Weekend Open Thread

Remember how I’ve theorized that Trump is working from a plan and that part of the plan is to pull non-traditional voters into the GOP side? Not just disaffected Democrats, but also people who simply don’t vote much, or at all? Well, I was right:

Most presidential campaigns spend their time and money appealing to people who vote regularly in elections. Not Donald Trump. According to a Trump campaign memo obtained by FiveThirtyEight, the campaign pursued a highly unorthodox strategy of courting unlikely voters during the primaries, focusing on people who rarely participate in GOP primary elections. The campaign relied on free media, including Trump’s frequent TV appearances, to turn out regular voters, according to the memo…

Do read the whole article; well worth your time. As I’ve said, Trump is a lot of things – but he isn’t stupid…and it appears that his plan to run in 2016 dates back to at least 2012, and possibly earlier. I’ve now heard rumors that Cruz is putting his data at Trump’s disposal for the general…that, coupled with the RNC’s newly robust GOTV and whatever the heck it is that Trump’s got back there getting out non-traditional voters means that we aren’t even close to the end of this campaign. But whatever you do, don’t expect Trump to “pivot” and become anything like a regular candidate. The whole thing of Trump is to eschew the normal way of doing business. Will it work? If you bet, then bet heavily against it…but maybe lay down that $10 on the long-shot, just for fun. Oh, and as an aside – victory goes to the side which is most prepared…and while Trump’s shoot-from-the-hip speaking style has caused him headaches (and may well cost him any chance of winning), I do believe it was all prepared well in advance.

Hillary says she just short-circuited in her answer (lie) about the email issue. Which means if we lose we’re going to lose to an android who isn’t programmed to tell the truth.

In South Africa, the ruling ANC suffered a massive electoral blow in municipal elections. They are still in charge, but it does appear that after a couple decades of the ANC coasting on Mandella’s moral authority, the people of South Africa are getting tired of economic stagnation, high crime and government corruption. Now, will the ANC actually allow itself to lose an election? That will be the real test – if they do allow themselves to get booted at the next national election, then South Africa is fine…if not, then it will descend into a Third World wasteland.

Maybe Donald Trump didn’t see a video of it, but the Iranians don’t seem to be shy about showing the pile of cash we sent them as non-ransom for non-hostages which weren’t released just because the cash got there before the plane with the hostages left Iran.

The iconic Gadsden Flag (you know, “Don’t Tread on Me”) is racist – this apparently on the Progressive theory that everything in America prior to 1/20/09 was racist.

Been reading some articles lately which are making the claim that the reason why Trump is given a pass by his supporters is because of Progressive absurdity on such matters…someone pulled together a bunch of quotes about a GOP candidate who was just this racist, sexist, homophobic proto-Nazi out to destroy all that is good and decent in America…thing is, all those quotes were pulled from 2012 articles about Romney. If Romney is the personification of all evil, then everyone even moderately to the right is evil. And if that’s the case, screw ’em. In for dime, in for a dollar. Progressives – maybe you should curb yourself a bit on the accusations of people who mildly disagree with you being evil? Just a thought.

CIA guy who helped Hillary cover up Benghazi endorses Clinton…this is supposed to be a “wow, see how bad Trump is – even CIA guys are endorsing Hillary” thing. But, as with all things connected to Hillary, it’s bull.

Seems that people are joining the Dallas Police Department in large numbers. Gives a bit of hope that in spite of relentless Progressive propaganda to the contrary, there’s still some spirit left in the United States.

6 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook August 6, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    This has got to drive the Left nuts. The first gold medal at the Olympics is by an American woman with a gun.

  2. Retired Spook August 6, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    In her interview by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday last week Hillary said “The vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, support the kind of common sense reforms that I’m proposing.”

    That must be why gun sales are continuing to set records.

  3. Amazona August 7, 2016 / 12:34 pm


    Oh, good. Let’s give them some more money.

    BTW, in a couple of leaked Clinton emails it appears that an adviser to the then-Secretary of State recommended that the State Department help “our friend”, a request that was evidently ignored as a later email commented that the “friend” had had to approach a different government agency for help. This was a concern to the aide, not because it showed the “friend” in danger, but because this other appeal might result in some negative news coverage for the State Department.

    Gotta keep those priorities straight, Hillary. Much like the problem you might have had if Stevens and/or any of his security detail had made it home alive to talk about what they were doing in Benghazi, human lives always take a back seat to the optics.

    • Amazona August 8, 2016 / 11:26 am

      A recent article suggests that it was the reference to the “friend” and his desire to leave the country, discovered in hacked Secretary of State emails, that tipped off the Iranians to the scientist.

      Well played, State Department! Another friend of the nation thrown under the bus, along with Chris Stevens and the others who died in Benghazi while planes based in Italy were not allowed to provide cover.

  4. Amazona August 8, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    “The iconic Gadsden Flag (you know, “Don’t Tread on Me”) is racist – this apparently on the Progressive theory that everything in America prior to 1/20/09 was (is) racist.”

    • M. Noonan August 10, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      I see your point!

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