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  • Oscar De La Hoya claims Donald Trump cheated on his own golf course

    05/04/2016 5:17:17 PM PDT · 9 of 65
    x to bkopto

    Feel free to google all the “Bill Clinton cheats at golf” stories for yourself.

  • George W. and George H. W. Bush to skip convention

    05/04/2016 5:06:27 PM PDT · 34 of 115
    x to DLfromthedesert
    I don’t recall seeing them at the last one.

    They didn't go.

    This is a danged if you do, danged if you don't situation for them. People can attack them for not going, but if they went they'd get abused at the convention.

    It's understandable they're not going to the Trumpination, but they probably wouldn't have gone anyway -- not unless Jeb won.

  • Does Anyone Know Why A Portion of Savage's Show Was Repeated Today

    05/04/2016 4:48:00 PM PDT · 18 of 29
    x to Stayfree

    I’m guessing bad mushrooms ...

  • Levin: FNC a ‘Trump Super PAC,’

    05/04/2016 4:34:51 PM PDT · 101 of 102
    x to Kevin in California
    How are they different from CNN or MSNBC?

    Trump calls. Channels put him on the air.

    They may criticize him, but it doesn't matter.

  • George W. Bush to skip convention

    05/04/2016 3:52:32 PM PDT · 18 of 64
    x to catnipman
    The dad certainly is frail. This is the son, though.

    He is retired and doesn't have to be in the limelight all the time.

    Plus, how much of a plus would his presence be for the party even now?

  • Sure looks like Kasich’s goal was to stop Cruz

    05/04/2016 2:56:15 PM PDT · 36 of 93
    x to MaxistheBest
    He had no money and he couldn't see the point in running and losing.
  • List of Republicans Who Vow to Never Support Donald Trump

    05/04/2016 2:41:51 PM PDT · 202 of 204
    x to MUDDOG
    Mark Levin has not ruled out supporting Trump as far as I know.

    Newsmaxx and RealClearPolitics quote Levin as saying, "Count me as Never Trump" (one day after he ridiculed Never Trumpers).

    The problem with lists like this is that people may have said that they'd never support Trump for the nomination, not that they wouldn't vote for him in a general election.

    So some "Never Trumpers" aren't really Never Trumpers.

  • Ted Cruz's Bitter End

    05/04/2016 2:19:29 PM PDT · 36 of 41
    x to NCjim
    That’s why he’ll undoubtedly be back to try for the presidency again. But this bid is moribund. It’s time for Cruz to rest in peevishness.

    The bad news is there's no chance of Frank Bruni, who wrote this article, giving his petty peevishness a rest.

    If you want to win sympathy for somebody who's not very likable, kick him when he's down -- and keep on kicking him.

  • FR is dead to me

    05/04/2016 2:14:17 PM PDT · 398 of 417
    x to enumerated
    I'm looking at Donald Trump announces his 2016 candidacy - yes, really! from last June. There's some sarcasm, some disbelief, but it's nothing like what some of the other candidates, notably Ted Cruz, have been hit with lately. I'm also looking at posts from October of last year and they don't seem all that hostile or brutal to Trump by comparison with what we saw against Cruz this month.

    It's hard to judge degrees of hostility. People assume any hostility against their candidate justifies some kind of nuclear response. And a handful of bitter cranks against one's own candidate rankles when scores of attackers on one's own side may go on without being noticed. Also, joking and insults may not be abusive to the same degree, and some people take rather mild jokes about their candidate -- or even factual disputes about policy -- as an excuse to launch into insults.

    Some threads attract abuse and insult to a degree that's not seen on newsier threads. If you get sidetracked into discussing whether Ted's kids love him or Don loves his kids too much you'll have a different experience from people who don't bother with that stuff. Well, you had your experience and I can't say you didn't, but not everybody saw things in the same way.

  • Greta makes an unexpected statement about Cruz

    05/03/2016 5:24:07 PM PDT · 176 of 190
    x to nopardons
    You must have me confused with somebody else.

    You seem to be confused about many things.

  • Benchmark Politics: Exit Polls 55-45% Bernie Sanders (the witch is gonna lose Indiana!)

    05/03/2016 5:19:42 PM PDT · 13 of 49
    x to gaijin
    Hillary's people showed up at the polls for Obama in 2008.

    Would Bernie's really stay away?

    Hillary already has a lot of the libs in her camp.

    The young people may not vote, but the older ones are likely to hold their nose and submit.

  • Trump: Something New under the Political Sun

    05/03/2016 5:08:42 PM PDT · 36 of 40
    x to DrPretorius
    Can’t any of you people who praise this piece read the snark, sarcasm, and total disdain this prig has for you, the average, everyday, working stiff chump that hates everything about the elitist snobs who have had this country by the short hairs for generations and who have screwed and your children out of any sort of positive future? It doesn’t seem so!

    He's ambivalent. It's a thing.

    ambivalence noun am·biv·a·lence \am-ˈbi-və-lən(t)s\
    1 : simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action

    He's not going to endorse every single thing Donald Trump has ever said and done or every possible motivation that might make someone vote for Trump. He does have some elite spirit that makes him hold back.

    But he does understand Trump's appeal and the way he describes it isn't just snarky or sarcastic. It suggests that he feels some of it himself -- at least to some degree.

    In a touchingly simplistic world there's the elite and there's the down-trodden and never the twain shall meet. In the real world most people are a little bit of both. Slobs in comparison to somebody. Snobs in comparison to somebody else. Ambivalence.

  • Man Follows Woman Into Restroom Over 'Perceived' Gender

    05/03/2016 4:36:56 PM PDT · 7 of 31
    x to nickcarraway
    This could all have been prevented if they'd taken the time to peruse the Lesbians That Look Like Justin Bieber web page.
  • Trump: Something New under the Political Sun

    05/03/2016 4:25:34 PM PDT · 24 of 40
    x to Fungi
    Read it but don’t agree. It sums up what a buffoon the current president is, his cohorts and in the destruction he has wrought, but it ends on a nihilistic note. What is so profound?

    He sees both sides, and that's not common nowadays (if it ever was).

    He's more anti-Trump than people think (and maybe more condescending about Trump's supporters), but he does understand Trump's appeal and even feels some of that allure himself.

    I think he's got something of H.L. Mencken's spirit (without Mencken's stylistic extravagances). You can see Mencken's cynicism and distrust of politicians and their promises in the article, but VDH is turning Mencken's cynicism back on elites, rather than on average Americans (though there is some bite in his description of the Trump phenomenon).

  • Greta makes an unexpected statement about Cruz

    05/03/2016 4:14:27 PM PDT · 166 of 190
    x to miss marmelstein
    Once again, what insults? He disagrees with Trump and doesn't think Donald would make a good president, but where's the "insult after insult"?

    Well, you apparently can’t read or comprehend.

    Is anything Cruz said as bad as what you said? As long as we're making judgements on people, it really looks like you're having trouble laying out your argument. You make claims and then don't back them up, falling back on insults rather than explaining your views.

    Sort of like Cruz not realizing who he was talking to and adjusting himself accordingly.

    Certainly, he should have realized the guy was a jerk and there wasn't any point engaging with him. Politicians, like everybody else, function well in defined and familiar situations. It's a mistake to go off script with people you don't know or people who don't like you or to plunge into unfamiliar circumstances.

    But it really sounds like you're taking some of Ted's positive qualities and treating them like negatives. Being too earnest and sticking to one's guns and not sinking to somebody else's rude and boorish level wasn't always perceived as a negative in political life or if it was, at least we didn't revile earnestness or persistence or a preference for rational argument above insults and one-liners as human qualities.

    But here I'll take my own advice, ma'am, and realize that there's no point in continuing a discussion with you and sign off.

  • Former McCain adviser: I'm with Hillary

    05/03/2016 3:26:23 PM PDT · 37 of 70
    x to cotton1706
    Seriously, what is it with Republican political consultants and goatees?

  • Greta makes an unexpected statement about Cruz

    05/03/2016 3:20:29 PM PDT · 135 of 190
    x to miss marmelstein
    But, no, Ted plowed earnestly on, piling up insult after insult while carrying on as if he was speaking to Ben Bernake.

    What insults? I didn't hear any. And what does Ben Bernanke have to do with anything?

    If I were Cruz I wouldn't have bothered with the guy, and I can see where Ted might have been thought condescending as he went on talking.

    But being a jerk like that guy was does nothing for American politics.

  • Greta makes an unexpected statement about Cruz

    05/03/2016 2:54:33 PM PDT · 101 of 190
    x to miss marmelstein
    That's exactly what this Joe the Plumber type did - and completely flummoxed the humorless and deeply earnest Cruz into an early political grave.

    Joe the Plumber was a guy who politely tried to engage a political candidate about the issues. Don't confuse him with this clown based on some foolish notion about social or economic class.

  • A message for my fellow Republicans: If you back Trump you will not be trusted again

    05/03/2016 2:52:34 PM PDT · 144 of 160
    x to WhiskeyX
    He is now an actor, writer, and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science.

    Actor? Really?

    Some opportunistic politicians, like Governors Chris Christie and Paul LePage, endorsed Mr. Trump early on in the hopes of future personal benefit. (Mr. LePage, for example, privately proposed that the GOP disavow Mr. Trump on February 20. Six days later, he endorsed him. What else could explain that change besides pure political calculation?)

    Most endorsements are "political calculations." I'd be more amenable to Mr. Actor Who Worked For George W. Bush's argument if he recognized that no candidate is ideal, and that there were valid reasons why someone might have seen Trump as preferable to other candidates, even if they still had qualms about him.

    Disappointment's a very common thing in politics. Voters will probably be disappointed with Trump. But they're supporting him now because they've been so disappointed by other politicians (very much including Bush).

  • Greta makes an unexpected statement about Cruz

    05/03/2016 2:36:45 PM PDT · 79 of 190
    x to miss marmelstein
    I didn't say Ted Cruz did himself any good. I'm just saying that he wasn't looking to provoke a fight but to win the guy over.

    A dumb idea, admittedly. No point trying to reason with jerks -- which the guy definitely was.

    But if one believes there's a place for rational argument and intelligent discussion in politics one might give Ted his due.

    I'm saying this as somebody who doesn't much like the guy.

  • Hillary apologizes in WV for saying, 'put coal miners and coal companies out of business'

    05/03/2016 2:25:38 PM PDT · 28 of 50
    x to Lorianne
    She didn't actually apologize or admit she'd made a mistake, did she?

    Well, it was sort of a 1/2 or 1/3 or 1/4 or 1/5 apology:

    "I don't know how to explain it other than what I said was totally out of context for what I meant because I have been talking about helping coal country for a very long time," Clinton said. "It was a misstatement because what I was saying is the way things are going now, they will continue to lose jobs. It didn't mean that we were going to do it. What I said is that is going to happen unless we take action to help and prevent it."

    Note that she led with the how can I explain it so you'll understand and I was taken out of context before saying that she "misspoke."

    Then she moved on to saying that it's "how things are going now" without any acknowledgement that "things are going" that way now because of what the Democratic administration has been doing.

    So, yeah, she wasn't saying "me loves to put coal miners out of work" but that's the effect of the policies she supports and the policies she'll impose.

  • Greta makes an unexpected statement about Cruz

    05/03/2016 2:18:09 PM PDT · 58 of 190
    x to vikingrinn
    Not so much.

    Cruz was seriously trying to dialogue with the guy.

    A mistake, sure, but something that took some guts and showed some decency.

    That "Are you a Canadian guy" was a real jerk.

  • Why has FR turned on Cruz?

    05/02/2016 3:43:58 PM PDT · 211 of 414
    x to spintreebob
    Cruz positioned himself as the candidate of substance rather than symbolism.

    We don’t want substance. We want symbolism.

    Cruz is a talker. There's some question about whether he can actually get anything done.

    It's certainly true that most of what Trump's done so far has been to talk, but he's convinced many people that he's a doer, and Cruz looks like the one contented with mere wordy symbolism.

    It's not entirely fair, but when people said that a first term senator probably didn't have the experience to get things done in politics, maybe Ted should have listened.

  • About Glenn Beck...

    05/02/2016 3:17:33 PM PDT · 26 of 38
    x to patriotgal1787
    In other words, Beck wasn't crazy enough?

    Maybe he knew he was going to support somebody who definitely wasn't born here a few elections later.

  • Letting Stephen Colbert Be Stephen Colbert [NY TIMES loves Colbert and Jon Stewart]

    05/02/2016 3:13:27 PM PDT · 21 of 26
    x to boop; ExNewsExSpook
    ABC does get by with an hour less late night entertainment talk than CBS and NBC, and Fox and the CW don't have any, but Carson made it a prestige thing for networks to have at least one late night guy.

    As to whether they're liberal or not, that has a lot to do with the writers and the audience. The English and Scottish guys CBS brought over weren't very political at first, but they got up to speed pretty fast because their writers were all to the left.

    Ferguson and Corden did manage to be both less political and more entertaining than Letterman and Colbert. I kind of wonder why they were always in the number two spot. Maybe there's some "natural born citizen" clause in the contracts we don't know about.

  • Why has FR turned on Cruz?

    05/02/2016 2:42:33 PM PDT · 38 of 414
    x to bassmaner
    1) He's not that likeable a guy.

    2) People find it easy to make fun of him.

    3) He's seen as being self-righteous holier than thou, so that it's easy to consider him a hypocrite.

    4) The anti-Establishment thing turned on him. People sense that he's a privileged guy himself and his own words come back to hurt him.

    5) There's a general feeling that movement conservatives are privileged people who know what side their bread is buttered on and act in accord with their own interests which aren't always those of the rank and file.

  • Ted Cruz is Not Even Partly Dead

    05/02/2016 2:06:14 PM PDT · 93 of 164
    x to 2ndDivisionVet

    Let's face it. Evewything below the waist ... is kaput!

  • Imposing racial quotas is a vital step forward for South African sport (rugby)

    05/02/2016 2:01:10 PM PDT · 46 of 49
    x to MinorityRepublican

    Yeah, where's whitey?

  • Clinton Was Never Intended to be the Democrat Nominee(Trojan Horse for Stealth Candidate Biden)

    05/02/2016 1:39:25 PM PDT · 58 of 73
    x to quesney
    If they really wanted Joe to be the nominee, he'd be the nominee by now.

    Last minute candidates just don't have legitimacy with voters -- or loyalty from voters.

    It takes people time to hold their noses and force themselves to support a candidate, and they just don't bother to do that for last-minute replacements.

  • Ted Cruz is Not Even Partly Dead

    05/02/2016 1:29:28 PM PDT · 29 of 164
    x to 2ndDivisionVet
    That's what she said!

  • Civil Rights Group Says Park Rangers’ Uniforms Are ‘Threatening’ To Latinos For ABSURD Reason

    05/02/2016 1:26:04 PM PDT · 51 of 56
    x to KeyLargo
    Being afraid of getting caught with all those stolen pic-a-nic baskets anything but an "absurd reason."

    If we assume that overuse and overcrowding are damaging the national parks, wouldn't a little discouraging visitors be a good thing?

  • UConn again bringing in therapy dogs for finals week

    05/01/2016 1:43:29 PM PDT · 45 of 75
    x to BillyBonebrake
  • Professor Frenkel: Why Shouldn't We Drop Algebra From Our Education System?

    05/01/2016 1:36:30 PM PDT · 102 of 168
    x to Talisker
    I loved math until I hit calculus.

    I didn't mind calculus. The symbols and terminology were confusing but the basic idea wasn't so bad.

    Don't get me started on trigonometry, though. I really hated that.

  • Jesuit priest, peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies at 94

    05/01/2016 1:23:49 PM PDT · 75 of 110
    x to ButThreeLeftsDo

    His brother, Philip Berrigan, was also radical priest. He married a nun while still a priest. Don’t know how that got sorted out.

  • Professor Frenkel: Why Shouldn't We Drop Algebra From Our Education System?

    05/01/2016 1:14:06 PM PDT · 87 of 168
    x to JimSEA
    Is Hacker a doublethinking Orwellian demonizer, or does have a point?

    Red diaper baby. And red diaper daddy. Not that it matters. In any case, being on the left in the 30s like Andrew's father was meant something a lot different than being on the left now. Still, Hacker's background may have something to do with his current cause.

  • Bernie on CSpan live ( he is not giving up folks )

    05/01/2016 1:00:36 PM PDT · 13 of 16
    x to taildragger
    There are moves to get Bernie endorse Green Party candidate Jill Stein or even to get him the Green Party nomination himself.

    It won't happen. Bernie's a big fish now in the big pond and the Greens are just tiny minnows who can't do anything for him.

    There's also some hostility to Bernie among committed Greens and dedicated members of socialist parties who consider him a sell-out.

    A lot of non-party socialists out there love him, but once they commit to a fringe party they start to look down on the guy.

    Sort of like how hard-core libertarians may hate semi-libertarians who haven't fully committed to the party or ideology.

  • Kasich: Gay People 'Probably' Born That Way

    04/30/2016 1:46:51 PM PDT · 13 of 104
    x to massmike

    Gee, it doesn’t sound like Kelly Bryan really deserved a serious answer.

  • A letter to Limbaugh (Saturbray)

    04/30/2016 1:43:40 PM PDT · 166 of 186
    x to bray
    They have heard all of your arguments for your preferred candidate and have logically decided he is not as good a choice as Trump. The disappointing part is after your fans have stuck through thick and thin in your life you have thrown them overboard for the crime of thinking for themselves about Trump.

    Or have they thrown Rush overboard because he's thinking for himself about Donald Trump?

    If you're thinking for yourself about Trump, don't you -- doesn't some little tiny part of yourself -- think it might just turn out to be a big mistake?

    Vote for him or don't vote for him, but recognize that people who have qualms or hesitation may have good reasons.

    I guess the same goes for Cruz and other candidates. Politicians always disappoint, but Donald has a lot of baggage that not everyone can ignore.

  • WEIRD-O-RAMA Cruz photo/Obama photo (What no manspreading?)

    04/30/2016 12:46:47 PM PDT · 22 of 32
    x to Cats Pajamas
    You do realize all this is a function of how much homosexuality has become a part of our world.

    You can google pictures of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Monkees in the 1960s on sofas or couches all sitting what we'd consider creepily close to each other and not really thinking anything of it.

  • WEIRD-O-RAMA Cruz photo/Obama photo (What no manspreading?)

    04/30/2016 12:00:46 PM PDT · 18 of 32
    x to Cats Pajamas

    Yes! Why can’t we go back to the old days when politicians understood that sitting on couches with other males meant that they were homosexuals and not qualified for public office?

  • What America will look like in 2050, in 4 charts

    04/30/2016 11:40:32 AM PDT · 62 of 62
    x to InterceptPoint
    Better learn Spanish.

    Probably -- what with all the Spanish-language media today. But many of today's American Latinos don't know Spanish or can't speak it, just as other third and fourth generation Americans don't understand the languages their grandparents spoke.

  • Indianapolis Star's Editorial Board slams Trump "A Danger to the United States and to the World!"

    04/30/2016 11:31:46 AM PDT · 74 of 75
    x to tcrlaf
    Of course, the Star (locally known as "The Red Star" for decades)

    For decades? Dan Quayle's relatives ran the paper from 1944 to 2000.

  • Trump Endorser Bobby Knight: 'I Don't Know What a Conservative Is'

    04/30/2016 11:24:46 AM PDT · 96 of 109
    x to The_Victor
    As we learned yesterday, politics is situational not ideological.

    It's also generational, in the sense that people react to specific situations at specific times.

    People who voted for FDR in the 1930s might have lived to vote for RWR in the 1980s not because they became conservatives, but because they thought Reagan offered the right answers to the problems of the day, as they thought Roosevelt had fifty years before.

    People who voted for Reagan in the 1980s may have stopped voting for Republicans because they didn't see Republicans who addressed their immediate concerns in a way that seemed plausible and helpful to them.

  • Sanders-Warren ticket would sweep the nation (barf bag alert)

    04/30/2016 11:03:26 AM PDT · 7 of 44
    x to rdl6989
    That's where Bloomberg and his billions come in.

    Head to head, Trump-Cruz could beat Sanders-Warren, but there'd be enough space between the two campaigns for a third-party candidate to drive a truck through, and the results would be anybody's guess.

  • Mister Rogers: American icon or hate criminal?

    04/30/2016 10:58:34 AM PDT · 9 of 33
    x to Daniel Clark
    If Mister Rogers were alive today, perhaps he'd be put on trial for depriving children of their right to define the universe, and in particular for his hate crimes against gender fluidity. What could he possibly have to say in his defense? That he was merely telling the truth?

    The guy was on PBS.

    Who's to say that if he were alive today, he wouldn't follow the current liberal line?

    Maybe Daniel Tiger's voice was so high-pitched for a reason.

  • Who is Pope Francis Really?

    04/30/2016 10:53:14 AM PDT · 33 of 53
    x to detective
    About The Author
    Guillaume Faye
    Guillaume Faye was born in 1949 and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris. He was one of the principal organisers of the French New Right organisation GRECE (Groupement de recherche et d'etudes pour la civilisation europeenne) during the 1970s and '80s, and at the same time cultivated his career as a journalist, particularly in the news magazines Figaro and Paris-Match. In 1986 he left GRECE after he came to disagree with the direction of the group. For more than a decade, he worked as a broadcaster for the French radio station Skyrock, and on the program Telematin which aired on France 2 TV. He returned to the field of political philosophy in 1998 when a number of his new essays were collected and published in the volume Archeofuturism. Since then he has produced a series of books which have challenged and reinvigorated readers throughout the world.

    Note: GRECE has been described as pro-pagan. It's hard to sort out the factional conflicts but from what I gather, Faye's colleagues on the French identitarian far right regarded him as too extreme.

    Pope Francis is a South American who came of age in the 1960s. There are millions of people like him in Latin America, and he's hardly the worst of the bunch.

  • Blacks don't like camping, or visiting parks. Obama thinks white people are to blame

    04/30/2016 10:42:47 AM PDT · 86 of 109
    x to Trumpinator
    The article is actually about a letter written to Obama, saying that Blacks don't visit national parks.

    I suppose Obama will respond to that somehow -- African-Americans are his biggest constituency -- but the idea isn't something he actively came up with himself.

  • Andrea Tantaros taken off the air at Fox News

    04/30/2016 10:31:06 AM PDT · 75 of 116
    x to MayflowerMadam
    I’d be surprised if Dana Perino didn’t have some influence regarding this decision.

    A lot of people are saying that. Karl Rove also gets mentioned though that may just be a rumor.

    National Review boys Williamson and Cooke hate Tantaros, as does somebody called "streiff" at RedState.com

  • Meghan McCain: Carly Fiorina is great because she ‘warms up Ted Cruz’

    04/30/2016 9:58:43 AM PDT · 95 of 97
    x to mkjessup
    But if you'll provide Meghan McCain's actual phone number or email address, I'll be happy to tell that ignorant pig that her infamous daddy is exactly the way our Esteemed Founder described him, ("a treasonous bastard") and that if she can find a forged steel reinforced flag pole she can shove up her fat rump, that I'll let her be my beach umbrella this summer so I won't get sun burned, ok?

    Does your mom know you talk like that? And how on earth does Meghan's weight or appearance rebut or refute or reflect on her opinions (whether right or wrong)? Aren't you just admitting that you are too lazy to think up an argument or a thoughtful response?

    That civil war between the moderate-liberal GOP establishment and conservatives is sounding pretty quaint and passé now. It's clear that mod-libs could disappear from the party tonight and conservatives would still gladly tear each other apart.

    Meghan McCain supports her dad and people like him. That's to be expected of a daughter. Overall, so far as I can see, she's been well-behaved in this election cycle, and really doesn't merit abuse. Is there anything that she's said or done now or in the past that's as bad as what you see about her?

  • Meghan McCain: Carly Fiorina is great because she ‘warms up Ted Cruz’

    04/30/2016 9:44:50 AM PDT · 94 of 97
    x to onyx
    Ted Cruz is in a tough spot now. He could have waited for the convention and -- if he got the nomination -- gone with somebody with more experience and stature, but whose to say he'd get the nomination? It's a long shot -- a "Hail Mary Pass." But what else is he going to do? And IMHO it's designed more with the convention in mind than the November election.

    If somebody takes McCain's comment to mean that Carly is warm and sweet and will make Ted Cruz all warm and fuzzy it's wrong, but Ted has so many sharp corners that even somebody like Carly could round them off a little. I suspect it's a bit more of an after-the-fact rationalization than anything else, but Ted's in an almost desperate spot now and I can't blame him for grasping at whatever hope he can come up with.