Presidential Primaries

th21A0P14UWith the last Republican debate occurring tonight, there are a lot of stories that are unfolding on both sides of the political paradigm.  Will FOX News cave in and chase Megan Kelly off the stage so Trump will get on it tonight?  Will money talk?  The storylines are plentiful on the Democrat side too.  Will Hillary face charges for mishandling classified information?  With a recent video surfacing of a State Department employee talking about Blackberries and have the kind of information on them that would “never see an unsecured server” things are likely to get interesting.  I’ll update this article with that video soon.  This will be short, just to get a new thread started for the upcoming discussions.  Let the debates continue!



  1. gmanfortruth says:


  2. gmanfortruth says:

    Video has emerged showing a State Department official openly admitting that Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials used their Blackberries to send and receive information that “would never be on an unclassified system.”

  3. gmanfortruth says:

    This will go over good. Probably make Ferguson Mo look like childs play when this all kicks off.

  4. gmanfortruth says:

    Got to love a good conspiracy theory. During last nights live video feed at the refuge where those remaining were seemingly preparing for the next phase of this thing, many comments can be heard and people spouting off throughout the day. After dark, the video kept streaming as a few guys were simply talking. Just prior to one rushing to the live feed camera to shut it off, one mentioned that they had to sign a “talent release”. The feed ended quickly. Now why would these fella’s need to be signing such a thing?

  5. Just A Citizen says:

    I noticed that some LEO and much of the media referred to the Malheur occupiers as “militants”. Some called them “armed militants”, not recognizing the ignorance of that statement. Well here is the definition of “militant”. I do not see how these men and women could be called militants frankly. The problem lies with them carrying guns and that most people in the cities and back east do not understand that carrying a gun for self defense is not the same as threatening others.

    combative and aggressive in support of a political or social cause, and typically favoring extreme, violent, or confrontational methods.
    “a militant nationalist”

    synonyms: aggressive, violent, belligerent, bellicose, vigorous, forceful, active, fierce, combative, pugnacious;

    You could say they were aggressive, and some were combative in that they refused Govt. orders. But that is the nature of all protests which occupy space. So is refusing orders combative now?? I would think most of us think of militants as being “violent” or advocating violence.

  6. Wow…..just heard on the car radio a little while ago that Trump’s rally at the same time tonight may draw as many TV crowd…CNN is apparently going to be there to chase ratings since FOX will not be there. I also heard that most are predicting that the winner of tonight’s debate will be the empty podium….if they cant leave Trump alone.

    • Caught a part of his rally. Brilliant! Did not see it but heard that Huckabee and Santorum showed up. Those two are not so dumb either. Those two black ladies from teh you tube videos were on stage too. Over $ 6,000,000 raised for vet causes. .

      What was Megan wearing tonight?

      • I don’t know what Megan was wearing-but all the guys running for President were wearing suits.

      • HAve no idea what anyone was wearing…did not watch either. Do not have to watch the debates…..already knew what they were going to say. No one has changed their policies and, from what I have heard this morning, there were no new revelations.

        Did see an interview with Huckabee….he said that he and Santorum went to Trump’s rally and said it was standing room only with people outside in freezing weather watching on monitors…That was cool. Raised some good bucks for the Veterans…

        Pundits are saying that Cruz and Paul stood out pretty good. That should be so without Trump there….it actually gave the other candidates a way to stand out a little more.

        I don’t think it changed any minds though. Is there anyone on this blog that did not know what ALL of the candiadtes stood for? Did anyone that watched learn anything new?

        • I don’t know if any minds were changed-but I think Paul won the debate-I’m sure none of the pundits will agree with me because they focus so much on the front runners. I also- always found Rubio to be smart and know the ends and outs of things but last night he talked a lot and when he talked about one issue right after the other-his words sounded more like talking points with no specifics. And I found out that Cruz isn’t as good a debater as I thought he was-it worries me- but it doesn’t change my mind that he’s the best man for the job.

          • The big news item now is that Trump made the right call and let the pack chew each other up.

            • And they might be right- doing the “smart” thing may end up helping Trump and hurting the others-but there are going to be a lot of people like me-these guys may have gotten wounded but at least they were in the battle. Easy not to get hurt if you take your marbles and go home. Smart is important but it doesn’t by it’s self -create respect.

          • Just A Citizen says:


            Actually several pundits agree with you. Although they don’t think it will make a difference. Unfortunately they are probably right.

  7. gmanfortruth says:

    Anita must be grinning from ear to ear this morning after the night Trump had. He is doing all the right things so far.

  8. gmanfortruth says:
    • Yep. Back to work….

      • Crap. I posted under the wrong comment.

        Trump got the hat trick by not showing up. Showed Fox and all others that ambush journalism may have worked once, but that’s it. He simply got out of the way forcing Cruz to take the heat for a change, which he did but not very well. (lame hits on Trump that fell flat, making him look like a whiner). And got bonus points for pulling together a town hall, in ahort order, which raised 6 mil for vets. BOOM!

        The haters are saying Trump made himself look weak by bailing. I don’t see it that way and looks like the post debate polls don’t either.

  9. gmanfortruth says:
    • Do not understand this curriculum at all. Is a student required to write out the Beatitudes in Aramaic or the ten commandments in Hebrew?

      What is the purpose here other than indoctrination? If you teach a comparative religions course, there is no need for this.

  10. gmanfortruth says:

    It is getting pretty ugly, and the strength of the dollar is really making us noncompetitive.

    • This is the biggest bunch of crap I have read so far….While it is true that our economy is into oil and gas,,,,,,nothing has crashed anywhere. I am in this business and I have seen nothing like this article depicts.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        I think the term collapse is way overused, but the charts are interesting and I have never heard that said about a strong dollar making us uncompetitive. The latter being the most interesting.

        • The stronger dollar is good news for U.S. tourists and can make it less expensive to travel abroad. A stronger U.S. dollar can also mean weaker profits for some big, multinational U.S. corporations….which affects sock prices and dividends. (401k’s for example).

          The rising dollar usually cuts into profits at U.S. corporations that sell goods and services abroad in a couple of ways. First, U.S. companies operating abroad are paid in a foreign currency, so when these companies bring home foreign revenues, the conversion back to U.S. dollars means profits are worth less. The second issue is a longer-term concern: A stronger dollar means those goods and services are more expensive for foreign buyers, which could eventually curb demand for U.S. products.

          One reason that China and other countries devalue and manipulate their currencies is to drive the USD up…..that helps them in the long run. In addition, it is no secret that investors (401s, Keoughs, etc.) are usually in the riskier stocks and hedge funds. So, stock prices and portfolio evals are built on profits and earings. The higher the earnings, the higher the stock prices. Pretty simple, actually.

          • Well, perhaps not so simple. Iremember when I was learning all of this, having a strong dollar, inmymind, was what we wanted. But, if we complete in other countries and we want to sell goods and services, if it costs more to have one USD…demand drops.

            OH NO>>>…you mean to say that supply and demand are relative to the dollar? Heaven forbid! (sarcasm intended for the lefties).

  11. I was thinking this morning-if a republican wins the election and Hillary is indicted and convicted-would and or should the new republican president pardon her?

    • Not without pardoning all other prisoners in our systemconvicted of similar crimes.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      HELL NO!

      • 🙂 Well that answers the should part of the question. Now what do you think they will do?

        • Well, to answer this, one must assume that HRC is actually indicted, then convicted, and then sentenced…….now…do you really expect this to happen? No one put Nixon in jail…he simply resigned his Presidency….plea bargain.

          • But in this situation Hillary won’t be the President.

            Although I heard a joke somewhere-that Hillary would end up pardoning herself 🙂

          • Oh sorry-will she be indicted and convicted-I never thought so before-but I’m beginning to think it’s a possibility

            • gmanfortruth says:

              Even if she is charged, the trial may not take place till after she is dead from old age. The way lawyers work these days, delays would be nonstop. I think the DOJ would have to charge her if the case was a good one, because failing to do so could destroy Obama’s failed legacy even further. If the DOJ doesn’t charge, the new DOJ under a Republican President still could. IMHO, the fact that she is even running for President, and people still thinking about voting for her, doesn’t say many good things about the credibility of D.C. or the Democrats.

            • gmanfortruth says:

              If Hillary is charged with a felony, The Democrats would have to take this into account before naming her the nominee:

              Section. 4. The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

  12. As a demonstration of my total ignorance of finance, let me get this straight, the Bank of Japan is now going to GIVE you money for borrowing money? Somehow I think this will be good for the Big Banks but bad for everybody else.

    Anybody care to ‘splain this one to me?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      DEBT! They are trying to acquire more debt, which is an asset. That’s all I can think of at the moment.

    • Otherwise know as negative interest rates……Banks in Europe have been doing this in an effort to stave off DEFLATION. Europe has a huge problem in that the euro is failing. Prices are dropping and people are hoarding cash. The banks see that savings accounts and other cash accounts are growing so the banks have decided to charge for your savings and cash accounts….instead of them paying you an interest on your money, they are charging you to keep your money. The theory in offering negative rates…in other words..I will pay you to borrow money is the hope that you will spend the money and when you pay it back, it is interest free.

      Now to get into negative rates, you will have to thoroughly understand “value”. And I mean THOROUGHLY understand. In our country, USA, we pay a bank a fee to have a safety deposit box in which to keep your valuables or your coins or money or whatever. Let us assume that you have gold in your safety deposit box and it loses value…..too bad for you. You are just renting space and value is your hard or good luck BUT the items are still yours….hard assets regardless of value.

      In Europe, you pay the Central Bank to save but you get paid to borrow and spend….but nothing is yours. The only way that it is yours is if you withdraw all of your money, which is what is beginning to happen because the value of your money is becoming dead. Negative interest rates are in effect a bank charging its customers a storage fee, much like a safe deposit box….but the BANK is in charge.

      Now, Socialism is runing rampant and the Socialist want nothing more than to do away with currency. The Central Bank in Europe is actually trying to devise a way of driving interest rates deeper into negative territory. Why? To make cash obsoete or in the very least make it depreciable. Think about this….WHAT if the government can make all transactions cashless, creating a permanent electronic record that can be traced to each and every individual who buys anything, thus dispensing with the anonymity of paper money. That is to mean, the government knows absolutely everything you buy from condoms to Bentleys.

      Now to further confuse the situation……..explore what bitcoin is…as this would be the newunderground result of Cenral Banking killing currencies.

      • When you start dealing with currency exchange, this is something very important to know. For example, if you are getting ready to go to Mexico for some ungodly reason or getting ready to head to Europe…..the strong dollar os god for you but bad for business. The exchange rate in Mexico now is roughly 1800 pesos per dollar….up from 1000 pesos recently. My American dollar in Mexico buys almost twice as much but to buy American now costs twice as much. So if you are trying to sell property in Mexico, the value of the Peso is worth less…..therefore takes more….nobod y has them. AND inflation isnot relative as some economists want to think.

  13. gmanfortruth says:

    Interesting, Baltic Dry Index drops to 317, lowest ever. Walmart had a huge amount of employees in the food section today while I was there. Over the intercom, they were referred to as security and directed to do (I didn’t catch the actual word) something in areas 2 and 3 and report back. All they were doing was moving product on the shelves forward, making the shelves look full, there were no new products going up. While it’s normal for regular employees to keep shelves looking like that (full and neat), having an entire staff far above normal caught my attention. Probably nothing but getting ready for a visit from a big shot, but very odd.

  14. WOW>….just in……….Local Tv’s in Iowa last night carried Trump’s rally more than showed the Republican debate. Womnder what that means?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      The PPN has issued a “Call to Action” for the sole purpose of protest. There are 4 guys left at the Refuge. They allowed one to go last week, he walked 7 miles, only to be arrested after he was told he would not be. Credibility is shot, which probably never existed anyway.

      Bundy has called for a stand down. He will deal with things in court now. I’ll post his statement below.

  15. gmanfortruth says:
    • Here in CA there are restrictions on wood burning stoves in many towns. New stoves must meet the EPA rules which means that most are pellet stoves. I still have an older wood burning that we use for auxiliary heat when it gets below 35°F. My property generates more than enough wood. In fact I often give wood away. I can either burn the wood in a bonfire since the leaving it where it falls is a wild fire hazard, pile it up and let it rot or burn it in my stove and get some use out of it. In all cases it turns into CO2. When I extract the energy for heat, I am replace some other form of energy.

  16. gmanfortruth says:

    Ammon Bundy – Malheur Wildlife Refuge Case

    01.28.2016 – AMMON’S STATEMENT (not a transcript)

    My message still remains. Turn yourselves in and do not use physical force. Use the national platform we have to continue to defend liberty through our constitutional rights in an Article 3 Court with an Article 3 judge.

    America must understand where we are at. We must make a choice now between freedom or force. Are we going to live free?

    I will not abandon all that we have accomplished in the name of liberty for the sake of my own personal freedom. We must choose the path of liberty which comes with freedom of choice. People must not be okay with what is going on.

    I am committed to freedom not force. Freedom not force. We are done with the culture of force. We are done with the government pointing guns at us to enforce their will upon the people. This is not liberty. This is not America.

    As much as I desire to see my own babies and my wife and to be the loving husband and caring father for my six children, and to be home with them caring for their needs and holding them in my arms, I must not desire this at the cost of freedom. I want to make sure the American people understand that we have a duty in our situation to further the defense of our God given rights.
    The world is listening. We will use the criminal discovery process to obtain information and government records. We will continue to educate the American people of the injustices that are taking place. We can do this through an Article 3 Court in front of an Article 3 judge. This is the Constitution. And it is ours to use and we will use it.
    When we were detained, we were traveling to Grant County to educate those people of their individual rights. We were prepared with computers, PA systems and projectors. We have been branded as armed occupiers. But for weeks we have spent endless hours visiting the people in Harney County and surrounding counties presenting to them solutions and choices for them to make. We were being very successful in educating people and getting them to move towards freedom. At the time that we were gaining momentum through education. For this the government once again chose force that turned lethal.

    We only had guns for our protection and never once pointed them at another individual or had any desire to do so. The people have a right to bear arms for their own protection. We never wanted bloodshed. We verbalized this many, many times and we continue to do so.
    I mourn Lavoy’s death. Lavoy was a man who put other’s needs and safety before his own. After we were arrested, the FBI agents that transported us said that Lavoy’s shooting would have been recorded on video. We are anxiously waiting to review this video. Questions must be answered.

    The choice is ours. Are we going to stand for freedom or are we going to fall by force.

  17. gmanfortruth says:

    Statement by Lisa Bundy, Ammon’s Wife– 1/28/2016

    Lisa made a statement (audio M4A) ay asking those remaining at the refuge to please go home.She has heard from Ammon and agrees.


    This is Lisa Bundy, Ammon Bundy’s wife. I spoke with Ammon’s lawyers yesterday and heard from his voice that those were his instructions: he wants people to go home; to go to their families.


    First I want to address my beloved friend Lavoy Finnicum. Lavoy is one of the greatest men and greatest patriots I have ever seen. His love for this country ran deep through the blood he gave yesterday. And I mourn for him and his family. I’m praying for you fervently in every prayer.

    We will have more to say later but right now I am asking the federal government to allow the people at the refuge to go home without being prosecuted.

    To those remaining at the refuge, I love you. Let us take this fight from here. Please stand down. Go home and hug your families. This fight is ours for now in the courts. Please go home.

    Being in the system, we are going to take this opportunity to answer the questions on Art. 1, Section 8, Cause 17 of the United States Constitution regarding rights of statehood and the limits on federal property ownership. Thank you and god bless America.


  18. Gman my be close to a conspiracy theory here…..White House saying that e mails are way to sensitive to even show to the investigating committee. HRC wanting them released and WH says no….it is not going to be Biden, I feel prety confident…..however, Elizabeth Warren? Valerie Jarrett, who is dating an Islamic convert……it just appears to this old warrior that there is a brokered DEMOCRATIC convention coming.

    The proof…..will be if HRC is actually indicted by the FBI or Justice Department. If she is….brokered convention on the horizon and it will not be Bernie Sanders.

    Anyone have any other conspiracy ideas?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I brought up one with Warren long ago, so I may as well restate it just for fun. Warren gets the nomination and her VP pick is………Obama. 🙂

    • I am actually surprised at the resurgence of Cuomo up here. I was certain the SOB wouldbe indicted but when the US Attorney punted, all the pressure was off.

      In the last two weeks Young Andy has repeatedly promised the sky, moon and stars to the populace of NY. During the snow storm, he usurped the mayor’s job. I think we are upwards of $100,000,000,000 in new spending for infrastructure. Yesterday he promised 12 weeks of paid maternity leave to moms and dads and extended it to those caring for the sick and infirm.

      Personally I think he is still, dead meat but apparently he doesn’t.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Isn’t it amazing how these politicians think they have all this power that they can demand what private business’s do. These are the kinds of politicians that should be swinging from an oak tree.

  19. gmanfortruth says:

    Gentlemen & Ladies,

    I have followed with gut wrenching anguish this unfolding murderous saga that the federal government, FBI and BLM are perpetrating upon the citizens and the defenders of liberty in Oregon. Many of you have told me, directly or via Facebook that we need to do something … anything. Oregon, the area where this is taking place is over 2500 miles from here … driving or trying to get involved at this stage or flying out there would be a mission without any possibility of success. So, what are we to do? We have sworn to uphold, defend and protect the U.S Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    In the first place, the Constitution does not even allow the federal government to own property outside of the confines of D.C and the ports … necessary for commerce per clearly stated directives in that document. In reality, the BLM and the actions of the federal agents are without legal basis and are clear violations of the law. The federal government has trumped our Constitution by bullying, withholding tax dollars (the irony here is they collect all that money from us) and offering our money back to us as a bribe for grants, projects, roads, bridges etc. The government is consuming us … bite by bite … we see their illegal acts occur in the west because they have illegally seized most of the western states and hold it in “trust” for the citizens of this nation! If we owned that land … try and build a house on that preserve or on any of the hundreds of millions of acres they “possess” … good luck.

    So, I am back to the original question. What can we do? Our organization needs manpower/woman power. Our numbers need to dramatically expand. The CPT units we have are very capable but they are too few. Our chapters … like our CPT units are also too few. So, if you want to do something to enable us to be that force for good … “RECRUIT”! We need CPT units in every county in this state … in fact we need more than one in most counties. We need to organize Pa Oath Keeper chapters in every county.

    Gentlemen, talk is cheap but actions speak volumes. It is better to face an enemy on equal footing, with strength, courage and the firm conviction that we are defending that sacred document. We must follow in the footsteps of our forebears who fought that Revolutionary war that gave us this nation. They risked all. Can we do any less? We either grow to a force to be reckoned with or we remain just a thorn in the side of those who continuously take our “God” Given Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    We have a lot of work to do and very little time to do it in. Remember Lavoy Finicum, a loving father, a Christian and a man devoted to the cause of liberty … murdered in “cold” blood for standing up for what he and all of us believe in!

    May God Almighty direct us in the most pure and correct path in these difficult times we face. May he give us courage in the face of adversity, wisdom to know when to stand against tyranny and the knowledge necessary to protect our families, our communities, our state and our nation!

    Don Wright
    Pa Oath Keepers

  20. gmanfortruth says:

    Ya just have to love the MSM propaganda machine. On FOX, it went something like this “they are talking about repealing Obamacare, but what are you going to replace it with”. Like I have been saying, isn’t much difference between the two groups in DC.

  21. gmanfortruth says:
    • Kamala Harris is a democrat hack politician that is running for Barbara Boxer’s seat. She will be as bad a Boxer.

  22. ” However, what I will say is that Ted Cruz is the first grassroots-friendly conservative to be within striking distance of becoming the GOP nominee since Reagan. Opportunities like this don’t come along very often and if conservatives let this one pass, we may never again have a chance to put a conservative champion like Cruz in the White House. ”

    People are probably getting tired of me-but I really agree with the above comment-I look at how democrats supported Obama-they dismissed his past, his questionable connections, actions and words-I’m afraid the republicans may be doing the same thing now. I also believe that when rats infest your attic you send in an exterminator-you do not burn down the whole house.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Note to pundits:

      HOW the hell do you know if Cruz is electable unless he gets nominated and actually runs??

      HOW will you EVER get changes you want if you are ALWAYS willing to retreat to “electability”??

      WHEN will changes come if you are ALWAYS willing to settle for the illusion of incrementalsim?

      Is it not better to have a leader who stands firm on the same principles and then allow that person some wiggle room via the Congressional negotiations, rather than a Manipulator in Chief who will negotiate what ever they want while ignoring ALL your principles??

      Donald Trump = John Boehner with a more forceful personality. Does that make you fell all warm and fuzzy??

      • JAC says: Donald Trump = John Boehner with a more forceful personality. Does that make you fell all warm and fuzzy??

        D13 asks: Do you feel that Trump has not changed his stripes at all? Trump could be a deal maker, but do you really think he is a Boehner? Boehner does not deal in strength..he is a weasel. He caves or can be bought off. Do you really think that Trump would “cave” or do you think he would hold strong..not a rigid backbone to where there is no agreement but hold to where there is an agreement where the Conservatives actually win? Of course, as POTUS, he has no real power over the Congress but he does hold a veto power. The question would be how well he wields his ” EO ” authority as part of any deal making.

        So, do yu feel that he is still a liberal in drag?

        • Just A Citizen says:


          Yes, although he is a Progressive, not a “Liberal”.

          I see no difference between Trump and the “establishment” Republicans or Democrats. Not in their goals nor in their ethics.

          Trump will make deals just like Boehner, and the Progressive agenda will move foraward some more.

          • I used to use the analogy that if you were in a 100 story building and at the top and the elevator started to drop would you ONLY push the Lobby button or every damn button on the panel?

            That is the way I look at the election this year. First we have to stop the plunge. Cruz may make me warm and fuzzy but he is the Lobby Button.

            Before we can start, we have to stop.

          • Fair enough……Progressive Social? Progressive International? All of the above? You feel that he does not have the USA interests at heart.? In other words, you feel he will sail the USA down the river to promote a progressive agenda and try to establish a world elite?

            • Just A Citizen says:


              He has USA interests at heart, as he defines them. Which means he is focused on outcomes and not the means. Ends justify the means. The “greater good”. These are the two core principles of the Progressive.

              Internationally I think he is still all about the USA first. He might even be a bit of an “isolationist”, in the modern use not the real use. Kind of like Rand Paul. EXCEPT, and this is the big part, he would get entangled in foreign affairs because it is more important to be number one than be right.

              I expect, like most Progressive thinkers, it is always about the shorter term, not the long game. Thus they are always needing more “action” to “fix” things.

              Progressives love using Govt. power to accomplish what they feel is the “right course”. That is Trump in my opinion. I don’t think he fully understands nor cares to understand the need to restore Constitutional dominance over Govt.

            • Does it really have to come down to “he does not have the USA interest at heart”? Maybe he does-but if one looks at his record he is a progressive. Has anyone else ever heard him mention the Constitution or the rule of law. I haven’t.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                LMAO. Good Morning! I had to laugh at one of the stalest political cliché’s the is so overused it don’t even count anymore. That statement will never hold true with ANY politician in this race, even Rand Paul. I think if we could actually have a chance to vote for someone that is from the regular folk, then it might actually mean something.

          • Same thing, we are on a spiral to hell at best. Have to stop that. Then, when we have a breather, we can start taking back. Again, you have to send a message to the folks. The “right” has been abysmal at this. If the Left says “war on women” or Racism” or Social Security is going broke, the Republican Leadership runs for the hills. Gotta stop doing that. Gotta go on offense. All the time!

            The biggest mistake with O’Bama was NOT forcing the issues. Making him veto stuff then attacking him for what he was. Play the same game they play. Put some small good thing in along with bad things the Dems want then folrce him to veto. Then attack! Sure he will whine over the Poison Pill but that is a weak position, not a strong one. There are absolutely no strategists, deal makers or street fighters in the Republican Party. Maybe that is the GOOD part of Trump’s NY values. Look at Schumer for God’s sake. People actually listen to him because he is a Street Fighter. He took what Al Damato taught him and doubled down. Sunday morning press conferences! Genius! Where the hell is any Republican on that.

    • Gonna say something here that I would rather not say. Was doing some work around the house today and listened to Ted giving a speech. His voice always reminded me of someone. Finally figured it out. Ned Flanders on “The Simpsons”. Same sing song.

      I am telling you the guy is smart but needs to loosen up, a lot. Lose the dress shirt, put on a pair of Khakis and a golf shirt. Stop for God’s sake using the greasy kid stuff on his hair.

      What is this stuff about showing up at an informal event wearing dress pants and a shirt anyway. He’s not the only one doing it but it looks stupid!

      • I’d probably have a lot of fun having a beer with Trump and I don’t even like beer. 🙂 But when it comes to Constitutional issues or legal issues-I’m gonna want to have a bourbon with Cruz.

  23. gmanfortruth says:

    I’m surprised this took so long to begin.

  24. gmanfortruth says:
    • Healthcare and health insurance are two different things. Obamacare is all about health insurance not about healthcare. It does not address the fundamental costs issues impacting healthcare in this country.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Somebody needs to call out these sob story people. 63, self employed and never had insurance?? Then I will bet the farm that was HIS CHOICE. A choice he would no longer have if he was just starting out.

      And of course, did it make a difference now? NOPE. Cause he CHOSE to never go to the doctor or carry insurance.

      So I am sorry for you loss, but why do you think you have a right to hold a gun to my head and force me to pay for your insurance. And then tell me I have no say in your living habits.

  25. gmanfortruth says:

    Baltic Dry Index is compiled by the London-based Baltic Exchange and covers prices for transported cargo such as coal, grain and iron ore. The index is based on a daily survey of agents all over the world. Baltic Dry hit a temporary peak on May 20, 2008, when the index hit 11,793. The lowest level ever reached was on Friday, January 29 2016, when the index dropped to 317 points.

    There are plenty of reports that store shelves are less stocked, but without raw goods being shipped, it’s just a matter of time before those shelves get even more empty. Hope everyone is well stocked.

  26. Just A Citizen says:

    Key questions that should be asked of all POTUS candidates.

    “Are you willing to cause a govt. shutdown by vetoing legislation you do not support”??

    Follow up: “What kinds of legislation or what criteria will you use to decide when legislation is so unacceptable as to risk a shutdown by vetoing said legislation?”

  27. Does anyone see a fighter on the Republican ticket?

  28. Why is everyone putting so much stock in Iowa and New Hampshire? It really means nothing. Super Tuesday in March means so much more…..and, if I am looking at past history correctly, Super Tuesday does not follow Iowa nor New Hampshire very often…..

    Whoever wins Iowa, I do not see momentum at all. But who the hell and I.

    • Just A Citizen says:


      Because the press needs to pump interest to keep ratings. Neither mean a pinch of bull puckey, except maybe to big time donors. South Carolina will be a bigger tell and then the big day in March.

    • It’s not necessarily momentum. A rule change states that a candidate must take the majority of delegates in at least 8 states before they can be considered for the nomination. That’s why there are so many running. Split the delegates enough times between all the candidates makes it tougher to gain the majority in 8 states. Just figure 10 candidates x 8 =80, but there’s only 50 states. So this year, with so many running, you better take the majority quick, fast, and in a hurry. Hope that makes sense.

      • It would be different if only 3 were running, All three could gain the majority in 8 states, and there would still be states to spare. But say Christie wins 6 states and Paul wins 4 states and Fiorina wins 3 states. When they drop out, they give there delegates to other candidates. BUT, the other candidates didnt win the delegates outright, so those states wouldn’t count on the way to 8, only the states they won outright would count. A candidate could win 7 states and not get a chance at the nomination. We could actually see that if all the candidates stay in the race.Then what? A brokered convention, like you predicted.

        • One last thing. The rule was changed from 5 to 8 states. Now figure that 10 candidates x 5 = 50. Plenty of majority wins to go around.

          • gmanfortruth says:

            Plus it’s the first of the 50 States. The starting gun is sounding in this race and the media will necessarily cover it to death, as they have been.

  29. England throwing a huge rock in the window of the EU…….England, today, saying that they will most likely limit if not stop all the state supported benefits to all immigrants regardless of country of origin. The EU is having a cow because under the EU agreement, everyone is entitled to all benefits from all member countries no matter what.

    So you have the following…(1) England’s new stance, (2) the closing of borders by some EU members, (3) Denmark, Finland, and Belgium will close their borders to all immigrants in March, 2016, (4) the bastion of progressive and liberal Sweden deciding to profile and close borders to all Muslims, and (5) the Euro dollar beginning to fall all across the globe.

    Throw in the fact that the German Mark is the mainstay of the Euro dollar…..suddenly deciding not to finance anymore countries not meeting a specific thresh-hold……..interesting times ahead.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      A few thoughts. Immigration policies are failing because Muslim’s won’t assimilate. While that may seem to be the driving force, it could also be that they are running out of other peoples money 🙂 The Brits could be acting proactively knowing that the world is heading into some economic troubles. This could lead to more immigration for the free cookies that may not be available in 6 months. Our idiots in DC are still bringing Syrian immigrants in (amongst others). They need to be monitored closely. Any spike in rapes or other crimes should be dealt with sharply, and I’m not talking about letting “authorities” handle it.

  30. gmanfortruth says:
  31. gmanfortruth says:

    I have seen the video of this shooting. I do not believe the cops had to shoot him or the truck. But, that’s what government has become.

  32. gmanfortruth says:
  33. England has basically given 48 hour notice of leaving the EU…….just heard that.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      That is a WOW statement! This will be interesting.

      • I actually think that it is a strong arm get some sort of an agreement. See what happens.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          There has been talk about a Brexit. It seems they are getting serious now. I don’t know what agreement can be met when if/it still depends on the voters. Maybe it is another example of how little power votes have over there.

  34. From what I read, the English people can vote to stay in or out every two or three years.

  35. Just A Citizen says:


    People are claiming that the Fed Govt devalues ranches via their regulatory control and then grabs the land.

    How is that different from what happens in the cities to the benefit of people like Trump?

    Regulations strangle the city, it dies, areas become blighted. In step a Trump and offers pie in the sky increased tax base, the Govt. condemns the property and gives it, or sells at discount, to the snake oil salesman.

    The Govt. actions destroy the economic vitality, then the Govt. takes the property under the guise of being necessary to improve the economic vitality. Because what it really wants is MORE TAXES.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Snake oil salesman = politician. Politician = Snake oil salesman. Not that hard to figure out. Politicians know when huge corporations are going to get the goods that cause the stocks to raise exponentially, they invest when the price is low, make the deal that allows the corporation to “steal” the land. Politicians make a fortune, corporations grow their business. All at the expense of the people. It isn’t always about taxes. Taxes ban be deferred for a lengthy period of time. Politicians get some nice political contributions, plus a nice profit in their portfolio. Repeat top two lines of this comment, wash, rinse and repeat. 😉

  36. Just A Citizen says:

    The ugly reality of politics in the USA today. People will spend millions, maybe billions to get one person elected to POTUS for 4 years.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I thought it was a great moment when Trump explained how well those campaign contributions work for him. That is why many of us refer to the politicians as puppets. Add this to my above comment, and you can see a little better as to why Black Flag, Rick, myself and others have come to the conclusions we have. We the people are simply an afterthought once the votes are cast, which is now clearly a fact, not a conspiracy theory.

  37. gmanfortruth says:

    Texas Supreme Court Rules 8-0 for First Amendment rights.

    • If you read the decision,,,,it is really mind blowing. The decision covers state supported schools as well as private schools. Several groups poured millions of dollars into this fight to keep religious views suppressed….they have lost. And since this is a State Supreme Court…it is still a decisions that independent states can take up and follow the lead.

  39. Just A Citizen says:

    Note the headline. Then read the story CAREFULLY.

    BUT………. there is no media bias in normal reporting. Nope. Nothing. Now what do you suppose the leftwing blogs are saying about this story? How many went past the headline and lead paragraph?

  40. Standard Obama-waste money on unneeded crap-cut things that we need, right when the need is highest. The military and now border security.

  41. gmanfortruth says:

    Cruz wins Iowa…..OK, so what? It wasn’t a landslide and the Carson camp is accusing the Cruz camp of dirty politics. This is the part I see as most important moving forward. Even people who don’t want to vote for Carson probably liked him. He’s a likable guy and probably the most honest of the lot. I’ll guess that the Cruz camp will admit it and blame a few excited Caucuser’s who got carried away with their enthusiasm (have you heard that before?). That’s that “ground game” spoken of I reckon.

    The groundhog says winter is over. Only the 19th time in over 100 years. I hope he’s right, I’m still sick of winter from last year. 🙂

    • Good for the groundhog 🙂 I think what’s important going forward is the fact that Rubio almost tied for second place.

      But since you mentioned Carson-he had a lot of support-who do you think will get his voters.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        I don’t think Cruz will get any Carson delegates if he quits. Maybe Carson will have a say in that when he quits by giving his support to one of those left.

  42. gmanfortruth says:

    A little more info to share on the murder of Lavoy Finicum.

    Another mistake the Bundy group made, not recording things and/or having a live feed onboard the vehicles. Lesson to be learned from this (and all the other bad cop videos), turn on that smart phone and record anytime your pulled over or approached by the cops. Know your rights and exercise them.

  43. gmanfortruth says:

    Just another reason to dislike the whole election thing….how is this women still running for the Presidency? What’s worse is that people will still vote for her. This has to not only taint this election, but should wake more people up to the problem of the political class and the two party monopoly of the elections. Are these problems fixable?

  44. gmanfortruth says:

    After watching Jurassic World last night, I flipped on the Primary coverage and flipped to MSNBC. They were watching some Sanders folks try and convince some other young folks to get on board. One young female, spoke up and said she was a vet, has been waiting for care from the VA for 3 months so far and basically stated ” I want someone who can fix the VA because it’s F’cd up”. That was the highlight of what I saw as nothing more than theater.

  45. G man……….you are going to have to explain this to me…..”People are claiming that the Fed Govt devalues ranches via their regulatory control and then grabs the land.”

    I know of no instance of this unless said ranch was on government/public property anyway. To my knowledge there is no Federal taxing authority or Federal anything authority (including EPA) over any ranch land that is private.

    NNow, if people are stupid enough to be afraid of the Feds and allow them on private property, then they have given away their rights. But, without a court order for cause, no Federal Authority has any jurisdiction over private ranch land….to my knowledge.

    • On a side note, the Federal Government, through the EPA, will try to scare you by saying that they have jurisdiction over streams and rivers that run through your property but they really do not. They have written rules that claim the same thing but the rules are not enforceable so people need to educate themselves on the process. The best thing to do is deny them entrance and prosecute them if you catch them trespassing. We did. And we even shoot down their drones if we catch them….there is NOTHING in the law that prohibits that either. Since we have two 24/7 springs that originate on our property and both streams feed the reserve water supply for Ardmore, Oklahoma, they try to claim juristdiction in the “public interest”…that also gets nowhere but you have to fight and stand your ground. (Fight does not mean meet them armed at the gate, either.)

      It is really easy to beat the Feds if you play their game by their rules. They hate that, by the way.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Hey now, you have mentioned meeting them at the gates armed. But I agree, people need to know their rights. Few do and they pay dearly for it.

        • Come on Gman… one is unarmed but you do not go to the gate “Bundy” style. We are on a ranch….everyone is armed all the time for a variety of reasons….we all carry sidearms and rifles for bob cat, coyotes, and puma. Mainly coyotes….When the EPA tried to gain access that time, we were armed but we did not adopt a “parade rest” stance with guns drawn. We did not say…take on step further and we will blow you away. It was clear to them not to push but there were no threats with the excpetion that you are not getting on this land with out a Federal Court order,…..signed and date stamped and your EPA order means absolutely nothing…you have no jurisdiction and no authority.

          They did not get on te ranch to retrieve their drone….we brought it to them…minus the camera….to which we said…we dont know where it is. They tried the “public airspace” argument but that does not fly. Everytime google or the state wanted to “map” certain areas, they always had a public meeting to where we had a chance to argue yes or no….now if they satellite pics there is nothing we can do about it, of course and we do not care. But there have been two major court decisions that have said that flying a drone over private property without permission can be considered tresspass….and one of those decisions came from Texas where a man was flying a drone over his neighbors backyard taking pictures of his wife and kids in their swimming pool.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I think JAC wrote that line, maybe he should do the explaining. Based on the numerous links provided on the subject, I think it’s a weak statement that fails to tell the stories provided in those links. Here’s a good question for you Sir….Why did the Fed’s want the Red River land? What was the purpose of that?

      • The purpose of the Red River issue was not who owned the property but were waterways that defined boundaries “public waterways” for the purposes of fishing and boating and kayaking. The waters of rivers and things that cut through private property are indeed public when it comes to boating, etc, but you do NOT have the right nor the authority to beach your boat and camp on private property. The Feds were trying to say there was an “easement” to which they had control…..they lost that argument. Landowners have the right to fence to the water line and post signs that says it is private property, no camping, or hunting allowed and no beaching of boats nor fishing from the banks.

        Sometimes there are sandbars in the middle of the river but if water is on both sides, it is considered “river”….you can beach on a sand bar and fish….however, you take a big chance doing so….lots of quick sand in the Red. And LOTS of flash floods in the spring time.

        • Just A Citizen says:


          Does your right to fence and post land go to the “high” water mark or to the “water line”??

          Here abouts it is the high water mark. Thus I can beach my boat and fish from the bank, as long as that bank is normally under water at high water. In some places that would allow you to camp on the beach or bank.

          • Ok, did some checking…whatever the current water mark is….however, the Red is notorious at high water….it is a very dangerous river.

            Now, most ranchers really do not care about beaching a boat and fishing from the bank…as long as you stay there. But..there is NO camping, NO fires, and NO hunting….and they post it with signs on trees and on waters edge.

            Friend of mine, on the Brazos, has 142 acres of river front and his land spans both sides…he has a little spread of 30,000 acres. I just got off the phone with him and he says he has a couple of signs along the river where no one could miss them. These signs measure 8×8….they say, and I qoute ( wrote it down )…..”you are surrounded by private property. Please enjoy your boating and fishing activities. Camping, and camp fires are not allowed at anytime. Hunting is not allowed at anytime and be advised that our wildlife is armed and dangerous and are better shots. Have a nice day.”

            Gotta admire is ingenuity but he did say that he was beginning to have problems with night poaching by spot light. In the early spring, the Brazos is pretty rough….but in summer and winter time, the levels are lower.

  46. Side note to TEd Cruz:…………………you claim to be Texan at heart….and have Texas independent ways about you……..IF……IF…it is true what I read about your team approaching the Carson delegates and lying to them to swing votes your way prior to any Carson announcements………IF that is the case, you will lose Texas. We do not operate that way. That is what a slick assed politician would do and we had enough of that with Johnson and Bush II…..

    • gmanfortruth says:

      The only one that I see as non-establishment is Carson. Trump been playing that game for a longtime. Cruz and Rubio are insiders and I think Cruz is playing people to give the appearance of non-establishment in hopes of winning running on that moniker. They are all politicians, sans Carson.

  47. gmanfortruth says:

    Anyone notice the high number of young voters on Sanders side? That should be a sign of how poor the education system has become. Nothing is free and Bernie wants to give away the world.

  48. gmanfortruth says:

    A little off subject 🙂 As most of you know I have been following the investigation into the Sandy Hook shootings. The last thing that I have found were the video’s of the hearings that took place, after long delays, with the person investigating the whole thing. After the video’s were posted, he has not been heard of, at all, on the subject. His website has not been updated. His assistants have also fallen off the grid. While Wolfgang Halbig was in his late 60’s, there has been no reports of his dying. He has simply disappeared. Even the well established alternative media folks haven’t said a peep about this guy. Makes one wonder.

  49. Just A Citizen says:


    I did make the comment about people claiming that the Feds were devaluing ranches in order to get them at bargain prices.

    That is the claim made by many ranchers, such as Haige, Bundy, and the Hammonds. And there is a long list of many others.

    You keep forgetting the dominance of federal land out here. The blessing and curse of the West.

    Most ranchers require Federal permits to run enough cattle to make a living. They cannot get a Federal permit without having PRIVATE land as a “Home Ranch”. But these ranches cannot support the cattle year round. Usually they hold the cattle in the winter then turn them out on the Fed lands in the spring, summer and early fall. This allows the private land to be hayed, to feed the cattle in the winter.

    By cutting grazing allotments use the Feds effectively “devalue” the ranch because the “commercial value” is reduced due to fewer cattle being able to be supported. Eventually it gets bad enough that the Ranch cannot survive. When it is sold the land value is less than for a working ranch because of the remote locations. LOW DEMAND.

    In fact, most of the time the FEDS are the only ones who are really interested in these old ranches. Because they are located in the bottoms where the streams and wetlands exist.

    The fact of the matter is that in most cases there is no “deliberate” effort to devalue ranches by cutting grazing permits, just to get the land. The permit reductions are for all the environmental reasons I stated earlier on this subject. Just as the Bundy problem was with the Desert Tortoise.

    Part of the Feds problem with public image is that most of us know some of these environmental issues are BS, again like the Desert Tortoise issue. But the Environmentalists have prevailed in the Courts so the Feds do what they believe is needed to NO LOSE in the Courts.

    I do believe that this has been allowed to continue because most Americans simply do not understand what has happened or that many of the reasons are BS. All they know is that this is THE PEOPLE’s LAND and they do not want it damaged. They fall prey to all the Enviro. media propaganda about damage by grazing, logging, etc., etc..

    We have never been able to create the political will in Congress to fix the problem. In the old days our powerful Senators could have gotten it done. But Congress no longer operates that way. They give much more deference to other Congress members and do not play the hard ball we used to play in the old days.

    • I thought it would be something like that…had to have Federal Lands involved somewhere and I plead ignorance on how it works out there.

      Now, along a rabbit trail from this…..we have heard that since a lot of ranches have been bought up by corporations that make huge donations, we are hearing “rumors” of rules limiting cattle sales….a quota so to speak based on percentages. But rumors so far.

      What is happening even in Texas, are the old family ranches are not being kept….sons/daughters who are inheriting are selling off to devolpers and making lots of money…you ae beginning to see ranches going the way of farms…..and that is sad.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        There is some of that going on out here, and it has been happening for a long time. Simplot is a major farm and ranch owner in Idaho, northern Nevada and eastern Oregon, for example.

        We are also seeing “partnerships” of very rich people buying up large holdings to create these “trophy” ranches. While not some corporate giant, they certainly do act like one when it comes to managing their lands. First thing that happens is the No Trespassing signs go up. Then there are the Ted Turner types who replace the cows with buffalo, excuse me North American Bison.

        I have not heard of any efforts to limit cattle sales. Wouldn’t be surprised but have not heard of anything. In fact I have heard the opposite. Did not Congress just remove barriers to importing South American beef…………again?

        My theory: Cattle numbers have remained lower than would be expected due to two major factors. Corn subsidies and drought. These two are related in some areas.

        Corn subsidies have removed a lot of pasture land and converted it to corn. Drought over large areas will reduce cattle numbers if the drought is prolonged. This has happened before but then recovered. But with Corn competing for the same acreage, and with cattlemen being much smarter, the numbers have not rebounded.

        Now someone is lobbying to break the cattle prices by importing beef. I do not know who is behind this effort. Unless it is the mega corporations. They may have a major stake in the foreign beef. I know many big money folks were buying up Ag. lands over seas about ten years ago. Deserves further investigation.

        Did want to mention one major thing that has changed out here. The livestock industry does not have the same clout politically it used to have. Still better than the lumber industry but not as great as other, more modern industries. This would mean that the mid west, including Texas, would probably have greater affect on legislation in this area. Our traditional influence was disproportional to our populations, but it was VERY effective.

        • Good points…..Texas and the midwest probably do hold some clout still…..although, not very much when it comes to the cattle business. What is something that I am having a real hard time getting around is the fact that you are saying that corn is replacing cattle grazing but we get paid not to produce corn. This whole system is so screwed up….I am sure there is some corporate conglomerate trying to manipulate cattle prices….it has been tried before and worked short term….but the cattlemen have become very savvy of late……

          What is on the horizon is some lobbying effort being raised by an undisclosed source that the type of cross breeding that we are doing is detrimental to public health. We do not know who it is yet but the irony is like we do….we have Brangus…a cross between Brahama and Angus…it is grass fed without steroids. We crossed this breed because it is hardy to handle the Oklahoma winters….The problem with Argentine and Brazilian beef is its lack of hardiness to withstand feed lots in the winter time. Several of us small type ranching folks have found a niche in the beef market. ( For example, we rarely go to auction because of the quality of our beef. The upper end restaurants and their lobby want our beef before they go to auction to fulfill what they need. Well, several of the smaller ranchers, small meaning 3,000 head per year, have gotten together and are collectively producing the same type of beef. High quality with quality marbling. The corporate moguls are selling to the fast food industry and selling beef loading with saturates and fat and steroids but they also want the higher end market as well. But most of the ranches in the corporate world are not really working ranches… mean cow/calf operations They import beef, throw them on some grass and in feed lots and sell a lower quality beef that you eat at fast food places. So, since they cannot freeze us out of the quality market, they are trying to use rule making to freeze out the little guy…….except for Kobe Beef.

          It is not working because demand is still the KING of quality, People want a good quality steak, they know which steak places to go to..,and they pay the price.

          The other thing that is happening just recently, is the importing of beef is allowed but exporting is not allowed…..unless you have an exemption.

  50. Just A Citizen says:

    On the Iowa results.

    The Media has come to be nothing more than a self aggrandizing entity that struggles to maintain the air of objectivity as it tries to manipulate the process to maintain ratings.

    I watched the media try to claim Trump was UPSET and LOST. How could this be when Cruz was ahead in Iowa for several months?? Oh, because they kept touting the public opinion polls, which they take. They made a big deal out of Cruz taking the lead in these polls and then Trump taking it back just before the election.

    BUT, the polls that mattered never changed. Despite all the claims that people changed their minds at the last minute because Trump abandoned the debate is pure BS folks. Most people made up their minds a few weeks ago and never changed them.

    How do we know this? The comments made by the Rubio people as to what the real results would be. The confidence in the Cruz people that they would win. They KNEW what the more detailed polling was showing. And they knew they had what really counted. Remember when I said in Iowa it comes down to the GROUND GAME. You have to get your people to the CAUCUS. This process requires more dedicated people than just voting.

    Next I watched Fox and MSNBC and others try to claim that Trump blew it with the Fox debate. That he showed the world he has problems with strong women, on and on and on. This is CREATING a narrative they want played in the coming weeks. Watch as his opponents start using it. This happens more often than it should. The media starts a narrative and the candidates start repeating it because it is testing well in the focus groups.

    Fox even went so far as to declare themselves the big winner in Iowa.

    The biggest winner last night was Rubio. He might have damaged the Governors far more than anyone expected. If he can now take second or third in New Hampshire, behind Trump and Cruz, the field will narrow substantially. All because Rubio took votes from all those behind him.

    Note: The final numbers for Cruz and Trump mirrored those given by some polls a few weeks back. Those polls that tried to focus on Caucus goers. It was Rubio who far outperformed expectations of the media. But interestingly, not of his own internals.

    On the Dem side, I watched Fox, MSNBC and CNN constantly posting far different results with supposedly the same number of precincts reporting. CNN was the obviously trying to show Clinton farther ahead than the others, then MSNBC and then Fox, in descending order.

    Example, very late CNN had Clinton by 8, MSNBC had Clinton by 5 and Fox had Clinton by 3. Those are big differences in reporting. Now if Clinton does finish with 8 it will feed the conspiracy theories about CNN. 😉

    • Wait a minute-I’m confused by your comment on polling the caucus goers-They are reporting that there was an unusually high turn out (which was supposed to help Trump per reports) so how can those polls from a few weeks ago include them.

      Not convinced missing that debate didn’t hurt Trump, at least in Iowa.

      • VH..if I am not mistaken, the turn out for Cruz was evangelical….which is a laugh…but this is what I heard. Evangelicals will hurt Trump….the proof will be after New Hampshire.

        • Evangelicals are just as likely to vote for Rubio, if they are picking a candidate solely on their belief he is a Christian.

          • Just A Citizen says:



            Now let me post some numbers I heard from Limbaugh this morning. Per a Fox poll that was done BEFORE voting yesterday.

            Only 5% stated that Trump shared their values, yet he got 24% of the votes.

            Over 30% stated that Cruz shared their values, yet he got 28% of the votes.

            Somewhere near 30% stated that Rubio shared their values, he got 23% of the vote.

            There still remains a disconnect between “core principles” and voting results. This means, to me, that Trump MUST make the case he will get things done that the Republicans want done. The minute it looks like he will cave in, like Boehner and McConnell, he will lose.

            As I said before, outside the NE and metro areas we know what it means to have New York values. And that does not sell in my part of the world.

            Which brings me to what I think damaged Trump in Iowa more than anything. And may hurt him going forward. That was his own statements about liking Pelosi and Reid and how he could “negotiate with them”. LOSER……….

            • Exactly…..that statement will probably push Cruz over the line in Texas. Right now, Trump seems to be the leader here…..but with the Super Tuesday coming up…that will carry more clout than 10 Iowa’s.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        A couple of weeks ago there was a couple polls released that focused on “likely Caucus” attendees. Two things came from those polls.

        1. Turnout would be high.
        2. Cruz would win.

        Remember the latest reporting was that the snow storm would harm the “expected high turnout”?? Given the two items reported above I think the main media polling did not pick up the actual caucus voters. This is also why the Iowa polling data and final caucus outcome have been so far off the past decade or more.

        When it comes to a Caucus the “percentage” points in most polls do not matter. Just as National Polls do not matter. Despite what the media tries to peddle to everyone.

        What the polls of likely Caucus voters, from a few weeks back, did not pick up on was the strength of Rubio’s support. This obviously grew in the final weeks. I believe it was his debate presence and his ground game. The latter was not reported by anyone.

        The notion that increased turnout would help Trump was a narrative pushed by the pundits and media. Think about this a moment. Romney lost with 2 million less votes than McCain. Now if those 2 million decide to show back up at the polls do you think they are really going to be Trump supporters or more likely go to Cruz or Rubio?? I personally believe they will go to the last two and not Trump. Because those 2 million were the disaffected conservatives who were fed up being force fed the establishments “moderate” Republican candidate.

        Going forward I expect that any huge increase in turnout on the Republican side will be mostly in the “conservative” ranks. This will differ only in those states where cross over voting is allowed. Where blue collar Dems can vote in Rep. primaries.

        Now here is another theory of mine. I think Cruz and Rubio can thank Trump for them doing better than many expected. When Trump was added to the pile of candidates he went after Bush hard. Bush hurt himself but Trump helped drive a few nails in the coffin. The “establishment” has been scrambling to find a replacement for Bush. And he is NOT Rubio. That is another narrative which was started by the “left leaning” media outlets, by the way. Trump solidified a large block of the “outsider” and “fed up” voting block. A group the R’s had hoped would be split among a larger number of “Conservative” candidates.

        By consolidating these votes into basically 4 candidates it diluted the affect hoped for. Then when Carson imploded those votes went to the other three, instead of 5 or 6. Now the rest of the pack may disappear far sooner than the establishment hoped. Further consolidating the conservative and tea party votes around one or two of the top three, those being Cruz or Rubio.

    • It was Cruz’s to lose…..Trump knew the score, hence, no debate. Fox’s ratings went down because Trump was not there and that pisses fox off big time. Now, the problem Cruz has is that he is not liked on the hill. Even if he garners support, I still see the Republican Party, using the old, for the Good of the Republican PArty, closing Cruz out at the convention…assuming no one gets a 50% majority and it does not look like it. I think the Repubs want either Trumo or Rubio…..Cruz is the loose cannon.

      Texas is not a shoe-in for Cruz….and he thinks it is….so the ground game past Iowa and New Hampshire is all important.

      • Conspiracy theory………Rubio stays in….Trump stays in….Cruz stays in….no one else stays in……votes and support split in the 30’s……no one has a majority at convention time.

        For the good of the “Grand Old Party”….the convention voters…not delegates…vote Rubio in and it is already pre-planned.

        That is “The Colonel’s” conspiracy theory of the day.

        • I’ve not so sure the people supporting the other candidates will split that evenly. And if you add up the percentages, that’s a lot of votes. It may well be the people supporting Carson who ends of deciding this election.

          • I dont think so…..I see the votes evenly split. There is no reason to think otherwise….not right now. I think Rubio is number 3……but will end number one and that is sad….another RINO…..and a progressive lap dog… opinion of course.

            • I would be surprised if Trump does not carry hard South and West ( I do no consider California, Oregon, and Washington State as part of the West ) His mannerism and tough talk will continue to gain him or keep his current support support. I think that Carson supporters split evenly between Cruz and Trump…nothing for Rubio. Carson supporters do not want insiders as Rubio.

        • Just A Citizen says:


          I think there are to many winner take all States to allow that to happen. Will have to go back and count up the numbers but the R’s tried to fix this so a winner would be picked sooner. They just did not expect their guy to be on the outside looking in.

          They are going to have to decide whether they will look to Cristie as their new guy. Cause I think Bush is done.

        • Just A Citizen says:


          I stand corrected. It is conceivable that the R’s plan for an early coronation might fail. The key will not be the winner take all states but those “hybrids” which could allow for winner take all or winner gets most depending on how they calculate the winners. That is by statewide vote or by congressional districts. I see Texas is a hybrid as is Idaho. But note the two winner take all states with huge delegate counts (Florida and Ohio). Very interesting.

  51. Just A Citizen says:

    Remember how many people were making noise about how the Republicans had cooked the election process to get Jeb elected??

    Meanwhile few people said anything about the Democrats. Notice how many “delegates” Mrs. Clinton gets in Iowa compared to Sanders, despite they are essentially tied in the bizzare “equivalent delegate” voting scheme>

  52. gmanfortruth says:

  53. gmanfortruth says:

    Lavoy Finicum, shot by the police in Oregon recently, was shot a total of 9 times. A little overkill maybe?

  54. Just A Citizen says:


    Yes. The Democrats have 712 superdelegates who can support any candidate, no matter whom voters choose in the primaries and caucuses. They are members of Congress and other elected officials, party leaders and members of the Democratic National Committee.

    The AP is tracking superdelegate endorsements. So far, 362 have said they would support Hillary Clinton at the convention. Only eight have backed Sen. Bernie Sanders and two have said they would support O’Malley.

    Fewer than half of the superdelegates have not publicly committed to a candidate, though all of them can change their minds.

    Total Dem delegates 4742. So 712 of these are “super delegates”. That is Establishment Muscle.

    The Republicans are actually running a more “democratic” primary than the Democratic Party. Gotta just love those ironies.

    • Yes….and that super delegate number of 712 is very misleading……they are THE MUSCLE as you pointed……and very, very , powerful. If the Super Delegates decide whom they want….they will get it regardless of the delegate count.

  55. gmanfortruth says:

    Some evidence that Cruz is nothing more than an establishment candidate:

    • gmanfortruth says:

      One more note. I have always found that people surround themselves with like minded people.

  56. gmanfortruth says:
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  60. Just A Citizen says:


    Ease your concern over the Cruz dirty tricks. At least for now.

    It turns out CNN was the source of the story, which the Cruz people sent to their precinct staffers. They then failed to forward CNN’s retraction.

    Cruz has explained what happened and personally apologized to Carson.

    The one question I have remaining is WHERE did CNN come up with the idea??

    I am betting it was their desire to “predict” events and so they misconstrued Carson’s trip to Florida. Then again, maybe it was planted. Time will tell but I find it interesting that CNN website has been silent on the dust up.

    I remind you that CNN had Clinton winning Iowa by 8 as of midnight Pacific Time last night. Me thinks CNN has some real problems.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Cruz apologizes, as I predicted. Seems some CNN Tweets were taken out of context, even though they were pretty clear. Tainted victory?

  61. Just A Citizen says:


    You asked if there is a better way to select candidates. The way it is done in Iowa is not a terrible method for a given state. As long as the party caucus is run more like the Rs and not the Ds.

    There are some weaknesses in that people must take TIME to participate. But then is that not better than the mindless filling out of a ballot other states have?

    Perhaps if the caucus method were used to pick the top 4 and then a run off of those for the general.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      This could be a good subject for the upcoming article, which will be posted later today probably. Care to make some suggestions and/or jump on the back office and pen something? I’ll do some pics and post it in your name 🙂

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Guess not, LOL. 🙂

      • My brother (and other relatives) was one of the caucusees(?) in Iowa last Monday. In fact he got asked to serve as the secretary so had to count the precinct votes and report them up the line. Those that participate in Iowa do take the process seriously. I know that he went to meetings to hear Bush, Carson and others present their cases. So in that respect it is far more intimate than the primaries in other states.

  62. Just A Citizen says:
    • gmanfortruth says:

      Always enjoy the historical stuff. Then I saw this gem and the first thing that popped into my mind was the issues with the Western State ranchers:

      Again returning to Adams, he predicted this:

      The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.

  63. gmanfortruth says:

    Rand Paul quits!

    • He has to protect his senate seat.

    • Hi everyone….long time…..disappointing to see Rand drop out. Quite frankly once of the most terrible group of candidates (on both sides) in memory. I had ‘more’ hope with Rand. We are so screwed.

      • HIYA Ray…..good to hear from you…..yes we are so screwed…and you would think we would at least get a reach around…….but probably not.

        • Hi Colonel – hope you are well. Am happy to say I am Assistant Cub Master to my son’s Cub Pack – super excited about this. On the down side – how to I explain this “mess’ when we discuss civics and government and elections……heavy sigh…..

          • Yes sir……I had fun with my son,….however, you are doing it correctly…I was stupid enough to be Pack Master for two years…..whew!!!!

          • Welcome to BSA. Something like 32 years ago, I got “drafted” to be Cubmaster because my summer tan’s still fit. I am still at it as Advancement Chairman for the Troop. Great Program, keep it up!

            Side note, I tell all my parents this. When my twin sons applied for The Merchant Marine Academy (both were accepted, one went) they had to go through the congressional/senatorial vetting process for the nomination. I drove them to three separate interviews. Kept running into this AF Colonel who was liaison to the Politicians from the Academies. Turned out he was a ’68 Howard U grad, ROTC. Well we talked ROTC for a while then I asked something I always wanted to know. How did they rate Eagle Scout? Without hesitation he answered same as Valedictorian. The Why? Because they know the kid has the ability to get the job done, won’t quit, understands leadership and will graduate.

            So, another great reason to keep the kids in scouts. Need ideas? Ask.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        Ya old dog, good to see you are still kickin.

        Curious why you think all the candidates are a “terrible group”.

        I share your disappointment over Paul. Unfortunately we still can’t be sure it is the message or the messenger that is not being accepted by the people. I am beginning to think the American people’s claim they don’t want an interventionist policy is BS. Because they keep calling for the US to intervene and they keep electing those who think it proper.

        • JAC – am I just getting more jaded the older i get? The Democrats….ehhhh…..Bernie or HRC? No thanks. A criminal and a pure Socialist. Bernie’s promises get folks riled up – how ya going to pay for it all. Go away. The right? Different styles – still not clear where the substance really sits end of day. I gave up watching any “news” media years ago – its such a joke on both sides. A guy like Rand who at least seemed to have stronger conviction….well….it just don’t pay the campaign bills I guess. Do I just grab the popcorn and watch the shit show?

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Hi Ray 🙂 Hope you and yours are healthy and happy these days. This election cycle, at least to me, isn’t any different than any other one. People bitch about the money involved and still go out and chose a candidate that is bought and paid for, just like the previous ones. While I’m not on the Trump bandwagon, he is certainly the one who isn’t exactly what people want to do away with, puppets. There will be no changes in the Fed’s, other than some faces. Status Quo rules the day, as money rules elections. We really are screwed.

  64. gmanfortruth says:
  65. Just A Citizen says:

    Sometimes I stumble upon the strangest things. Although maybe it is really not that strange at all. And YES……….this is a REAL THING.

    The Pirate Party Germany (German: Piratenpartei Deutschland), commonly known as Pirates (German: Piraten), is a political party in Germany founded in September 2006 at c-base. It states general agreement with the Swedish Piratpartiet[4][5] as a party of the information society, it is part of the international movement of pirate parties and a member of the Pirate Parties International. Since 2011, the party has succeeded in attaining a high enough vote share to enter four state parliaments (Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein)[6] and the European Parliament.

    According to political theorist Oskar Niedermayer,[7] the party sees itself as part of an international movement to shape with their term of “digital revolution” which is a circumscription for the transition into information society. With their focus on freedom in the net and their fight against government regulations of this sphere, they caught the attention especially of the younger generation. Even if the network policy is the core identity of the party, it is now more than just an advocacy party of “digital natives” and characterises itself as a social-liberal-progressive.[7]

    Former federal chairman Sebastian Nerz sees the party as social-liberal party of fundamental rights which among other things wants to advocate for political transparency.[8]

  66. gmanfortruth says:

    I’m hearing some pretty nasty reports about the Fed’s in Oregon. Illegal searches, both at checkpoints and on private property. Apache helicopters flying around, MRAP’s and heavily armed snipers. A story of harassment of some ranchers by the government because they wanted some land. WTF? I’m going to be looking into this stuff. I’m sorry, but I just don’t think so many different people in one area could be making all this stuff up. In time, maybe, the real story will come out, it is far from it at this point.

  67. I have to say-Trumps response to this, although it’s par for the course in politics, is starting to get on my nerves-I mean really, a new election and he’s gonna SUE. Carson is a nice guy no doubt, but he is milking this for all it’s worth.

  68. gmanfortruth says:

    • Sad to think she is among the best of what we can come up with. Repulsive habitual liar.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Agreed. Then there is the devout Socialist who wants to give away everything for free, well, not really free because the working people will have to foot the bill. Poor class of politicians that the Left get to chose from.

  69. Someone answer a question for me……

    Setting aside that SHKRELI, the chemist that invented a particular drug that he wanted to charge $1,000 for or something like that….is being charged for securities fraud…..forget that fact……

    Is there anyone on here that feels that a scientist/chemist who invents a life saving drug and holds the rights to it and decides to charge anything he wants for it….is there any one here that thinks that a life saving drug should be coerced by the government and forced to set prices so everyone could afford it……

    • I was watching the questions, for political grandstanding, when he was asked a question…what would you say to a pregnant woman who needs your drug to live and she cant afford it? He invokes his 5th amendment right…..does someone see the hypocrisy in this or am I just stupid….

      • Just A Citizen says:

        I would say: “Maam, I am sorry that Congress has taxed you to the point you cannot afford my drug.” “I am sorry that Congress has passed so many laws that the cost of my drug is beyond your reach.”

      • Just A Citizen says:


        Please explain your notion of hypocrisy here. I do not understand the question.

        • Of course, sir…..I will do it for you one word at a time so that even YOU can grasp it…… ENGLISH………(touche’,heh heh)….. now….on to the hypocrisy…..

          At the questioning this morning, the Senate investigating committe, whom is sworn and takes an oath to UPHOLD the Constitution…..was criticizing his “right” to invoke the 5th….instead of accepting that, both Republicans and Democrats alike were trying to dissuade him from taking the 5th and that he probably does not understand that there are ways to invoke the 5th and still answer questions and that he does not have to listen to his lawyer. ( I actually saw this occuring)…Oe Senator actually questioned his exercising his right to the 5th. Therein lies the hypocrisy, kind sir.

          His lawyer tried to explain that since he is under indictment, it matters not what the Senate Committee says or does not say…..anyone under indictment not invoing the 5th is…well…stupid.

          But the hypocrisy lies in the fact that the very people that are sworn to protect the Constitution are the very ones that are saying do not take it.

          • Just A Citizen says:


            Then YES, I do see the hypocrisy. As well as the nature of power yielded by the arrogant.

    • There is no price where everyone can afford it-but free-then there wouldn’t be a drug to buy.

  70. Just A Citizen says:
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    A subject I have touched on here before, and the argument I made then. If only people would start thinking and stop reacting to the emotions they have been spoon fed.

    Now for the sake of logic, there is a catch 22 in the solution. The authority to pass any law, even the one outlawing something, carries the authority that draws in lobbying for something else.

    I think a better approach is to legally define HARM, just as we have for murder or for fraud or theft. The moral standard can then be applied to any situation and is not specific to an industry or practice.

  72. Just A Citizen says:

    The left wing blogs are going after Rubio and Cruz this morning for criticizing Mr. Obama’s speech at a mosque yesterday. They are obviously trying to portray the R’s as “Islamophobes” and “petty” for criticizing an otherwise “good message”.

    Problem for the left. This particular mosque has been linked to terrorist efforts overseas and against the US at home.

    Also, how many of you know that there were Muslims demonstrating outside, during the speech, against both the mosque and Mr. O giving his speech there?

  73. Just A Citizen says:

    I would love to run a few presidential candidates through this program. I can think of others as well but won’t go there today. 🙂

    Make sure to read the story and watch the video. On the written story I find it very interesting that they mentioned Jennifer Aniston as being friendly/neutral. I say this because Lil’ JAC always talks about her when he sees her on the rags at the grocery store, or in any TV spot. He says he “really likes her”. Other celebrities he will ask what they are mad about or why they don’t like him. He sees expressions in their faces I do not, and I expect most of us don’t. Interesting.

  74. Ok……I am actually going to partake in a debate on health care….I would like to pick a few brains (even yours JAC) on here, with your kind permission….

    Now here is the question. I mean it to be a simple yes or no question but I know several will want to qualify there answer and that is ok.

    QUESTION: Does anyone on here feel that medical drugs are proprietary? Meaning, that if JAC invents a life saving drug that will revolutionize CANCER and save millions of lives, does he have a moral obligation to give or share that with the world? Does he have a right to keep the drug and disoense it at his own convenience to whomever can pay his price?

    The debate is about proprietary products in Medical Care. I am on the side of proprietary property and the other side is saying that anything realted to healthcare is not proprietary and that it is the right of the world to have access.

    • Yes, my friend JAC, I am picking on you because it is fun and you give it back.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        You say Question then post THREE question marks. No wonder the cow herds in Texas are reported to be so large.

        Simple answers to all three. YES, NO, YES. Assuming that last one was “dispense” and not “disoence”, what ever that is. ROTFLMAO.

        • Thought you would have fun with that… question leads to another and so on and so on……but you are correct in that the answers are simple.

          What I am finding so disheartening, is the thought that health care is considered a right…and that NO private industry should own or operate anything with healthcare. My challenge to that line of thinking was asking the “other side”, please show me a government that has developed the drugs of today. So far, no one has found one. I then asked where would we be without private enterprise developing drugs and medical procedures…again no one could answer.

          I am also getting the response that any drug or procedure that is life saving carries with it the moral obligation to provide it to the world…meaning to everyone and that any pretense of proprietary designation should be illegal and confiscated.

          I have repeatedly told you that my keyboard was integrated by “Common Core”…it does not
          know how to spell, much less correctly….and I noticed that it is not grammatically correct. It damn sure does not know how to speak Texan.

          • Just A Citizen says:


            Trade in your keyboard for an OLDER model. It will do better at spelling and grammar.

            I have a business idea. Roseta Stone program for converting Yankee to Texan. What do ya think?

            I heard Mrs. Clinton declare to a crowd last month that “health care IS A RIGHT”.

            I am afraid the only Republican that could have debated her on that point just dropped out of the race. Not sure either Cruz or Rubio can do it in a way the public would understand.

            • JAC muses: I have a business idea. Roseta Stone program for converting Yankee to Texan. What do ya think?

              In order to undertake this process, would remedial reading be a requirement for them?

              • Just A Citizen says:


                I did not know that people thought they were separate. The director of the FBI does have certain “traditional” autonomy, and I am guessing some statute supports this. But otherwise I would think people knew the FBI is “part of” the DOJ.

                So if people do think they are separate it is because they were “led to believe” this somewhere along the line. Perhaps they view them as the separation between the police dept. and the local AG’s office.

              • Just A Citizen says:


                Nah. We would just put it on tape so they can listen. The print version might be a computer program that automatically “spell checks” and converts it to Texican.

                Was thinking about this last night. I think it does have potential if the price point is low enough.

          • Just A Citizen says:


            I forgot one thing. Be careful when asking lefties about such things. I have heard many say that medicine research and development should be a GOVT PROGRAM. What will be your response to that???

            I saw the other day that the median tax rate required to deal with our deficits, now and in the coming years, is 50%. The marginal rate for the upper 5% needs to go to 90%. The total debt and “unfunded obligations” currently exceeds 120 TRILLION.

  75. Just A Citizen says:

    Interesting. Looks like something BF once posted here.

    “•Libertarian populism is both possible and desirable. We need to overcome the popular perception that libertarians are eggheads living in a DC bubble, or minds disconnected from bodies. We especially need to overcome the perception that we are merely hyper-individual economic actors, with no allegiance to anything larger than our own immediate interests. We need to promote a bourgeoisie form of libertarianism, one separated from and disdainful of the Beltway, while populated by successful business people, families, and civic leaders. Society without the state does not mean society without family, community, nation, culture, God, or some sense of something larger. Real or perceived libertarian antipathy toward religion, culture, and family life has been a tactical disaster.

    •We’ve heard it a million times: “Hating the state is not enough.” Maybe not, but it’s an excellent start. We should celebrate the public’s rejection of elites, its disdain for endless Bushes and Clintons. We should celebrate populist trends and the failure of the political class to achieve democratic consensus. We should celebrate the decline of politics in America. After all, a libertarian society is one where the economic, social, and cultural questions of the day are not decided by political means. To the extent the rise of populism represents the decline of politics, libertarians should embrace it wholeheartedly.”

    from mises website.

  76. ya go JAC……ONE QUESTION……..Why do people really think that the FBI and the Justice Deartment are independent ?

  77. Just A Citizen says:

    Absolutely funniest and saddest thing I have seen in politics in my lifetime.

    Jeb Bush…….. “please clap”.

  78. Gotta nuther question for you JAC…and actually anyone that wishes to answer this one.

    More and more sexual assaults taking place in Europe and now in Russia and more so in Sweden. These sexual assaults are all middle eastern men on women. The latest one that I saw was in Germany on a train where an older woman and a younger woman were ebing harassed beat upon and German men intervened and tried to stop it and the Muslim men fought back very hard. The other issue was in Russia where a group of Muslim men surrounded a group of women and were assaulting them and the Russian men jump in and beat the hell outta the Muslim men….but the Muslim men are not deported and the Russians get arrested.

    In Sweden, women are being segregated from hostels and night clubs because of the immigrant Muslim men. THe President of Turkey ( Muslim) says that any deportations becuase of culture is discrimination and that perhaps the other countries need to change their culture to keep Muslim men from attacking women.

    Now, these are all documented incidents where the immigrants are Muslim causing these problem. Europe’s answer so far has been to warn the women….their own citizens…about wearing western clothing in public and going to clubs and places unescorted. In other words, you women are to blame for the actions of these Muslim men.

    How would you handle these problems in the US if you were in charge….and today, if you and your spousal unit are out on the beach or lake in swim suits and you encounter this same problem of groping your wife or even an unknowm young lady in your presence…what would you do?

    And before you ask what I would do, you should know there would be dead Muslims laying on the ground and I would not lose one ounce of sleep. I would interfer if I saw sexual assaults or physical assaults upon women at a night club or during the Mardi Gras or anything like is happening in Europe.

    Further more. the President of Turkey also said that requiring immigrants to assimilate into other country cultures is being anti-muslim and to expect assimilation is a disgrace.

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