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2015-11-24 09:48 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 403 references

Am I supposed to be surprised?

Trump Card, which would not have to disclose donors, wants $250,000 from the other GOP presidential campaigns to run anti-Trump TV, radio and web ads and to pitch opposition research to local stations in early-voting states.

Mair, who also used to work for the Scott Walker presidential campaign, wrote, “In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race,” according to a memo obtained by The Journal.

“The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is done, Trump will be the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton will become president,” Mair continued.

So now we have an "anonymous" Super PAC taking money in for the explicit purpose of attacking Trump -- and it's not Democrats funding it, it's the other Republicans.

The only thing that would "out" donors would be if the campaigns themselves were to donate money, because that's reportable.

But while "coordinated" action is illegal proving it is another matter entirely, and that's hard to do unless there are formal ties between campaigns and the PAC that can be uncovered.

Primary candidates going after each other is nothing new, but I suspect the old game isn't going to work real well in this case, mostly because Trump isn't dependent on donors who can be "persuaded" (read: threatened) to pull their funding and support.

Further this sort of dirty-trick crap is likely to increase Trump's support.

It certainly has thus far.

To the PAC folks: Show a pair of balls and stand proud if you're funding these attacks.  While you have the right to speak anonymously that right comes with the label "coward" when used, and eventually the people will find out who's doing the funding -- and when they do they're well within their rights to take out their ire on you with any sort of lawful economic protest they may choose -- and I bet they will choose.

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Look, jackass.

The illegals came here under false pretense.  There are millions of people who want to come here legally.  One of my friends was just accepted as a citizen and will soon take the oath; she has been working toward this for years, and never jumped the line, paid her taxes every single year and had to prove it, and has been fully vetted.  It was an arduous and difficult process that she complied with willingly because she wants to be an AMERICAN -- and now IS.

These "amnesty" plans, and that's exactly what they are, reward criminality.

Those who wish to reward criminality ought to be branded as criminals and thrown in prison themselves.

That means you, Jeb.

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2015-11-08 19:55 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 346 references

C'mon Ben, give me a break.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday turned up his attack on the news media for stories he calls “political hits jobs” and boasted that he’s recently raised $3.5 million off the criticism.

Stupid is as stupid does.  You'll get $0 from me, but the reason why isn't that you tried to trade on military credentials you didn't have.

No, it's that while you may be an exceedingly talented surgeon you've got zero going on mentally beyond that, and worse, your ability to rationally analyze the world around you is dangerously warped by religious zealotry and even rank denial of science.

In fact, you remind me of those who persecuted Galileo, ultimately convicting him of heresy.

You've said you believe Joseph was involved in the Pyramids.  But the Pyramids have been dated to 2900BC, or around the time of the end of the 1st to 2nd Dynasty forward.  The last was completed around 1650 BC.

If you take the Bible's chronology as reasonably accurate and not a book of fables, which any Christian is of course likely to do, you still neck-deep with a problem.

You see, if Joseph came to Egypt as a slave, then he came after the great pyramids were built; those were built by contracted peasant labor, not slaves.  In fact, the Middle Kingdom period was the first major period of time in Egyptian history where slavery was known to have been practiced.

Most of the pyramids were completed before that time; ergo, Joseph didn't build them with divine intervention because he wasn't yet born.  This is scientific fact, unless of course you're going to ignore radio-carbon dating evidence.

Now I expect someone who wants to be President to be able to do the necessary (and quite simple) research to learn and know this before spouting off, and more importantly, defending an obviously-incorrect position.  If you do that sort of thing in a time of national crisis you're likely to get us all blown to radioactive bits.  No thanks.

Second, this is a man who's a surgeon but has said not one word about medical monopolies, disparate drug prices across national borders (which we could put a stop to legislatively tomorrow) and more.  This is the part of the economic picture that is destroying the nation, and you, Ben Carson, are in the middle of it and have profited mightily from it.

So what part of magical thinking is involved there?  Is separating co-joined twins a great thing?  Sure.  Where's the money going to come from to do it and why do you in the medical industry and your buddies in the pharma industry have the ability, ensconced in law, to rob us all compared against every other nation on the ****ing planet?  Why is it that you, and everyone involved in that outrageously obscene rip-off aren't rotting in a prison cell right now?

No, my issue with you, sir, is not merely about your "embellishment."  It's that you're infested with magical thinking in a world that doesn't respond to that.  You can pray until something happens (PUSH) if you'd like, but "something" might be you being eaten by worms -- and that's something I can't live with when there are real issues, with real solutions, facing us today.

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Oh oh.....

Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The academy has occupied a central place in Carson’s tale for years. According to a story told in Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands,” the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together. That meeting, according to Carson’s telling, was followed by a “full scholarship” to the military academy.

West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.

So he's a liar, and worse, has advanced a claimed military acceptance as part of his story and qualification to be President of the United States.

What else has he lied about?

Love him or hate him, there's one thing you can say about Trump.  What he said 20 years ago is what he says now.  Go look it up, whether the issue is immigration, the budget or otherwise.  In places where he's changed his mind he tells you that he's changed his mind instead of trying to cover that up.

We have a government full of liars folks.  Ben Carson is just one of them.

**** that, especially when it involves attempting to fabricate anything that is in any way connected with our military, veterans and those now serving.


Update: There are plenty of people attempting to claim that Politico made this up, basically.  We'll see.  Carson better hope so, and that he can prove it, because this is the sort of thing that blows up campaigns and he's Wile-E-Coyote in the dynamite shack with a lit match about right now.  I was going to write a piece about Carson and the pyramids, but that may be entirely "Trumped" by this if it has legs. Look here... (yes, I know it's Media Matters, but it certainly appears he did repeat the claim recently on-air.... with little room to dodge.)

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