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Mad Dog and the Senator from Central Casting

Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, and senatorial demeanor.

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U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were the farewell lunch speakers for a conference held by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on Friday afternoon, and, when it comes to policy, there was hardly an ounce of distinction between the two Republicans.

There were, however, differences to be noted, the same kinds of difference one might notice between a work horse and a show horse.

Cruz played the audience as if his campaign for president had never fizzled out. He discussed the issues before Congress in red-hot terms, throwing verbal bombs at the outgoing Obama administration and Democrats, alternatively giving descriptions of them that could match either a zombie who didn’t know what had hit him to “radicalized” worshipers of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

On the other hand, Cornyn was measured and diplomatic, a fitting demeanor for the Senate Majority Whip, the second-ranking Republican in that chamber of Congress. While sometimes funny, his statements were smooth and skilled, a fitting delivery from the tall, white-haired man who, shortly after his election in 2002, was jokingly referred to as the Senator from Central Casting.

Cornyn was not enthusiastic about President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, and avoided using his name during the luncheon. “What a surprise this year was, but frankly I think it is an indication that people are tired of both political parties and the lack of results, and they wanted to shake things up, and boy they did,” Cornyn said. He noted that the presidency and Congress has been in one-party control fourteen times since 1945 and that this is only the third time for Republicans. Now, he said, Republicans in Congress will have a president who signs their legislation into law. “If we don’t get it done now, I don’t know when it will happened.”

Stage right to campaign Cruz. “Election day, known to the members of the media as the day of apocalypse, nobody knew for sure what was going to happen, but I was not really all that surprised. This was a change election, and the people of America overwhelmingly wanted change, and Hillary Clinton embodied the status quo.”

Cruz talked about how he spent five and a half hours at Trump Tower with the President-elect and his staff, making clear, “I want to do everything I can to lead this fight.” Then Cruz quickly added praise for Cornyn’s role as the number-two Republican in the Senate. Cornyn responded with self-deprecating humor. “I appreciate what Ted said about me being number two in the Republican leadership, but I’m always number two in my house, right behind the cat.”

No starker contrast existed between them than when they were praising retired Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the nominated secretary of defense.

Cruz told a story about how one of his senior aides is a former Marine and turned into a “fanboy” when Mattis visited the Senate office. “General Mattis, his nickname is Mad Dog. I actually intend to petition the secretary of state to appear on the ballot as ‘Mad Dog Cruz.’ And if I can succeed with that, we’ll have 100 percent election in the state.”

Cornyn praised Mattis, and also told a humanizing story about the general. “He personally drove across the country to every Gold Star family that he could identify where they had lost a loved one under his command in Iraq and pay his respect and to show appreciation.” Gold Star families are military families that have a family member who died in service during times of hostilities.

At the very least, however, Cruz was self-aware enough of the contrast between himself and Cornyn. “Each of us has a different role in the Senate. John has a role in leadership. He’s number two in Republican leadership in the Senate. That is a big, big position,” Cruz said. “And I kind of like to mix it up sometimes. I do think that combination for the state of Texas is really potent in fighting for 27 million Texans.”

Cornyn opposed Cruz’s filibuster in 2014 on a stop-gap spending bill because it would have shut down the federal government. But before the TPPF, Cornyn harmonized. “Ted’s and mine style differs occasionally. How boring life would be if everybody was the same,” Cornyn said. “It’s not about personality. It’s about good policy.”

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  • Fred Talmadge

    Ted we are “radicalized” because of you and your reactionary politics.

    • Bob Alexander

      “…Reactionary politics.” Spoken like a dedicated bat-shit crazy leftist.

  • roadgeek

    Both good senators in their own way. Both have a role to play.

    • oldman66

      Yeah, and Adolf Hitler did make the trains run on time.

      • John Bernard Books

        and Prez Obama made the train jump the tracks….your point?

        • oldman66

          It’s on the top of your head, but if you comb your hair just right – it won’t show.

        • brazos

          Made it unsafe for White Americans to ride the trains, just pay for them..

      • Bob Alexander

        Thought that was Mussolini…

        • SpiritofPearl

          All same same . . .

          • Bob Alexander

            You got that right! Dad (b.1911) used to point over in the 30s it was common knowledge Germans had Hitler, Italians had Mussolini, Russians had Stalin and Americans had Roosevelt…take your pick.

          • BCinBCS

            So now we see where you get it.

          • Bob Alexander

            LOL! You miss Uncle Joe, huh?

  • John Bernard Books

    With Sen Cruz you know what you get and he won’t sell the tax payer out.
    Sen Cornyn would sell his mother for a dollar.

    • texanfree

      You are so right about Cornyn, and Cruz is highly suspect in my opinion.

    • FlatCityGirl

      Give me Cruz any day, every day over Cornyn.

  • John Bernard Books
  • oldman66

    “It’s about good policy”. These guys wouldn’t know good policy if it crawled up their pants leg and bit them on the d…

    • José

      Sir, I challenge the notion that either Senator possesses the aforementioned body part. They sure as heck don’t show any manly courage. Now, more than ever, we need our system of checks and balances to protect our fair nation. Cornyn and Cruz both know that Trump is a liar and a fraud. They can see for themselves how military and intelligence leaders are truly scared about Trump’s infatuation with Putin. But neither Senator shows a sign of fulfilling his Constitutional responsibility to hold the executive accountable. Apparently they’re too frightened at the prospect of being ridiculed by a mean spirited early morning tweet from Trump Tower. Cowards.

      • Bob Alexander

        How’d that blue pill taste?

  • WUSRPH

    Cruz probably has never heard of the former Texas State House and Senate member from Houston Walter “Mad Dog” Mengden. He was considered to be the most conservative member of the Legislature for many years but would probably be considered a commie liberal by the likes of Dan Patrick. Times have changed. He got the name because when he spoke on the Floor it was said he could make the “mad dog liberals” howl. Molly Ivins once suggested that he use the nickname in his campaigns with the slogan “Vote for Mad Dog…bit big government”. He, unlike Cruz, knew how to argue for his cause without personal attacks on others. HIs good will and courteous manner towards others is something Cruz sorely lacks.

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    • Bob Alexander

      What “personal attack” do you accuse Cruz of making and on whom?

      • WUSRPH

        Start with his “suggestion” that former senator Chuck Hagel might have been paid by he Iranians to what he said about Donald Trump on several occasions,….All sounded sort of personal to me.

        • Bob Alexander

          Oh. We obviously live in a much different world, now. Maybe Mr. Mengden never had to deal with rabid bat-shit crazy leftists?

      • BCinBCS

        Is that a serious question?

  • mickeymat

    Was just wondering-when Texas Monthly wtites articles about Democrats, do they use the descriptive term “liberal” right before the individual’s office? You know like “liberal” Congressman Beto O’Rourke? I doubt it. Better check the style book doncha think? Or is “conservative” used as a pejorative by Texas Monthly? Inquiring minds, etc….

    • José

      So you think that describing someone as “conservative” might constitute an insult? Interesting.

      My recollection is that TM does in fact use the term “liberal” from time to time. But, this being Texas and all, there are a heck of a lot more self-professed conservatives in politics than liberals and they do run the show. Maybe that’s why you see them mentioned so often. Or perhaps you have a distorted view of the political scale. After all, some folks have the misunderstanding that anyone to the left of Louie Gohmert is a socialist. It doesn’t seem right that TM should contort its reporting just to accommodate the misinformed.

    • r.g. ratcliffe

      I’m pretty close to what I consider the center of the political spectrum, which means a lot of Democrats used to think I’m a Republican, and now a lot of Republicans think I am a liberal. The word conservative in my mind conveys the political ideology that government cannot solve all problems. Therefore, it covers a range from the center to the far right. On the other hand, the word liberal pretty much is equated in our politics with cradle to grave government socialism. But the word progressive is supposed to mean people who believe in using the power of government to make society and business play by a set of rules that are beneficial to the greatest number. Both liberal and progressive are politically loaded adjectives, so I generally, if it is needed, refer to those left of center as left-leaning or something similar. I just don’t find the word conservative to be a politically loaded descriptor. And if you go to the Texas Public Policy Foundation web site and do a word search for conservative, you will find it used dozens of times to describe their own policy proposals.

      • SpiritofPearl

        Mr. Ratcliffe, have you heard about this?

        http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a52301/trump-evict-press-white-house/

        Winter is coming.

      • John Johnson

        A great response. I use “radical” as an adjective in front of both liberal and conservative. I am a “moderate” conservative.
        In my mind, moderate means that there is some progressive thinking in my ideas about how we should be addressing all sorts of pressing issues. It means I can hear the moderate left and often agree with them on many things. It means that I do not vote a straight ticket; it means that I hold special needs children’s care much more important than bathroom bills; it means that I think addressing open carry over fixing school funding is goofy; it means that I can’t understand why the Big’s throwing huge money around in Austin and D.C. 99% of the time gets them what they want; it means that I can’t understand why, if jail or huge fine awaited anyone hiring an illegal immigrant, or if a whole litany of free benefits were not readily available to them once they get here, that we would never be having the discussion about building a wall. Some things seem obvious to me that the “radicals” on both sides are blind to.

        • BCinBCS

          …or if a whole litany of free benefits were not readily available to [illegal immigrants] once they get here…

          Are they stealing all of our jobs or are they all on welfare.

          (Cognitive dissonance to the max.)

          • John Johnson

            Are you and WUSRPH related?

            A reported 60,000 anchor babies were born here in Texas just a few years ago; find a packing plant where anyone speaks English… or someone on a road work crew.

          • BCinBCS

            Oh, I see:
            Anchor babies = more of them
            (and we damned sure don’t want more of them)

          • SpiritofPearl

            I tried to explain to JJ a couple of years ago about how he doesn’t REALLY want to pay $10 for a tomato.

          • St. Anger

            if we all paid what food really costs, it would be better for everybody.

            $10 for an organic tomato, but $12 if it used pesticides that will cause expensive health problems for workers, environment, and consumers.

          • SpiritofPearl

            We need adults who will address immigration. The agriculture, construction, hospitality, and meat packing industries LOVE them some illegals and will never consent to deport 11 million people.

            Hillbillies will believe anything.

        • John Bernard Books

          The left are radicals and the right is fanatics as in fans….

      • José

        Do you find that the term “conservative” still has much meaning in today’s political landscape? I don’t. There are so many right-wing positions that seem contrary to the classical definition of conservatism: Pretty much any social conservative law that imposes bans or restrictions on personal behaviors and freedoms. Heavy handed law and order measures that push towards a police state, and domestic espionage in the pursuit of an obedient citizenry. Payouts and special privileges to private enterprises, and accruing large debts in order to cut taxes for the wealthy. A large military that threatens other sovereign nations.

        • John Johnson

          Much of what you are griping about can be attitubted to “liberals” as well. That is what I find odd. Big Money…bi-political money…gets special interests what they want. Did you miss this recent vote to allow cheaper Canadian drugs to be sold in the U.S.? Did you see how much Big Pharm gave the Dem’s who voted to squash the bill? Stink is emanating from the entire lot; Dem’s are not immune. When you come to realize this, we can have a meaningful conversation.

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    • Henry Ridgeway

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    • tracey marie

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  • John Bernard Books

    Now this is funny…
    “One proposal on dealing with the media that was pitched to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team calls for drug testing the White House press corps”
    http://pagesix.com/2017/01/13/drug-testing-floated-for-white-house-press-corps/?_ga=1.103821888.1990827590.1484341786

    can imagine drug testing the drug infested media?

    It is 4 days, 12 hours, 27 minutes, until you have to say President Trmp….

    • Dan Edwards

      I’m all in favor of drug testing members of the media if morbidly obese pathological lying Trump will submit to a lie detector test…

  • John Bernard Books

    Wouldn’t like to see more honest reporting?
    Hit the Road Barack
    By Matt Patterson
    (Newsweek Columnist — Opinion Writer)

    Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

    Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

    He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor;” a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president? There is no evidence that he ever attended or worked for any university or that he ever sat for the Illinois bar. We have no documentation for any of his claims. He may well be the greatest hoax in history.Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day.

    But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were ‘a bit’ extreme, he was given a pass. Let that Sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard because of the color of his skin. Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest? Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back.

    Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

    What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years. (An example is his 2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches)

    And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerless-ness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. (The other day he actually came out and said no one could have done anything to get our economy and country back on track). But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?
    http://theweek.com/articles/472965/newsweeks-antiobama-cover-story-magazine-lost-all-credibility

  • Dee Win

    It is SUCH a relief to have adults in charge again.

    • SpiritofPearl

      And who might they be?

      • Dee Win

        Not “choom-gang barry” in, oh, 5 days.

        • SpiritofPearl

          An Orange Imposter . . .

          Blocking you.

          • Bob Alexander

            LOL! The delicate little snowflake pouts.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Not a snowflake. Not wasting my time on fools. Blocking you, too, hillbilly.

          • Bob Alexander

            LOL! The little bat-shit crazy leftist publicly unhinging over the election throws a hissy-fit…

          • John Bernard Books

            Ask her about when TM blocked her

          • Gunslinger

            You got blocked too though, right Charles?

          • donuthin2

            Seen enough of BA’s immature responses. Blocking as of now. No time for it. Will listen to anyone who makes a rational argument, but not the kind of crap this guy puts out. Is he the new jbb?

          • Bob Alexander

            Pout on, delicate little snowflake…

          • brazos

            I saw this “spirit of pearl” on another site, he cannot debate, only BLOCK! He or she is the worst kind of obnoxious fanatic.

          • Bob Alexander

            Typical little leftist bully.

          • brazos

            Not again! That is just crazy! Can you you converse in any manner besides the word BLOCKED! What a immature child…

          • Bob Alexander

            It is great sport to watch bat-shit crazy leftists unhinging over the election! I find it delightfully informative to listen/read what Trump actually said/wrote and then see what some lying talking head/internet propagandist CLAIMS Trump said/wrote/means!

    • Bob Alexander

      The sky’s clearing and the bat-shit crazy leftists are in panic mode. This is great.

  • WUSRPH

    Now they are talking about kicking the press out of the White House…I guess they can all line up at the new Ministry of Truth to pick up their daily handouts of the approved news.

    • John Johnson

      Even you will surely admit that civil demeanor by the press has reached a new low in the last few months. We have rabid dogs posing questions in all sorts of sensational ways which is meant to bring attention to themselves and furthering their careers in our ever more aggressive dog-eat-dog world of faux news vs “real” news. I don’t believe much of anything anymore until I have a chance to analyze from all angles and sides. There are no more Walter Cronkite’s.

      • WUSRPH

        They said the same thing about the reporters who tried to question Nixon during Watergate……and it was no more true than then it is today….It is a reporters job to ask the questions….including the not so nice ones……that’s how you get information…..Of course, Trump cannot stand to be questioned and sees it all as an affront…….

        • John Johnson

          You are missing my point entirely. It is one thing to ask pointed questions; it is totally another, when your fellow CNN commentator has already received a chance to pose, jumps up and twists off. Have you seen this type of demeanor the last eight years? Since you mention Nixon’s term, have you seen it since Nixon’s term? I like the fact that our President elect is not going to put up with someone trying to disrupt his press conferences.

          • WUSRPH

            I’d prefer it when a president-elect or a president actually appeared to be answering the questions…….Trump never does and never will….He has no reason to when he believes he can shape the “truth” by saying whatever he wants. There will be fewer and fewer “press conferences” and more and more staged press events and less and less information about what YOUR government….not Donald Trump’s…is doing……FDR used to have the press gather around his office desk usually once a week–up to the time of the war—and would answer all questions asked. Trump is going to have them held at a distance while he preaches to the masses. That is totally contrary to the entire concept of the First Amendment for as Jefferson said:

            “The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.”

            And he was talking about a much, much more partisan press than we have today….a press that made Fox look like the model of journalism ethics.

          • John Johnson

            I am trying to watch a ballgame while responding, so will just say this…do you want Prez press interviews to turn into yelling matches? The demeanor of the “press” has soured. CNN has one of their premiere newscasters funneling info to Hillary and you expect Trump to treat them “fairly”? Is there no sense of fairness in you? Do you think he should just let this type of unfairness “slide”? No me. I like it. Throw the bums out.

          • Bob Alexander

            Of course they do! These bat-shit crazy leftists are like that. What panics them is the fact that Trump doesn’t suffer fools like Jim Acosta, an habitual liar and hysteric. Reading various accounts of Acosta’s temper-tantrum helped me better understand the left’s NEWSPEAK, LEFTHOUGH and GROUPTHINK! Some even described Trump as being red-faced and spitting while Acosta was just asking a question! LOL!!! Nah, Trump & Crew will make the adjustments necessary to have excellent press conferences, etc. They should eliminate TV coverage, though…it promotes the nuttier ones.

          • John Johnson

            Right on, Bob. Go back 8 yrs ago, and move it forward. When did anyone from FOX news, the network most watched in the nation, and the one Obama diplomatically cussed in every media interview and speech he gave, ever have one of their WH correspondents ever stand up and insult the President elect like Acosta did? I grew up, I guess, with the same attitude Trump did…cuss me, I’m not going to handle it well. You are no longer my friend; you go to the end of the line.

            Right now, Trump has every major newspaper, save one, printing totally biased bullshit. WaPo’s reporting and editorials are a joke. Check out who uses their words as a type of bible. They are concentrated in the Northeastern states and California. Mainstream tv media, with the exception of FOX, only pulls big followers from these same regions. They are the areas where crime is rampant, violent death is prevalent, and government give-a-ways are out of proportion. We have our own problems with radical right thinking here in Texas, but I can only imagine what it would be like if New York or California type liberals were in control.

            We have a division here in Texas with regards to what constitutes a “conservative”…actually, what the true term “republican” means. With the Dem’s, it is unclear. It would seem that the same thinking that motivates the mayors of places like Chicago, Baltimore, and NYC is the mantra of Dem’s nationwide.

            The dummies did not realize that the traditionally Dem voting people in traditionally states, who actually had, and wanted to keep jobs instead of going on the dole, realized that they had been rooked by decades of unkept promises.

            The people who pushed Trump into the Presidency were disgruntled Democrats. We are listening here, and nationwide, to the cries of an incredulous, wounded group of dummies.

            This is going to go on for awhile.

            If the guy I voted for does not address the issues I hold dear, I will be yelling and screaming right alongside them…but never for the same reasons.

          • Bob Alexander

            I’m looking for longer video of Jim Acosta hissy-fit meltdown. Every time I watch a replay I concentrate on one of his colleagues’ reactions surrounding him. It’s educational. Like a 3yo demanding attention. Mom must of broke us four boys of that crap at a very early age because I certainly don’t remember acting that way!
            I gave up on the Dem/Rep, Left/Right, Liberal/Conservative so-called contrasts by the early 70s when I returned from Viet Nam. Welcome to the UNIPARTY, which Trump and allies are busy shaking up!
            There are excellent writers out there, the best are sports writers. Then you have folks like Jennifer Rubin, a bat-shit crazy leftist with permanent PMS!
            I love your last sentence! It something so important to find out when you find yourself in the midst of folks protesting…

          • Linda

            Thank you for your service, Bob.

          • Bob Alexander

            You’re welcome!

          • Linda

            Good luck with finding an unedited video of Jim Acosta’s tantrum.

            “By now, most people have heard about the fireworks that went off yesterday during President-Elect Trump’s first official press conference. ******What you may not know, is that other left-wing media outlets, like USA Today, are deliberately altering the sound on their version of what took place, or that the reporter involved in the dust-up, Jim Acosta, has been lying on the air at CNN about what really happened.****

            Do the people at CNN or USA Today not realize that ***other media outlets have video of what actually happened****? Will the far-left mainstream media ever learn their lesson?

            [in part from = http://freedomoutpost.com/you-wont-believe-what-cnn-and-the-mainstream-media-are-doing-now/

          • Bob Alexander

            It’s what normal Americans are awakening to concerning our Fake News Networks. Pure propaganda. I just finished watching the Counterfeit News Network’s Don Lemon along with two other bat-shit crazy leftists, Symone Sanders & Mark Lamont Hill, foamin’ n’ frothin’ n’ screechin’ hysterically over Trump daring to critique a civil rights god! Even The Atlanta Urinal & Constipation is having to tepidly back up Trump’s comments about the “worthless as a teat on a boar” Congressman from GA!

          • WUSRPH

            And keep throwing them out until only your Trolls are left.

          • WUSRPH

            No one wants yelling matches…But you’d like the president to answer questions and not either duck them or say things that are demonstrably not true, both of which Trump did.

          • John Johnson

            If you come to my house, at my invitation, you can ask whatever pertinent question you want to…but if you are from a, supposedly, bonified news source, and it has been documented that one of your major news anchors, and others on staff, were feeding info to your opponent, do you think they deserve the same respect as others?

            I would also mention that CNN had already been called on before Acosta twisted off. You know how this works…by totally being an asshole, he directed attention to himself and his previously embarrassed employer.

          • Bob Alexander

            You are an ignorant fool! Roosevelt required questions in advance. Any reporter who deviated during a question received an icy smile and lost any hope of asking again. You are quite the propagandist…regurgitating fecalis bovinas!

          • José

            Ignorant fool? WUSRPH, while I often question your wisdom in wasting time with trolls, you are undeniably the smartest and best informed fool on this blog.

          • Bob Alexander

            Hey, dumbass, that you buy into an ignorant fool’s leftist propaganda is your prerogative.

          • John Johnson

            Bob…WUSRPH made his living by being able to obfuscate well. I can tell some stories that came from his boss’s attorney that would explicitly outline this. In deference to the dead, and still living player, who simply chooses these days to present himself as some sort of guru and “know it all”, I will save these until after he has passed, or until I just can’t stand his hypocrisy any longer.

          • BCinBCS

            JJ, in ten or fifteen years I suspect that you will look back on the way that you and Bob are acting with the same embarrassment and revulsion that we do of the demonstrating people in the pictures of the black students integrating Little Rock High School in the late 50’s.

          • WUSRPH

            I doubt it……others may way look back AT THEM that way….but they will always believe that there were right….that’s the way they are.

          • John Johnson

            What a profound statement. How would you decscibe yourself? You have gotten very few prognostications right in the last decade or so. Do you consider yourself a loser?

          • John Johnson

            Where do you come up with such tripe? Thus far, I have a much better record of predicting the future than either you or your mentor.

          • BCinBCS

            And exactly what predictions have I gotten wrong?
            (Since I rarely make predictions, the answer should be obvious.)

          • donuthin2

            JJ, you are acting as though you are already having some doubts about the Trump. Your arguments are becoming less rational.

          • John Johnson

            Hahaha! My comments? I have made very few lately, choosing instead to take a wait and see attitude. You and your ilk on the other hand have been screaming and wailing uncontrolaby about what you speculate is not going to go your way. It’s really kinda funny.

          • BCinBCS

            Comrade Trump acts like a man-child, refuses to take parts of his job seriously, alienates our allies, cozies up to our enemies and appoints unqualified people to extremely important departmental positions in the (apparent) hope of doing away with those departments and you advocate “wait and see”.
            Sheesh!

          • John Johnson

            Yes, exactly. You finally get it.

          • BCinBCS

            As I have said before, I don’t need to drink the whole glass in order to determine that it is sewer water. Apparently you do.

          • Bob Alexander

            I’m missing out on whom “WUSRPH” is. At any rate, his fecalis bovinas concerning Roosevelt is a dead giveaway of a gullible useful idiot propagandists love! One of my treasures is a book my Dad gave me, HAND OUT, printed in 1934. Written by a newspaper publisher, it gives such insight into just what masters of propaganda Roosevelt and his henchmen were. Our MSM hasn’t changed since them, just become incredibly more sophisticated.

          • WUSRPH

            There are plenty of stories that you can tell about Bullock….I’ve told a few myself….and there may even be one or two very tiny insignificant stories about me.. As to being a “guru” and “know it all” or even pretending to be either…..I plead not guilty. I am neither wise enough or know enough to qualify for either….and I prove it all the time…as you frequently attempt to point out.

            The most important thing to remember about Bullock is that, despite all his flagrant faults and weaknesses, he accomplished many things that live on after him, some good and some bad but, hopefully, more good than bad…..I, like most of us, cannot claim such for myself.

          • WUSRPH

            I appreciate your giving me two new titles—-“guru” and “know it all”….but I must regretfully turn down the honor. I have neither the knowledge or the wisdom required for either role–as I prove here all the time as you keep trying to tell me.

          • SpiritofPearl

            I’m guessing The Imposter thinks he can tweet in the presidency from his Manhattan tower. How much time will he actually spend in DC?

          • WUSRPH

            I’ll let FDR speak for himself about how he held his sessions around the desk”

            9 – Press Conference
            March 8, 1933

            Franklin D. Roosevelt
            1933

            Location:

            District of Columbia
            Washington

            THE PRESIDENT: It is very good to see you all. My hope is that these conferences are going to be merely enlarged editions of the kind of very delightful family conferences I have been holding in Albany for the last four years.

            I am told that what I am about to do will become impossible, but I am going to try it. We are not going to have any more written questions; and, of course, while I cannot answer seventy-five or a hundred questions because I simply haven’t got the time, I see no reason why I should not talk to you ladies and gentlemen off the record in just the way I have been doing in Albany and in the way I used to do in the Navy Department down here. Quite a number of you, I am glad to see, date back to the days of the previous existence which I led in Washington.

            And so I think we shall discontinue the practice of compelling the submitting of questions in writing before the conference in order to get an answer. There will be a great many questions, of course, that I won’t answer, either because they are “if” questions—and I never answer them—and Brother Stephenson will tell you what an “if” question is—”

          • SpiritofPearl

            The Imposter is not FDR. He’s not even Nixon. We’re in for a wild ride and no good result at the end.

          • José

            Two other people who are extremely skilled at the practice of responding without answering: Kellyanne Conway and Ann Coulter. It might be amusing to watch except for the fact that this sort of thing undermines something that is critically important to us all, the relentless pursuit of truth. There has to be something wrong with Conway who, like her boss, can blurt out some outrageous and obvious lie without any shame or embarrassment whatsoever, and follow that with directing the question in the completely opposite direction. Coulter is known for her comically sharp zings, but when challenged she evades the question and instead plays like an aggrieved victim.

            We need to get much better at holding these misfits accountable for what they say. It’s disturbing that they are allowed to get away with crimes against the truth.

          • Bob Alexander

            Coulter? Conway? You are so full of fecalis bovinas. They undermine “…the rentless pursuit of truth.” What a crock! You are simply a bat-shit crazy leftist unhinging publicly over the election! A pure propagandist.

          • SpiritofPearl

            If the press isn’t given access, they’ll find info in other ways that The Imposter and his henchpersons won’t like. Nixon was done in by reporters . . .

          • José

            I certainly hope so. It will help if citizens help out by pressuring those in power to be more open and available. First Amendment rights will be critically important in the next few years.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Just read that a Toronto paper will be publishing weekly fact checks on this crew. At least someone has retained their sanity.

          • SpiritofPearl
          • brazos

            Oh no! Not You! You are BLOCKED! Not really, just my imitation of a leftist cry baby……

    • Bob Alexander

      You are lying and smiling about doing so. Counterfeit News Network is your Ministry of Truth.

      • BCinBCS

        Now you might understand how liberals feel about what is spewed by Faux News.

        • Bob Alexander

          For instance?

        • St. Anger

          hardly. seeing as CNN is only slightly less to the right than fox. check any of their headlines lately. they all read like fox.

          these people are so far up their own asses, they wouldn’t know the truth if it slid by them on the way out.

  • WUSRPH
    • John Johnson

      You bozo. What is the truth? What we read in WaPo? The NYT? Huffington Post? BuzzFeed…and, and, and? Where is the truth anymore? Please tell us? If anyone is not watching and reading everything they can these days….by starting out early in the morning with Morning Joe and flipping to FOX after their morning puff show is over, where do you think the “truth” is being broadcast. It certainly isn’t on these shows. It is all opinions, based on biased input. Throw in social media sites, now considered viable news sources, and we have a wreck. Surely you see and understand this

      • BCinBCS

        Personally, I prefer 4Chan for my news. /s

      • St. Anger

        no. this idea that there is no truth is exactly the problem, and yet another reason why you are the poster child for the failing of america.

        learn to think. then you can sort bias from fact. both are important, neither should be ignored. both are part of truth.

        • WUSRPH

          Life is a lot easier if there is no “truth”…..You can believe what you want and not ever have to take responsibility for anything……

  • WUSRPH

    It will be interesting to see what Trump means when he says his replacement for the ACA “will offer insurance to everyone”……Offer will have little meaning if the price is too high for millions to afford or the coverage is so limited as to make it virtually worthless for anything much beyond a common cold. The ACA offers broad coverage with no total benefits cap and coverage for pre-existing conditions and it provides subsidies for those unable to afford the policy. Just “providing” an opportunity without those features will be nothing but a sound-bite fraud.

    • BCinBCS

      Here is Republican House Majority Leader Paul Ryan’s health care plan to replace Obamacare (in its entirety):

      House Republicans have a plan to get there

      Our Congress is fighting for us: lowering costs, providing more control and more choices to pick a plan that meets our needs, not a plan that Washington mandates.

      https://abetterhealthcareplan.com/

      That’s every single word of it.
      It’s making me feel better already.

      • WUSRPH

        “to pick a plan that meets our needs, not a plan that Washington mandates”…..probably means NO or virtually no MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR COVERAGE….as mandated by virtually every state in, if not every state in the Union. That would allow both individual policy holders who purchase their own coverage AND employers who provide coverage to their employees to limit the diseases and treatments covered as well as set high deductibles….All sold under the guise of “low cost”…..which will sound real nice until you need coverage for something slightly out of the ordinary and and find you don’t have it.

        • BCinBCS

          …means NO or virtually no MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR COVERAGE…

          Obamacare set minimum requirements that many insurance policies did not meet. This is one of the reasons that many ACA insurance policies were so much more expensive than the ones that they replaced. (And also why 60% of bankruptcies prior to the passage of Obamacare were the result of medical bills.)

          • WUSRPH

            And it is just those kinds of minimum requirements that the GOP plan will repeal. One would almost think that they get campaign kickbacks from the bankruptcy lawyers.

    • John Bernard Books

      It means is “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”
      or have you forgotten….

    • Sam Jacinto

      Trump communicates policy by saying words that he does not remember later. He is a con man who knows nothing about policy. He will be the most willfully ignorant, uninformed, incompetent president* ever. You all remember the kid in class who talked at length to answer a question, but never really answered it because he did not know the answer. That is exponentially Trump. The man is an inveterate liar whose unintelligible musings put our institutions and alliances at risk. There remains one person whom he has not criticized. Why do republicans apologize for Trump’s inexplicable admiration for Vlad? How can we not begin to conclude that because he walks like a duck and quacks like a duck that he might well be a duck?

      • WUSRPH

        I doubt Trump is as much of a fan of Putin as his comments and lack of critical comments suggestions. I think he hopes that by being supportive of Putin it will both enable him to work with him later PLUS keep Putin from telling the world just how much the Russians did to “help” Trump and for how long they have been doing it since it is apparent that they were working on his behalf long before he won the GOP primaries. Having Putin reveal all the details would only further dim the glory that Trump is desperate to claim as his own for HIS Victory.

        I also think Trump is desperate to come to some sort of a deal with the Russians on nuclear weapons that will allow him to claim a great Diplomatic Victory for the benefit of mankind and add further luster to his image.

        In fact, Trump appears to be so desperate for such a deal that he has not only publicly announced how bad he wants to cut a deal but has even told Putin IN ADVANCE what he will get
        for signing—–the revoking of the sanctions placed on Russia for invading its neighbor, The Crimea, and for stirring up an armed rebellion in the eastern Ukraine. Not exactly what you’d expect from the tough negotiator the likes of JJ have been proclaiming him to be.

        Since the sanctions are actually hurting the Russian economy, Putin would have to be a fool not to reactfavorably to such a deal especially since it will probably cost him virtually nothing..

        Right now the U.S. and Russian are operating under a nuclear arms deal signed in 2010 that limits us both to having no more than 700 deployed ICBM and SLBMs missiles and heavy
        bombers with 1550 deployable nuclear warheads and no more than 800 “deployed” and non-deployed “delivery systems” (ICBMs, SLBMs and heavy bombers). It would do little to change the nuclear balance for the Russian’s and the US to agree to cutting the warheads to 1000 and the delivery systems to say 500…..especially as this still is more than enough to destroy civilization several times over…so I’d expect a “new” limit in that range.

        The question would then be whether Trump can sell such a cut in our nuclear strength to the GOP in he US Senate who have always claimed that Obama/Bush went to far with the current deal. If they actually mean what they have said, Trump might have to follow Obama’s example of the Iranian deal and make it an “executive agreement” rather than a treaty…..but he clearly wants it enough to do whatever it will take..

        Trump has added incentive for the Russians by again re-stating his effort to undermine faith in NATO (“its obsolete”… “and does not mean much to me”..) and attacking the stability of the European Union—both stands that warm Putin’s heart and frighten the little nations on his border that the U.S. may not stand by them if the Russian Bear comes calling. I doubt that Trump could standby quietly and watch the Russian’s “re-annex” the three Baltic States, but that does not mean that he will have any objection to their being “encouraged” to being “more friendly” to Putin by such steps as “agreeing” to trade deals with Russia that restore them to the subordinate roles they played in the Soviet Union’s economy.

        • Sam Jacinto

          I am concerned that you are trying to explain and defend Trump’s motives to normalize his behavior.

          Before his candidacy, he spoke of Russia as an adversary. Since then, not so much. What changed? His failure to criticize Russia is one of the few (if not only) positions that he has held unwaveringly throughout his campaign and transition. I also am firmly convinced that Trump has no world view other than it should revolve around him. He has insulted our allies, the NATO alliance itself, and our intelligence agencies. He has shown willingness to excuse Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Crimea, Georgia, and Syria. He speaks favorably about removing sanctions. His staff’s ties to Russia are troubling. He displays authoritarian tendencies and expresses admiration for despots. Were all these things characteristic of any member of our intelligence services, that person would be immediately isolated and investigated as a potential foreign agent.

          Further, many of his other actions are just immature and irrational. He is a conspiracist who flouts convention and norms and thrives on chaos. His staff spends an inordinate amount of time trying to explain what he meant when he bloviates. He is quite un-presidential and there will never be a pivot. He is not and never will be a statesman.

          I believe that Trump’s term will be limited to one year or less. He will either resign before disgrace or be impeached by republicans.

          • WUSRPH

            It is impossible to “normalize” Trump’s behavior as he is clearly unqualified intellectually, morally/ethically and probably mentally to be president BUT he will be starting this Friday at noon. One can only hope for the best and that, if there is a God, our forefathers were correct when they said HE would protect this nation.

          • St. Anger

            “One can only hope for the best and that, if there is a God, our forefathers were correct when they said HE would protect this nation. It may well need His protection over the next few years.”

            you’ll pardon us atheists for not being reassured.

          • WUSRPH

            It does not do much for us Agonistics either.

          • José

            Christians, too, understand that prayer does not preclude action. See: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

          • SpiritofPearl

            “God takes care of fools and babies.”

    • SpiritofPearl

      Bingo! Everyone had “access” before Obamacare, but many couldn’t afford the extortianate premiums.

  • SpiritofPearl
  • SpiritofPearl
  • brazos

    I think you have him pegged, wasn’t it Orwell who said, some things are so stupid only an academician will believe them?

    • Sam Jacinto

      Anyone that can reasonably believe anything that Trump says is, at best, suffering from clouded judgement.

      • brazos

        As opposed to the judgement of someone who would believe a soon to be indicted Hillary? A woman with a shady 30 year past of scandal after scandal? Write me back when Trump is indicted…

        • Sam Jacinto

          I did not say anything about HRC. Your response is typical of Trump’s supporters – divert elsewhere and avoid the obvious. Trump is a con man. Argue against that, if you can.

        • Sam Jacinto

          Write me back when you can list any reasonably proven “scandals”

          • brazos

            “SOON”

          • José

            [Wingnut clicks heels three times while muttering “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi”, opens eyes and searches in vain for a smoking gun.]

        • Dan Edwards

          I forgot about her 6 massive bankruptcies and her Fraud and Racketeering fake University….

          • brazos

            Is bankruptcy against the law in your country? Trump settled his suit concerning his university, Let’s see what happens with Hillary’s treason and the Clinton foundation.

        • St. Anger

          you write back to *us* when hillary is.

          • brazos

            Certainly…

          • St. Anger

            how about we make a bet? if hillary gets indicted first, i’ll come back here and cluck like a chicken. trump first, you do the same.

            deal?

          • brazos

            10-4..

    • WUSRPH

      No, what he actually said was:

      “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”

      I’m not aware of any intellectuals who post on this blog. A few fairly well educated, a few whose education is lacking, but no intellectuals.

  • TacoRub

    A southern gentleman and a world class jackass, both philosophically warped, sums it up for me.

    • donuthin2

      That is what we do in Texas.

      • John Bernard Books

        No, this is how yawl do it in Texas
        “The Texas Rangers will be asking a Travis County Grand Jury to indict State Representative Dawnna Dukes, the Travis County District Attorney’s office confirmed.

        The Texas Rangers will present a case next Tuesday, January 17 on allegations the Democrat House member used state funds for personal use.”
        http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/228334954-story

        Should be indicted today….

  • John Bernard Books

    The dem party consists of pedants and the utterly stupid…..both are remarkably similar.
    ““So, you think you can commit an impeachable offense before you take office?” Matthews probed further.”
    http://www.infowars.com/desperate-democrat-calls-for-trump-impeachment-claims-russia-fed-him-the-term-crooked-hillary/

    I’ll let you decide which category she falls into….

  • John Bernard Books

    tt is 2 days, 13 hours, 28 minutes, 47 seconds
    until Friday, January 20, 2017 (Houston time)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/80add184d587b51c45f9e892b47ba7f638eb12738ddfc10ca0fb4f85a91d6175.jpg

  • Dan Edwards

    KOOKS

  • John Bernard Books

    RG how about doing an article on how many Tx dem elected officials are being indicted, are indicted and/or convicted?

  • WUSRPH

    The war for which course Texas will take for the future—-forward or backward—began today with the filing of the budget bills in the House and Senate. The House barely moves the state forward, increasing spending over the previous budget by ONE PERCENT….despite the continuing increase in population and demands for service. The Senate, on the other hand, marches backward, calling for spending 1.5% LESS than the last budget again despite the increase in population and demands for services. The dollar deference between the two is about $8 billion. Neither really meets the state’s needs, but at least the House makes a gesture toward them.

  • WUSRPH
  • BCinBCS

    Hey JJ, how’s your blood pressure. It seems that your boy is not going to do anything to lower it.

    Anita Kumar with McClatchy News wrote an article in The National Memo about the inauguration. She wrote:

    Donald Trump is trying to keep the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities this week a secret — a break from his Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

    At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all disclosed names of donors before they were sworn into office.

    […]

    Some names have been leaked out or have been released by the donors themselves. Chevron gave $500,000 and will sponsor additional events and Boeing pledged $1 million, according to the companies. AT&T and JPMorgan Chase also donated, according to the companies. Other corporate donors include those who donated to Obama’s inauguration or had declined to contribute to the Republican National Convention last summer, including UPS, Bank of America and Deloitte, according to The New York Times.

    ‘It is all about access and influence,’ said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the nonpartisan public advocacy group Public Citizen. ‘Donations come in very large amounts and from those who almost always want something from the new administration.’

    “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

    • SpiritofPearl

      Yeah. How’s that “swampy drainy thing” workin’ out for ya’?

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems representing Texas?
    “A grand jury has indicted state Rep. Dawnna Dukes on 13 felony corruption charges and two misdemeanors, with a maximum penalty of 28 years behind bars, a person with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.
    Dukes, an Austin Democrat, faces two misdemeanor counts of abuse of official capacity and 13 felony counts of tampering with public records, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Travis County prosecutors and investigators from the Texas Rangers presented the evidence to the grand jurors Tuesday, who indicted Dukes on the first day that they met to consider the case.”
    http://www.statesman.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/source-rep-dawnna-dukes-indicted-counts-faces-years/pe366o4slS5iqAfNhsMQwI/

    smh…

  • SpiritofPearl

    Erik Prince, Cheney’s hired assassin, is Betsy DeVos’s brother. He should teach her that she can’t stop a grizzly with a hand gun:

    https://theintercept.com/2017/01/17/notorious-mercenary-erik-prince-is-advising-trump-from-the-shadows/

  • donuthin2

    Trump is reportedly proposing to reduce federal expenditures by a significant percentage. I think there is room for some of that kind of scrutiny and hopefully he has some success. However, I remain a skeptic since he is proposing to do an elaborate remodel of the whitehouse because it is apparently not good enough for his wife. He may raise the money by putting pressure on some of his bigs, but it will not come without a price. We will see how it goes.