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  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 10:41:13 PM PDT · 160 of 183
    88keys to mbrfl
    YEAH, "strategically"! and you are right! Trump is the only one remaining who is NOT mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination outright.

    It looks to me like the whole GOP is losing the battle and also the war, sorry to say.

    Trump's strategy in focusing on the bigger delegate count states is sensible, but a little disheartening for the "little guys" he claims to champion but can't be bothered with right this minute.

    Cruz is extremely intelligent, and I think rock-ribbed conservative, but he's also quite unlikeable for a number of reasons, and very possibly unelectable in a general election.

    I'm pretty sure both Cruz and Trump have dropped in the polls lately...too many people do not like either one of them, according to polls, which are not worth the paper they're not printed on in the long run!

    I will vote for whomever the GOP candidate is, and it won't be the first time I've held my nose to do it. I am just sorry it's all come to this, when the GOP started with such a supposedly stellar field of candidates.

    Whoever ends up getting elected in the end, whichever party, will have the unique privilege of being the first President ever to take office by being the least disliked.

  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 9:39:56 PM PDT · 155 of 183
    88keys to mbrfl
    "Letting these rigged elections and caucuses play out in smaller states like Maine, Wyoming, and Colorado is helping Trump more than actually winning the delegates would have done, because it’s revealing for all to see, Cruz’s conniving, undemocratic ways."

    Excuse me?? "and to the republic, for which it stands"...?

    Surely you are not suggesting that the mega-states and the mega-cities therein should decide the final choice for presidential candidates simply because they have mega-populations?

    IMHO, there is more than one way to actually represent the grass-roots electorate, and following CA rules and campaigning strategies is not tops on MY list..."fly-over country" may have to secede, ha ha!

  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 9:14:30 PM PDT · 151 of 183
    88keys to Hugin
    Agreed! Not sure about Dems crossing over, and Indies, but the problem is, a small "majority" of GOP votes state-by-state (less than 35-40 %) is not going to carry the day in the general election if 40 % or more GOP'ers voted for someone else in the primaries. Nor should it prompt calls for changing the nominating convention "rules" or claiming that "the system is rigged - unfair, UNFAIR"! There are a majority of folks who have not gotten behind Trump so far, I think...

    It remains to be seen if the "meme" of Dems and Indies voters is true, and follows through in the actual POTUS race, if Trump is the nominee (likely at this point)...he is always saying how many votes he's won, and how many new people he's bringing into "the party"...

    Personally, I have no horse in this race, I regretfully can not be enthusiastic about ANY of them, but I will broken-glass vote for whoever wins the GOP nomination because he will certainly be better than "Hillary!" or "the Bern".

    FReegards!

  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 8:40:23 PM PDT · 144 of 183
    88keys to tinyowl
    All I can say is ... that guy is 100% in this for himself, 0% for individual American's. He's just a fake conservative preacher - the Rev Bakker of the Holy Conservative Scripture. Fake. Snake. Completely connects with the first time I heard him speak - no human being behind that reverend's voice and mask."

    I agree with you completely about Cruz's "preacher mode". He seems quite unlikeable.

    However, with a few adjective changes, I think you could make the same remarks about Trump..."he's just a fake conservative preacher - the Rev. Bakker of reality TV, golf courses, hotels, Miss Universe, and an international celebrity"...

    Calling Trump a "snake oil salesman" would be about as fair as calling Cruz a "snake", but so far I have seen no reason to believe Trump any more than I do Cruz when it comes to their reasons and intentions for seeking the Presidency.

    No reason to be obsessed by "the rules", IMHO; that's not what the Constitution is. The Constitution is only changeable and amendable by a two-thirds majority of states ratifying changes, but it's much easier to get local, state and political party "rules" changed. Go for it, and good luck!

  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 7:59:48 PM PDT · 131 of 183
    88keys to hawkaw; All
    "Trump will get the prescribed number of (delegates) he won in Maine to vote for him on the first ballot as set by the rules. This stuff only comes into play on the second and so on ballots as is allowed by the rules and had been for a long long time. Give it a rest. You make it sound (like) Trump is being harmed when he and more importantly his team fully knew the rules going in. I can hardly wait, not, to see this guy deal with the real world."

    AMEN! Totally agree with your summary, thank you!

    Taking no sides here, I'd really like to remind my fellow FReepers that we do NOT have a "direct democracy" here, but rather a "representational republic".

    It was made very clear on the Ohio primary ballots - we had a choice of slates of DELEGATES to vote for. We had a choice of voting on either Dem. or GOP ballot (no questions asked, other than "Democratic or Republican" ballot, and show ID). There were also numerous GOP candidates (which ballot I voted) still listed on the ballot that had "suspended" their campaigns at least a month earlier.

    So goes it for states' rights, which I tend to favor, the point being the so-called "establishment GOP" had nothing to do with it!

  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 7:22:41 PM PDT · 118 of 183
    88keys to Hugin
    "Can you name a state Trump won where he didn’t get a majority of Republican voters? I didn’t think so."

    All of them??

    Maybe I'm mixing up "majority" with "plurality" though? To my way of thinking, a majority should be at least 40-50 % plus, not 30-35 % of a splintered primary electorate.

    That said, I'm sure there are a couple states Trump has won by a reasonable "majority", if not winning 50 % of the votes.

  • Ted Cruz wins almost all of Maine's delegates at convention

    04/23/2016 7:11:46 PM PDT · 109 of 183
    88keys to odawg; gov_bean_ counter
    “Trump does best where Dems and Indies determine the winner. Says something about Donny.”

    [Not going back to check, but I know for a fact that New York was a closed primary. Trump won by landslide.

    Says something about Trump and Cruz.]

    Also says something about New York voters. That is not a "value judgement", just saying that the states may be united, but they are not all the same.

  • The Latest: Trump calls on Cruz, Kasich to drop out

    04/21/2016 6:24:36 PM PDT · 126 of 191
    88keys to newfreep
    Kasich has no path to 1,237, and neither does Cruz as of now.

    However, if Trump does not achieve 1,237 at the time of the opening of the convention, then Cruz certainly still has a "path" to winning the nomination on a second ballot if he's anywhere close.

    Kasich might think he ALSO has a "path" on the 3rd, 4th, or 5th ballot, but I think he's dreaming about THAT, lol.

    Cruz was stupid to set the 1,237 "suspend" criteria, but it remains to be seen how his "path to winning" progresses, IMHO. In any case, he should have stuck with the "path to winning" rhetoric!

  • The Latest: Trump calls on Cruz, Kasich to drop out

    04/21/2016 6:12:54 PM PDT · 120 of 191
    88keys to Mariner; Dr. Sivana
    Dr. Sivana wrote: "Someone’s got to stay in the race to check Mr. Trump’s tendency to go left when he’s in his comfort zone."

    You replied: "This Trump supporter says there's some merit to that."

    I reply to you both: THANK YOU for THAT! Agree totally.

  • The Latest: Trump calls on Cruz, Kasich to drop out

    04/21/2016 6:01:59 PM PDT · 110 of 191
    88keys to The Iceman Cometh
    Well, after all, Ted is a proven liar.

    This has been bothering me lately, this whole "Lyin' Ted" moniker (sic) that candidate Trump keeps using about candidate Cruz.

    Every time I hear that, I wonder, "WHAT are you talking about?!" Clearly I missed something somewhere about all these lies, and a short clarification would be much appreciated!

    In truth, I don't care much for the whole lot of them but I will vote nevertheless.

  • Conventional Wisdom: Is Cruz stealing delegates from Trump?

    04/15/2016 4:58:48 PM PDT · 67 of 103
    88keys to erkelly
    I would respectfully disagree with your premise.

    Not all states have conventional "primary" elections, and it goes against the rights of states to be forced to conform to a "uniform" system, even if imposed by the GOP.

    Remember that the grass roots STATE GOP'ers set the rules for their various methods of selecting nominees. In Ohio, I did receive a ballot, but could not vote for any actual candidate, only for the "delegates" representing the various contenders (at that time, there were still about 12, including many who had recently "suspended") at the nominating convention.

    Please consider that your vote counts as much as anyone else's in your state, however your primaries are run.

    Also consider that understanding how the various state "primaries" and caucuses are run does not equate to "hustling, stealing, manipulating, cheating and exploiting" the voters OR the other candidates out of their due votes.

    So far the "GOP Elite" (whoever they are?) have not fared well...I will vote for whoever wins at the convention, and I doubt it will anyone other than Trump or Cruz!

    I'm sure MY opinion has been heard and my candidate vote has been recorded "by proxy" with our state convention delegates, and that's good enough for me for now! Delegates ARE bound on at least the 1st vote, and I would not want it to be otherwise.

    Interesting note: on the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders has had a remarkable record of state "wins", all things considered...but almost all "caucuses". At least in the GOP we don't have "super delegates" - which is what's totally tipping the balance for HRC so far.

  • Conventional Wisdom: Is Cruz stealing delegates from Trump?

    04/15/2016 4:28:03 PM PDT · 62 of 103
    88keys to Pollster1
    Thank you for that very common-sense post and commentary!

    I would also vastly prefer to see someone win fairly, with the required delegate count, whoever it be...

  • Conventional Wisdom: Is Cruz stealing delegates from Trump?

    04/15/2016 3:55:36 PM PDT · 55 of 103
    88keys to 2ndDivisionVet
    This article is completely correct; thank you for posting!

    It may not make the nominee choices more palatable to those entrenched on one side or the other, but there is certainly nothing "unfair" or specious about the various state delegation and convention nominating processes. It's all grass roots, state by state, and don't complain if you didn't figure this out and do your homework!

    Obama got elected in large part due to his abilities as a "community organizer" and his campaign's massive social media organization...that's worked out well, hasn't it? HA!

    I will vote for whoever the nominee is, and I hope everyone else will too. I will work actively to promote whoever the candidate is. Already voted in the Ohio primary, nothing else I can do right now. Not happy with the choices, but there's a time to whine, and there's a time to prevent HRC ascending to the Presidency for a 3rd Clinton term...

  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump at the New York State Republican Gala (4-14-16)

    04/15/2016 3:23:00 PM PDT · 67 of 69
    88keys to llmc1
    Thank you for your post; I agree!

    I do not care much for either of the front-runners, but considering the alternative would be "Hillary!" and her whole cadre of hangers-on, it would be best to stop the "Lyin Ted" vs. "The Donald" wars sometime soon, IMHO. We ARE FReepers here, all...and the first word is FREE...

    Thanks for considering, and not flaming!

  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump at the New York State Republican Gala (4-14-16)

    04/15/2016 3:09:10 PM PDT · 66 of 69
    88keys to Yulee
    I find this all very confusing...and I agree with your points.

    How did the "choices" come down to THIS?! and why do so many people here love Donald Trump and hate Ted Cruz?

    I would vote for either one of them over H.R.C. or "the Bern", but it's a little disheartening that it's come to that.

    IMHO, Mr. Trump presents a huge risk in that he has not presented concrete policies, and his "track record" has been very changeable in recent history. Mr. Cruz is largely unpopular and uncharming, but more solid.

    Sad to say, best prepare now for the next Clinton administration.

  • Jeff Sessions, Leading GOP Senate Voice on Immigration, Endorses Trump

    02/29/2016 6:49:43 PM PST · 52 of 54
    88keys to papertyger
    You lose me with the "worship", "blindly follow", etc....

    Where is a person with common sense and leadership skills, to be the next POTUS?

    I don't see one so far, be it Trump, Cruz, or Rubio, or G-d forbid Hillary or "the Bern"...

    Who do you think are the "bitchy teenage girls"? Not ME...but I do wonder about the "low-information voters"...I know quite a few of THOSE people (not YOU!),and it's fairly horrifying to consider how many totally clueless citizens or "eligible" or "whoever" manage to vote, and elect terrible people into important offices.

  • Jeff Sessions, Leading GOP Senate Voice on Immigration, Endorses Trump

    02/29/2016 6:32:45 PM PST · 51 of 54
    88keys to Lumper20
    I'm not sure Trump would not also "make deals" with the likes of "Clinton, Obama, Holder, Lerner, plus so many others"...

    Of course, hopefully NONE of those people will still be around after the next January, but certainly Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and a host of other elected and appointed agency officials will be...

    I have to add, this is the most FUBAR slate of POTUS candidates I've ever seen, on BOTH sides, and I've been around a while!

  • Jeff Sessions, Leading GOP Senate Voice on Immigration, Endorses Trump

    02/29/2016 6:21:50 PM PST · 49 of 54
    88keys to Jeff Head
    My only wish is that I could absolutely believe Trump. So far, I do not, and I do not trust him to follow through on many of the things he's campaigned on.

    After a very short history of "conservative conversion", and all the great talking points but no "plans on how to do this", can this really work?!?

    If he is the nominee, I will vote against Hillary, but it doesn't bode well to ME at the moment...

  • The Senate Is Very Unlikely To Confirm A Scalia Replacement This Year(McConnell weighs in)

    02/13/2016 4:32:30 PM PST · 71 of 92
    88keys to pepsi_junkie
    Agree...NO "sense of the Senate", NO "the President is entitled to make his own appointments to be considered favorably"...

    Been there, done that.

    Currently, these 8 "old people" are the Supreme Court, but many are older than Scalia was.

    Don't have a problem with "wise elders", particularly, but there is NO WAY it would be acceptable to replace Justice Scalia with the likes of another Bader-Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagan, or Breyer. Also not the "moderate" Kennedy.

    Pretty sure there will be NOT be an Obama appointment getting through before a year from now, when we will have a new President. God willing, we pull together, get our opinions out to the Congress-critters, and the Creek don't rise.

  • The Senate Is Very Unlikely To Confirm A Scalia Replacement This Year(McConnell weighs in)

    02/13/2016 3:57:20 PM PST · 47 of 92
    88keys to chris37

    Most sadly, you are right. Just a shock to all of us.

  • The Senate Is Very Unlikely To Confirm A Scalia Replacement This Year(McConnell weighs in)

    02/13/2016 3:52:43 PM PST · 37 of 92
    88keys to smoothsailing; All
    From the article: Already on Saturday evening, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, put out a statement expressing sadness at Scalia’s death, and extolling the virtues of a quick confirmation. “I hope that no one will use this sad news to suggest that the president or the Senate should not perform its constitutional duty,” he said. “The American people deserve to have a fully functioning Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for partisan reasons. It is only February. The president and the Senate should get to work without delay to nominate, consider and confirm the next justice to serve on the Supreme Court.

    All I can say is, "in your dreams, Senator Leahy."

    Fellow FReepers, I would plead with you to put OUR differences aside, such as they may be, when the time comes. The loss of Justice Scalia demands no less.

  • Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch

    02/13/2016 3:31:23 PM PST · 723 of 1,307
    88keys to corlorde
    You posted: "Just heard how he wasn't feeling good last night, how come he didn't go see a doctor?"

    Same reason you or I don't go running to a doctor every time we are feeling under the weather. I remember my dad saying he felt "tired" and went and laid down. It was the last thing he ever said.

    Agree, although it is a terrible and shocking loss.

    Also sure there will be a complete and thorough investigation, and ALSO that President Obama will be prevented from appointing any replacement before his end of term.

    God bless Justice Scalia and his family, and may he rest in peace. We better pull together and carry on in the meantime...

  • Trump announces he is most likely not doing the debate

    01/26/2016 5:31:33 PM PST · 256 of 295
    88keys to Protect the Bill of Rights
    So, who is the grown-up here? Ready to be commander-in-chief?

    I agree with you.

  • Donald Trump out of debate

    01/26/2016 5:19:20 PM PST · 635 of 1,287
    88keys to Disestablishmentarian

    I hope Putin is paying attention...

  • Donald Trump out of debate

    01/26/2016 5:14:56 PM PST · 594 of 1,287
    88keys to Mom MD

    You are right, IMHO!

  • The Post-Boehner Congress and Washington’s Sense of Dread

    09/27/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    88keys to flaglady47; RegulatorCountry; MinuteGal
    So far there is absolutely NO reason to think there is any scandal impending on Boehner that would cause him to leave Congress. He has NOT fallen in his home district, here in Ohio.

    There is also no reason to think that there's anything wrong with wanting to retire to Florida, at least for the winter....there are hundreds/thousands of North Coast people who do that.

    At least you did not accuse him of wanting to be a "lobbyist", LOL!

    How about THIS: what's "at play" here is, the Speaker's job is impossible. Boehner's been in Congress many years, and the diverse members of the GOP House have become increasingly fractious about working together as a majority.

    Speaker Boehner has done an honorable job (check his record more closely if you disagree - you'll be surprised) and the man is just worn out with all of this. Hardly surprising.

    What is wrong with sunbathing? or having a drink at the local pub? or RETIRING?? It may not appear very "noble", but he deserves credit for stepping down, rather than putting the House through another Speaker challenge, which he likely would have won, again.

    Some younger Congressman said, "he would have been a great Speaker in 1994"...WELL, can we just leave it at that?

    IMHO, Boehner's served well for a long time, and has done as much as he could under the various circumstances, so can we just civilly disagree about that without impugning the man's reputation? He's leaving; how much more do you want from him?! sheesh!

  • Pop Quiz: Are You Churchill? or Are You Chamberlain?

    09/27/2015 3:49:02 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    88keys to PotatoHeadMick
    Interesting points you make, and tend to agree...

    It's helpful to have the 20/20 hindsight, of course! and there's times when a little roaring might do some good?!

    Ha!

  • TRUMP: I'm Boycotting Fox News

    09/27/2015 3:42:31 PM PDT · 615 of 616
    88keys to Boardwalk
    What do you mean, dear fellow FReeper?

    I don't understand your comment, unless you mean to say that FR is now "all in" for Mr. Trump as POTUS, and CNN is a better news source than Fox NEWS (not to be confused with Fox TALK SHOWS)...in which case, I'll have to rethink the whole FR thing, but don't you worry about me, I will!

    Thanks for your advice, I think?!

  • Pop Quiz: Are You Churchill? or Are You Chamberlain?

    09/26/2015 2:56:19 PM PDT · 8 of 19
    88keys to Be Careful
    Well, I am NOT Buchanan, for sure...

    That is just a weird idea! Isolationist...there's no doubt it would have been fine if Hitler were allowed to take over Europe? He did not threaten Britain or the US until we got involved?

    Yeah, makes perfect sense...NOT!

    Guess that would put me in the Churchill camp, lol

  • [Wash Post Oct 20, 2011:] Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show

    09/26/2015 2:44:38 PM PDT · 61 of 62
    88keys to BobL
    LOL! NO, you didn't "attack" ME, but apparently some other FReepers attacked YOU (according to your comment that I replied to)...

    Totally agree...civil discourse, and thank you!

    To be honest, I do NOT have all the facts on any of the current candidates, including Rubio. I do like him, and I think his comments on "immigration reform" have been good. The problem being two-fold: all the illegals that are already here, including in the "sanctuary cities" and under Obama's policies; and then, just putting a STOP to the continuation of those policies, securing the borders more effectively, and keeping track of the visa-holders that tend to overstay.

    The second is easier to do. The first is more problematical; I don't quite see how the USA can logistically deport 11 million (+) illegal residents in any reasonable time frame, for any reasonable cost. However, there's no doubt that SOME of them should go, a.s.a.p., and others could be permitted to stay, with a highly restricted "worker permit" or something like that. NO "citizenship", benefits, etc. unless they go to the back of the line and earn it the way everyone else does.

    The "line" needs to be changed, too...no one has apparently given any thought lately to how many people we admit each year, from what countries, who wins the "lottery", etc....it's ridiculous, the system we have now, good people wait for YEARS and spend a fortune to try and comply, and now Obama wants to bring in 100,000 "Syrian" refugees!

    Anyway, I think "amnesty" is a poisonous word that doesn't totally apply here: it IS accurate, allowing ANY illegal to stay is amnesty, BUT, we need a plan that can actually work.

    CLOSE the borders, identify the people, families and children that are already here and deal with them appropriately, and then reform the immigration policies. Stop interfering with Border Patrol, etc.

    I believe that's what Rubio would want to do? Legal immigrants are not big fans of the illegals, believe me! I'll continue research, of course!

  • The Post-Boehner Congress and Washington’s Sense of Dread

    09/26/2015 2:01:45 PM PDT · 22 of 36
    88keys to hosepipe

    OH..hehe...sorry, you knew that already of course!

  • The Post-Boehner Congress and Washington’s Sense of Dread

    09/26/2015 1:56:44 PM PDT · 21 of 36
    88keys to Bratch
    Donning flame suit here...

    SO, what has Governor Palin done recently besides activism and criticism of elected officials?

    The speculation that Boehner is going to be a "lobbyist" is just that, and a mean thing to say, but it did get her attention.

    I used to really like her, but this kind of thing is not helpful. I wish she would either do something constructive (like run for office again) or else refrain from useless "blogging", which accomplishes nothing but stirring up anger, which also accomplishes nothing. These are serious times, FRiends.

  • The Post-Boehner Congress and Washington’s Sense of Dread

    09/26/2015 1:47:25 PM PDT · 20 of 36
    88keys to alloysteel
    I do just hope that by the time the horse, bit in teeth, stops of it's own will, we're not all decimated by the "hell of a ride" that comes before...

    Love your tagline, LOL!

  • The Post-Boehner Congress and Washington’s Sense of Dread

    09/26/2015 1:42:04 PM PDT · 18 of 36
    88keys to hosepipe
    "Who did that"?

    The Democrats in the Senate.

  • TRUMP: I'm Boycotting Fox News

    09/26/2015 1:20:50 PM PDT · 613 of 616
    88keys to Fantasywriter
    The problem is, "saying" isn't "doing", no matter how passionately (and yes, entertainingly) the assertion is made.

    You seem to have great faith that Trump will actually be able to accomplish what he says he can.

    Many people before him have tried, and failed, to change the Obama policies. The Democrats still have too much representation and clout in Congress, enough to stymie (sic) anything the GOP tries to do.

    I personally don't think that Trump will have a "magic bullet" to deal with this, despite his great rhetoric. Just beware, is all I'm saying...how will he deal with Putin, for example? if he's P.O.T.U.S.?

  • TRUMP: I'm Boycotting Fox News

    09/26/2015 12:47:58 PM PDT · 612 of 616
    88keys to BuckeyeGOP; CatherineofAragon
    Late to this thread, but I still wanted to post this...

    As a long-time Freeper, I'm amazed by these comments here...Donald Trump is the FReeper choice for President?? REALLY?? Times have changed,I guess.

    Those referring to the "faux news" channel sound just like my liberal relatives. SOME shows are worth watching, and are fair, namely, "Special Report" with Brett Baier. Do NOT confuse "news shows" with "opinion shows". CNN is better, you think?!

    Maybe I'll pay more attention from now on, or else just slink back into real life and remember the "old days" fondly. I'm glad a few of you are still around, LOL!

  • [Wash Post Oct 20, 2011:] Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show

    09/26/2015 12:16:20 PM PDT · 59 of 62
    88keys to BobL
    You are not too fond of Rubio, are you...LOL!

    Personally, I think he's one of our better contenders, although I don't know enough about everyone else to make a choice yet.

    I DO think that Donald Trump would be a disastrous candidate: his heart may be in the right place (although I'm not convinced that's not "showmanship") but his temperament is not suitable to be P.O.T.U.S. Neither is Obama's, but why jump from the frying pan into the fire?!

    My opinion. I won't attack YOU if you don't attack ME! FReegards

  • Rick Perry abandons presidential run

    09/11/2015 4:49:05 PM PDT · 28 of 60
    88keys to dragnet2

    See previous post - “huh?” I wouldn’t accuse Perry of that, but of course, I don’t know him personally.

  • Rick Perry abandons presidential run

    09/11/2015 4:46:05 PM PDT · 27 of 60
    88keys to WENDLE

    Huh? FR?

  • Baltimore ends day with burning church senior center, Hero mom delivers slap heard ’round the news

    04/27/2015 8:09:40 PM PDT · 13 of 48
    88keys to SeekAndFind
    My heart goes out to the citizens of Baltimore...and my blood boils at the thought of these so-called "protesters" destroying other people's property and dreams, not to mention inflicting bodily harm on innocents. What's the point??

    Is it true members of the "Crips" and the "Bloods" are among the "protesters"? as well as local gang members...

    THOSE are the ones that need to be dealt with. There's a Constitutional right to peaceful assembly...but this is manifestly NOT that.

    The peaceful "protesters" need to be protected themselves from the vicious thugs that are burning the town. It would help if they'd call the thugs out themselves.

  • Grassley Strives for Seventh Term, Always Wanting More

    04/02/2015 10:16:12 PM PDT · 10 of 22
    88keys to ObamahatesPACoal

    Actually, I think it’s pretty amazing that Iowa has all those GOP’ers in office, considering it’s a “swing state”, leaning left, according to the pundits... ; D

  • Smoking Worst Health Habit of Those on Medicaid [how do "poor" people afford cigarettes?]

    04/02/2015 9:48:13 PM PDT · 9 of 30
    88keys to grundle; All
    How does "ANYONE" afford cigarettes? LOL!

    Article seems to say that more Medicaid smokers actually report that they smoke...in my household, our doctors know that we smoke, we just lie about how much. ; )

    We have employer-provided health coverage (actually, earned by us of course, docked from our pay) and NOT "Obamacare"...and everyone frowns on smokers nowadays, so we're in a hugely over-taxed minority, BUT, it still IS legal, and we still live in the "land of the free"!!

    I don't know how poor people afford cigarettes...probably from the good will of their friends, or the cheating of the vendors they use government benefits to buy them from.

    But I will defend the right of anyone of the proper age to smoke cigarettes in their own home/car/etc...they can lie about it or not as they choose!

  • Complaint: Dangerous dogs being released by city (Albuquerque)

    04/02/2015 9:20:28 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    88keys to Joe 6-pack; CedarDave
    Thanks for the ping...

    Can't say it often enough...know your family, know your capabilities, and then know your dogs!! There are great dogs out there that would never be suitable to live at our house...

    It's disgraceful that some of these dogs have even been released for adoption. It's also a big problem that so many dog adopters are well-meaning but ignorant.

    We've had only rescue dogs, and our latest were older when we got them...you always take a chance with a "new" dog, and I realize you can't always have a "home visit" in advance, BUT, it's the adopter's responsibility to NOT take an aggressive dog, and to NOT romanticize their "dream dog"...if you're not going to be able to keep up with exercise and attention that some dogs need, then don't bring them home! If the younger dog is potentially going to bully the older/smaller dog, don't bring them home!

    If you can't train the dog, don't bring him/her home, just saying.

  • Christian Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake (Short title)

    04/02/2015 8:32:07 PM PDT · 23 of 94
    88keys to SkyDancer
    "Demand to be accommodated", or sue, with a little help from their "friends"...

    You are right. No one is denying service here, JUST declining to make custom wedding cakes or personally photograph those lovely wedding moments.

    It makes me very uneasy that businesses are being "targeted" and sued for not providing their services for gay marriages. There are still a lot of people who think "marriage" is only between one man and one woman.

    There are plenty of other vendors who will be happy to help LGBT couples celebrate their wedding, and plenty of states and church denominations that will allow it. I wish they would leave everybody else alone, LOL!!

  • America’s Academies for Jihad

    04/02/2015 8:14:03 PM PDT · 5 of 13
    88keys to iowamark
    Couldn't get the whole article, but what you posted was chilling enough.

    There are far too many prison inmates who become radical Islamists...it's beyond coincidence. Prison reform is needed.

  • Indiana state senator on Memories Pizza: That kind of thinking has no place in this town

    04/02/2015 8:02:58 PM PDT · 23 of 44
    88keys to fieldmarshaldj
    Thanks for clarification...pretty poor "home page" from Sen. Arnold, LOL!

    Party affiliation explains a lot, and must be a safe district...interesting that HE is the one quoted in the MSM.

    Love your tag line - agreed!

  • Indiana state senator on Memories Pizza: That kind of thinking has no place in this town

    04/02/2015 7:58:33 PM PDT · 19 of 44
    88keys to Envisioning

    Good one! ; )

  • Indiana state senator on Memories Pizza: That kind of thinking has no place in this town

    04/02/2015 7:57:33 PM PDT · 18 of 44
    88keys to 2ndDivisionVet
    Great summary, and totally agree. There is simply "no THERE, there" to the Indiana anti-gay-law story, and it's ridiculous that all these businesses and organizations are considering boycotting/moving...all of course breathlessly covered by the clueless media, who wouldn't know a Constitutional right if they saw one.

    It never ceases to amaze me how "progressives" want to force issues, based solely on the "fact" that that's what THEY think is the right thing to do...never mind the activists, it's the ignorant people that put them in office, based on their "feelings" rather than any understanding of the Constitution, equal rights, or the law.

  • NCAA President: Issue of Indiana law more important than basketball

    04/02/2015 7:40:23 PM PDT · 20 of 34
    88keys to Amendment10
    Right you are. This whole anti-Indiana business is SO stupid, it's practically mind-boggling to anyone with a brain.

    To the Indiana boycotters: So whose rights are being infringed here? Mine or yours? Where do mine stop and yours start, so the government can compel me to take some action against my will, or go bankrupt?

    Furthermore, I personally don't think any self-respecting LGBT person would dream of getting involved in a potentially nasty situation by forcing these issues. Who would want to forcibly hire a cake-baker or photographer who didn't want the job? THAT will turn out well, no doubt...LOL!

    It's activism, pure and simple. Like Harry Reid's little adventures. "Nothing personal, you know"...

    I will not willingly put up with these random activists, and we need to elect people who will appoint judges who won't, either. This is getting ridiculous.

  • Las Vegas Sun Editor Accused of Killing Column Critical of Harry Reid

    04/01/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · 24 of 35
    88keys to trisham
    "Wow! Those are nasty looking bruises."

    Indeed...!

    Accident with the exercise equipment...that equipment should be banned!! Obviously not safe for a "civilian" to use at home, he could have been killed.

    Not that I'm sorry he's retiring, hehe