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The Iowa Caucus Thread, UPDATE: CRUZ WINS

By on 2.1.16 | 8:08PM

UPDATE (10:25): Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Caucus. The Dem race is still far too close! Trump will finish second. Marco Rubio finishes third, but only approximately 2,000 votes behind Trump. Dr. Ben Carson will finish fourth. Rand Paul will finish fifth. 

UPDATE (10:20): Ted Cruz 28%, Donald Trump 24%, Marco Rubio 23%. 97% of precincts are reporting. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump will fight it out for second.

UPDATE (10:05): Martin O'Malley has told journalists to be ready for a press conference, he will be suspending his campaign

Trump is, reportedly, not doing well in any of the major cities (Des Moines, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids). Many of the caucus-goers turning out there made their minds up in the last several days, many of them on the content of the last debate. Skipping the final debate may have cost Trump. Cruz is also pulling ahead with "anti-Establishment" voters.

UPDATE (10:00p): According to GOP officials, 170,000 Republicans turned up to caucus this year, which is straight up insane. With 75% reporting in, Cruz is still up 28-25

Donald Trump Is No John Scott

By on 2.1.16 | 4:41PM

I see that both Fred Schwarz and Marc Thiessen are trying to turn Donald Trump into the political equivalent of John Scott.

For those of you who don't follow hockey, Scott is a journeyman NHL player who was voted onto the NHL All-Star Team as something of a joke. Scott has played with six teams in eight seasons and has scored a grand total of five goals. Known as an enforcer, Scott has spent much of his career in the penalty box.

What is The Difference Between Global Witness & The Center for Medical Progress?

By on 1.31.16 | 8:15PM

I just finished watching 60 Minutes segment on money laundering in the United States. The centerpiece of the report was a sting operation conducted by Global Witness, a London based NGO dedicated to exposing corruption. Global Witness sent one of their investigators undercover to a dozen or so law firms in New York to discuss the possibility of moving money on behalf of an anonymous African minister who has obtain millions of dollars worth of graft. While none of the attorneys interviewed broke the law they didn't exactly toss their potential client out on sight save for one.

Vin Scully Honored

By on 1.30.16 | 12:08AM

To honor the great Dodger broadcaster, who will conclude his remarkable 67-year, hall of fame broadcasting career at the end of the 2016 baseball season, the Los Angeles City Council Friday voted unanimously to name the road leading into Dodger Stadium Vin Scully Avenue.

“This is a few decades late,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, of the latest honor bestowed on the man who has been the voice of the Dodgers for the team’s entire 55 years on Los Angeles. “My entire life has had Vin Scully as a backdrop,” said Councilman Pal Koretz. “Naming a street is great, but I’d be okay if we named the whole city after him.” Few Dodger fans would argue with this.

“I’m overwhelmed,” the always humble Scully said. He called the re-naming of the former Elysian Park Ave. a great honor.

This is hardly the highest recognition paid to the man many consider the nation’s best sportscaster. But it’s nice to see an honor going to someone who deserves it.

About Those 22 Damn E-Mails

By on 1.29.16 | 9:37PM

So The State Department won't release 22 of Hillary Clinton damn e-mails because they are "top secret."

You know what? That's fine. Because all that matters is that Hillary had 22 top secret e-mails on her server. 

If you or I had one top secret e-mail, never mind 22 of them there would be an armed swat team descending on our homes faster than you could say wilful suspension of disbelief.

If you're General Petraeus you're lucky to get a $100,000 fine and probation.

But this is Hillary Clinton we're talking about and she is above the law. 

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders still doesn't want to talk about her damn e-mails.

Paul Kantner & Signe Toly Anderson, R.I.P.

By on 1.29.16 | 2:59PM

Paul Kantner, founding member of both The Jefferson Airplane and The Jefferson Starship, passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Kantner had suffered a heart attack a few days earlier.

Kantner's health had begun to decline last year following a heart attack although he recovered sufficiently to rejoin Jefferson Starship on tour. He had survived two earlier brushes with death - a motorcycle accident in the 1960's and a cerebral hemorrhage in 1980, but it was not to be this time around.

Kantner played rhythm guitar and occasionally contributed vocals and songs to both groups. He co-wrote "Volunteers" with Marty Balin, a song that would have a prominent place during their set at Woodstock. Kantner also co-wrote "Wooden Ships" with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. While primarily known as a CSN song, Jefferson Airplane also recorded a version which you hear in the video above.

Fox News Iowa GOP Main Stage Debate Post-Mortem

By on 1.28.16 | 11:32PM

I have just finished watching and live tweeting the GOP main stage debate held in Des Moines and aired on Fox News. Here are my thoughts.

John Kasich - He had a wonderfully eloquent statement about the plight of the mentally ill, but was otherwise a non-factor in the debate. Kasich has been polling well in New Hampshire and will stick around at least until February 9th.

Jeb Bush - He gets better and better with every debate. Despite saying he missed the presence of Trump, I think he was far more relaxed with his absence. Bush came across as confident and even landed a punch against Rubio on immigration. Will voters now give Bush a second look? Not unless he changes his name.

Fox News Iowa GOP Undercard Debate Post-Mortem

By on 1.28.16 | 8:22PM

I have just watched the GOP undercard debate that took place in Des Moines on Fox News. Here are my observations.

Mike Huckabee - He argued that it wasn't question of his message not working, but rather that it wasn't getting out. Frankly what's the difference? Don't get me wrong. He kept up his usual good cheer. While Huck ended the debate by saying, "Hello, it's me," (a la Adele) I have a feeling that is his last hurrah.

Rick Santorum - The only candidate who has been at every GOP undercard debate and he isn't happy about it. Of course, even when he was doing well in 2012 he wasn't too happy either. The fact that he was personally thanking his supporters during his closing remarks leads me to believe that he will exiting the race after the votes are counted in Iowa on Monday night.

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