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  • Cruzing into the 2016 Elections: What Has the Establishment So Afraid?

    03/28/2015 2:59:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Santa Clarita Gazette ^ | March 26, 2015 | Robert Patrick Lewis
    Just in case you were hidden under a rock yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz officially threw his hat into a run for presidency in the 2016 election. He announced his run initially on Twitter (a nod to the younger generations) and followed it up with a speech at, of course, Liberty University. So, what is it that has the establishments on both sides of the aisle so worked up about Cruz running for President? Firstly, unlike the Jeb Bushes, Chris Christies and Hillary Clintons of the world who are expected to run (and you know how I feel about Hillary),...
  • BAYHAM: The Cruz Candidacy

    03/28/2015 2:23:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | March 25, 2015 | Mike Bayham
    When John McCain launched his candidacy for president in 1999, the Arizonan made his announcement in front of the decommissioned aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown to underscore his military service. When Texas US Senator Ted Cruz jumped into the race for president on Monday, he did so on the “deck” of an “evangelical battleship” at the Rev. Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University. Considering the major influence evangelical voters have in the GOP primaries, especially in the early states of Iowa and South Carolina, Cruz could not have been shrewder in selecting a venue for his declaration of candidacy. Rick Santorum would...
  • Cruz Control: A heartfelt missive to the liberally biased reporters in my town.

    03/28/2015 2:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 27, 2015 | Patrick O'Hannigan
    Dear journalists: May I have a public word with you, especially if you edit the Raleigh News and Observer? You probably take a dim view of unsolicited advice from a junior member of the guild, but I think I can save you some grief in the run-up to next year’s presidential election, with an assist from the first official candidate for the Republican nomination. That candidate would, of course, be Senator Ted Cruz. Many of the stories about him are written with the same “Get a load of this guy!” tone regardless of where they come from, but I thought...
  • If Ferguson stays Ferguson, blacks have no one to blame but themselves

    03/28/2015 12:41:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Bay State Banner ^ | March 26, 2015 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Ferguson will hold municipal elections on April 7. The mayor and five of the six city councilpersons are white. Three are up for reelection. Since Michael Brown was gunned down by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the one loud refrain has repeatedly been how could a city where African-Americans make up the overwhelming majority of the population be policed by a nearly all-white police force, and governed by a nearly all-white city administration? The thought was that the Brown slaying angered and engaged so many thousands that it was almost a done deal. The first chance...
  • Ted Cruz disputes MSNBC claim he supports legalization of illegal immigrants

    03/27/2015 11:09:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Earlier today, MSNBC published a story suggesting Senator Cruz supports legalization of undocumented individuals currently in the United States. Derived from the fact that Senator Cruz hasn’t specifically stated he does not support legalization of undocumented individuals, the inference is that Cruz must therefore support legalization of undocumented individuals. It’s a nice little semantic game, really. MSNBC referenced a Texas Tribune article from 2013 which they claim indicates, “that he [Cruz] supported giving some undocumented immigrants permission to stay in the country with more limited legal status.” This summation is not accurate. The Texas Tribune article, written around the time...
  • Designer Creates a DIY SLA 3D Printer for Under $30 (Minus the Projector)

    03/27/2015 9:59:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 25, 2015 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    Most of us are aware of the KISS principle: Keep it simple, stupid! And while simplicity is certainly a theme in many 3D printers, they are anything but stupid—and created by those who are the polar opposite—with ingenuity in abundance—which they use to share new innovations with the world. One quite simply has to give up with wondering what the collective ‘they’ will come up with next and just roll with the idea that the possibilities in 3D printing are infinite. And as progress in the industry and the community of makers marches on daily and hourly, it’s hard not...
  • Will Latinos back Ted Cruz?

    03/27/2015 9:12:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ruben Navarrette
    Latinos likely haven't made up their minds about Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's newly announced candidacy for President. So in a selfless gesture, a whole slew of non-Latinos have quickly stepped forward to spare us the trouble of thinking for ourselves about whether Cruz stands a chance of winning and whether he can get the votes of fellow Latinos. The answers were "No" and "No." Here's the conventional wisdom, courtesy of the liberal media and other critics of the junior senator from Texas: Cruz doesn't have the slimmest chance to win the Republican nomination, let alone to eventually become President. Which...
  • He's Done It Before: How Ted Cruz can repeat history — and win the GOP nomination

    03/27/2015 8:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 23, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    It’s early 2011, and an unheard-of candidate for Senate is deciding to enter a race 22 months down the line to replace one of Texas’ most revered senators. He has no money, no prospective sources of donors. He has no establishment credibility. He has chosen to battle perhaps the most establishment of the establishment — the state’s lieutenant governor. Now, it’s early 2015, and a still relatively unheard-of candidate for president is deciding to enter a race 20 months down the line. He faces questions about whether he can raise a consistent amount of money. He has no establishment credibility....
  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A broad cross-section of Republican officeholders, major donors and conservative pundits are agreed on one thing: Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected president. The junior senator from Texas marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare by announcing his candidacy for the presidency today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and no one in the chattering classes thinks he has a prayer of being sworn into office as commander-in-chief in January 2017. Just about everyone thinks his positions on the issues are too extreme and that his advocacy of the 2013 government shutdown and the complete antipathy...
  • God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.

    03/27/2015 8:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley
    On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, Bob Vander Plaats walked into the West Des Moines Marriott with a chip on his shoulder. Iowa's evangelical shot-caller had come to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in town for the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call that drew the majority of Republican presidential hopefuls. Over the course of the weekend, Vander Plaats had sit-downs scheduled with just about all of them. But not Jeb Bush. A twice-failed gubernatorial candidate who helped boost Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses, Vander Plaats has grown accustomed to presidential aspirants...
  • A Ted Cruz loss would help GOP recover

    03/27/2015 7:38:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 28, 2015 | Michael A. Cohen
    I have a confession to make: I’m a Democrat and a progressive, and I’m rooting for Ted Cruz to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. It’s not because I think he will win or because I agree with anything he stands for. It’s because Cruz represents the best hope of returning sanity to American politics. Cruz is perhaps the quintessential example of Republican politics, circa 2015. He’s uncompromising, ideologically inflexible, and doesn’t appear to be very interested in appealing to non-conservatives. His views are perhaps the most radical and extreme in a political party increasingly defined by rising levels...
  • The real costs of foolish plans to 'secure' the border

    03/27/2015 7:10:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | March 27, 2015 | Shikha Dalmia
    Sen. Ted Cruz launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination this week by promising to "finally, finally, finally secure the borders" and put an end to unauthorized immigration. This will warm the hearts of restrictionists, no doubt. But it should scare Americans who love their pocketbooks and liberties more than they hate undocumented Latino immigrants. Restrictionists accuse many of these immigrants of being welfare queens who come to America illegally and live off taxpayers. Cruz has contributed to the hysteria by proposing bills barring undocumented workers from ever receiving any means-tested benefits, presumably even after they become legal. Accusations...
  • Supporters deserting Rand Paul for Ted Cruz (Including key people)

    03/27/2015 6:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Newsmachete
    <>Politico writes that Rand Paul is losing support among key followers. One of the most prominent defectors is Drew Ivers, chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign, who says he will not endorse Rand Paul for president. On Tuesday, three members of Iowa’s Ron Paul-aligned Liberty movement — state Sen. Jason Shultz and former Iowa Republican Party central committee members Chad Steenhoek and Joel Kurtinitis — announced the same, adding that they will support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ivers, who had dinner with Rand Paul in August, said the Kentucky senator has abandoned many of the stances that made Ivers...
  • Cruz the bruiser: The junior senator from Texas is dangerous

    03/27/2015 6:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 28, 2015 | The Editors
    WITH 596 days to go before America’s next presidential election, the first serious candidate has announced that he will run (see article). Ted Cruz is an intelligent man with an inspiring life story. His father fled from Cuba with a few dollars sewn into his underwear and settled in the United States. The young Ted made a name for himself in Texas while still a teenager, giving lectures to Rotary clubs about the constitution. By his early 30s he was arguing cases before the Supreme Court—and winning. At 41, he was elected to the Senate, overcoming long odds in a...
  • Ted Cruz: The Bush Years-What his time at the FTC suggests about how he’d run the White House

    03/27/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Long before Ted Cruz was a big-name senator and conservative rock star, wowing the crowd at Liberty University in the early days of his presidential bid, he was just another lawyer toiling away in virtual anonymity under George W. Bush. While Cruz’s time in the Senate is best known for fiery speeches and high-profile gestures like his 21-hour filibuster, in his earlier time in Washington he demonstrated a wonkish eye for detail and an eagerness to take on powerful industry groups that he saw as stifling competition. Though his efforts ultimately succeeded on a much smaller scale than he’d initially...
  • The difference between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    03/27/2015 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 27, 2015 | Doug Wead, former Ron Paul & Bush advisor
    Exclusive: Doug Wead says 1 candidate represents the past, the other the future. So what’s the difference between Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz? Ted Cruz is running against Barack Obama. Rand Paul is running against Hillary Clinton. One represents the past. The other represents the future. Both men are U.S. senators running for president in 2016. Rand Paul is from Kentucky, Ted Cruz from Texas. (Rand Paul is expected to announce his candidacy April 9.) Both men are conservatives whose careers were launched during rise of the tea party. Both are born-again Christians. And both signed the...
  • BuzzFeed Assigns 3 Staffers to Collect Oppo on Ted Cruz’s Dad (Opposition research)

    03/27/2015 4:43:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | March 24, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    As Ted Cruz announced his 2016 presidential campaign Monday, BuzzFeed had three reporters scour the records for everything and anything they could find to throw at Cruz—that is, Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father. BuzzFeed reporters Ilan Ben-Meir, Andrew Kaczynski, and Megan Apper just can’t seem to get enough of the Texas senator’s dad. Let’s just skip this bit of actual history, although they felt compelled to at least give it a passing nod: “The story of Rafael Cruz — growing up in Cuba, joining a revolution to overthrow Batista at age 17, jailed and tortured, and fleeing to the United States...
  • Bergdahl: I left my base in order to, uh, walk to another base and report wrongdoing

    03/27/2015 4:27:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Nope. Bergdahl was planning to report what he believed to be problems with “order and discipline” in his unit, a senior Defense official tells CNN. A second official says Bergdahl had “concerns about leadership issues at his base.”… Both officials declined to be identified because of the legal proceedings against Berghahl, but both have direct knowledge of the information outlined in the report. “This was a kid who had leadership concerns on his mind,” the second official said. “He wasn’t fed up, he wasn’t planning to desert.”… Both officials said Bergdahl believed he could make it to the next base...
  • Ted Cruz: All You Need to Know

    03/27/2015 4:17:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 27, 2015 | James M. Lindsay, Sr. VP, Council on Foreign Relations
    Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign, that person is Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). On March 23, he formally announced that he is running for president. Cruz’s rise to national prominence has been meteoric. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2012 after never having held statewide elected office in his home state of Texas. If Cruz makes it to the White House, he would match President Barack Obama in taking just four years to go from senator to president. Cruz would also accomplish something unprecedented in American political history: He...
  • Hysteria Over Ole Ted Cruz Illustrates What We’re Up Against.

    03/27/2015 11:38:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | March 27, 2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    "Wow! Can you believe how Ted Cruz is catching it from both sides in response to his powerful speech announcing his quest to win the White House in 2016? As expected, the Left is doing their typical thing calling Cruz extreme, stupid and crazy. Conservatives are taking shots at Ted Cruz because he has not mastered walking on water. Folks, this is what you get when you have the cojones to take a bold stand for liberty and conservatism. The hysteria, outrage, slings and arrows coming from both sides of the political aisle targeted at Cruz is what a...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Common Core Way Better Than ThinkProgress Does

    03/27/2015 11:10:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Heartland Institute Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Joy Pullmann
    ThinkProgress has not one but two articles bashing this tweet from Sen. (and now presidential candidate) Ted Cruz: Federal Govt has no business sticking its nose in education. We need to repeal every word of Common Core! #nhpolitics #MakeDCListen The headlines pretty much sum it up: “Ted Cruz Makes Impassioned Plea For Repeal Of Federal Legislation That Does Not Exist” and “Every Claim In This Ted Cruz Statement Is Completely False.” The second critiques this statement from Cruz’s spokeswoman: “Common Core is a federally created curriculum that the state’s ‘Race to the Top’ grants are tied to. So if the...
  • GOP congressman: Ted Cruz backers are making boorish phone calls to my office (Guess who?)

    03/27/2015 10:19:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    Rep. Peter D. King (R-N.Y.) is not a fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator, newly announced presidential candidate, and fellow Republican. "To me, he's just a guy with a big mouth and no results," he told CNN this week. Well, Cruz supporters aren't much fans of King, a moderate representing Long Island who has long been critical of hard-line conservatives in his own party. And, King said Friday, they have called his congressional office to let him know how they felt, prompting him to issue a statement slamming those Cruz backers as suffering "from severe cases of arrested...
  • A Texas take on Ted Cruz's presidential bid

    03/27/2015 9:49:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mark P. Jones
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his U.S. Senate bid, he was the preferred choice of a mere 3 percent of Texas Republican primary voters in a field of a half-dozen credible candidates. Chief among his rivals was a powerful three-term lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, who possessed a net worth of $200 million, enjoyed the near-unanimous support of the Texas GOP establishment and began the 2012 election cycle with a commanding lead in the polls. A year-and-a-half later, Cruz soundly defeated Dewhurst in a primary runoff with 57 percent of the vote and was on his way to the U.S....
  • Ted Cruz and the Media

    03/27/2015 9:22:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Leonhardt
    Ted Cruz received almost 4.5 million votes in the 2012 Texas Senate election, which he won in a landslide. Millions more Americans, outside Texas, agree with his aggressive brand of conservatism. He has been one of the most influential figures in Congress lately, and this week he became the first major candidate to announce an official 2016 presidential campaign. He also has virtually no chance of winning the Republican nomination, let alone of becoming president. So what are we in the media supposed to do about Mr. Cruz’s candidacy? He is, on the one hand, a major figure in American...
  • Ted Cruz in the Adelson Primary Tea Leaves

    03/27/2015 9:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward's Thinking Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    Shmuley Boteach may have just dropped a major clue in one of the biggest mysteries of the 2016 Republican primary: Who does Sheldon Adelson like? In an email yesterday, Boteach’s charity, This World Values Network, announced that Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz would be a guest of honor at its May 28 gala. Also being honored? Sheldon Adelson… and Newt Gingrich. The winner of the Jewish Las Vegas casino mogul’s political favor will profit mightily from his blessing. Adelson spent nearly $100 million in the 2012 election, singlehandedly buoying Gingrich in his doomed primary run and throwing...
  • President Ted Cruz’s dystopian America: The scorched hellscape of a climate-denying White House

    03/27/2015 8:34:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Salon ^ | March 27, 2015 | Lindsay Abrams
    Welcome to the nation of Ted Cruz's dreams — and the planet's nightmares. Ted Cruz — adamantly, and against all logic — does not believe in climate change. It’s an untenable position to hold in 2015, when the world’s scientists are more certain than ever that global warming is happening and that we’re causing it; when large portions of the country are already suffering the impacts of a changing climate; and when there’s an urgent need for immediate and drastic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also just hard to imagine a scenario in which a candidate who is...
  • Some Guys Just Made a Heavier-Caliber 3D-Printed Gun

    03/27/2015 12:34:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | March 26, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    In March, a Website dedicated to 3D-printing firearms announced one of its members had developed a lower receiver for a Colt CM901 rifle. It’s a small — but evolutionary — step toward the development of firearms that pretty much anyone can download off the Internet. The CM901 is the bigger, badder brother of the ubiquitous AR-15. The CM901 has a similar design, but fires the heavier and more powerful 7.62-millimeter bullet, resulting in greater range and killing power. A group of gunsmiths associated with PrintedFirearm.com developed the CM901 lower receiver and uploaded an animated gif of a live-fire test. The clip is five seconds...
  • Let’s Be Serious About Ted Cruz From The Start: He’s Too Extreme And Too Disliked To Win

    03/26/2015 10:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | March 23, 2015 | Harry Enten
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s newly minted presidential campaign is the media equivalent of a juicy rib-eye that robbers use to distract a guard dog during a heist. He’ll get a ton of media attention, and he’ll get to spread his message — which may be all that Cruz is after — but Cruz almost certainly has no shot of winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries. First, Cruz doesn’t have enough support from party bigwigs. To win the Republican or Democratic nomination, you need the backing of at least some of the party apparatus....
  • GOP Rep: ‘Cruz Would Be An Equally Great President’ As Reagan

    03/26/2015 10:05:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    A Republican congressman believes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, would be as great of a president as Ronald Reagan. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., made the comparison while talking to Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims. “I believe Ted Cruz would be an excellent president. The parallels between Ted Cruz and the way he conducts himself, his belief system, and Ronald Reagan are uncanny,” Brooks said....
  • Ruben Diaz Sr. Wants Ted Cruz to Visit the South Bronx

    03/26/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Observer / News ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Forget New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Lynchburg, Virgina, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign. State Senator Ruben Diaz wants Mr. Cruz to come stump in the South Bronx. “Imagine Ted Cruz traveling to the Bronx where there is a grassroots army of Black and Hispanic Evangelical Christians who are just like him—and who have been ignored by every Presidential candidate,” Mr. Diaz wrote today in one of his periodic e-mail blasts to constituents. “Imagine Ted Cruz coming to the South Bronx where there are many of Hispanic Evangelical Churches that are willing to stand together for...
  • Opinion: What’s the difference between liberals and conservatives?

    03/26/2015 8:28:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The University of Tennessee Daily Beacon ^ | March 26, 2015 | Alexandra Chiasson, Social Media Editor
    After Texas senator Ted Cruz announced his intention to run for president on Monday, I was pleased with my Republican friends' response to this news. It's not often that college-aged liberals and conservatives roll their eyes in unison, but that appeared to happen when that boob asked his Liberty University audience to imagine an America where "young people (come) out of school with four, five, six job offers." This was nice, this shared derisive response to Ted Cruz and his astounding senselessness. I like it when we all can agree on things. But then I thought of all the times...
  • Quotes of the day

    03/26/2015 8:03:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    “Reagan can’t win, Ford says.” That’s the 1976 version. The 1980 New York Times version, with the nearly identical headline: “Ford Declares Reagan Can’t Win.” Ford was really quite sure of himself: “Every place I go, and everything I hear, there is a growing, growing sentiment that Governor Reagan cannot win the election.” New York magazine: “The reason Reagan can’t win. . . . ” “Preposterous,” sociologist Robert Coles wrote about the idea of a Reagan victory. The founder of this magazine worried that Reagan simply could not win in 1980, and several National Review luminaries quietly hoped that George...
  • Here’s Something For The “Ted Cruz Is Stupid And Crazy” Crowd

    03/26/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | March 26, 2015 | Scott McKay
    He sat for an interview with the left-leaning Texas Tribune earlier this week, and was lectured about how out of touch he is with the younger voters he’d like to energize in his campaign because his policy positions on weed, gay marriage and global warming don’t sufficiently pander to the preferences of a large number of them (one surmises Cruz is most out of touch with the most low-information and low-engagement young voters and not so much with the ones most likely to vote or volunteer for a presidential campaign. And Cruz’ eyes lit up, as if to say “Oh?...
  • Peggy Noonan: The Too-Smooth Cruz

    03/26/2015 7:25:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Peggy Noonan
    And so it begins. Ted Cruz announced Monday, the first major Republican to declare for the presidency. More will soon follow. I am happy because I suffer from a deep, bizarre and pretty American aberration: I love politics. Politics is serious, earnest, crucial, necessary—the venue in which we decide much of our country’s future. Beyond that I love the great game of it—the wins and losses, flubs and failures. The mess, the occasional glory. Even at its most disappointing high politics is the greatness game. Its necessities—caring, taking part, voting—remind us that, as Laurens van der Post once said, we...
  • The left continuing to attack Ted Cruz

    03/26/2015 6:27:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor ^ | March 26, 2015 | Bill O'Reilly
    (BEGIN-VIDEO-CLIP) BEHAR: The bottom line with this guy is he is a climate change denier. We cannot have a president of the United States who is a climate change denier. WHOOPI GOLDBERG, TV HOST: He's a gay people denier. He's a woman's right to choose denier. He denies everything. Listen, I'm sorry and I am going to take pot shots at him because, you know, he may not have been at the charge, but he didn't stop the charge. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Fair enough. (END-VIDEO-CLIP) O'REILLY: It's not fair enough. A climate change denier. It is foolish and unfair, foolish and...
  • A closer look at Ted Cruz's campaign rollout

    03/26/2015 5:42:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Fox News' Kelly File ^ | March 26, 2015 | Megyn Kelly
    (BEGIN-VIDEO-CLIP) MEGYN KELLY, HOST: The Guardian's declaring you are done 48 hours after you have declared. And to that you say? SEN. TED CRUZ, R-TX: Well, look, there's nothing like the warm embrace of the mainstream media. And I have to say. (END-VIDEO-CLIP) KELLY: That was Senator Ted Cruz on the Kelly File last night. I asked him about his welcome from the mainstream media, which many have since noticed is very different from that that was given to then-senator, now-President Barack Obama when he first announced his run for the White House. Joining me now to discuss it, Marc...
  • Walker’s Flip-Flop-Flip on Amnesty?

    03/26/2015 5:06:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    The Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein is up with a report that, if true — and it is well sourced — will prove very troubling for Scott Walker on the campaign trail. Epstein writes that Walker “told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship.” That conflicts with statements the governor made as recently as three weeks ago that, in a reversal of his previously held position, he no longer supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path...
  • Readers React: Imagining a Ted Cruz presidency — and a stronger America

    03/26/2015 4:52:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | Doug Allen
    To the editor: To use language similar to a reader opposed to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ("Ted Cruz's dream, America's nightmare," Readers React, March 24): Imagine a president eager to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power and what that means for the free world. Imagine a president who will get rid of the IRS and implement a tax code that will require everyone to pay a fair percentage tax rate above an established minimum income level. Imagine a president who will re-empower health insurance companies to implement sound insurance principles as opposed to allowing people who wait until they...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz skips Hispanic Chamber of Commerce summit, displeases Latinos in D.C.

    03/26/2015 3:51:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Llorente
    The president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce questioned in a meeting with reporters Thursday whether Sen. Ted Cruz’s snubbing of the group’s annual summit this week marked an attempt to avoid Latinos as he runs for president. “Ted Cruz chose not to come,” said a visibly displeased Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I hope it is not indicative that he’s backing away from the Hispanic community in order to get through the [GOP] primary.” Other presidential hopefuls such as Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also did not speak at...
  • Ted Cruz Has Zero Chance of Winning

    03/26/2015 3:14:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Ring of Fire ^ | March 26, 2015 | Justin Lane
    “To me, he’s just a guy with a big mouth and no results…” By now, you’ve heard that Ted Cruz thinks he’s running for president in 2016. Ted Cruz’s entire political career has been marked by opposing progress. He has no significant legislative or leadership record to speak of. But let’s be clear: Ted Cruz is not a serious candidate. He is not a serious politician. He is a serious pain in the ass. His own party rejects him, and that rejection highlights the schism inside the Republican party. In an interview with CNN, Rep. Peter King said that Senator...
  • Jeffrey Toobin Says Ted Cruz Is Smart -- and Then Ben Affleck Shows Us What Smart Sounds Like

    03/26/2015 2:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | March 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Just a couple of more sound bites here related to Ted Cruz. Now, this is interesting, too. Two sound bites here from Jeffrey Toobin, who is the legal analyst at CNN. He was on Fresh Air, a program on NPR yesterday, the host Terry Gross, and said to Toobin, "For your New Yorker profile of Ted Cruz, you interviewed him several times. Tell us more about your conversations with Ted Cruz and what you learned about him through these conversations."TOOBIN: He's just a very smart guy. He is a very polished speaker. I think people who watched...
  • Ted Cruz's 2016 Bid Is Good for Democrats (Unless He Wins)

    03/26/2015 2:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Earlier this week, a friend of mine told me that if Republican Ted Cruz became president of the United States, she’d have to move to Canada. In case you haven’t heard, the conservative Senator from Texas recently decided to make a run for the highest office in the country. When he made his announcement, Cruz said, “I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America.” He also talked to his audience about repealing the Affordable Care Act and getting rid of the IRS. But while his run for president may give...
  • Fire rages after explosion, collapse at East Village apartment building

    03/26/2015 1:52:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WABC-TV ^ | March 26, 2015
    EAST VILLAGE (WABC) -- There was an explosion and collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan Thursday, and a seven-alarm fire raged in the aftermath. CLICK HERE to watch live coverage The blast happened on Second Avenue at the corner of East 7th Street in the East Village around 3:15 p.m....
  • Terrifying the Republican Establishment From Within

    03/26/2015 8:30:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | March 26, 2015 | Alan Caruba
    Would you vote for a man who openly says he would repeal ObamaCare? Would you vote for a man who openly says he favors a fair tax and wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service? Would you vote for a man who opposes Obama’s efforts to offer illegal aliens amnesty and promises to secure the borders? Would you vote for a man who decries a federal government “that wages an assault on our religious liberty”? Would you vote for a man who wants a federal government that “works to defend the sanctity of human life” and would “uphold the sacrament...
  • Why Ted Cruz Is Not a Serious Contender for President in 2016

    03/26/2015 7:50:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ayobami Olugbemiga
    Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz officially announced his White House bid in a tweet at 12:09 am EDT Monday morning, becoming the first candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential campaign. "I'm running for president and I hope to earn your support!" Cruz tweeted with an embedded 30-second video. "It's a time for truth, a time to rise to the challenge, just as Americans have always done," Cruz says in the video. "I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise. It's going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives...
  • Ted Cruz’s critics just don’t get it

    03/25/2015 9:54:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz officially kicked off the 2016 election cycle Monday by being the first candidate of either party to formally declare for the presidency. As expected, the Republican senator’s fiercest critics did everything they could to embarrass themselves and make him look great by comparison. Optics matter, and the critics remain blind. Sen. Cruz’s harshest critics describe him as crazy and unhinged, a wild-eyed wacko. The same liberals attacking him are the ones who believe that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a sane, lucid rational individual. A few moments on You-Tube will show that it is the progressive...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy is important

    03/25/2015 9:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Voxxi ^ | March 25, 2015 | Tony Castro
    RONALD REAGAN ONCE said that Latinos were Republicans. They just didn’t know it yet. Ted Cruz, the Republican U.S. senator from Texas who has become the first major candidate to officially enter the 2016 presidential campaign, is quietly gambling that those words were never truer than in the upcoming campaign where he also apparently becomes the first major Latino figure to run for the White House. The importance of Cruz’s entry into the race, however, is not that he is running as a Latino. Clearly he is not. Nor, quite frankly, should any Hispanic be running for that or any...
  • Ted Cruz's electrifying speech

    03/25/2015 8:53:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 23, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    It’s been a long time since I’ve heard any political figure do what Sen. Ted Cruz did yesterday in his announcement he is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency. He delivered an electrifying, motivational, rousing case for liberty – explaining why it’s not too late, why Americans don’t need to lower their expectations, how this country has overcome greater odds in its history. And what did his critics say in response? I kid you not. This is what they said – on CNN, on MSNBC, on Fox. •He’s only been in the Senate a short time. •He has no...
  • Jeffrey Toobin: Ted Cruz ‘Could Not Be Farther’ from Sarah Palin

    03/25/2015 7:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 25, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Last June, CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin profiled Ted Cruz for The New Yorker under the headline “The Absolutist.” Now that Cruz has made his 2016 presidential campaign official, Toobin discussed the senator/candidate at length with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross on Wednesday’s show. Towards the end of their conversation, Toobin discussed what it was like to spend time with Cruz last year for a series of interviews. “Well, first of all, he’s just a very smart guy,” Toobin said, calling the former Supreme Court clerk a “law nerd” at heart. Toobin also called Cruz a “very polished speaker,” noting,...
  • What Ted Cruz knows about the battle for 2016

    03/25/2015 6:08:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2015 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have. It is no accident that Cruz began his campaign at Liberty University — founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell — by asking evangelical conservatives to consolidate their support behind him. The most important sentence in his speech was this one: “Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting,” Cruz said. “They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of...