Monday, February 08, 2016

That awkward moment when your fellow candidates notice that you keep repeating the same memorized answer to every question.

Courtesy of the New York Times Magazine: 

Senator Marco Rubio's attempt to claim the GOP establishment mantle and surge past Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to the Republican presidential nomination encountered a massive glitch in the early part of Saturday night’s debate. At first, Rubio’s strategy appeared to be to rehash his stump speech insinuating that President Obama is deliberately damaging America. Chris Christie, whose strategy for the debate was clearly to take out Rubio, repeatedly called attention to the senator’s canned speech and accused him of using memorized sound bits to cover up for his complete lack of executive experience. That strategy worked. The exchange became an instant classic in the history of political smackdowns, especially because, incredibly, a clearly rattled Rubio continued to use his canned speech, repeating his attack on Obama a total of four times over the first half of the debate.

This same response happened so often, I kid you not, that I thought at one point that CBS was simply playing an early Rubio response over and over.

Not only what he was doing obvious, it was just.....sad.

Speaking of obvious and sad CNN is royally pissed off that Ted Cruz accused THEM of reporting that Ben Carson was suspending his campaign:In a statement out Saturday night, CNN responded, "What Senator Cruz said tonight in the debate is categorically false. CNN never corrected its reporting because CNN never had anything to correct. The Cruz campaign's actions the night of the Iowa caucuses had nothing to do with CNN's reporting. The fact that Senator Cruz continues to knowingly mislead the voters about this is astonishing."

Gee a robot who repeats the same thing over and over, a blatant and clumsy liar, a Momma's boy, and a bunch of idiots who cannot find the debate stage.

You know I originally predicted that this debate would suffer by comparison to the Democratic debate, but I think it suffers when compared to pretty much ANY debate.

You know I imagine that SNL would LOVE to parody this debate, but seriously isn't it already kind of a parody of itself? 

All of the terrible things Hillary Clinton has done (According to multiple conservative sources.) in one handy list.

A columnist by the name of Brett Arends compiled this list, and though most of them are pure unadulterated BS, that does not mean you will not be hearing them repeated ad nauseam as this political season moves forward.

Here we go: 

Wisconsin man murders former co-worker who spurned his advances. Telling police it was "easy" to kill her.

Courtesy of Raw Story: 

A Wisconsin man who killed a co-worker after she spurned his advances told police he held off killing her for a day so he could practice with his newly purchased gun. 

Christopher O’Kroley, 26, was taken into custody after killing grocery store co-worker, Caroline Nosal, 24, after her harassment complaint led to O’Kroley’s suspension and eventual firing. 

O’Kroley shot Nosal three times Tuesday in the parking lot of the Madison grocery store after getting former co-workers to share her work schedule, reports WKOW. 

Questioned by detectives, O’Kroley said “it was easy to kill” Nosal who had turned him down because “she had ruined my life” when she complained about his harassment which led to his job loss. 

O’Kroley admitted that he had purchased the gun right after he was fired, but held off killing Nosal immediately so he could practice using the firearm since he had never fired one before.

O'Kroley claimed that he was going to kill himself as well, but apparently that wasn't as easy so he was arrested by local police after a gun battle in a mall.

And that kids is why mandatory background checks, and a waiting period are so important, before purchasing a firearm.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Dakota Meyer decides to learn from Levi Johnston's mistake and get the child support portion of his custody case taken care of up front.

Courtesy of TMZ:  

Bristol Palin's newest baby daddy is one smart cookie, because he just beat her to the punch by telling the family law judge exactly how much he can afford in the child support department. 

Dakota Meyer -- the father of Bristol's 2-month-old daughter Sailor -- claims in new legal docs he makes $100,000 a year working construction, and gets another $37k in disability from the Marine Corp. 

Under Alaska law, Dakota's income would entitle Bristol to $1,754 a month in child support. 

The article goes onto suggest that Meyer is taking these steps because of what he learned by watching what Bristol put Levi through in THEIR child support case.

However rather than giving Dakota any credit for intelligence, I would suggest that he has a smarter attorney.

Unlike others I don't actually think this proves that the DNA tests have come back and proven Dakota is the father. I instead think that his lawyer is getting all of their ducks in a row in preparation for all contingencies. 

Somebody asked earlier why Levi had not provided up to date financial information when asked, but that is not accurate as it pertains to recent court filings.

However that is true back when Rex Butler was handling his case, and the reasons why Rex provided Levi with bad legal advice is open for interpretation.

I know why the Johnstons think he sold Levi out.

Yep, this is what I'm wasting my time on this afternoon.

So it is a Gryphen family tradition to put all politics on hold for awhile once a year, load up the table with artery clogging fatty foods, and sit down to enjoy the great American pastime.

Watching the newest and coolest commercials premiere during some sports game.

As anybody who has visited here for any length of time already knows, I am not much of a televised sports enthusiast.

But I DO take the occasional vacation from the ole intellect, down a few brewskies, and allow myself to enjoy what is essentially the modern day equivalent of the Roman Gladiator games. (Only with perhaps a little more violence.)

I must confess I did not watch a single football game before today and had to ask around to find out who is playing.

But now that I know it's the kittens versus the ponies I am all hopped up and ready to watch the kind of aggressive game play which guarantees that many of these players will suffer the kind of head trauma that will ensure that they have forgotten not just this game, but where they live and their own names by the time they reach their mid sixties.

If there broken down bodies allow them to live that long of course. 

Yep, can hardly wait.

I guess nobody told the folks in charge of SarahPAC that we're all on to their con job.

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So is THIS where that $43,869.00 in fundraising dollars gets spent?

Hey, you have to hand it to Tim Crawford and Palin, they certainly will not let a simple thing like total exposure interfere with their grift.

But then again, what else do they have?

These guys can't even find their way to the debate stage, and yet they want to run the country?

Okay once again, because perhaps I heard this wrong.

Ben Carson is a BRAIN surgeon right?

Man have I been giving those guys WAY too much credit over the years.

So now unemployment has dropped below 5% and wages are on the rise. I think President Obama is just doing this to irritate the Republicans.

Courtesy of the New York Times:  

After years of scant real gains despite steadily falling unemployment and healthy hiring, wages picked up significantly last month, a sign the job market could be tightening enough to force companies to pay more to attract and retain employees. 

The half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings in January was the brightest spot in a generally positive Labor Department report on Friday, which showed job creation slowing from the white-hot pace of late 2015 even as the unemployment rate fell to an eight-year low of 4.9 percent. 

The last six months were the best extended period for employee paychecks since the recovery began six-and-a-half years ago.

Just a reminder that before Obama took office we were losing approximately 651,000 jobs per month.

Didn't Romney promise to bring unemployment down under 6% if HE were elected?

Well good thing we elected the Democrat isn't it?

Well this sucks.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence. 

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state's prohibition on what the court called "the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens" amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. 

"In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment -- the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home," Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling. 

Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, "substantially burden this fundamental right."

Gee I hate to disagree with the U.S. Court of Appeals, but I am pretty confident that when the original 2nd Amendment was drafted the authors had NO idea that something like semi-automatic rifles was waiting down the road.

The second line of the Declaration of Independence states that our unalienable rights include "Life,. Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

Well I have to say that a bunch of microscopically hung ammosexuals running around with semi-automatic weapons negatively impacts at least two, if not all three of those.

Seriously how many classrooms full of young children, moviegoers in their theater seats, or mall shoppers have to be slaughtered before we pull our heads out of our asses?

You'd think he'd at least grade on a curve.