Greetings From Iowa

An update from the campaign trail.

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It’s cold up here in Iowa, but Texans, at least, are getting a warm welcome. Yesterday Rick Perry endorsed Ted Cruz’s bid for the Republican nomination, and today the two are on the trail together. Though it’s hard to measure the electoral impact of any given endorsement, this one seems auspicious for our state’s junior senator. As we all know, Perry’s own bid for the Republican nomination never got any traction this time around. But during his brief time on the trail our longtime governor distinguished himself with his focus on substantive issues like Wall Street reform and racial justice, and by showing more moral clarity than any of his rivals after Donald Trump launched his own bid for the nomination. A number of candidates took exception when Trump scoffed at John McCain’s military service and sneered at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Perry was the only one to object to his blanket slander of Mexican immigrants, way back in July: “The fact is that I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican party.”

Cruz took the opposite approach, and it has proven to be politically shrewd. He and Trump are now the leading candidates for the nomination. With less than 150 hours to go before the Iowa caucus, many Republicans have abruptly concluded that Trump, who remains the frontrunner for the nomination in national polls, will be the party’s standard-bearer, and even that he should be. This uptick in mysterious epiphanies has coincided with Cruz’s ascent in Iowa polls, and the two trends seem to be related.

Perry’s endorsement of Cruz, given his principled opposition to Trump, has a moral valence. For those of us who have been following the race for the Republican nomination, that may seem like an irrelevant observation. Sun Tzu, the great military strategist, wrote that by considering seven factors, he could forecast the outcome of any given campaign. The first is as follows: “Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law?” Neither Trump nor Cruz, thus far, but Perry’s blessing can’t hurt the latter.

And I’m feeling superstitious about Sun Tzu at the moment, because I brought The Art of War with me to Iowa, and rereading it with reference to Cruz’s presidential campaign has been eye-opening. I had read it years ago, but hadn’t remembered certain specific pieces of advice: “Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.” “In war, practice dissimulation, and you will succeed.” “Be subtle! Be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business.” “If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.”

We had planned to publish the Cruz Rules today, but have gotten a bit behind schedule; we’ll aim for tomorrow, with apologies for the delay. But in the interim, I can offer readers a set of Cruz Rules: the ones written by Sun Tzu, some 2,500 years ago.

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  • Rules of Blazon

    “The fact is that I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican party.”

    ‘Til Tuesday, hairbag.

  • Well said about Sun Tzu’s Art of War as being a part of this Presidential race. See how all three of the top leaders of the race (Trump, Clinton, Cruz) have quoted Sun Tzu: https://www.sonshi.com/blog-on-sun-tzus-art-of-war-updated-often/how-ubiquitous-is-sun-tzus-art-of-war-in-america

    • Rules of Blazon

      At present, Ted Cruz appears to be flailing around wildly like an electrocuted octopus in a frying pan, desperately groveling to evangelical leaders he hasn’t yet alienated while trying to project strength. Sun Tzu would find him hilariously pathetic.

      • Seems like both Trump and Cruz are channeling Sun Tzu. Watch out for dark horse Rubio.

  • I prefer Sen Cruz’s rules to the democrat’s Alinsky Rules for radicals. Keep us posted.

  • John Johnson

    Still hung up on Rick Perry, huh? Your love affair with a guy who was the epitome of a panderer, special interest accommodator, and gray area trail boss is your Achilles’ heel. When not fawning over Rick, you are damn good at what you do. What’s the deal?

    • JJ just admit Perry has been very successful, and will accomplish much more and move on.

      • John Johnson

        He played sitting king of Texas when oil and gas was booming, driving the economy. His contribution to it was about like Queen Elizabeth’s to Great Britian’s economy. She is really just an annual expense…so was Perry. Slush fund gifts for campaign contributions, legal fees, DPS protection while traveling all over the place campaigning for prez and picking out a spot in San Diego to retire to, an attempt to mandate vaccinations for our daughters by a company represented by one of his lieutenants and best friends, and an attempt to partner with Guilliani to turn our main interstate artery over to a Spanish company. I could go on. Your turn. Tell me something he brought to the table that made life better for the average Texan.

        • dave in texas

          Dayum. You go, John.

        • Beerman

          Oops, well said……and, he brought nothing to the table but greed and hypocracy.

          • John Johnson

            The majority disagree with us, I know, but those are the JBB types or the ones who just call themselves Republicans, vote a straight ticket, and don’t know squat about what’s going on in Austin and D.C.

          • WUSRPH

            No so sure about that. Remember that in a multi-candidate race he got 39%.

          • John Johnson

            Good point.

          • dave in texas

            I still maintain that if Carole-of-the-many-names and the Kinskster hadn’t entered the race that year and garnered roughly 30% of the vote, that would have been a reeeeaally close election. Folks were tired of Republicans in general and Rick Perry in particular in 2006. I’m not saying that Chris Bell would have won the election; running without much money in a bright red state is always going to be an uphill climb for a Democrat. But it would have been a tight race.

          • Jed

            i voted for chris bell in that race. he ran an underwhelming campaign, but i really don’t think he lost many votes to those two … certainly not enough to change the result.

          • dave in texas

            Oh, no question. Like I said, I don’t think he would have won, but a 52%-48% result (or something roughly equivalent) might have provided some momentum for a Democratic Party that desperately needed it. Of course this is just speculation, but I think a really close race in 2006 might have made the subsequent blowouts less likely. On the other hand, the country electing a black president might have made Texas an impossible win for Democrats regardless.

          • If I remember correctly Bell received less than 20% of the vote so there was no way it would have been a close race between him and Perry. Carol had about 34% and Kinky right at 30%. Kinky siphoned off voters from Carole and Bell but the majority would have voted for Carole putting her over Perry that year.

          • dave in texas

            Chris Bell got about 30% to Perry’s 39%. Carole got about 18% and Kinky got 12%

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_gubernatorial_election,_2006

          • I don’t trust wikipedia, but I did google it and found from other sites that you are correct and I am mistaken.

          • dave in texas

            Not a big fan of Wikipedia myself, but it’s usually pretty good for statistical stuff like this. The best part about it is usually the bibliography at the bottom of the entry.

          • Kozmo

            Yes, some of us still remember that year! Thank you Kinky and Carole Four or Five Names!

          • Yep, I’m still angry with Kinky for running and siphoning voters from Carole Keaton…Strayhorn. She would have been a good governor and we possibly wouldn’t have the mess we currently have now.

          • I’ve never voted a straight ticket, ie I couldn’t support your friend Cornyn.

          • John Johnson

            Please don’t get started with me like this. I have always given you props when I agreed with you, and let you know when I disagreed. Why do you want to drop this Cornyn retort on me, knowing full well that I have no respect for him whatsoever?

          • WUSRPH

            ‘Cuz he is like the scorpion who hitched a ride across the river on the back of the frog.

          • says the king of unsolicited opinions.

          • WUSRPH

            As usual, you did not understand the message. It is was clear and simple…perhaps that was the problem.

          • You need a good slapping around occasionally to keep you from going soft on me.

          • John Johnson

            Hahaha. Haven’t changed a bit…my wife tells me.

          • donuthin2

            I absolutely agree with you. He is one of the so called Christians who is unprincipled and has never lived a moment of his life according to the Golden Rule.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Yeah. Texas is now the lowest in children’s vaccination rates.

          • John Johnson

            Your point being?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Obvious. Perry didn’t help the children of Texas.

          • WUSRPH

            It is kind of funny but one of the few times I was somewhat proud of Perry was when he was pushing for vaccinating young girls to protect them from future cancers. You can question his reason—as JJ does—and I did not like the tie to Toomey, but it was the right stand to take for the future well-being of the women of Texas. I tend to think his wife, a registered nurse and nurse educator, talked him into it. But, for whatever reason, he did it…He paid a big price for it, too, because of the craziness of the anti-vaccination crowd. I even sent him an e-mail at the time praising his action. Never got a response, however.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Perry wanted to do the right thing, but did it the wrong way. HPV vaccine is a lifesaver and my grand daughter will have it when she’s older.

            My impression at the time (as a snowbird) was that the “reproductive” aspects of HPV infection got the crazies all upset — read comments at the time in the Statesman about how the vaccine would encourage teenagers to have “activities” out of wedlock. These are the same folks who want abstinence only “reproductive” ed.

            When I worked at Indiana University, my clinic was a test site for the vaccine. The test subjects had to be virgins. You can imagine how hard it is to find those subjects on a college campus!

            NOTE: Edited with hopes it passes the censors . . .

          • John Johnson

            My daughter has had the HPV vaccination. I am for vaccinations. I am against everything that Perry did that had one of his buddies standing between the people of Texas and those making millions off something he was pushing on us.

          • Indiana Pearl

            As I said, right action, wrong approach. Didn’t realize his buddy was a beneficiary, but it is not surprising.

          • If Perry had framed the vaccine deal as being a health initiative supported by his wife and trotted out her credentials and trotted out OBGYNs in support of the HPV vaccine as a health initiative instead of how he handled it there would have been far less controversy and much more compliance.

          • WUSRPH

            Fully agree. It was badly handled, but he sill one have had a problem with the anti-vaccinators and the real crazies who said it would encourage sexual activity.

          • Vaccination rates are low due to science illiteracy. Perry played into the hands of the anti-vaxx crowd for sure, but I’m not sure we can blame the low vaccination rates on him. Or maybe we can if Palin can blame her son’s lack of self control on Obama…

          • Indiana Pearl

            Let’s ask how to improve science literacy in Texas. I would also argue that state public health measures contribute to better vaccination rates.

          • State health measures do contribute to vaccination rates; however, the largest block of unvaccinated children are from middle and upper middle class college educated white parents. Most of whom were short changed in science studies and how to apply logic and critical thinking. You can’t even blame the evangelicals for gutting the science for this since a good percentage of these anti-vaxx parents are new age, hippy, willing to try the next scam hawked by some TV or internet shill, like Dr. Oz, Mercola, Food Babe, Chow Babe, etc.

            Most of these people are susceptible to the politics of fear – they react without stopping to verify if their reaction is justified. It’s really sad and I have nothing but pity for them and their children.

          • Indiana Pearl
          • A few things to note –

            Private schools tend to have small enrollments (<10 students per grade is the average for the majority of private schools and 30-100 students per grade at the larger schools) so their percentages can be easily skewed.

            Their student population is often made up of the very group I mentioned – middle and upper middle class educated whites. So families with money to spend on private education.

            Just because a school is affiliated with a religion or church does not mean that its student body is also affiliated with that particular church or religion. Depending on the school, up to half, in few cases even higher, of the student body may come from a family that is not affiliated with the church that supports the school or they may be of another religion or no religion at all.

            None of that negates the numbers in the report, just that one should know those things to be able to put the report in the proper perspective.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Good points . . .

    • Rules of Blazon

      Nobody likes Perry. It’s astonishing how tiny a footprint he left after all his years infesting Texas government. All that time, and where is he now? Fighting a felony indictment and lobbying for dentists. That Cruz accepted this endorsement is telling: he must think Iowans are especially stupid, because in Texas, it hurts more than it helps.

      • John Johnson

        Damn, RofB…don’t ever agree with me again. People might start thinking we are friends or something. 🙂

      • donuthin2

        I guess Cruz’s acceptance of the Perry endorsement is a good sign for Trump, as it is for sure an act of desperation. Can’t believe it would help, but then again, who could believe that Trump and Cruz are leading the pack. Wonder what kind of an appointment Perry is expecting in return?

        • WUSRPH

          Secretary of the Interior. That way he could continue to pretend he is a rancher instead of a cotton farmer’s boy in cowboy boots.

          • dave in texas

            I’m thinking Transportation or State; either way, he’ll get to work with Cintra again.

        • Rules of Blazon

          Secretary of Phony Victimization? Czar of Crony Capitalism? Grand Mufti of Toll Roads? Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Hair and Fake Eyeglasses?

      • To be fair, Perry was the only candidate with the moral fortitude to completely denounce Trump and his racist, misogynistic, hate filled BS. Y’all have no idea how much it galls me to give that man praise of any type, but that took a level of courage that none of the rest of them had.

        Beyond being able to say he held the governor’s office the longest, I can’t think of one accomplishment Perry will be remembered for.

        • WUSRPH

          Sometimes former politicians have more political courage than those still involved in the day-by-day contests. It is a refreshing freedom not to have to worry what Joe Jones or Pete Peterson of anyone else will think about it. Sometimes it even happens in the case of former political staff members. I know I enjoy it…..I was never a fan of Perry’s and am not now, but I do respect his being willing to take on Trump when Cruz was still nuzzling up to him.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Does Perry have courage or is he an opportunist?

          • WUSRPH

            Does it matter that much? What matters is that he did it.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Motivation can mitigate certain behaviors.

          • Oh he’s definitely an opportunist, but not in this instance. The opportunists were the ones who supported Trump’s statements or stayed silent thinking that Trump would get bored or realize he’s not qualified and bow out of the race.

          • Indiana Pearl

            What I should have asked is Perry expecting a quid pro quo?

          • Hmmmm, that is a good question. He could be, or it could be he’s backing the candidate who he thinks can beat Trump. (I am assuming you are referring to his endorsement of Cruz and not his denouncing of Trump)

            My gut says it’s probably a little of both.

        • WUSRPH

          As to RofB’s suggestion that Perry will crawl back into line when Trump wins, I tend to doubt that. It would be too great of a leap for him to make without being laughed at….and Perry is a man who does not like having jokes made about him. I think he has more likely pulled up all the planks in the bridge and burned them and the frame.

        • Well I stand corrected. It seems that Rand Paul has grown a pair and denounced Trump. Sadly, he didn’t go far enough or say it soon enough to make a difference.

    • Erica Grieder

      Serious answer: A couple of years ago it occurred to me that Rick Perry doesn’t have any glaring pathologies and had never caused me or my loved ones any harm. Which is basically all I ask for in a politician and more than most of them manage.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Depends on how one defines “glaring pathologies.”

      • John Johnson

        I understand, but that is a really low bar, don’t ya think?

      • Rules of Blazon

        Either you’re not kin to any imaginary coyotes, or you are and you just don’t like ’em that much.

        • dave in texas

          I still maintain that whole story was BS. His usual DPS protection detail wasn’t with him. A coyote carcass was never found, either. It was something he made up out of whole cloth to bolster his macho image.

  • WUSRPH

    Can anyone remember how many (few) votes Perry got in Iowa last time? He was out of the race in less than a week afterward.

    • John Johnson

      I hate to keep pounding on Perry, but when I think of him, it is as the protagonist in the old book The Peter Principle.

      • One would think you’d be smart enough to figure out you got duped by Windy by now…..

        • John Johnson

          Early on she was much better than special interest water boys like Brimer. Back then, she never mentioned a word about gay rights or abortions.

          • WUSRPH

            That is because she wanted to get elected in what was then a close district where you don’t talk about “hot issues” like that unless you have to….But I give her credit for standing up for what she believed for when the lines were drawn when some people would have tried to duck the issues. Running statewide she knew she was not going to get the votes of 99.9% of the anti-choice and/or anti-gay voters no matter what her record had been on “their issues”. They were going to vote for the GOPer no matter what her position had been..as such she had to try to attract some so-called “independents” who were on her side on those issues. She may have been successful in that….but the GOP straight party vote was so strong it made on difference.

          • John Johnson

            Hey…this is what I’m not liking about you. Here I am, a staunch conservative, living in Tarrant County, who caught on to the stinky stuff the unwatched were getting away with. I had kept up with Davis as a city council person and saw how she actually listened and carried out their wishes. My wife and I met with her personally on several occasions. As Right to Lifer’s, she never got involved until she caved in to her boyfriend’s and Annie’s List pressure. I have no regrets for supporting her when she was on the right track. I do not have one old lover that I do not still love. I spent too many good times with them to harbor hate. We just changed.

          • WUSRPH

            “Never got involved” is what a good politican (and officeholder) does when their position on an issue is contrary to too many potential voters. It was probably never an issue in city politics, so she had no occasion to demonstrate her positions unless she went out of the way to do so. I believe—based on her background and life history—that she had always had those positions.. You seem to suggest that she was talked into something different than her own views by “her boyfriend’s and Annie’s List pressure”. That would make her less of a person than you have always thought she was. You should be proud of her from not hiding what she really believed when the lines were drawn. Had she been less of a person, she could have just slipped around the back into the senate women’s bathroom when the hot votes came or silently signaled her vote and hoped no one really noticed. She did not do that. She stood up and said, in effect. “Here I stand. I have no other choice” (if I am to be true to myself).

            P.S. It is kind of funny that I, a person who was never that big of a fan of hers, may have more respect for what she did than you do.

          • John Johnson

            There you go again. Why do you do this? Why do you have interject your unsolicited feelings about my personal relationship with someone, I venture, you have never met? I don’t like it. I still know that there are redeeming qualities there; I don’t hate her…I just don’t agree with her position on abortion.

          • WUSRPH

            I have met her several times although she was most involved in the Capitol in the yeas in which I was moving away from any direct involvement. I have only been inside the building about 10 times since 2006, not counting the annual bookfair….but I keep in touch by electronic means and media. P.S. I am not the one who said she “caved into pressure” to support the issue. I give her more credit than that…

          • John Johnson

            I give up. You just don’t get it.

          • WUSRPH

            I am sorry but you keep wanting to think that she did not believe what she obviously believed and that things would have been different had she just not……

            You always complain about politicians caving into pressure from the lobby and selling their vote and not voting for what they really believe. Here you have one who might have been better off politically (thou it would not have changed the general election outcome) but refused to change or hide her views for political reasons,. She paid a harsh penalty for her courage. By your standards, you should be praising her even if you disagree on the issue itself.

          • John Johnson

            And you still don’t. Enough.

          • pwt7925

            She also ran a woefully inept campaign. And being the darling of the Coastal liberal types did nothing to help her at home. But she would likely have lost even if she had run the best campaign ever, although she might have done better.

          • WUSRPH

            The straight GOP ticket vote was just too strong….The Democrats had some down the ballot candidates who were very attractive. Mike Collier for Comptroller got the endorsements of almost all of the major papers, etc. but nothing made any difference…..The straight ticket GOP vote is just too strong….Unfortunately, I see little chance of it weakening much over the coming years….People talk about the emerging Hispanic vote making a difference….The problem is, however, Hispanics may be emerging but they don’t vote in sufficient numbers. They also talk about “new Texans” changing things…but the largest number of those people immigrating from Texas come from the South, our surrounding states or areas politically like Texas so there is not much of a change in that either…..The only hope may be that the GOP disintegrates because of the apparent internal conflicts now almost ripping it apart.

          • Kozmo

            On the other hand, conservative Democrats ran the state for about a century, and now VERY conservative Republicans (without a restraining liberal wing) may run it for another, barring an unpredictable cataclysm. I’m another of those observers who has been hearing for, oh, 30 years maybe about the Hispanic vote shaking up Texas — hasn’t come close to that yet, the state is redder than ever.

  • grubber

    Who?

  • Jerry Patterson

    I disagree. Maybe Cruz coddling of Trump seemed shrewd at the time, but had he had not engaged in a lovefest with the Donald and instead went after him he might have avoided the predicament he’s faced with today as a distant 2nd to Trump. That political calculation has blown up in his face. JP

    • WUSRPH

      I certainly hope you are right….but we still have to see whether enough Trump supporters will actually go the caucuses next Monday night. It is easy to express anger, but somewhat harder to take several hours on what appears to be useless. A defeat for Cruz in Iowa, followed by a more than likely poor performance in NW would probably make him only a “also ran” by South Carolina. Of course, I have more than mixed feeling about the situation….sort of like the man who was told his hateful mother-in-law had just run over a cliff in his new Porsche.

    • John Johnson

      Anyone who tries to appease a rattlesnake is goofy. That is what Cruz tried to do. “Don’t bite me, I am not the one shooting at you.” When the others’ skin has been pierced, he will clamp down on you. Cruz should have known better…but he didn’t. A guy who excelled in the New York jungle is a force to be reckoned with. Cruz has his work cut out for him.

    • I agree JP, but the real question is does Cruz realize that his strategy isn’t working?

      I get the distinct feeling that too many waited till too late to take Trump seriously and now that they’ve realized that Trump is most likely going to go into Super Tuesday with a commanding lead, they’re in shock that the GOP “allowed” this to happen.

      Here’s hoping someone wises up and goes on the attack since Trump is scared of little ole Megyn Kelley and has decided to not participate in the debate Thursday.

    • I’m thinking you could a lil advice from Sen Cruz on how to win a campaign.

  • Indiana Pearl
  • WUSRPH
    • Who does he think he’s courting? Legally he can’t be Cruz’s running mate as they’re both legal residents of the same state. Trump? or does he have some delusion that Rubio or someone else down ticket will win the nod? Or is he aiming for USAG over VP?

      • WUSRPH

        The article from “The Hill” to which I posted a link yesterday has him as Trump’s VP. Of course, he is also building toward a possible race in 2020 if, as hoped, the GOP blows it for a third time in a row this November.
        I doubt he is interested in the Dept. of Justice. He might see that as a step-down from being governor of Texas and it would force him to be a member of a team. Can you see him defending the federal govt. against a suit filed by Paxton?

        • Oh that would be deliciously entertaining to see, but yeah, he has too much ego to take a position he would deem as beneath him.

        • I have discovered Trump’s perfect running mate, and no, it is not Gregg Abbot. Let me present to you the esteemed Gov Paul Lepage of Maine.
          http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/26/politics/paul-lepage-maine-guillotine/index.html
          and that’s not all…
          http://theweek.com/articles/462526/obama-hates-white-people-maine-gov-paul-lepages-greatest-hits-updated

          Yes, I know how very unTexan of me to suggest someone who isn’t a Texan but we must think of how this would be a match made in heaven to have 2 like minded men on one ticket. How fortunate and blessed we would be to have these saviors of America run together to save us from all those evil minorities and immigrants, putting women back in their places, and making America great again.

          • dave in texas

            Well, if you really want a Texan on the ticket who matches up well with Trump, there’s always Louie Gohmert.

          • Oh yeah forgot about him. But it is nice to know that other states have their bat-poop crazies. LePage makes Abbot look tame by comparison.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Bring back the guillotine! Don’t need to worry about access to execution drugs ever again . . .

  • WUSRPH

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/01/what-sanders-doesnt-understand-about-politics.html

    Interesting article on what Sanders does not understand about politics….Too much emphasis on the economy….but perhaps that it is result of his socialist background…..”dialectic materialism” and all that.

    He is apparently a nice guy who most people like….but all that was true about George McGovern who was also a legitimate war hero and look what happened to him. And he did not carry that political deadly word “socialist” around his neck like a collar.

    • Kozmo

      Voters who run in fear from buzzwords like “socialist” or “fascist” tend to get the leaders they deserve. Unfortunately. Me, I consider myself a pragmatist (I like things that work) and a supporter of policies that benefit the common good and public social contract. And I support Sanders for those reasons, whether or not he’s pigeonholed as a “socialist” or “liberal” or “Martian.”

      • WUSRPH

        The drafts of scripts for the ads featuring the worst possible pictures from Eastern Europe at the heyday of the Soviet Empire are probably already written. Whether valid or not, many voters can be frightened by the WORD….and will be if Bernie is the nominee. I, too, like to think I am a pragmatist. That is one of the reasons I do not support Bernie.

        • Jed

          yeah, i can see the campaign: trump v. sanders. capitalism v. socialism. the battle for all mankind. t the death. that sort of thing.

          on the other hand, as with obama, not sure sanders would need the votes of those who would be swayed by the superficial (i.e. those who call themselves “thoughtful independents”). straight ticket dem voting minus 5-10% should still be enough to win the presidency in this cycle.

  • WUSRPH

    The Houston Chronicle had an article yesterday reporting that the Texas Ethics Commission will take up an opinion next Monday that would allow Atty. Gen. Paxton to accept “contributions” to pay his legal defense fees from out-of-state sources. Paxton, until Perry, has a problem in that he cannot use his campaign contributions because his alleged offenses were not connected to his office, but happened before he was elected and involve private business affairs. He cannot take money from people who could be affected by his official duties as that might be an illegal gift, but it looks like the TEC may say that applies only to Texans. He, of course, is supposed to make sure that the money gets from out-of-state contributors is not Texas money that has been washed thru several accounts to hide its origins.

    P.S. The opinion will not directly address Paxton by name. It was requested in the name of an unidentified person in the AG’s office, which presumably means that the TEC approves it any employee of the AG who gets in legal difficulties could take out-of-state money for their defense fees.
    STINKS.

    • Indiana Pearl

      “Ethics” Commission?

      • WUSRPH

        They have to work within the laws that govern them….

    • So this is a done deal?

      Yeah. There’s not any corruption going on. The Tea Party Republicans are just all good little boy scouts being picked on by those mean old liberals and their belief in the rule of law.

  • Democrats finally found someone with less experience than Obama….
    “You’re seeing the beginning of Chelsea Clinton preparing to run,” says a donor who attended Chelsea’s rally at Dr. Paul Boskind’s Midtown home last week, where “limited availability guest” entry started at $250 and $2,700 “champion” tickets included a photo with Chelsea. Our insider says: “A dynasty is on the way.”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/chelsea-clinton-gearing-white-house-bid-article-1.2510390

    Bill wants to 1st Dad, anything to get back into the WH.
    Will Hillary be 1st Grandma?

  • WUSRPH

    Right-wing blowhards defend The Donald’s ducking debate. “Fox is out to get him….because he opposes open borders.” etc., etc., etc. etweaselcetra.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/01/right-wing-media-reacts-to-trump-boycott.html?om_rid=AAXQ58&om_mid=_BWqSZyB9KM8fNE

    • Most bully’s are cowards at heart. They should just admit that yes, Donald is afraid of Megyn and be done with it.

  • WUSRPH

    Wal-Mart capitalism at its worse. First, you move into a small town and kill off all its local stores….then you milk the market for a few yeas…then you close and leave them with nothing. (I have a friend who worked for Wal-Mart in a store where they had a little celebration each time a local merchant closed.)

    http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/walmart-closures-are-leaving-small-towns-in-a-lurch/

  • WUSRPH

    More news of interest. Paxton files to dismiss indictment of DPS Trooper in Sandra Bland affair.

  • WUSRPH

    Another insight into what the voters are seeking this year based on a series of interviews in Iowa and NW. “Testicular fortitude”…..In other words they want a TOUGH GUY.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/01/iowa-new-hampshire-gop-voters-poll.html

    Have so many people lost faith in their country that they need a STRONG MAN to set things right? That’s what they thought they were getting in Italy, Germany, Spain and elsewhere….but look how it turned out. And the Trains did not run on time, either.

    • Jed

      not to worry. trump is throwing the election, since nobody can beat him.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Except Megyn Kelly . . .

        • John Johnson

          Agree. She is making him look like an utter fool. Go take a look at the string of tweets he put out after she returned to her program after the debate in question and a vacation she took. Anyone wanting this guy as president after reading those is crazy.

    • I dunno it maybe as simple as voters are tired of the inmates running the asylum and want law and order again.

    • I’ve been thinking about this article and the description of Trump as having “Testicular fortitude” as well as the underlying meaning that you pointed out. What does it say about our culture that we use positive code words for bullying? That we engage in activities that shame others on not just social media but in mainstream news as well?

      Whether it is shaming Megyn Kelly for daring to not only be confident in her body & sexuality but to be an intelligent & aggressive reporter as well; or to man-shame John Boehner for being confident enough to be unafraid to show his emotions publicly, we have lost our way as a country. Evangelicals and conservative Christians like to say we’ve abandoned our morals, yet above all things Christ was a kind and loving man and that poses the question of what morals have we really abandoned?

      I don’t know what others definitions of a strong man may be, but my definition doesn’t include any of the attributes Trump is being praised for. According to my definition, Trump is the antithesis of what constitutes masculine strength. Masculine strength is comprised of honesty, humility, kindness, patience, courtesy, self-control, honor, wisdom, and intelligence. Yet none of those traits, singularly or combined, equate weakness, a lack of force, an unwillingness to defend or protect a person or an idea with words or physical deeds.

      Trump’s words and actions may have the look and feel of projecting strength but the reality is, it is a facade that a weak man constructs to hide his cowardice, his weakness, his shortcomings, his insecurity, and we need to pull that facade down to expose the truth of the man beneath it.

      (I had to remove a descriptive word used before shaming that is used against women)

  • WUSRPH

    Guess we will have two wait another day for the “Cruz Rules”…..when you get on the road with candidates it is very hard to find the time to sit down and do some serious writing….I hope the promised piece will be worth the wait.

    I heard a presentation on the state of the economy (and fears for the future) by Dr. James Galbraith, economics professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, tonight. (He is the son of the legendary author, economist and diplomat John Kenneth Galbraith.) If you were not pessimistic about the possibilities of a recession in the coming months before his talk, you would be afterwards.

    He outlined how the current “recovery” has differed from the pattern of prior post recession periods, with some thoughts on why it substantially differs and how the 2009 bailout, reorganization of the financial sector and the economic stimulation had not achieved their goals….ended with speculation about the future. Too technical and involved to go into details here….but I sure think it would be worthwhile if Erica did an extensive interview with him after she gets finished following Cruz and company in Iowa,. It might make her reconsider her basic “things are not that bad” (and won’t be) attitude.

    I suspect we will see a lot of similar speculation over the coming months….I just hope that it remains speculation and does not become reality.

    (JJ, he agrees with you and Bernie on the need to have broken up the big banks. Says that the bailout should have restructured and reopened the smaller banks rather than letting them be absorbed by the bigger boys. It will be a lot harder today when six financial institutions control 60% of all the deposits.)

    • It is an election year, in 2008 democrats took down the banks and crashed the market to help Obama get elected. What damage to the economy has the Obama admin’s policies caused and how will that help Hillary?
      And no the sky isn’t falling….

      • WUSRPH

        You ability to fantasize conspiracies of such magnitude to be unimaginable by any other mind in the universe is more than unbelievable.

        • Indiana Pearl

          “Star Wars” is more believable.

          • WUSRPH

            Now, now don’t misjudge the Troll that much.

            After all when his is not sharing his wisdom with us, he
            labors away deep into the night, without even a Rudolf to take dictation, to express with his mangled syntax and garbled spelling the secrets that only his
            wisdom can produce. Soon he will complete an epic work setting forth HIS STRUGGLE to lay bare the secrets of the mysterious cabal that spreads its evil tentacles like a bacillus throughout our society and the world shall know and his word shall reign for a 1,000 years.

          • BCinBCS

            Sehr, sehr gut, Herr!

          • Indiana Pearl

            I’m impressed! (Or did you use Google Translate . . .?)

          • WUSRPH

            I cheated and used a translator.

        • So Chuckie’s letter to the Indymac is a fantasy?
          “But Chuck Schumer is no FDR. He doesn’t stop bank runs; he starts them. Or, at least, has started one. The collapse of Indymac bank, the second largest bank failure in American history, began with a letter from the office of Senator Charles Schumer on June 27. He questioned the viability of the bank. When a senior senator who is in a number of influential posts regarding oversight of bank regulators directly attacks the confidence of a depository institution, it matters. Not surprisingly, the director of the Office of Thrift Supervision concluded that the collapse of the bank immediately following the Senator’s comments was not a coincidence. Director Reich concluded that Senator Schumer had ‘given the bank a heart attack’.”
          http://www.cnbc.com/id/25654303

          I get tired of schooling you. Why don’t you pick up a book and learn something….anything.

    • John Johnson

      When Glass-Stegall was rescinded and Banks boomed, it created a structure with inherent weaknesses. When those flaws were exposed in 2007, instead of tearing the buildings down and properly rebuilding, we spent billions just patching them up using the same flawed design, almost insuring that the same scenario would be played out again, with a higher cost being passed on to future generations. We are a horrendously selfish lot. Our grandchildren will hate us. We have no character. We allowed the mega wealthy to escape with their wealth intact because taxpayer $ replaced their loses…along with some of ours. What we didn’t get were fulfilled promises that the Big’s would never again be able to get to a too big to fail plateau.

      • WUSRPH

        I, of course, favor(ed) the return of something like Glass-Stegall but we disagree on whether the 2008-09 bailouts were necessary. Without them the financial system would have totally collapsed bring economic disaster to the world. This does not, mean, however, that if something similar were to occur in the future bailouts should be needed. The increase reserve requirements should make that less likely….but, if worse comes to worse, I would support future bailouts—but only with the kind of strict controls and limits you favor and with real pain for those responsible, including jail time. If it is the result of fraud, as it was in 2007-08, there should be no mercy for the guilty.

        • John Johnson

          There should have been a way to bail out the country without insuring that the people who caused much of it as heads of the big banks got to keep theirs…and got bonuses to boot. Furthermore, the Big’s should have been busted up and their names buried somewhere.

          • WUSRPH

            “Should have” is one of the most sorrowful phrases in any language. It did not happen. Let us hope beyond hope that it never happens again….

            It is a sad reality that Dodd-Frank is the most that could be passed by the Congress…..and even that was over the violent opposition of the Republicans. What will they do if there is a next time. Let the economy collapse?

  • Kozmo

    Wow. I can only repeat a comment made recently on these pages, to a recent column, in which I expressed the hope that TM is not again going to become a shameless partisan cheerleader for a (Republican) candidate simply because he was from this state. The pattern was set by Mr. Burka on behalf of Bush II and then carried over to Rick Perry and now seems to have alighted on Ted Cruz (helps that Perry can now also be slid under his nimbus).

    • WUSRPH

      As I said the other day myself, as long as one of the major candidates is from Texas they are going to cover and overcome him. They would be doing something similar for the Democratic candidate if one of the top contenders was from Texas. In fact, if my memory serves me the did when Lloyd Bentsen ran….right up thru the Texas primary where he got crushed by Jimmy Carter. Things must have been a little confused at the TM office in 1980 when both John Connally (he of the one $12 million delegate) and George H.W. Bush were running in the same party.

      • Jed

        not that election, but eight years later, is the only time i have ever voted for a republican in a general election. i was voting for dukakis/bentsen, see, and i didn’t think it internally consistent to also vote for bentsen for senator (which he eventually won). so i voted the republican for senator (there must not have been any thirds party candidates on the ballot, or presumably i would have chosen them instead).

        here’s hoping some people in kentucky have the same thoughts about rand paul.

    • If you’re not in the race and you’re a spectator there are two roles for or against.
      Texans choose to root for Texans, don’t be a hater.

  • Indiana Pearl

    While we’re talking about GOP governance in TX, let’s consider our children:

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20160127-report-says-texas-school-standards-are-worst-in-nation.ece

    • donuthin2

      My district has both a Senate and Representative race. Six or so in the Senate race to replace Troy Frazier and one in the race against Molly White. If you look at their campaign material, you cannot differentiate them. Hugh Shine is running against Molly White and I thought he would be a very good option. But he sounds and acts like Molly. All of them are far spending state money on a fence, pro life to the extreme, gun totin and full of self righteous rhetoric. None of them mention education, health care for kids, water, roads, etc, etc.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Amen, Brother Do!

      • Jed

        um, because they’re republicans?

        what is with all the people wishing their republican politicians adopted democratic values?

        • WUSRPH

          But Shine probably will at least a Gay person in to his office and would not force Muslims to swear a loyalty oath.

    • John Johnson

      But what about results?

      • Indiana Pearl

        Tell me about resultd. Your son is a teacher. So is mine. NEAP results haven’t budged much at all.

        • John Johnson

          Oh, I understand, but…I believe our results are better than those with better standards ratings. Not an argument; just an observation.

          • Indiana Pearl

            There are “results” constructed by Pearson, major donors to the TX.

            Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

          • John Johnson

            Yes. I get something nice from him every year.

          • Indiana Pearl

            A bottle of Absolut?

          • John Johnson

            Jack.

  • donuthin2

    Wouldn’t it be great if both Fox New and Trump were the losers and both were reduced to what they deserve.

    • Fox news is # 1 for a reason, they are winners. If you want to talk losers welp there’s NBC….CBS…ABC….CNN….MSNBC…..etc.

      • John Johnson

        The others don’t come close. You want whimpy journalism tune into Morning Joe sometime. Mika and Joe have appeared to be having series of mini orgasms since Trump announced he wasn’t going to participate. They are actually siding with, and kissing up to, Trump. Mika, the squnched faced, eye rolling womens’ libber who got her job, like Chelsea Clinton did her’s, should be railing against Trumps derogatory comments about women and Megyn Kelly’s “bleeding”, and the childish tweets he unloaded on her after the first debate, but she is happy to let him slide and warm her hands by the FOX News fire and issue nary a disparaging word Trumps way. Losers! Loud mouth Scarborough and his unqualified sidekick are the worst.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Turn off your television.

        • Indiana Pearl
          • John Johnson

            Pearl, please quit doing this to me. You post a Blaze link that is posting about a Farleigh-Dickinson “study”. You think I am going to change my perceptions because of a study out of there? Public Radio probably does have the highest educated audience and FOX, overall, might have the least, but as far as fair and balanced goes, I’ve watched them all. Fox has the best balanced coverge with the exception of Hannity. I’m also watching more OAN.

          • Indiana Pearl

            “Balanced”? Oh JJ, you are so naive . . .

          • John Johnson

            The most “balanced”. They are all skewed in one direction or another.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Yeah, right .

          • Indiana Pearl

            You religiously deny reality. Your loss . . .

          • Indiana Pearl

            What is OAN? “Old Age Network?

            Google “Fox News viewers uninformed.” You will find many citations from numerous sources.

          • One America News. It’s pretty new, and I haven’t watched it to know if it is another Fox news or if it is like MSNBC, or if it falls somewhere in the middle.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Thanks.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I am not “doing this” to you. You are doing this to yourself.

          • WUSRPH

            Sorry but F-D is considered a conservative university.

          • John Johnson

            Did I say they were?

          • Indiana Pearl

            You hate studies that refute your biases.

          • None of the US news media is fair, objective, or balanced and haven’t been since the late 80’s or early 90’s when the news became a for-profit entity of corporations. Fox is the worst offender with CNN, MSNBC, and the rest vying for 2nd and 3rd place.

          • John Johnson

            Says you. There are more women, more minorities and more opposition representation on FOX than any of the others. Scratch Hannity and you usual get both sides on all their daily programming. Watch MSNBC all day and make a similar comparison.

          • Journalists are supposed to be objective, not take sides. When the entire newscast is given by openly biased journalists, I don’t care how many from each side there are or how many minorities and women are represented, it still amounts to biased reporting.

            If I want in-depth objective coverage I turn to either the BBC or PBS, because cable and network news is sadly lacking in the objectivity department.

          • John Johnson

            The cable channels offer biased analysis. If you don’t want “opinions” then don’t ever turn to any of them. My point is that FOX offers more opinions from both sides than all the others combined. I know – I watch them all.

          • When it comes to news I do not want opinions, so I don’t watch cable news shows that are more entertainment than news. When I want an opinion I turn to newspaper and magazines since those rely on in-depth thinking vs TV where looks, ambushing guests, and delivery of entertaining one-liners tends to be the stock in trade.

            I am intelligent enough to form my own opinions so I don’t need some TV or Radio talking head to tell me how to think.

          • John Johnson

            Make up your mind. Go back and read the prior chain of posts.

          • JJ what do you mean make up my mind? My position is very clear but I do see what may have confused you. See my edit in the above post.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Blonde women with their skirts hiked up around their waists . . . They’re there to appeal to old white guys.

          • John Johnson

            It seems that is the way most women that age are dressing these days. It just so happens that beyond being attractive, they are also very, very well educated and smart. What are you suggesting they do? Hire over the phone? You often pick some weak arguments; this might be the most lame.

          • Indiana Pearl

            What a hoot you are, Old White Guy! Andrea Tantaros is not selling her IQ! Dana Perino has sense enough to maintain her credibility by staying behind the desk . . .

          • John Johnson

            My mother likes all of them…especially Perino and Megyn. I doubt it has anything to do with their legs. Just as tall men are judged more intelligent and better leaders, women are judged more favorable if they have certain physical characteristics to go along with their high IQ’s. Why do you bash them for putting on smart women who are also attractive?

          • Indiana Pearl

            I am grateful my mother did not live to see much of Fox . . .

          • Indiana Pearl

            Here’s a Pew survey that reflects who watches what. Conservatives usually watch Fox exclusively. Liberals sample other sources:

            http://www.journalism.org/2014/10/21/political-polarization-media-habits/

          • John Johnson

            That sounds about right…and is the reason FN slaughters the others in the ratings.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Reagan cancelled the Fairness Doctrine.

          • I couldn’t remember if it was Reagan or HW Bush that did that.

          • BCinBCS

            Shelly, you and I seem to agree an amazing amount but on this I have to call you out. I have found NPR and PBS news programs to be very impartial, presenting both sides of an argument when there are multiple opinions.

            Many of my ultra-conservative friends have disagreed with me on this but I simply challenge them to choose a random day and a random time to select a random news story and have them indicate the bias. So far, they have been unable to do so. (Although that never changes their minds. They attribute the lack of bias to the incredible random chance where they managed to choose the one and only story that was balanced.)

          • Yes, I don’t consider PBS or NPR to be cable or network news.

          • BCinBCS

            Oh, O.K. I see your reasoning, then.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Hatin’ on Mika . . . How about George P., the scion of a powerful family?

          • John Johnson

            OK, Pearl. It’s Fiday night. You are all over the place. Did George P. get hired or elected? Don’t answer that. I don’t want to go back and forth with you tonight. No one wants to scroll through this stuff.

  • Never has a politician been so protected and one has to wonder why?
    “The records released today by Judicial Watch were prepared for an “All OIC Attorneys” meeting on April 27, 1998, at which a final decision about whether to indict Clinton and Hubbell was the subject of a lengthy debate. The records explore in detail the role Clinton played in the fraudulent Castle Grande transaction, the role of Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, and the subsequent lengthy cover-up as the Clintons sought and won the White House.

    Clinton, according to prosecutors, drafted an option agreement that concealed from federal bank examiners a fraudulent $300,000 cross-loan in the Castle Grande transaction. Her concealment of her role in this fraudulent transaction, including the hiding of her Rose Law Firm billing records concerning her legal work for Madison, were the subject of an OIC obstruction of justice probe.

    The 1998 memoranda include substantial evidence depicting Clinton and her former Rose Law Firm partners—Hubbell, and Vincent Foster, both of whom went on to senior positions in the Bill Clinton presidency—as complicit in activities that “facilitated crimes.”
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-releases-office-of-independent-counsel-oic-memoranda-laying-out-criminal-case-against-hillary-clinton-in-whitewatercastle-grande-land-scandal/

    What does Hillary have to do to get indicted? RIP Vince Foster.

    • John Johnson

      Yeah, the recent documentary I watched is horrendous. I believe every bit of it.

  • some of us here deal in facts.

    Some see Texas as a state dominated by oil and gas but Texas beats all other states combined in planned wind power growth.

    “Texas easily led the U.S. in wind power expansion in 2015.
    The state added 3,615 megawatts of wind power overall last year out of 8,598 new megawatts nationally,
    http://fuelfix.com/blog/2016/01/28/texas-beats-all-other-states-combined-in-planned-wind-power-growth/#34006101=0

    Don’t be a hater…..

  • WUSRPH

    We wait another day for an update to the update.

    • John Johnson

      You fail to understand this blog site is not important to TM. If it was, they would manage it as such.

      • JJ you need to understand without this blog Wassup and his posse wouldn’t have a life.

      • donuthin2

        I know they have other priorities but it seems if doing the blog is worth doing at all it would be worth doing it right.

        • John Johnson

          I’m not sure exactly how many people actually log onto BurkaBlog. We see the same people posting over an extended period of time, with a few additions and disappearances. The numbers are not very high. Maybe more are reading and not posting, but I doubt it. If the numbers were high, it would be better managed. They have a separate “political” section which Erica posted her major thread on today. I would expect this to become the primary place for all political submissions, with this site dying a slow death…then again, maybe not so slow.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I would gladly attend the funeral if something better arose.

  • WUSRPH

    Did you see the story in the Houston Chronicle that talked to Cruz’s school mates (back to junior high) who said that as far back as then he had laid out for them the exact details of the course he would follow to become president of the United States? A plan he has followed without change? Let’s all hope that this is one of those cases where planning ahead fails to produce he desired result.

  • Cruz carpet bombs Trump and Obama. What a performance!
    Meet your new president, a leader who stands for something and isn’t about to be indicted.

    • Gunslinger

      But why wouldn’t he meet with you?

      • Why would you lie about it?

      • WUSRPH

        Maybe JBB was too busy working on his book to take the time…

  • Indiana Pearl
  • Indiana Pearl

    As my dear MIL used to say, “I know what I know.”

    • John Johnson

      I like it!

  • John Johnson

    Cruz did not impress me at all last night. As my bro-in-law stated,” he reminds me of someone I’d like to smack upside the head.” He manufactured the brouhaha with Wallace so he could deliver a weak joke about leaving the stage a la Trump, and his delivery demeanor (style) is becoming a turnoff. I’m trying hard to support him, but Rand Paul espouses more of the policies I totally agree with.

    • You want to hug Hillary?

      Me neither, remember its the lessor of two evils.

      • John Johnson

        That’s a big part of the equation, but I’m no longer sure that Ted has the best shot at winning against the Dem, whoever it might be. I’m beginning to think Hillary might be indicted and Biden will pop back up. Comey is going to resign and raise a stink if Obama continues to keep the AG’s office out of this investigation.

        • No democrat candidate has shown they are capable of being president. Republicans win in 2016 by a huge margin.
          Give the voters credit.

          • John Johnson

            Give voters credit? Credit for what? Their ignorance? I’m not so sure Hillary couldn’t draw all of the Dem/Fem votes even if she is indicted.

          • WUSRPH

            Don’t worry…He made the same prediction in 2008 and 2012. He hasn’t got one right yet…

          • donuthin2

            Same guy who knew for certain that Perry would win last time.

          • Like Sheldon you lack the ability to know when you’re being spoofed….

          • I wasn’t referring to the low information voters. I referring to voters like you and I, the informed voter. Dems know we exist and are very afraid of us.

          • John Johnson

            Well, we have our work cut out for us. Too many of “us” don’t vote. Depending on who wins the nomination the turnout might be even lower this time around.

    • Even without Trump, it was still a trainwreck. Say goodbye to the GOP.

      • Indiana Pearl
        • I really don’t think anyone really won that debate last night. They all squandered their chance to rise above Trump. I think it’s more a matter of who had the biggest loss.

          Cruz had the most to lose, and while he did not rise to the occasion, his failure to decisively to win the debate won’t sink him yet, his boat keeps springing leaks faster than he can plug them.

          I think Carson & Jeb were the big losers last night.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Some commenters have observed that Rubio showed some signs of life.

            Watched the first two GOP debates and the first Democratic debate. More than enough . . .

            Too many GOP candidates to have a meaningful exchange . . .

          • donuthin2

            I thought Jeb did better than he had except for his closing response which was awful. He would like to be a little meaner, but just doesn’t know how. I could sure vote for him if he were nominated but that simply isn’t going to happen as it is not going to happen with any of the other more rational candidates. Looks like I am going to give Hillary and very unenthusiastic vote.

  • Boss Tweed

    “Sarah Palin was asked about her thoughts on the lack of Oscar nominations of African Americans to which she replied, “If black people want an Oscar they need to act better. That’s how white people win.”
    http://www.satiratribune.com/2016/01/22/sarah-palin-black-people-need-to-act-better-if-they-want-an-oscar/

  • Ever heard of confirmation bias? Because your response here is a good example of it.

    Confirmation bias refers to a type of selective thinking whereby one tends to notice and to look for what confirms one’s beliefs, and to ignore, not look for, or undervalue the relevance of what contradicts one’s beliefs.

    • John Johnson

      Oh, you mean like we all do to some extent?

      • Everyone has a bias and my response above in no way denies that. Knowing what confirmation bias is, allows one to be aware of it in themselves and others so that one can continue to learn without becoming stagnant in their thinking.

        I want my beliefs and thinking challenged and look for various points of view in groups where I can use critical thinking on what I believe and how I express it.

  • Megyn has a huge crush on Cruz and Trump was afraid to show his face so he hid from her.
    “Kelly shared that she has thoroughly reviewed Cruz’s record to determine whether or not he ever supported legalization. She then admitted that his record does support the fact that he never supported legalization or amnesty and has indeed been telling the truth, that his amendments were a poison pill.”
    http://politistick.com/after-twisting-cruzs-words-at-the-gop-debate-megyn-kelly-makes-this-huge-admission/

    Democrats prefer style over substance but intelligent women like Kelly like men like meNTed.

  • WUSRPH

    To see and comment on Erica’s Rules for understanding Cruz you have to click on Politics, above, and go over to that part of TM’s blogs.

    http://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/the-top-10-things-you-need-to-know-about-ted-cruz/

  • Had enough of dems yet?
    Gen Petraeus was indicted because he would have made a strong republican candidate.
    Some of Hillary’s emails are so top secret they can’t be released?

    Here’s what the Obama admin had to say:
    “White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that “based on what we know” it does not look like Hillary Clinton will be indicted. Earnest made the remarks the White House podium.”
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/article/2000828/

    Meanwhile here at BurqaBlog, dems say I shouldn’t point how corrupt dems are……

    • WUSRPH

      Bald wird er seine epische Arbeit ergänzen, die hervor SEIN KAMPF setzt, um bloß die Geheimnisse der mysteriösen Kabale zu legen, die seine(ihre) schlechten Tentakel wie ein Bazillus überall in unserer Gesellschaft ausbreitet und die Welt wissen(kennen) soll und sein Wort seit eintausend Jahren regieren(herrschen) soll.

  • John Johnson

    Erica’s new thread is in the Politics section.

  • 6660splendidday

    New reality in public education:

    http://www.politicususa.com/

    This week, Alabama Republican Governor Robert Bentley
    followed Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s lead and appointed a fiercely
    anti-public school Christian fundamentalist to lead the Alabama Board of
    Education to transform the state’s public education system into a
    12-year Christian indoctrination camp for Alabama children.
    It will take many moons to get the doo- doo of our shoes as long as the
    Christians remain loose. We need someone very brave to close and
    lock the Asylum’s doors.