The last few years have proven that the left can convince a low information voter of a lot of things, but even the full power of the mainstream media and the strongest zealots from the War on Women® brigade would not be able to convince the American public that Bill Clinton would have no interest or business on a private island where orgies took place.

DaTechGuy:  Private Islands, Orgies, Bill Clinton? Nothing to see here 4/14/2014

Let me begin this post by saying that I think by running nude pictures of Donald Trump wife and the possible next first lady the NY Post has managed to achieve a new low in journalism which given the state of journalism in the United States these days is quite an accomplishment.

But having said that the NY Post has also inadvertently thrown a gauntlet down to every late night comic on TV.

What gauntlet? The obvious Bill Clinton Melania Trump skit test.

It is completely impossible to look at the NY Post’s photos of the possible future first lady and not imagine Bill Clinton’s reaction to it and start laughing.

Furthermore is it almost impossible to not picture a skit whereby Bill Clinton is ogling the NY Post Melania Trump cover and Hillary walks in.

The possibilities, from Bill Trying to hide the newspaper, to Hillary getting jealous (to Monica getting jealous), to Bill deciding to submit an absentee ballot for Trump over it, are practically endless.

For a comic writer it’s a fatter pitch than Denny McLain’s final toss to Mickey Mantle in Sept 1968.  Such a skit practically writes itself.  It’s a total no brainer.

At least it would be if this wasn’t true:

Johnny Carson delivered, and he did so without revealing his party affiliation.

That was then. Now, we have late night comics choosing sides. Some, like Trevor Noah, Larry Wilmore and Seth Meyers, are essentially signing up for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

We’ve already seen Stephen Colbert perform damage control for the DNC leaks. You’d be hard pressed to think how a DNC operative would handle the crisis better.

And that’s the problem here, while the Bill Clinton jokes write themselves the last thing Hillary Clinton needs is something to remind the world, particularly women under the age of forty who might not remember Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky or Juanita Broaddrick of her husband’s ahem interesting extracurricular activities.

That’s why this  move by the post, while in itself horrible, is extremely revealing in a completely unintended way.

If the late night comics do the skits and the jokes concerning Bill Clinton and the Melania issue then we know that no matter what their political opinions, they still understand their primary job as a comic is to make people laugh.

If the late night comics avoid any joke concerning Bill Clinton & Melania Trump, and leave the skits and videos for the likes of Steven Crowder,  then they are declaring for all the world to see that for the next hundred days their only purpose is to elect Hillary Clinton.

By Tuesday morning will know which it’s going to be.

Closing thought #1.  A really edgy comic would do the skit with Hillary doing the oogling and Bill Catching her or Hillary catching Bill, scolding him then when he leaves the room embarrassed ogling the issue herself.  That is about as likely to happen on late night as God deciding to have the hair on my head spontaneously grow back.

Closing thought #2  If the Comics do NOT touch this (as I suspect they won’t) If I was Donald Trump I’d make the joke myself, saying  he can picture Bill or even Hillary ogling the photos and when the MSM gets outraged (particularly on the Hillary thing) have him ask bluntly if they think there is anything wrong if Hillary preferred women?


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By John Ruberry

This year could end up being the most tumultuous year since 1968. During that year there was of course a heated presidential election, the Democrats nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who represented the status quo, one that was not especially popular. The Republicans chose a former vice president, Richard Nixon, whose critics decried as someone who presented a dark vision of America. Sound familiar?Chicago Police SUV

Missing of course in 2016 is a third-party presidential candidate who can win electoral votes; in 1968 avowed segregationist and renegade Democrat George Wallace fed on racial discord–and there is plenty of that this year, most of it brought on by leftist groups such as Black Lives Matter, which seems very keen on protesting the rare shootings of African-American criminal suspects but is largely on silent on the daily carnage in cities such as Chicago, where so far this weekend over thirty people, most of them black, have been shot. In most of these shootings it’s very likely that other blacks pulled the trigger.

What is largely forgotten about the 1968 election is that it was the first presidential contest since Reconstruction in which a southern blacks voted in large numbers.

We’ve progressed far.

The penultimate year of the turbulent 1960s also brought us the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, North Korea’s seizure of the USS Pueblo, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King–the anger from the latter caused dozens of deadly riots in American cities–the May Insurrection in France, and the turmoil of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

I’m sure I overlooked something.

This year has seen several deadly Islamist terrorist attacks, including last month’s Orlando night club shooting and the Nice, France truck killings, two assassination tragedies–one in Dallas and the other in Louisiana–where multiple police officers were killed, “Brexit,” Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the attempted coup in Turkey, and of course the frenzied US presidential campaign.

Remember: We still have five more months in 2016.

On the positive end, the Apollo 8 mission brought the moon within reach at the end of 1968.

Let’s hope 2016 ends with good news.

Oh, it was also in late 1968 when Star Trek’s “Plato’s Stepchildren” episode aired. Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura delivered American television’s first kiss between a black and a white, and this embrace was not an innocent peck on the cheek.

As Mitch Albom wrote in Tuesdays With Morrie, “Love wins. Always.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. And yes, he was alive in 1968.

Yesterday I posted on figures at Nate Silver web site showing Trump with a lead and suggesting it was time for Democrats to start panicking. That post scored an instalanche and as of this writing is
one of my more popular posts of the year.

However it didn’t take long for the “Nowcast” to flip back to Hillary and someone on twitter tweeters explained why

This is Nate’s Tweet

So seeing Nate’s tweet I clicked on it and it led to a poll from Raba Research

Now I don’t claim to be Jake Tapper but I have been doing this for seven-years now and until that moment I had never heard of “Raba Research” so I went real clear politics to find some info on them but couldn’t find their poll. I did a search on the page for “raba research” and the two results that came up had nothing to do with any such company.

So I did another search and found a PR announcement from Albrect Public Relations titled “Introducing Raba Research” Which celebrated their being noticed by Politico and Nate Silver.

The date of that Press Release? March 16th 2016

Yes that’s right, the first poll after the Democrat convention, the poll that shows Hillary Clinton with an incredible 10 point bounce, the poll that put Hillary back in the lead comes from a company that has been doing polling for….under six months.

Now I don’t claim to know the folks at RABA Research, they might be a lot smarter than me and their poll might be the greatest thing since the invention of Kentucky Derby Pie and there are such a thing as talented rookies, that’s why MLB has a rookie of the year award.

But if I was going to declare a 10 point bounce for Hillary Clinton convention in the face of massive protests, walkouts and empty halls that the media tried to suppress, I think I just might want to rely on a poll that has been around a little longer than Hillary’s granddaughter.

But that’s just me, I predict that on the Sunday shows and the Monday morning shows the Raba Research poll showing the 10 pt Hillary bounce will be the talk of the town and considered proof positive that the Donald Trump wave has reached its crest

Unexpectedly


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by baldilocks

Yesterday on Facebook, I asked my friends for writing topics and received some excellent suggestions. Here is one of the fruits of that request. When motivated, I can, sometimes, go on.

Another great request: commentary on our spiritual condition as Americans.  Volumes are possible, but only one example is necessary…for those with “an ear to hear,” as it were.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

–Psalm 111:10, KJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

–Hosea 4:6, KJV; emphasis mine

Stefan Molyneux interviews a university professor— Dr. Duke Pesta–who says that most of his students believe that the United States was the first nation/kingdom/entity to introduce slavery into the world.

Of course, there are too many factual refutations to this ridiculous notion and the fact that the US is the only nation to go to war over slavery is most significant for comparison purposes. (Please spare me the arguments about whether the Civil War really was about slavery—unless you’re trying to help me sleep.)

That the most obvious refutations lie in the Bible is even more significant. Even those who don’t read the Bible but are of a certain age have seen the still-watchable Ten Commandments. But with hundreds or thousands of entertainment media vying for our attention in this era, it’s a safe bet that the numbers who’ve seen that classic have dropped off and vary directly with the age of those looking to be entertained.

Back to the origin of the movie. Egypt is not the only kingdom that enslaved the ancient Hebrews. They were also why-study-the-bibleenslaved by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonia, Assyria and Persia. And, of course, ancient Israel had its own version of slavery. But, those who don’t want to know, don’t know.

Two factors which are most startling to me about the professor’s assertion.

  • That so few young Americans have actually read the Bible, even if it is just to be able to cogently argue against what’s in it, and
  • That young Americans know so little about not only American history, but about on-going present-day crimes with respect to slavery, which do not involve the United States government whatsoever.

Those facts are not evidence of university- or even K-12-level indoctrination or failure, but of parental desire. Parents who want their children to know what is in the Bible will make sure that they know, even in the face of the myriad distractions of 2016. And, of course the opposite is true.

And this Christian says that this factoid is emblematic of our collective—if you’ll pardon the connotations of that word– and spiritual condition as Americans. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the lack of knowledge destroys a people, then an individual–and a people—can be fooled and destroyed by any falsehood.

And, included among those falsehoods, apparently, is that America is the guiltiest of all nations where slavery is concerned and that, as a result, she deserves to be punished over and above all others.

(Thanks to Instapundit)

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On July 19th Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey unilaterally banned the sale of most semiautomatic rifles in the State simply because they share characteristics with already banned “assault rifles”.  This is the newest in a long series of threats to our right to bear arms.  The best way to fight against these threats is by arming ourselves and others with knowledge about the original meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment.   We must combat all of the distortions and out right lies about the Second Amendment.  Most of the distortions of the Second Amendment come from those on the left however those on the right are also guilty on a couple key points so please keep reading even if you consider yourself to be an expert on the Second Amendment.

How many times have you heard the one about the Second Amendment being just about hunting?  If you’re like me you’ve heard it way too many times.  The framers of the Second Amendment made it abundantly clear the purpose was defense — self defense, defense of the community, defense of the State, and defense of the nation.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was written in 1776, served as a model for the Bill of Rights.  It is very similar to amendments proposed during the New York and North Carolina ratifying conventions for the Constitution.  The final version of the Second Amendment was an edited down version of this which conveyed the same meaning with less words.  Here is section 13 of that document:

That a well-regulated Militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free State; that Standing Armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Two common distortions which are linked together are that the Second Amendment is a collective right that only applies to members of the militia and the militia was exactly same as the National Guard is today.  Both points are incorrect.  None of the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights are collective rights.  The framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights believed only in individual rights.  The National Guard, which came into existence in 1933, is made up of formal military units composed of a limited number of individuals.  The militia was made up of the entire population.  That was clearly stated in the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the amendments proposed during the ratifying convention.  Here are two more quotes regarding the make up of the militia and scope of the right to bear arms:

Richard Henry Lee Federal Farmer 18

To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…

George Mason Virginia Ratifying Convention 1787

I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.”

The right to bear arms is not granted to us by the Second Amendment.  That right is granted to every individual by God.  It is one of the God given Natural Rights.  The Second Amendment protects and preserves that right by preventing the federal government from interfering with that right in any way.  All federal restrictions and regulations involving firearms are unconstitutional.  The only role the Supreme Court should play involving the Second Amendment is to declare all federal restrictions unconstitutional.  Unfortunately the federal government, including the Supreme Court, stopped following the Constitution decades ago.

I know I’m going to take heat from some on the right about this but the Second Amendment does not prevent the States from placing restrictions on firearms.  The Bill of Rights does not apply to the States in any way.  That is quite clear from the transcripts form the drafting and the ratifying of the Bill of Rights.  James Madison proposed extending some of the Bill of Rights to the States but that was shot down.  The US Constitution created a bottom up federal republic not a top down national government with the federal government in complete control.  No rights are absolute,  At some level decisions have to be made to determine where exercising your rights becomes an abuse of your rights,  If freedom of speech is absolute what would prevent someone from standing outside your bedroom window all night screaming threats and obscenities at you?  If freedom of religion is absolute then there would be no way to prevent human sacrifice.  The framers of the Constitution believed these decisions should be made at the State level.

There are two levels of defense built into our constitutional system to prevent the States from becoming abusive to our rights.  The first line of defense is the State Constitutions.  Every State Constitution has a Bill of Rights.  All but a few protect the right to bear arms.  Here is what the Massachusetts Constitution has to say on this subject:

Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

Since guns are meant for common defense and those so called assault weapons are perfect for common defense aren’t they protected?

The ultimate line of defense is “we the people”.  It is up the people of the States to decide when the State governments go to far in the regulations of firearms,  They must play an active role and hold the State governments accountable.  They must educate their fellow citizens, organize protests, and vote out all that want to go to far with restricting guns.  I firmly believe that permit less open carry with no restrictions is the model for all States.

Who is Jon Fournier — Im a strict constitutionalist who has studied the Notes on the Debates in the Federal Convention, the transcripts of the State ratifying conventions, The Federalist Papers, The Anti-Federalist Papers, and the writings of the framers of the Constitution. I have also studied economics through the writings of Adam Smith, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman.

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Pseudolus: [to Hysterium] Calm yourself down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic!
Miles Gloriosus: I smell mischief here!
Pseudolus:  It’s time.

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum 1966

 

If Don Surber smokes he’s lighting a cigar right now because here is Nate silver site this morning

time to panic

It’s one thing for a guy like me or Glenn or Don Surber or Even Rush Limbaugh to tell Democrats that they are in trouble it’s another thing to be told this by Nate silver the day after the Democrat convention and a week of the MSM lionizing all they did and said.

If you thought you saw some low tactics before given the combination of Clinton & Obama Panic you ain’t seen nothing yet. How Donald Trump handles will make all the difference.

Closing thought, Fyi to Dr. Jill Stein be aware that as a clear and present threat to their power the same anvil aimed at Trump by Clinton/Obama/DNC is heading for you too.

Update: Instalanche thanks Glenn, I see Nate is already revising and viola Hillary is up 51.7 – 48.2 but consider that not only has Nate underreported Trump in the past this still means that Hillary’s post election bump, isn’t.

BTW we have a series of six new writers who will be trying out here over the next six weeks. They are Tech Knight, Christopher Harper, Rh/NG36B , Ellen Kolb, JD Rucker Jon Fournier Each will be writing a piece a week here for six weeks and the ones who draw the most hits (both in views and via DaTipJar) will be staying so give them a peek and help decide who joins our existing Magnificent seven writers.

Update 2: Meet the MSM’s New favorite Rookie poll

Unexpectedly that is.


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There is a lot of fuss about the “Historic” nature of Hillary Clinton’s nomination by the Democrats but I’ve not been one of them for a couple of reasons.

Either years ago when everyone saw “history” being made, I saw the raising of a corrupt chicago machine pol to the highest office in the land as was the recipe for disaster.

Likewise where people again see “history” I see the raising of a corrupt political insider whose basis for power was hitching herself to a man with great political skills which he used to feed his even more voracious sexual appetites by any means necessary, and sticking with him come hell or high water till she can ride his coattails to power. I don’t see something to celebrate.

However for those looking for an actual sign of history in the nomination of Hillary Clinton and proof that it was important for the cause of equal treatment for the sexes (as opposed to the Andrea Dworkin version of it) in this subheadline at the Wall Street Journal

Hillary Clinton’s Historic Moment Divides Generations of Women
Presidential candidacy reflects hard-fought gains in gender equality so widespread that some women see little urgency in crashing another barrier

and this quote repeated by the Daily Caller

“It never occurred to me that a woman couldn’t be president. I don’t feel like I have to vote for a woman just because she’s a woman,” Susan Willes, a 53-year-old Democrat who is undecided, told The WSJ.

While people may not realize it, that is the sign of incredible progress.

The greatest sign of inequality before within culture is urgency.  The whole idea that “We can never be a part of the culture until X happens to prove we belong.”

But the concept of the equality of the value of women and men in the workforce has so become the norm that women do not see the urgency of electing Hillary Clinton to change the culture and instead can judge her on her own merits.

And while that last paragraph strikes unmitigated fear in the hearts of Democrats it’s a sign that women have actually reached cultural equality in the workforce.

And hopefully they’ll prove it by rejecting Hillary Clinton as the abysmal failure she is.

Tangeltal musing:  This incidentally is why Christianity was so radical when it appeared on the scene.  The idea that all regardless of sex or position were equal before God was paradigm shifting, which is why is was and still is, so violently opposed.  And it was that concept that lead to the ideal of equality before the law.


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There was a throw away line in this piece at Instapundit concerning Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s and wikileaks that jumped out at me:

What is it with the DNC and their strange stalker-like obsession with Morning Joe anyhow? Here’s video of the Obama administration emailing the show and one of Joe’s distaff co-hosts (possibly Savannah Guthrie) reading on the air a White House “correction” to their coverage back in October of 2009. That was also around the time “a ‘senior White House official’sent an email calling Joe Scarborough an ‘asshole’ for mocking Pres. Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.”

And you thought Trump couldn’t handle criticism!

While these days my work/prayer schedule prevents me from watching the answer is actually pretty obvious to anyone who has watched the show.

Morning Joe has two things that no other MSNBC show has

 A Republican host who while occasionally going off the reservation and not a big fan of Tea Party types provides a reliable conservative viewpoint on basic issues that as a rule MSNBC viewers are never exposed to. 

A Democrat co-host who while a partisan Democrat is honest and cares about her reputation enough not to lie to the viewers simply for the sake of the party and is willing to question things that smell to her.

Even worse when a Tea Party conservative shows up on the show, they are treated fairly and not as a rule dismissed as some kind of loony

It’s one thing to dismiss Fox or GOP activists or even bloggers it’s another to dismiss something when the MSNBC drivetime show talks about something as legit.

For the Democrats that makes them dangerous.

That’s why I think conservatives should invest time in the show an cultivate both Joe and Mika, it’s their easiest entre to introduce news that the MSM wants to suppresses into the stream outside of Fox.


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While the media touts the entitled one (you can watch her speech here), there were a number of things going on:

Signs of protest were made on the spot,

The California delegation walked out,

Hillary speaks loudly, slowly, enunciating c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y, and can’t let go of

her patented da-DA da-DA ta-TA cadence, which makes every sentence sound like every other.

And Bill dozed off.

At least Bill managed to wake up in time for the fireworks,

As I write this post, cable news channels are asking if Hillary got a convention bump in the ratings, and one of her people was essentially saying that Hillary will give a press conference when she’s good and ready. Her last press conference was on December 4, 2015, when she answered a measly seven questions from one reporter. Trump’s out there giving press conferences and talking to the media every waking moment, or so it seems.

Without a doubt, no matter how lackluster the candidate, the Democrats can put together a more slick convention than the Republicans, and count on the media’s complicity to minimize the above images of dissent, even as the ratings dropped on day 3.

The media hoped to declare this race over this morning. It isn’t.

But the real issue for conservatives and Republicans alike is (h/t Jim Geraghty) is that Dems understand incrementalism:

Democrats understand incrementalism and the long game in a way conservatives don’t seem to. They pass Obamacare. They wait out the storm. They contend that fixing Obamacare’s variety of problems can only be accomplished with more liberal policy. Move forward; push for more whenever the nation’s climate allows it. If not, they’ll be happy to appropriate whatever political vernacular allows them to retain their gains. Conservatives act like every stalemate is a bitter defeat and every small victory is useless. And here they are.

That is a long-term problem with the GOP.

The election is still months away. Pray for the U.S.A.

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

You better sign those, they’re the ones paying your salary.

Jimmy Stewart to Raquel Welch

One of the things that has driven foes of Donald Trump, particularly conservative ones, crazy has been his willingness to compare himself to Ronald Reagan.

Despite this anger a comparison between the two is quite apt and the reason is quite simple. Both men have their backgrounds in the service industry.

While some might not understand it the movie industry is in fact a service industry.  A person in the entertainment industry primary function is to be able to please the general public, and while in today’s entertainment industry that is often ignored in Ronald Reagan day both the studios and the actors went to great pains to satisfy their customer base.

It is for this reason that Ronald Reagan was called “The great communicator”.

Donald Trump, while a builder, is also the owner of hotels, clubs and was the star of a TV series.

In all of these situations Mr. Trump understands that his success relies on pleasing the public, the public that stays at his hotels, the public the plays at his golf courses and the viewing audience that watched his show.

This perspective on “keeping the customer satisfied” while celebrated by Simon and Garfunkel has not been celebrated by the major parties, who treat their customer base like suckers, or by the MSM which treats their customers like a bunch of idiots to be tolerated in the best tradition of Basil Fawlty.

Donald Trump is giving the people what they want, or put more simply he is communicating with the voters on the subjects and the concerns that they actually have.

In other words he’s proving himself a “great communicator”

Come to think of it as I recall the MSM spent a lot of time talking about Ronald Reagan as a gaffe machine who would put all of our relationships in danger.

How about that!


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