And you think you’re not being played?
And you think you’re not being played?
"Efforts to unite warring candidates behind one failed spectacularly: An overture from Senator Marco Rubio to Mr. Christie angered and insulted the governor. An unsubtle appeal from Mitt Romney to John Kasich, about the party’s need to consolidate behind one rival to Mr. Trump, fell on deaf ears. At least two campaigns have drafted plans to overtake Mr. Trump in a brokered convention, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has laid out a plan that would have lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election."
It’s more fun than watching a train wreck, especially since there is a growing suspicion in neighboring precincts that The Donald could make Clinton melt, like the Wicked Witch of the West (or East, or wherever—I never could keep them straight). If we put this contest on pay-per-view we could settle the national debt.
The good news is, this whole thing could be settled by March 16. And then we can move on to obsessing about 2020 (and what the iPhone 7 will be like).
"In the seven months since declaring his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has used Twitter to lob insults at presidential candidates, journalists, news organizations, nations, a Neil Young song and even a lectern in the Oval Office.…"
Noted by our Midwest and Elsewhere Bureau.
"The "fruit salad" zinger quickly went viral, with social media users cluttering the Internet with an orgy melon [sic], pineapple and banana salads as well as a delicious rush of fruit-based GIFs."
"But inside the conference room, as dozens of participants met and workshopped various tactics to battle ISIS’s seemingly inexhaustible PR machine, one thing became abundantly clear — there remains, inside the U.S. government, a huge cognitive dissonance. The DOJ called the meeting in the midst of rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, fed by the campaign of Donald Trump, and yet failed to include more than a small handful of Muslims in the meeting. And while the meeting appealed for help from the tech community, tensions between Washington and Silicon Valley are at an all time high as the FBI seeks to set a precedent by forcing Apple to help them break into a phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters."
And wait, there’s more:
"WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations."
Meanwhile every one of the R’s at last night’s debate came down in favor of forcing Apple to hack iPhones (if you think they’re talking about just one iPhone or, for that matter, just Apple, maybe you ought to be running for president yourself—you’d fit right in).
These guys are not thinking about protecting thee nor me, darlin’, they are thinking only of protecting their own sorry butts from blame if anything (when anything, really) goes wrong.
“Tonight we saw another spirited debate between the most diverse and well-qualified group of presidential candidates in history.” — Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee
That Lincoln guy, he was nothing compared to The Donald. And don’t even get me started on John Adams.
""People are very distrusting of everybody, but Americans actually trust Apple a bit more than the government on some issues," Jackson said."
"Unless something completely untoward happens, He, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president. At the moment, Ted Cruz can't catch him because no human being on earth likes Ted Cruz except his mother, and she could be jiving, too. Young Marco Rubio can't catch him because Young Marco Rubio is a big bag of feathers. Neither one of them is willing to step aside for the other. And John Kasich, quite frankly, is drawing to a low inside straight. In the Republican party in the year of our Lord 2016, He, Trump is simply the man of the historical moment."
"Bradley's uncle, Leo Olson of Reedsburg, tried to use his veterans ID card to vote in last week's primary for a seat on the state Supreme Court, but that form of identification can't be used under the state's voter ID law."
"The cluelessness of the GOP pundit class is infuriating, but may ultimately be our salvation. Nothing they say about anything is ever right, even accidentally."
"According to the Post, the lodge that hosted the hunting trip Scalia was on in West Texas earlier this month also hosted “high-ranking members of an exclusive fraternity for hunters called the International Order of St. Hubertus, an Austrian society that dates back to the 1600s.” The ranch’s owner, John Poindexter, and Scalia’s travel partner were both members of the organization and two other private planes that landed at the ranch for the weekend were also linked to the group, according to the Post."
Has there ever been a more entertaining year? Even the weather is more fun. And it’s only February!
"The establishment doesn’t get that most Americans couldn’t care less about economic growth because for years they’ve got few of its benefits, while suffering most of its burdens in the forms of lost jobs and lower wages.
"Most people are more concerned about economic security and a fair chance to make it."
(It’s been a good season for excellent words.)
HT/ Charlie from Wisconsin
"Robertson says she was on her way home with her new goat Sunday…"
"Clinton argued that she has a strong plan to take on Wall Street and that she’s been transparent about her positions to rein in big banks."
"“We’re seeing a backlash in the United States that we’ve never seen before,” said Neville Cramer, 65, a Trump supporter from Las Vegas."
(And no, I’m not advocating another 1861. I’m advocating Bernie’s plan to send more people to freaking school.)
"Within seven years — about when the iPhone 11 is likely to be released — the smartphones in our pockets will be as computationally intelligent as we are."
I used to know a successful electrical engineer who carried a slide rule to calculate tips in restaurants. Now, Siri can do it (go ahead, try).
And a slide rule is beyond the computational intelligence of most people.
“I don’t want to say anything negative about Hillary Clinton, because she’s not a bad candidate,” said Sharla Gardner, a former Duluth city council member who is now running for the state Senate and who backed Clinton at first. “But she’s not the best candidate. She doesn’t start from a place of can-do. Her campaign is ‘No, we can’t,’ and that attitude is actually harming the working poor. It’s forcing the working poor to buy insurance policies they can’t afford, because the deductibles are so high.”
"Since challenging a judge’s demand in the San Bernardino case, which called for Apple to create a special tool to help investigators more easily crack the phone’s passcode, the company has repeatedly asserted that such a move could not be done in isolation."
So much for just this one iPhone, just this one time.
"Every family has at least one: That aunt, or brother-in-law, or second cousin who forwards chain emails, or posts social-media tidbits that advance spectacular but easily refuted claims."
…if voters want their mommy they vote Democratic, if they want their daddy they vote Republican…and now it turns out, maybe, if they want their loopy uncle they vote for Donald Trump. (Or Bernie?)
Now it is clear that, in what is for all practical purposes a three-way race, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida represents the Republicans’ best hope to bring the party and the country together.""
"DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday that the United States and Russia have agreed on a plan for a cease-fire in Syria starting Saturday that would exclude attacks on the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's local affiliate."
"It’s like asking Superman to engineer his own kryptonite"
"After being spanked by the voters of South Carolina, Ben Carson took the stage and excused his loss by saying that it was entirely possible that Donald Trump would get all the delegates from South Carolina, so really he did just as well as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Therefore, he was no bigger a loser than any of the rest of them, and he would continue to press on."
"Clinton was awarded one delegate in a tie precinct in the town of Pahrump after her precinct caption bested Sanders’ in a card draw, the Wall Street Journal reported.…
Coin tosses were used to determine a winner in seven precincts in Iowa where Clinton edged Sanders by a razor-thin margin."
I wonder how she does with the ponies.
"In keeping with Hunter S. Thompson’s dictum that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, the folks at Hershey have decided to bring out a Hershey’s Carrot Cake Kiss for Easter."
"HOUSTON — Fresh off her victory in Nevada, Hillary Clinton sought to turn Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s promises of cheap government-run health care and free college tuition into a liability at a late-night rally in Texas on Saturday night."
Dude. Seriously. From the BBC:
"While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike.…
More than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany universities, an increase of 20% over three years."
Germany can do it but we can’t? Yep, that sounds defeatist to me.
And about the health care thing. Just because Hillary can’t do it doesn’t mean…well, Here's a Map of the Countries That Provide Universal Health Care (America's Still Not on It).
When did we become such wimps?