I’m a bit confused concerning Donald Trump’s answers to Jake Tapper concerning David Duke and the KKK (Judging from Jake’s reaction he was pretty confused too by Trump’s response on what should have been a gimme question). It’s doubly confusing given that in the past he had no problem disavowing Duke in his reform party days and even did so on Friday when Chris Christie endorsed him.

Frankly given that past and the fact that Trump isn’t stupid, I presume his performance with Jake Tapper was the ultimate brain fart, but watching the media coverage there is something I don’t understand.

Without a question David Duke and the KKK should be disavowed at any and all times, but for all the fuss we are seeing today I seem to recall our current president had an association with a terrorist of his own.

One of the so-called smears the Obama campaign valiantly fought off was the claim Obama had a close relationship with unrepentant domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Team Obama said Ayers was merely “a guy who lived in Obama’s neighborhood,” and little more. Confronted with a report that Ayers and Dohrn had launched Obama’s career with a meet-and-greet fundraiser in the duo’s home, campaign spokesman — and future White House Press Secretary — Robert Gibbs issued a categorical denial

In fact Mr. Benson notes that one of CNN’s own reports states introductions took place at an interesting location 

“Where was that introduction made?  At the home of the sixties radicals, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  The Obama campaign again says it is just a coincidence.”

Can you picture the story if Trump had visited David Dukes house or served on a board with him

I suppose the goodbye party for prominent Israel basher and Arafat apologist Rashid Khalidi, attended by Obama, Ayers and Dohrn, is also unworthy of discussion. That Khalidi himself hosted a fundraiser for Obama’s first Congressional campaign must be completely irrelevant, too.

Then there’s the pesky fact that Obama and Ayers served together on the board of the Woods Fund for three years—and continued to do so even after Ayers was quoted in the New York Times fondly recalling his days as a bomber, and despairing that he hadn’t “done more.” (This quote, the Obama fact sheet reminds us, comes from an interview that just happened to be published on 9/11—Ayers had made the incendiary remarks earlier. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel a lot better). The funds Obama and Ayers helped control at the Woods Foundation funneled thousands of dollars into both Khalidi’s organization and the now-infamous Trinity United Church of Christ.

Let’s remember these are people who were actively involved in bombing that took place in the US targeting Americans and our current president spent years associating with these people.

Now this was an unenforced error that  Donald Trump did this to himself and I fully expect Rubio and Cruz to take full advantage of it and with Hillary Clinton becoming more and more certain as the Democrat nominee the media is going to go all in.  All the grief that Trump gets for this is on him, doubly so if as some have speculated, he was stupid enough to be worried about losing the White supremacist vote.

And  believe me if you think it’s a big attack now it’s minor league stuff compared to how the MSM will be hitting him once he has the nomination in hand for sure.

But let’s not pretend for one moment that angst that we’re currently seeing on CNN or on twitter reflects any outrage over a presidential candidate associating with terrorists or hate groups and I challenge CNN, MSNBC et/al to ask the pundits who are with self serving righteous fury condemning Trumps waffling on Duke if association with a terrorist disqualifies one from the White House and if so why they either have supported Barack Obama in the past or have not called upon him to resign at once?

Frankly if I was Donald Trump I’d be asking that question aloud and pointing out the media double standard at every rally he holds and on every interview he has from this point on pointing out that both the NYT and Robert Redford have defended Terrorist Ayers in public.

But might I suggest to the Trump voters who might be worried about how this plays out that rather than worrying how to counter the MSM here it would be much easier to just avoid the issue and vote Ted Cruz who has supported all the key things that Trump has from stopping amnesty to opposing common core and fighting Obamacare.

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By John Ruberry

1977 was the year that music came out of the concert halls and into the streets; when independent labels sprang out of the woodwork to feed new tastes; when rock music once again became about energy and fun; when the majors’ boardrooms lost control. Suddenly we could do anything. —Liner notes to Streets, a collection of punk singles, 1977.

That snippet comes from Greil Marcus’ “Anarchy in the UK” chapter in The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. Such as it was nearly forty years ago in Great Britain with punk rock as it is with Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Do you want proof? Just nine days ago the ultimate GOP insider, Karl Rove, hosted a meeting of Republican governors at the ultimate insider’s hotel, the Willard in Washington, where, the New York Times reported, George W. Bush’s Darth Vader, sitting at the end of a boardroom table, said it was not too late to stop Donald Trump.

Well if it isn’t too late now it will very likely be so by Tuesday night when the Super Tuesday results come in.

Republican politics has escaped the boardroom and it’s not just on the streets, it’s at the home computer keyboard, it’s in the employee cafeteria, and at the check-out line at the local Walmart.

Like the music industry “experts” in the late 1970s, the Republican Party has ignored what its bases really wants. And the base opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, ObamaCare, and crony capitalism. Despite promises of eliminating the first two, the Republican Party has at best only offered shadow boxing attacks on them. The last one, crony capitalism, is seemingly esoteric, but it’s a cousin of illegal immigration. I mean, why are we bringing in computer and software developers from Asia on H1-B visas? Are there no computer science programs in the United States? Of course there are. But the US Chamber of Commerce and its members, or as Mark Levin calls the group, the US Chamber of Crony Capitalism, is behind this importation of high-paid workers because it knows big corporations will pay these indentured foreigners a lot less than qualified Americans, who often have to train their cheaper replacements.

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John “Lee” Ruberry

And it’s not just American tech workers suffering. It’s happening at Disney World too.

And the US Chamber of Crony Capitalism is in bed with Republican Party. How many votes on Election Day come out of it? Maybe a few dozen.

While there are millions of Trump supporters.

And suddenly they can do anything because there is Anarchy in the USA.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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Saturday Governor Charlie Baker spent the Day in Fitchburg Massachusetts stumping with longtime City Councilor Dean Tran who is running against even longer time city Councillor Steven Hay for the State Rep seat vacated by newly elected mayor Steve DiNatale.

The final stop on the governor’s trip where he would speak for Dean and meet voters was Destare gov 2 002 a small nightclub/bar at the corner of main and Cushing street where believe it or not 30 years ago at the ripe old age of 23 I opened a comic book/hobby shop which is now their downstairs storeroom.

Fitchburg didn’t have the reputation it does now but it seemed like every other month till I moved it my shop was broken into and robbed, so I asked the Owner if he had any trouble since opening up several years ago. He said quite the opposite he had seen no trouble at all which, along with good food, good drink and excellent wi-fi speed explains his success.

I arrived around 1 PM and set up laptop and mike where I would record the first two segments of DaTechGuy off DaRadio podcast (available by clicking the fedora in the corner or emailed directly if you subscribe). Within a few minutes sign holder for Dean Tran led by the indomitable Mary Lotze formerly of the Twin city Tea party and now head of the Fitchburg Republican Committee.gov 2 001

As time passed the number of sign holders grew outside while the club started to fill up. About 20 minutes before the governor arrived I noticed a group of well dressed men sitting by the window. It tuned out they were from a protestant church in the Cleghorn part of town which once housed the large French Canadian population who came down from Canada to work the now shuttered factories that once dominated Fitchburg when it was a hub of manufacturing from shoes to Machine Guns, but is now one of two sections of down where the Spanish population is concentrated. Minister George Rodriguez consented to an interview:

Alas the lith ion battery in my primary camera choose at the end of that interview to die o I switched to my broken (no stills, no zoom) but still functioning emergency backup camera for the rest of the day. I used that to record this interview with Ed Vargus who was in attendance promoting his program to get kids off the street using skateboarding which I recorded later in the day

but include here because it fits with the Minister’s talk about getting involved with the community.

Fifteen minutes after the interview with the Minister the Governor arrived.

The governor was accompanied by his wife and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis one of the most popular elected republicans in the area and one of the few actually taller than Charlie Baker. Despite the recent squabbles concerning the state committee (more on that here) he warmly greeted, and was warmly greeted by, those standing out.

When the Governor and the Sheriff came in they worked the crowd greeting and talking to people who attended. It’s worth nothing that they gave time to the attendees rather than simply making perfunctorily statements.and shaking hands which is one of the reasons for his popularity.

After about 15 minutes of that the guests of honor took the stage, first the Sheriff, then the Governor and then Counselor Tran who was the object of today’s exercise.

The Sheriff emphasized in his speech public safety without which none of the other things that make a city great can be achieved and his work with Counselor Tran on that subject. The Governor stressed his own beginnings as a selectman where everybody knows where you live an knows when you’ve voted a way they dislike and let you know about it and talked of how Dean’s background would be of great use as a representative. When Counselor Tran took the stage he talked about bread and butter issues but two things stood out to me.

When talking about jobs he stressed how jobs in Fitchburg meant families could stay in Fitchburg echoing the Chris Christie “Grandparents” speech which in my opinion should be a staple of any GOP speech on fiscal responsibility.

But what really stood out to me was his American Dream story by which he could come from a 3rd world country, come to America, succeed at business, be the first minority counselor in Fitchburg and then run for state office with the endorsement of the most popular governor in the Entire United States.

There was some jocularity as well. Dean is of short stature and both the Governor and the Sheriff tower over him and there was some good natured ribbing along those lines but in terms of public service they all stand tall together.

I had hoped to ask the governor a few questions about his popularity (Is it a function of the no drama, get things done work ethic, the possibility of him being considered for a national ticket, an his efforts to slowly increase the number of elected republicans to at least get enough to sustain a veto in one house but Gov Baker took no questions and frankly didn’t give me a first look. Sheriff Lew was friendly but noting another commitment that he had to attend apologized leaving right after the speech. I had better luck with Counselor Tran himself.

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I have a long memory , when we were fighting Planned Parenthood in Fitchburg Counselor Tran was sympathetic to use while his opponent was whole hog for Planned Parenthood so there is no question where my vote is going on Tuesday.

One oddity. This special election is the day of the Massachusetts primary (Supertuesday) so one might think the increased turnout and the Trump phenom would help Counselor Tran but it’s also worth noting that there are separate ballots for the presidential primary and the local election so it’s unclear how if at all, that will affect the outcome. This came out in my conversation with Mary Lotze in a segment which I recorded as part of my Podcast and include here

As I said before It’s a good sign that the governor is stumping for a social conservative despite the State committee kerfuffle it remains to be seen if he, the sheriff, the LT Gov (who attended an earlier event that I was unavailable to cover) and the increased turnout will be enough to give us our first GOP state rep out of Fitchburg in a while.

That dear voters is up to you.

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JD Cahill: You call the tune you pay the piper. Meaning if you don’t like the treatment don’t rob the banks

Cahill US Marshal 1973

Spock: If we had not crossed the Neutral Zone, on your order, you would not now need our opinions to support a decision which should never have had to be made.

Star Trek The Enterprise Incident 1968

In the Doctor Who episode Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (my review here) The Doctor shuts down the TARDIS to basic mode to Clara can try to fly it and as you might guess trouble follows:

11th Doctor: Magnetic hobble-field. We’re flying right into it. Clara, stay by me.
Clara: Please tell me there’s a button you can press to fix this.
11th Doctor: Oh, yes. Big friendly button.

The TARDIS ends up wrecked and the Doctor & Clara (after a fascinating and adventure filled journey to the Centre of the TARDIS & beyond) discover the only solution to the problem is to re-write time.

11th Doctor: The time rift. Recent past, possible future.
Clara: What are you going to do?
11th Doctor: Rewrite today, I hope. [He etches the word “Big Friendly Button” on the grenade like device] I’ve thrown this through the rift before. I need to make sure this time. Going to take it in there myself. There might be a certain amount of yelling.
Clara: It’s going to hurt?
11th Doctor: Things that end your life often do that.

As you might guess The Doctor manages to get the grenade through and his past counterpart hits the Big Friendly Button and everything is alright.

This is significant because Don Surber without referencing this Doctor Who episode is pointing out that for all the Chest Thumping by the GOP now the reason Donald Trump is poised to win the GOP nomination is due to the action or rather inaction of the GOP over the last two years

In the 2014 election, Republican voters gave their party 247 seats in the House — the most in a century! A century — and a 54-46 majority in the Senate. West Virginia elected its first Republican U.S. senator in 56 years.

And what did the Republican rank-and-file get out of the deal?

Not a damn thing.

They failed to fight to stop common core, they failed to fight to defund and stop obamacare, they failed to push the Administration to see the reality that Radial Islam was and actively pushed for the Gang of Eight amnesty bill which was only stopped by the efforts of people like Ted Cruz.

as I wrote back in 2013 the American People take a long time to reach their breaking point but when they finally do this happens:

people are going to start concluding this:

The government of The United States is not legitimate.

Act accordingly.

The Donald Trump phenom is the republican, independent and Reagan Democrats screaming  “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more.

And as Don rightly notes the only solution to the GOP is to rewrite history:

So now the party is in a panic on how to stop Trump.

Here is the only way: Build a Time Machine and go back to January 3, 2015, when this Congress began. And then do all the things your constituents want: Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Obamacare, Block The Import-Export Bank, Make The Iranian Deal Require Ratification By Two-Thirds Of The Senate…

Or put simply the GOP should have gotten behind Ted Cruz when he was fighting against all these things over the last four years instead of treating him like a pariah creating the narrative that the MSM happily ran with.

Alas for the GOP in a few days when the results of Super Tuesday are being reported and Jake Tapper is interviewing Reince Priebus  or any of the establishment GOP candidates, pundits or even members of congress it’s highly unlikely that they will see a little device roll over to their seat bearing the words Big Friendly Button that will,  with just a push,  roll back time to Jan 4th 2015 and give the GOP a chance to do it all over.

Frankly I’m not sure they’d push that big friendly button anyway.

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In fairness my email blast went out late do to covering the Governor (post later today) an helping my son move so I didn’t spend the day promoting the blog, furthermore it was saturday and I suspect that our traffic consisted of our core readers who take a peek before going an enjoying the weekend.

yet if less than 1% of yesterday’s readers kicked in $15 each we would have made out goal for the day with ease.

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