On Your Own



Once more talk amongst yourself.  Something other than emails and Trump might happen before Monday.


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73 Responses to On Your Own

  1. Jamie says:

    DNC meeting speeches: Chaffee, Clinton, O’Malley, Sanders, Webb


  2. On the bright side 9/11 Survivor has decided to write more……


  3. Why in the world would anyone want Shrub in NO for the 10th anniversary of the whiting of New Orleans. Mary Matalin so proud of NO now..because government works. Everything is privatized including the schools which provided many jobs for the black middle class. The economic disparity between blacks and whites in NO is bigger than ever. If you want to see what a republican America would look like check out the new New Orleans everything is privatized and there is no place for the anyone but rich white people


  4. jacew2003 says:

    Just checking in from CA. 3 day weekend! Cheryl won new laptop in school wide raffle

    Road testing it now..


  5. patd says:

    their bets on us

    To become president, Trump is listed at 8 to 1, behind only Hillary Clinton (1.1 to 1) and Jeb Bush (4 to 1), with Sanders tied for fourth-favorite along with Joe Biden and Marco Rubio at 14 to 1, according to Ladbrokes. Rival bookie Paddy Power has Trump at 13 to 2 to become president; Sanders 12 to 1.
    Both Trump and Sanders were available at more than 100 to 1 earlier in the year.
    “America fascinates Britain, as it’s an alternative vision of a similar society to ours that split off 200 years ago,” said professor David Hastings Dunn, head of the University of Birmingham’s political science and international studies department. “It offers a view of a parallel universe for Britain’s ideas and culture. We don’t always like the result, but we do like to watch it unfold.
    “America may be bigger and richer,” Dunn said, “but Britons get a sense of satisfaction from knowing that your politics are even more unproductive, vulgar and captured by special interest than ours.”



  6. patd says:

    from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/28/fiorina-blasts-cnn-for-debate-rules-that-could-exclude-her-despite-rise-in/
    “It’s frustrating to say the least if CNN is putting their thumb on the scale,” Fiorina told Fox News on Friday.

    yeah, gnarly prefers faux gnus thumb on it


  7. tonyb says:

    Hillary: GOP Extreme Views on Women What’s Expected from Terrorists
    Taylor Marsh
    “CONSIDERING that Republicans in one state after another have purposefully and methodically targeted women for state interference, voting to inhibit a woman’s sovereignty over her own body, Clinton didn’t mince words.

    “Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States,” Clinton said at a speech in Cleveland. “Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back.” [CNN]
    The reaction from Republican 2016 candidates was swift. Reporting from CNN

    “For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign,” said Allison Moore, press secretary for the Republican National Committee. “She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric.”

    “Hillary Clinton just said a significant portion of Americans are the same as ‘terrorist groups’ simply because they disagree with her,” added Amelia Chassé, press secretary for America Rising PAC, an anti-Clinton opposition research group. “That is outrageous, even for a desperate politician slipping in the polls. It’s the clearest sign yet that Sec. Clinton will say or do anything to win.”
    It should be noted that Hillary’s “flailing campaign” shows in polling that she can still beat every single Republican in the field.

    Clinton doesn’t just “disagree” with Republicans. She’s willing to go to whatever lengths possible to oppose the right’s systematic dismantling of abortion rights that has been legal for decades.”


  8. tonyb says:

    The Reason Jeb Looks So Miserable
    Remember when his mom said he shouldn’t run? So far, at least, it looks like she was right, and that Bush is just an awful candidate.


  9. tonyb says:

    Clinton: Republicans Want to Round Up Illegal Immigrants, Shove Them in Boxcars
    by Alex Griswold
    Wow, you go Hillary.. I’m so proud of her guts and plain spokeness.. The women has a heart of gold..


  10. tonyb says:

    Hillary Throws Shade at Fox’s Ed Henry: You Are ‘Entitled’ to 1 Question
    by Matt Wilstein
    Wow, great video.. Hillary put him in his place and good for her.. I wonder if the media will say she was “testy” or just firm??


  11. Flatus says:

    “America may be bigger and richer,” Dunn said, “but Britons get a sense of satisfaction from knowing that your politics are even more unproductive, vulgar and captured by special interest than ours.”

    Pat, it’s reassuring that our British friends continue having the lapses of memory that so endear them to us. We can just skip over Profumo and go straight to the royals of the past 85-years, excepting Her Majesty, of course. Chutzpah fits so well into our English language vocabulary.


  12. patd says:

    why don’t we hear more about this from the media during their anniversary visit to nola?
    from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/when-mexicans-crossed-our-border-to-feed-our-hungry/2015/08/28/347342e4-4cee-11e5-84df-923b3ef1a64b_story.html
    “In a scene that would have given Donald Trump heart palpitations, 200 flag-waving Mexican troops breached the U.S. border outside Laredo, Tex., 10 years ago and advanced unopposed up Interstate 35 to San Antonio.
    It was the first time a Mexican army had marched on San Antonio since 1836 when Gen. Santa Ana massacred besieged Texas independence fighters at the Alamo.
    This time, however, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed tens of thousands of homeless and hungry Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Setting up camp at a former Air Force base outside San Antonio, they distributed potable water, medical supplies and 7,000 hot meals a day for the next three weeks.”

    rather touching considering the anti-mex meaness of the goper candidates lately.
    their diatribes ironically flail at peoples whose ancestors were here long before theirs… and perhaps, more legitimately. the gopers are in a sense are unamerican, raging against americans albeit some are north, central and south american; but all of us are americans.


  13. patd says:

    the gopers anti-immigrants remind me of the outrage over the coke super bowl ad engendered in 2014 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/02/05/coca-cola-super-bowl-ad-america/5224595/
    beautiful ad and too bad it’s not still being aired, especially now.


  14. patd says:

    from pbs newshour last night:

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Joe Biden, David, a lot of talk about whether he’s going to get in. He’s been meeting with the head of the Teamsters union. He met with the liberal darling Elizabeth Warren, Senator Warren. He’s got people advocating for him now at this big Democratic gathering in Minneapolis.
    Do you think he’s going to get in?




    Well, first, God bless him for his resilience. The guy loses a son, and still wants to serve the country and still is emotionally strong enough to do it. I salute him. And — but — and he’s a wonderful man, and he’s a great public servant.

    But what the country is in the mood for is anti-establishment. I think that’s one of the reasons Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are sailing into headwinds. Bernie Sanders has it. Donald Trump has it in spades. Joe Biden doesn’t have it.

    And so whatever the problem is with the Clinton campaign, Joe Biden also has that problem. And so I think he will get a sense of that larger atmosphere, let alone the money and the organization and all that, and Hillary Clinton’s still formidable strength, really. And so my guess — it’s a guess shared by a lot of Democratic insiders — is that he won’t do it.


  15. jacew2003 says:

    Jeb was supposed the smart one in the family. I guess it was a case of dumb and dumber.


  16. trump is just like ahnold…starts out saying not taking any money– a total lie
    plus I think they are making money from trump “gear” –gear not made in the USA


  17. violating campaign finance laws too


  18. patd says:

    and speaking of same http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/27/white-nationalist-media-have-found-their-great/205215
    “White nationalist media figures are backing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and celebrating his stance on immigration. They have hailed Trump as “doing the Lord’s work,” someone who “represents our interests,” “the best of the lot,” and the “last hope for a president who would be good for white people.”

    from http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-trump-doctrine-we-want-deal
    “In returning to a primordial American politics, Trump has fortified his primary campaign and attracted the admiration of Duke and others who hear in his message a return to the past. In the next fifteen months, that approach may collide with the arithmetic of modern American politics, and Trump will face a strategic decision. But, for the moment, he remains consistent, and faithful to the political credo of Roger Stone, the former Nixon aide who has advised Trump over the years (and who left the campaign earlier this month). Stone likes to say, “Hate is a stronger motivator than love.”


  19. patd says:

    from http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/29/politics/hillary-clinton-women-gender-planned-parenthood/index.html
    “Now of course, Mr. Trump also insults and dismisses women, and by the way, just yesterday he attacked me once again and said I didn’t have a clue about women’s health issues. Really?” she said in Minneapolis on Friday at the Democratic National Committee’s gathering. “I mean you can’t make this stuff up folks. Trump actually said he would do a much better job for women than I would. That’s a general election debate that is going to be a lots of fun.”

    According to a new Quinniapiac University poll, two-thirds of women think Clinton cares about the needs and problems of women. For Trump, it’s less than a quarter. And for Bush, it’s 43%.

    In the Democratic field, Clinton also has an edge. She leads Bernie Sanders on the empathy question among women voters by 25%. Her strident comments came as Democrats buzzed about a possible run by Biden, whose main argument would be his working class appeal. Yet Clinton still beats him on women’s issues by 11%.

    Speaking before Democrats in Minneapolis, Clinton dedicated much of her speech to women’s issues, ticking off the positions of her Republican rivals. But she was also making an implicit argument to power-brokers in her own party, who are fielding appeals from Biden backers: nominate me and exploit the gender gap even more.

    “And I know that when I talk like this some people think there she goes again with the women’s issues. Republicans actually say I am playing the gender card,” she said. “Well, if calling for equal pay and paid leave and women’s health is playing the gender card, deal me in.”


  20. patd says:

    “The question is posed as to whether Megyn Kelly might be leaving Fox and heading to CNN in an article in the Gateway Pundit yesterday, Friday, Aug.28. This news comes in the wake of Fox viewers’ vehement anger at Kelly’s performance as moderator during the Aug. 6 Republican debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Roger Ailes and other Fox executives were dismayed to discover almost 100 % of e-mails and text messages from viewers were anti-Kelly. Kelly took an extended vacation with expectations viewer anger would dissipate. Guess again.

    A petition to have Kelly removed as moderator of the next Republican debate in January has garnered 50,000 signatures from Fox viewers.”


  21. patd says:

    flatus, here’s one for you from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-the-real-threat-to-hillary-clinton.html?comments
    “….if you sort through the rabble, you find John Kasich.
    He may never make it out of the primaries. The odds are against him. And he has flaws, serious ones, which I’ll get to.
    But that doesn’t change the fact — obscured for now by the bedlam of the Republican contest — that the party has someone who’s comporting himself with unexpected nimbleness, who would match up very well against Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic nominee and who could give Republicans hope, if they just gave him a chance.”


  22. tonyb says:

    Dick Cheney: Iran Deal Will Lead To First Use Of Nuclear Weapon Since Hiroshima And Nagasaki
    “Nearly everything the president has told us about his Iranian agreement is false.”
    Sam Levine


    • jacew2003 says:

      Thank you Dick Cheney. If you are against this deal it must be a very good treaty.

      You were wrong about everything else, why should this be any different?

      They don’t call you dick for nothing.


  23. Cheney and Levinne ingest goat excrement.


  24. blueINdallas says:

    Saw an ad with Jaquin Castro today. A PSA for something, but I wonder if it’s to start getting more people familiar with him.

    Have a good weekend.


  25. Pet peeve: anyone referring to Ted Nugent as “rockstar”…….or even “former rockstar”.


  26. tonyb says:

    Jim Webb Campaign: Reaching Out to DNC ‘About As Useful as Sticking One’s Hand Into a Wood Chipper’
    “IJReview asked Webb’s campaign spokesman, Craig Crawford, if the campaign would reach out to the DNC about an agreement or vice versa. At first, Crawford responded:

    “Why should we?”
    When pressed, Crawford told IJReview:

    “It’s been obvious for a while now that reaching out to the DNC is about as useful as sticking one’s hand into a wood chipper.”
    Other Democratic candidates have expressed similar frustrations with the DNC’s relationship to Clinton. Earlier this month, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley said the DNC’s debate rules were meant to “pre-ordain the outcome” of a Clinton nomination.”


    • patd says:

      “pre-ordain the outcome” of a Clinton nomination.”?
      tony, isn’t that what they grumbled about last time and they seem to forget what the dnc did to her then. just wait, if a newbie (barack like rock star in the media’s eye) walks on the scene again, they’ll throw her under another bus.


      • tonyb says:

        Pat, your so spot on! I’m so tired of hearing how this is a coronation.. Please, that’s what they were saying last time.. Hillary is the front runner, lol, she didn’t threaten any Democrat to get her so-called front runner status, she earned it through her lifes work and current policy proposals…. I agree with Jamie, ego.. I think everyone else seems to just want in their obit they ran for President..


    • Jamie says:

      It would help if any of the other Democratic candidates showed any real interest in appealing to the voters with substantive proposals divergent from Clintons. Most seem to be just taking their egos out for a walk.


  27. patd says:

    blue and kgc, yesterday on http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/28/politics/julian-castro-hillary-clinton-running-mate-vp-emails/index.html
    When asked on CNN’s “New Day” about being considered an appealing vice presidential candidate, Castro deadpanned: “I hadn’t heard that before.”
    “I’m kidding,” he added, cracking a smile.
    Clinton’s campaign announced later Friday morning that Rep. Joaquin Castro, Julian Castro’s twin brother, will stump for her in Iowa at four events on Sunday. Castro, who is Hispanic, will especially focus on Clinton’s immigration policies.

    hey, a twofer with identical twins, they can double down on campaigning.


  28. tonyb says:

    Alaska Republicans ready to spend upward of $1 million in taxpayer money to stop Medicaid expansion
    byJoan McCarter
    “Alaska’s independent Gov. Bill Walker, fed up with a Republican legislature which refused to even debate a Medicaid expansion proposal, decided last month to act unilaterally and take the expansion. Alaska’s attorney general and the legislature’s legal department agree that the state constitution gives him authority to do so. Nonetheless, the Republican-led legislature has committed to spending a minimum of $450,000 in taxpayer funds to sue. The governor is likely to spend an equal amount in defending the action.
    Who did the Alaska Republicans get to be their lawyer? Who else, Paul Clement.”


  29. jacew2003 says:

    Sunday Serendipity.

    Some lovely cello for a beautiful Sunday morning. Enjoy the music and enjoy the day.


  30. tonyb says:

    Christie gave Bridgegate investigators one measly email and it came from a private account
    by Kerry Eleveld


  31. patd says:

    tony, you’ll get a kick out of this from http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/08/29/rowan-transgender-man-and-wife-got-license/71376626/

    MOREHEAD, Ky. A transgender man and his wife stepped forward Saturday with paperwork showing that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis apparently issued them a marriage license in February even though she has blocked forms for same-sex couples over the past two months.

    Camryn Colen, who is transgender, and his wife Alexis, who identifies as pan sexual, said Davis’ office provided the license on Feb. 26 without asking to see Camryn’s birth certificate, which still identifies him as female. The couple married that night.

    “She saw just a straight couple in love, and she should see everybody like that,” Camryn said. “She shouldn’t just see straight couples like that.”


    • tonyb says:

      Haha, i laughed out loud.. Why oh why would her God let her be fooled like that? I wonder does she think she’s going to Hell now? More likely she will just prayer the gay/transgender away..


  32. patd says:


    “If we wish to know about a man, we ask ‘what is his story — his real, inmost story?’ — for each of us is a biography, a story,” he wrote in his 1985 book, “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”

    “Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us — through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations,” he said. “Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives — we are each of us unique.”


  33. blueINdallas says:

    The DNC deal was probably done in 2008, to avoid an intramural fight. Despite the PUMA outcry, there was no alternative but to vote for Obummer.

    I’m starting to think that the conspiracy theory about Trump working for Clinton may be true. Tick off large groups of people; see how few of the other GOoPers can really distance themselves from his hyperbolic statements; make the unmotivated and the fence-riders get off of their duffs and vote for Hillary. Or, maybe the air up in the penthouse is thin and he really thinks those things.


  34. blueINdallas says:

    Bernie Sanders must be giving the DNC nightmares! Go, Bernie!


    • tonyb says:

      Yep and yep! I agree with Bernie and Omalley on the lack of debates.. Yes, DNC and Debbie Wasserman Shultz are all in for Hillary this time around, until their not.. Nonsense, give them more debates before NH and Iowa.. Hillary can hold her ground and then some with any of them.. I remember the debates with Obama, she won them all..


  35. blueINdallas says:

    Bernie Sanders must be giving the DNC nightmares. Go, Bernie!


  36. I watched some of the Sunday talk shows. Why is Newt Gingrich big time loser and professional candidate being asked his opinion. That in and of itself speaks volumes that he is the media’s idea of the best spokesman for the conservatives

    No original thoughts were uttered just the same old same old. And now that it is becoming clear even to the most stupid among us that there is nothing criminal in the Clinton behavior and now they have switched to how she handled it — ack ack ack

    Hey Jamie is it possible to Craig to post a link to here. I know it’s in the comments but it might be good to have it uptop — if that wouldn’t send the spammers here


  37. tonyb says:

    Poll: Sanders Closes in on Clinton in Iowa
    By Taylor Marsh
    Sanders gains on Clinton in Iowa according to latest poll.

    “WHILE DONALD TRUMP has a wide lead among Republicans, Ben Carson slowly and steadily rises. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders continues to chip away at Clinton’s Iowa lead. Sanders is in first place in New Hampshire.

    As I wrote before, whatever Clinton’s advantages were when she announced have been whittled away. That doesn’t mean she won’t be the nominee, but it does push Hillary to quit playing it so safe, listening tours, etc., and game up for the fall contest.

    The first sign of this shift to offense was Clinton implying Republicans were acting like “terrorists” on women’s health. It not only made Republicans squeal like stuffed pigs, but changed the subject from the server/email story, which was part of the goal. At the DNC meeting she didn’t even mention the server issue and that’s where she wants to stay until it’s resolve, though it won’t be easy.

    DesMoines Register reporting

    Liberal revolutionary Bernie Sanders, riding an updraft of insurgent passion in Iowa, has closed to within 7 points of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race.

    She’s the first choice of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers; he’s the pick for 30 percent, according to a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll.

    But Clinton has lost a third of her supporters since May, a trajectory that if sustained puts her at risk of losing again in Iowa, the initial crucible in the presidential nominating contest.”


  38. This is an entirely manufactured bunch of baloney very swift boat – nothing factual just a lot of drivel from drooling idiots… and people who do not want the Clintons in office for what ever reason. No matter what she says or does it is wrong. and even her alleged surrogates Ed Rendell are off the reservation. She has great support among some wonderful women who are supper campaigners –she should get Jennifer Granholm out as much as possible and Claire McCaskel did a good job or her as well


    • jacew2003 says:


      Just more of the same. Every old HRC non scandal plus every new HRC non scandal will be thrown at the wall in hopes that something sticks. Al least the Swiftboaters had a plan, these people just hope and pray that something works. After they pray they go buy lottery tickets.


  39. that would be super campaigners


  40. jacew2003 says:


    Really like the reply tab. Keeps the comments and topics in sequence. Nicely done.



  41. jacew2003 says:


    Oh Scotty, perhaps you are struggling because you’re a governor of a failed state and a dumb shit to begin with. Just sayin’


  42. I kinda feel sorry for some of the conservatives, late to the party, who are now getting started just as the fever of conservatism, having run its course, begins to abate with a welcome return of most of the populace to embracing the values of thought, science, and education.
    Some of them I almost feel sorry for. Not many. And not much.
    Most of them got it coming.


  43. patd says:

    jace, jamie as graciously generous as ever provided us with an edit opportunity that can be found on the date time line just under your name. I didn’t see it for the first few days either…. too busy listening to myself rail against the wind.


  44. Flatus says:

    Jace, I think you should pipe your Gabrielli into the district’s school buses; remarkable achievement would surely follow. As always, thanks for your dippity-dos.


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