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The Pardu
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Showing posts with label Rubio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rubio. Show all posts

Saturday, October 5, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Manufacturing, China, UKraine, Poling

A Case for a Lack of Leadership

With record numbers in unemployment, there is a hidden disease in the US economy. The disease is manufacturing employment and it is directly attributable to Trump's utter ill-advised tariff policies.


How about another perspective...Manufacturing?

From the US economy, we move to Trump's week in hell with invitations to foreign leaders to assist in chasing the dragon unsubstantiated allegations against Joe Biden and his son. 

Now watch and listen to 40 seconds of over-the-top stoogism and sycophancy. The Florida Senator knows better.

If you think Trump working on behalf of Putin (in Ukraine) while offering illegal politicking at home isn't taking a toll, take a look at his beloved poll numbers. 

It seems Putin's marionettes of Trump isn't boding well for many Americans.

  Image result for putin marionetting trump

Friday, February 26, 2016

GOP Debate 10: A National Embarassment

And, the GOP Campaign 2016 circus continues with the main attraction barker soaking up the preponderance of debate airtime. A circus it was!

Ben Carson continues to amaze with the level of utter nuttiness with which he thinks and communicates. Carson is a top level example of how a person can achieve celebrity in one field via professional brilliance while existing as a total aardvark outside of their chosen specialty.  

I have yet to hear one statement from Ben Carson that even approached speech after cogent thought.
Rubio a mere week before the campaign killing Super Tuesday votes enacted a strategy he should have deployed months ago.  

Watch as Rubio turns the "...he repeats himself" table on Trump.

A bridged version at the 4:29 minute mark

Full seven-minute embed

For those who didn't view either version of the Rubio mocking Trump via The Hill:
Trump repeatedly said during the CNN event in Houston that the centerpiece of his plan to replace ObamaCare was allowing insurers to cross state lines. 
"Now he's the one repeating himself," Rubio said, interrupting the business mogul.

The billionaire businessman struck back, noting Rubio's past debate flub. 
"I watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago," he said. 
"I saw you repeat yourself five times five minutes ago," the Florida senator quickly shot back. 
"He says five things: Everyone is dumb, he's going to make America great again, win, win, win, he's rising at the polls, lines around the state," he said to another round of applause and laughter. 
Rubio was roundly mocked for repeating a prepared answer during an early February debate even after Chris Christie, who has since dropped out of the race, called him out for it. 
Rubio later blamed that performance for his poor showing in New Hampshire.
Read more linked above

Tax Returns?

Well before Trump declared himself a GOP presidential candidate, he was asked about the commonly accepted release of tax returns. The very issue that helped to place a big question mark on the head of Mitt Romney in the 2012 election cycle. Trump responded to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt as such:

During last night;s GOP Debate (10), Trumps tax returns finally surfaced as a  credibility issue.

Mid-afternoon today, The Hill also reported the IRS states there is no issues with Trump releasing his tax return.
“Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information,” the IRS said in a statement.
“The IRS stresses that audits of tax returns are based on the information contained on the taxpayer’s return and the underlying tax law — nothing else,” the agency said. “Politics and religion do not factor into this. The audit process is handled by career, non-partisan civil servants, and we have processes in place to safeguard the exam process.”
Policy, procedure and practice aside, some tax attorneys speak openly about caution regarding the release of tax information.
“It might not be smart” for Trump to release his returns while under audit, said Robert Kovacev, a tax lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson and a former counsel in the Justice Department’s tax division.
Joseph Thorndike, Director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts, also commented about the business of tax information release.
“I’m sure a careful tax attorney would advise him not to disclose it in the middle of an audit,” Thorndike said of Trump. “But an attorney would say not to disclose it anytime.”
Tax returns for uber wealthy Republicans is as important as protecting Citizens United. While I can think of many issues of more critical importance, it is fun to see the Manhattan bloviator pushed back on his heels.  Why should the IRS perform 12 years of audits on any American? Trump has an answer in his case; an answer typical of the Manhatten bloviator.

"I am a Christian"

Any surprise?

Politico's 11 most explosive moments in Debate 10.


Preview of our next Trump piece.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rubio Walks Away From Gay Man

Rubio challenged by a gay man and how did Rubio respond.  He retorted with perfunctory "empty suit" comments and promptly walked-off.

Do you recall Rand Paul similalry running for "dreamers" as he campaigned in 2014?

Fox News offered Paul a Chameleon platorm regarding his aburpt departure.

The Song Remains The Same.....(Excuse the borrowing Led Zepplin)

Crooks And Liars

Gay Man Confronts Rubio: 'You Want To Put Me Back In The Closet'

New Hampshire has been one awkward moment after the next for the Great White Hope of the 'Establishment' GOP, Senator Marco Rubio. As an avid proponent of favoring 'God's laws' over the laws decided by Constitutionally mandated process, Marco is going to have trouble reconciling his beliefs with the duties of the chief of the Executive…

Monday, February 8, 2016

GOP Debate 8... Where Are Policy Issues?

Most apropos
We have long posited regarding Ben Carson's unusual behavior and oratory. Debate 8 proved to highlight our point. Why did it take a virtual  bull drawn wagon to get Carson out of the pre-stage staging area? Some have commented he didn't hear his named called due to crowd noise. Well, consider he should have possessed the wherewithal to understand the introduction process enough to without thought have taken him to his place on the stage before Rubio. Moreover, why didn't he respond when clearly told to head on out via the staging guy behind the curtain? Take a look via the links below.
What happened in that awkward intro at the GP debate?We were all confused. More on the debate's winners and losers:
Posted by Washington Post on Saturday, February 6, 2016
How about a bit on polling regarding the debate?

Politico Polling on Debate 8 winner and losers. Red heading font added to compensate for dark font via Politico embed.  The Politico piece linked here.

Who Won Tonight's Debate 
Among Republicans

Who Lost Tonight's Debate 
Among Republicans

Regardless of Politicos (neat) graphics, it seems the nation was the big loser from Debate Eight.

Of course, if you watched the debate (I didn't) you probably recall this clear evidence of Marco Rubio's scripting gone bad.  If you have any experience with old wax LP albums, you know Rubio's quagmire. After repeated use, the wax (oratory) wears thin and the LP (Rubio) starts to skip.  

Take another look....

It seems Carsons early flub was exponentially surpassed by Rubio's broken record oratory. while Carson could hardly defend his SNAFU, Rubio, as expected and probably as scripted, has come forth with a double and triple down. Would someone please tell Rubio, his remarks may strike a note while vying for the GOP nomination, but he will be forced to enact a major "Etch-A-Sketch" if he wins the nomination. Barack Obama is not running for the Oval Office in 2016.

Talking Points Memo has published a piece with Rubio's fundraising based on the debate comments to entice donors. Another twist to Rubio's double-down regarding his remarks, he has deployed that all too common and tired GOP strategy of deflecting from personal ineptitude and incompetence via pointing at others. In Rubio's case, he strikes out after the media for reporting on his major debate SNAFU.

""We can't afford to let the media get away with this."
"We can't afford to let the media get away with this."
"We can't afford to let the media get away with this."
"We can't afford to let the media get away with this."

Rubio's memorized scripts will not work as he clings to the middle of the road standing among GOP hopefuls.

The Legal Insurrection offers a brief review of debate interactions.

We think it shameful not one GOP debate has generated any viable or discernible comments regarding policy.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: GOP Debate 8

I will admit to avoiding the GOP Debate for obvious reasons. After seven of the finger pointing, name calling, "going after", non-policy charades, I prefer to spend the two plus hours much more productively. Watching the GOP Debates also generates visions of mental horror. Horror regarding the level to which close to half the nation is willing to support, blindly follow and literally vote for members of the GOP. Horror regarding the level of non-issue bantering that hardly meets any definition  of a debate.  Horror regarding the prospect the nation has become consumed with entertainment politics and reality TV Vs. insisting of substantive interactions among people who aspire to lead the nation.  Ultimately, I disdain the horror of the lack of veracity from the debaters collectively and individually: Fact Check dot Org.,  CNN reality Check (must watch), AP Fact Check, Politifact Live Fact Checking.

Time is far too valuable to waste on a debate process that has devolved into increased levels of lies, misrepresentations, and flat-out manipulation.

While I avoided the live circus, I certainly sought highlights of the debate and highlights abound. Snippets and segments were abundant across the internet and to some degree on certain cable news networks.  

Let's visit a few that take top billing.

While some are excusing Ben Carons debate stage entry lapse as the fault of crowd noise, I disagree. Ben Carson is showing more and more he is out of touch with all things rationale. Even if the crowd noise was at a high decibel level, he should have possessed the wherewithal to know he was placed second in entry placement and should have known to proceed to the stage...well before Rubio, Bush and the equally perplexed Donald Trump. As you will see in the following clip, he even ignored the state handlers exhortation to go proceed tot eh stage.  Carson flubs his entry.
Marcio Rubio finished third in the Iowa Caucuses and promptly seemed to declare himself the eventual GOP 2016 candidate.  His third-place-finish speech was not only akin to then-candidate Obama's victory 2008 speech, some suspect he plagiarized Obama's 2008 theme and context.  His Iowa finish set him up for what has been reported copious piling-on and may have contributed to what can be described only as that of a scratched and stuck 1960s LP Album.

Rubio's obsession with President Obama has finally led to what comes next.

Rubio's strategy of constant attacks against a president who has actually won two general elections may bode well with big money donors who attend GOP debates, and his rhetoric will surely tingle the innards of the majority who claim US conservatism, but he barks up a dead tree. It seems his barking was lost in his over the top scripting and his memorized debate responses.

I suspect there isn't a more glaring example of outright political lying and nefarious story-telling than Ted Cruz's continued blaming CNN for his staff's subterfuge.

Ben Carson is not the least bit happy with Ted Cruz's excuses for lying about the state of his campaign in Iowa

Cruz responded to a debate host question as follows:

Politifact ran a piece on Cruz and his continued subterfuge.

New! Ted Cruz falsely says @CNN first said Ben Carson was 'taking a break from campaigning' 

Watch as CNN's Tom Foreman adroitly address the matter. Foreman also reminds of the ridiculous tendency of the GOP to fail to realize we live in a time of electronic archiving. There are Americans who do not rely on Fox News, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Beck and Coulter, for news.
I remind of Carson response to Cruz's political manipulation: 
BEN CARSON: “The bottom line is, we can see what happened, everybody can see what happened and you can make your own judgment.”
When considering Ted Cruz there is little need for deep contemplative thought on the matter. He via his camp played for Caucuses voters and won in Iowa. 


Friday, November 20, 2015

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Xenophobia, Bigotry, Rcaism, The Devolving GOP "Autopsy", And Semper Fi

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Donald Trump has mentioned Ted Cruz as a possible running mate once he wins the GOP nomination for the 2016 General election. As the Republican National Committee (RNC) and conservative America sits back and allows Trump to drag their ideology to new levels of disgust, the devolving reality is amazing in its likeness to Germany mid-1930s. 

Watch as Donald Trumps possible choice as a running releases his own brand of xenophobia and (yes) white nationalism. 
Another conservative myth goes down in flames.Posted by Addicting Info on Friday, November 20, 2015
Rest assured Cruz's brand of white nationalism despite his history of family immigrant status, pales to the performances of Trump. MSNBC recently reported on Trumps nascent refusal to say not to the development of a Muslim database and Muslim ID cards in an American future (If he is elected in 2016). 

Excuse the digression, but I must post the following. Semper Fi!!!
Hey , I'm an American Muslim and I already carry a special ID badge. Where's yours?
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Again I Digress

Why does Maddow continue to do the "Mr. Trump" thing when she fails to refer to any other candidate as Mr. or Ms.?  Media serioulsy fails this nation from all political slants.

End Digression

I have long posited a major reason Ben Carson could never (ever) win the GOP nomination for 2016 was his race. While Carson and other conservatives will fight like wolverines to disavow the reality of deep racism in conservative America and the extent of racism at the core of components of the GOP, the reality stands out like a Confederate Flag. Therefore, imagine any "black conservatives" (as they detest being referred to as African-American) winning the nomination and isolating an entire GOP voting bloc: the American white supremacist and their cousin white nationalists.

How about a Cornucopia of support for my last set of statements?

I believe I recall after the 2012 defeat of Mitt Romney, RNC Chair commission an evaluation and assessment of his parties loss.  The 100-page report including 212 concrete observation/recommendations) is embed below.   

The Washinton Post published the ill-fated report shortly after its public release. The document stands, today, alongside Paleozoic Era creatures (eg,. extinct and for the GOP forgotten)

The Autopsy of the Romney and GOP defeat and how to fix all issues.  Linked via clicking image below. 

The study and subsequent document should have been referred to as a Lobotomy Vs. an Autopsy. Current manifestations of GOP and conservative insensitivity of all things outside of white America is on-going and utterly stupefying.  

Only one GOP nominee appears to have a degree of sensitivity regarding immigration, refugees and the suffering of people of color: Jeb Bush. His modicum of sensitivity probably emanates from the existential reality of his Mexican national wife (the daughter of an immigrant).  The most of the remaining candidates (with an exception for Kasich) appears as firebrand haters who, in some, cases are using the plight of others as political leverage.  I will add none greater than Trump, Carson, Rubio, and Cruz, in the stated order. The latter three for obvious reason are particularly shameless in their use of refugees and immigrants for political gain. 

Let's end with an example of how conservative dimwits follow their leaders along a path strewn with hatred vitriol, shame, and disgust. In the face of a reality that points to US domestic terrorism is more prevalent from militia and white supremacists, one citizen took advantage of a community town hall meeting to express his full measure of racism nd bigotry. 

Hate speech closes Spotsylvania public meeting

Abbreviated version  (To highlight the total extent of bigotry) click here.

\ ...and the enemy is us!

Reince Priebus, "where art thou?" StumbleUpon

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

RNC Chair Lauds Fox News Business Debate. Guess Why?

Rience Priebus spoke after the GOP debate last night about how the debate was the model for the perfect debate format and moderation.  Allow a quick showing of why the RNC Chair went there with his lauding the forum.

Watch from the 21:00 mark through the 23:10 mark. Fiorina was asked about the fact that the US performs much better from a jobs perspective under Democrats than Republican administrations. watch Fiorina's response She flat-out avoided the question, and the moderator simply moved on without calling her out.

 Of course, you know why she avoided the question?

A little something for our moneyed readers.

If the RNC is seeking to shape the messages from its lying and evasive candidates, it should seek all debates on Fox News Business.   The moderators were clearly on a mission to offer the perfect platform for GOPism and the moderators did so without serious probing of any points. 

Watch as a well-known anti-Administration/anti-Obama host Maria Bartiromo stretches and burst the limit of credibility with her 40% employment question. 

Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo Pushes Myth That "Almost 40 Percent Of Americans Are Without A Job" 
Exaggerated Unemployment Figure Includes Children, Retirees, College Students, And Stay-At-Home Parents 

From the November 10 edition of Fox Business' Republican Presidential Candidates Debate:


MARIA BARTIROMO (MODERATOR): Governor Bush, almost 40 percent of Americans are without a job and are not looking. Many have given up. That's what the participation rate tells us. You've said your policies will drive the economy back to four percent growth, which we haven't seen since the year 2000. What specific regulations would you change, and how will that lead to jobs and growth?
Bartiromo knows the details of her 40% leading question.  In fact, the question wasn't so much a debate query it was misleading information for the viewing public. Thus, a direct example of why Priebus and his candidates want a forum that facilitates misinformation. I suspect only Donald Trump and Ben Carson were unaware the Bartiromo's query was a conservative message to LIVs (low information voters). 
Posted by Americans United Against T-Bagging John Birch Society Shit Talkers on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Politifact offers a fact check on Carson's continued lying. We, actually Carson is simply doing the "Fake It To Make It" thing. He really has no idea of which he speaks.  
At tonight's debate, Ben Carson said raising the minimum wage will increase joblessness. That's False.

Who does he think he is fooling with this? 
Rand Paul's commented Income Inequality is worse in Blue states Vs. Red states. 
Paul outed Trump's rhetoric as nothing more than rhetoric.
Ouch, It took Rand Paul speaking up to clarify that China is not in fact part of the TPP. Posted by Ezra Klein on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 

Marco Rubio received heavy applause first he predominate white and upper-aged audience when we made the completely false statement about difference income between welders and philosophers. It should be noted President Obama has been a major proponent of vocational education since the first days of his Presidency.  

During the GOP debate Marco Rubio made the claim that "welders make more money than philosophers." That's not exactly true.
Must read
Fact check!

Rubio said "We need more welders" because they earn more than "philosophers."Turns out that's not the case. 
Cruz cut five Federal agencies and only names four.


Trumpisms...I am not so sure it was a Trump crowd at all. 
Instead of raising wages, Trump says people "have to go out, they have to work really hard."

The very, very rich Donald Trump thinks you're too rich.

Trump said that trade imbalance between U.S. and China tops $500 billion. Mostly False.

Oh yeah, because that makes soooooo much sense.
Posted by If You Only News on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
He's wrong! Go figure.
Posted by If You Only News on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
So, this is the forum conservatives and the RNC seek?