This election season sucks

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Stop the election! I want to get off!

I realize people are sick and tired of the same old, same old. I understand that every politician who is promising change in Washington is almost certainly lying. I get that they have to pander to certain demographics. But why, in the name of all that is light and good, have they turned 2016 into a bloody circus? Why?

It started with the GOP clown car, filled up with so many candidates, I began to think that maybe the old Volkswagen bug would explode! Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson. Trump decided to get in the race, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie! At that point I began to ask what that poor clown car ever did to deserve such a fate, but then came the “others.”

Santorum, who finally ended his disaster of a presidential bid due to his dismal support. Get a clue, Frothy! No. One. Likes. You. My personal disdain for that anal polyp came during the last presidential campaign, when he shrugged off his drooling supporters booing – BOOING – a U.S. Soldier who just happened to be gay, and who just happened to have asked a question about DADT. While downrange. Deployed. Serving his country. In a hazardous duty zone. They booed him. And that zealot not only shrugged it off during the debate, but didn’t even bother thanking the Soldier for his service, or acknowledging that booing at a deployed troop was a sucky thing to do. Survey says: DOUCHE!

Huckabee, who apparently still wants to change the Constitution to “reflect the word of the living God.”

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who… I have no idea why he’s running, frankly. He wasn’t a horrible governor, but he has no campaign and no support. He only recently made an appearance at a debate, and at the “kids’ table” at that, and spent half his time complaining about the moderators not giving him enough time to yap. I think he may have gotten 12 votes in Iowa. Total.

Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham (the mad dwarf of the Senate who was only “running” to stop Rand Paul, apparently), Bobby Jindal (smart guy, but with the personality and energy of a toilet seat), Scott Walker, and George Pataki, who reminded me of the Cryptkeeper all entered the race, but didn’t get much traction.

The drama started early, with Trump leading the pack with stupid statements, narcissistic demands, a drama queen boycott of the Iowa debate, and ultimately a meltdown on Twitter about how he’s just not getting the recognition he deserves after coming in second behind Ted Cruz.

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Apparently coming in second after the “anchor baby” from Canada dampened Trump’s enthusiasm for the White House. Trump’s gloating after the debate he chose to skip because he was too afraid of being asked tough questions when he was allegedly leading in the polls was shortlived.

“I think we’re going to do really well in Iowa. We’re leading in the Iowa polls. And Cruz is in the second place. He got really pummeled last night. I’m glad I wasn’t there. And they didn’t even mention that he was born in Canada,” Trump said at a speech at the Radisson Hotel here in Nashua on Friday morning. “So he got beaten pretty badly last night. And I don’t know what’s going to happen to him.”

Well, what happened to him, you narcissistic, spoiled rotten drama queen, is that he handed you your toupee-wearing ass, and the mini-meltdown you subsequently had on Twitter was the icing on top of a very ugly cake you’ve been baking since this insane campaign began.

The Iowa caucuses ended in yet more drama. Carson accused the Cruz team of spreading misinformation about Carson dropping out and demanded the staffer who did so be fired. I just love it when candidates make demands. Not. Cruz apologized. Carson accepted, but couldn’t resist one last swipe at Cruz, wondering whether there was a deeper “cultural issue” with the campaign.

And while I thought that he at least had some class left after his short, gracious speech in Iowa after Cruz was declared the winner, I was apparently too quick to judge. Trump has about as much class as a hairy, syphilis-infected testicle. Never to NOT take a loss personally, this screeching bag of douche has decided he will probably file a formal complaint accusing the Cruz campaign of fraud, because HOW COULD HE, THE DONALD, HAVE LOST IOWA? HE, THE DONALD, IS AWESOME! HE, THE DONALD, DOESN’T LOSE!

Cruz apologized to Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson on Tuesday for rumors before the Iowa caucuses had finished that the retired neurosurgeon would drop out of the race, calling it a “mistake.”

Trump called it “one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen.” 

“What he did is unthinkable,” he continued. “He said the man has left the race and he said it during the caucus. And then when clarification was put out by Ben Carson saying it’s untrue, they got a statement and they didn’t put it out.”

“They apologized after the caucus was over. How does that help?”

Trump said Cruz’s actions were tantamount to “voter fraud.”

Never mind that CNN’s Chris Moody tweeted out the following:

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Kudos to polistick for the screen cap. 

This apparently prompted the Cruz campaign to (erroneously) assess that Carson was ending his campaign. Cruz already apologized to Carson for the mistake, Carson admitted that his staffer did say he was going back to Florida, but Trump needs retribution, so…

Survey says: DOUCHE!

In the meantime, on the Democrat side, the Clinton and Sanders numbers were so close in Iowa, that rumblings have begun about fraud. NPR explains the details here, which makes it sound less nefarious than Berntards would have you believe, but hey, CORRUPTION! Sanders then tried to pull a Trump by threatening to pull out of the New Hampshire debate, unless the Clinton campaign agreed to MOAR debates! “I won’t debate unless you commit to more debates!”

Um… what?

Well, apparently that bit of fury has been settled as of this morning, and the Bernster will participate in the New Hampshire debate, if nothing else, to make himself look even more economically illiterate than he already looks, and that’s saying quite a bit.

Now, do you see why I want this campaign over with? I’m not sure I can handle any more cray.

Socialist Says the GOP Is a Dead Party, and He May Be Right

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Note from Nicki: Welcome to Brad Johnson! Brad is a new blogger here and will be writing about whatever he wants. He’s fun. He’s exciting. He’s cool. He’s not afraid to use bad words. What’s not to like?

Enjoy!


 

Filmmaker Michael Moore is ready to write the obituary of the Republican Party, and his logic for doing so isn’t without merit.

The Grand Old Party, according to the socialist fuck stick, faces demographic problems that are hard to avoid. The presence of fringe candidates who use bombastic rhetoric are driving away minorities and young people that Republican desperately need to attract if it wants to remain viable.

Moore“Let me give you a statistic: 81 percent of the electorate in 2016 will be either female, people of color or young adults between 18 and 35. They don’t look like those men on stage for the Republican [presidential] debates,” Moore told Salon.com. “When school started in September, for the first time ever the majority of our kindergarteners were not white.”

Moore is promoting a new film, Where to Invade Next, which was released in Los Angeles and New York just before Christmas. A larger release is scheduled in February. Those of you reading this, of course, would rather ram a screwdriver through your eye than watch one of his flicks. And, really, who can blame you?
Moore’s past films, which, despite what his fans may say, aren’t documentaries, include Bowling for Columbine, an assault on the Second Amendment, and Sicko, which disparaged the American healthcare system and promoted socialized medicine in Cuba and the United Kingdom.

Although Moore is undoubtedly just being an attention whore, his point – “concern trolling” is probably a better term – is a good one, as much as one may hate to admit it.

“We are not the America [Republican presidential candidates] grew up in, or the America they think they’re talking to. Those three groups they have alienated: women, people of color and young people,” said Moore in the interview. “By turning off 81 percent of the electorate, what is their plan to get into the White House? They can’t make it happen anymore. I mean, it really is a dead party.”

HillaryClinton-BernieSanders-Democrat-PartyOfOldWhitePeopleOf course, there is diversity in the Republican field, something their Democratic counterparts lack: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are of Cuban descent, Ben Carson is an African-American, and Carly Fiorina is a chick. The three remaining Democratic are all white, two of them are over the age of 68, and only one is a female (maybe – it’s questionable).

Nevertheless, Republicans do face a demographic problem. In May, the Washington Post noted that the white vote, on which the party has relied to be successful in national elections, has dwindled from near 90 percent in 1980 to a little more than 70 percent in 2012.

Separately, Gallup shows that 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney won 57 percent of the white vote, while President Barack Obama took 82 percent of minorities.

The big problem for Republicans is that incendiary rhetoric from certain candidates further damages the party’s already dismal efforts outreach efforts to minorities.

This includes idiotic statements made by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who has railed against even legal immigration, proposed prohibiting Muslims from legally entering the United States, promoted trade protectionism. After all, there’s no better way to engage minorities than to nominate a guy who is, basically, every asshole who has commented on a Stormfront forum.

“The 2016 electorate, demographically speaking, will be worse for Republicans than 2012,” Chris Cillizza explained. “And unless Republicans can begin winning more of the nonwhite vote, the 2020 election will be worse for the party than the 2016 election. And 2024 will be worse than, well, you get the idea.”

The Republican Party isn’t going to win over minorities if its nominee has a record of demagoguery against certain parts of the electorate. And if there is a change in direction, it has to be genuine, otherwise, minority voters will see straight through it. There isn’t an easy solution for Republican faithful here; either they began to embrace minorities or their prospects for winning back the White House will become much more difficult.

Idiots Trip Overthemselves to Alienate Critical Voting Demographic

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Like it or not, we have the Second Amendment. Like it or not, it protects an existing right. Like it or not, the majority of this nation respects the right to keep and bear arms and does not support additional federal gun control regulations. Like it or not, these are facts, and no amount of mewling from the gun control camp will change it.

That said, it’s interesting to me that last night’s Democratic debate socialist dumpster fire (thanks to my buddy Jason Pye for that quirky, but oh-so accurate, turn of phrase) featured four candidates who were tripping over their own dicks – yes, even Hillary Clinton – to portray themselves as the candidate most hated by the NRA!

I didn’t watch the debates, thank goodness. I was really too tired to be that angry on a work night. I did, however, pull up a transcript just to see how these four monkeys would try to out-Marxist one another. From what I read, the debate went pretty much how I expected it to go, but I did find it instructive that given the failing issue gun control has been over the years, these four would be so quick to alienate a broad swath of the American population. I guess they all think that they can count on frothing Bernie Sanders acolytes to supplement the loss in gun owner support?

Filthy hippies and star-struck children.

Filthy hippies and star-struck children.

The first question posed by Anderson Cooper was predictably about gun control.

COOPER: Senator Sanders, you voted against the Brady bill that mandated background checks and a waiting period. You also supported allowing riders to bring guns in checked bags on Amtrak trains. For a decade, you said that holding gun manufacturers legally responsible for mass shootings is a bad idea. Now, you say you’re reconsidering that. Which is it: shield the gun companies from lawsuits or not?

SANDERS: Let’s begin, Anderson, by understanding that Bernie Sanders has a D-minus voting rating (ph) from the NRA. Let’s also understand that back in 1988 when I first ran for the United States Congress, way back then, I told the gun owners of the state of Vermont and I told the people of the state of Vermont, a state which has virtually no gun control, that I supported a ban on assault weapons. And over the years, I have strongly avoided instant background checks, doing away with this terrible gun show loophole. And I think we’ve got to move aggressively at the federal level in dealing with the straw man purchasers.

Translation: No no no! I’m bad on freedom! Just like I’m bad on economic freedom, I’m bad on all the other types of freedom too!

COOPER: Secretary Clinton, is Bernie Sanders tough enough on guns?

CLINTON: No, not at all. I think that we have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. This has gone on too long and it’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA. The majority of our country supports background checks, and even the majority of gun owners do.

Translation: I’m Hillary Clinton, and I lie like a cheap rug. If I had bothered to look at statistics provided by the ever-so-biased in my favor Gun Violence Archive, I would have seen that I have nearly tripled my estimate of people lost per day to gun violence. I would have seen that 9,956 people died in firearm incidents through October 1, 2015, and that this number averages to 36, and not 90 people, as I claim. If I had done my research, I would also have seen that the majority of people (63 percent or 23 out of those 36 people, according to the CDC) who die in firearms incidents take their own lives. I probably did do my research, but it’s so much more effective to inflate firearm death figures, so that I can out-Sanders Sanders with his D- from the NRA. Fuck that! I think I can do better!

COOPER: Governor O’Malley, you passed gun legislation as governor of Maryland, but you had a Democratic-controlled legislature. President Obama couldn’t convince Congress to pass gun legislation after the massacres in Aurora, in Newtown, and Charleston. How can you?

O’MALLEY: And, Anderson, I also had to overcome a lot of opposition in the leadership of my own party to get this done. Look, it’s fine to talk about all of these things — and I’m glad we’re talking about these things — but I’ve actually done them.

We passed comprehensive gun safety legislation, not by looking at the pollings or looking at what the polls said. We actually did it. And, Anderson, here tonight in our audience are two people that make this issue very, very real. Sandy and Lonnie Phillips are here from Colorado. And their daughter, Jessie, was one of those who lost their lives in that awful mass shooting in Aurora.

Now, to try to transform their grief, they went to court, where sometimes progress does happen when you file in court, but in this case, you want to talk about a — a rigged game, Senator? The game was rigged. A man had sold 4,000 rounds of military ammunition to this — this person that killed their daughter, riddled her body with five bullets, and he didn’t even ask where it was going.

And not only did their case get thrown out of court, they were slapped with $200,000 in court fees because of the way that the NRA gets its way in our Congress and we take a backseat. It’s time to stand up and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation as a nation.

Translation: I need to sound a bit more radical, so I won’t remind people that even though violent crime has been on the decline in the United States since 1993, Maryland, which has some of the most stringent gun controls in the nation, still comes in as one of the most violent states in the country. Because NRA! And I’m definitely not reminding the audience that Sandy and Lonnie Phillips have been manipulated by my buddies at the Brady Center to file a frivolous lawsuit, which they knew to be frivolous, but I will screech their sainthood from the top of my lungs, because violent crime in Maryland… Um… NRA BAD!

At this point, I have to chuckle, because the conversation between Sanders and O’Malley devolved into a contest about who has the smaller dick (translation: who has a lower rating from the NRA).

O’MALLEY: And we did it by leading with principle, not by pandering to the NRA and backing down to the NRA.

SANDERS: Well, as somebody who has a D-minus voting record…

O’MALLEY: And I have an F from the NRA, Senator.

It’s really quite amusing to see two twits arguing about who is more anti-freedom! Say what you will about the NRA – I know I have numerous times – but two guys arguing about who can more effectively alienate a huge chunk of the U.S. population is something akin to two monkeys having a contest to see who can fling a bigger turd. Frankly, in the turd department, I think O’Malley has it.

Of course, Lincoln Chafee (Who? The douche from Rhode Island, that’s who!), refusing to be outdone by his statist pals, is touting his F rating from the NRA as a badge of honor.

CHAFEE: Yes, I have a good record of voting for gun commonsense safety legislation, but the reality is, despite these tragedies that happen time and time again, when legislators step up to pass commonsense gun safety legislation, the gun lobby moves in and tells the people they’re coming to take away your guns.

Translation: Must. Use. As. Many. Gun. Grabber. Words. As. Possible. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. Commonsense gun safety legislation. GUN LOBBY BAD!

Who the hell is this douche?

Who the hell is this douche?

The only candidate who didn’t trip over his own winky to screech for more gun control was Jim Webb, whom the NRA seems to like an awful lot. I haven’t seen any Gun Owners of America ratings for Webb, but he certainly doesn’t seem to be backing away from America’s gun owners, and that makes him smarter than the rest of the barrel of monkeys who infested that stage last night, competing for who can pick the biggest louse off his/her opponent.

By the way, TSO over at This Ain’t Hell has an interesting write-up of his meeting with Jim Webb. Apparently some leftarded douche Politico reporter called Webb “creepy,” because Webb refused to consider America’s gun owners (O’Malley), America’s coal industry (Chafee), Wall Street (the psychotic Muppet from Vermont) and half of the American population (Hillary) writ large his enemies. Rather than alienate his fellow Americans, Webb gave an answer that was more classy and more rational than any of the other three.

“Which enemy are you most proud of?” Cooper asked. “Senator Webb?”

“I’d have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me,” Webb calmly replied, “but he’s not around right now to talk to.”

But you know the usual cabal of frothing leftists would never accept this as an answer, so of course, Politico‘s Ken Vogel, whose hobbies are stalking conservatives and shitting himself at the thought of a war hero not flinching in the face of the enemy has decided to lob a verbal grenade at Webb from the safety of his keyboard by calling his response “creepy.”

Yeah, because according to this panty-shitting lunatic, it’s so much more preferable to consider the American people your enemies!

For the record, TSO’s encounter with Webb sounds like a win. I’ve known TSO for about a decade now, and he has a pretty good sense of people, so if he says Webb is a good guy, I tend to believe him, regardless of whether or not I’d ever cast a vote in Webb’s direction.

Um… WHAT?

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OK, either the New York Times is smoking a big, fat blunt, or Donald Trump is.

Those of you who have been around for a while know I have zero love for Trump. I’m not going to rehash his moronic condemnation of John McCain’s time as a POW, his lack of sense on national security issues, his puerile whining about reporters not liking him, and his economic douchebaggery…

Wait! No, I’m going to say something about his economic douchebaggery, because if you have Paul Krugman praising you on economic issues (his willingness to raise taxes on the rich, his positive words about universal health care), that pretty much confirms your status as a douchebag.

Moving on…

A recent New York Times piece quotes Trump as saying, “his experience at the New York Military Academy, an expensive prep school where his parents had sent him to correct poor behavior, gave him ‘more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.'”

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Donald J. Trump, who received draft deferments through much of the Vietnam War, told the author of a forthcoming biography that he nevertheless “always felt that I was in the military” because of his education at a military-themed boarding school.

I don’t even…

A trust fund brat with disciplinary problems, who got sent to an expensive military academy for being a dick by his rich mommy and daddy compares his experience there with actual military service?

Somebody please make the bad man stop!

An expensive college prep school founded in 1889 with top-level athletic teams and an exceptional leadership program that challenges “cadets to be good citizens” is the same as military service in FerretHead’s mind?

Apparently the poor punkins had to wake up at 0600 and… you know… have a formation and stuff!

Goodness! They have rifle marksmanship, and uniforms, and stuff, and they use the 24 hour clock, so it’s almost like being in the military, right?

Poor little Trump. His heel spurs apparently kept him from military service, or else he’d have been right in there, fighting alongside the great unwashed who couldn’t get a deferment! And as Jonn points out, “…those bone spurs didn’t seem to hinder his sports career; Trump was a member of the varsity football team in 1962, the varsity soccer team in 1963, and the varsity baseball team from 1962-1964. He was also the Cadet Captain-S4 (Cadet Battalion Logistics Officer) and lead his school in the Memorial Day parade down Fifth Avenue in 1964.”

And this…

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…is almost certainly the same as this:

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And playing football, soccer, and baseball at a prestigious military academy that currently costs more than $37,000 per year is nearly the same as getting shot by the enemy, getting your legs blown off by an IED, or coming home in a box!

Proving once again that he is a narcissistic, spoiled, blowhard BITCH, Trump blows right by turnip and goes full rutabaga!

I’m horrified to think how many drooling tards out there want that as our president!

Survey says…

DOUCHEBAG!

The “I hate myself for blogging about Trump” post

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I swore to myself at some point that I wouldn’t give that ferret-headed, boorish narcissist any time on this blog. There are enough media outlets giving him the validation and attention he so desperately craves, and I didn’t want to be part of that crew.

But no… Trump had to go and overstep even the high watermark of his own shitbaggery this week, and so here I am… blogging about that mega-douche. I hate myself, but I’m going to do it anyway. So let’s start with a few facts here.

As you may have guessed, hell will freeze over before I cast a vote in Trump’s direction. If that douche tool gets the GOP nomination, I will not just vote for Hillary or Bernie Sanders, or whichever Democrat decides to make a run for the White House, I will actively campaign for them. I might vote Libertarian, depending on whether or not the LP candidate makes the ballot here in Virginia, but there’s no way in hell I will EVER support Trump.

No, it’s not because of the stupid hair that looks like a small animal crawled onto his head and died there.

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No, it’s not because I’m somehow afraid of him telling it like it is. Frankly, I’d love a candidate who really spoke the truth – a direct and honest candidate who is capable of understanding the issues and speaking to them eloquently and intelligently. Trump ain’t it.

It’s because Trump is an immature, narcissistic, boorish lout, who has little to no idea about the economy, foreign policy, national security, or anything else that’s actually important for a President of the United States to know.

Add to that the fact that he’s an ill-mannered, primitive, childish troglodyte, and you have a perfect combination of oafishness and ignorance to get yet another big-government Democrat candidate elected to the White House.

I DON’T WANT THIS DUMBASS RUNNING A NATIONAL ECONOMY.

But… but… but… but… he’s run big business, and he’s a billionaire! He has what it takes to turn this economy around!

Not just no, but FUCK NO!

Yeah, the guy is worth about $4 billion, according to Forbes, but having inherited daddy’s multi-million dollar real estate business, and bribed numerous politicians as just part of doing business, this “smart” businessman still declared bankruptcy four times!

Now, Trump claims he was just using bankruptcy laws to his corporate advantage.

Sorry, but any “businessman” who inherits his wealth and then uses bankruptcy laws to essentially avoid doing honest business has no business running a national economy. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a corporation to stay in business while it re-structures and attempts to reduce its debt. So a guy who had to file for bankruptcy protection because his companies apparently couldn’t control their spending wants to run America’s economy, AND rape taxpayers more than they already are getting raped to pay down the national debt! Right. Got it?

And frankly, I don’t want someone running an economy as complex as ours whose MO is to essentially bribe politicians to  gain corporate advantage. And I don’t give a crap to which party this puerile imbecile has given the most!

Oh, and by the way, considering that the wealthiest 10 percent of taxpayers already pay more than 70 percent of the total collected federal tax revenues, his idea to slap the “wealthy” with an additional one-time 14.5 percent tax to pay down the profligate spending habits of Washington politicians is putrid.

I DON’T WANT THIS DUMBASS TO HEAD OUR NATIONAL SECURITY APPARATUS AND OUR MILITARY.

Boots on the ground to fight ISIS? Really?

Preemptive strike on North Korea? Really?

“All freedoms flow from national security…” Really? Seriously? This is a person who shows little to no comprehension about the nature of fundamental rights and freedoms. Having him in the White House would be a disastrous, neocon mess.

I’m hardly a John McCain fan, as you may well know from my previous writings, but to call into question the guy’s military service and ridicule his five years as a POW is pretty much below the pale – especially from a draft dodging, privileged daddy’s boy, who claims he couldn’t serve because of bone spurs in his widdle feet!

When he grows enough balls to pick up a rifle and defend this country, then he can castigate others’ military service and be all cavalier about sending our troops to fight in the Middle East again after more than a decade of military operations. Until then, he needs to shut the fuck up and let grown ups discuss military policy.

And by the way, the Trumptarded comments about immigration, citing nebulous “border patrol people”? He really has no comprehension about why and how illegal immigrants make their way over the border. His assertion that the Mexican government is actively sending criminals over the US border is pretty bloody ridiculous. Yes, there are organizations that do exactly that, and the Mexican government has been pretty pernicious about publicly trying to bully us into allowing their criminal illegals to remain in the United States, but to claim that essentially the Mexican government is involved in human trafficking across the US border is a bit… um… unsupported, stupid, and ignores the very real issues associated with illegal immigration, including Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) involvement, the very real profits associated with human trafficking, and corruption within the Mexican government.

The majority of illegal aliens who schlep their way into the United States do so across the Mexican border. There is a multi-billion dollar market in human trafficking, and it involves some of the most dangerous TCOs in the world, including Zetas and MS-13. And frankly, the more our governments crack down on drug trade, the more these TCOs are going to be shifting their revenue generation to less regulated endeavours. The Mexican government doesn’t have to actively do anything. Yes, there are corrupt law enforcement and security officials on the ground that are accepting bribes to help the TCOs traffic people across the border, but this does not denote a Mexican government policy of sending their trash over to our country. The issues are much more nuanced and detailed than that, but the boorish Trump-in-a-china-shop just doesn’t get them.

IMMATURE SLOB.

There are many more reasons why I would never support Trump for president. Frankly, I think he’s just embarrassing. He reminds me of that one fat, redneck uncle many of us have, who resides in a trailer park, wears sweat-stained wife beater shirts, sits around on a ratty recliner with his hand down his pants, scratching his barely-used balls, and spills his can of Bud Light all over the trailer floor as he screams about the “DAMN LIBRULS.” You don’t want to admit he’s related to you, and you don’t want to invite him to your family gatherings, but he shows up, gets drunk, engages in public policy discussions he doesn’t understand, and scares the kids at the family reunion by offering them a sip of his whiskey. I may not be the most diplomatic human being on this planet, but I also know how to behave like an adult in situations where this is required.

Trump is apparently incapable of doing so.

“Waaah! Megyn Kelly was mean to me!” If that means she refused to kiss your hairy ass by asking you tough questions about your record and about your commitment to the Republican party, then yeah. But guess what! Better Megyn Kelly than the Democratic candidate in a debate.

And better the pretty, blonde journalist from Fox News than Vladimir Putin, who is cunning and intelligent, as well as understated, besides being downright evil, and would make an even bigger jerk of Trump than Trump has made of himself.

And worse yet, Kelly’s refusal to kiss said anal orifice resulted in an avalanche of ignorance from Trump, including an allusion to Kelly perhaps being on the rag and referring to her as a “bimbo.” Well, goodness! Why else would a woman not genuflect in front of the Donald? She had to have been on the rag, right?

Of course, now Trump is showing his lack of integrity and honor by not only refusing to apologize for being a troglodyte, but is walking back his comments by claiming that’s not what he really said and/or meant!

“I cherish women,” the real estate mogul told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” adding that he did not mean to imply that Kelly asked him sharp questions during the debate because she was menstruating.

“Who would say that?” Trump said Sunday. “Do you think I’d make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about that.”

And of course, it wasn’t his fault. It was the rest of the Republicans who were just MEAAAAAANNNNN to him and are using his comments to paint him as the uncivilized narcissist he is!

He blamed his Republican presidential opponents for fanning the flames of controversy, and claimed he meant to refer to her “nose and/or ears” — not a woman’s period.

Trump attacked several of the Republicans who have criticized his remarks about Kelly.

And let’s not kid ourselves, it’s not the first time, Trump has gone on the offensive to females – publicly and unapologetically – merely because he didn’t like what they said or wrote about him.

As far back as a 1991 interview with Esquire magazine, Trump had boasted: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive]. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.”

In a 2006 book, he wrote of women as objectified collectibles: “Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art is not just superficial or something pretty to see.” He once sent New York Times columnist Gail Collins a copy of something she had written about him with her picture circled and “The face of a dog!” written over it.

And in 2012, he tweeted that Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is “unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man — he made a good decision.” (Huffington’s ex-husband, former congressman Michael Huffington (R-Calif.), came out as gay after their divorce.)

Look, fact of the matter is Trump DOESN’T say it like it is, as a lot of his drooling Neanderthal supporters claim. He simply opens his mouth and says the most outrageous thing he can think of, because it keeps his name out there. He has no concept of actual policy, he doesn’t understand the intricacies of running a country. He’s run his conglomerate like the Godfather, expecting everyone to kiss his ring, and now that he’s decided to run for President, he expects the same thing. And when he doesn’t get it, he throws a hissy fit about women’s periods and other Republicans being unfair to him! “

“Honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry,” he quipped during the debate. “I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.” Oh, you wouldn’t? That wasn’t a veiled, puerile threat?

I just saw “The Book of Mormon” at the Kennedy Center the other night. I haven’t laughed that hard in probably decades. I literally had tears running down my face and was nearly hyperventilating at the wit and satire of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s work! Oh, yes, they were insulting to the LDS. Yes, there was definitely a lot of childish humor and sexual innuendo. Yes, there were not-so-veiled references to some in Africa still sexually abusing infants as a cure for AIDS, female genital mutilation, and the ability of Mormons to turn off negative feelings and emotions “like a light switch” and ignore larger problems. But you know what? The offensiveness served to point out hypocrisy, lies, and selfishness of many religious types, and ultimately led to a message that was overwhelmingly positive and astute – help people, and don’t be a dick. The offensiveness, in fact, said it like it is, but was able to put forth a positive message in the process.

Trump has no such talent. His offensiveness is an end unto itself. There’s nothing positive about his message. He insults people who don’t like him and who challenge him. He is incapable of taking criticism, and simply alienates anyone who doesn’t agree with his tactics. And he’s delusional enough to think that it will get him a seat at the big table, as witnessed by his conversation with Roger Stone, who, until the disastrous GOP debate of a few days ago, was Trump’s top adviser.

Stone: “Donald, stop with the Megyn Kelly shit. It’s fucking crazy. It’s killing us.”

Trump: “What do you mean? I won the debate. People loved it.”

Stone: “You didn’t win the debate.”

Trump: “Yes I did. Look at the polling. Look at Drudge.”

Stone: “The Drudge Report poll isn’t a scientific poll. You won’t give me the money to pay for a scientific poll. And you’re off-message.”

Trump: “There are other polls.”

Stone: “Those are bullshit polls, Donald. They’re not scientific polls. We need to run a professional campaign and talk about what people really care about.”

Trump: “We’re winning.”

Anyone who actually believes this delusional, narcissistic, spoiled brat belongs in the White House, please do us all a favor and drink some arsenic!

KTHXBAI!

Election Eve 2014 in Virginia

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Greetings, folks. Yes, I know it’s quite some time since you’ve heard from me in this space, but I figured this was an important enough occasion for me to pop my head up. As those of us in Virginia no doubt already know, thanks to the deluge of election mailers, emails and robocalls, tomorrow is election day. Annoying as all that is and has been, everyone should still get out and cast an educated vote tomorrow, if they haven’t voted absentee already.

At stake this year is about one third of the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and various of sundry gubernatorial, statewide, county, city and local races around the nation. As it stands, the Republicans currently hold the House, and the Democrats control the Senate, along with, of course, the White House. The electoral environment is particularly good for Republicans this cycle, more due to the combination of far-left ideology and rank incompetence on display by the Democrats than anything the Republicans themselves have to offer. Here in Virginia, U.S. Senator (and former Governor) Mark Warner is up for re-election, endorsed by his predecessor (no relation) John Warner, a notoriously weak Republican who was never popular with the grassroots among his own party. Mark Warner was actually a decent governor, aside from pushing the largest tax increase in Virginia history through the General Assembly. He was even fairly pro-gun as governor. Then he ran for U.S. Senate in 2008, promising to be a ‘radical centrist’ if elected. He has not been. As Republicans love to point out, he’s voted with President Obama 97% of the time. And he’s been effectively anti-gun, as his endorsement by MomsDemandingAttention/GunHysteriaNonsenseInEverytown shows:

Mark Warner voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

As such, the most important thing is for everyone to get out and vote AGAINST Mark Warner in Virginia. The aforementioned anti-gun nutbag hysteria machine has also endorsed some Democrats running for U.S. House in Virginia: incumbent Rep. Bobby Scott in the 3rd District, Don Beyer here in the 8th District, John Foust in the 10th, and incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly in the 11th District. If you live in any of these districts, please get out and vote to DEFEAT these weasels.

Lastly, if you live in Arlington County, please, please, PLEASE vote for John Vihstadt for County Board tomorrow. He represents the only independent, non-Democratic voice on our board, and is carrying the banner of good government and fiscal responsibility. Want our horrendous roads fixed? Want to put a stop to the wasteful Artisphere, Columbia Pike streetcar, aquatic center and other vanity projects being pushed by the current Board majority? Support John tomorrow.

That is all.

Cowards, Corruption, and Conventions

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By now, most observers of Republican politics here in the Old Dominion know what transpired down in Virginia Beach Monday evening. Gary Byler, the current chair of RPV’s 2nd Congressional District Committee, is a supporter of conventions to determine our statewide nominees, and the establishment old boy network of our state party doesn’t like conventions anymore, so they wanted to replace him. He elected NOT to run for re-election, and the Vice Chair of the 2nd, Curtis Colgate, stepped up. He also is a supporter of conventions, and is a fairly big donor, has a long history of party activism, and notably owns the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. Establishment Senator Frank Wagner (R-7th) put together a campaign for the chair of the 2nd before Byler announced he wasn’t running. You may remember Frank Wagner is the genius who introduced, along with his buddy Del. Scott Taylor (R-85th), bills in both houses of the General Assembly this past session to forbid any method of nomination except open primaries by ANY political party for statewide candidates. Thankfully, this effort went down to ignominious defeat after a popular outcry.

Senator Frank Wagner, the man who would be king.

Senator Frank Wagner, the man who would be king.

Back to Monday evening at the Virginia Beach Republican Party mass meeting. Sen. Wagner knew the Beach comprises 64% of the total voting strength at the 2nd Congressional District Convention this year, so he was kind enough to help slate the Virginia Beach delegation down to just 32, including himself and his most reliable minions. This was out of nearly 1,000 people who filed to be delegates. He disenfranchised all of these people simply because some of them were Colgate supporters. The hand count was NOT done through a ‘division of the house’, so that both sides get an accurate, fair count. It was orchestrated so Wagner’s people had every advantage. If it stands, he has 100% of the Beach’s voting strength, and is now guaranteed the chairmanship of the 2nd. Slating is something that’s done to remove ineligible or compromised voters, such as known members of another political party, etc. This was done so that Frank Wagner can win. No other reason. Del. Barry Knight (R-81st) and Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-8th), along with Taylor, helped organize and lead this effort. Del. Chris Stolle (R-83rd), chaired the mass meeting and played along. The rumor is that Sen. Wagner is planning to use this as a springboard to take control of the RPV State Central Committee over the next few years, and then run for Governor in 2017 in an open primary, which he will ensure is the mandatory method of nomination. Particularly distasteful is how Wagner, Taylor and co. hide behind the “Conventions disenfranchise members of the military!” canard. This is the worst, basest, craven cowardice. I’ll bet some of the nearly 1,000 folks you slated were military, Frank.

Senator Jeff McWaters, minion of both Bob McDonnell and Frank Wagner. He made his fortune off of Medicaid, through his firm AmeriGroup, which was then sold off to WellPoint. Real conservative.

Senator Jeff McWaters, minion of both Bob McDonnell and Frank Wagner. He made his fortune off of Medicaid, as CEO of AmeriGroup, which was then sold off to WellPoint. Real conservative.

Needless to say, I have no intention of standing by and letting this happen, and I know plenty of other grassroots Republicans leaders in the Commonwealth won’t either. If they get away with this sort of underhanded behavior here, it will happen all across Virginia. Not a chance. I plan to do my part to shine a light on this, have the Virginia Beach delegation either include everyone who filed, both at the RPV Convention in Roanoke and at the 2nd CD Convention, or have the delegation black flagged (disqualified). Then I plan to help ensure Wagner, McWaters, Taylor, Knight, and Stolle all face strong primary challenges next year. Should they gain nomination, I wouldn’t mind seeing conservative or libertarian independents in the general. These men are unworthy of being leaders, and certainly unworthy of the public trust.

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