Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Confessions of a Republican"

Is the 2016 presidential race really so different from others in America's political past, or does it just feel that way because we're living it now, and because we tend to remember the past on more idyllic terms?

Here's an old long-form ad the LBJ camp used in its campaign to undermine Barry Goldwater in 1964. Sounds a lot like the GOPe spin we've heard unleashed on Donald Trump this go-round.

Was Goldwater really so scary, or was Lyndon Johnson and his team just good at scaring voters?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Attic art

Original art found in the garage attic of a house we own.

Have a hunch who left it behind, but it's just a guess.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Political assessment

It seems Fred likes Trump, or at least what Trump's brought to the surface.

Fred opines here in is unique Fred-like way. 

Meanwhile, over at the Wall Street Journal, it appears Peggy Noonan's awakening continues. If you're not a subscriber, WSJ's firewall may prevent your viewing of Noonan's April 29th column, but here's a taste:
...Trump comes and in his statements radiate the idea that he’s not at all interested in ideology, only in making America great again — through border security and tough trade policy, etc. He’s saying he’s on America’s side, period. 
And because people are so happy to hear this after 16 years, because it seems right to them, they give him a pass on his lack of experience in elective office and the daily realities of national politics. 
They forgive it all. Not only because they’re tired of bad policy but because they’re tired of ideology.
Labels like liberal or conservative have become so twisted, even lost, in various ideologies. And for years, we've been subjected to big party ideologies that pretend to take us one direction but, in reality, take us in another.

And yeah, the people are finally awakening to the game that's been played.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Obama's got game

A new state of emergency has been declared in Baghdad.

Not to worry.

President Obama reponds in his customary manner.

Could this be the last straw?

Venezuela's socialist unraveling has killed off major beer making operations.

Wall Street Journal notes the most recent closure leaves Venezuela with just a week's supply of beer on hand.

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz...California's where the May Day chaos is

Sunday is May Day. And May Day has long been a day dear to the hearts of Commies, socialists, and anarchists alike.

And for May Day 2016, Southern California Public Radio notes:
Los Angeles police officials said Friday they are aware of four separate May Day marches, and that they are staffing up in case the demonstrators get out of hand.
In the LA Times:
On Saturday, supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are expected to converge on downtown L.A. for a march and rally tied to International Workers’ Day, or May Day, on Sunday.  
But the largest crowds are expected to gather downtown Sunday to demand equality for immigrants and protest Trump's controversial statements about people from Mexico and Muslims.  
With so much attention focused on California this May Day, will anyone even notice if there's May Day madness in places like Seattle, Portland or Chicago?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Things have gone crazy

Quoted in various Internet graphics and posts:
The world has gone so crazy that if a zombie apocalypse happens, there would probably be zombie rights activists.
We take up the topic on tomorrow's (April 29th) Don and Doug podcast.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trump marches on....

"It’s moment of truth time for the #Never Trump crowd: Do you want four years of Hillary Clinton in the White House or a Republican president you strongly disagree with?" - Rasmussen Reports

Cruz campaign continues to implode

Nowhere near clinching a nomination... and running a distant second to Donald Trump...

Ted Cruz is now reported to be on the verge of naming Carly Fiorina as his 2016 GOP running mate.

Strikes me this is yet another desperate Cruz move destined to backfire.

By naming a running mate now, Cruz signals he and his campaign understand they are no longer viable on their own, so they grasp for additional star power to keep things alive.

Coupled with Monday's "deal" where Cruz and Kasich now split which states to campaign in ahead of upcoming primaries,  the Cruz campaign appears to be far more desperate than most would have imagined even a week ago.

Sandy Hook exploitation continues

Despite legal thresholds that should have stopped it, the civil suit over the Sandy Hook killings moves forward.

"We’re looking for documents, and we’re looking to depose key people at Remington especially, but also at the distributor and the retail level. We’re asking for internal memos about how to market the AR-15 and how to market specifically the patrolman’s carbine, which is the one that Adam Lanza used," says plaintiff's attorney.

But Adam Lanza didn't acquire his weapon(s) through marketing channels.

Lanza murdered his mom and stole her guns.

H/T Sipsey Street

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Chelsea's wish

Chelsea Clinton says to vote for her mom so her mom can stack the Supreme Court against the Second Amendment.

Washington Free Beacon via YouTube