Monday, February 29, 2016

What Would a Trump Presidency Look Like?

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Interesting question...

Lots of people on both the right and the left have been stewing over Donald Trump's meteoric rise.  Specifically people have been bitching about just how horrible a Donald Trump presidency is.  Unfortunately most of the complaints are high on emotion, but low on any actual details.

So, with an election win no longer a farfetched notion, what might a Trump presidency look like?

"It would be chaos," Rubio said in an interview Friday on CBS. Trump, he said, "refuses to answer questions on any specific public policy" and "has no ideas of any substance on the important issues."

That's not entirely true, however. For voters interested in policy, Trump has indeed been frustratingly vague. The issues page on his campaign website is sparse. On some matters, he refuses to be pinned down. On others, he openly admits not knowing much, as he did when asked in Nevada recently about federal land ownership in the West.
I'd recommend reading the entire piece.  Not only is it an interesting read, but it's actually somewhat fair.  Or, you know, as fair as an ultra-liberal fish wrap can get at least.

The LA Times essentially makes the point that Donald Trump is approaching the presidency as a business.  That's what's been driving all of his rhetoric.  He's been wheeling and dealing in order to get elected to the most powerful office in the land, and he's operating under the assumption that he can do the same as president.  Basically Donald Trump views being President of the United States as being the ultimate CEO.

Unfortunately for the Donald the presidency doesn't work that way.  Sure he can wheel and deal in some aspects of it, but for the rest he's going to have to rely on building bridges with Congress.  Will the GOP leadership work with him?  It's doubtful.  In fact I could see the GOP leadership fighting the Donald harder than they ever fought Obama.  Will the Democrats work with Trump?

I think there's about as much chance of that as Bernie Sanders giving up on socialism.

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A.F. Branco - President Hillary Clinton?

Previous Post: Sorry, Trumpkins, I Can't Support The Donald

Once again Legal Insurrection's A.F. Branco hits us with some hard truth in another political cartoon:
As much as I would love to see this, I don't think it's going to happen.  Sure Hillary would be indicted if Joe Biden had decided to run.  Now, though, Obama has to do everything in his power to protect her.  Hillary Clinton is the Democrat's last, best hope for the White House.

That's a sad commentary in and of itself, actually.


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sorry, Trumpkins, I Can't Support The Donald

 Trigger Warning:
Hold all YUGE comments till the end, please.

Well folks, I know you've all been wondering who I've been supporting during the presidential primary.  If not, screw it, I'm going to talk about it anyway.  First, though, I'm going to tell you who I don't support.  That person is none other than Donald J. Trump.

I'm a simple, conservative working man just like many of you.  I've also wrestled with how to view Trump's campaign.  Trump's campaign is a funny thing.  He's positioned himself as the outsider; Trump is the alternative to the career D.C. politician.  Trump is also, first and foremost, a businessman, and he's conducted his campaign much like a high stakes negotiation.  I really don't remember any other candidate in any other cycle taking that approach within the Republican primary.

Trump is also a populist candidate.  I think he understands better than most what the people are actually concerned with.  The people of this country are bothered by all of the illegal immigration that has been allowed to go on.  They're concerned that they have lost jobs to illegals, and they're worried they'll continue to lose jobs if something isn't done.  The people are also very concerned about the rise of ISIS and the growing threat of Islamic terror.  Donald Trump has recognized that, and has built his campaign around a core of stopping illegal immigration and winning the war against ISIS.  That message has resonated with the public, and ensured a wide base of support for the Donald.
The GOP establishment sees this populist aspect of Trump's campaign, and they absolutely hate it.  

The GOP leadership has proven over the course of the last four years that they are only concerned with keeping power.  They (quite rightly I think) feel that a Donald Trump win would cost them a large portion of their power.  Thus they have thrown unprecedented amounts of time, energy, and money attempting to bring down one of their own candidates.  Of course what they don't realize is that very act is going to turn the voters against them.  The GOP establishment is going to destroy their power by trying to hold onto it.

Trump's campaign is different, and has destroyed the common wisdom when it comes to politics and primaries.  All of the old models predicted Trump fizzling out, and all of those old models have been wrong.  Whatever happens in this election, it's clear that nothing in the GOP will be the same.

These are not bad things, of course.  Change is good, and Trump's campaign has been good for the whole process.  So why can't I support Donald Trump? Trump is a populist, he is a businessman, and he is not a politician.  He also is not a conservative in any way, shape, or form.  I would question whether or not he'd be able to effectively articulate conservative philosophy if he were asked.
Now I know there are some Trumpkins screeching at their computer screams right now. "OF COURSE HE'S A CONSERVATIVE YOU FREAKING MORON!" you scream.  Unfortunately, you're wrong.  Very little in Trump's past actually points to any understanding of conservatism.

Then of course we had the South Carolina debate.  Donald Trump defended his past remarks on Planned Parenthood, and said they did "remarkable things for women's health."  The Donald did, however, reiterate that he did not support abortion.  He laid into George W. Bush as well, in a state where Bush still had an 80% approval rating.  Donald Trump stated that Bush lied about Iraq having WMDs, and decried the Iraq war.  He sounded at times like a liberal.  Now I will grant that much of this may have been strategic.  South Carolina does have an open primary after all.  Still, any conservative worthy of the name should have been concerned.

All of these items taken together are the reason why I cannot support Donald Trump during the primary season.  I cannot call myself a staunch conservative while supporting one of the least conservative candidates in the race.  

That doesn't mean, though, that I won't support Donald Trump if he ends up winning the Republican party nomination.  I thoroughly believe that this election is one of the last chances we have to actually save the Republic.  I also believe that a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders presidency would be miles worse than a Donald Trump presidency.  Under Hillary Clinton we would find this great nation turned into the painted whore of the world as she sold our influence to the highest bidder.  A Bernie Sanders presidency would bring us even closer to economic ruin.  While a Donald Trump presidency would be a wild ride, I do believe he has a much better grasp of economics and foreign policy than either of the Democratic candidates.  Not to mention the fact that I definitely couldn't call myself a conservative if I actively hoped and prayed for a Democrat victory out of spite.

So sorry, Trumpkins, but I just can't support the Donald during the primary season.  That doesn't mean I'll stay home come Election Day, however.  After all, we still have a Republic to save.  At the very least a Trump presidency would buy some more time.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Breaking News: Hillary Clinton Trounces Bernie Sanders in SC Primary

Trigger Warning:
Poor Bernie...

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off in South Carolina's knock-down, drag-out Democrat party primary today.  The results were completely, 100% predictable:
Hillary Clinton cruised Saturday to an easy victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary, taking back the momentum from Bernie Sanders heading into Super Tuesday – though Sanders will keep his foothold in the race as he continues to rack up delegates and contributions. 

The Democratic front-runner won largely on the strength of her support from black voters – her so-called “firewall” that, in the end, held up.
Exit polls showed nearly nine in 10 black voters supported Clinton in the Palmetto State, and she hopes that bloc will carry her over her rival as the race heads deeper into the South. With a Nevada and South Carolina win now under her belt, Clinton is working hard to shake off her big loss to Sanders earlier this month in New Hampshire.
 So just how close was Saturday's contest?  Hillary barely beat Bernie in Iowa, and she lost big in New Hampshire.  Surely South Carolina was a close victory as well?  Actually it turns out it wasn't even close:
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was beating Sanders in South Carolina by a resounding 74-26 percent.
 Damn.  That's gotta hurt.  Experts are saying Clinton's Southern "firewall" held strong.  I'd say the firewall turned into a raging inferno that completely engulfed Bernie and left nothing but ashes in its wake.

What does this victory mean for the two campaigns?  For starters Hillary's campaign will have gained an insane amount of momentum heading into the next major contest, Super Tuesday.  Such a large margin of victory further cements the notion that a Hillary Clinton candidacy is essentially inevitable.  Bernie Sander's campaign, by contrast, will have to work ten times harder just to stay competitive.  Donors and voters alike are going to look at South Carolina and really start to wonder whether Bernie can go the distance against Hillary.  I bet future polls will show that South Carolina has killed off a lot of the momentum Bernie gained from his New Hampshire win.

I keep telling the Bernbots that Bernie Sanders has no hope of winning against the Clinton Machine.  Hillary's insane victory in South Carolina is just more evidence that I've been right all along.

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Mizzou Tells Melissa Click to Hit the Road

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And don't you come back no more!

You all remember Melissa Click, right?  She was the "journalism" professor who roughed up a student journalist at a ConcernedStudent1950 protest.  Here's a little refresher:
What a class act.  Professor Click couldn't stay out of the limelight, though.  A month after this stunning video was taken she...umm...kind of assaulted a cop at another protest:
Mizzou promptly suspended her-with pay, of course.  While the Mizzou board tried to figure out what to do with her several Missouri Republicans penned a letter demanding Melissa Click be fired.

Of course this whole incident was rather embarrassing for Mizzou.  It seems, though, that the curators of the University of Missouri finally got together and told Melissa Click to clear out her desk:
Assistant Professor Melissa Click, captured on video calling for “some muscle” to remove reporters from a campus protest site, was fired Wednesday by the University of Missouri Board of Curators, Chairwoman Pam Henrickson said in a prepared statement.

The board voted 4-2 in favor of termination during a closed session in Kansas City, with Henrickson and curator John Phillips opposing the move, UM System spokesman John Fougere wrote in an email Thursday. Curators David Steelman, Donald Cupps, Maurice Graham and Phil Snowden voted in favor of firing Click.
I like to think the curators told Melissa Click not to let the door hit her on the ass on the way out.  Click was definitely a stain on the image of the University of Missouri, and keeping her around would only have hurt the university further.  Melissa Click had no business teaching journalism to anyone, and she was an insult to good professors everywhere.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

#WhichHillary Soars on Twitter, Attacks Hillary Clinton

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Which witch is which?
Previous Post: A.F. Branco - The Knockout

Hillary Clinton got into a little hot water on Twitter after a #BlackLivesMatter activist decided to rudely interrupt one of her events.  Wired has the story:
That was the case for Hillary Clinton Thursday morning when the hashtag #WhichHillary started trending, eliciting more than 88,000 tweets by 1 pm ET. The hashtag, which has been used intermittently on social media to point out times that Clinton has supposedly flip-flopped on issues, gained steam after an altercation between Clinton and Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams at a private fundraiser in South Carolina Wednesday.
Williams was protesting a 1996 incident in which Hillary Clinton referred to black gang members as "superpredators," and insisted that we needed to "bring them to heel."  Of course that didn't sit too well with the modern liberal.  Leftist twits used #WhichHillary to imply that Hillary Clinton was, at best, a flip flopper.  Some liberals went further than that, and openly declared Hillary to be a pathological liar.

Far be it for me to criticize the Bernbots on this one.  Personally I love it when liberals eat their own.  I also happen to agree with them on this (God, never thought I'd say THAT).  Hillary Clinton IS a flip flopper, and a pathological liar to boot.  One only needs to look back on the long history she has of lying when it suits her interests.

Now I know I can't talk up a hashtag of any kind without giving you fine folks a little peek of the absolute hilarity that lies within.  So without further ado, here's a collection of some choice tweets from #WhichHillary.
Well now that's just a little insulting.  I think the Wicked Witch of the West deserves better than to be associated with the former Wicked Witch of the West Wing.
Can't she do both?
Oh come on!  It's not like she was running guns through, say, BENGAZHI or anything like that.

Nice try, but we all know black people are going to vote for her anyway.
Ouch, that's gotta hurt.
A-freaking-men.
I absolutely freaking love this one.  
Damn, son, someone call the burn ward!
Poorly expressed thought is poorly expressed.  They're right, though, that is some world class attempted spinning.  Hope the Hillbots don't get too dizzy.

I encourage everyone to take a little jaunt through #WhichHillary.  Where else can you find a knockdown, drag out, lib-on-lib slugfest?

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A.F. Branco - The Knockout

Previous Post: Around the Web: Kanye West Goes on Insane Rant

We've got a new political cartoon from the always on-point A.F. Branco for you today:
This sums up perfectly how the Democratic primary has worked out so far.  Bernie wins big, but Hillary still beats him by a wide margin with the delegate count.

It's going to be a rough road for everyone's favorite socialist hack.

Original Post: Working the Ref

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Around the Web: Kanye West Goes on Insane Rant

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This has nothing to do with anything...
Kanye West just keeps confirming that he's eight kinds of crazy and a bag of nuts.  This time he went on an epically insane Twitter rant against music producer Bob Ezrin.  Reid Mene over at IJ Review has the story
Ezrin has produced some of the biggest artists in the world, including Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd and many more.

Recently Ezrin was quoted in a newsletter published by Bob Lefsetz’s the Lefsetz Letter saying the self-proclaimed ‘greatest rapper alive,’ was “sophomoric at best.”
Ezrin elaborated:
“He didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like NWA, or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick.”
After West got his hands on the letter, he broke into an all out tantrum via Twitter.
Read the rest of the article.  Kanye's tweets are absolutely hysterical.  The dude goes into a full on Trump-style meltdown.  It's hilarious.

I happen to agree with Ezrin for what it's worth.  Kanye West has a seriously inflated sense of his own importance in the music industry.  Even among rappers his only distinction is the amount of work he's produced.

That and his mystifying ability to tap Kim Kardashian's ass whenever he wants.

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Patrick Leahy Kisses Iranian Ass

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He may as well just stand up and salute THIS flag instead...
Previous Post: A.F. Branco - Hill Street Blues

John Kerry was in Washington D.C. taking a break from screwing us over abroad to discuss the State Department's budget for FY2017.  Ordinarily this wouldn't be a newsworthy event, as Senate subcommittee hearings are about as exciting as watching your Aunt Myrtle suck on some diabetic candy while watching paint dry on growing grass.  Senator Patrick Leahy, however, decided to ask Secretary Kerry (ugh, I just threw up in my mouth a little) about just what would happen if an IRANIAN warship crossed into OUR territorial waters:
Well gee Pat it sure sounds like you're actually DEFENDING the Iranian regime's actions.  Yeah, sure they arrested our troops and detained them at gunpoint.  And yeah the Iranians put them on video and tweeted the pictures of their arrest out to the whole damn world.  It's not like we wouldn't have done the same thing if we were in their shoes, after all!

There is the pesky little fact that the Iranians arresting our troops was actually illegal and violated international law, though.  David Larter over at the Navy Times penned this piece a few weeks ago stating that yes, experts agree the Iranians arresting our sailors was illegal as hell:
The legal experts referenced the theU.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which the U.S. abides by and Iran has signed but not ratified. Under it, a warship has “sovereign immunity” and can transit the territorial waters of another so long as they move “continuously and expeditiously” and do not conduct any military operations, said Craig Allen, a professor of marine and environmental affairs at the University of Washington School of Law.

Iran had the right to query the U.S. assault boats and if they didn’t like their answer, they had the right to expel them from their waters. But they didn't have the right to arrest them.
By the way, displaying photos and video to the world was ALSO a violation of international law.  It's understandable, though, because Iran's totes our best buds now.  Or something.  John Kerry-sorry, I can't call him Secretary again-to his credit did state that we wouldn't treat the crew of an Iranian warship the way our sailors were treated.  However, we would most definitely detain them "until we figured out what they were doing."

That's a calculated move on Kerry's part, by the way.  What he's done is criticized Iran for the manner in which they treated our soldiers, while simultaneously legitimizing the illegal arrest that started the whole mess.  The U.S. would do the exact same thing Iran did, you see.  All they were doing was protecting their territorial waters.  Every nation has the right to protect their territory, after all, and Iran is no different than any other nation out there.  If we would do it, why can't they?  Kerry's statements effectively write off the arrest as no big deal.

Except we absolutely wouldn't do the exact same thing Iran did.  Why?  Because we actually abide by international law.  Yes we absolutely would protect our territorial waters from an Iranian warship-if that warship was engaging in hostile actions of course.  If that warship was just passing through we'd monitor them, probably fire some warning shots, but we'd abide by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.  If they encountered mechanical issues (as it's said our ship did) we'd stick around, render some aid, and get them the hell out of our territory.

Folks, Patrick Leahy and John Kerry are both fine examples of why you should vote Republican this election cycle.  Otherwise you can expect four more years of this nonsense from a Clinton or Sanders administration.

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A.F. Branco - Hill Street Blues

Previous Post: Around the Web: Black Lives Matter Crashes Apple Protest

Legal Insurrection's A.F. Branco drops another political cartoon our way featuring Hillary Clinton:
That's right, folks.  Take a good, long look at that cartoon right there.  Then try and fall asleep tonight.  I dare you!


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A.F. Branco - The Vast "Right Wing" Conspiracy
A.F. Branco - Bernie's Wall

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Around the Web: Black Lives Matter Crashes Apple Protest

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Yup...
Previous Post: Twits Hate Trump - In the Trump of the Night

So it seems that Black Lives Matter went ahead and crashed an Apple support rally today in Chicago.  Brietbart has the story:
The protest started on Michigan Avenue with around fifteen people in support of computer giant Apple after their refusal to cooperate with the FBI’s request for private customer device information and data from the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone.

At around 5:30pm, a significant amount of Black Lives Matter protesters reportedly hijacked the event with their own demonstration over Laquan McDonald, who was repeatedly shot by a Chicago police officer in 2014.

Witnesses claimed an American flag was set on fire, as well as protesters tussling with police and refusing to unblock paths for local pedestrians.
Why in the hell would they do something so stupid, you ask?  Who the hell knows.  Black Lives Matter long ceased to have any point behind it.  Rather than taking on the serious issues facing the black community they hold rallies for thugs, engage in random destruction, and flail uselessly at "The Man."

I doubt this latest stunt is going to help their cause any.  Whatever the hell that is.

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Twits Hate Trump - In the Trump of the Night

Trigger Warning:
Is Donald Trump still red hot, or has he fizzled out?
Previous Post: A.F. Branco - The Vast "Right Wing" Conspiracy

It's been a long time, dear reader, since we've journeyed into that seedier, liberal side of Twitter.  You know the place I'm talking about.  It's those deep, dark crevices that are only whispered about by conservatives.  Those areas of Twitter that are consumed by a deep, irrational hatred of all things that are even remotely conservative.  The denizens of those dens of iniquity are especially vocal in their hatred for one man.  This man, this liberal Antichrist, is none other than Donald J. Trump.

I wondered if the twits' foaming hatred for The Donald had abated in recent weeks.  It didn't seem very likely, especially after Donald Trump's win in South Carolina, and the little spat with Pope Francis.  Once again I delved into the darkness to round up some of the most insanely hilarious Trump hate tweets on the net.

Let's see if the Twitterverse still despises everything The Donald touches, shall we?
  All right, fairly tame so far.  Let's see what else we can find.
Really?  Now I know we've got a huge problem with illegal immigration from Mexico, what with our porous border and all.  Last I checked, though, Donald Trump was trying to move into the White House.  Fairly positive that's not in Mexico.
Now we're talking.  This post is the perfect combination of crazy and creepy that we've come to expect of the lefty Trump haters.
You know a teenager really hates something when they say they hate it more than themselves.
I like this one.  It combines Trump hate, Bush Derangement Syndrome, and 9-11 trutherism all in one insane package.  It's like a leftist perfect storm.
I'd bet money she'll stick around if Donald Trump does win.
Umm...what?
Yes, yes!  Let the hate flow through you!
That's...that's probably not a good idea...
He said all of that with zero trace of irony.

As you can see it definitely doesn't look like the Trump haters despise Donald Trump any less than before.  If anything they've gotten more vocal and, dare I say, crazier in the last few weeks.  I'm sure that trend will continue as we get closer to the Republican National Convention.

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A.F. Branco - The Vast "Right Wing" Conspiracy

Previous Post: Lefty Hashtag #DoYourJob Trends on Twitter

It's time again for another political cartoon from Legal Insurrection's own, highly talented A.F. Branco:
I must confess, this takes me back to a simpler time.  A time when a certain "fresh prince" moved out to Bel Air, the economy was booming, and Saturday morning cartoons were worth watching.  

Ahh, the 90s.

Original Post: Branco Cartoon - Back to the Future

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A.F. Branco - Email Dump
A.F. Branco - Superdelegates

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lefty Hashtag #DoYourJob Trends on Twitter

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They're mad as hell, and they're not gonna take it anymore!
Previous Post: A.F. Branco - Bernie's Wall

Leftist anger at the GOP boiled over on social media late Tuesday evening, around about the same time as the Nevada caucus was going on.  The rising tide of rage was enough to send #DoYourJob trending on Twitter for a few hours.  Much of the anger came from Lefties incensed that the GOP would even consider not rubber stamping a SCOTUS appointee from Obama.  That's not surprising since Obama started the whole damn thing.  A few conservatives got in on the action, but for the most part it was a Lefty screamfest.

I went ahead and plumbed the depths of #DoYourJob and took out some choice tweets from both the left and the right.  Let's take a look at them, shall we?
Oh my, it seems that MoveOn.org, and indeed all leftists, thinks #DoYourJob means "rubber stamp Obama's nominee no matter what!"
Nice try using the Constitution to try to make the argument that the GOP has to consider a SCOTUS nomination.  Unfortunately for the Left, that's not the case at all:
The Constitution is indeed clear on this issue, but not in the way the president suggests. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution states that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law.” Notice that the Senate is not required to give its “advice and consent.” Rather, its consent is a prerequisite to enabling the president’s nominee to take up his or her office.
Article II, Section 2 does not lay out any specific procedure by which the Senate can refuse its consent. It does not indicate whether it must do so by taking a vote, or whether it can simply refuse to consider the president’s nominee at all. However, Article I, Section 5 states that “Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings.” That power includes the rules for considering judicial nominations, as well as all other Senate business. Thus, so long as the Senate has established rules that allow it to refuse to vote on a nominee, it can do so – just as it can refuse to vote on bills, treaties, or any other business that comes before it.
Two points here.  One, I think it's hilarious that Lefties are screeching that the GOP isn't doing the job that THEY hired them to do.  I doubt any one of them actually voted for a Republican.  Secondly, I love the fact they're trying to imply that Americans are hurt by having a SCOTUS vacancy go unfilled.  So what exactly does happen with a 4-4 tie on the SCOTUS?  Turns out, not a whole hell of a lot:
"If the Court divides 4-4 the lower court opinion is affirmed without creating any Supreme Court precedent," said Jeffrey Fisher, a professor of law at Stanford University.
The last time that happened was in 2010, when the Supreme Court split 4-4 over a copyright-infringement case involving Costco and a Swatch Group unit. Kagan also recused herself from that case for the same reason.
Of course the Left never lets a manufactured constitutional crisis go to waste.
Oh you silly lefties.  We already covered all of this.  But hey, while we're talking about it, let's take a look at Joe Biden circa 1992:
Wonder if he was doing his job?

Wading through the cesspool that is #DoYourJob it becomes more and more clear that this whole "constitutional crisis" was cooked up entirely by Obama and the Left.  Why?  So that the GOP would be pressured into rubber stamping whatever socialist whack job Obama happened to nominate.  Will it work?

Well that's the million dollar question, now isn't it?

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A.F. Branco - Bernie's Wall

Previous Post: Around the Web: What is Crony Capitalism?

Another day, another new political cartoon from Legal Insurrection's A.F. Branco:
I love the juxtaposition of the two walls here.  Bernie's wall is very clearly a reference to the Berlin Wall, and the need for all socialist regimes to keep their people INSIDE their borders.  Just a little sampling of what we can look forward to if the country elects Bernie Sanders.



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Around the Web: What is Crony Capitalism?

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Warning: incoming knowledge.
Previous Post: OMG Trump Supporters Are So Mean!

Conservatives talk a lot about crony capitalism.  It's generally assumed that crony capitalism is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing.  Hell the issue of crony capitalism comes up just about every time there's any sort of election.  What exactly is crony capitalism, though?  How many of us can actually define it?  Jay Cost stops at Prager U to tell us just what in the hell crony capitalism is in a video titled-appropriately-"What is Crony Capitalism?"

H/T Aleister at College Insurrection: Prager University - What is Crony Capitalism

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OMG Trump Supporters Are So Mean!

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Conservatives are so mean!
Previous Post: A Great American Hero Has Died

So Chelsea is, like, a Bernie Sanders supporter.  And she was, like, running a phone bank for, like, Bernie Sanders that was, like, calling people on, like, Saturday and stuff.  Anyway her phone bank was, like, calling people in, like, the South and stuff.  And...um...the Trump supporters were, like, really mean and stuff...and...um...I can't really describe it.  I think we should, like, let Chelsea tell us in, like, her own words and stuff:
First of all, I'd like to apologize to everyone out there.  I really should have warned you to turn down your volume.  Chelsea's voice is extremely high-pitched and grating to the point where I had the volume in the player turned all the way down.  On the other hand, though, I had to suffer through it so so do you!

Secondly, come on, Chelsea, what did you think would happen?  You're cold-calling people and asking to talk to them about politics.  Sure these people may have been on a list of some kind, but that means absolutely nothing.  People are assholes when telemarketers call them asking them to buy something.  People are even bigger assholes when someone calls them up and asks them to support a political candidate that they may strongly disagree with.  Asking them to change their minds, or worse, telling them they're wrong, is not going to endear you to them.

I suspect, Chelsea, that volunteering on the phone banks may not be the best place for you.  It's obvious that these mean, horrible, conservative Trump supporters hurt you deeply.  They obviously disagreed with you.  They may have even told you that you were wrong for supporting a septuagenarian socialist who wants to tax the rich at least 73%.  Clearly that upset you enough that you felt the need to cry in front of a webcam in the wee hours of the...early evening?  It's clear that you have a passion (well, motivation at least) to stump for Bernie.  You just need a safe space to do it in.  Might I suggest the nearest college campus?  Slap on a Bernie button, wear a #BlackLivesMatter Limited Edition Saint Trayvon Martin Hoodie (TM), and you'll be all set.  Bonus, you won't have to deal with any of those nasty conservatives anymore.

A parting note: notice how she says that it was ONLY the conservatives and the Trump supporters that were mean?  All of the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters were, like, totes super-nice and stuff.  There's been some speculation in the comments in the actual video that Chelsea just did this for attention.

I'm thinking they might have a point.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

A Great American Hero Has Died

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Feels incoming.
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Sad times are upon us folks.  It seems that one of the country's last "Buffalo Soldiers," a man named Tomie Louis Gaines, has died at the age of 93 in Greenville, SC.  Greenville Online has the story:
Private Tomie Louis Gaines, 93, one of the last of the Buffalo Soldiers, the black Army men who helped settle the West on horseback and fought in two world wars, was laid to rest Friday at M.J. Dolly Cooper Cemetery in Anderson.

A medic during World War II, Gaines served in the 2nd Calvary and spent time in Italy, Japan and the Philippines. He tended soldiers on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, patched wounds in a field hospital in Italy and was injured by German bombers in the aftermath of a raid.
This man was a goddamn great American hero.  Gaines served in not one, but TWO theaters of World War II.  He helped his fellow soldiers at Normandy at insane personal risk.  I'll bet Tomie never once complained about systemic racism holding him down.  I'd wager that Tomie didn't need any "safe spaces," and I seriously doubt he demanded the Army be made a "home" that validated his every little feeling.  I'm confident that Tomie Louis Gaines was simply a man who did his duty to God and country without demanding anything in return.

Today's youth could learn a thing or two from the Greatest Generation.  The black community-hell, ALL communities-need to hold up men like Private Tomie Louis Gaines as heroes.  We need to honor the men and women who fought to defend the entire world from fascist tyranny.  Not the thugs, cop killers, and rich rappers bitching about being $53 million in the hole.

H/T Fuzzy Slippers at Legal Insurrection: South Carolina's Last Buffalo Soldier Laid to Rest

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Around the Web: Motley Fool Discusses Bernie's Tax Plan

Trigger Warning:
Tax and spend! Tax and spend!

Sean Williams over at The Motley Fool decided to go ahead and take an in-depth look at Bernie Sanders' tax plan the other day.  The verdict?  I'm not going to post any spoilers, you'll have to read the article:
Election season is now well under way, and with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary now well in the rearview mirror, Americans can narrow their focus to the eight remaining candidates (two Democrats and six Republicans).

Sanders' tax plan allows him to stand out
One could argue that the biggest story this year has been the popularity of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. Viewed as a candidate who goes against traditional political ideals, Sanders has garnered the support of millennial-age voters across the country. You could almost say voters' distaste for political inaction has driven Sanders' favorability.
Check out the original article here: Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan: Here's How Much the Wealthiest Americans Would Pay

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What's In Bernie's Pockets?

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Get your hands out of my pockets you damn kids!
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Have you ever wondered just what it is that Bernie Sanders keeps in his pockets?  What does he treasure?  What is it that Bernie Sanders finds useful?  What random pieces of crap has he deemed worthy of carrying around with him at all times?  CollegeHumor sat down with Senator Sanders to find the answers to all these questions and more:

From their YouTube page,What's Inside Bernie Sanders' Pockets?
That's a ridiculous amount of Werther's Originals to carry around.  Although in all fairness I've never known an old person that didn't have a handful of Werther's readily available.


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Around the Net: Russians Use Obama in Anti-Smoking Ad

Trigger Warning:
Don't be like Obama...

"Around the Net" is a new feature that I figured I'd start.  Each day I'll post at least one interesting article that I found somewhere on the web.  Said articles could be from any source-other blogs, online magazines, news services, etc.  Basically anything that I find interesting I'll share with you fine folks.

First up is a quick little post from Legal Insurrection.  It seems that Russian advertisers have taken to using Obama as an example of what NOT to do in some anti-smoking PSAs:
Last year there was some speculation that Obama was smoking again–after having quit, he says, because his wife scared him into it.   Whether he is still smoking or not, a Russian advertiser has decided to use the American president’s smoking habit in his or her latest anti-smoking ad campaign.

The tagline:  “Don’t be like Obama.”
Full article: Russian Anti-Smoking Ad: "Don't Be Like Obama"

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Hillary's Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

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She's laughing because she's dead inside...
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Man oh man, Hillary Clinton has had herself a really tough week.  It seems like nothing has gone right for her ever since she lost New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders.  First there was the campaign rally where Hillary quite literally barked like a dog:
Oh dear.  We all know everything Hillary Clinton does on the campaign trail is heavily scripted.  That means a staffer (or several staffers) put this on paper and said to themselves "yup, Hillary's going to bark like a dog, and it's going to be EPIC."  Even worse, Hillary Clinton herself signed off on this.  Why in the hell did anyone think this was a good idea?  Seriously, people.

Hillary's horrible week didn't stop there, though.  Next up came a panel discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe.  While MSNBC is usually friendly for Mrs. Clinton, this time the panel was of the opinion that her campaign was a "trainwreck:"
 Joe Scarborough asked why Hillary Clinton's campaign has gotten worse since 2008.  Could it be that she's just not a good politician?

Finally, we come to the Clinton/Sanders town hall that was hosted by MSNBC just a few days ago.  I'm not going to say anything about this clip.  Just watch it:
Did you catch that?  Hillary Clinton called Bernie Sanders a liar, and GOT BOOED FOR IT!  This is on MSNBC, again almost always a friendly venue for Hillary.  That either speaks to the depth of support for Bernie, or for the abject hatred that many Democrats feel for Hillary.  Either way, that's gotta hurt.

Luckily for Hillary she managed to end the terrible week on a bit of a high note.  Hillary managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Nevada, beating out Bernie by 5 points.  What no one is really talking about, though, is that Hillary shouldn't have had to fight as hard as she has this primary season.  The Democrat party nomination was supposed to be hers.  Hillary was supposed to be able to just waltz into the Democrat convention, claim her birthright, and move onto the general election.  Then this socialist upstart Bernie Sanders came along and nearly ruined everything.  Hell, he could still potentially ruin everything.  That has to be galling for Hillary.

Whatever happens this primary season, it's clear that it's going to be a long, hard road for Hillary Clinton.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

A.F. Branco - Superdelegates

Oh my, seems like Bernie just got a lesson in what Socialism actually is in this new political cartoon from Legal Insurrection's A.F. Branco:
In case you were wondering Bernie Sanders has managed to win himself a grand total of 42 Democrat delegates in two contests in two different states.  How many delegates has Hillary Clinton managed to lock in?

394.

I keep telling people Bernie isn't going to win.  No one believes me, though. :(


Check out February's Branco Cartoons here:


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Breaking News: Hillary Clinton Can't Be Bought...Apparently

Trigger Warning:
Such a comedian
Hillary Clinton made an appearance on "CBS This Morning" a few weeks ago, during which the anchorette interviewing her asked her to respond to charges that Bernie Sanders has made about her being in Wall Street's pocket.  Hillary's response was pretty much bog standard, but it's the reaction of the news anchors that makes this interview noteworthy.  Here's the clip from the Washington Free Beacon:
So Hillary Clinton gives a pretty nondescript answer about how she's not for sale, she can't be bought...and the news anchors LAUGH at her!  Hillary for her part doesn't respond to the laughter or give any indication that she even heard it (she may not have), but damn, that's gotta hurt.  Most voters already associate Hillary Clinton with dishonesty, and having two news anchors guffaw at her assertion that she's not for sale can't help that image at all.  

Why are these news anchors laughing?  Because Hillary Clinton's assertion that she isn't in anyone's pocket IS laughable.  There's a veritable mountain of evidence out there showing that yes, Hillary Clinton DID in fact sell her influence to the highest bidder when she was Secretary of State.  Hell all anyone needs to do to confirm this is just type "Hillary Clinton sold influence" into Google.  You'll be greeted with several articles from reputable sources detailing all her shady deals during her tenure, including the infamous "Uranium One Deal" in which the Russians gained control of a large portion of our uranium supply after donating to the Clinton Foundation.

I really hope the GOP takes advantage of this and throws this little clip into some attack ads.  You wouldn't even need to do much work, really.  Just punch up the volume on the laughter, maybe slap an 80s sitcom laugh track on it, and you're good to go.

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Breaking News: O'Malley, Huckabee Suspend Campaigns

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Say it isn't so!
It's the day after the Iowa Caucus, and already presidential candidates are starting to drop like flies.  First up, on the Democrat side, sources with Martin O'Malley have told the AP that he'll be suspending his campaign:
The only surprising thing about Martin O'Malley suspending his campaign is the fact that it took so damn long.  I really don't think I ever saw him polling anywhere above 3%, even when he first started his campaign.  Couple that with reports that Hillary Clinton's campaign was helping O'Malley's supporters to take votes away from Bernie Sanders, and it's pretty clear that Martin's campaign was never going anywhere.
It's such a shame. He looks so happy.
 On the Republican side former Gov. Mike Huckabee announced last night on Twitter that he was suspending his campaign as well:
Again this is another one that's not very surprising.  Huck lasted longer than some, but in the end he just never really got any traction.  He's another one who never really managed to break double-digits (the last polling I saw had him at 4%).  In a crowded field that included such incredibly strong personalities as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb!, etc. Huckabee just had zero oxygen with which to do anything meaningful.  He only managed to grab 1.8% in Iowa last night, so suspending his campaign is probably the right thing to do.  

Now the only question is who will Mike Huckabee throw his support behind?  Will he back Donald Trump (he did attend his veterans event after all) or will he go for Ted Cruz?   It's definitely an interesting question that will probably need to be answered before the next primary.

Of course the downside of Mike Huckabee suspending his campaign is we won't get anymore fantastic campaign videos featuring parodies of Adele songs:
Townhall has the full results of last night's caucus here.  Ted Cruz narrowly managed to edge out Donald Trump by about 3 points with 27.7% to 24.3%.  Marco Rubio followed very closely behind Trump with a respectable 23.1%.  I don't think anyone was really surprised that those were the top three candidates, although I would consider a Cruz win a bit of an upset for Trump.  Does that mean Donald Trump is in trouble?  Maybe, maybe not.  Iowa is really only important because it's the first contest for the primary season.  The Iowa Caucus hasn't chosen the Republican nominee since 2000.  Things will really start to get interesting once we get into the weeds in New Hampshire and South Carolina, though.

It's definitely going to be an exciting season regardless of what happens.

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