Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trump is Winning the News Wars

As Democrats have their laughs every day at the preposterous and disgusting things that Trump and his surrogates have to say for themselves, they are totally missing the key fact in all of this: the outpouring of hatred is accomplishing exactly what it is intended to.

In the first place, as Trump has said, nothing he does can make the 35% of voters that are committed to supporting him turn their backs on him.  So there is just no downside to his infantile displays.

But there is a big upside, and it is not that he thinks he is going to convince any of us to suddenly become white racist haters.  Hillary is running, or trying to run, a fact based campaign.  When voters have a chance to hear what she is really proposing, the vast majority of them are going to be sympathetic to it.  But they are apparently never going to hear it, because Trump, counting on the collaboration of the mainstream press, has figured out a way to monopolize the news coverage, so Hillary will never get a chance to have her message heard.  Instead, it is his intention to see that people are fed a steady diet of "Hillary is on her deathbed," "The Clinton foundation is some sort of massive corrupt conspiracy,"  "e-mails, e-mails, e-mails," "Benghazi!!!"  and endless other even uglier lies, between now and November.

And so far, it's working.  There is not a sign that the mainstream press thinks it is their job to provide the American people with actual information about the candidates.  Instead, they've decided to go to the circus, and stay there.  So the coverage is barely above that accorded to the Republican primary argument about the size of the candidates' penises.

And don't think this will not take its toll.  Look at the way their single-minded two decade campaign to portray Bill and Hillary as corrupt criminals has taken its toll, or how many people they have, unbelievably enough, convinced that Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. If they can just get a few percent more voters to fall for their miserable backstabbing, we will be right back where we were a few months ago, before people started to see what a conniving crook Trump is, and then, with the collaboration of the press, and a little strategic cheating, we might indeed be facing a Trump Presidency.

Monday, August 22, 2016

It's About the Ads

I want to take the opportunity to discuss something that my wife observed, which I totally missed; and about which I think she is one hundred percent right.

First, let me say that she had a 25 year career as a feature film trailer maker, ending up as a senior executive in creative advertising at one of the major motion picture studios, so she knows something about the subject.

Her remark had to do with two recent Trump events- his delivering a seemingly accommodating speech about black Americans, in front of a totally white audience, and his useless appearance in Baton Rouge after the flooding there.  She attributes both of these events to the new presence of ex-adman Roger Ailes in Trump's campaign.  Her notion is that neither of these events had anything to do with the live or TV audiences that saw them this week, but that both of them were nothing but stockpiling footage to be used in campaign spots in October, portraying Trump as a humane, serious candidate.  As someone who was involved in many special shoots and audience reaction spots for movies, she said she recognized what was going on immediately.

Well, we won't have to wait long to see if she is right, which, by the way, I am sure she is.  Just one more cynical manipulation of public opinion by Republicans.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Horrible Truth About Hillary Is Finally Revealed!

From no less authoritative source than Donald Trump's friends at the National Enquirer:


It turns out that the people at the National Enquirer, in the kindly, considerate fashion for which they have always been famous, have been sugar-coating the truth.  Now at last, the whole horror can be revealed:
What a pity.  It's a shame to see the decline of a great personality.  Oh well, at least we can take comfort in the fact that we will all be safe under the steady hand of President Trump.

And yes, I could have done a better photoshop job than this, but really, who cares?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Real Trump

Before getting on with this post, let me remind you of this:

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

And with that gotten over, on we go.

Donald Trump this week unceremoniously dumped campaign manager Paul Manafort, not because he is a loathsome pig (they both are) but solely because Trump saw that Manafort had become a liability to his Presidential campaign.  Nothing else about Manafort bothered Trump in the least, including Manafort's having been paid millions by the Putin government.

And what was that money handed over for?  Well, this, for instance:

"Lt. Colonel Tom Doman’s introduction to Ukraine, at 4 a.m. on May 27, 2006, was not a warm one.

“We had rocks thrown at us. Rocks hit Marines. Buses were rocked back and forth. We were just trying to get to our base.”

Doman and his 112 reserve Marines and sailors were boarding the buses after dark, with backup from Ukrainian special forces, to get to a compound where they would lay the groundwork for Sea Breeze 2006, a larger international training exercise set to involve 3,500 troops from the U.S., Ukraine, and 12 NATO partner countries. But hundreds of protesters seemed to have come out of nowhere to confront them.

The Marines ended up hemmed in by angry locals in Feodosia, a Ukrainian resort city on the Black Sea. “We had people jeering us and protesting against us until we basically left the country,” Doman says. The Americans couldn’t go outside; they couldn’t reach their supply ship in the town’s port. Some protesters wielded what Col. Bill Black, the Marines’ commanding officer, jokingly called “Ukrainian cocktails” — plastic bottles filled with diesel fuel.

A decade later, the aborted exercise is arousing new interest: American diplomatic cables and Ukrainian prosecutors say the anti-US, anti-NATO protests that threatened these Marines were largely partisan plants, organized by politicians who consulted with Paul Manafort, now the prominent campaign aide to presidential candidate Donald Trump."

The Marines were eventually forced to leave the country, their mission incomplete, for fear of setting off an international incident.

And in case you have forgotten already, let me repeat this:

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

The Republicans throw the word treason around against every Democrat, so often that it has largely become a meaningless taunt to most people.  But here it is, folks, the real thing- literal, Constitutionally defined treason in its most blatant form; the actual incitement of violence against U.S. troops, to the benefit of a hostile country, and all done for cash.

So Manafort got caught and now Trump is endeavoring to wash the stain away.  But the truth remains: Trump is a traitor and the willing employer of traitors, and a large part of the electorate is just fine with that.  It's hard to find, given this fact, a shred of the country that we are supposed to respect.

Why We Fight

"Why we fight" was a series of films made by Frank Capra during World War II, to help the American people understand why the war, so far from our shores, was so important to us.  Well, we don't need to make things like this today; our enemies do it for us.

Here, via Digby, is a short video of a bunch of Trump supporters, which I urge you to watch, even though seeing it was as painful to me as it undoubtedly was to Digby.  Take a look at it and you will understand that what we are fighting for is not HER versus HIM, it is the survival of this country as a decent part of civilization at all:

And never forget this:  When Trump supporters say that he expresses what they feel, this is what they mean.

While You Were Being Forced to Watch the Circus, Part about Ten Thousand

As the Republicans have again mesmerized the press into staring into the orange sun until they go blind, there are actually things going on in the country.  This is one of them.

A few days ago, Aetna announced that it was pulling out of Obamacare.  They claimed, and it was duly reported, that this was because they just couldn't make a profit following the dictatorial rules of mean old Mr. Obama.

We're still seeing that sort of reporting, but the reality turned out to be a little different.  In actuality, Aetna, whose CEO was, incidentally, paid over $27 million dollars last year, is doing what it is doing to punish Obama for not letting them merge with Humana, an act which would significantly reduce competitiveness among insurance companies, and in the end damage Americans' ability to afford health insurance.

Well, all this proves something that should need absolutely no proving: basing laws on the notion that rich people can be peacefully induced to consider the public good alongside their own enrichment is one of the stupidest ideas in the history of civilization.  $27 million a year is simply not a big enough reward for the brilliance and hard work of Aetna's CEO, and if ten million Americans have to be deprived of health insurance to make that point, well, too damned bad.

So, nice try with Obamacare, Barack, and it certainly produced some immense improvements in the health care of a lot of people, but in the end, what it proves is that we cannot trust our fates to the humanity of the rich. What is needed in this country is a single payer health care plan, like those in every other industrial democracy on earth, which could be easily provided here, simply by expanding Medicare to everyone. Yeah, it might crush the hell out of those insurance companies and their bosses' $27 million dollar salaries, but at the present point in our national evolution, what decent person would not see that as a feature, rather than a bug?

Friday, August 19, 2016

It Runs In The Family

I saw this yesterday at a right wing site:

"Accusations of anti-Semitism in the Donald Trump campaign are nothing new, but rarely are they more solid than this.  Joseph Schmitz, one of Trump's five foreign policy advisors, was accused of bragging about pushing out Jewish employees when he worked for the Department of Defense."

This particular Trump hire interested me because of the guy's last name, Schmitz.  Sure enough, a little bit of investigation revealed that he is the son of former Republican Congressman John Schmitz.  Schmitz, a guy so hard right that he was kicked out of the John Birch Society for extremism, was also a professor at a Bible college, a job that came to an end when it was discovered he was having an affair with one of his students, with whom he fathered two children.  Of course, being a good Republican, he refused for the rest of his life to pay a dime of child support.

Well, the capper of this whole story is the tale of this guy's daughter, and Joseph Schmitz's sister, one Mary Kay Latourneau, who you may remember as being a teacher who was sent to prison for having sex with, and getting pregnant by, one of her twelve year old students.  Sort of runs in the family, huh?

A fine Republican family, yes sir.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Yup, they're still at it.  Although I must say that I've noticed a slight flagging of enthusiasm among the wingnuts the last few days, as it slowly begins to dawn on them that the United States is not totally filled with vicious right wing jackasses.

Today's Wingnut Wrapup dedicated to Rudy "Mister 9-11" Giuliani, for having the unmitigated gall to say this:

"Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office."

Rudy, you've been milking the World Trade Center bombing ever since it happened, but now, suddenly, you've forgotten that it ever happened?  Talk about having no shame.  Rudy is now claiming that the press has misinterpreted what he said, which was just "shorthand."  Hey, another new Republican euphemism for lying.

And also, a special shoutout to Donald Trump, who fired his latest campaign manager, who was caught taking $12.7 million from the Russians for, well, who knows what, and replaced him with someone who will undoubtedly be able to reach out successfully to independent voters- the head of Breitbart news, a source of a constant stream of piggish smears and lies featured here at Wingnut Wrapup.  Big mistake, Donald- if that is the direction you are going in, why did you not go whole hog, and hire Jim Hoft?

And can we forget this classic Republican?

"U.S. Representative Martha Roby, a Republican from Alabama’s 2d Congressional District has introduced H.R. 1406, officially named the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” which would END the requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act for employers to pay Time-and-a-Half to employees for every hour worked over 40 in one week."

Well, no sense obsessing on that.  On we go.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Report: Major Federal Investigation into Clinton Foundation Underway"

Oh my God, they've got her now!  Well, reading about this "investigation" a little further, you might learn this:

"First, the substance of the report rests on the assertions of a single source -- who goes unnamed, and who is vaguely identified as a "former senior law enforcement official." Journalistically, this is very thin.  Second, the piece's central claim appears to fly in the face of CNN's very recent reporting that the Justice Department had shot down requests from three FBI field offices to open a probe into the Clinton Foundation"

But of course, that is not a reason for Conservatives to hold back on this story, is it?  And the worse Trump does, as we all know damned well, the more vicious the lies about Hillary are going to get.  Anyway, it was a nice opportunity to repeat all of the long-disproven Republican smears about the Clinton foundation one more time, confident that they are speaking to people who don't know the first thing about the Clinton foundation, and are slavering to lap up more disgusting crap about Hillary.

Katie Kieffer, Town Hall:  "Standing Ovation: Trump’s Economic Plan"

Which, at this point consists of the following totally original ideas:  cut taxes on the rich, do away with corporate income taxes, kill the estate tax, eliminate regulations that do nothing but protect Americans from the rich, and...well, you get it- the same corrupt Repubican bullshit that they have been shoveling down our throats for a hundred years now.

And now, another little dose of projection:

Ilana Mercer, Town Hall:  "The Clinton Media have gone from malfunctioning to mad, from “dishonest” to deranged. Their coverage of the 2016 election is no longer tinged by liberal bias, but is about moving viewers and readers into a parallel universe, an alternate reality of the media’s making."

It's hard to even make a joke about delusion on that magnitude.  Of course, it isn't really delusion, it's just the work of a paid liar.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Manafort Accuses Never Trumpers of Being Tied to Clinton Foundation"

This would be the same Manafort, I'm guessing, who is "tied" to the Russians, via a $12 million dollar payout to him that we just learned about a couple of days ago.

Christopher Malagisi, Town Hall:  "What is Conservatism? Author Interview with Jonah Goldberg"

Jonah Goldberg?  You sure you might not learn more by interviewing him on "What is Stupidity?" or maybe "My Mom's Betrayal of the Country Earned Me a Place for Life at the Conservative Hog Trough."

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media:  "Donald Trump Should Go for the Black Vote—NOW!"

Why doesn't he go for the wolverine vote too?  I mean, he's got just about as much chance there as he does with blacks.  And I bet a lot of those wolverines vote ten times, too.

Washington Examiner:  "Trump earns 'outsider' status receives fewest Capitol Hill donations in last 24 years"

The leaders of his own party turn on him- see, it's a good thing.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Ultimate rigging: Has Obama found a way to STAY in office?"

No, Joseph, he hasn't.  But we'll let you know if he changes his mind.

William Levinson, American Thinker:  "Donald Trump Against the Decline and Fall"

Right.  No decline for Trump. He just wants to get the whole thing over in a day, with a nuclear war.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Marion Barry’s son Christopher dies of drug overdose...A family tree poisoned by leftist ideology."

No, Thomas, it's a family tree poisoned by drugs.  Not quite the same thing, but thanks for trying.

Newsmax:  "Conservatives Push for Paid Family Leave"

That'll be the day.

Mark Swanson, Newsmax:  "Rep. Steve King: Too Late for Trump to Release Tax Returns...Iowa Rep. Steve King on Monday said "the window has passed" for Donald Trump to release his tax returns, and he clarified comments he made last week about being able to work with Hillary Clinton."

It's too late!  That's his story and he's sticking to it!

"If he were going to do that he should have done that some months ago so that there was time to digest it," King said on Morning Joe."

Oh, I see, Steve.  Two months isn't enough time to "digest" Trump's tax returns.  Okay then, let's just forget the whole thing.  God, just when you thought the Republicans couldn't come up with anything more stupid and disingenuous, they surprise you.

Newsmax:  "Larry Kudlow: Hillary Will Only Repeat Obama's Economic Failures"

Failures like generating over ten million jobs, giving 20 million people health insurance, tripling the Dow, cutting the deficit by two thirds, cutting the unemployment rate in half.  Man, if Hillary is going to fail like that, I guess we understand why Republicans are against it.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Congress Responds to Obama Releasing Largest Group of 'Hardened Terrorists' Yet"

That would be some poor saps in Guantanamo who the government has held in prison for a decade and a half without ever uncovering a single thing to charge them with.  Remember this forgotten saying:

 "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial"

Which has been apparently deleted from the Constitution to make room for more talk about guns.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Why Do People Still Donate to Universities?"

Maybe because they do not worship lies the way you do, Dennis.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trump Vows to Banish Islamic Extremism"

Man, I can't wait to see how that is going to work.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "3 Out of 5 Texans Choose Secession if Clinton is Elected"

Bye!  Somehow, the article missed this part of PPP's survey:

"Trump Leads By Only 6 in Texas "

Mitt Romney took Texas by 16 in 2012.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Watch: New Hampshire Governor Won't Answer Whether Hillary Is Honest Three Times in a Row"

If she was honest once in a row, it would beat Trump.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Game Changer? Trump Makes a Play for the Black Vote"

Knock yourself out, Donald.  Maybe you will go from 0% black support to 1%.  There must be a few really stupid black people out there.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  New Photos=>  Poor Hillary Propped Up by Pillows"

And here it is:

Man, that certainly disqualifies her from being President.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Professor Norpoth: Trump Has 87% of Winning November Election"

Ah, Professor Norproth.  Professor NORPROTH!  That changes everything.

Peter Lemiska, Renew America:  "Conservatives caught on the horns of a dilemma"

Yeah, between throwing their principles in the garbage one more time in the hopes of taking back control of the country, or just giving up and facing reality.  Sorry, guys, sometimes you just have to make the tough choices.

And now, from a source that we can count on to bring you the truth that others cannot face:

World Net Daily:  "U.S. ALARM: 'UNPRECEDENTED DEMONIC OUTPOURING'...'I believe God is done with our once-great country'


Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "I have seen numerous lower third graphics on CNN purposed to portray Trump as a racist and a nut case (standard Leftist tactics to silence and destroy)."

The usual disgraceful left wing tactic, telling the truth.  How could they have ever have stooped to such a thing?  More from Lloyd:

"The other night at my gym, the CNN lower graphic read, “Breaking News: Confederate Flag at Trump Rally Tonight”. Do you see what CNN was attempting to do?"

Yeah, I see it.  They were attempting to show someone displaying a Confederate flag at a Trump rally.  The bastards.

"Leftists do not care if they stir up racial hate as long as it generates enough racial division and fear to cause duped voters to vote for Democrats."

Republicans would never stoop to that.

"Patriots, we must carry Trump to victory. "

Well, he sure aint gettin' there on his own.

James DeLong, American Thinker:  "Let's Assume Trump Is Shrewd and Disciplined, Principled and Patriotic"

Sure...uh, what?  How stupid do you think we are?

And now, a looming new crisis facing the country:

Leonard Bakker, American Thinker:  "The ancient paradigm of USA versus the Russians was still with me as I evaluated the competition, but with an intriguing twist. Unlike the old stereotype, one couldn’t help but notice that several of the Russian female athletes were stunningly beautiful, significantly more so than their American counterparts: a random Google search of two such athletes, Yulia Efimova and Darya Klishina, showcased their beauty in very classy and traditionally feminine romantic portraits. I noticed no such comparable efforts for the Americans...So the question is: has feminism seeped sufficiently into the soul and substance of American women as to tip the balance of feminine beauty toward the now more traditionally oriented Russians? And is this not more important to the long-term survival of our nation than the erstwhile “missile gap” of the Cold War?"

God, I wish I could tell you that this was a joke, and that I had written it just to screw with you.  But no, it's real.  Hot women- the most important part of our foreign policy.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  " Ransom: Once Americans Were 'Wheels Up' $400 Million Was Sent to Iran"

It's their money, dimwit.  If we kept it, we would have stolen it.  I guess that's okay with Republicans.

Jay Caruso, Red State:  "Eric Bolling Dismisses Polling Data Citing Trump Crowds; Dana Perino Incredulous"

Well, Trump himself has been claiming this.  Let me tell you something, Jay:  If the Rolling Stones announced a free concert somewhere in the United States tomorrow, 500,000 people would turn up.  And that does not mean that they want Keith to be President.  I mean, Green Eagle does, but then, Green Eagle wants to change the national anthem to "Midnight Rambler."

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Former Incompetent RNC Chair Michael Steele Says the Breitbart-ization of Trump’s Campaign Will be “Magical”

Magical?  You mean, maybe like Voldemort?  And while we are on the subject, Leon, let me remind you that under "incompetent" Michael Steele, Republicans used to win elections.  Not so much under that Reince guy.  So, I kind of wonder what it was about Michael Steele that led you guys to fire him.  Ha ha, just kidding, we all know the answer to that one.

And now, a total proof that they've got nothing:

Elise Cooper, American Thinker:  "Dogs Turn Paws Down on Hillary...Hillary and animals just don't get along"

And none of them is going to vote for her.  That's how Trump plans to win.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Green Party nominee Jill Stein ‘will have trouble sleeping if Hillary Clinton is elected’"

Try oxy, Jill.

Eric Owens, Daily Caller:  "Farmers’ Almanac Crushes Dreams Of Global Warming Zealots With ‘ICE COLD WINTER’ Forecast"

Thousands of climate scientists with decades of actual research, versus the Farmer's Almanac.  Man, who are you going to trust?

"The “amazingly accurate” long-range forecast — starting on page 65 — covers September 2016 through December 2017. It prognosticates “exceptionally cold conditions” for several regions of the United States including the Midwest, the Great Lakes and Middle Atlantic regions, the Ohio Valley, and the entire Northeast."

How the hell do you know the forecast is "amazingly accurate," when it hasn't happened yet?  Oh wait, don't tell me.  I can't take it.

In fact, I can't take any more of this today.  'Bye until later.

Follow the Leader

Republican Arizona governor Jan Brewer today called Hillary a "lying killer," and when confronted about this, said that she just mispronounced Hillary's name.

As I have pointed out for years, lying is the stock in trade of Republicans, but this level of open belligerence behind the lies is something new, as is the willingness to essentially say, "yeah, I just lied in your face.  What the hell are you going to do about it?"

Well, guess where that attitude came from.  They picked him, and they knowingly picked him because they knew he would drive their train to a new low point in Republican history.  They knew that he would unleash them even further from honesty and common humanity, and they are getting what they paid for.  Welcome to the new Republican party- just like the old Republican party, only with less decency.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Do You Think Anyone Will Care?

From CBS News this morning:

"Report: Pro-Russian party earmarked $12.7M in cash for Trump campaign chair...There are new accusations about Donald Trump's campaign chairman and his ties to alleged corruption in Ukraine. The New York Times is out with a report showing Paul Manafort may have received more than $12 million in "undisclosed cash payments" from a pro-Russian political party while a consultant in Ukraine from 2007 to 2012."

Nothing to see here, folks...just move along.  I mean, it is just so inconceivable that a Republican candidate for President could be a tool of our biggest enemy, right?  Now, we all know that every Democrat is just a Communist in disguise, but Republicans are Patriots, who would never, say, work with Russian spies to undermine our country's democratic system, or take millions for...what?

Like I say, people, time to get back to Hillary's e-mails.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

And let's start out with a report on the most hard working men in politics:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "House Task Force Confirms: ISIS Threat Was Altered in Intelligence Reports For Political Purposes"

A House "task force."  A house task force composed entirely of Republicans.  Just like the Benghazi guys.

"A roughly 10-page report on the controversy is expected to be released by the end of next week, two officials said."

TEN PAGES!  Man, that will be some report.  Even Katie is forced to admit:

 "While it contains no definitive evidence that senior Obama administration officials ordered the reports to be doctored..."

Oh hell, why go on?  Meanwhile their candidate for President is threatening the life of ours, but hey, that's just fine.  Katie concludes:

"The Obama administration has been putting politics above national security for years. It's no wonder America and the world have become increasingly less safe."

Listen, you pathetic tool, if the Obama administration has done that, why not report on it, instead of running a misleading report on something that didn't happen?

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Survey: 86 Percent Of America's Mayors 'Very Worried' About Police Officer Safety"

Republicans once again congratulating themselves on the success of their endless deception.  The majority of police officers never use their guns in the entire course of their careers, and killings of police officers peaked in the Reagan administration, and have declined strongly during Obama's time in office.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trump Was Referring to Second Amendment Voters, Not Assassination"

Grow up, you little liar, and stop being a traitor.  He was referring to killing a sitting American President, and referring to it as if it were a pretty good idea.  And he's your guy, Miss Katie Patriot. Listen, Katy, if you want to make a living being dishonest, why not just become a prostitute? That way, you will only be infecting people one at a time.

Thomas Sowell, Town Hall:  "A year ago, in August 2015, this column called "The Donald" the Democrats' Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who could rescue a thoroughly discredited Hillary Clinton from a devastating defeat in this year's election."

Hey, you guys picked him, not us.  And do you think Ted Cruz would be doing much better?

"The strongest argument -- indeed, the only argument -- for voting for Trump is Hillary Clinton."

They'd be saying the same thing if the Democrats had nominated Jesus.  Can't you see Thomas saying that you need to vote for Trump, or Jesus will get into office and raise your taxes?

"How did we get into the predicament where our choices for President are narrowed to a candidate who inspires distrust versus a candidate who inspires disgust..."

And the answer?

"One key misstep by the Republican establishment was agreeing, once again, to so-called "debates"

Better to have stuck with TV spots funded by the Koch brothers.  You can tell all the lies you want there, without having any pesky Democrats say anything about them.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Trump's 'Second Amendment' Comment: Inappropriate and Dumb, But a Joke"

I don't know about you, but it didn't make me laugh, and I thought that was pretty much the definition of a joke, unless you are talking about when "the joke's on you."

Ed Klein, Town Hall:  "The FBI Always Gets Its Man (or Woman) and May Still Get Hillary"

For being "careless."  On those grounds, Green Eagle might have gotten the death penalty when a parakeet he bought escaped.

“Hillary shouldn’t imagine that she’s free and clear. Comey may have pulled his punches the last time around because he didn’t think his case was winnable in a court of law, but it’s possible that new evidence could shock the country and make Hillary a very vulnerable presidential candidate.”

It's possible that new evidence will prove that Hillary is from Mars, I guess.  Meanwhile, not a word about whether it is "careless" to suborn the murder of a President of the United States.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Uh Oh: Clinton 50, Trump 37"

You know what?  It's a sign of how sick this country is that Trump would even be polling 7.

Streiff, Red State:  "Democrat Ted Strickland Jokes That Justice Antonin Scalia “Died At A Good Time”

I just want to state that Ted Strickland was very wrong to have said this.  A "good time" for Antonin Scalia to have died would have been the day after he was nominated.

Evilbloggerlady, Red State:  " The media spent five times more airtime on Trump's 2nd amendment comments than Hillary Clinton inviting the Orlando shooter's dad to premium seats for her Florida rally."

Actually, it is a disgrace that they didn't spend a thousand times more airtime on Trump's threatened assassination of Hillary, which actually happened, as on Hillary's inviting some guy to her Florida rally, which didn't.  See the difference there?

Bob Bennet, Red State:  "Did Obama’s FBI Want Us All Dead?"

No.  If we were all dead, how could they force us to convert to Islam?

Paula Boyard, PJ Media:  "[Live Video] There's a Guy Climbing Trump Tower Right Now...How high will he go?"

Higher than Donald's poll numbers, I'll bet, unless he's climbing down into the underground parking garage.

Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Report: Fiorina Angling for Reince Priebus' Job...She can't be any worse at it."

I don't see how she could be any better at it either, given that it involves turning Donald Trump into a decent human being. Maybe they should give Dr. Phil a shot at it.  Well, the inevitable Republican search for scapegoats is under way.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "ANOTHER MASSIVE RALLY=> 12,000 Line Up to See Trump in Sunrise,FL"

People love to watch a disaster, Jim.

Helen Raleigh, Town Hall:  "Local Efforts in Battleground States May Determine the Outcome of 2016"

They're getting desperate now for a shred of hope.  "Local efforts" are going to win the day.  As if Trump has any, except for maybe having storm troopers shoot anyone who tries to vote for Hillary.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "The Obama Administration's Student Loan Proposal Could Decimate Small Colleges"

By giving them more students.  This just in:  "The Obama Administration's Student Loan Proposal Could Drive Porcupines Into Extinction!"  I mean, it could.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "Photos: Hillary Builds a Wall... Around Her House"

Nothing to do with the fact that her opponent in the Presidential contest has called for her to be assassinated, does it?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "While it didn't seem likely Trump actually thought Obama created (ISIS), he has made yet another verbal flip flop and is again having to clarify a comment - meaning more negative optics."

"Negative optics..."  A new Republican synonym for "lies."

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Was A DNC Staffer Murdered In A Politically Motivated Hit? Wikileaks Founder Won’t Confirm Or Deny"

Which the Wikileaks founder would know everything about, seeing as he lives in an embassy in London, and knows only what any of us could find on the internet.  Still, why not suggest that serial killer Hillary has killed again?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Tapper: Yes, Hillary's Integrity Deserves to Be Questioned After Clinton Foundation Emails"

There!  She did it!  She found a new way to get the words "Hillary" and "e-mails" into the same sentence!

And now, a lesson in how you reach conclusions, Republican style, from Red State:

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Don’t Look Now, but Donald Trump Has Had a Pretty Good Day of Polling"

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Hillary up Four Points Over Trump in Georgia? Not So Fast…"

See? If we just ignore what the polls actually say, things look great for Trump.  Keep up that thinking, guys- it's a Republican tradition, after all.

Stephen Stone, Renew America:  "Will Obama be impeached now that Republicans control both houses of Congress? (Nov. 2014)"

Why Renew America chose to repost this, I will never know, since it reveals them to be idiots.  Still, I guess you can't blame them for pining for better times.

Frank Lewis, Renew America:  "People in the media make a big deal about Donald Trump's businesses filling bankruptcy. It is the law, he followed it. He filed bankruptcy for the same reasons any other business or individual does."

Yeah, because he is a loser.  A LOSER, Donald.  A loser with little hands!  Loser, loser loser!!!!!

"While I am not an expert on this, I believe his business bankruptcies were a result of the bad economy. The worst economy "since the depression" is how I heard it."

Well, the way I heard it is that Trump declared bankruptcy six times: in 1991, in 1992, again in 1992, again in 1992, in 2004, and in 2009.  If that was "the worst economy since the depression," it sure lasted a hell of a long time, so  why didn't every other businessman declare bankruptcy six times? Just asking.  Anyway, let me end this just by repeating the following:  LOSER!

Man that felt good.  Let's do it again:  Trump is a LOSER!

Frank somehow then manages to move on to the following remark:

"So, the other question that gets posed to Obama and Hillary (among others) is if Donald Trump has the correct composure and temperament to have his hand on the nuclear button. I think so!  Our adversaries will surely use more caution if they know there is a chance that our president might push the button"

The right temperament to be President- an out of control maniac who just might decide it is time to end humanitiy's long experiment with civilization, and go back to living in caves.  Frank actually seems to be okay with that.

Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner:  "Third-party candidates could swing presidential election"

Keep praying, guys.  Maybe Jesus could come back soon and make the whole thing meaningless. Man, that would be one October surprise, huh?

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "As one of those who has suggested Donald Trump has the potential not only to win the 2016 presidential election, but to win in a landslide, it’s time for a note of clarification."

A note of clarification: yeah, that Joseph Farah is one gigantic dumbass.  And here, I thought that was already pretty clear.

And now, let's just go out on this sad news:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:   "BREAKING=> TOP PHYSICIAN: Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson’s Disease"

Well, let's see now:  I've discovered by looking online for about ten minutes that she has permanent brain damage, grand mal seizures, AIDS, dementia, brain tumors and several other kinds of cancer, clinical depression, coughing, acting "extremely weird," three strokes, multiple sclerosis, alcoholism, "transverse sinus thrombosis," whatever in hell that is, and now Parkinson's disease.  And one of the articles I read went on to say that her shoes cost too much.

Well, this is one tough woman, to keep going with all of that.  I think she will make a hell of a President.  As soon as she figures out how to get a better deal on her shoes.

The Winner Explains How He Is Winning

Donald Trump today, with the truth about the election:

"Honestly, I‘m not running against crooked Hillary Clinton, I’m running against the crooked media,"

Well, that explains it all.  I mean, just look at the polls as they stand now, from five thirty eight:

Hillary Clinton:           49.1%

Donald Trump             41.0%

The Press                     0.0%

See? He's way out ahead.  Of course, the way things are going, by November Trump will have trouble outpolling Joseph Goebbels, but that's a story for another day.