Let’s be blunt. This will be the substance of tonight’s debate as seen by me.

Martin O’Malley: “Please please notice me, I’m an actual alternative to Hillary who was born after Peter Paul and Mary was formed who does’t have a theme song written before the invention of the video game.” So if you really want to stop Bernie Sanders and don’t want a woman less honest than Richard Nixon whose husband is a rapist pick me!”

Hillary Clinton: “Bernie Sanders is a SOCIALIST, you got that a S-O-C-I-A-L-I-S-T which mean he believes in absolutely every single thing the Democrat Party says it believes in but really means it as opposed to wanting to use it as a platform to enrich himself and others. We can’t win with a person like that at the top of the ticket, plus I have tits and not because I’m a fat guy who plays video games all day or something but real ones!”

Bernie Sanders: “I believe in taking every single possible dollar from the rich people who built businesses, did and created things that society uses for their advancement. People who managed large staffs, handled payrolls and have done so in an environment where they are vilified and attacked for it and redistribute it to folks who have not while allowing government to take their cut because Government so much smarter than those guys. More importantly I really mean it as opposed to my unnamed opponent who is a lying, dishonest opportunist who has enriched herself on government, none of which I’m not going to say outloud because you all know it but we can’t admit it because then someone might vote for an icky Republican.”

Moderator Chris Cuomo: “The only reason we’re having a debate tonight is because the DNC that insisted that they had plenty of debates decided it was vital to protect Hillary Clinton and we’re happy to get the potential ratings. For myself I’m duty bound as a member of the MSM to protect our Red Queen from the Even Redder King but my family hates the Clintons almost as much as Obama does so I’m completely torn here. so Martin O’Malley you’re in for a grilling tonight.”

Pundits Afterwards: “Unless Hillary really blows it, and I mean really blows it by saying something like: ‘Yes not only did I leave those guys in Benghazi to die but I used my emails to send the attackers the satellite data to help kill them and planned the attack myself (not that we care since they were likely icky conservatives anyway’ We will declare how well she did and how it’s the beginning of her comeback to save the campaign in any way possible. If that meme is just too unbelievable or if Bernie has a great we’ll push Martin O’Malley as having the debate of his life in the hope that some democrat who doesn’t already know the baggage’s baggage might somehow to take their vote for Sanders and give it to him.”

I could be wrong here, but I doubt it.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I may be behind the curve on this but it’s just recently come to my notice that we are living in a world of subscription services.  Whether it’s that we are simply unable to make our own choices anymore, or that we don’t have time to, or perhaps we just don’t make the time, subscription services are now available for everything from boxes for your dog, to makeup, to clothing, to wine, just to name a few.

Can’t pick your own forever mate?  Join a dating site like Farmers Only or Match. They’ll hook you up.

Can’t decide what to cook anymore?  There’s Blue Apron for you.

Having trouble picking out new wine?  Try Club W.

Need some toys and snacks for your dog delivered to your door?  There’s Bark Box.  For your cat  there is MeowBox.

Need some new clothes and some personal stylist advice?  There’s Stitch Fix who will deliver a box of clothes and accessories upon demand. For the guys, there’s Trunk Club.

Like to go fishing but need to jazz up your gear?  There’s Mystery Tackle Box to send you new things to try.

Cosmetics?  Birchbox.

Rawbox sends gluten free, raw, plant based products.

GeekFuel for the gamers and geeks.

The list is simply endless.  If it exists, it’s in a subscription box service somewhere.

What does this say about us as a society?  We’ve always liked magazine and newspaper subscriptions, for example, but the explosion of small box services has grown to a new level.  Are we incapable of making decisions anymore? Too busy?  Do we not have enough confidence in our own ability to make decisions?  If we can’t pick our own fishing tackle, how in the world can we pick a president?!

It’s not unlike the shift in television programming from $150 satellite bundles to al a carte streaming services.

Theoretically, you can sit inside your own house and never have to leave; you can have all your basic necessities and luxuries both delivered right to your door and never have to set foot into a shopping mall or a strip mall again.

I kind of get the appeal of it.  Out of curiosity I tried StitchFix and received a box of five items – two tops, a pair of jeans, a scarf, and a cardigan.  They all fit perfectly and are exactly my style based on the profile I submitted.  It’s addictive.

Think about how much information we give up in all these profiles we fill out for these services!  It’s staggering.  Where will it end?!

Now, since I’ve tried Stitch Fix, I feel sort of guilty and think maybe I need to do a Bark Box for my dog…


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

There was one of the rarest moments you will find in my twitter stream, a moment when I disagreed with the great Don Surber who was commenting on a Donald Trump Tweet:

Don then questioned if Ted Cruz was going to be around longterm and that’s when I showed him this interview from Oct 17th which someone still has under 1000 views on youtube.

There are two things worth noting concerning this interview it to understand them you need to see the RCP polling from that day

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As you can see at the time of this interview It was Trump, Carson & Rubio Ted Cruz was polling at 7.6% 6th place at the bottom of the 2nd tier. Even Jeb Bush and Fiorina were ahead of him. In fact in NH he was 7th behind Kasich with 5.6% Yet…

1. At the time of the interview Cruz had just won a straw poll well publicized & promoted for months and opened to any REGISTERED NH VOTER beating not just Carson & Fiorina who were both polling double of him at the time but also Trump who despite drawing 4000 the day before just a couple of hours away, could not draw 25 registered NH voters to get him to the 2nd round.

It’s one thing to talk a ground game it’s another thing to have one.

2. In that same interview Cruz pointed out that his ground game in 24 states through March was completely paid for by automatic monthly contributions (which doesn’t of course include the normal one time contributions that were still coming in).

Since then Ted Cruz’s number have grown, his contributions have grown and I strongly suspect both his number of auto contributions and the number of states his ground game is active has also grown.

Given these facts If Cruz already had organization in place fully paid for in half the states 3 months ago when he was an afterthought, where do you think he is now as he sits 2nd nationally?

I submit and suggest his game has grown and once Iowa & NH are done a good chunk of that ground game money can be diverted to any state that hasn’t already been fully covered.

A lot of people are coming after Ted Cruz but unlike most of the Non Bush / Trump candidates with money to burn he didn’t play the short 1-2-3 state game “do good early and hope to build a ground game, he took some very good advice on building his house:

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.  And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

Matt 7:24-27

The winds may blow from establishment pundits and the floods of attacks will buffet his campaign.  But it will not collapse, because he set it firmly on the rock of the grass roots, and on one other.


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