tie. That matters because our visual “brain” generally wins against whatever part of the brain is pretending to be logical that day. But once we got a look at the entire Trump family, acting as a group, our visual brains started seeing them as a package deal. And when you compare the entire Trump family’s visual appeal to the entire Clinton family’s visual imagery it’s a massacre. 

Would you prefer seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton decompose in front of your eyes for eight years, or watch the Trump family develop their dynasty? Entertainment-wise, that’s no contest. And people usually vote for entertainment over policy. They just don’t realize it. That’s the biggest news from the convention, and you won’t see it in any headline.

Interesting take.  Americans won’t admit it, but they’ve always had a sneaking admiration – and fondness – for American aristocrats.   Our aristocrats tend to be Horatio Alger exemplars of the American Dream, the immensely successful women who have made themselves into what all of us would really like to become: Rich, famous, successful, good looking, and so on.

Adams is right.  This was a primary draw of the Kennedy family (to which the Trumps bear not a little resemblance).

Americans respond well to this sort of home-grown aristocracy.  Now compare that to Cankles and The BJ, the first an inveterate liar and crook, the second a grubby horn-dog who rose from trailer park origins to become trailer park scum in the Oval Office.  Then add in that horse-faced by-blow that Hillary and whoever produced, and you’ve got a trifecta from low-rent hell.

No contest.

Adams has more thoughts, most of them good ones.  Worth a moment of your time to read the whole thing.

At What Point Do We Get Fed Up And Actually Do Something Effective?
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News from The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — A manhunt was underway Friday for a shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing and wounding several people, a Munich police spokeswoman said.

Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel told The Associated Press there had been “several dead and wounded” in the shooting at Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall.

She could not provide exact numbers. “The shooter or shooters are still on the run” either in or around the mall, she said. The Bavarian Interior Ministry confirmed at least one dead and multiple people hurt.

Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann told German news agency dpa the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall shortly before 6 p.m. local time. He said police didn’t know whether they were dealing with one or multiple shooters.

Probably disgruntled Lutherans, whose motives will never be known.

It’s only a matter of time before we see this sort of thing coming to places in our nation like the Mall of the Americas – or just your local mall on a busy Saturday afternoon.  Especially so if Hillary “Open the Borders to Muslim Terrorists” Clinton is our next President.

Whoop. Dee. Doo.
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Prime-Time Trump Is Finally Here | PJ Media

Donald Trump had to do two things in his acceptance speech last night. He had to appear sane. And he had to appear competent. He managed both with (to me) surprising command.

Trump has always been both sane and competent.  Not to mention very intelligent.  A man does not turn a borrowed million bucks into a multi-billion dollar real estate and business empire without all three qualities in abundance.  The truly insane and incompetent among us have always been the #NeverTrumptards, who somehow manage to ignore these facts, thanks to their visceral – and irrational – hatred of the man, which is based on an instinctive animal fear of the other, not our tribe, not our kind, dearie snake-brain emotional reaction.

So of course Kimball was “surprised.”  The reality of Trump finally penetrated Kimball’s sanity barrier, and began to break down the cognitive dissonance he’s been suffering for months now about Trump.

It was a masterly performance, I thought: calm, specific, and — mirabile dictu — well-informed.  

Mirabile dictu is Latin for “wonderful to relate.”  Of course this “new” Trump would seem wonderful to those like Kimball, who, despite all their pomposity and pretension, are, at base, not really very well informed, particularly about Trump.  And what little they did think they “knew” was filtered through the fog of their own hysterical prejudice, rendering it mostly useless fantasy.

I’ve spoken to many people who have had business dealing with Trump. A small handful have glowing things to say; most regard him as a scoundrel.

I presume that either Kimball, the people he has spoken to, or both, are lying here.  Or else represent a small and self-selected minority.

Over the last year, I have written a dozen or more columns detailing what I regard as the weaknesses and deficiencies of Donald Trump. In essentials, my view is not dissimilar to the view expressed by Trump critics like Daniel Pipes, who just announced that he quit the GOP rather than vote for Trump.

Yes, another rattle-brained hysteric who has just relegated himself to the sidelines and complete irrelevancy with the rest of his suicidal ilk.

I am prepared to be disappointed on both scores, but am moderately chuffed by the direction in which Trump appears to be moving.

Thank god Trump doesn’t need to give a rat’s ass about your level of chuff.  Nor need anybody else do so, either.

Rasmussen Still Polling Stupid America
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How Do Voters Rate Clinton’s Credentials? – Rasmussen Reports™

Republican nominee Donald Trump trashed his likely Democratic rival’s tenure as secretary of State in his convention acceptance speech last night, but as far as voters are concerned, it’s Hillary Clinton’s biggest professional achievement.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters believe serving as secretary of State is Clinton’s most important professional accomplishment.

An “accomplishment” given to her by a man, by the way.

In distant second is her role as first lady which 16% rate most important.

An “accomplishment” given to her by a man…

Twelve percent (12%) see her term as a U.S. senator as most important…

Achieved due to her relationship to a man….

…while nearly as many (11%) say that of her career as a lawyer.

The one thing she actually accomplished on her own.  And what did she do as a lawyer?

#WhitewaterGate.

“Because He’s a Piece of Shit”
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Vox Popoli: Ted Cruz 2020

Even Apollo 1 had a better launch than Ted Cruz’s 2020 presidential campaign last night. Texas Senator Ted Cruz was denied entry into billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adleson’s suite following his speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, Independent Journal Review has confirmed.

A former U.S. Senator inside the Adelson’s luxury box at the Quicken Loans arena told Independent Journal Review that Cruz approached the suite after he finished his speech that fell short of endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Cruz was not welcome in the suite “because he’s a piece of sh*t,” the Senator said.

I’d already mentioned this, but I like Vox Day’s version better.

Because I’m Not A Squalling Baby, I Voted For Mittens Romneycare
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Yes, #NeverTrumpers, You Are In Fact Morally Responsible for the Hillary Clinton Presidency You’re Agitating For

I understand the #NeverTrump impulse. I’ve expressed it myself. After Trump’s boorish, vulgar, half-insane attack on Cruz’s wife, I announced “I’m done” with Trump and vowed to never vote for him.

Jeez, Ace, and did you vow never to vote for Ted Cruz because of his prior scurrilous attack on Trump’s wife Melania?

Of course not.  Because while you understand the consequences of defeating Trump in favor of Hillary, you’re still a guy who hates Trump.  You just hate Hillary Clinton more.  And you just lovey-love yourself some Lyin’ Ted.

And as you are so fond of saying, I understand the feeling.

I voted for Mittens Romneycare in 2012, even though I loathed the man and had previously sworn I would never vote for him.  But in the end, I hated Obama more, enough to compromise all my principles and vote against him and for Mittens.  Because had I not voted for Mittens, I would have been morally responsible for the shitstorm of Obama’s administration since.  And I knew it.

I’m glad you know it, too.  And I expect that, in the end, when push comes to shove, most of the #NeverTrumptards will know it as well, and in the secrecy of the voting booth, they’ll pull the lever for Trump.  They just won’t ever, ever admit it, as I did.

Well…That Was Refreshing
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A few moments ago Peter Thiel (founding investor in both Facebook and Paypal – and destroyer of the loathesome Nick Denton and the even more loathsome Gawker “empire” – yay!) stood before the gathered Rebublican convention and said:

“I’m proud to be gay!  I’m proud to be a Republican.  And I’m proud to be an American.”

He got a standing ovation.

Trump changes things.  He also wins by addition, not subtraction, by cohesion, not division.

His tent will be a yuge tent.  Thank god for it.

Trigger Warning: Hot Flatulance Flare
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Two unanswered questions about Cruz’s speech « Hot Air

And as a long-term gamble, what he did last night is a cinch to pay off: Trump will either screw up and lose the election or he’ll win and screw up as president, and Cruz will be I-told-you-so-ing everyone he meets.

There goes Allahputz again, lying by omission:  there is a third possibility, one I think is the most likely one:  Trump will win and become one of the greatest, most admired, most loved, and most successful presidents in the history of our nation…and Allahputz will continue to be an irrelevant, bottom-feeding whoreboy for the pimps who pay him to quack whatever they tell him to quack, and to suck whatever cuck they tell him to suck.

We Don’t Have Actual NATO “Allies.”
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » CHANGE: Donald Trump Sets Conditions for Defending NATO Allies Against Attack. During a 45-minute…

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty says that “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.” It has been invoked only once in NATO’s 67-year history, in defense of this country after the attacks on Washington and New York City of 9/11/2001.

Yep.  And then, of all the NATO members, only England made any significant contribution to our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Apparently these “promises” are about as good as the ones Lyin’ Ted Cruz makes.

We don’t really have NATO “allies.”  We have NATO welfare recipients.  It’s long past time to change that situation, so I hope that Trump is seriously planning to carry out these policies.

The Writer Donald Trump Jr. Supposedly “Plagiarized From” Was the Writer Who Wrote Donald Trump Jr.’s Speech
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There’s a cribbed passage in Donald Trump Jr.’s speech, too — but it’s not that simple – The Washington Post

Given that the Trump campaign spent most of the day Tuesday rebutting accusations that Melania Trump had duplicated passages from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech, the duplication seemed particularly egregious. But that wasn’t the full story.

First, there was this tweet from the author of the American Conservative piece.

And then apparent confirmation from Business Insider: Buckley worked as a speechwriter for Trump’s effort. He told Vox that he was theprincipal speechwriter for Trump. Not plagiarism, then, but a re-purposing of language and ideas from the same author.

This is what’s sometimes known as “self-plagiarism,” something that falls into a bit of an ethical gray area. There exist some guidelines to the practice, which acknowledge the subjectivity at stake. “Editors should use their discretion when deciding how much overlap of methods text is acceptable,” the Committee on Publication Ethics writes, “considering factors such as whether authors have been transparent and stated that the methods have already been described in detail elsewhere and provided a citation.”

That’s self-serving horseshit from the Bezos propaganda megaphone (and tax avoidance scam) WaPo, in a effort to find some way to condemn Trump Jr.’s speech.  Speaking as a long-time published author and a blogger with millions of words on file over a fifteen year span, I can tell you that neither I, nor any other professional wordsmith, gives a raddled rat’s ass about some “Committee on Professional Publication Ethics” writes on the matter.  If they are our words, we are entirely free to use, or re-use, them in any way we wish.  They are our  words, no matter how some bureaucratic bunch of hacks might try to remove agency for our own creations from us, in favor of some drum circle of control-freak hacks.

Bottom line:  No plagiarism whatsoever here.  None.  Zero.  Zip.  Nada.

And no, it’s not complicated at all.

Donald Trump and Team America
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The Trump Kids Effect | Scott Adams’ Blog

That’s what I call a “fake because.” I talked about the “fake because” in relation to the book Influence. Studies described in that book show that people see anything that follows the word “because” as a logical justification for the first part of the sentence even if the second part is nonsense. In other words, we are primed to look for reasons for our actions, and we see those reasons even if none exist.

This brings us to Donald Trump. A large number of voters – I’m guessing about 20% of the public – want to support Trump but find it impossible because of the way he has so far presented himself. His brand is too toxic. So people lay low and wait for a “fake because” so they can throw their support to him. The Trump kids are the “fake because” that people needed. We’re seeing people say stuff like this:

“The way the Trump kids turned out speaks volumes for the father.”

This is code for “I wanted to vote for Trump but it was impossible until I got a good-dad vibe from the kids that I can use for cover.” See the Trump Kids Effect in action with this Frank Luntz focus group. It’s impressive.

Interesting observation.  I wonder if it’s accurate?

Trump still needs to talk plainly about race and gender tonight, and make sure people know he understands the divide created by Clinton’s side – the folks who define the contest as a race and gender war. All Trump needs to say is that Americans are one team, involved in (usually) friendly competition with other countries – and ask people to join the team. The Trump kids already set the table for that. You can almost smell it coming.

Yep.  I noticed that yesterday, too.  Donald Jr.  didn’t quite come out and directly say “Team America,” but he did say this:

Transcript Of Donald Trump Jr’s RNC Speech Focuses On His Father’s Strengths & Why He’s Better Than Hillary Clinton | Bustle

We’re going to put Americans first, all Americans, not a special class of crony elites at the top of the heap.

I think Adams will turn out to be right about Trump taking leadership of Team America – for Team America.

NRO: “Some Sort of Leftist Site…Created For the Sole Purpose of Howling About Trump”
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The Z Blog | Sports, Culture and Other Stuff

Churchill supposedly said “a fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” I think of that almost every time I visit National Review Online these days. As I’m writing this, the featured article is by the unhinged lunatic David French. He’s the nutter who thought about running for president on Bill Kristol’s Trotskyite party ticket. There’s another article by French on the sidebar, which is a rant about Trump. Above that is a tantrum about Trump by Jonah Goldberg.

If you were new to the scene, you could be forgiven for thinking that National Review is some sort of leftist site that was created for the sole purpose of howling about Trump.

Even if you were a veteran reader of the site.

Read the whole thing, to see the Zee-Man really turn up the heat.

Yes, There Will Be Consequences
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AFTER OUTRAGEOUS RNC STUNT=> Lyin’ Ted Refused Entry into Adelson’s Party – Booed in RNC Hallways

After his disgraceful stunt RNC attendees booed Lyin’ Ted in the hallway.
Sheldon Adelson turned him away.

On the donor suite level, people approached Cruz and insulted him, a source told CNN’s Dana Bash. One state party chairman reacted so angrily that he had to be restrained.

Cruz, who has long sought the support of GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, was turned away when he tried to enter Adelson’s suite.

It would be pretty funny if Cruz’s public act of dishonorable and dishonest hari-kiri goaded Adelson into opening his vast moneybags for Trump – and, down the road, perhaps – against Cruz in the 2018 Texas senatorial primary?

Although I expect Lyin’ Ted to have sufficiently read the tea leaves by then to decide not to seek reelection and just go for another doomed Prexy campaign against a sitting President Trump.  Either way, he’ll be a dead loss.

And BTW – People are lamenting that he obviously won’t be a SCOTUS pick no matter who wins this fall.  But not me.  He’s already demonstrated that he would be no more trustworthy than other GOP backstabbing SCOTUS picks – Harry Blackmun, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter (!!!) and John Roberts spring to mind.

Ted Cruz Unmasked
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A Deeper Look into Ted Cruz’s RNC Convention Speech… | The Last Refuge

Yep, exactly as anticipated – After the proselytizing introduction about the police officer’s families killed in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Senator Ted Cruz was delivering a self-absorbed disunity speech at a Republican National Convention and referencing his own campaign: “our campaign”.

Yep.  It was at that very moment, while I was liveblogging Cruz’s speech, that I wrote:

 But…now he’s turning it into his own campaign speech.  Sad.  And pretty smarmy.

Sundance tells the whole sad, stupid story:

The divisive, too-cute-by-half “vote your conscience, up and down the ticket” commentary came out exactly as Trump thought it would three weeks earlier when he offered the speaking engagement.

 

That’s the moment toxic Cruz lost the audience, and abrasive Ted self-detonated.

 

The audience chants: “we want Trump, we want Trump, we want Trump”!

 

But it wasn’t until Cruz gave the snarky response..:

 

“I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation”

 

..that visible loud BOOS commenced.

 

And they grew louder, and louder, and louder. As the entire audience began to recognize the arrogance of slighting the home-team delegation for the Republican Nominee for President, at his own convention.

 

From that moment, Cruz lost the entire convention floor.  Chaos began as the pontificating abrasiveness continued with few paying attention.

 

It was the snarky slight to the New York delegation that affirmed everything Trump thought would possibly happen.

 

It was also the arrogant poke in the eye to the audience that finally brought Spartacus Trump into visibility within the auditorium.

 

Toxic Ted Cruz left the stage amid a thunderous chorus of boos, having diminished himself spectacularly on the grandest political stage of them all.   The entire audience, and millions of people around the world saw first hand the toxic and abrasive nature that is Ted Cruz unmasked.

Well, except for the Cruzbot #NeverTrumptardsForHillary #Kookservatives, who are able to ignore any number of threats to their suicidal fantasy bubbles filled with unicorn farts and delusion.

Christie On Cruz
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I watched this interview live on CNN at the time, but it’s worth a repeat if you missed it:

Today’s Deals At Amazon
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The Real Victim: You’re Dead To Us Now
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Ted, You Disappoint Us. You Really Did Yourself in There… | Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler

We actually heard that over the past years and we always answered “you’re being a bit paranoid, aren’t you? Ted’s a good man. He’d never agree to something like that. He’s done everything he said he would do, hasn’t he? OK, so he hasn’t won yet, but the time will come. At least they’re not ALL rotten, bought scoundrels.”

Now that you’ve shown yourself to have no honor, we’re no longer so sure.

Maybe it was all a carefully choreographed show for the “rubes.” Maybe your torpedoing of the latest Shamnesty bill was all pre-arranged, like a Wrasslin’ match where the underdog gets to win one, inconsequential battle while all of the important ones go to the other side, just to keep the audience thinking that maybe, just maybe, there’s a comeback in the offing.

We’re not saying it was, but we can’t really know anymore, can we?

You’re done for.

You’re dead to us now.

And killed by his own hand, too.

Whacking Off With the Usual Whackjobs
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I told you the #Kookservative #Cucksuckers would be in ecstacy today over Lyin’ Ted Cruz’s “principled” speech yesterday at the GOP convention.

Let’s take a look at the usual gang of Hillary supporters:

Allahputz at Hot Flatulence:

Cruz tells Texas delegates: I won’t be a “servile puppy dog” to a man who attacked my wife and father « Hot Air

After Cruz and his campaign attacked Trump’s wife with a truly scurrilous smear first, which Allahputz, at least as unprincipled as his plaster saint, neglects to mention.

Tyler O’Neill, lead #Kookservative lapdog and designated hate-Trump analyst at PJMedia

Here’s How Ted Cruz Overshadowed Mike Pence at the RNC | PJ Media

Yeah.  By demonstrating that Mike Pence, unlike Cruz himself, was not an unprincipled liar.

Leon Wolf, one of Redstate’s troupe of howling #Cuckservative baboons:

People who support Trump because he “tells it like it is” are mad that Ted Cruz didn’t lie and say he is in favor of what Trump stands for. — Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) July 21, 2016

No, people who support Trump are mErickad that Ted Cruz lied repeatedly when he said he would support Trump if Trump were the GOP nominee.  It’s sort of hard for you #Kookservatives to keep all of your, and Lyin’ Ted’s, lies straight, isn’t it, Leon, you booby?

Erick Erickson, some guy who just got booted from his own failing website, and has started a new failing website:

Of note, Ted Cruz is getting praised from both the left and right of the GOP, but not from the establishment. Perfect set up for 2020. — Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 21, 2016

Cruz is getting “praise” from a tiny minority of #Kookservative #Cucksuckers like you, Erick, but that’s not going to set Lyin’ Ted up for anything in 2020 but a continuation of his life as a private citizen – which I suspect he will be by then.

These mooks are so predictable, aren’t they?

 

Good News, Bad News
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Protesters arrested at flag-burning outside GOP convention, officers injured | Fox News

CLEVELAND –  Protesters tried to burn American flags outside the Republican National Convention Wednesday afternoon, injuring police officers and leading to as many as 16 arrests.

Police quickly extinguished the fires, including at least one started by a woman whom officers grabbed from behind and kept on the ground.

“I just ducked and rolled,” said Jacob Lutz, a Cleveland State University graduate student who went to the protests on Public Square with one of his professors. “Police were yelling, ‘Get out of the way.’ They snuffed it out super quick.”

The woman purportedly was part of a larger group of protesters, whose members were taken into custody and put in police vans while chanting “America Was Never Great.”

Officers on horseback and bicycles responded to the incident, including some in full riot gear and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

“You’re on fire. You’re on fire, stupid,” an officer shouted as he wielded a can of extinguishing spray.

The good news:  They put out the fire.

The bad news:  They put out the fire.

It Is Good To Be a Tyrant
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: 

WaPo: Is Chief Counsel Retaliating Against IRS Attorney Who Blew Whistle On Multi-Billion Dollar Black Liquor Tax Credit Giveaway?

The thing to keep in mind these days is that the US government – in fact, government at all levels – has become nothing more than a gigantic boodle and spoils machine.  The only thing that ever seems to change is who is on the receiving end of the boodle

The taxpayers are always on the losing end of that calculation, and the government bag-men are always in the middle, taking with both their left and their right hands.

 

Ted Cruz: Suicide. By His Own Hand. And His Own Words.
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Ted Cruz Booed as He Tells Republicans: ‘Vote Your Conscience’

Cruz tonight:  

We stand here tonight as a nation divided. Partisan rancor, anger, even hatred are tearing America apart. And citizens are furious—rightly furious—at a political establishment that cynically breaks its promises and ignores the will of the people.

Cruz on March 13, 2016:

CRUZ: Well, listen, I pledged at the outset I will support the Republican nominee, whoever it is…

 

TODD: Why are you making a pledge to the party and not to the voters?

 

CRUZ: Because Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would be a manifest disaster. If Hillary is the president, we will lose the Supreme Court for a generation, the Second Amendment will be written out of the Bill of Rights, we’ll lose our religious liberty, we’ll be buried in debt and our will remain coming out of school without jobs, without opportunities. Hillary would be disastrous for this country. So the answer is not simply to resign yourself to Donald Trump, who would be a disaster as well, the answer is to beat Donald.

 

TODD: Given everything you’ve just said about him in this interview, you still will support him if that is what the Republican party does?

 

CRUZ: You know, Chuck, I’m a very simple man and when I give my word for something, I follow through and do what I said.

Cruz broke his own word to support Trump, who was chosen as the GOP nominee by the will of the people.  Did he think we wouldn’t notice?

What idiot wrote his speech?  Oh, wait.  He did.

Pass The Gasoline, Pass the Matches
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That Moment When Ted Cruz Doused Himself With Gasoline and Lit the Match On Stage (video)… | The Last Refuge

It’s called self immolation.  July 20th 2016 will go down in Cruz family history as that moment when Ted Cruz detonated his career suicide belt and created the #NeverCruz movement.

Forget the non endorsement, that’s not the issue.  Senator Cruz had a remarkable opportunity, he blew it.  Cruz accepted an invitation to speak to the GOP convention then insulted the audience.  Cruz couldn’t rise above his own brutal ego and petty selfishness.  The arrogance simply went too far, he humiliated himself in front of millions.

It happened just like we predicted it would.  Donald Trump gave Senator Ted Cruz the rope, and Ted hung himself -diminished himself- on national TV. Don’t be too angry…  The backlash Cruz is going to get from his prideful and arrogant display will be written in the annals of political history and shared with political science classes for generations.

I look forward to helping to fan that backlash, and to writing some small part of those annals.

UPDATE:  By the way, the Trump-hating hacks of CNN keep bringing up that Trump “insulted Cruz’s wife and father.”  But for some reason they don’t mention that Trump did so after Cruz launched a truly scurrilous smear of Trump’s wife, Melania.

Of course, they are mostly Democrat Operatives With Bylines, so this is perfectly understandable.

I Approve of Suicidal Blindness On the Part of Our Opponents
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Carl Bernstein: Drudge “An Influence Unequalled,” Large Measure Of Why Trump Is The Nominee | Video | RealClearPolitics

Carl Bernstein talks the power of the Drudge Report and the influence the eponymous editor had in the Republican primary race during a CNN panel discussion about Roger Ailes and the future of FOX News. Bernstein said FOX has driven Trump’s candidacy less than Matt Drudge and called the website “an influence unequalled.”

“One of the interesting things we’ve seen in this campaign is FOX has driven Trump’s candidacy less than Matt Drudge,” the legendary journalist said Wednesday on CNN. “Drudge is really great new factor in this election in terms of media. He is — Drudge, that site has been unapologetically in Trump’s pocket from the beginning. And I would say a large measure of why Donald Trump is the nominee goes to Matt Drudge in much the way that FOX has — when you use the word kingmaker, I’m not sure it goes quite far that way, but it is an influence unequalled.”

The Socialist Democrats and their media megaphones with bylines will say and do anything to pretend that Trump didn’t achieve his amazing victory by his own agency.

Which is okay.

While they are busily pointing fingers of responsibility at everybody from Drudge to FOX they are ignoring the real threat that Trump himself represents to them, and so he will keep right on kicking their asses, to their eternal shock, puzzlement, and disbelief.

Unexpectedly.

“I Think He’s Ruined His Future”
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Ted Cruz Booed as He Tells Republicans: ‘Vote Your Conscience’

And then, Cruz delivered those fateful words: “Vote your conscience.”

The boos and interruptions never ceased after that, with chants of “We want Trump!”

He concluded with a call to unity: “The case we have to make to the American people … is to commit to each of them that we will defend freedom and be faithful to the Constitution.”

But Cruz left the stage having divided the party.

Update: A Cruz supporter told Breitbart News: “I think it was entirely selfish. I think he’s ruined his future. Everybody was right about him. It’s a character thing.”

Another attendee described Cruz’s address as a “slap in the face” and “toying with the convention.”

Reactions were even harsher behind the scenes. Dana Bash of CNN reports that Cruz entered a donor suite at the arena after the speech, and was told, to his face, that he was a “disgrace.” One man was so angry at Cruz that he had to be “physically restrained,” and Heidi Cruz had to be escorted from the convention floor because of heckling by Trump delegates.

Actually, Trump ruined Cruz’s future, which now looks to be little more than playing out his pathetic string as a one-term Senator, ostracized in the Senate, and likely doomed to fall to a primary opponent in 2018.  But Cruz himself pounded the last nails into his own coffin.  (via Ironbear – thanks!)

Change of Pace – The Emperor Returns
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Reality: 1, Cultist Morons: 0 | Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler

These stories just never get old. They just never do:

A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels…

Wait for it…

…by ice.

Tada!

It just never gets OLD!

It really doesn’t, does it?

A Prediction
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The #Kookservative #Cucksuckers in all their fetid, (and shrinking, irrelevant) dens, online and off, will be high-fiving each other over Ted Cruz’s “principled stand” tonight.

A stand in which Cruz made it unavoidably clear that he has no principles whatsoever.

Gingrich Is at the Podium Now…
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Gets a genial welcome from the crowd.

Whoops – he just took a huge swipe at Ted Cruz.  “Cruz said to vote for anyone who will uphold the Constitution.

“The only candidate who will uphold the Constitution is Donald Trump.  So if you want to vote for someone who will uphold the Constitution, you have to vote for Donald Trump.”

He also turned Cruz on his Lyin’ head when he pointed out that Trump had allowed his opponents to speak at the convention with no requirement that they endorse him.  Cruz took advantage of Trump’s magnanimity, and in the process destroyed any claim to personal honesty, the sanctity of his word, or any principles beyond his own self-aggrandizement.

Gingrich is hitting hard on the issue of the war on Muslim Terrorism by pointing out the truth – even if our active Muslim enemies are only a relatively small percentage, that percentage still adds up to tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of rabid, murderous, barbarian enemies sworn to destroy America, and willing to do whatever they can to achieve that goal.

“This is about our safety and survival as a country.  We cannot continue with the sort of leadership we’ve had with Obama and Clinton.  The cost of Hillary’s dishonesty could be the loss of America as we know it.”

“Law and order.  Donald Trump will have zero tolerance for those attacking our police officers.”

“Donald Trump won the nomination because he was willing to tell the truth about the things that matter.”

“We must stand with Donald Trump for what we know is true.”

“Whatsoever things are true…”  Has a catchy ring, don’t you think?