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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday Wisdom — And Open Thread

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Four months after being notified about high lead levels in a Flint home, the Environmental Protection Agency was prepared to let the city continue giving lead-contaminated water to customers until at least 2016, emails released Friday show.

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    1. All current U.S. production of Ford Fusions (overflow) will now go to Mexico Feb 27th.

    2. I wonder if Donald Trump will mention this in the GOP debate tonight:

      I expect he might, but it will come across as an incoherent and shallow tantrum....cheapening the issue and deflecting it towards how great he thinks he is.

    3. CI,
      All the career politicians do that same thing in this cycle.

      The concept of elected public servant has vanished! Both parties!

    4. I read somebody say elsewhere that they can't wait for Trump to debate Sanders/Clinton.
      Must have been a dem.
      "Yuuuge" "Build a wall" "Make Mexico pay for it"
      "Yuuuge!" "Make America Great Again!"

    5. Ed,
      I remain doubtful that debates between opposing-parties candidates make much difference at the ballot box.


    MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panelists railed against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her continued claim that Republicans are to MSNBC to Clinton: Stop blaming your honesty problem on GOP



    A panel of pundits on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday railed against Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for her continued claim that Republicans are to blame for her abysmally low honest ratings and widespread view that she's untrustworthy.

    The discussion comes just days after Clinton lost the New Hampshire primary to her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and several exit polls showed her trailing Sanders among voters who consider honesty to be an important factor in who they choose to support. Among those voters, Sanders edged Clinton 92-6 percent as the more honest 2016 hopeful, according to CNN.

    "Let's be serious here for a second. When your hack spokesman starts attacking inspectors generals and the intel agencies, and your hack spokesman starts attacking the integrity of inspectors generals and John Kerry's State Department, you're desperate," host Joe Scarborough said of the Clinton campaign's defense.

    "When your hack spokesman's approach to this [is] attacking the integrity of inspectors generals, then yes, Hillary Clinton's week just went from bad to worse.

    "Here's the problem," Washington Post Reporter Chris Cillizza explained. "[Clinton] did an interview with Rachel Maddow earlier this week [and] was asked about this idea that lots and lots of people, Democrats importantly, don't believe that she's honest and trustworthy, and her answer for that was that's because there's been years and years of concerted Republican attacks on me that none of it is founded on anything."

    He continued, "That is true; there's no question that Republicans have spent years not liking the Clintons. But at the same time, this is why this latest investigation matters. This is the State Department [and] the FBI. This isn't the House Select Committee on Benghazi. This isn't Ted Cruz. This isn't Donald Trump."

    "It's just hard to make the case that this is a vast right-wing conspiracy," Cillizza said. "Remember there are now three ongoing investigations. There's the State Department into the Clinton Foundation and Huma Abedin. There's the State Department into the private email server and the FBI into the private email server, as well as whatever's going in Congress."

    Cillizza also noted that it's unlikely any of the agencies investigating Clinton "take their marching orders" from leading Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan or Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. "I think it just undermines this idea that this is sort of an orchestrated attempt to bring her down. That might exist, but that's not what these are."

    "For Hillary Clinton to still be trotting out the vast right-wing conspiracy when you have the Justice Department, the State Department, the inspectors generals from the intel agencies, it seems to me it just makes her seem more desperate and undermines her credibility further," Scarborough added.

    [NOTE: Clinton and Sanders participated in the sixth Democratic debate Thursday evening sponsored by PBS, during which no questions were asked about the former first lady's problems with honesty and integrity.]

  3. Hillary Clinton is a criminal, and anyone who still supports her obviously doesn't care about honesty, decency or ability in their President.

    Bernie Sanders is a delusional fool, who's accomplished absolutely nothing in 25 years on the public payroll. Besides, he's a neo-Communist whose wife is under investigation for bank fraud.

    I'll be voting for Donald Trump... one of the most successful businessmen in history. You know, a man who has proven that he knows what he's doing! It will be great to have a competent President for a change! And Trump is the one.

    1. Trump is a self-promoting hustler.
      Yep. That sums it up.

    2. Then vote for the Liar-in-Chief.

    3. Question: The only way La Trump has proved successful is through manipulation of the bankruptcy laws and many project that by investing his inheritance in an index fund he would be wealthier.
      Is this the kind of expertise you support?

      I'm not saying you're being led by the nose but you might be being led by the nose.

    4. Ducky, a minor point of grammar, but if you're going to use French in an attempt to appear smarter than you really are –– as most American pseudo-intellectals do –– you'll seem a lot brighter and better informed if you use the correct article.

      Whatever else he may be, Donald Trump is most certainly NOT a female.

      Ergo, please try to refer to him in future as LE TRUMP. The cognoscenti will have more respect for you, if you do.

      Now thank me for the tip, mend your ways, go, and sin no more.

  4. Bernie Sanders supporters only #Feel The Bern when they pee.

  5. Anita proves once again why no one needs to take her seriously on any important issues because she is an IDIOT!"

  6. Trump has talked before about jobs going overseas. He is the ONLY candidate from either party questioning our suicidal immigration surrender and suicidal economic surrender.

    The Dems need the immigrant votes, and the GOP are all bought and paid for by Big Biz, Global Corps and Wall Street. Just ask Ted "Golden Sacks" Cruz or "High Finance" Hillary and her Hubby "Billion Dollar" Bill...

  7. Face it, going back to NAFTA, the GOP has been on board, with the Dems to export American jobs. It really was the "giant sucking sound" Ol' Ross warned us about.

    "Free Trade" as packed with NAFTA and other such bunkum, is a lie and a give to global corps. Our biggest import is drugs and we are just seeing the beginning of a heroine epidemic.

    Both parties have failed us, tragically, but neither will pay the price...

    1. Speaking of the heroin epidemic, Silverfiddle, what's the situation in Colorado.

      I live in a town with one of the highest overdose rates in the state. There are at least two or three a day. The neighboring towns are nearly as bad.
      Town government has been too concerned with seeing that Wynn got his casino license to do much about it.

      Everyone had visions of prosperity when the casino gets built despite the evidence. It's not so much that both parties have failed us, although they have but we have failed ourselves.

      But cute little graphics make us feel better, I suppose.

    2. Here in my small city at the foot of the Rockies, just last week the police had to administer that stuff that keeps someone from dying of a heroine overdose, but we haven't seen it hit us here yet.

      Pot is legal, so maybe everybody's going for that. We do have meth heads getting caught doing stupid stuff, and people catching their apartments on fire trying to distill hash oil on the stove...

  8. Batta Laxenema said


    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meey in a bar. The Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says, "The media are really tearing you apart for that scandal."

    Hillary: "You mean my lying about Benghazi ?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "You mean the massive voter fraud?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "Using my secret private server to hide my real activities?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, hiring cronies,and taking bribes from foreign countries?
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "You mean the drones operated in our own country without benefit of legal sanction"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, shady commodity deals?"
    Trump: "No the other one:"

    Hillary: "The IRS targeting conservatives?"
    Trump: "No the other one:"

    Hillary: "Turning Libya into a chaotic bloodbath?"
    Trump: "No the other one:"

    Hillary: "Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?"
    Trump: "No the other one:"

    Hillary: "Turning our backs on Israel?"
    Trump: "No the other one:"

    Hillary: "The sick joke of the Nuke deal with Iran? "
    Trump: "No the other one:"

    Hillary: "Leaving Iraq in chaos? "
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "The DOJ spying on the press?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance executives?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "Giving our cronies at SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "The NSA monitoring citizens' ?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "Threats to all of Bill's former mistresses to keep them quiet?"
    Trump: "No, the other one."

    Hillary: "I give up! ... Oh wait, I think I've got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and china when Bill left Office?"
    Trump: "THAT'S IT! That's the one I almost forgot."

    Everything above is true. Yet she still gets the Democratic vote. Could there be that many stupid people in this country?
    Does anyone understand this???

  9. Now is the time for All Americans both democrats, and conservatives all accrossed this great nation of ours to rise up and be counted. We must wake up , pray for and vote for a true conservative and Christian leader who will honor the principles and ethics that our country was founded on and made us the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Obama says we are no longer a Christian nation. He said that he would fundamentally transform our nation. I say we dont want to be transformed into the likeness of a socialist or communist country. I say we are still a majority Christian nation. I say we dont want to become a muslim country. I Love our country and the foundation and principles and ethics which made her the strongest, most free, greatest nation in the world. We need to send a message to Obama, Hillary, Sanders, Trump and the entire world that we are still a nation that believes in God and family and guns and Christmas and prayer and traditional marriage and that a boy is a boy and a girl is a girl and that ALL LIFE is precious weather it be white, black, brown or not yet born. Wake up Americans and lets take our country back.


    1. Undercard Debate at 7:00 PM

    2. Main Event at 9:00 PM

    If you use Comcast, FNBC may be found in CHANNEL 106

    1. There is no longer an undercard.

      Just six standing. Maybe soon to be five when Carson takes a dixie.

    2. Duck,
      I expect Dr. Carson to drop out after SC.

    3. It's looking more and more like it comes down to Trump-Cruz.

      Rubio still has a chance to stay in the game. We'll see if he can recover from the superficial meme-criticism of his robot-repeat debate performance.

      Jeb and Kasich still have a longshot chance, but highly doubtful the South will be kind to either of them.

    4. This is a cut and paste comment from Chattering Teeth:
      I'd love to see a Cruz Trump debate.
      Put the others on the undercard, but there isn't an undercard tonight :)

      Mr. Trump, what have you done to promote the anti socialist/liberal agenda?
      Trump: "Yuuuge" "Build a wall" "Make Mexico pay for it" "Yuuuge!" "Make America Great Again!"

      Mr. Cruz, what have you done to promote the anti socialist/liberal agenda?
      "I argued Heller and won before the SCOTUS, voted for North Korea sanctions and co-sponsored a bill to enforce fines on undocumented immigrants, scored 95 percent on the National Taxpayers Union’s 2013 scorecard, did even better in the American Conservative Union ratings, got a perfect score in 2014 and 2013, helped engineer a government shutdown in 2013 in a failed effort to defund the Affordable Care Act ."

    5. Cruz's conservative credentials are unassailable.

      A more important question is, how will he get elected? What is his strategy for gaining the votes beyond his base?

    6. The strategy might be that Hillary is unpalatable, Sanders is unpalatable and Bloomberg goes third party.
      I don't know. Cruz may just be the most appealing amongst three.
      Of course, under that scenario, we could go 12th Amendment in a Republican controlled Congress.

  11. Great minds, AOW...that image sure does illustrate my blog today, doesn't it!
    What's on my mind is Democrats suggesting we should provide free lawyers to illegals crossing the border...oh, and give them free Smartphones, too. I'm thinking of suing for a free Smartphone myself..after all, I'm a citizen; WHY NOT?
    Or I can wait till Bernie gets elected for my 'freebies'?

    1. Z,
      Thank you for mentioning the pointed graphic in this blog post.

      Free stuff has to be funded. I read somewhere today that Bernis's proposed freebies would result in everyone paying at least 1/6 more of their incomes in taxes.

      Yeah, that'll make everybody happier. //sarcasm//

    2. and imagine the college kids whose folks make $200K? "What? Your taxes are so high you can't pay for my blue jeans and pot anymore, Dad? WHAT HAPPENED?"

      I'd love to see that.... :-)

  12. Program seems to be selective

    "She said she returned the phone, as she expected she would, at her first appointment with a case manager from GEO Care, the contractor running the program."

    A little more complicated than you present. But I'm just a leftist who looks for facts and tip over the chess board unlike the detailed reporters at Breitfart.

    1. I can't help it if you prefer to get your officialista news from Whitehouse briefers and NPR propagandists, Mr. Fischer.

    2. btw - Since Jon Stewart went off the air, how DO you get your news?

  13. Bernie S and Bill C are walking down the street and decide to stop in at a barber shop for a quick trim. Both are seated and the trims begin and finish at the same time. Bills barber asks,"How about some of this cologne mister Clinton?". Bill says,"No thanks, Hillary says that it smells like a brothel". Bernie says to his barber, "I'd like some, my wife doesn't know what a brothel smells like".

  14. In the news a short while ago: Justice Scalia has died.

    1. O, God, our help in ages past
      Our hope for years to come
      Our shelter from the stormy blast
      And our eternal home.


      So, he passed over
      To the Other Side,
      And all the trumpets
      Sounded for him.


      Good night, sweet prince,
      May flights of angels
      Sing thee to thy rest.


      God is our refuge and strength,
      A very present help in trouble
      Therefore will not we fear,
      Though the earth be removed
      And the mountains carried
      Into the midst of the sea
      Though the waters thereof
      Roar and be troubled ...
      Be still and know that I am God...


      Yea, though I walk
      Through the valley
      Of the shadow of death
      I will not fear,
      For Thou art with me ...

    2. From the NYT ---
      "Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, argued on Twitter that Justice Scalia should not be replaced until after the winner of the 2016 presidential election takes office."

      Get ready for on hell of a food fight.
      Glad Obama's grown a pair in the last year.
      This is bad, bad news for the Republicans.

    3. "The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President,” McConnell said in a statement.

    4. Cut the hysterics, Ed.

      If it were reversed would you be singing the same tune?
      Don't be a hypocrite.


      'I am an originalist. I am not a nut'...
      Cause of death not immediately known...
      Plunges court, national politics into turmoil...
      MCCONNELL: Vacancy will be filled by NEXT president...
      BUT Dems demand vote...
      'Massive Setback For Conservative Movement'...
      Man of strong opinions...
      Decades on Supreme Court...
      Was set to decide first major abortion case in 10 years; Voting rights, affirmative action, immigration... MORE

    6. Bet McConnell and the Senate GOPers vote FOR Obama's first nominee.

      This one's for the Duck!

    7. Yes we have social structure as long as people are communicating. Lately there's been a lot of noise but not much communication.

      Since Jacques Rivette passed recently Godard is the last of the Cahiers du Cinema rebels.
      Now that was communication.

    8. Why would anyone believe America holds any special place in God's heart?

      McConnell and the GOOPers fall over and do Obama's bidding like the cheap whores they are.

      They'll try to stand strong, but the Infotainment Media onslaught will be too much for them, and they'll collapse like a cheap yard sale card table.

      Face it folks, progressivism is on a roll and a majority of Americans hate conservatives.

    9. I'm afraid we are now in deep doo doo seeing as the establishment GOP pieces of garbage in the Senate will not stand up and block any nomination from this pitiful excuse of a President. As I opined last week in another open thread here, those same scum bags who were voted in by promising to actually defend conservative values, the rule of law and our constitution will most likely once again choose to "not want acrimony" rather than do what is good for the country.

      Last nightIi noticed Ted Cruz, you remember, he's the only elected official that has in fact stood up for what he promised the voters, mentioned among other things the fact that an Obama appointee will effectively eliminate the 2nd amendment (my words, he said private gun ownership I believe).

      Well its much worse than that as any thinking person has to realize the entire idea for the Democrats and their Communist brethren ( and yes, I definitely mean exactly that as to the Democrats) will have their "litmus" test for a new Justice. And that test is simple/ Forget the ideals and so forth, just make damn sure the appointee is willing to legislate from the bench and ignore the Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law.

      Be scared. Be very scared because this is a watershed moment for this country. If the Senate fails to block a new appointee until after the election, the American Experiment is over!

    10. Joseph,
      Yes, our republic is facing a watershed moment. No doubt about it.

      I have little hope that the GOP members of the Senate will try to block Obama from appointing whoever he wants to the SCOTUS.

      Interesting that you mentioned the 2nd Amendment. It will be eroded if a liberal justice is appointed -- and the same is true for the 1st Amendment.

      Our republic is drawing to a close, IMO.

      I'm glad that I'm as old as I am -- and childless, too.

    11. I forgot to mention the 1st Amendment. LOL Definitely a danger there.

      I worry for my kids and especially my grandkids. I'm afraid they will never see the liberties and ideals that our forefathers fought for.

    12. Just thinking out loud here, but a 50-50 court might do less damage for a while

    13. Joseph,
      Possibly! Maybe even a silver lining?

  15. I wish libtards were as attractive as pigeons.

  16. SF mentioned: Face it folks, progressivism is on a roll and a majority of Americans hate conservatives.

    I agree.

    Academia and the media have fundamentally changed America. It's not so much that Obama fundamentally changed America; rather, it's that he came along at the time of ripeness to implement what academia and the media have been promoting for decades.

    I know many conservative parents who sent their children off to college to have their kids, apparently well grounded in conservative principles and/or faith, return home flaming liberals or foaming-at-the-mouth leftists.

    "College for everyone" has wrought something which is now a juggernaut. Along with the plague of career politicians of both political parties.

    1. Indeed...

      It's a Twilight Zone moment: (Imagine a Ray Milland type with a sudden look of realization falling over his face) "They're not colleges... They're indoctrination centers!"


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