Not only has he trashed Wisconsin’s finances, but his personal finances are a mess. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin (R) is in some serious debt. National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher reported Monday that new federal financial documents showed that Walker had credit-card debts totaling more than $20,000 from two separate cards. That’s bad. This is worse. […]
2 Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff in Mississippi says authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility. No injuries were reported. Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith tells WDAM-TV (http://bit.ly/1UlrHi6) that the shots were […]
Thanks to Roger Ailes, there are now two classes of GOP candidates. The Children’s Table Losers and the Prime Time Losers. I think it is safe to say that the longevity of the Children’s Table Losers has taken a hit. So who should be happy and who should be sad?
Jason330: Huckabee (117), Christie (36), Cruz (161), Carson (118)| 432
Pandora: Walker (23), Paul (145), Rubio (140), and Santorum(72) | 380
AQC: Jindal (46), Bush (55), Fiorina (118), Ehrlich (0) | 219
Newton: Paul (145), Rubio (140),Carson (118), Santorum (72) | 475
Prop Joe: Cruz (161), Jindahl (46), Walker (23), Perry (65) | 295
Del Dem: Bush (55), Christie (36), Huckabee (117), Graham (69)| 277
Turns out, with 4 in the Prime Time, I’m the winner of the Roger Ailes follies. Del Dem, Pandora and Newton, both with three did well. Prop Joe has two Prime Time Losers, and AQC is the Rick Perry of this round.
Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, who has managed all of his prior campaigns for the Senate and the Presidency, said today that she has not had a “single conversation with him about it,” with “it” being running for President in 2016.
If she is telling the truth, then that means that Joe Biden is not running for President.
So that little boomlet was fun.
New York Times: “After weeks of preparing for a smash-mouth debate with Donald J. Trump, 14 Republican candidates found themselves instead Trump-less but sandwiched into a constricting format on Monday night, delivering strikingly uneven performances just days before the first big test of the presidential primary contest.”
“Rather than making the other contenders look more presidential, however, the event, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., seemed to shrink the candidates. Assembled in the front row, the Republicans gawked as each rival took his or her turn on stage, looking at times as if they were being forced to sit through a tedious school assembly.”
The GOP is going all in to turn Planned Parenthood into the next ACORN. In response to completely debunked and discredited videos that conservatives collectively pretend show Planned Parenthood officials selling fetal tissue from abortions, Senate Republicans introduced legislation to stop all government funding to the organization. Planned Parenthood receives up to $500 million annually […]
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. told the Boston Globe that he’s not running for president, making him the only Republican in the country not running for President. This means nothing to the universe of political punditry – except to one person, AQC, who is going into the second phase, the drop phase, of DLGOPFP a three legged chair. (scroll down for updated standings)
Don’t cry for AQC though. He (she?) has Jeb Bush, so points will be accumulated while candidates like Newton’s Rand Paul will fall to the ground like overripe and unwanted apples in an abandoned orchard. It is still anybody’s game, and other sports related cliches.
[An aside... I wonder if all this attention to the Buffoon Bus (tm) is helping the GOP in some perverse way? They do get to claim that they have an "embarrassment of riches" and while you and I certainly agree that these candidates are embarrassing, they are all getting a lot of earned media, and pushing the Dem candidates into the shadows. Also - since they all agree on all the issues, they get to continue to spout their utter bullshit unchallenged. Certainly the media is not going to call them on their floating of fact impaired fucktardy. ]
Nice job Bushie. (also, nice job Obama keeping it rolling).
While American military trainers had gone to great lengths to protect the initial group of trainees from attacks by Islamic State or Syrian Army forces, they did not anticipate an assault from the Nusra Front. In fact, officials said on Friday, they expected the Nusra Front to welcome Division 30 as an ally in its fight against the Islamic State.
“This wasn’t supposed to happen like this,” said one former senior American official, who was working closely on Syria issues until recently, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential intelligence assessments.
The Nusra Front said in a statement on Friday that its aim was to eliminate Division 30 before it could gain a deeper foothold in Syria. The Nusra Front did much the same last year when it smashed the main groups that had been trained and equipped in a different American effort, one run covertly by the C.I.A.
I thought I knew how screwed up the GOP is. Turns out…I had no idea how mightily screwed up the GOP is right now.
“Cuckservative,” you see, is short for a cuckolded conservative. It’s not about a Republican whose wife is cheating on him, but one whose country is being taken away from him, and who’s too cowardly to do anything about it.
OK, that’s gross and sexist enough already, but there’s more. It apparently comes from a kind of pornography known as “cuck,” in which a white husband, either in shame or lust, watches his wife be taken by a black man. Lewis explains it this way: “A cuckservative is, therefore, a race traitor.
This is not merely a new way to shout “RINO.” It’s a call to make the GOP an explicitly racist party, devoted to the defense of whites…. ”
Donald Trump makes mainstream Republicans angry, understandably. His inflammatory rhetoric and sudden rise toward the top of 2016 presidential polls threaten their careers.
Yet Republican political leaders themselves bear some responsibility for Mr. Trump’s ascent. In dealing with the dyspeptic constituency that has empowered them, they’ve repeatedly failed at anger management.
Throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, the Republican Party has been a hothouse of grievance: against his health care law, his immigration policy, even his citizenship. The ire of conservatives helped Republican candidates wrest control from the Democrats of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.
But the inability of party leaders to control that intensity has often backfired. In primary campaigns, it has toppled effective Republican lawmakers.
According to Kavips (posted on August 1st):
It has been 7 days now that the Delaware Department has sat on the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Day one was the release by other states of their preliminary data alerting all that the state now had the results…
One must ask why in the “most open and transparent administration in Delaware’s history” (Markell’s state of the state claim) we are still waiting for the preliminary data to be released.
Do we really have the results? The test was given last spring (March and April) so you’d think for a test to have educational impact the results would be available quickly.
In this week’s address, the President celebrated the fiftieth birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives.
In his weekly message, Governor Markell shares his highlights from Governor’s Day at the 2015 Delaware State Fair.
Never mind that this probably won’t pass… yet. The writing is on the wall, and it doesn’t have a single thing to do with abortion (Hello, Hyde Amendment). But given the rampant ignorance and stupidity within the Republican Party we really need to send a message.
The Senate will vote as early as Monday on a bill to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, a largely symbolic vote causing pain for centrists in both parties and drawing fire from conservatives who say it won’t satisfy their quest to put the organization out of business.
The bill isn’t expected to garner the 60 votes needed to advance, as nearly all Democrats object to it. Its defeat, however, won’t end the effort to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood.
When you consider the Hyde Amendment, you need to ask yourself, what is the real agenda of the GOP? The correct answer is that The War on Women continues. This is really about contraception… and women who have the ability to have an enjoy sex (a mythical creature in GOP land, among GOP men and women – which is really sad.) without the fear of pregnancy.
Jason puts great stock in this, pun intended: the political betting markets give Donald Trump 8-1 odds of winning the Republican presidential nomination, behind only Jeb Bush (8-5), Marco Rubio (7-2) and Scott Walker (4-1). Why is Rubio so high. He’s running for VP and not President.
The News Journal reports that New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon “still isn’t ruling out a campaign for governor in 2016.” Why would he rule it out? The juggernaut that is John Carney is not that intimidating. Indeed, if Gordon gets in versus Carney, I have Gordon as the favorite.
“I have not made up my mind,” Gordon said during a brief interview on Thursday. “It’s still early. I haven’t said no to it.”
Nate Silver: “Despite what you may have read elsewhere — or heard from the man himself — Donald Trump is not all that popular with Republican voters. Sure, he’s in first place in many polls. But Trump is near the back of the pack by another important measure… Trump’s favorability ratings among Republicans are barely better than break-even: 47 percent favorable and 43 percent unfavorable. Among the 17 Republican candidates, Trump’s net favorable rating, +4, ranks 13th, ahead of only Chris Christie, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki.”
“And yet, in these same polls, Trump is the first choice of an average of 20 percent of Republican voters — the highest in the field, ahead of Scott Walker (14 percent) and Jeb Bush (12 percent).”
Today, we get a hilarious press release from the Mayor’s Office announcing that the WPD’s Operation Disrupt is now coming back. This is the Operation Disrupt put into place with great fanfare after multiple shootings in January — pulling the city’s Community Police Unit, as well as resources from other special units to flood the streets of certain sections of the city with officers. And only for eight hours in the evening and only for 5 days a week. Sundays were covered by NCCOPD and Mondays were covered on an ad hoc basis. Operation Disrupt started winding down in March and by the time that the WPSSC presented its report, Operation Disrupt was a shadow of its former self, with most of the special unit officers returned to their units and the CPU officers preparing to move on to other assignments. This is March 31. The NJ reported that Operation Disrupt was being reconfigured into a 7 officer unit that would specifically target certain areas. Then it said that Operation Disrupt was over on June 5, which may be when the original configuration ended. And then — TA DA! — Operation Disrupt is BACK and Mayor and the Chief are pulling the newly deployed CPU to do the larger effort.