At Politico, Shane Goldmatcher writes that there is a new target in tomorrow night’s debate:

Hollow or not, Donald Trump’s threat to boycott the final GOP forum before Iowa votes has complicated Ted Cruz’s game plan, forcing the Texan to prepare for two different debates — one in which he tangles directly with the front-runner and another that sets up the senator as the largest target on stage.

Given recent speeches by leading establishment GOP leaders (and an outlier poll that suggest Jeb’s all out assault on Marco Rubio might be pulling dividends in NH).

This sets up a chance for an all out assaults on Ted Cruz by the GOP to the benefit of Donald Trump which given their hatred of Cruz makes a lot of sense.

Since the party has designed its early primary structure/rues to favor an early leader in the belief that said leader would be a Jeb Bush or if you’re a really radical member of the GOP establishment John Kasich they recognize that if Donald Trump early lead is the polls is correct he’s going to be hard to stop, so the GOP has pragmatically decided they’d might as well get in line now.

Furthermore win or lose Trump has the dynamic that Mike Bloomberg had in NY. A lot of left leaning activists etc were VERY careful going up against him as mayor because they knew eventually he would be out of office and they would be coming hat in hand for money. A lot of people in the party know they will be wanting some of that Trump money later and don’t want to do anything that will cut them off from that source. (In fact we see this dynamic in the “please show up” BS coming from Fox).

And of course as I said the day after Mr. Trump announced, if you’re a GOP office holder and potential candidate do you really want to swing at a counterpuncher with a billion dollars and a long memory?

One might think that Trump’s debate move is strategic (it is). One might think it’s a long term mistake (it also is) but one can’t deny that the one thing he has done is read the GOP establishment like a book and used both the “rules” and their nature to his advantage, forcing the GOP to go along.

However the party is forgetting the price on the other side of this choice but that’s a later post.

Hassan Rouhani visited Italy to sign $18 billion worth of contracts

with Italian companies keen to capitalize on the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Normally I would not write on this, except that

  1. Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was murdered almost exactly a year ago, had tied Rouhani to the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, the largest terrorist attack prior to the 9/11 in our hemisphere.
  2. Italian premier Matteo Renzi “was clearly keen to avoid offending his new business partner,” so he had Capitoline Museum antiquities boxed up and hid away the hooch:

    The decision to cover up nudity was seen as a mark of respect for the traditions of the Muslim country, which has only just had its trade sanctions lifted.

    In pictures: The statues Italy doesn’t want Hassan Rouhani to see

    Ansa reported that as a further mark of respect, no wine was served at the official dinner during Rouhani’s visit.

Renzi reportedly covered up another statue when the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi visited Florence last year.

History tells us that

During the 17th century, boys in Italy began to be castrated in increasing numbers.

Back then it was for art’s sake, since girls and women were banned in the Vatican choir, and somebody had to sing the high notes.

Now it is done for money: Prime Minister Renzi, in an act of self-mutilation of his country’s gonads, hides art and wine, the two best things Italy has to offer (aside from its textiles), to please sexually repressed “business partners”.

As the saying goes, “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” Call that what you may.

Fabrizio Quattrocchi must be spinning in the very grave he was forced to dig.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Ten Years ago Al Gore gave a speech saying that we have only 10 years to save the planet from Global Warming.

At that time Rush Limbaugh started a countdown clock at 10 years.

This is January 27th, 2006. We will begin the count, ladies and gentlemen. This is just… You have to love these people — from afar, and from a purely observational point of view.

Today it ran out

goremageddon

and Unexpectedly not only are we all waking up alive but if you are waking up in either NY or Washington odds are you are still seeing the snow on the ground from this week’s record setting blizzard and global warming as an issue ranks below , well everything.

But that’s OK, Al Gore has already made his millions off of it and there are still a few suckers out there to be taken who will be but the best thing to do today, is to look at the few fools who still fall for this hoax, and laugh

Closing thought: Taking Al Gore at his word it is now too late to do anything about Global Warming shouldn’t we immediately stop spending money on it?