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  • Oregon shooter: New details emerge about Chris Harper-Mercer

    10/04/2015 6:29:08 AM PDT · 42 of 79
    gusty to Sooth2222
    I think you are real close in pinpointing the problem. The one the media never mentions in these cases. That being the Permanent Bureaucracy is incompetent and lazy. If the Democrat hacks who masquerade as government workers actually did their jobs, some of these incidents would have been avoided. You can have all the background check systems you want, but they will not work if those tasked to enter the information spend their days drinking coffee and playing solitaire on their computers. Reading between the lines, this slug was thrown out of the Army for a reason. He didn't look physically incapable, like being morbidly obese. There is only one other reason, he was psychologically defective. Why did nobody in the Army, they are part of the government, pass on the information. You always find with these types that in the past they alerted the world that they were unfit to live among us, but nobody does anything about it.
  • Media Narrative: Half-Black Oregon Killer is a "White Supremacist"

    10/03/2015 5:27:45 PM PDT · 103 of 119
    gusty to B212
    The Muslims who fought for Hitler were from Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Kosovo) and the Caucasus region of Russia, they were white. The poster you were responding to questions the notion that there were many blacks fighting for Hitler, there were not. Blacks fought for Kaiser in the First War, very well in what is today Tanzania. But the very few who ended up in Germany after WWI where not treated well by the Nazis.
  • Ahrar al Sham claims rocket attacks on airbase where Russians are stationed

    10/02/2015 8:23:54 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    gusty to econjack
    Why wouldn't they poke the Bear. If you know history, they lost to them in Afghanistan, and after twenty years, still have not subdued them in the Caucasus. In Chechnya, the Bear had to buy off the most brutal of them and hand that particular Islamic warlord free reign, as long as he went after his old comrades.
  • Chris Harper Mercer Photos: Pictures of Umpqua Shooter

    10/01/2015 9:41:24 PM PDT · 41 of 45
    gusty to Jack Hammer

    From his picture, I would be safe in saying he and Obama share an identical makeup.

  • Chris Harper Mercer Photos: Pictures of Umpqua Shooter

    10/01/2015 9:34:08 PM PDT · 39 of 45
    gusty to Jack Hammer

    According to his step sister he is not American either. He was born in the UK.

  • Chris Harper Mercer’s Politics: What You Need to Know (Media Claims He Was Conservative Republican)

    10/01/2015 9:27:05 PM PDT · 47 of 85
    gusty to nickcarraway

    It would not be unusual for somebody obsessed with the IRA to call themselves a republican. The reason being, the IRA calls itself republican, thus the R between the I and A. In the context of Northern Ireland there are four political categories. Unionist (peaceful supporters of the UK), Nationalist (peaceful supporters of Irish unification), Loyalist (supporter of Protestant paramilitaries), and Republican (supporter of the IRA, or other splinter groups).

  • Does FNC actually cover live news anymore? (Vanity)

    10/01/2015 9:12:52 PM PDT · 30 of 36
    gusty to BlueNgold

    I guess you live on the East Coast. You forget that a substantial number of your fellow citizens live on the West Coast, thus 11PM is 8PM. Is it OK for you that the millions by the Pacific get to sit down and watch FNC in prime time. You sound like the NY sports media columnist Phil Mushnick who is always complaining about national sporting events starting at 8pm or 9pm, never considering that the rest of the country might like to watch a game that did not start before they can get home from work.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Make LGBT Icon Stonewall Inn a National Park

    09/20/2015 6:21:17 PM PDT · 22 of 41
    gusty to 2ndDivisionVet

    The National Park Service could have a Wiseguy’s Walk, like the Freedom Walk in Boston. You could start at this place, then they could have a back room dice game, a strip bar, a pizzeria distributing smack, a wire room for bookmaking, the possibilities are endless for the National Park Service.

  • Why do Southerners have a drawl?

    09/18/2015 12:23:40 PM PDT · 112 of 152
    gusty to jjsheridan5

    I believe the Australian accent is very similar to a London accent, especially the East End. It stands to reason, being that Australia was a penal colony, London probably had the most criminals, thus the origin of the Australian accent.

  • Why do Southerners have a drawl?

    09/18/2015 10:32:56 AM PDT · 54 of 152
    gusty to Does so

    A hot drink you get in a blue paper cup with Greek columns on it.

  • Why do Southerners have a drawl?

    09/18/2015 10:31:24 AM PDT · 52 of 152
    gusty to jdub

    What you state contradicts itself. Those who where in close proximity of the slaves would have been the more aristocratic Southerner, while the ones who were not would have been those speaking Appalachian as you say. At the time of the Revolution half if not slightly more of the population of South Carolina was African. Accents and speech patterns are acquired from ones peers, not parents. On the plantation is was quite common for white and black kids being playmates, thus the accents and speech patterns would be influenced. Works the other way to. Listen to Charlie Rangel speak. He does not have a typical African American accent, but a typical Irish NYC accent. I would suspect he had a lot of Irish and German friends as a kid growing up.

  • Why do Southerners have a drawl?

    09/18/2015 10:17:06 AM PDT · 31 of 152
    gusty to chasio649

    All regional accents in my observation are becoming less noticeable among the young. I do not think it has to do with college, but more a result of mass communications in today’s world. Accents are acquired from ones peers more than ones parents. When I grew up, my peers were located pretty much in my regional area, the NYC area. I have a noticeable Irish NYC accent. My kids peers with the internet and all is a much wider area than what I experienced, thus they do not have a strong NYC area accent, even though they live in the same area I grew up in. Accents are acquired in ones adolescent stage, and will lessen if you move out of the area you grew up in. However, when you reach senior citizen status, the accent of your youth will creep back in. For example, my grandfather was born in raised in the north of England. By the time he was middle aged, you would have thought he was born in Ohio. In his seventies, the old accent came back to an extent, and really came back when he was angry.

  • Fantasy sports hearing likely, GOP chairman says

    09/18/2015 6:51:50 AM PDT · 15 of 22
    gusty to Rinnwald
    I would not say they are skirting federal gambling laws, I would just state that they are violating them. Fantasy sports has been classified as games of skill. Where one selects a team of players and competes against others for prizes. The skill comes from being the best evaluator of talent, thus your team wins. However, these fantasy games are based on full seasons, not one day. For example, you pick David Ortiz over Alex Rodriquez, and over the year one performs better than the other, it is a reflection of ones skill as an analyst. If you pick Arod over David Ortiz for what they will do on Thursday Aug 23, than you have entered the world of gambling. There is no skill involved, it is pure game of chance. These fantasy game companies are engaging in the later, not the former. These companies are bookmaking operations masquerading as fantasy sports. The only way these companies can come into compliance would be by dropping the day by day play, and just use full season results.
  • Campaign launched against 'harmful' sex robots

    09/15/2015 10:50:26 AM PDT · 71 of 88
    gusty to varyouga
    If you are right, which I hope you are not, then the human race will become extinct, at least those of us in the developed world. I have a suspicion that like gay marriage, this robot thing will be only a brief temporary phenomenon, that is until sharia law is fully implemented world wide. Demography is a bitch.
  • How Thomas Jefferson Led America’s First “War On Terror” [Against Islam]

    09/13/2015 2:14:34 AM PDT · 15 of 20
    gusty to OldNewYork

    I do not dispute anything you say about the North Africans. My concern was the attempt to make Jefferson into some kind of early 19th Century hawk, when he was far from it. The 1805 war was far from a crushing victory for the US. However, you should look into the later 1815 war with Algiers, led by Madison. Now that was victory. It amazes me that Jefferson’s war is celebrated when it was far from victory, but Madison’s war is ignored, when it was. As for fake surrender, I can only remember one ship to ship encounter between the forces. That being the Philadelphia. It’s capture was blamed on incompetence on the part of the ship’s leadership, even then. The only ship to ship encounter was a defeat for the US in the 1805 war. Again, in Madison’s war, the US Navy swept the Med clear of the Algerine fleet, sinking many of their top ships. 1815 is a clear date for the end of the Barbary Pirates. A student of history can easily deduce why. It was the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and the beginning of the era of the Congress of Vienna. European navies were freed from fighting each other, a far greater threat to themselves than the North Africans. Remember, not more than 20 years later, France conquers Algeria, the most powerful of the Barbary Pirates.

    My bug a boo is with over the top history. History is far more fascinating and even heroic at times when told as it truly was. For example, the backstabbing of Jefferson and Lear do not in anyway take away from the accomplishments of William Eaton, a true hero. This guy was Lawrence of Arabia a century before Lawrence. Imagine a New England Yankee, Continental Army vet, leading Arab tribesman across the Libyan desert to capture the port of Derna. This story deserves a movie.

  • “…to the shores of Tripoli” – The forgotten Christian slaves of Islam [Psalms 110]

    09/12/2015 5:55:29 PM PDT · 7 of 10
    gusty to Jan_Sobieski
    Interesting fact from this period of history. An Arab slave raiding party landed in Italy and pushed inland. The Arabs were eventual surrounded on a hilltop by the locals. The fascinating thing was that both sides fought to a standstill, the Arabs were firmly entrenched on the hilltop, but had no way of getting to the coast. The resolution was the Arabs agreed to convert to Christianity and were allowed to build a permanent town on the hill. To this day, their descendants still live there.
  • How Thomas Jefferson Led America’s First “War On Terror” [Against Islam]

    09/12/2015 5:50:07 PM PDT · 13 of 20
    gusty to OldNewYork
    Now for the real story, not the comic book one. The real story was that we did not soundly beat them. Jefferson cut a deal with Tripoli's ruler to end the conflict. Part of the deal was we abandoned our allies in the conflict, and left them to their fate. To his dying day, William Eaton despised Jefferson for negotiating a sellout of our allies to the Pasha. William Eaton led the force of US Marines (the shores of Tripoli), Greek mercenaries, and Arab tribesman lead by the Pasha's brother, from Alexandria Egypt across the Western Desert to capture the city of Derna. After his victory, Eaton was ordered by Jefferson's negotiator with the Pasha, Tobias Lear to evacuate from Derna, and leave the Arab tribesman fighting for us to be destroyed by the Pasha. You see Lear struck a deal to pay the ransom for the release of American hostages, and also agreed to abandon our allies in the conflict. Jefferson was a 19th Century Obama in regards to this war.
  • What we have learned since 9/11

    09/11/2015 11:36:41 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    gusty to Biggirl

    What I learned since 9/11 is that most Americans did not have the stomach to do what was necessary to win. Despite all the unity talk after the event, all it was was talk. Very quickly the Democrats and their minions used every setback, no matter how small, to further their own ends, despite how much damage they did to the war effort. I really thought on 9/12 our country and countrymen would do what was required, how wrong was I, looking back over the last 14 years. Next time I will not be fooled as easy.

  • Northern Ireland Faces Crisis as Unionist First Minister Resigns

    09/11/2015 4:44:10 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    gusty to OldNewYork
    They are talking about the Provos. Apparently they still exist in some organized form, and are experiencing some sort of internal feud with the example of the two killings. The implication is that come election time, there would be some level of intimidation of the electorate in some districts if they are still active.
  • Why Russia has boosted its military presence in Syria now

    09/10/2015 9:12:01 PM PDT · 19 of 37
    gusty to lodi90

    I do not think that a gas pipeline through Syria is the reason. It looks like Assad is leaning toward abandoning most of the country, and retreating into the Alawite homeland around Latakia on the Med. Since the Russian’s naval base at Tartus is also in this region, Putin will help Assad create a Fortress Alawite in this region. With less area to defend and both Russian air and ground forces to backstop them, Assad can hold out here for years, if not decades. Putin gets to maintain his naval base in the Eastern Med in the bargain. I do not see Russia conducting any offensive operations against ISIS for the simple reason that Russia cannot maintain the logistical means to accomplish this mission. They do not have the sea lift capability that the US has, thus all their war fighting has been in areas neighboring their own country(Afghanistan, Georgia, Ukraine).

  • Donald Trump: I Will Know The Difference Between Hamas And Hezbollah 'When It's Appropriate'

    09/03/2015 11:33:50 PM PDT · 122 of 292
    gusty to hosepipe

    If Trump has the Moron vote, he might walk away with this with ease.

  • Donald Trump: I Will Know The Difference Between Hamas And Hezbollah 'When It's Appropriate'

    09/03/2015 11:19:46 PM PDT · 110 of 292
    gusty to CA Conservative

    That was my point. Reagan knew who all the players were in 1980. He wasn’t a swami, so he would not know who the players were after he was dead. By the way, Hezbollah did not exist in 1980 either. It came into being after the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

  • Trump fumbles Hewitt question on terror leaders [barf alert]

    09/03/2015 11:10:04 PM PDT · 164 of 185
    gusty to Repeal The 17th
    He is the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon. I hope you have heard of them in passing. You might have remembered that little war Israel had with them for the last 30 years or so. Maybe you are too young, but there was that killing of 300 Marines back in the 80’s.You might have some vague memory of that. You will also get to know them better when Iran gets the bomb, they will be the guys who will get to explode one for them in a city near you.
  • Donald Trump: I Will Know The Difference Between Hamas And Hezbollah 'When It's Appropriate'

    09/03/2015 10:58:25 PM PDT · 83 of 292
    gusty to nickcarraway

    I would give someone a pass who missed Julani, but the other three, Zawahiri, Nasrallah, and Baghdadi, is a must know for anybody who considers themselves informed on the news. Anybody who has read newspapers for the last 15 years and did not suffer from dementia should know these names. It would be like a candidate in 1968 not knowing who Ho Chi Minh was or saying they never heard of that Nasser fellow. They would have been laughed out of the race.

  • Donald Trump: I Will Know The Difference Between Hamas And Hezbollah 'When It's Appropriate'

    09/03/2015 10:47:48 PM PDT · 70 of 292
    gusty to WilliamIII

    Since none of them were on the scene yet in 1980, I would think not. But I would bet the house that Reagan could identify Arafat or Abu Nidal or even Ilich Ramirez Sanchez back then. Reagan was old school, not the new school ignoramuses we are stuck with these days.

  • Trump fumbles Hewitt question on terror leaders [barf alert]

    09/03/2015 10:33:46 PM PDT · 156 of 185
    gusty to gusty

    Just listened to the interview, and it is stunning that someone running for the presidency is this ignorant. Trump not only does not know who Nasrallah is, but does not know what Hezbollah is either. If a candidate professed this degree of ignorance 60 years ago, they would have been laughed out of the race. Today, it seems no big deal. As a people, we have sunk to a sad level. Right, Left, Center, our politicians display a level of ignorance and low brow rhetoric that would horrify the likes of Clay and Webster.

  • Trump fumbles Hewitt question on terror leaders [barf alert]

    09/03/2015 10:09:11 PM PDT · 153 of 185
    gusty to GIdget2004

    I would think if anyone does not know who Nasrallah, Zawahiri, and Baghdadi are, they are low information people. Julani, the leader of the al Nusra Front, can be forgiven if not recognized. If someone has read newspapers for the last 15 years and has some long term memory should know these names without a doubt. It would be like a candidate in 1968 saying they do not know which countries that Ho and Mao guys lead.

  • The Trump Movement Isn't About Conservatism -- It's About Americanism

    09/03/2015 7:25:08 AM PDT · 5 of 82
    gusty to Anitius Severinus Boethius
    My take of the whole thing has been that small government conservatism, which I profess, is dead for the foreseeable future. Our arguments for small government, free markets has been a failure. The vast majority of Americans, including those who consider themselves conservatives, reject the notion. What I am seeing is a longing for the New Deal past. It is not Reagan's America that people want, it is Harry Truman's and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson's America that people want. The Jeffersonian ideal has no appeal anymore. FDR's vision remains king.
  • There’s something about Trump (author is Pres of Americans for Limited Government)

    09/01/2015 11:43:34 AM PDT · 18 of 39
    gusty to RoosterRedux

    I just call them as I see them. Trump is a Democrat of the pre 1968 type. I live in Realville, USA and understand that my type of small government, free market conservatism has failed miserably in the battle of ideas. It has not made a dent in the American way of thinking. The Trump candidacy represents that even conservatives are New Deal Democrats now.

  • There’s something about Trump (author is Pres of Americans for Limited Government)

    09/01/2015 11:15:35 AM PDT · 10 of 39
    gusty to RoosterRedux

    I see the author is titled President of Americans for Limited Government. I can only conclude that either he never believed in limited government in the first place or he is too stupid to realize that Trump represents a repudiation of what he stands for. Trump is the fulfillment of the nightmare that will destroy small government, free market conservatism for a generation or more. He is the fusion of social conservatism and economic leftism. He is I’m afraid what under the surface those who called themselves conservatives wanted all along, but never fully admitted. Trump is the New Deal Democrat circa 1949. The flag waving union delegate of old. People want big government working for them, they do not want smaller government. They want the entitlements to keep flowing. I’m afraid the only thing that will stop the Leviathan now is a complete financial collapse of the whole unsustainable setup. Nobody today is interested in smaller government, even conservatives. Us small government, free market types represent such a small segment of the population that our goals will never be reached. As much as I hate it, I cannot deny the facts.

  • Another Impossible Thing May Happen: Change in Partisan Alignments

    09/01/2015 7:03:15 AM PDT · 22 of 42
    gusty to Buckeye McFrog

    No matter who holds the reigns of big government, there will be cronyism. It is only human nature. Be they college professors or evangelical ministers, big government will corrupt all of them. My sorrow today is that all efforts on behalf of small government and free markets have been a complete failure. Even most conservatives today do not believe in them.

  • Another Impossible Thing May Happen: Change in Partisan Alignments

    09/01/2015 6:57:22 AM PDT · 17 of 42
    gusty to ecomcon

    If the GOPe are the Democrats of 1976, than the Trumpsters are the Democrats of 1956.

  • Another Impossible Thing May Happen: Change in Partisan Alignments

    09/01/2015 6:50:58 AM PDT · 13 of 42
    gusty to TexasFreeper2009

    We are. However, for smaller government, free market conservatives it is our nightmare. We are seeing what I have feared for years, the fusion of social conservatism with leftist economics. It is the New Deal Democrat with the flat top haircut on the Fourth of July. We are finding that all along, that is what those who called themselves conservative wanted.

  • Another Impossible Thing May Happen: Change in Partisan Alignments

    09/01/2015 6:45:53 AM PDT · 12 of 42
    gusty to Buckeye McFrog

    Nail on head. The whole Trump phenomenom has told me that small government conservatism is dead. With most people on the right, including the purists, Conservatism was only skin deep. It was based purely on social issues, underneath there was pure New Deal Liberalism on the issues of government and economics.

  • My daughter was killed on live television. I will do whatever it takes to end gun violence.

    09/01/2015 6:37:55 AM PDT · 66 of 116
    gusty to ROCKLOBSTER

    A “The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor” post.

  • Up from Trumpism ("Trump’s appeal is a cartoon version of Richard Nixon’s")

    08/28/2015 10:05:41 PM PDT · 8 of 32
    gusty to 2ndDivisionVet

    The analysis seems spot on to me. Trump is a cultural conservative at best, not in anyway a small government man, like Richard Nixon. The Silent Majority of Nixon were the cultural conservatives of the 1960’s, but these people were solid with New Deal America. They despised the New Left, but liked the Old Left. What I am seeing with Trump is that small government Reaganism is dead, it might never have been accepted by a majority in the first place. Most people who identify as conservative are cultural conservatives, not small government or even free market conservatives. Those two trends, which I personally identify, will be wandering the wilderness for a long time. I understand now that I am in a small minority. The old New Deal Silent Majority is back and riding in the Trump wagon. Who said history doesn’t repeat itself, it is 1968 all over again, except Mayor Daley is a Republican delegate for Trump.

  • Why Trump Says He’ll Never Eat Oreos Again (I am also swearing off them, and I ate them often)

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson: Face of the Modern Democratic Party

    08/19/2015 4:43:16 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    gusty to markomalley

    I suspect that either the author or the headline writer is under 35 years of age. For those of us of more advanced years, we remember that the modern Democrats, the New Left, were the very people who ran the guy out of the White House.

  • [June 1, 2015 Video] Donald Trump on the need for NSA phone data collection

    08/17/2015 8:33:20 PM PDT · 92 of 104
    gusty to conservativegranny

    I sympathize, but you are shouting in the wilderness. The fight is lost. Small government conservatism is dead for now. The Trump candidacy is the nightmare I have dreaded. It is the culturally conservative, fiscally liberal one that will win every time. It is the old New Deal Democrat with a flat top haircut on the 4th of July. Trump is promising the great middle, the cultural conservatives, to get their jobs back from China, chase the day laborers out of Home Depot’s parking lot, and keep their entitlements in place. The average Trump voter is not looking for a return to Reagan, they want the America of Harry Truman. They are not interested in small government.

  • How Donald Trump may make Ted Cruz president

    08/17/2015 6:29:17 PM PDT · 70 of 94
    gusty to VinL

    Their supporters will go to Trump if Trump is winning, and their guy has bitten the dust. I personally could not be a bigger doubter on the whole Trump candidacy, but if he is last man standing, I’m with him too. Even though I believe I can see through his charade, I acknowledge he has the ability and potential to take this all the way.

  • How Donald Trump may make Ted Cruz president

    08/17/2015 6:19:43 PM PDT · 67 of 94
    gusty to SuzyQue

    I believe that all of those angry voters out there are motivated by other things beyond what Cruz offers. The angry Trump voter could care less about Cruz’s filibuster of Obamacare. I wouldn’t be surprised if a majority of them were against any type of government shutdown. Unfortunately the angry conservative voter may seem big around these parts, but in the totality of it all, it is real small. I believe we are seeing something else. You might say this is the rise of the middle or even something off the American political scale. These angry voters do not like liberals, and have no use for those calling for smaller government, they really do not care. Trump wants to bring their jobs back from China, kick out the day laborers from Home Depot’s parking lot, tell the liberals where to stick their political correctness, and make sure nobody touches their entitlements. This is what the majority want to hear. I’m honest enough to know that my brand of small government conservatism will be wandering the wilderness for the next few years. Cruz and his brand of politics is not going to get these voters. Trump is the candidate that have feared for years, he is the culturally conservative, fiscally liberal one that is a killer to conservatism, and a killer to the progressives, a least one silver lining. He is the old New Deal democrat with the flat top haircut on the 4th of July. These angry voters are calling for Harry Truman, not Ronald Reagan.

  • How Donald Trump may make Ted Cruz president

    08/17/2015 4:36:47 PM PDT · 34 of 94
    gusty to 2ndDivisionVet

    It is magical thinking to believe that Trump will help Cruz. The people who support Trump are not interested in what Cruz has to offer, outside of the immigration issue. Cruz is a principled conservative all down the line. The cultural conservatives who support Trump could care less about Cruz’s stance on smaller government, a big part of who he is. The just want the America of the past again, and that did not include small government. A Trump voter is as likely to vote for the Democrat in the general election as for the GOP candidate, if Trump is not involved. As I see it, Trump and Cruz are appealing to two different audiences.

  • The Republican Establishment Wants to Know What Explains Trump? They Explain Trump!

    08/17/2015 4:24:40 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    gusty to Kaslin
    For the last twenty years we have had neo-cons, evangelicals, free marketeers, libertarians, country clubbers all battling for the soul of the GOP. I admit, I probably belong to one of the above factions. What we are finding out is that all of them did not have the numbers to carry the day, even if they formed temporary coalitions, still they lacked the numbers to carry the day. All the think tanks, mega churches, big money donars in the world could not bring in the average voter. On the other side you have a party, the Democrats, dominated completely by refugees from the 60’s, feathering their own nests in the government, unions, Hollywood, and the universities. Underneath all this rigamirole, sits the average American. He hears all the arguments for small government and it leaves him cold. He really doesn't care, he wants to know what is in it for him. Nobody for the last twenty years can give him an understandable answer. He turns on the TV and sees another thriller that casts America as the villain again, and it makes him angry. Along comes Trump, and he is speaking to them. He tells them the country is great, and he is going to make it great again. But the masses are not thinking the 1980’s and Reagan. They are thinking 1949 and Harry Truman. That is the American they want. That is the America Trump is promising, and the majority of people want it. They do not want anything to do with smaller government, Social Security reform, flat tax or fair tax, sanctuary cities, dreamers, Goldman Sachs, I could go on. They want the America of government helping them, not illegal aliens and “urban honor students”. Trump is promising this. He is going to get their job back from China, he is going the clear the day laborers hanging around the Home Depot. They could not care less what Nick Gillespie, Tom Friedman, Stephen Moore or Paul Krugman think about anything. This is the biggest faction in the country, the culturally conservative. They do not give a damn about reducing government, they just want back the America of 1960. Like it or not, Trump has the heart of these people, and they have the numbers. As someone who has doubted Trump and still feel the same way, for myself. I acknowledge he has my faction beat like a rug. I might not like it, but that is a fact.
  • Trump’s Defective Economics

    08/17/2015 11:04:21 AM PDT · 39 of 134
    gusty to DoodleDawg

    If I could read the article beyond the pay wall, more than likely I would agree with it. But where I and the author depart company is, I know that most voters couldn’t care less, and she doesn’t. To the Trump voter it is an asset that he doesn’t come across as a Club for Growther. In his gut, the Trump voter knows that Trump will make America what it used to be. What the author forgets, it is not the 1980’s that they are thinking of. It is the the 1950’s and early 60’s they are yearning for. The Trump voter is a traditionalist. They are not pining for Nick Gillespie, he turns them off. The small government free market stuff doesn’t interest them. If big government will provide for them and those like them, they will stick with big government. Trump voter is not looking for another Reagan, they are looking for another Truman, and how things were back then.

  • From Trump To McDaniel: Is Ted Cruz Running A Brilliant Stealth Campaign?

    08/17/2015 10:21:29 AM PDT · 52 of 67
    gusty to grania

    Trump by any definition is not a true conservative, however that may be why he will win in the end. What we are finding out that the down the line conservatives are small in number. It is the cultural conservatives who are probably the largest faction in the country, and they will carry Trump over the finish line. They do not care about small or big government. They just want to feel good about the country, without taking any hair cuts on entitlements. This faction by far is the largest in the country, bar none. It even crosses party lines. You will hear, and believe it, many two time Obama voters voting for Trump. It is Trump’s race to lose, bar none.

  • From Trump To McDaniel: Is Ted Cruz Running A Brilliant Stealth Campaign?

    08/17/2015 10:12:27 AM PDT · 48 of 67
    gusty to wolfman23601
    Cruz is playing a dangerous game if he thinks he can draft behind Trump, and then pull ahead when he falls. The reason be that Cruz and Trump do not appeal to same people. Cruz, who I like on the issues personally, covers the whole gamut of conservative thought. He can check off all boxes be it economic conservatives, national security conservatives, cultural conservatives, and social conservatives. Trump is focused clearly on the cultural conservatives ( not the same as social conservatives, but their is overlap). The Trump voter is the gut patriotic real American. You can find him at the Elks Club, Union Hall, etc. He just wants America to remain America. He couldn't careless about downsizing government, he just wants government to do more for him and other real Americans, and not bend over backwards for people who break the law, be they illegal aliens, or the proverbial “inner city honor student”. What we are finding out today is that this faction is huge, and does not exist only in the GOP, but the Democrats have them to.

    So as someone who identifies himself more with the economic and national security conservatives, I see clearly now that my faction is a small one. The Club for Growth small government platform, though I agree with it, is a sure loser in the year 2016. So in the end, if the GOP wants to win, their horse is Trump. Not cheer leading, just the cold hard facts. All that small government talk never reverberated beyond the think tanks. It never entered the halls of the Knights of Columbus. And if it did, they would want nothing to do with it. They just want a country as it was under the consensus of the New Deal.

  • Republican Party Doesn’t Want to Believe its Voters Agree with Trump.

    08/17/2015 8:05:30 AM PDT · 47 of 60
    gusty to Buckeye McFrog
    As much as I hate to say so, a message of smaller government is a sure loser. Even despite the rise of ISIS strangling Rand Paul's candidacy in the crib, his brand of Libertarianism is a sure loser with actual voters. Dick Gephardt, circa 1976, would probably have a great shot at winning the GOP nomination in 2016.
  • Republican Party Doesn’t Want to Believe its Voters Agree with Trump.

    08/17/2015 7:44:43 AM PDT · 34 of 60
    gusty to sevinufnine
    The point made in the article and also made by Mark Steyn in his latest, is that the Republican base is not that conservative on the issue of the size of government. They are OK with big government per say, as long is it seems to serve American citizens. Culturally the base is conservative down the line, I include immigration in this. This cultural conservatism is not just confined to the GOP, but exists with a smaller group within the Democrats, maybe 15%, but that is significant. Trump, either willfully or accidentally, may have stumbled onto something here. On the culture issues he is making a huge impact, but it is enhanced by his avoidance of seeming like a Club for Growth type of guy. His economic program seems to be more populist than traditional Reaganomics. But that's OK with the base, as long as he sticks with the more culturally conservative themes, he may have smooth sailing right into the White House.

    I use culturally conservative instead of socially conservative. A culture conservative is someone who is not religiously motivated. To use a stereotype, Joe Six Pack down at the union hall. He is culturally conservative, but maybe goes to church one day a year on Easter. A social conservative is a cultural conservative,
    but a cultural conservative is not necessarily a social conservative.

    I believe us small government types should get used to a long vigil in the wilderness. What we are finding out is that it is not that important to most people on either side of the aisle. That is why Trump can say he sees good in a single payer system, and get away with it. It really is not that important to most people in comparison to the cultural issues. I beginning to wonder if the GOP would have won anything if the wealthier old hippy wing did not come to dominate the Democrats. If the the party remained one of big city bosses and labor leaders with their flat top haircuts, it might have been curtains for the GOP decades ago.

  • Hillary Clinton Is Overwhelmingly Popular Among Black Americans

    08/16/2015 3:35:18 PM PDT · 20 of 101
    gusty to skeeter

    I believe it. Every Republican will not even register. Rand Paul can reach out all he wants, he will never get anywhere. In the Democrat field, besides Herself, you have a hippie in his dotage, another guy who was the only one to defend the Confederate flag, and another guy who was portrayed in “The Wire” as a complete weak sister. Easy to win a poll when your the only one who can compete.

  • Trump calls for U.S. ground troops in Iraq

    08/16/2015 2:48:25 PM PDT · 27 of 33
    gusty to South40

    For arguments sake, let’s say we do seize the oil fields. Then what. How many troops would be needed to prevent the locals from blowing up the pipelines. How many troops would be needed to protect convoys of oil trucks going to the ports. Who would like to drive an oil tanker hundreds of miles with hostile locals with plenty of RPG’s lining the highway. If we instead destroy the oil fields, wouldn’t that mean higher oil prices as there less of a supply in the world. You can come up with an endless list of problems.