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How Did This Election Get So Weird?

Just a thought: Is Hillary really losing because she’s being “dragged down by scandals?” Because Democrats really find her duplicitous and untrustworthy? Because she’s just plain unlikeable? Or is it because Sanders is just promising a lot more free stuff and class vengeance?

I have come to believe it’s the latter. Democrats never gave a wet slap about scandals or corruption within their own party before. They didn’t care that Barack Obama got semi-trucks full of campaign donations from Wall Street and made his Administration an ATM for Goldman-Sachs. It seems odd that they would start caring about that now. I gotta believe it’s about the free stuff.

By the way, did you know that even though America’s answer to Evita Peron lost by over 50,000 votes, she gets more New Hampshire Democrat delegates than America’s answer to Salvador Allende? Hillary leaves the state with 15 delegates. Bernie leaves with 13.  Overall, Hillary has 394 delegates in hand and Bernie has 42, despite skunking her in New Hampshire and tying her in Iowa.

That “Democratic” Party is a Hell of a thing, isn’t it?

Over at the Republican side, the conservatives and the moderate establishment are both losing to a loud, boorish populist. Trump is tapping into the angst of the working class, and in a not-so-different way from Bernie Sanders. Trump also rails against the hedge fund managers, and promising to tax them more, and promising to maintain and expand the welfare state.

This is being portrayed in the media as a “populist revolt.” The narrative is that the people who have suffered twenty odd years of wage decline and economic stagnation… the people who have been losing ground economically while politicians and bankers in the DC-Wall Street corridor have built up unprecedented levels of wealth… are turning on the politicians and bankers whose policies (open borders, cheap imports, cronyism) have led to this state of affairs.

Do people really just plain hate politicians and bankers? Or do they really hate that the politicians and the bankers seem to be scheming against them to enhance their own wealth?

If you want a socialist revolution, this is how you get a socialist revolution.

In the end, this election may well come down to a billionaire capitalist supported by the blue collar working class running against an avowed Marxist supported by the trust-fund wealthy.

What an odd thing to see happening.


Most Nerdiest NH Primary Analysis Ever

Posted by V the K at 7:43 am - February 10, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Trump and Sanders, at Tanagra.

Cruz, with sails unfurled.

Jeb, on the ocean.

Rubio, Shaka when the walls fell.

Hillary, her face blackened, her eyes red.

The Republican Establishment, with eyes closed.

Let Me Guess

Posted by V the K at 6:40 pm - February 8, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

The people passing this meme around are exactly the same people who’ve been sneering about Republicans being the party of “old white men” for the last eight years.



Bitter? Party of One? Your Table Is Ready

Posted by V the K at 8:04 am - February 2, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

And the winner of the award for the Most Deranged Performance by a Trump Supporter goes to … Conservative Treehouse.

The loons on the far right, who actually believe the larger U.S. electorate will vote for a smarmy preacher who wraps himself in carefully interpreted pages of the constitution and calls upon the body of Christ to rise up within his followers, well, they’ll now believe it is also possible. Remember, Jim Jones didn’t put the syringes in the baby’s mouths, their own moms actually did it.

Um, guys, Des Moines is not Jonestown. I think you might be a wee bit over the top here.

That About Sums It Up

Posted by V the K at 7:10 am - February 2, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

If the #1 and #3 finishers in a Democrat presidential primary were Hispanic. All we would be hearing from the media this morning is how ‘historic’ it was.

Hillary, by the way, won six-out-of-six coin tosses that decided delegates; which pretty much confirms to me that she’s a Sith. But anyway, flipping a coin to decided between radical socialist A and radical socialist B pretty much sums up the Democrat field, n’est-ce pas?

The GOP Debate Was a Farce and Trump Was Smart to Blow It Off

It looks like Donald Trump made a smart move skipping the debate, since FoxNews had prepared a couple of ambush questions. One was from an illegal immigrant whose name translates as “Sweet Candy.” It says a lot about how deep we have sunk into Idiocracy that someone with the stripper name “Sweet Candy” is asking questions in a presidential debate.

The other ambush question was from an Islamist Bernie Sanders supporter. Why is an Islamist Bernie Sanders supporter asking questions during a Republican debate?  FoxNews was trying *way* too hard to prove “See, we’re not in the tank for Republicans. Look how tough we can be.”  Anyway, the Islamist said that the USA was a “culture of hatred,” and asked “As president, what would you do to address this toxic climate and promote increased tolerance in the United States?” Jeb Bush, at whom the question was directed, accepted the “Culture of Hatred” premise totally. If the USA were really that hateful toward Mohammedans 1. they wouldn’t be coming here and 2. There would have been Mohammedan blood in the streets after any of several Islamic massacres against Americans. So far, nada. Jews are the subject of three times as many “hate crimes” in the USA as Mohammedans.

Also, and I am sure this is just a coincidence, the owners and operators at FoxNews have donated millions to pro-illegal immigration/open borders groups.

What Are Your Three Big Issues?

Posted by V the K at 4:34 pm - January 26, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

A comment from Sean L. got me to thinking.

Too many voters choose candidates for stupid reasons. “Which candidate would I rather have a beer with?” Or, “I want to be part of history and elect the Historic First Woman/African-American/Transgender-Atheist-Vegan-Differently-Abled-Muslim-Illegal-Immigrant.” Or, “I refuse to vote for Republicans because they are all Theocrats who will outlaw sex and put gay people in prison camps!” But there a few of us left who care about philosophy, policy, and other stuff that isn’t cool. And while there’s a broad range of issues to consider, one can usually come down to three issues of paramount importance.

These are mine. What are yours?

  • Immigration: I want current law enforced until such time as the law is reformed. The law should be reformed to make illegal immigration as difficult as possible, and limit legal immigration to a level that is socially and economically sustainable.
  • Constitutional and Human Rights: I want uncompromising support for Constitutional Rights. In a candidate, I want a commitment to appoint and fight for strict Constitutionalist judges.
  • Regulatory Reform: The Regulatory Apparatus of the Federal Government should be pared down severely and future major regulations subject to Congressional approval.

Why Iowahawk Is a National Treasure

Posted by V the K at 9:12 am - January 19, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

This sums it up nicely.


BTW: 43% of Iowa Democrats identify as Socialists. Wow, was it really not that long ago that Democrats feigned outrage at the suggestion that they and their leadership was Socialist?

BTW II, Hillary’s feminist allies in the Democrat-Media Complex are blaming sexism for her tanking poll numbers.

Yeah, sexism. That must be it. I can’t think of any other reason Hillary might be unpopular.

Trump versus Sanders. Could it happen?

Posted by V the K at 8:34 am - January 15, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

It didn’t seem plausible six months ago, but there’s a real chance it could come down to Donald Trump versus Bernie Sanders; a billionaire developer versus an open socialist who has never worked outside Government and who honeymooned in the Soviet Union.

The really fun part is the billionaire is passionately supported by working class Americans, while the socialist Democrat is just as passionately supported by wealthy and upper class elitists (or at least their children). Kind of ironic, that.

Trump is still going to be leading in the polls after the debate. He did nothing to hurt himself last night. On the other hand, his only serious competitors, Rubio and Cruz, beat on each other.

On the other side, Bernie is surging. Hillary is collapsing, and if she escapes indictment it will only be because of the massive corruption of the Justice Department under Barack Obama.

OTOH, to paraphrase Ted Cruz’s favorite movie, “Never go in against a Clinton when the presidency is on the line”!

Trump versus Bernie; there’s a whole lot more difference there than a Clinton-Bush election would have provided, n’est-ce pas?

Democrats Go Full-On Totalitarian

Posted by V the K at 7:44 pm - December 20, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

It ain’t me saying it.

Donald Trump may talk like a brownshirt, but the Democrats mean business. For those of you keeping track, the Democrats and their allies on the left have now: voted in the Senate to repeal the First Amendment, proposed imprisoning people for holding the wrong views on global warming, sought to prohibit the showing of a film critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton, proposed banning politically unpopular academic research, demanded that funding politically unpopular organizations and causes be made a crime and that the RICO organized-crime statute be used as a weapon against targeted political groups. They have filed felony charges against a Republican governor for vetoing a piece of legislation, engaged in naked political persecutions of members of Congress, and used the IRS and the ATF as weapons against political critics.

On the college campuses, they shout down unpopular ideas or simply forbid nonconforming views from being heard there in the first place. They have declared academic freedom an “outdated concept” and have gone the full Orwell, declaring that freedom is oppressive and that they should not be expected to tolerate ideas that they do not share. They are demanding mandatory ideological indoctrination sessions for nonconforming students. They have violently assaulted students studying in libraries and assaulted student journalists documenting their activities. They have staged dozens of phony hate crimes and sexual assaults as a pretext for persecuting unpopular organizations and people.

Sadly, a lot of people will vote absolute tyranny as long as it includes gay marriage and free contraception.

And as long as the boot is stomping on the throat of people they don’t like.


Kakistocracy – Look It Up

Posted by V the K at 11:39 am - December 20, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

One cannot help but wonder if lying, corrupt, and power-hungry is what Democrats want in a president.

Admit it, last night, when Hillary said, “Maybe the backdoor is the wrong door,” your inner twelve-year-old giggled. I know mine did.

By the way, Hillary previously said that ‘Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.’ But in the debate, said Muslims were becoming terrorists because of things Donald Trump was saying about Muslims. How can that be if terrorism has nothing to do with Islam?

Too Boring, Didn’t Watch (TBDW): Stuff I Heard Second-Hand About the GOP Debate Thingy

Posted by V the K at 6:06 am - December 16, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

I didn’t watch the debate. Not because I had something better to do. (Actually, I cooked some delicious hamburgers, played Fallout 4, and put more stuff on the Christmas tree for Dewey to knock down while I’m at work.)  I just didn’t think the debate (or, more accurately, mass interview opportunity) mattered very much. Here is what I picked up from comments in other forums, tho’

That’s pretty much what I got out of it. Any observations from our astute commenters?

Donald Trump, Black Pastors, and “Homo Demons”

Posted by V the K at 7:34 am - December 2, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

This is one of the black ministers that endorsed Donald Trump the other day. Read the sign in the background. For some, this will be a much bigger deal than Barack Obama spending 20 years in the church of the radical, anti-American Jeremiah Wright.


Hat Tip: Sooper Mexican

PS. Weren’t the “Homo Demons” one of Al Jorgenson’s many, many Ministry spinoffs back in the early nineties?

The Nice and Accurate Summary of the 2016 (and Every Other) Presidential Election

Posted by V the K at 10:14 pm - November 16, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Courtesy: PJ O’Rourke

If any of the candidates who are most likely to be elected get elected,you’re screwed. However, there are also some candidates who would keep you from being screwed if they got elected. But they aren’t going to get elected, so you’re screwed.

By the former, he means Jeb, Hillary, Trump, Rube, Sanders, and Fiorina.

By the latter, he means Rand Paul.

Atheists for Bernie

Posted by V the K at 8:58 am - November 12, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Atheists are willing to give socialism another shot despite its history of failure. That takes a lot of blind faith.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is the overwhelming favorite of American humanists in the 2016 presidential race, according to results of a poll released Tuesday by the Center for Freethought Equality. The CFE is a lobbying organization associated with the American Humanist Association. The AHA describes humanists as individuals who do not have theistic or other supernatural beliefs, and believe the greater good of humanity can be achieved through ethical behavior.

According to the online poll conducted by SurveyMonkey, Sanders has the backing of 73 percent of humanists surveyed. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is second with 21 percent. Donald Trump is the most-popular Republican among humanists, but he has the backing only about two percent.

Was having a discussion the other day about the absolute worst possible guest you could have at a dinner party. We decided it would be a gluten-intolerant vegan atheist with photos of her grandchildren.

Ted Cruz Went There

Posted by V the K at 8:31 am - November 11, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Finally, a Republican says what I have been saying since the first Bush attempt at Amnesty in 2006.

“I understand that when the mainstream media covers immigration, it doesn’t often see it as an economic issue, but, I can tell you for millions — of Americans at home watching this, it is a very personal economic issue. And, I will say the politics of it will be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.” – Ted Cruz, 11/10/2015

Exactly thus. And apparently, it went over well the audience.

He didn’t take it as far as he could have; the desire of Big Donor interests to replace American workers with cheap foreign labor is bad for America, but it shows that, on some level, Cruz gets it in a way that Jeb and Marco “American workers just can’t cut it” Rubio, and even Donald Trump, don’t.  (Yes, I am aware that Ted Cruz pushed for an expansion of the Cheap Foreign Labor {H-1} program; he owes us a big mea culpa on that).

Connecting their policies to the effect of their policies on people is something Republicans suck at. Democrats have it easy, they just promise to give people free stuff, which is easy to understand. Republicans have a much harder job of connecting policy to result.

But, it is a start.

Update: Jeb Bush, on the other hand, rather than speaking to the real economic concerns of Americans, blathers on about how deporting illegal immigrants is just mean. Maybe because no one in the Bush family is in danger of losing a job or a college slot to someone occupying the country illegally.

Black Professor: “Ben Carson Is Just a Token”

Posted by V the K at 9:17 am - November 10, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Short version: “Ben Carson (and Senator Tim Scott) are Uncle Toms. Black politicians are only legitimate when they are progressive leftists. Also, Republicans are racists.”


Trump Calls Out Disney and Rubio for Replacing Americans with Cheap Foreign Labor via the H1-B Program

In an interview with his friends at Breitbart, Donald Trump lays out why the Republican Party and the Chamber of Commerce are being dishonest about their agenda to import cheap foreign labor to take American jobs.

 BNN: Hundreds of workers at Disney were forced to train their foreign replacements. But while Florida Senator Nelson rallied to their cause, Senator Rubio did not. While Nelson has called for an investigation, Rubio has not. While Nelson has called to reduce H-1Bs, Rubio has demanded more. Senator Rubio has been the top promoter in Congress for expanding the H-1B program even though millions American tech workers are out of jobs. Rubio’s new bill triples H-1Bs and has zero protections for American workers. Advocates for tech workers said Rubio’s bill would “destroy” the U.S. tech workforce. Rubio’s bill is even endorsed by the CEO of Disney. What do you think of Rubio’s bill?

DT: It’s a disaster. It would allow any company in America to replace any worker with cheaper foreign labor. It legalizes job theft. It gives companies the legal right to pass over Americans, displace Americans, or directly replace Americans for good-paying middle class jobs. More than 80 percent of these H-1Bs are paid less than the average wage.

(Here’s a link to a less ad-heavy site that won’t crash your browser.)

Even though I am not a Trump-supporter, it’s his willingness to call out the Party and connect with the concerns of the American Middle Class that makes me glad he is in this race

Bad Lip Reading: The Democrat Debate

Posted by V the K at 9:38 am - October 29, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

More coherent than the actual debate? All I know is my gut says “Maybe.”

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So, About that GOP Debate Last Night

Posted by V the K at 8:34 am - October 29, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election



How bad were the moderators at the GOP CNBC debate? So bad that even left-wingers were calling the CNBC panel a train-wreck.

 Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo called out “perhaps the most comically poor debate prep we’ve ever seen in a national debate. Are these folks even journalists?” Adam Nagourney of the New York Times asked mid-debate: “Would it be hard to do a panel swap-out during the break? Is Jake Tapper or Chris Wallace in the wings?” Think Progress, which almost functions as Hillary’s personal blog, admitted the debate “was kind of a train wreck.”

I didn’t watch. (Went for a massage, then for a nice moonlight walk followed by a Qdoba taco salad. I really like living here better than the DC area. The other day, we went for lunch at a Thai place and I discovered I had left my wallet at the office. The proprietor, “Don’t worry about it. Eat your lunch. Pay me later.”) 

I didn’t watch because I really don’t find political debates informative or worthwhile. The Democrat “debates” are more like infomercials. (“Tell us more about how your plan for totally free college will boost the economy!”) The Republican ones are like 60 Minutes interviewing the corrupt CEO of a Health Insurance Company that was caught selling fake insurance policies to old people through a telemarketing scam while simultaneously running a child prostitution ring and puppy abattoir.

The “moderator,”  Democrat Media Operative John Harwood, at one point was caught in an outright lie about Marco Rubio’s tax plan.

The Tax Foundation, which was alluded to earlier, scored your tax plan and concluded that you give nearly twice as much of a gain in after-tax income to the top one-percent as to people in the middle of the income scale. Since you’re a champion of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, don’t you have that backward?

This assertion was an outright falsehood. A reputable news organization would fire him. Fortunately, he works for NBC.

From what I am told, Ted Cruz won the night.