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FBR 1-15-16 Trump and Cruz Gloves Off

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“The thrill is gone … the thrill is gone away for good.”

 

Just some quick hits from last night’s Fox Business Channel GOP Presidential debate …

New York Values

So Ted Cruz’ comments earlier in the day about “New York Values”, gave Trump an opportunity to pounce on his main opponent – as if he needs an excuse.  Ted Cruz, when asked by the Fox panelist, Maria Bartiromo, to explain the expression, defined it in these terms:

And listen, there are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of New York. But everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro- gay-marriage, focus around money and the media.

Cruz, went on to make another interesting observation about Donald Trump and his lack of a consistent track record as a conservative:

Not too many years ago, Donald did a long interview with Tim Russert. And in that interview, he explained his views on a whole host of issues that were very, very different from the views he’s describing now.  And his explanation — he said, “look, I’m from New York, that’s what we believe in New York. Those aren’t Iowa values, but this is what we believe in New York.” And so that was his explanation.

Then Trump went on a trip down memory lane, pulling out the bloody shirt of 9/11. This is not a tactic anyone should be surprised at. Many Republicans resort to using 9/11 and the memory of the victims for the purpose of scoring political points – especially with people who are the most disposed to exchange civil liberties for a counterfeit and elusive promise of “security”. More on that later. But a couple of points should be made here:

  • Cruz, was in fact – as he defined it, referring to the prevailing political environment in New York City, not farmers or small business people elsewhere in the state. And, for what it is worth, the political environment in NYC is dominated by Democrats and their values. Mayor Giuliani, is yes, a “Republican” – a certain sort of Republican – a “Centrist” and that is the limit as far as Republicans go in that city. I like Rudy as a man, but he’s not a conservative. Then, after that came a real fraud with an “R” behind his name – Bloomberg. It was the next step in the evolution away from anything remotely resembling what most of the country associates with the GOP. He was so far out of step, with even the watered down neoGOP that he eventually dumped the party altogether. And now NYC is in its’ comfort zone with Democrat Bill DeBlasio. So really, how far off is Cruz in his assessment?
  • Trump talked about the city coming together after the towers came down. Fair enough. I don’t dispute that there are a lot of people who vote Democrat and are liberals that are also decent people. But reality check here. Most of what we associate with the response to 9/11 – the bravery and heroism – is that which came from the ranks of the public service sector – Firefighters, Paramedics, Policemen and Emergency room doctors and nurses.  Go to any large Democrat city – Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and you can find sensible, sober minded public safety professionals – and they are the glue that holds everything together. I know, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of them professionally. They weren’t the element that Ted Cruz was referring to and Donald Trump knew it.

I will write a follow up to this column, touching on some of the other interesting episodes that took place last night – including the vigorous back and forth between Christie and Rubio, but for now I’ll conclude with another observation about the main card, the Cruz-Trump fisticuffs. The gloves are off between the two. As one headline observed, the “bromance” is on the rocks.

Natural Born Nothingburger …

The topic of Natural Born Citizen was inevitable. Trump, losing momentum in Iowa – had to go there – he frankly admitted it. The first thing that was obvious about this debate, is that Trump no longer owns the audience in attendance. You could tell that it was split mostly between Cruz supporters and Trump supporters. In the first debate, that wasn’t the case.

What this tells you, is a couple of things. One is that the momentum is shifting away from Trump. It also demonstrates that Cruz has a very robust campaign operation in both the early states and throughout the country. He is mobilizing his grassroots through an effective organizational structure. When Cruz came back with this, there was a huge positive response in the auditorium:

And I recognize — I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa. But the facts and the law here are really quite clear. Under longstanding U.S. law, the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen.  If a soldier has a child abroad, that child is a natural-born citizen. That’s why John McCain, even though he was born in Panama, was eligible to run for president.

If an American missionary has a child abroad, that child is a natural-born citizen. That’s why George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was eligible to run for president, even though he was born in Mexico.

At the end of the day, the legal issue is quite straightforward, but I would note that the birther theories that Donald has been relying on — some of the more extreme ones insist that you must not only be born on U.S. soil, but have two parents born on U.S. soil.

Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified, Marco Rubio would be disqualified, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified and, interestingly enough, Donald J. Trump would be disqualified.

Later, Ted Cruz explained to the audience just who the Constitutional Scholar, Lawrence Tribe at Harvard is – a Democrat partisan and a dyed in the wool liberal. And that fits a general narrative that is gaining traction. Donald Trump, for reasons best explained by political opportunism, resorts to any sources he can exploit, not only for political alliances – as he has in the past with the Clintons, but for weapons he can wield against his opponents.

Cruz, if he so desired, can pull all sorts of Constitutional scholars out of his hat, both conservative and liberal, that espouse the sensible and realism based view that Ted Cruz in qualified by law to become President. In fact, a couple of examples are Ilya Shapiro of the CATO Institute, Judge Andrew Napolitano and on the liberal side of jurisprudence, Professor Emeritus, Alan Dershowitz, one of Ted Cruz’ teachers at Harvard.

The back and forth on this subject will go a long way toward removing the fear factor that Trump and some of the other campaigns have been attempting to inject into it. Ben Carson was asked his opinion after the debate, whether he believed Ted Cruz is eligible to be president and his answer was “Sure, absolutely”.  He has responded to the issue elsewhere, saying:

“It seems to me like the rules are fairly well-specified in terms of who qualifies to be a natural born.  If your parent is a citizen of the United States, and you’re born on foreign soil, you are still an American citizen. And that has always been the case as far as I know. One of my children was born on foreign soil and they’re a natural born citizen.”

OK, Ben Carson is not a Constitutional Scholar, but he is an intelligent, practical, reasonable man, with plenty of motivation to pile on to the false NBC (Natural Born Citizen) narrative on Cruz – but he refuses to. This says a lot of good things about Ben Carson, who is losing most of his Iowa support to Ted Cruz.

Don’t be surprised to see Carson, if and when he drops out of the contest, gravitating towards Ted Cruz’ campaign. Both are class acts, and both have wisely resisted the temptation to indulge in negative campaigning against the rest of the GOP field.

 

Filthy Bilge Rats January 10 Edition

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Only thing needed in this movie title is the word “Natural”

 

Hello Everyone,

First FBR post for the year and trying to get back in the saddle again after a nifty New Year’s Winter cold of which I am at the tail end. It’s not to say I have been entirely idle. I just published a critique of Donald Trump and Marco Rubio’s failed tactic to inflame the Natural Born Citizen fetishists over nonsensical questions about Senator Ted Cruz’ eligibility to be sworn in as the next President of the United States of America and legally occupy the Oval Orifice. It was also posted on Terresa Monroe-Hamilton’s blog page, NoisyRoom.net.

It has gone over very successfully over on RedState, where I published it and I even have fans of the column defending me of falsely accusing Marco Rubio of being the mastermind of the NBC question in this week’s news cycle. That’s always nice. I actually pointed out in my piece, that Rubio and his campaign have been fastidious in keeping his fingerprints off of the narrative that Donald Trump actually started. Rubio, instead, is employing John McCain as a ‘cat’s paw’.

cat’s-paw   also cats·paw (kats’pô’)
n. pl. cat’s-paws also cats·paws
1. A person used by another as a dupe or tool.

I think the phrase ‘tool’, is quite apt to describe John McCain as well as Marco Rubio. They are both a couple of tools. None that I would lug to a job site, but tools nonetheless.

Let’s see, what else is going on .. .

There is a movie that will be debuting next week from Paramount Pictures, called “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. I became FB friends with a gentleman who was a consultant to the producer of that film, Michael Bay. His name is Kris “Tanto” Paronto.

Not only is Kris a consultant to the production of the film, but he is also portrayed in the film as one of the six courageous men assigned by GRS (Global Response Staff), from the CIA Annex who launched a rescue operation of the ‘Special Mission Compound’ while Hillary Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama, Leon Panetta and the entire White House sat on their hands and did nothingBusiness Insider describes GRS:

This paramilitary unit, comprised of “scorpions” — the most lethal of American military special operators — is responsible for protecting covert agents and classified drone sites in countries like Yemen, Lebanon, Pakistan and Libya (surely among other unnamed places).

Of his role in assisting the filmmaker, Kris, former Army Ranger with the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, had this to say to the New York Post:

“We wanted it apolitical. From the time we got the call to the time the last [CIA Global Response Staff member] got out of Benghazi 13 hours later, it was a story of heroism. That was getting lost in the politics of it all.” Politicians hijacked it. The right use it, the left use it, and the true story got lost. The truth isn’t political. Now, the truth may affect political aspirations, but hey, sorry, that’s how it goes. We want people to know the true story, and if they want to use it as a determination of candidates, we can’t stop that. But we’re not going to get up there and say, ‘You should pick this person.’ ”

I think Kris is right. The facts that this film demonstrates, will resonate on their own and will need no external political narrative to render a conclusion in the mind of the viewer. Just watching the trailer for this movie has my pulse racing faster.

The report I wrote titled, “How Ambassador Stevens Really Died And Why Hillary Clinton Is Still Responsible” – is, as I told Kris, not only the most read of all the columns on Blasted Fools that I have written to date, but the traffic on it has been ticking up in web searches in the lead up to the opening of the “13 Hours” film.

The film doesn’t deal specifically with the last hours of Ambassador Stevens, but I think a lot of people are searching for facts, not fiction. A friend who attended a personal speaking event by Kris Paranto, relayed to me that his talk about the “13 Hours” in question, confirmed the research that I had incorporated into my outline. That was very gratifying, given the fact that my outline of the details regarding Ambassador Stevens’ final hours and death, were strongly at odds with a lot of fallacious internet memes that have been in wide circulation since 9/11/12.

Just as the rotten bunch of vermin, (political elites, the ruling class, Islamic extremists, economic predators, etc.), who are fornicating up our nation and the world at large, are termed by me as “Filthy Bilge Rats” – warriors and gentlemen who are at the tip of the spear in resisting them are reverenced here as “Anti – Filthy Bilge Rats”. Ranger Paranto is a vermin exterminator. A “Scorpion” is an apt description as well.  I therefore salute him.

Thank you, Kris.

In a further manifestation of the moral sickness

plaguing American politicians and elected officials, the Mayor of Philadelphia is telling us not to believe either the shooter who attempted to kill Philadelphia PD Officer Jesse Hartnett, or our lying eyes – about whether the execution style attempted killing was an Islamic motivated act of violence (Jihad).

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney stated in a press conference on Friday afternoon, following an attempted execution by a man who had reportedly pledged to the Islamic State, “It has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.” But the jihadi said he did it for Islam.

As Pamela Geller asks, “How much is the Mayor getting paid from our enemies? How much jihad money financed his campaign?”

The Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross also feigns cluelessness in order to stay in step with the Mayor for whom de-Nile is not just a river in Egypt.  Ross, who just took office Tuesday, didn’t label the shooting a terrorist attack, though he said Archer “clearly gave us a motive.”  Say whaaaaaaat?  A guy shouts “Allahu Akbar” and claims allegiance to ISIS and it is NOT a terror attack??????

“It wasn’t like laying it out completely, chapter and verse for us,” Ross told reporters at the department’s headquarters as Archer was being questioned upstairs. “We’re left to say, ‘OK, he’s leaving a trail for us. Where’s it going to lead us, if anywhere?’

Please Commissioner Ross, cut me a slice of break here! As I see it, the perp – Edward Archer, his gun, and the bullets that nearly killed the officer all agree that it was an attempted murder prompted by Islam. So does a video I’ll take their word over the Mayor’s, thank you very much.

Filthy Bilge Rats Early TGIF Edition 10-23-15

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Jeb Bush Campaign circles the drain…

No sooner than George W. Bush gets done with a fundraiser for Jeb that turns out to be a flop, and reveals his animosity for Ted Cruz, we find out that the Jeb campaign is on the ropes – maybe even on the mat and trying to struggle to its’ feet to beat the 10 count. A little boxing lingo there for you fight fans.

Anyway, it is being reported over at Breitbart and elsewhere, including the WSJ, that the Bush clan are getting together for a pow wow this weekend at the family compound in in Houston and at some meetings with what’s left of the donor base.

The Wall Street Journal notes – “As Jeb Bush heads to Texas on Sunday to rally top fundraisers along with his father and brother, former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the family’s vaunted financial network is mostly disengaged and splintered—and his campaign stock is falling,”

WSJ goes on to report,:

“About 170 donors who have each raised at least $50,000 are expected to attend social gatherings and strategy briefings over two days,” the WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus (editor’s note – not Bettie Ballhaus!) and Christopher Stewart wrote. “Those who have raised at least $175,000 will have the most access to the Bush family, including a reception with former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.”

Bush’s polling is in the root cellar, not the wine cellar. And that would not be, in and of itself a disaster – except for the fact that throwing more money at his campaign is not going to stanch the stench that makes GOP voters clench. He just has supported campaign themes such as “acts of love” and Common Whore – pardon me, Common Core  – that have a high puke factor with all of the Republican base but ‘Bush botz’. And I have some Bush Botz friends and I say that with the utmost fondness.

Bloomberg News quotes campaign insiders that the Bush organization has instituted “across-the-board pay cuts” for all of its staff. Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin and Michael Bender reported:

“The campaign is removing some senior staff from the payroll, parting ways with some consultants, and downsizing its Miami headquarters to save more than $1 million per month and cut payroll by 40 percent this week, according to Bush campaign officials who requested anonymity to speak about internal changes.”

It is also coming to light that senior-level staff and consultants are going to be put on a volunteer basis. Look for an exodus of such individuals while they still have opportunities perhaps, to hook on to other campaigns, presidential or otherwise. Hired guns are hired guns. Stop paying them and they take their side irons somewhere else where they can get cash for brandishing. Simple stuff.

Don’t drink the Purple drank that says that there are more than a few true believers in the upper ranks of these campaigns. There aren’t.

No matter what you think of Trump – and you know what I think of him, he has served the purpose of busting off a cap into the Bush campaign run. Not that it took that much doing or that Bush needed much help.

Megyn Kelly (oh dear Lord how I love her – one of the few bright bulbs on FN) blindsided Bush last night with this:

KELLY: According to the latest ABC News poll he’s (Trump) at 32, you’re at seven, in seventh place. The Real Clear Politics average, he’s at 27, you’re at seven, in fifth place. He has said that if his poll numbers tank, he’ll get out of this race. But what would it take to make you get out?

Side note; Of course, Bush will be as myopic as his donors will allow him to be, and so Jeb came back with this neat little whistling in the graveyard ditty right before Halloween …

BUSH: I’m not getting out. My — I believe that we have a plan to be very competitive in the early states. We have the resources to stay with this. I’m campaigning hard, I’m campaigning with heart. I’m campaigning in a way that will draw people toward our cost. Herman Cain was the winner at this time when he was running. Hillary Clinton was up by 26 points in October against Barack Obama. Rudy Giuliani was the frontrunner, you know, eight years ago. So this is the beginning of hard race. I never thought it would be easy and it certainly hasn’t been and I believe that I’m going to win the nomination.

To which I would respond – as David Spade and Helen Hunt famously said in the SNL skit “Total Bastard Airlines” … “Buh-bye, let’s go … out!!!

Filthy Bilge Rats Morning Edition 10-21-15

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need to get these guys back out there hooking and booking

Q. What are ICE officials doing, now that Obama has relieved them of their day to day responsibilities for internal immigration enforcement?

A. Organizing sex parties

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Tuesday that it is investigating reports that a supervisor used government time to recruit workers for private sex swinger parties at his home.  An internal misconduct investigation is looking into the claims centered on workers in San Diego, ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack told NBC News in a statement.

It follows a report by the San Diego Union Tribune that an accusation of gross sexual misconduct was made in a complaint submitted to the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.

The newspaper said employees at the ICE Enforcement Removal Operations office in the city complained that they had been approached during work hours to participate in the parties held at the home of a supervisor in the office along with his wife, who is also an agent.

“The agency takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Mack said in the statement. “The matter you reference has been referred to ICE Homeland Security Investigations Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for further investigation. That inquiry is ongoing and, as such, we are unable to offer further comment at this time.”

The complaint, which has been seen by the newspaper, says the recruitment has been going on for more than a year, and alleges the practice is coercive of subordinate employees and an abuse of authority. It said workers were approached about the parties by the supervisor, whose wife is also an employee.

While the looting of the country by government, the political class and its benefactors continues apace, America has other more pressing priorities (From the Hollywood Reporter) …

The months and months of hype have paid off for Disney and Lucasfilm this afternoon, as theater chains began offering advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters two months from today on December 18. Perhaps a little too well, however. Legions of Star Wars fans immediately rushed to online ticket sellers to secure their seats but alas, the force is not strong with them. The sudden rush of demand from Jedi-happy fans has caused loading issues and site outages on purchasing platforms including Fandango, the Alamo Drafthouse, and AMC Theaters.

As I have stressed repeatedly, the Democrats and Republicans (at least at the party leadership level), have more in common with one another than not. Usually, a consistent effort is made to maintain the phony optics of conflict, but now and then they let their guard down and demonstrate that they are as different as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

Congressman Paul Ryan in what he thought was a venue safe from scrutiny of anti-Amnesty forces, made some remarkable comments at the Erie House in Chicago, in concert with Democrat open borders champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who has recently endorsed Ryan’s House Speaker bid to replace John Boehner.

Ryan outlined the desirability of a system that eliminates all restriction in current U.S. Immigration law regulating the importation of workers. “We want to have an immigration system that… has gates open to the people who are coming in pursuit of their version of the American dream,” Ryan told the crowd.

He went on to diminish the value of national sovereignty and enforcement of borders. “America is more than just a country,” Ryan said. “It’s more than Chicago, or Wisconsin. It’s more than our borders. America is an idea. It’s a very precious idea.”

Most strikingly, as this is the money quote – Ryan lays bare the fact that the Democrats and Republicans are not really two parties, but in reality, merely two (sometimes) competing divisions of a massive political racketeering operation. “Luis talked about his peaceful protests and the arrests that resulted from them,” Ryan said. “That just goes to show that Republicans and Democrats might do things a little differently, but we don’t always see things differently. And that’s the point I just simply want to make here today.”

In a related theme…

George W. Bush, also thinking that his comments would not be fodder for general consumption, admitted that Ted Cruz is the Republican in the GOP presidential race that the GOP establishment is most concerned about. W, told contributors in a donor event for brother Jeb, (that was so unsuccessful that organizers had to hustle last minute to pimp drastically discounted tickets to the gathering), that “I just don’t like the guy”, referring to Cruz.

Attendees noted that Bush referenced the nomination race with regard to Ted Cruz, “He said he thought Cruz was going to be a pretty formidable candidate against Jeb, especially in Texas and across the South.”

What is really eating at Bush and the GOP establishment? Aside from Jeb’s poll numbers plummeting, anyone – particularly as effective as Ted Cruz, that can articulate a genuine move towards limited government, scares the GOP leadership to death. The Republican party as it is presently constituted, is unsustainable, if the national government is reduced in size, scope, spending and power. The same is true of the Democrats, but Democrats are convinced that their voters want more government, not less.