“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best


I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dueling Polls : Trump Is Up - Trump Is Down

17 February 2016 Reuters


17 February 2016 Wall Street Journal


  1. I dunno.

    That was a national poll.

    RCP has Trump ahead of Cruz in Nevada by a massive 21%, still ahead in S. Carolina by 17%, and ahead nationally by 11%.

    If Bashing Bush is bad in S. Carolina it hasn't showed up yet at RCP.


    February 18, 2016

    The psychodynamics of Hillary's arf-arf

    By Deborah C. Tyler

    Time and again, Hillary Clinton says and does things that indicate she is out of touch with her environment and the people around her. In a recent demonstration of insensitivity, she loudly yapped like a dog at a campaign rally. Why is she impervious to the offensiveness of her words and destructiveness of her actions? The answer lies in adult developmental psychology.

    Hillary Clinton lived her life in a manner that did not require her to mature psychologically, morally, intellectually, or functionally. Psychology explains that neither a nation nor an individual advances during a crisis. A nation at war does not call for a constitutional convention. An embattled individual in crisis learns only the skills relevant to overcoming the enemy and surviving the crisis.

    Hillary Clinton has spent her adult life at war, rumbling over political terrain in a heavily armed battle tank, seeing life through the periscope. People don't mature from their successes; they learn from being honest with themselves about their failures and correcting the errors which caused the mistakes to happen. This is why Hillary has learned so little from life. The Clintons protect themselves, trust no one, always persevere, and prevail over enemies. There have been many political war machines, but the greatest of these is the Clintons. The Clintons never fail.

    A psychotherapeutic formula subtracts the years spent intoxicated or in crisis from chronological age to figure psychological maturity. By that reckoning, Hillary would be about 20, a dork in thick glasses who thinks it clever to twang about not standin' by her man and to make animal noises.

    Some people feel alive only when they are fighting, and some families lurch from crisis to crisis, only feeling connected when it's time to raise bail. The Clintons are the world's preeminent political juggernaut, waging a permanent campaign that protects them from honestly facing themselves or each other.

    Hillary shrieked, “What difference at this point does it make?” from the deep emptiness of considering direct subordinates as hindrances on the field of battle to be clambered over. Most responsible people painfully remember when they had to fire subordinates. If employees were actually murdered in the workplace, it would be a devastating trauma to any leader. But not to Hillary. The “What's the big deal about Benghazi?” outburst may have been a political strategy, but it was also a robotic reaction from a chief who wasn't especially sleep-deprived or grief-stricken, but who long ago accepted the costs of doing business.

    Hillary's humanity seems to emerge when she is face to face with a woman of her own cohort. Then she pauses for a moment, allows herself one brief breath before returning to the battle. In those encounters she appears to be looking into a mirror. Reflected in the glowing eyes of a nameless sister, Hillary momentarily glimpses the woman she might have been.



    In a win for Bernie Sanders, the AFL-CIO is delaying making it’s endorsement in the surprisingly close Democratic presidential primary.

    The news of the decision came in an email from Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, to the union's executive council. It was first reported by The Huffington Post Wednesday. A vote had been expected next week at the union's annual winter meeting in San Diego.

    "Following recent discussion at the AFL-CIO’s Executive Committee meeting and subsequent conversations with many of you, I have concluded that there is broad consensus for the AFL-CIO to remain neutral in the presidential primaries for the time being and refrain from endorsing any candidate at this moment," Trumka said in the email.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has broad union backing, with endorsements from most unions. The AFL-CIO holding out was considered a win for Sanders.


    Poll: Donald Trump trounces rivals ahead of S.C. primary

    Just days ahead of South Carolina's Republican primary, Donald Trump maintains a wide lead over his closest rivals, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll released Wednesday.

    Among likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina, the real estate businessman, at 36 percent, has a 19-point advantage over Ted Cruz, who comes in second at 17 percent. Floridians Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are competing for the third place slot, at 15 percent and 13 percent respectively. Nine percent of voters are supporting former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, while seven percent are with Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Three percent of voters still remain undecided.

    Trump has a commanding lead across nearly all demographic groups, including those who identify as evangelical Christians. And despite his aggressive performance during Saturday's CBS News debate in Greenville, his domination of the field remained unaffected.

  4. Who owns the Wall Street Journal?

    Who owns NBC?

    1. The US$5 billion sale added The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch's news empire, which already included Fox News Channel, financial network unit and London's The Times, and locally within New York, the New York Post, along with Fox flagship station WNYW (Channel 5) and MyNetworkTV flagship WWOR (Channel 9).

    2. The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television and radio network that is the flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

      Who owns Comcast?

    3. Comcast is sometimes described as a family business. Brian L. Roberts, Chairman, President, and CEO of Comcast, is son of co-founder Ralph Roberts. Roberts owns or controls just over 1% of all Comcast shares but all of the Class B supervoting shares, which gives him an "undilutable 33% voting power over the company". Legal expert Susan P. Crawford has said this gives him “effective control over its [Comcast's] every step" In 2010, he was one of the highest-paid executives in the United States, with total compensation of about $31 million.


      With $18.8 million spent in 2013, Comcast has the seventh largest lobbying budget of any individual company or organization in the United States.

    5. Murdock owns the WSJ

      NBC is Comcast which is Brian L Roberts who lists his ethnicity on Wiki a 'Jewish" which means he does not think of Judaism as a religion.

      Since 2006, Roberts has donated more than $76,000 to Democratic candidates and $13,500 in contributions to Republican candidates.[15]

      In December 2009, he wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, endorsing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[16] He was named to President Obama's Jobs and Competitiveness Council in February 2011.

    6. AND MORE:

      A huge merger may turn the son of a Philadelphia Jewish entrepreneur into one of the most powerful Americans in the media industry.

      Brian Roberts, 54, chairman and CEO of Comcast, a cable and broadband provider that announced on February 13 its intention to take over Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal, seeks to control the cable services of more than 32 million American homes, which would make him the unchallenged leader in the field.

      The merger — which still needs congressional and regulatory approval — marks the latest step in the Roberts family’s long road from a modest start by his father and two Jewish partners in Tupelo, Miss. 50 years ago, to becoming America’s largest provider of home media content.

      Roberts, a Maccabiah Games squash gold medalist known for his affinity for Israel, has not made his mark on Jewish life. But his Jewish identity, friends say, should not be doubted.

      “Brian’s commitment to religion and Jewish causes is like every other thing he does: It is extremely personal and low-profile,” Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor, told the Forward. Roberts, he added, “does not carry these things on his chest.”

      But it is part of his company’s DNA. Comcast was established in 1969 by Roberts’s father Ralph and his two Jewish partners, Daniel Aaron and Julian Brodsky. During a poker game, Ralph Roberts had heard about a small cable company in Tupelo looking for investors and the three partners decided to step in.

      Read more: http://forward.com/news/193521/brian-roberts-jewish-roots-and-outsized-ambition-d/#ixzz40WQ2ahTz

    7. They know that they cannot buy Trump.

    8. They know they can depend on the GOP Likud’s Force.

    9. Two of the top brass in The GOP Likud’s Force, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

    10. Oh my, the JEWS!!

      Deuce you are losing you mind.

      Trump is nothing to buy, he's honest and sees the Palestinians as nothing but a people who have been taught to hate and murder since birth, said so last night.

      You are on the wrong side of history...

      as usual

  5. There's no way around it. Donald Trump is going to go two-for-two in the early primaries, according to the South Carolina polls.

    The Headline Numbers

    Since Trump won the New Hampshire primary, seven pollsters have surveyed South Carolina Republicans (Gravis, ARG, PPP, the state's Republican state legislative caucus, CBS, CNN and the Augusta Chronicle). All seven have showed Trump leading, by 14-22 points.

    This lead is way outside any margin of error and well beyond the reach of any ground-game advantage. Trump will win South Carolina unless he somehow collapses in the final days. Given his campaign thus far, it's hard to imagine what could cause him to collapse.


  6. Unemployment Claims fell to 262,000.

    4 wk. avg. down 8,000 to 273,000.

  7. .

    And The Sheeple Angrily Bleet in Response to Tim Cook's Refusal to Bow to FBI Demands

    Boston Herald Editorial: Apple Turns Rotten


    1. Interesting.

      1. Why would our government ADMIT in public that they cannot open an iPhone?

      2. Why can't they MIRROR it and crack the duplicates?

      3. DO you REALLY believe that the NSA or Mossad doesn't have spies (among others) inside Apple?


      DO you believe that the TEXTS, calls and emails from that specific phone number cannot be traced via the carrier?


      You may not have the specific text or conversation but I bet you have the specific contact identity. And they you can use warrants on those folks phones, computers and homes.

      I think the story is bunk.


    2. The US vs. Apple: Does the FBI Have a Case?

      Here’s a plain English guide to the legal issues, including constitutional questions, and what will happen next.


    3. Jack, before you go and purchase that iPhone so your criminal enterprises will be safe, I wanted to give you a heads up..

      Since you already publicly have posted hundreds of anti-semitic, anti-zionist, anti-israel, anti-jewish posts?

      Since you have already publicly admitted to breaking many laws in many nations?

      Since you have admitted that you are on the TSA "watch list"?

      You are a KNOWN wolf....


      That's why you hide in the back bush of your 350 acres....


  8. Washington (CNN)Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says President Barack Obama should name Antonin Scalia's replacement.

    O'Connor, a nominee of President Ronald Reagan who became the court's swing vote until she retired from the bench in 2006, broke with Republicans who say they plan to block Obama's nominee, and want his successor to name the next justice.

    "I don't agree (with Republicans)," O'Connor said in an interview with Phoenix-based Fox affiliate KSAZ. "We need somebody in there to do the job and just get on with it."

    She noted that it's unusual to for a Supreme Court opening to exist in an election year, saying that the proximity to the presidential race "creates too much talk around the thing that isn't necessary."

    She said Obama should name a replacement for Scalia, an influential conservative member of the nation's high court who was found dead Saturday at age 79.

    "Well you just have to pick the best person you can under these circumstances, as the appointing authority must do. And it's an important position and one we care about as a nation, as a people," O'Connor said. "And I wish the president well as he makes choices and goes down that line -- it's hard."


  9. Oh no, say it aint so...

    Trouble in paradise...

    A ceremony marking the first transfer of Russian S-300 ground-to-air missile batteries to Iran, which was scheduled to be held Thursday at a Russian naval base in the port city of Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea with the defense ministers of the two countries in attendance, was cancelled at the last minute. A senior official at the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday night that "The beginning of deliveries of the first consignment of Favorit missile systems cannot take place since the Iranian side has not paid the price enshrined in the contract." There is no doubt that it was a very unfriendly statement intended to hurt the Iranians at a time when the Iranian defense minister, Gen. Hossein Dehghan, is visiting Moscow.

  10. Hillary is really screwed. She's got her double vision glasses back on, Susan Sarandon is against her, she is losing the vagina vote, she is talking black and barking like a dog....time to play pin the tail on the donkey....


    .....plus the FBI report will be coming out one of these days.

    It is truly a lovely play to watch.

  11. And the Pope ought to keep his mitre out of American politics.

    1. .

      The reporter asked the Pope what he thought about Trump's plan to build a wall along the border and deport millions of illegal immigrants. What was he supposed to say? No comment?

      Speaking in general terms and not mentioning Trump by name he said anyone who proposes constructing walls instead of building bridges can't be considered a Christian. I too disagree with the Pope's statement.

      If it were me being asked the question, I would just have said that such a man was a dick plain and simple.


    2. Mr. Pope, tear that wall down !!!!!

      (the big wall around the Vatican)

      (the Vatican has the most restrictive immigration policies in the world)

    3. .

      I am not positive but I suspect that huuuuuge wall around the Vatican is in large part made up of the back of buildings.

      What I am sure of is that the Vatican is about 1/2 mile on each side. In other words about, it has a perimeter of about 2 miles or about 1/1000 of the length of the wall Trump wants to build and have Mexico pay for.


  12. Strikes in Syria

    Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

    -- Near Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building.

    -- Near Hawl, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar position, three ISIL buildings, and an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb.

    Strikes in Iraq

    Fighter, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL rocket rails.

    -- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an inoperable piece of partner nation equipment, at the request of the Iraqi government, in order to prevent its capture by ISIL forces.

    -- Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

    -- Near Mosul, one strike produced inconclusive results.

    -- Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb.

    -- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL recoilless rifle.

    -- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL light machine gun.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

    1. How many civilians did we kill today?

    2. This comment has been removed by the author.


    3. You Israelis, "O"rdure, have killed 162 civilian Palestinians since mid-September.
      Awaiting news reports from the hospital on the two that were wounded by gunfire, today.

      Another 162 war crimes committed by the Zionist occupiers, in just five months

    4. Nazareth Restaurant & Deli, site of last week’s machete attack, will close permanently.

      Owner says he will be closing the store and moving back to Israel,

      Despite immediate claims from law enforcement that the attack was "random," it is now being investigated as an act of terrorism.

      The suspect who was killed by police following the attack, Mohamed Barry, had been investigated by the FBI four years ago following extremist statements he made, and he was on the terror watch list at the time of the attack.

      Other reports indicate that Barry, an immigrant from Guinea who was in the U.S. on a green card, shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he lunged at police with the machete and a knife, at which point he was shot in the neck and died.


    5. Jack, how many civilians have you killed?

      But to correct you, I am an American and we Americans have killed thousands of civilians in Syria.

      as for the 162? Attackers are not civilians.

      And I am GLAD they are dead.

    6. Jack, the self confessed killer of civilians says:

      You Israelis, "O"rdure, have killed 162 civilian Palestinians since mid-September.
      Awaiting news reports from the hospital on the two that were wounded by gunfire, today.

      Jack, 2 14 year old killers of Fakistinan heritage, murdered a 21 year old and then were wounded.

      How is that a "war crime", please explain using English


    7. The occupation of the Occupied Territories is a war crime
      Every death that results from that occupation is a war crime
      Just like in the Warsaw Ghetto


    8. That should be plain enough, even for an Israeli

    9. So by that logic, if a native american shanks you, it's ok?

    10. Jack HawkinsThu Feb 18, 08:06:00 PM EST

      The occupation of the Occupied Territories is a war crime

      The disputed territories (to use UN legal language) is not a "war crime", it's a border dispute.

      "Just like in the Warsaw Ghetto"

      Wow, you are messed up.


    11. At present, based on the result of numerous UN resolutions that cite Article 49 of the Geneva Convention, the consensus view of the international community is that Israeli settlements are illegal and constitute a violation of international law.

      According to the BBC, every government in the world, except Israel, considers the settlements to be illegal.
      On April 21, 1978, Legal Adviser of the Department of State Herbert J. Hansel issued an opinion, on request from Congress, that creating the settlements "is inconsistent with international law", and against Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention

      Violations of Article 4 of the Geneva Accords are War Crimes, even if the perpetrators are Zionists.

  13. Catholic Church in Israel blames Jewish state for current Palestinian violence

    A group of the most senior Catholic clerics in Israel, headed by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, accused Israel on Thursday of responsibility for the recent wave of Palestinian violence, saying Israeli policy has created despair and frustration among Palestinians, leading them to carry out acts of terrorism.

    The Catholic clergy spelled out their position in a statement of the “Commission for Justice and Peace” of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries, a panel of archbishops and other senior clerics of the various Catholic rites in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Cyprus.


  14. Replies
    1. :)

      Mr. Pope, tear that wall down !!!!

      (the wall around the Vatican)

      (the Vatican has the most restrictive immigration policies in the world)

    2. .

      It appears the Maui Haole is feeling perky tonight.

      New batch of pina coladas?

      Or do you have your okolehao still up and running again?


    3. http://archives.starbulletin.com/2002/05/29/features/memminger.html

  15. The Pope was wrong or spoke wrongly. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t apologize to Trump.

    1. .

      I would be surprised if there is any apology. He offered his views but indicated he wouldn't be involved in suggesting who the US should vote for (or not vote for).


    2. Trump is an un-Christian bastard, but I am not suggesting for whom you should or should not vote....


    3. .

      And as noted, the Pope did not suggest who you vote for.



    4. The Pope is a hypocritical Socialist Pig.

  16. Father Jonathan Morris on Fox, a guy I like a lot, was doing his best to defend the Pope, while also, if I heard right, thinking the Pope might issue a clarification, or something...the discussion took a turn to whether an 'open borders' policy was Christian, not Christian, could be Christian, could not be Christian and became murky and came to an inconclusive ending....

  17. Jack believes that fakisitinas have the right to murder Jews as a response to the lands in dispute by 2 peoples.

    By his logic? Every American who is not a native peoples is legally allowed to be killed.

    Same goes for all native peoples all over the world.

    By his logic, all of the arabs that live in Europe? Should be killed.

    All blacks out of Africa? KILL THEM.

    and of course Jack is giving permission to the Jews of the arab occupied middle east that have been thrown out of a dozen arab occupied nations the legal right to kill them...

    Jack is a moron.

    1. Sorry Jack, Israel has a legal right to be.

      If fakistinians choose to teach their offspring to go into Israel and murder? They will be shot and killed.

      Hopefully the fakisinians will suffer for their war crimes...

      Oh yeah they are, at the hands of the Iranians, Syrians and Russians (and Hezbollah too)

      Bomb Bomb Bomb....

    2. No one has ever said that Israel did not have alegal right to be.

      All I and the civilized world have said is that by occupying the Occupied Territories, lands outside the 1967 borders the Israeli are in violation of Article 4 of the Geneva Accords and are war criminals because of it.

      That the US should not support the fascist Likud regime presently installed in Tel Aviv.

      That's all, the rest of your hyperbolic bombast is just that, "O"rdure

    3. You should be arrested for crimes against humanity

  18. Here is the story.


    Jack approves of the murder of the 21 year old in a supermarket.

    Jack should be arrested and tried for material support for terrorism.

  19. I've been reading that the Democrats have something like 700 or so 'super delegates'.

    These are all party insiders of some type and Hillary is said to be supported by about 96% of these people.

    That is nearly a third of the delegates needed to get the nomination.

    Didn't realize how badly stacked against Sanders things are over there among the Democrats.

    1. My figure on 'super delegates' may be high.

      Now I hear on Fox they represent something between 10% - 15% of all delegates.

      She may lose Nevada, according to Ed Henry, the Fox reporter on the ground in Vegas.

      And, breaking news:

      "Killer MIke" a great big fat rapper, has endorsed The Bern, after, he says, reading his program and smoking a joint.

      The 'firewall' is collapsing.

  20. Jack, please leave instruction upon your passing IF you are shanked by a Mexican to celebrate your death as you are an occupier of the 1st peoples....



    1. Only an ignorant Israeli would consider the Mexicans to be the 1st people in Arizona.

      You ought to bone up on US history.

    2. As an American Settler in Ohio, I view mexicans more authentic than you, an arab squatting in AZ

    3. Again please let us know of your passing by being shanked by a 1st peoples...

      So we can celebrate

  21. I follow this stuff, and I haven't read anything by any knowledgeable democrat that thinks there is the slightest possibility that the Superdelegates would actually vote against the Popular Vote.

    Those Superdelegates might announce 'Support' for a candidate, but that doesn't mean that they're 'pledged' to that person.

  22. What's the point of having super delegates at all, then ?

    Why not just portion out the delegates on the basis of the popular vote ?

    Why even have the category ?

  23. .


    I put up this site from Bloomberg a couple days ago as evidence of how the Dems have the nominating process stacked against Sanders.

    [The delegate count is AP's estimate. If you read down, you will see how they came up with their numbers including the superdelegates.]

    It could be argued that Sanders actually won Iowa and New Hampshire yet he only has about 10% of the delegates according to AP.



    1. .

      Rufus is right about the superdelegates being able to change but I would be surprised, based out of what we have seen from the DNC so far, that Sanders would have a snowball's chance in hell of getting the nomination.

      I could be wrong. We shall see.


    2. .

      You can also switched over and see the GOP delegate count. If you do, you will immediately see why the top 5 or 6 have decided to stick it out.


    3. Hmmmm......this doesn't sound 'fair'.

      In fact, it sounds like the process is 'fixed'.

      I'm confused.....

      I just read that 'there isn't the slightest possibility that the Superdelegates would actually vote against the Popular Vote'.

    4. I'm beginning to wonder if my vote is ever worth a shit.


    5. Well, "Counterfeit Bob" you certainly are not super.

  24. Drudge is on the issue -

    How DNC Helps Her 'Buy Off' Superdelegates......DRUDGE

  25. .

    (the wall around the Vatican)

    (the Vatican has the most restrictive immigration policies in the world)

    You lack perspective, O'Bumble. Relative size counts.

    The total area of Vatican City is .44 sq mi. The area of the US is 3,805,927 sq miles or 8,649,834 times larger than Vatican City.

    From my post above,

    I am not positive but I suspect that huuuuuge wall around the Vatican is in large part made up of the back of buildings.

    What I am sure of is that the Vatican is about 1/2 mile on each side. In other words, it has a perimeter of about 2 miles or about 1/1000 of the length of the wall Trump wants to build and have Mexico pay for.

    As for immigration policy, the Pope as asked each Catholic parish worldwide to try to take in a
    refugee family. However, since I'm sure that won't satisfy you, I will merely add that the Vatican has pledged to take in two refugee families. One has already been identified, a family of four. If the second family is as large or larger that would equate to about 8 refugees.

    Now consider that the population of Vatican City is about 800. That means the population would increase by about 1%. On a relative basis, the US would have to take in about 3,200,000 refugees or immigrants to match Vatican City.

    Take that you heathen.




    1. 3,200,000 ... the US has already taken in four times that many illegal immigrants from Mexico.


    2. Some would say that the US has already taken in six times that 3,200,000 number

      Total illegal aliens estimated by Bear Stearns, 20.0 to 22.0 million


    3. In 2005, Bear Stearns' investigators[12] developed a different methodology to determine the number of illegal immigrants in the United States.

      They made the assumption that the amount of remittances (money sent back to Mexico) is directly proportional to the number of Mexican immigrants in the United States.

      Other data used for their estimates are the increases of households and school enrollment in Mexican immigrant communities.

      They conclude that the number of illegal immigrants in the United States may well be twice the official number put out by the U.S. Census of 9 million and may be 20 million people or higher.

      Information from The Mexican Central Bank details the remittances and shows their growth.

    4. .

      You miss the point, rat.

      1. The US doesn't overtly solicit illegal immigrants to come here.

      2. And more importantly, Mr. Trump has indicated he will deport them all if elected.


    5. I take my stand on principle, not population or area estimates.

      What is good for the Vatican is good for El Paso, or San Diego !!

      "I am not positive but I suspect that huuuuuge wall around the Vatican is in large part made up of the back of buildings."

      Well, I'm not positive either so I looked it up -

      Pictures of Vatican Wall


      Make of it what you will....

      (The Vatican even hires foreign mercenaries in funny costumes called 'Swiss Guards' to provide enforcement muscle)

    6. .

      I have no problem with walling in El Paso.


    7. .....but it sure looks like a huuuuuge wall to me.

  26. .

    How the DNC Helps Clinton Buy Off Superdelegates

    As floodgates open to donations from special interests, the future of the party is auctioned to the highest bidder

    "A joint fundraising committee between the Clinton campaign and the DNC—called the Hillary Victory Fund—raised $26.9 million as of December 31, 2015, much of which has gone directly to the DNC and other Democratic candidates across the country. Thirty-three state Democratic parties signed pacts with Ms. Clinton’s campaign, meaning she is essentially buying support from Democratic leaders around the country. In short, the Clinton campaign controls the money and decides which states receive it after the campaign and the DNC get their cut. According to Bloomberg, New Hampshire received $124,000, where six out of six superdelegates supported Ms. Clinton while over 60 percent of the primary vote favored Mr. Sanders. Nevada and South Carolina also have pacts with the Hillary Victory Fund, where Ms. Clinton has already won support from three of Nevada’s eight superdelegates and three out of South Carolina’s six superdelegates."



    1. Thirty-three state Democratic parties signed pacts with Ms. Clinton’s campaign, meaning she is essentially buying support from Democratic leaders around the country.

      Goodness gracious, this sounds a little less than ethical, and doesn't seem to compute with the Rufian view of things. And here I thought it was illegal to buy votes in our country.

    2. You have it backwards (again.) Clinton has raised, the last I heard, over $15 Million for the Party.

      Bernie, on the other hand, has raised squat.

    3. .

      Bull. Which has the DNC or the Democratic Party been doing more of, contributing to the Sanders campaign or trying to sabotage it?

      I don't know where Sanders actually stands. He may have already peaked. However, if he continues to do well and the DNC and the party sticks it to him through dirty tricks and procedural shenanigans, it would only be poetic justice if he decided (as Trump has threatened)
      to run as an independent.

      I suspect that would wipe the smug ass smirk off Debbie Wasserman Schultz' face rather quickly.


    4. Wasserman won't be smiling if Hill's health continues to deteriorate, either, although Biden will be just 74 years old.

      Serving us since January 3, 1973.


  27. The US most certainly does "... overtly solicit illegal immigrants to come here."

    The open border is an overt invitation.
    The lack of sanctions upon employers of undocumented workers is an overt invitation.
    The failure by design of the E-Verify system is an overt invitation.

    Unless you were once again attempting sarcasm, without a smiley face.


    1. Let alone the many benefits that I read are lavished upon the illegals ... housing, food and other extravagances.
      Though I do not know of the accuracy of those reports ...

      But free education for the children, basic medical services that are far and away better than those available to the poor in Mexico are two more overt enticements.


    2. As for deporting them all ...

      Not likely, the expense of rounding them up would be huge, greater than the cost of the wall. The howling from the employers could well keep Mr Trump from falling asleep, even while ensconced in the White House

    3. .

      The US most certainly does "... overtly solicit illegal immigrants to come here."

      I'm usually pretty careful with the words I use, rat. And I think I know the difference between 'solicit' and 'accommodate'.


    4. .

      As for deporting them all ...

      Not likely...?


      (sarcasm button off)

      Of course, it's not likely. I might not be voting for Trump but I don't think even he is stupid enough to think he could deport them all. However, there are plenty of people who are stupid enough to believe it or some modified version of it and those are the ones Trump is appealing to. You might say he is soliciting their votes. Unfortunately, as we both realize, he will be unable to accommodate their wishes even if elected.


    5. I'm usually pretty careful with the words I use, rat. And I think I know the difference between 'solicit' and 'accommodate'

      You know how to wiggle and squirm and try to lose an argument gracefully, that's for sure.

      Medical Care
      Driver's Licenses

      We 'accommodate' we don't 'solicit'.

      Craparoo from Quirk.

    6. I think I know the difference between 'solicit' and 'accommodate'.

      How good is your Spanish and when was the last time you were in Mexico?

      Do you know the average Mexican has a vocabulary about half the size of an English speaker, and the distinction will be lost on them.

      They were solicited, overtly invited, whether you think so or not.

      Lexical facts for native English speakers
      May 29th 2013, 16:02 by R.L.G. | NEW YORK

      SEVERAL years ago we mentioned TestYourVocab.com here on the blog. Not long ago, the site reached its two millionth test result, and so the researchers have put together some data:

      Most adult native test-takers range from 20,000–35,000 words
      Average native test-takers of age 8 already know 10,000 words
      Average native test-takers of age 4 already know 5,000 words

      while ...
      Gerald Erichsen estimates that Spanish has about half as many words as English, so it might be a reasonable presumption to extend that to what the average native speaker knows, i.e., somewhere around 15,000 words for a native-Spanish speaker.

      In my experience the low wage, poorly educated Mexican undocumented border crosser has even less of a vocabulary ...

      The distinction you make would be lost in translation.

    7. It's not the words, but the actions

      To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
      George Santayana

    8. .

      I'm sorry, rat, my post wasn't addressed Mexicans. Of course, as noted before, you apear to practice English as a second language.



  28. Even Driver's Licenses for illegals in California now.

    1. That's so they can buy liability insurance for their cars.

    2. When they were not allowed licenses, it not not stop them from driving.
      But it did make buying liability insurance impossible.

      Which raised the insurance rates substantially for those that did have drivers licenses and private vehicles.

  29. Sodastream is threatening to shut down its Israeli operations if the government does not allow Palestinians work permits.


    He has had a taste of reality and knows Sodastream is screwed on the world stage.
    No amount of carbonated fizz will suffice.

    “I’m not letting go of these people. I owe them six years of friendship and service. They’re staying here, and if they’re not staying here, then I’m not staying here. If I have to shut down this factory, I’ll shut it down,” SodaStream’s CEO Daniel Birnbaum said.

    Sodastream may be saying bye, bye to Israel, it is such a hateful place.
    To safe the company, they will have to leave the country

  30. More than half of households headed by immigrants in the county illegally, or 62 percent, received welfare benefits in 2012, according to a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies.

    In the same time period, 49 percent of households headed by legal immigrants received welfare benefits, while 30 percent of households headed by natives received the same.

    “Households headed by immigrants illegally in the country have higher use rates than native households overall and for food programs (57 percent vs. 22 percent) and Medicaid (51 percent vs. 23 percent),” states the report. “Use of cash programs by illegal immigrants is lower than use by natives (5 percent vs. 10 percent), as is use of housing programs (4 percent vs. 6 percent).”

    The report also finds that some restrictions on government benefits are not enforced, and there are many exemptions or ways for these individuals to skirt them.