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  • Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler,Renegade Jew

    05/16/2016 6:48:01 AM PDT · 34 of 42
    gwjack to Biggirl

    Hi Biggirl —

    The problem with the premise of Kristol is what will happen if no candidate gets the majority of electors. The Twelfth Amendment addresses this. Since the House of Representatives must select from the top three candidates receiving votes, and each state receiving one vote, it would seem to me that DJT would be elected. The Twelfth says, in part:

    “The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.”

    I suppose the ability to read is the great equalizer with pointy heads like Kristol that don’t think through their efforts.


  • Owning a German shepherd taught me more about self-awareness and safety than any class ever did

    05/12/2016 5:54:34 AM PDT · 67 of 85
    gwjack to Vermont Lt

    Hi VermontLt —

    Right you are about the amount of exercise required by Mals. I got my first at 4 months of age - she is now 10 months. I chose this breed for two reasons; first, I’m a sound sleeper and I want to be awake if my front door is kicked in. Second, I wanted a running companion for my regular training runs. I run several half and full marathons every year. Over the past six months, she has taught me many things about myself, training regimens, nutrition, and consideration of the needs of another. At present we walk (not run because of her age and dysplasia concerns) 10-15 miles every day, spread over 3-4 trips.

    I undertook to train her myself. We are now working on off leash hand signals. She was potty trained in 12 hours by ringing a bell hanging on the door knob. If, in Winter, I’m slow getting my shoes on she will bring me the leash. She surprises me frequently how athletic she can be.

    Yes, Mals can be tough. They require much patience, and understanding their sassing when they are young. They want to be dominant. They will be dominant unless corrected. But, when corrected with proper boundaries, they are thrilled to be a follower in your pack. My girl never runs through a door before me, nor crosses a street without getting permission from me.

    I once heard it said about Mals that they are capsulized by three Fs; they are Ferocious, they are Fearless, and they are Faithful. My little girl is my constant companion - even on aircraft. I don’t go anywhere she is not welcome. But, she has very good manners.

    She loves to be part of my pack, and accompany me everywhere. I’ve discovered that she is a magnet for children and friends. She is a force-shield to unsavory individuals.

    I’m glad I’ve been blessed to have her.


  • Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

    05/09/2016 6:22:19 PM PDT · 11 of 50
    gwjack to jsanders2001

    Acts may have been similar, but Stewart was jailed for lying to federal officers.

  • Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

    04/28/2016 5:25:18 AM PDT · 12 of 51
    gwjack to Oldeconomybuyer

    Thank you for posting this. It is a good reminder what the US will resemble if our economy tanks. It is a clarion call to me to further my preparations for social unrest.

    I once heard about firearms - it’s better to have them, and not need them, than need them and not have them.

    So, I’ll re-think my bug out bag, food supply, safety plan, and many other things before I go to sleep. I need to be prepared in case they are needed.



    04/27/2016 4:19:20 PM PDT · 21 of 60
    gwjack to kaehurowing; Seaplaner

    Coulter is an idiot to judge someone on how fast they talk. Sad to inform you kaehurowing, I talk very slow too. I’ve been told my Southern drawl becomes more pronounced on either coast. I think it is to make sure those that hear fast will slow down to consider the merit of what is said. I’ve been told, when I apologized for speaking slowly (Judge Cornelius Blackshear, Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York) that isn’t important - it just means I’m thinking faster than the listener. I think it was the 43 civil RICO cases before him.

    Again, Coulter is an idiot.


  • WMUR first: Cruz to announce intention to name Fiorina as his running mate

    04/27/2016 10:22:12 AM PDT · 117 of 222
    gwjack to McGruff

    Hi McGruff —

    I heard Ted Cruz interviewed yesterday. The question was asked about his family. He and the girls were in Indiana, and Heidi was in Lincoln, Nebraska. They gave the girls a choice of whether to go with their mom, or dad. The girls both chose to ride on the bus with TC. He confessed that it was probably with the expectation that they will get ice cream with him.

    So, no drama. Just a family attempting to cover all the bases. I like that they allowed input from the daughters.


  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 5:43:21 PM PDT · 386 of 441
    gwjack to bootless

    Power was out in the immediate area of the FedEx Forum. It was down 20-25 minutes. They have old fashioned lights (argon?) that require a cool down before coming back. ESPN kept it in studio until the lights returned. They got text updates from Tirico. Then, wouldn’t you know it, when lights did return, and the game started, they went to a series of commercials. They had to catch up.

    This is an even numbered year so the Giants should be in good shape.

  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 4:37:22 PM PDT · 374 of 441
    gwjack to bootless

    Keep in mind the normal, high humidity in Houston. All the recent rainfall and flooding couldn’t help. It’s a shame the crew can’t make the court more playable. Of course, it’s nothing like the power outage in Memphis today. But condition of the playing surface directly impacts the health/safety of the guys that are almost acrobatic. I was down for the NCAA Final Four a few weeks ago before the rain. We noticed driving in that some stretches of I-45 resembled the bayous in Louisiana between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

    I was lucky and got to see the Giants when I was in Arizona a couple of months ago. When their pitching comes around, they will be tough. Seems like they were playing the Cubs. Starters played 3 innings. Saw a lot of good young talent for both teams.

  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 3:22:00 PM PDT · 359 of 441
    gwjack to bootless

    bootless —

    I think Curry getting hurt illustrates the fact that the Warriors are a team. Although every cog is important, the team is still very talented. I hope my Thunder can survive the maelstrom of the Spurs and meet up with GSW in the conference finals. They played some very competitive games his year. Curry being only 2 for 9 in the first half, 6 points shows he is human. I hope it’s a small tweak, and the Clipper/Blazer series goes 7 so he can get healed up.

    Hey, if we are both in the conference finals, I’d love to have you (and son or friend) as my guest for a game in OKC. I’ve got sufficient tickets.


  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 1:45:23 PM PDT · 307 of 441
    gwjack to altura

    Hi altura,

    That series had to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable of any I’ve followed. I hated that the Rangers succumbed. Game 6 was one for the ages. My son and I went to game 2 in St. Louis, wading through Occupy St. Louis protestors; my son thought I was a bit rude to them by not acknowledging them as we passed. But, we had a ballgame to go to. Game 2 was won by the Rangers in extra innings when Pujols failed to cut off the throw from the outfield. I was actually at South Pointe watching Game 6. To come from 2 and 2+ runs down twice in late innings just doesn’t happen at that level. Now, Ron Washington is gone, Tony LaRussa is gone, and players have transitioned. I’d like to get to Arlington to see a few this season. Last time I was there was years ago - I met a friend (Bobby Murcer) before the game as the Yankees were in town. Good memories about the beauty of the symmetry of sport. We just need to get KC out of contention.

  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 12:46:17 PM PDT · 242 of 441
    gwjack to gloryblaze

    Hi gloryblaze,

    Yes, this is about the nomination. The nomination is secured when 1237 votes are cast on the floor of the convention. And, not until. Personally, I fervently believe that when 1237 is shown on the floor, there will be unity regarding trouncing the Democrat nominee. I still don’t believe that HRC will be the name on the ballot for the Democrats. I suggested this to a former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner on a recent flight. We had a very robust 2+ hour discussion about the current posture of Presidential politics. He is a staunch Democrat. He thought about my statement that HRC won’t be on the ballot, and my prediction that the Dem candidate would most likely be John Kerry. I think HRC will be gone because either legal issues, or personal health issues, will cause her removal. We talked about Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri being chosen by the 1972 convention - and his departure shortly after because of the revelation of his receiving electrshock therapy. Sargent Shriver (of the Kennedy Clan) was shuffled into the nomination. My thought is that the Dems will look to Kerry because of the age of others (Sanders, Biden) and the fact that he is now third in line to succeed the President. It will be a mistake if they do that. My new “friend” agreed that it is a possibility. Oh, he isn’t a supporter of any Democrat in this cycle.

    I ran in a marathon in Vegas in 2011 - after the World Series which St. Louis came back from certain defeat multiple times. I met a former worker at the Sports Book at South Pointe who had lost his job because of the Cardinals. At least that is what he said. Actually, he lost his job for failing to follow requirements of the job. You see, in late August St. Louis was 10.5 games out of making the playoffs. Posted odds were 100 to 1. He took a $10,000 bet on the Cardinals winning it all. St. Louis made up the ground on the final day, and was down to their last pitch 3-5 times before beating Texas in game 7. The worker lost his job not for taking the bet - but for taking it without getting permission from his supervisor. South Pointe honored it, as they would have taken it.

    So, why am I babbling about sports/politics? I believe that there are some principles which are applicable in both. That is why I will wait for 1237 votes from the floor. I once heard a basketball coach asked why he was running up the score. He said that as far as he knew “shaving” points was illegal. I believe that if Trump pushes the pedal to the metal and far exceeds 1237, unity will follow much easier than if someone were to drop out.

    Just my $.02


  • Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz Has To Bribe Delegates To Win

    04/24/2016 11:44:08 AM PDT · 218 of 441
    gwjack to chris37

    HI chris37, I hope you are well. I suppose this post isn’t directed at you singly, but at the statement you make about those behind dropping out.

    I never encourage anyone to quit when losing is inevitable. Doing so “games” the system.

    For example, consider the current NBA playoffs. Houston has no chance to beat Golden State, so they should just forfeit. Dallas should exit as OKC is clearly superior. Cleveland is going to defeat Detroit, so they should get out. Charlotte can’t hold a candle to Miami, so they should do the honorable thing and quit too.

    The race in the Republican nomination is to 1237 actual votes cast. That doesn’t happen until the convention in Cleveland. It may be on the first ballot, and it may be on a subsequent one. But, like basketball, there is no firm decision until the clock has expired with a winner. If there isn’t a clear winner on the first ballot, there will be overtime.

    Again, this isn’t to be critical towards you, just explaining my confusion about people “advising” others what to do. Trump has proven very adept at playing the delegate race. He will make decisions that he believes is in his best interest. I would never suggest “what” he should do. But I will certainly watch and form my opinions based on his words/deeds.

    Thank you for your valued participation in this forum.


  • HUGE: Ted Cruz Earns FOUR Critical California Endorsements!

    04/22/2016 6:07:43 PM PDT · 35 of 143
    gwjack to Donglalinger; 2ndDivisionVet

    Newbie — when you rise to attain 1/10 the accomplishments of Tirso del Junco, you may be critical of him. Your knee jerk lash at him is unAmerican. It’s people like you judging others with no knowledge that make me nauseous.

    Take a peek at his Wikipedia page. As I said, please feel free to educate me what you have accomplished compared to him.

    I hope I can have the impact he has had on others. Have a nice day.


  • Music icon Prince dead at 57

    04/21/2016 3:13:50 PM PDT · 33 of 37
    gwjack to gg188

    Hi gg188,

    Rolling Stone article about the backstory of that arrangement in 2004. Note the solo of Prince begins at 3:28.

    Prince’s breathtaking guitar solo at the end of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” could be the single greatest musical moment at any Rock Hall induction ceremony in its history. It almost didn’t happen: George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, wanted the performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to be limited to people who knew George — unlike Prince, who later claimed he had never even heard the song before it was sent to him to learn for the performance.

    Prince; Dead; obit Prince Dead at 57 »
    Organizers persuaded Olivia to let Prince play. For Prince, the initial attraction was the chance to share a stage with Tom Petty. “It was an honor to play with him,” Prince said later. “’Free Fallin” is one of my favorite songs.”

    The delighted look on George’s son Dhani Harrison’s face said it all when Prince stepped to the center of the stage and delivered a two-minute solo complete with fluttering high notes and ringing harmonics. Prince took over completely, leaning backward off the front of the stage so that a handler had to hold him up, and strutting offstage before the song had faded, tossing his guitar high in the air. (”I want to be friends with him,” Dhani said backstage. “We’re the same height.”) “

    They rehearsed it a bunch of times, and every time you could see this was going to tear the roof off the place,” says Paul Shaffer, who led the band that night. “But Prince kept a little something in reserve for the actual performance itself. He really did show what a great guitarist he was. He just killed it that night.”

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  • Why Trump is still likely to fall 52 delegates short of nomination.

    04/21/2016 6:43:02 AM PDT · 32 of 43
    gwjack to Hatteras

    I agree that you should get the money. But, if you don’t get it, it’s rigged!

    There will be blood in the streets if you aren’t awarded. No one else got 5 correct.

    It’s mathematically impossible for anyone else to win - so 5 out of 6 should be sufficient.

    Oh, wait a minute, this isn’t politics, it’s about money. So I guess the rules will have to prevail, unless they are changed to allow your victory.

    Hatteras: please pardon my sarcasm upon your sarcasm. I wish you well, my FRiend.


  • RNC Rules Member: Nominee Doesn’t Need To Win 8 Primaries

    04/20/2016 1:35:28 PM PDT · 24 of 50
    gwjack to CA Conservative

    Hi CA Conservative —

    Yes, I remember you raising this exact issue a couple of times. They were more fully explained in your earlier posts. Reality is that the RNC Rules member is responding directly to the question being asked. The medium asking doesn’t know enough to follow up.

    I believe you are correct - that the certification of a majority of delegates of eight states is required. I know that if I were a delegate (I am not) pledged to Trump as a result of the states voting allocation, I would have personal reservations signing a certification. I would think that there are delegates with integrity of their convictions. But, I still think Mr. Trump will be able to cobble together eight state delegations.

    Over the last week I’ve had occasion to talk with a former Corporation Commissioner (Democrat not supporting Clinton or Sanders) and a banker (Republican supporting Kasich). The sense was the same - this entire election cycle is in disarray.

    I’m continually amazed at people that want others to quit before the final buzzer. That’s why Texas A&M came from 12 points behind with 14 seconds on the clock. We, as Americans, are taught to play the entire time, and never give up or shave points. I learned many years ago that I never should make decisions for others unless they ask me, and pay me. Cruz will do what Cruz will do. Trump will do what Trump will do. We are all spectators on the passing scene. We may not make the same decisions as them, but we don’t have any authority to make it for them. But, let’s let the game play out under the rules. The goal (for nomination) is 1237; regardless of which ballot it may come.

    Sorry for the rant, my FRiend.


  • Oklahoma City Remembers 21 Years After Deadly Murrah Federal Bombing

    04/19/2016 8:19:34 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    gwjack to CrimsonTidegirl

    Thank you.

  • Oklahoma City Remembers 21 Years After Deadly Murrah Federal Bombing

    04/19/2016 2:58:19 PM PDT · 16 of 32
    gwjack to nickcarraway

    April 19. A sad, pensive, thoughtful day for me. I think of what could be. I think of those that had their lives more profoundly affected than me. Last year I posted my memory of an April 19 that I shall never forget. It is why I still drive with my headlights on in bright sunshine - as a “hook” for me to remember. Below is that memory.

    April 19, 1995 was a beautiful Spring Wednesday in Oklahoma. The air was crisp, but the skies were promising with blue skies interlaced with patchy clouds. How surreal appearances can be.

    I had previously committed to a friend from Southern Oklahoma that I would save him a long arduous trip from Durant, and I would make a court appearance for him. I left my office a little late, so I was rushing downtown trying to escape rush-hour traffic. The hearing was at 9:00. I drove East on 4th Street, then South on Robinson to park. As I was proceeding to the East, I had to pass a yellow truck parked in the right hand lane. Little did I know that truck would alter history for so many. I parked in the garage to the Federal Building, and walked to the Bankruptcy Court for my appearance. Nothing seemed irregular. How surreal appearances can be.

    I arrived at the courtroom on the 7th floor of the old Post Office, which had become the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. It was one block from where I parked. I chatted with a few friends waiting on the Judge. There were 20-25 lawyers present. At 9:00 the Judge’s clerk appeared. That was normal procedure - for someone had to announce the entry of the Judge. We waited. Everyone quieted, and began collecting their thoughts. That is normal. How surreal appearances can be.

    Prior to the Judge appearing, and at 9:02 an explosion moved air inside the courtroom. It was the loudest sound that had ever surprised and startled me. It was totally out of character for the library like solitude of a courtroom. There had been no warning. Windows were shattered, and shards were hurled through the room. The blinds on the windows were limply hanging, having been dislodged by the air concussion. Three questions came to mind immediately; what was that, is it going to happen again, and what do I need to do now? While lost in trying to make order of the disorder, the clerk barked,”Get down on the floor, now!” After a few seconds, that seemed like minutes, the clerk again barked, “Get out of the building! Use the stairs!” We did, walking over glass fragments and ceiling tiles. As we descended, one of my friends (an ex-Vietnam veteran) remarked that he had not heard anything that loud since the Tet offensive in 1968. He thought it was a natural gas explosion. It seemed that it took forever to get to the ground floor and exit on the street. How surreal appearances can be.

    When I got to the street, I was met with a sight I had not seen before, or since. Immediately on exiting I was staring at the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve. For decades the Fed looked like any office building during the day, but a vaulted fortress after hours. Tall, heavy, massive steel/iron doors had closed the entrance. Something was clearly different. Scores of people were running, walking fast, in no unified direction. Men in white shirts were stained by blood. Women were hobbling barefoot, carrying their shoes. Some had lost heels in their haste. I looked up at the surrounding buildings and saw windows broken and missing. I remember remarking later that it looked like a war zone. It was pandemonium. How surreal appearances can be.

    I walked the block to where my car was parked - the parking garage of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building. Law enforcement already had yellow tape around the entire two block area. I talked to an agent, approaching slowly so I would not appear a threat since many people had attempted to cross the tape and were physically prevented. As I looked at the garage entry I observed that a triage station was established on the apron to the garage. My assessment was that my car would not be removed that day. I was right. I heard passing people shrieking about a bomb, and that there were others - in all directions. I surveyed the vicinity, and saw blue sky while looking through the shell of building roofs. How surreal appearances can be.

    I made an executive decision. I was clad in a suit, and 8 miles from my office. I decided that I would walk a mile away and call my wife from a phone. This was before cell phones were carried. I chose a location far enough away that she would be able to find me.

    In downtown Oklahoma City there were officers directing traffic at every intersection. Fire hoses were stretched prominently. Sirens were echoing from all directions. On my way to my chosen meeting place, I ran across a young man dressed in faded and tattered fatigues. He had several months of facial hair, and appeared as he hadn’t seen soap or shampoo in quite a while. Even in those circumstances I suppose I gave off a calm air that I am approachable. He stopped me and asked if I knew what had happened. I told him no. He said he was sleeping in an alcove a block away, and when it happened he skedaddled before someone blamed him for it. How surreal appearances can be.

    As I strode on I walked by small merchant shops some 7-8 blocks away. The front, plate glass windows had been blown out, and several merchants were using their push brooms to clear the sidewalks. I talked to one. He had come to the United States in 1975 - a refugee from Saigon. I remember thinking that life goes on - in Southeast Asia and in the United States. As I continued walking I thought that he had to have seen many atrocities in his life, but the enduring, surviving spirit was remarkable. I got to the rendezvous point. It was outside a McDonalds. How surreal appearances can be.

    I called my wife. She broke, and started crying. Crying for happiness. The early news reports from a helicopter was that the building was the Federal Courthouse. My wife knew I was making a court appearance and believed the worst. I got her the necessary information on my location.

    While I was waiting for her a suited man approached me and apologetically asked me if he might ask a few questions. I consented. He told me he was from Dallas, and said he had just driven in that morning. He had been listening in his car to a script for a business presentation he was to make later that day. When he stopped for coffee near downtown he was introduced to the pandemonium. He asked me if the sirens, and all the law enforcement traffic was normal in Oklahoma City. He was even more oblivious about what had happened. How surreal appearances can be.

    My wife arrived and we cried together. That was one of the most binding events in our marriage. She told me that our youngest daughter had been on the school bus to come downtown for the Arts Festival. The bus had not departed the school, and my understanding that it was rocked by the concussive force even 16 miles away. I was told that the picture frames on our walls had moved. I had her drop me at my office so I could make telephone calls. When I got there I discovered the phone lines were limited. I could not get a dial tone. I received one phone call. A friend from St. Louis had been outside his building and saw something about it on a news crawl at a bank. He had worked in Oklahoma City and had many friends and former co-workers here. He told me more of what happened than I had heard up to that point. It’s always been interesting to me that news travels much faster to a distant place than to a local one. How surreal appearances can be.

    On Thursday I received a call from my auto insurance company. They wanted to buy my quarantined car. I do not know how they discovered it was isolated inside the secure area. I told them that I wasn’t sure it was damaged, but they were insistent on paying full retail book value plus $1,000. I explained that the policy had a terrorism exclusion and hence they would have no liability. They said it didn’t matter, that they were waiving that. I regretfully accepted as I needed transportation and I couldn’t get mine back. I’ve never had an insurance company call and make such a generous offer when I didn’t ask for it. How surreal appearances can be.

    Over the next month I attended more funerals than anyone should be required to do. Nine. Catholic, Christian, Jewish, and non-sectarian. This senseless act had rippled through all socio-economic levels in Oklahoma City. It did not discriminate on race, religion, ethnicity, political party, or social standing. It was the beginning of “The Oklahoma Standard” as coined by Governor Frank Keating. The sense of community and brotherhood was only rivaled by the spirit helping those harmed by tornadoes. The rescue workers that came from afar were touched by the genuine Christian hospitality shown them.

    I remember writing a short note to a friend in San Francisco - I told him that our “people” we’re unified in helping their brothers and sisters in their time of need. I wrote that I was confident that other communities would do the same given a common, horrific atrocity. Several years after that I ran into him at a conference, and he produced a worn note from his wallet - the one I wrote him. He said he reads it when he is down and needs encouragement. I’ve long believed in the staying power of the written word, and how, like many, I don’t write enough. How surreal appearances can be.

    Today the 21st anniversary of the bombing will be observed. Things have changed. Changed in personal lives, and changed with knowledge. The attacks on 9/11 were even more horrendous. The images of the towers collapsing were vivid reminders of the street scene I saw on April 19. But, some things have not changed. The endearing compassion and sense of community persists. How surreal appearances can be.

    Some of you know that I run a bit. Some of you also know that the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon occurs every year. This year will be the 16th. This run is styled as the “Run to Remember.” Along the course there are 168 banners with the names of those that died, displayed from light poles throughout the course. Many runners are friends or family of those deceased. They run for the memories and for the sense of community. That includes me. When I run, and get to the “banner” portion of the course, I stop when I see the name of someone I knew. I think about what he/she would be like today. How surreal appearances can be.

    So on Sunday April 24, I will be one of the 30,000 - 35,000 runners in the event. I’ve decided not to do the full marathon this year, but the half again, as it gives me time to reflect. Yes, I will be slow. Yes, I will have pains afterwards. Yes, I will meet people along the way with stories. Yes, I support them. Please pray for the families of the deceased, and the 674 that were wounded.

    Thank you for allowing me to share a still vivid memory. I wish all, only good things today, and all days. I’ll try to call my friend that keeps my message today. Hug your family and friends today, and quietly tell them what they mean in your life.


  • Is the process rigged?

    04/18/2016 6:38:04 AM PDT · 6 of 54
    gwjack to don-o

    Thanks for the post, don-o,

    As it is said, “90% of succeeding is showing up!”

    With this constant chatter about rigging the nomination process, I wonder why a party has a convention? It would seem to be futile if a nominee is chosen by sheer votes. Why don’t we just succumb to the polls? Was a democracy promised, or a republic? Why have elections?

    I once sat in a clinic by a major college basketball head coach. He was asked why his teams seemingly always beat prohibitive favorites. He merely said that the jerseys of the two teams are not laid at mid court and a vote occurs. He said the game must be played, and the victor is the group that leaves it all between the lines. There is no shame in losing if all effort and energy is left on the court.

    It seems to this poor, old, slow, dumb, country lawyer that one candidate is coasting and not putting forth full effort. But, there are other candidates which are now being criticized for leaving it all on the field/court. I don’t know about you - but to me, that attitude is un-American.


    P.S. What is the latest on the Waco ordeal? Thanks in advance.

  • EXCLUSIVE — Trump Campaign: Cruz Staged ‘Attack’ In Georgia To Steal Delegates…

    04/17/2016 2:05:07 PM PDT · 28 of 87
    gwjack to 2ndDivisionVet

    This is not a comment to suggest a direct linkage, but, in reading the Whiner’s most recent wail, I’m reminded of a lesson from the War of Northern Aggression. Apparently Trump (the Whiner) did not learn from his fellow Northern General - William T. Sherman.

    If you remember, Sherman is credited for “The March to the Sea” to bring the War to a close. The Whiner was not as effective as Sherman. Unlike the Whiner, Sherman did not stop until the War was won. The Whiner believes only in partial conquest - and then cries if there is an uprising.


    “Sherman’s “total war” in Georgia was brutal and destructive, but it did just what it was supposed to do: it hurt Southern morale, made it impossible for the Confederates to fight at full capacity and likely hastened the end of the war. “This Union and its Government must be sustained, at any and every cost,” explained one of Sherman’s subordinates. “To sustain it, we must war upon and destroy the organized rebel forces,–must cut off their supplies, destroy their communications…and produce among the people of Georgia a thorough conviction of the personal misery which attends war, and the utter helplessness and inability of their ‘rulers’ to protect them…If that terror and grief and even want shall help to paralyze their husbands and fathers who are fighting us…it is mercy in the end.””


  • Beck's empire collapses with Cruz; ratings fall, malware, bankruptcy soon?

  • Ted Cruz Is Right: His Tax Plan Would Supercharge GDP Growth

    04/16/2016 1:46:46 PM PDT · 41 of 84
    gwjack to 2ndDivisionVet

    Since no one answered, my FRiend, I’ll tell you what I discovered about Mitchell last week.

    Mitchell is a self-employed man living in North Carolina. He went (not sure he graduated) to college at University of Maryland. He is a “Senior Recruiting Partner” for an IT headhunter. His Facebook page shows his mug with a DJT poster in the background. His constant tweets are an effort to nudge reality. He has no bona fides in politics, other than his misguided opinions.

    Be well,


  • Could Powerful GOP Oligarchs Bribe Trump's Delegates in Order to Stop Trump?

    04/09/2016 8:38:03 AM PDT · 12 of 41
    gwjack to The Louiswu

    Hi Louiswu,

    Hmmmm. You mean like disclosing delegate names, locations in Cleveland, and room numbers? Hmmmm.


  • ‘You dirty SOB!’ Spluttering Geraldo calls Ted Cruz’s ‘New York values’ comment ‘anti-Semitic’

    04/07/2016 6:16:55 PM PDT · 36 of 112
    gwjack to jazusamo

    Agreed that Rivera is an embarrassment. But, reality is that like much programming on television, it’s not about informing, or having a sane, sensible William Buckley (Firing Line) discussion. It’s always about the ratings. Also, and more importantly with programming, It’s about the money. It’s always about the money.

    Television knows that conflict and stupidity increases ratings, and hence the money.


  • Sen. Mike Lee: Cruz wins on second ballot

    04/07/2016 3:34:30 PM PDT · 68 of 184
    gwjack to norwaypinesavage

    Thank you.

    If Newt was discussing it, smarter heads are already marshaling arguments for/against the respective sides.

    I’m glad someone is thinking about it.


  • Sen. Mike Lee: Cruz wins on second ballot

    04/07/2016 3:18:09 PM PDT · 21 of 184
    gwjack to 2ndDivisionVet

    Hi 2DV,

    I hope you are well. Thanks for this post. I’d been thinking the same thing for a while now. After Wisconsin, it appears that it is closer to reality.

    I have a related, but slightly off point, question - is the 1237 a hard number? Is it 50% +1 of all delegates? Or 50% +1 of those voting? If the latter, I suppose it is possible for some delegates to be delayed, or choose not to attend the balloting. My memory is that each state delegation travels with a number of alternates to reduce the likelihood of non-attendance.

    What are your thoughts?


  • NEW: Trump, Cruz Face First Test In Virginia Delegate Fight

    04/07/2016 2:58:17 PM PDT · 26 of 48
    gwjack to DannyTN

    Hi DannyTN,

    Thanks for your kind response. Yes, I agree, the rules are a travesty. They certainly need to be re-tooled. But, you and I know, that any changes in the rules will go through the structures of the Republican Party. I guess you could say that there are rules for that. Like Congress, rules are modified/adopted very slowly in the process set up by the party. I fault myself for not doing my own due diligence.

    It occurred to me today, hearing Hannity say that if he was a delegate (which he could never be since he isn’t a Republican), he would never waver on voting for the candidate receiving his pledge. The only problem with that is that if all delegates did that, there would never be a nominee. Unless the majority (currently 1237) of delegates was obtained prior to the convention.

    I’m already questioning belonging to a political party that has a ramshackle approach.

    I wish you only good things, my FRiend.


  • Trump Should Drop Out if He Doesn't Get Majority in New York, Cruz Campaign Manager Says

    04/07/2016 2:18:56 PM PDT · 94 of 162
    gwjack to Kazan

    1237 FIRST, is the goal. It isn’t the end of the month, or any month. It is 1237 on the last ballot at the national convention in July in Cleveland. It may be Trump, it may be Cruz, or it may be another. But, again, it is the first to 1237 on the floor of the convention on the last ballot. It may take more than one.

    And really, there is no need, or benefit, to lowering yourself by calling names and making baseless charges. You would be better served by supporting your “man” with words or dollars. The nomination will be won or lost at the convention.


  • NEW: Trump, Cruz Face First Test In Virginia Delegate Fight

    04/07/2016 2:05:35 PM PDT · 3 of 48
    gwjack to Diogenesis

    Hmmmm. So you would prefer that all, or just some, rules be ignored and thrown out? The rules were established long before any candidate got in the race. I suppose you would like to start awarding 22 points for touchdowns in the last 2 minutes of the game? Or, perhaps disallowing the trailing team to score any points at all.

    Is it “stealing” if rules are observed? I think not.


  • Trojan Horse, Huh? Scott Walker Destroys The Dumb Idea That He Only Endorsed Cruz to Stop Trump

    04/06/2016 3:45:58 PM PDT · 39 of 71
    gwjack to Mechanicos

    Hi Mechanicos,

    Thank you for your service.

    Have you ever read “Candide; or Optimism?” Originally published in 1759 by Voltaire. It would tend to argue with your “logic” in this post. Just because two people support the same goal does not mean they are simpatico in beliefs. Professor Pangloss was a stooge with his “logic.”

    Again, thank you for your service.


  • Lewandowski Case Shows How Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America

    03/30/2016 7:36:56 PM PDT · 32 of 58
    gwjack to ronnietherocket3

    I agree with many of your comments. I still can’t get my arms around the author’s statement that the Bush family is Conservative.

    Yes, journalists seem to be more about their own stature, and not that of the story. It’s as if they all want to do a selfie, and be the “star” instead of a journalist.

    America is being taken for a ride, as you write. Trump exposes much of what is wrong. But, I’m just not sure he is the one to right the ship. I’m not sold on any candidate. I think we (as a country) should be able to do better than what is offered. I look at strong personalities in law enforcement and/or the military, and believe that we need a strong, leader that knows his/her limitations. The President will most likely be hamstrung by Congress until there is a massive purge.

    Thanks for your reasoned response.


  • Lewandowski Case Shows How Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America

    03/30/2016 7:02:13 PM PDT · 25 of 58
    gwjack to DoughtyOne

    Thanks DoughtyOne —

    It takes a mighty big person to express what you did. Thank you.

    Federal judges have given me pretty thick skin over the years; sometimes justified, sometimes not. Like you, I do my best not to respond impulsively - but I do too.

    I wish only good things for you, my FRiend.


  • Lewandowski Case Shows How Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America

    03/30/2016 6:52:28 PM PDT · 18 of 58
    gwjack to gwjack

    Sorry —

    My comment ... “intentionally answer questions” should have been “intentionally evading questions.”

  • Lewandowski Case Shows How Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America

    03/30/2016 6:49:43 PM PDT · 15 of 58
    gwjack to arl295

    I agree that all politicians seem to intentionally answer questions. That includes Cruz. I thought my first comment included all politicians. Thank you for your comment. I haven’t mad the time to listen to/watch every townhall. I just know the evasion from appearances on radio and televisions. It is a universal in today’s political environment. I think it results from people trying to get a 20 second sound bite.

    Thank you for keeping your comment on facts.

    It seems that others comments have prejudged the premise of the article without reading it. They reflect what is wrong with our country. We can’t seem to have an adult discussion when disagreement is a possibility. It’s sad.

    Truth hurts.


  • Lewandowski Case Shows How Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America

    03/30/2016 6:37:07 PM PDT · 1 of 58
    One of the most infuriating things about politicians, including Donald Trump, is that they do not answer simple questions. Trump is a master of evading, and then changing subjects. Or, the questioner gives up in awareness of the ticking clock. I've written several "journalists" about my disappointment that they don't insist on an answer. When politicians are able to obfuscate, and run out the clock, they will never be accountable to give the information. Move written Chris Wallace that if the question is important enough to ask, he should keep repeating it until it is answered. I tend to agree with the author that Trump is "gas lighting" his way to a nomination. Some don't see it - and some do.


  • Trump: Cruz started 'garbage' but let's move on (Savage interview)

    03/28/2016 6:50:12 PM PDT · 96 of 132
    gwjack to ichabod1

    Hi ichabod1,

    Yes, there are many curious things going on behind the scenes. The entire race would make a good study in the use of psychology, and erecting traps for others. Now, I read on another post that there is a mole for Cruz that has infiltrated the Trump organization. Supposedly the mole will be “fired” in the next 48 hours. DJT knows how to control the daily theme for the news.


  • Trump: Cruz started 'garbage' but let's move on (Savage interview)

    03/28/2016 4:43:10 PM PDT · 35 of 132
    gwjack to over3Owithabrain

    Hmmm. But no one ran with it until Roger Stone, as Trump’s dirty trickster, made,a deal with NE. Yes, Rubio may have shopped it, but it was Trump, through his surrogates, that caused it to be placed.


  • Trump on Wife Battle: Cruz Started It, He Knew About The Picture

    03/27/2016 11:14:29 AM PDT · 35 of 158
    gwjack to abigkahuna

    Is it possible that someone had a back copy of GQ? It’s not like the photo was hidden. I remember seeing it on newsstands when it was the current issue. But, then again, I’m old.


  • Lyin' Ted Cruz BTFO by Roger Stone on Frank Morano's The Answer | #CruzSexScandal | 03/27/2016

    03/27/2016 7:50:06 AM PDT · 154 of 264
    gwjack to RoosterRedux

    Good Easter morning RR,

    I suspect that Cruz will not be distracted from his quest by involving himself in time consuming sideshows which can be exploited after the election. His focus is on the campaign. The statute of limitations is one year. There is plenty of time to sue after the nomination fight and election.

    I haven’t read the NE article, and don’t intend to, but I understand the article is heavy on insinuation and light on actual claims.

    I find it interesting to hear that he was leaving a hotel restaurant twice a week for a time. There can be many reasons, totally explainable, that cause me to reserve judgment. However, it is because of the appearance that my ex wife appreciated my commitment to her to never go to breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a woman, without others being present. I didn’t want appearances to start tongues wagging. She admired that about me, she said.


  • Donald Trump: ‘Ted Cruz’s Problem with the National Enquirer Is His and His Alone’

    03/25/2016 5:04:26 PM PDT · 14 of 190
    gwjack to JediJones

    Hi JJ,

    I keep wondering when Anita Hill will surface.

    Someone wrote on another, pulled thread that NE was almost certain to have correct information as they never lose libel suits. I guess they forgot about Carol Burnett, Kate Hudson, and several retractions and out of court settlements.

    The NE is not worthy to put in the bottom of a bird cage.


  • Alex Rodriguez will retire after next season

    03/23/2016 12:01:37 PM PDT · 7 of 34
    gwjack to oh8eleven

    Steroid Hall of Fame?

  • Huge regional divide over Trump among GOP voters in Wisconsin

    03/23/2016 7:51:38 AM PDT · 14 of 61
    gwjack to reaganaut1

    Hi reaganaut1,

    I’m curious to know if Scott Walker has tendered support for anyone. With his perpetual election success in Wisconsin, I’d think it would have some value there. Has he intentionally stayed away from endorsing?


  • Will Trump Clinch The GOP Nomination Before The Convention?

    03/21/2016 8:43:07 AM PDT · 59 of 94
    gwjack to pburgh01

    The story mentions that 54 of Pennsylvania’s delegates are ordained as uncommitted. 54 + 16 out of 17 allocated to Trump is 71. Nate is correct?

  • Judge Smacks Down Trump's Ted Cruz Birther Claims, and Hardly Anyone Covers It

    03/20/2016 1:24:44 PM PDT · 104 of 296
    gwjack to EDINVA

    No sir/ma’am. I read it. But until SCOTUS rules different, it is the law in Pennsylvania.

    Oh, by the way, I don’t think that SCOTUS will ever take up this case.

    I don’t remember the exact count, but every jurisdiction in which the NBC claim has been raised, has discarded it.

    Also, I don’t agree with the courts, but I learned decades ago that when a court rules, it is the law of the case until overruled or reversed by a superior court.

  • Judge Smacks Down Trump's Ted Cruz Birther Claims, and Hardly Anyone Covers It

    03/20/2016 12:25:03 PM PDT · 53 of 296
    gwjack to EDINVA

    Actually it is binding, at the moment, in Pennsylvania. That was the only issue dealt with by this Pennsylvania Judge.

    And, by every other judge in other jurisdictions that suits have been actually filed.

  • Trump’s Delegates Could Betray Him on Convention Floor

    03/19/2016 7:12:21 AM PDT · 53 of 129
    gwjack to kjam22

    Your right. The rules are the rules. If one can move within the rules, then there is no excuse for those that don’t know the rules.

    I’m reminded of a law professor in Criminal Law several decades ago. He began the day’s lecture/class by stating that many people complain about loopholes when a “guilty” person is freed. He asked, “What is a loophole?” After several inept answers, he blurted out loudly, for dramatic effect (I guess it worked since I still remember it), “The Law! The Law! A loophole is the Law!” His point was that what may be a loophole to some is the law for the orderliness of society. In effect, the rules are the rules. People complaining about the rules have made no effort to know them, or to change them.

  • House votes to oppose Obama amnesty in Supreme Court

    03/17/2016 12:56:32 PM PDT · 16 of 20
    gwjack to pepsionice

    Hi pepsionice,

    Thank you for your comment. I needed it to drag me back to the surface of what is important. Yes, we need the continuation of the Tea Party influence long after this presidential election. Especially since it appears that the current presidential front runners of both parties will never know how to spell T-E-A, unless we spot them two letters.

    The House, and Senate will be our last line of defense against a sprawling government; but only if we have sufficient representation.

  • What a Trump Nomination Means for Conservatives

    03/17/2016 12:47:55 PM PDT · 110 of 127
    gwjack to DoughtyOne

    I beg to differ with you.

    Not meant to be argumentative, but,

    What part of limited government does DJT support?

    How is DJT a believer in human sanctity and the value of life (with his Planned Parenthood donations)?

    How can DJT believe in the family having been married thrice, and screwing every female that he finds interesting? Oh yeah, why is his youngest being raised by his scone wife? Yeah he believes in family like some believe in Santa Claus.

    I don’t want to argue. Please kindly point out where I am missing it rather than just dismissing it.

  • What a Trump Nomination Means for Conservatives

    03/17/2016 11:11:14 AM PDT · 71 of 127
    gwjack to DoughtyOne

    Perhaps a review of what a biographer says about what makes a person a Reagan conservative. I see at least three (maybe more) attributes lacking in Donald Trump. It is written that a true Regan conservative believes:

    • Freedom
    • Faith
    • Family
    • Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
    • American Exceptionalism
    • The Founders’ Wisdom and Vision
    • Lower Taxes
    • Limited Government
    • Peace Through Strength
    • Anti-Communism
    • Belief in the Individual

    Reagan himself said, “The years when I was out on the mashed potato circuit (i.e., a popular dinner speaker) I was sometimes asked to define conservatism, and I must confess that while I have the cream of the conservative intellectual movement before me, I’m tempted to use Justice Potter Stewart’s definition. He gave it for another subject, by the way. He said he couldn’t define it exactly, but “I know it when I see it.”

    The author of the book, Paul Kengor, wrote:

    “So, when hearing a Republican presidential aspirant invoking the name of Ronald Reagan, consider whether the candidate shares Reagan’s faith-based optimism, his belief in the individual, his belief in American exceptionalism, his regard for the sanctity and dignity of unborn human life. Is the candidate the pessimist in the room full of toys or the optimist searching for the pony in the dung heap? Would the candidate submit the “foundational” and “divine institution” of the family to the harm of the latest cultural trend, dictate, fad, or fashion? If you hear a self-professing conservative heralding “freedom,” ask whether he or she believes that a self-governing nation can govern freely without the vital moral rudder that is faith. Can there be genuine freedom without faith? What did Tocqueville say? Reagan said what Tocqueville said.

    “This, and more, is what a Reagan conservative would say.

    “And finally, Reagan’s conservatism …was also an affirmation of his personal idea of America and what it means to be an American. Reagan said that America is less of a place than an idea. …Understanding Reagan’s conservatism also means understanding Reagan’s very concept of the idea of America. Really, then, to answer the question “What is a Reagan conservative?” is less a particular political lesson than an enduring civics lesson. It has value for all American citizens going forward.”

    Me, and my house, are Reagan conservatives by this definition. I am not conservative merely to belong to a group. I am a conservative because the 11 principles define the fabric of my being.

    There are a couple of prior posts (in 2014) dealing with this same title and book. The original article is at


  • Hamilton May Stay on the $10 Bill, Thanks to Help From Broadway

    03/17/2016 9:43:32 AM PDT · 21 of 27
    gwjack to StoneWall Brigade

    I’m reminded of a habit that my dad taught me. He learned it from his father, who learned it from his father. My dad never has a $20 bill. He refuses to accept or carry one. I’ve included the habit in my dealings.

    My great, great granddad was “relocated” from North Carolina to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) with five civilized tribes. They were civilized because they were not warring, and they had their own written languages. It involved President Jackson forcing tens of thousands of Indians (yes, they weren’t proud to be referred to as native Americans) to travel by foot from the east coast to a location some 1500-2000 miles away. Pregnancy, illness, infirmity caused many to die on the journey.

    My dad tells me the story is that any one with this pedigree refused to accept a $20 bill - they would request two tens, or four fives. It was a great dishonor to have a drawing of Andrew Jackson since he had brought much misery to many people. Oh, Jackson caused the relocation for what we would call eminent domain today.

    Personally if our currency needs to have a different face than what exists now, I would replace Jackson instead of Hamilton. But, I don’t see the need to tinker with any change. Since inflation has destroyed the value of a dollar, perhaps we can issue a new denomination. But coins have a longer life than paper currency.