Talking to Ourselves

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From Human Voices:

26 dead in Brussels, reads the sign. 26 dead in Newtown. It isn’t something meant to inform us. Close the borders says the rubric. Get used to it says the counterpoint. Forget for the moment that this is a conversation between two straw men, their lines scripted by someone with a purpose — and forget that the death toll in Belgium has escalated beyond that number and is only a small part of a much larger number, this isn’t about accuracy anyway. It’s about energizing the base, giving them something to contemplate with masturbatory self-satisfaction while mocking an opposition created of straw for the purpose. But wait, there’s more.

Focus on the false equivalence.

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Cruz, Kasich, and a Future President Ryan

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From Elijah Sweete at The Moderate Voice:

Opinion and Baseless Speculation

Ted Cruz and John Kasich are either dumb as rocks or they’re part of the scam. Who are the scammers and scammees? The scammers are the Republican power brokers, who some pundits foolishly claim have lost their brokering power. The scammees are Republican voters who think their votes will actually have meaning in selecting the Republican nominee. Cruz and Kasich may also be scammees if they are, in fact, dumb as rocks and not in on the ruse. One other possibility is that Cruz is being taken by his ego for a ride, while Kasich is in on the joke.

For all the endorsements and general tomfoolery, nobody who is anybody in the Republican Party really wants Ted Cruz to be their presidential nominee. As recently as today, Lindsey Graham, who officially has endorsed Cruz, said that Kasich would be a better president. That means he is endorsing someone, Cruz, he thinks would not be a good president. Huh? Explain please.

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Not Too Late for Trump to Lose the Nomination

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From Jonathan Bernstein Bloomberg:

There are three ways that Donald Trump still could be denied the Republican nomination.

He could lose the delegate lead: Trump is ahead of Senator Ted Cruz by a little less than 300 delegates. That’s a large advantage, but there are still more than 800 bound delegates remaining to be selected, almost all of them in winner-take-all or winner-take-most states. There isn’t enough polling data to indicate what’s going to happen in most of these.

And that delegate lead is a little shakier than it might seem.

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Lady and the Trump

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From Infidel753:

So. You thought the spectacle of the Republican front-runner reassuring the world concerning the yuuuge size of his “pocket Donald”* during a televised official debate was the lowest this campaign season could sink? Pshaw. Just before the Utah caucus, an anti-Trump PAC bafflingly named “Make America Awesome” began the bathysphere plunge into even profounder depths of nastyness with this ad:

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Bad News and Worse News – Bernie Sanders and Guns

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From Tommy Christopher at the Daily Banter:

Everybody knows that Hillary Clinton has been beating up on Bernie Sanders but good over gun control, and Bernie has stubbornly continued to insist that we need a law, not a judge or jury, to decide if gun manufacturers are liable for the damage their products cause. However, an even more depressing reality hit home this week when Chris Hayes asked Bernie Sanders if he believes that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to gun ownership:

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Religious Freedumb!

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From Max’s Dad:

They never give up. Nope, the so called religious folks who makeup much of rural America simply refuse to stop believing it’s THEM who face discrimination. Poor babies, forced into underground churches to worship that vengeful God who loves them so much he stuck them in some backwards ass community cuz of that Obama. They cant even worship the invisible man in the sky that hates everybody but them and brings on bombings to show how much he loves them. They are so beat down and oppressed that Obama probably wants to patrol christian neighborhoods or some dumb idea like that. And those homos, oh those horrible homos, what with forcing their way into stores and living their lives out in the open and acting like regular people and all the while recruiting the rural kids into the beastly big cities where the politicians have an open mind and pass those pro-homo laws. It just has to be stopped, and neanderthal tea party bigots are just the people to stop it.

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3/4 Of Republicans Say Their Officials Are “Out-Of-Touch”

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From jobsanger:

This is more bad news for the Republican Party. It seems that 76% of the public believes congressional Republicans are out-of-touch with the voters — and 76% of all Republicans agree with that assessment. Only 13% of the general public, and 20% of Republicans think congressional Republicans are doing a good job.

Those are terrible numbers for a party that currently controls both houses of Congress — and was hoping to keep that control in the coming election. And it’s especially bad that their own base thinks they are doing a terrible job.

The numbers are better for Democrats.

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The Crossdresser and The King

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From NOJO at Stinque:

J. Edgar Hoover, who was smashing gender norms before it was cool, had his panties in a bunch about Martin Luther King Jr. MLK had a suspicious proclivity to exercise his First Amendment rights, which, if allowed to spread, might undermine the Republic by forcing it to live up to its ideals.

So Hoover did what Americans expect an FBI chief to do:

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Altruism and Statism

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Classic libertarianism. Poverty as a natural state. Selfishness as a virtue.
 
From Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

Reverend Randy Van Doornik, pastor of the North Reformed Church in Newark, New Jersey eloquently confirms why a nation’s government is an extension of that society’s dominant ethical principles. In a New Jersey Star-Ledger letter titled Sanders breaks barriers at Liberty, but why the barrier?, Van Doornik provides an exclamation point to Bernie Sanders’s call in a September 2015 speech to an audience of Christian conservatives to put their Christian ethics where their political mouths are. Van Doornik writes, in part:

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