We Were Promised Punch & Pie

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From nojo at Stinque:

Well, that didn’t take long.

A couple of weeks ago, champagne corks were popping as we were duly instructed to celebrate shamelessly over Trump’s effective nomination. Republicans in disarray! Congressional rats deserting the ship! Better confirm that moderate Justice now, cuz Hillary’s gonna appoint Raul Castro soon as she gets back from the Inaugural!

And then the post-nomination national polls started coming out. Whoops!

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Pay Attention to Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party

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From Michael John Scott at MadMikesAmerica:

Gary Johnson might be on the verge of becoming a household name.

At the moment, he’s probably most often confused with that plumber who fixed your running toilet last month or your spouse’s weird friend from work who keeps calling the landline, but he’s neither — he’s the former governor of New Mexico, likely Libertarian candidate for president, and he’s polling at 10 percent in two recently released national polls against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Primary Fairness

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Raymond: Iron Knee, who brings us re-posts of late night television monologue humor, often has other insights.
 
From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

It is hilarious when people complain about some aspect of the primary elections as being “undemocratic” or unfair, for a number of reasons. First of all, people complain only when some obscure detail of the primary process works against them (or their favored candidate). Or they just complain when they are losing.

For example, Bernie Sanders and his supporters have complained loudly about the primaries, even claiming that they are rigged against them. But you don’t hear Sanders or his supporters complaining about caucuses, which have been very good to him.

Likewise, Donald Trump complained loud and long about the unfairness of the primaries, until he won. There is plenty of evidence that the Republican primaries are unfair, but Trump actually benefitted from that unfairness.

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Iran Keeping Its Word – How Sad for Conservatives

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From Bloomberg News:

Iran held to its accord with world powers by keeping the amount of nuclear material it produces below agreed thresholds and continuing to allow monitors wide access to facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Friday.

“The agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material at the nuclear facilities and locations outside facilities where nuclear material is customarily used,” the IAEA wrote in a 5-page restricted report distributed to member governments and obtained by Bloomberg News. Iran has additionally taken steps required to allow more inspectors into the country, according to the IAEA.

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Obama Football Scandal, Trump, Prisoner Right to Guns

  • I don’t remember how long it’s been since I played football as a kid. I do remember hearing about the longest punt ever. Steve O’Neal played for the Jets in 1969. He kicked the ball 75 yards before it hit the ground. It bounced and rolled another 23 yards. So it went from the one yard line on one end of the field to the one yard line on the other. Amazing.
     
    Steve O’Neal retired from the game a long time ago. He’s a dentist these days.
     
    tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors documents what some conservatives consider another Obama/Muslim scandal. Seems the house in which the first family will reside when they become the former first family is only 1,096 feet from a Mosque.
     
    So, if dentist Steve O’Neal could still kick a football as far as the record he set not quite half a century ago, and if he could do it every time he kicked, he could kick that ball from the Obama future front lawn, run way down the street and pick it up, kick it again, run way down the street and pick it up a third time, kick it again, run way down the street and pick it up a fourth time, all matching that record.
     
    Whew!
     
    Then when he tried it a fifth time, he would only have to kick the ball 65 yards to break a window at a house of worship.
     
    If that isn’t a scandal, you don’t know your conservative base.
     
  • At Crooks and Liars, Blue Gal brings us video that explains just what Donald Trump and his supporters mean when they speak of the good old days.
     
  • The Big Empty explains why Republican fears that the tirades of Donald Trump will make the entire party look foolish are groundless
     
  • Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post continues his series, bringing a political platform from the past which sensible Republicans, should they ever again become ascendent, might want to adopt as their own.
     
  • Last Of The Millenniums brings news that imprisoned members of the Cliven Bundy clan have become prisoner rights advocates, at least for themselves.
     
  • Max’s Dad liked many of the old rock bands. He reflects fondly on why, so long ago, he gave up on Heart.
     

It is All About Money

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From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Some of us were hoping that once Donald Trump became the presumed GOP nominee, that the media would stop talking about him incessantly. But apparently, the media is as addicted to talking about Trump as ever. After being criticized for basically bankrolling Trump’s campaign by giving him massive amounts of free publicity, they are “making amends” by still giving him publicity, but now they are trying to balance things by giving him negative publicity.

The problem is, they are talking about things that don’t matter. For example, Saturday the New York Times published “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private” where they interviewed more than 50 people who had either worked for Trump or observed his crude behavior. But this is not news. Does anyone not know that Donald Trump is a sexist pig? Hasn’t he made that abundantly clear over and over again?

The people who support Trump know it. In fact, I’d guess that some of them are happy that he doesn’t feel any need to be “politically correct” and says what he feels. And if you already dislike Trump, this article will not make any difference.

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VP Condi Rice to Help Trump Make America Great Again

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From Joe Hagstrom at MadMikesAmerica:

As Donald and I have pointed out, we don’t need a “unified” republican party to win the election. We already have the kooks, bigots and religious zealots behind us while Hillary doesn’t have the kooks in her party behind her. Hillary also struggles with working white men that identify with us republicans as we share their distrust of minorities and anything weird.

However, victory is not enough for Don and me. The only result we want is a complete landslide. It is with this in mind that to get that, and to keep our billionaires from funding a Mitt Romney third party run, we’re seriously considering former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for the number 2 spot on the ticket.

Condi brings so much the ticket.

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Complain about Everything Like They Complain about Primaries

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From Last Of The Millenniums:

You can do the research yourself.

If Bernie wins then it’s ‘democracy in action’.

But whenever Bernie loses it’s ‘the process is rigged against us’.

I’m getting ready to accept a Donald Trump Presidency. Along with a Senate still in Republican hands as will be the House and little to no gains in State houses.

Why?

Bernie is getting ready to do as much harm to Hillary as he can.

Why?

Because Bernie doesn’t think he was ‘respected’.

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DNC Will Add More Sanders Supporters To Key Committees

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From Frances Langum at Crooks and Liars:

This is very good news, because history teaches that reform can come from within.

Raw Story reports that the DNC has agreed to put more Bernie Sanders supporters on the important platform and rules committees at the convention in Philadelphia:

Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) reportedly agreed to add more Sanders backers to the 15-person drafting committee, after initially appointing three to the group.

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