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Bernie Isn’t Sick of Hillary’s Damn E-Mails Anymore

By on 11.5.15 | 10:31AM

It seems that Bernie Sanders isn't sick of Hillary Clinton's damn e-mails anymore.

In last month's first Democratic debate, Sanders told the world he was sick of hearing about Hillary's damn e-mails. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sanders changed his tune and said the FBI investigation into Hillary's e-mails should proceed. “There’s an investigation going on right now. I did not say, ‘End the investigation.’ That’s silly. ... Let the investigation proceed unimpeded.”

It's a start, but methinks Bernie is going to have to push harder than that in tomorrow night's Democratic presidential candidates debate. As I argued the other day, Bernie lacks Barack Obama's killer instincts where it concerns electoral politics.

Killer instincts or not, I would venture to guess that when Hillary's damn e-mails come up in the debate this time, she won't be saying, "Thank you, Bernie, thank you."



By on 11.5.15 | 10:00AM

On the campaign trail this week, the ever-nuanced Donald said that Dr. Ben Carson “doesn’t have the temperament to be president.”

Wow. A perfect example of a frog calling someone ugly.

Jeb Bush Apologizes for Insulting France

By on 11.4.15 | 3:18PM

I think the rumors of Jeb Bush's imminent demise are radically overstated. He still has millions in his PACs, and it would be silly for anyone polling in the top ten or so to drop out now (though I think we could use less Gilmore, Pataki, Huckabee and Santorum), while the leaderboard is shuffling in key early states. I mean, it's not that I think Jeb Bush has a chance of locking it all down here anytime soon, it's just that I can't dash a man's dream of following in the footsteps of his father and brother so quickly into his run — at least until I know he plans on retiring to a private island as a consolation prize, or something.

At any rate, Jeb Bush had a middling debate performance last week, and managed, within the context of an attack on Marco Rubio's miserable Congressional attendance records, an attack on the French. Not wanting to insult the French by comparing them to Congress, today, Jeb Bush surrend....errr....apologized. To the French

Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Like Uber, Uses it Literally All The Time

By on 11.4.15 | 2:40PM

Bernie Sanders is the champion of the little guy, the downtrodden and the oppressed victims of Capitalism who have found themselves trapped in the lower middle class by bank loans, greedy politicians, lackluster bank accounts and their four-year degree in Gender Studies which had literally no job prospects to begin with but was approved for massive funding regardless.

As part of his jihad against The Man, Bernie spoke recently about how terrible Uber — the ride-sharing company that cropped up in response to the bloated, expensive taxi cartels — is, noting that it operates out of reach of the long arm of government, beyond transportation regulation and in violation of the sacrosanct bond of the labor union. Sanders said he had "serious problems" with Uber because it went unregulated. After all, how can businesses operate without the heavy hand of government guiding their way?

Thoughts on Canada Having a New Prime Minister Trudeau

By on 11.4.15 | 12:32PM

This morning at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau and his new Liberal government were officially sworn into office. Trudeau becomes Canada's 23rd Prime Minister.

It was just over two weeks ago that Canadians ousted Stephen Harper's Conservatives after nearly a decade in office in favor of Trudeau's Liberals.

At 43, Trudeau becomes the second youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history. Joe Clark was 36 when his shortlived Tory government ousted Justin's father, Pierre Trudeau in the 1979 federal election only for the elder Trudeau to come back 9 months later.

Trump Tweets Image of Jeb Bush Next to a Nazi Swastika

By on 11.4.15 | 11:37AM

Donald Trump tweeted, retweeted and then deleted an image of Jeb Bush next to a Nazi swastika. The image also included former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush as well as Prescott Bush.

A spokesperson for Trump stated, “This was retweeted by Mr. Trump like hundreds of others. He did not see the accompanying image and the retweet has since been deleted.”

I can only draw two conclusions from that statement. Either Trump is lying or, if he didn't actually see the swastika, his campaign is out of control with no one in charge of the ship.

Dr. Ben Carson Leads Donald Trump in NBC/WSJ Poll

By on 11.3.15 | 2:07PM

Bear in mind, this poll doesn't take into account any feelings America may or may not have following last week's Presidential debate, but the sentiment it demonstrates is significant. Dr. Ben Carson is listed as the Republican favorite and not Donald Trump in a national poll released today.

Last week, CBS and the NYT had a similar poll, which also showed Carson leading Trump among Republican voters, but since the underlying agency leaned Democrat, most news outlets dismissed the poll as an outlier. Today, NBC and WSJ substantiated the findings, noting that the Trump-mentum that had propelled the real estate mogul to the top of the pack for months, seems to have plateaued.

Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican presidential race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

That's the highest percentage any GOP candidate has obtained so far in the survey.

DOE Says Illinois School Must Allow Boy to Use Girls Locker Room

By on 11.3.15 | 1:56PM

I wouldn't normally write about things like this except that it literally happened up the street from me. And while I understand that transgenderism is a real thing, it seems like the Department of Education is really pushing the envelope with the latest decision regarding gender-based accommodation in schools.

In Palatine a suburb on the northwest side of Chicago, a male student transitioning to female was given a private dressing area to use after sporting events, as she served on a womens' sports team. According to the ACLU, which is handling the case, the arrangement isolated the student from her teammates and made the student uncomfortable, and now the Department of Education has agreed, threatning the school with revocation of its Title IX funding if the student is not allowed to use womens' facilities along side her teammates.

The U.S. Department of Education found a Chicago-area school district discriminated against a transgender student by failing to provide her full access to girls' locker rooms.

Call Jamie

By on 11.3.15 | 1:44PM

I don’t care if Quentin Tarantino apologizes for his ignorant remarks, calling police murderers as they try to deal with real murderers. He wouldn’t mean it if he did. He’s deluded enough to believe what he said.

Tarantino’s movies were a waste of time even before his latest outrage, and he’s a waste of space, as are so many of Hollywood’s enfants terrible. It’s hard to care about or be surprised by anything that comes out of his mouth. But I do feel strongly that if someone breaks into Tarantino’s Los Angeles home in the wee hours bent on murder and/or mayhem, that Quentin should NOT dial 9-1-1. He should instead call Jamie Foxx. They can “tell the truth” to each other while the bad guy has his way. No point in stirring up the murders at LAPD.