John Kerry Visits 10 Downing Street And Imitates A ‘Far Side’ Cartoon

For those of you old enough to remember, from 1980 until 1995 cartoonist Gary Larson did a single-panel cartoon called “Far Side” which featured, well

Its surrealistic humor is often based on uncomfortable social situations, improbable events, an anthropomorphic view of the world, logical fallacies, impending bizarre disasters, (often twisted) references to proverbs, or the search for meaning in life.

For instance:

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Anyway, yesterday, America’s very own Mensa member, Secretary of State John F. Kerry paid a visit on the new British Prime Minister at Number 10, Downing Street. Presumably Kerry was visiting to get acquainted by insulting and terrifying America’s best, and perhaps only, ally. Then this happened

The resemblance this has to this epic Larson cartoon is unmistakable

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John Kerry is a pompous oaf with a room temperature IQ. In other words, he is the perfect representative of the Obama administration.

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Chris Christie’s Convention Speech Reminds Us Of Why We Used To Like Him (VIDEO)

Back before Chris Christie was eating bugs and fetching MacDonald’s for Donald Trump, he was a favorite of many conservatives. We never confused him for an actual conservative, but the way he brought rhetorical fire and sword the the rent-seeking class and public employees unions in New Jersey was epic. Last night his target was big, fat, wheezing, and moving very slow on its hefty cankles: Hillary Clinton. And Chris Christie did not disappoint. Last night was Chris Chistie before he tossed away his honor, integrity, and self-respect to toady for Donald Trump. The crowd went wild:

(Let me say, here, that, in priniciple, I am opposed to politics as bloodsport, where the winners imprison or execute the losers. However, for the sake of the rule of law, if Donald Trump wins this election Hillary Clinton needs to be indicted.)

Here, without commentary, is the whole thing.

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Tonight, as a former federal prosecutor, I welcome the opportunity to hold her accountable for her performance and her character.

We must present those facts to you, a jury of her peers, both in this hall and in living rooms around our nation.

Since the Justice Department refuses to allow you to render a verdict, let’s present the case now, on the facts, against Hillary Clinton. She was America’s chief diplomat. Look around at the violence and danger in our world today every region of the world has been infected with her flawed judgment.

But let me be specific so you can render your verdict. In North Africa, she was the chief engineer of our disastrous overthrow of Qaddafi in Libya.

Libya today after Hillary Clinton’s grand strategy? Libya’s economy in ruins, death and violence in the streets and ISIS now dominating the country.

Hillary Clinton, as a failure for ruining Libya and creating a nest for terrorist activity by ISIS guilty or not guilty? In Nigeria, Hillary Clinton amazingly fought for two years to keep an Al-Qaeda affiliate off the terrorist watch list.

What happened because of this reckless action by the candidate who is the self proclaimed champion of women around the world? These terrorists abducted hundreds of innocent young girls two years ago.

These schoolgirls are still missing today.

What was the solution from the Obama/Clinton team? A hashtag campaign! Hillary Clinton, as an apologist for an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Nigeria resulting in the capture of innocent young women guilty or not guilty? She fights for the wrong people.

She doesn’t fight for us. She doesn’t get the real threats America faces. In China, Hillary Clinton praised the Chinese government for buying our debt to finance President Obama’s bloated stimulus plan.

So desperate for Chinese cash, she promised to oppose the Buy American provision in the stimulus bill in exchange for the cash to finance his huge expansion of government spending.

Hillary Clinton, putting big government spending financed by the Chinese ahead of jobs for middle class Americans guilty or not guilty? In Syria, she called President Assad a “reformer” and a “different kind of leader”.

With 400,000 now dead…think about that.

Four.

Hundred.

Thousand. Dead.

At the hands of the man Hillary defended.

We must ask this question: Hillary Clinton, as an awful judge of the character of a dictator-butcher in the Middle East guilty or not guilty? In Iran, she led the negotiations that brought about the worst nuclear deal in history.

Let me be clear: America and the world are measurably less safe and less respected because of the Iran deal Hillary helped cut.

Period. After she launched those negotiations, she became the biggest cheerleader for it at the end.

A deal that will lead to a nuclear Iran, an Israel that will be less safe and secure and much more dangerous Middle East.

Hillary Clinton, as an inept negotiator of the worst nuclear arms deal in American history guilty or not guilty? In Russia, she went to the Kremlin on her very first visit and gave them the symbolic reset button.

The button should have read, “delete” she is very good at that because she deleted in four years what it took 40 years to build. The next year, she said our goal was to strengthen Russia.

Strengthen an adversary led by a dictator who dreams of reassembling the old Soviet empire? What a dangerous lack of judgment.

Once again, as a flawed evaluator of dictators and failed strategist who has permitted Russia back in as a major player in the Middle East is Hillary Clinton guilty or not guilty? In Cuba, Hillary Clinton supported concessions to the Castro brothers and got almost nothing in return for ending the embargo.

She supported a deal that didn’t even require this murderous regime to return a cop killer, JoAnne Chesimard, to face justice.

Chesimard murdered a New Jersey State Trooper in cold blood, fled to Cuba and lives there to this very day.

How do you live with your own conscience when you reward a domestic terrorist with continued safety and betray the family of fallen police officer waiting for decades for justice for his murder? Hillary Clinton as coddler of the brutal Castro brothers and betrayer of the family of fallen Trooper Werner Foerster guilty or not guilty?

Finally, here at home, in one of her first decisions as Secretary of State, she set up a private e-mail server in her basement in violation of our national security.

Lets face it: Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she did about protecting America’s secrets.

Then she lied about it over and over again.

She said there was no marked classified information on her server.

The FBI Director said that was untrue.

She said that she did not email any classified information. The FBI Director said that was untrue.

She said all work related emails were sent back to the State Department.

The FBI Director said that was untrue.

As to Hillary Clinton, putting herself ahead of America guilty or not guilty? Hillary Clinton, lying to the American people about her selfish, awful judgment guilty or not guilty? Time after time the facts, and just the facts, lead you to the same verdict both around the world and at home.

In Libya and Nigeria guilty.

In China and Syria guilty.

In Iran and Russia and Cuba guilty.

And here at home on risking America’s secrets to keep her own and lying to cover it all up. Guilty. Her focus group tested persona, with no genuineness to be found, is a sham meant to obscure all the facts and leave you able to vote for her. We cannot promote someone to Commander-in-Chief who has made the world a more violent and dangerous place with every bad judgment she has made.

We cannot make the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States someone who has risked America’s secrets and lied about this to Congress and the American people.

We didn’t disqualify Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States the facts of her life and career disqualifies her. We in this hall agree with all of this.

But I want to talk to all of you at home, in your living rooms. You are the ones who will decide this election. We have an alternative.

We have a man who is unafraid.

We have a man who wants to lead us.

We have a man who understands the frustrations and the aspirations of our fellow citizens.

We have a man who judges people based on their performance regardless of your gender, race, ethnic or religious background. We do not need to settle for less.

We cannot reward incompetence and deceit. We need to demand more than what Hillary Clinton offers for America.

We know exactly what four years of Hillary Clinton will bring: all the failures of the Obama years, but with less charm and more lies. It is our obligation to stop Hillary Clinton now and never let her within 10 miles of the White House again.

It is time to come together and make sure that Donald Trump is our next President.

I am proud to be part of this team.

Now let’s go win this thing.

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Trump Campaign Manager: This is the Trump Party, Now (Video)

It is no longer the GOP. It is no longer a haven for conservatives. It is no longer the Republican party. It is the Trump party.

Don’t believe it?

Alleged Russian mob fixer, Paul Manafort said the very words this morning, during an interview with CBS This Morning.

Sounds like a hostile takeover, and it really is.

I’ve been getting it from Trump’s unhinged cult members for weeks. I’ve been told it was their party, and they didn’t need us conservative voters.

Now, the top of Trump’s management team has confirmed it.

If there are any still clinging to the GOP out of party loyalty, I have to ask, why?

To the treacherous and corrupt party leaders, may I suggest you change the Trumplican party logo from an elephant to something more fitting, like a rabid badger?

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Judeo-Christian Values Shelved On Night Two of the Convention, as Muslim Leader Invokes Name of Muhammed in Closing Prayer (Video)

I need to apologize to a lot of people, right now.

I’ve had Christians screaming at me about their support of Trump, how I’m somehow going against God’s will by opposing him. Some have called him “God’s man, Trump.” He did have a photo op with a lot of televangelists surrounding him, after all.

He even had a Bible in his hand (although, on second thought, it may have been a checkbook).

I’m sorry. I let the semantics trip me up.

He may very well be “God’s man,” but God, apart from Jesus Christ, becomes a generic term. While we know there are many who are called gods, Christians have always believed in the triune God – God, the Father, God, the Son (Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God sent to save us), and God, the Holy Spirit.

Christians worship Jehovah God. In Islam, Muhammed is the prophet, and their god is Allah (which translated to English, means “God”). Muslims are quick to point out that Allah has no son, so we know Jehovah and Allah are not the same.

So on day one of the fiasco in Cleveland, Trump had a pastor give a prayer that was borderline blasphemous to the name of Christ.

On day two, the founder of Muslims for Trump, Sajid Tarar, gave a prayer to a generic god, then invoked the name of Muhammed over the proceedings, while scores of deluded convention attendees bowed their heads, some with lifted hands, and later cheered.

How inclusive! How tolerant!

Wasn’t Trump going to make it safe for Christians, again? Wasn’t he going to return us to our roots and “Make America great again”? Do you think his connection with a Muslim group that is willing to show up for him at the convention will put him in a position where he is obligated, when it comes to Muslim immigration?

Time will tell, but to all those marginal Christians that keep insisting Trump is “God’s man,” I apologize. You never specified which god, so you could very well be right.

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Bad Lip Reading Spoofed the Melania/Michelle Speech

Here’s a little lighthearted fun in the midst of all the chaos that is the RNC.

Bad Lip Reading has always been superb when it comes to spoofing politicians speeches, campaign ads, and debates. If you haven’t checked out their YouTube channel, then you should do so immediately. I promise, you won’t be able to watch just one.

Apparently, the Melania/Michelle speech was just too good of a spoof to pass up, and their latest video quickly appeared on the BLR Facebook page. “I don’t know what all the fuss is about… they’re really not that similar to me,” he wrote.

What followed is nothing short of hilarious.

I think we could all use a laugh right now. Thanks to BLR for delivering.

 

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Waiting For Ted

The speech by Texas Senator Ted Cruz is probably the most significant event that will happen at this 2016 RNC convention. This is not to say important stuff hasn’t happened. The high-handed way in which the RNC leadership dealt with the DumpTrump faction has caused an irreparable rift in the GOP and there will be tit-for-tat retaliations for years. The RNC leadership showed itself to be utterly corrupt in the way it handled proposed rule changes that would make the 2020 primary more responsive to the will of the voters, so a guy with barely 40% of the vote will never again be our nominee. The general thuggishness of Trump delegates has demonstrated that these people have no place in the company of civilized humans much less as representatives to a political convention.

But Cruz’s speech is not about 2016, it is about 2020 and beyond.

This will be a difficult speech for him to navigate. He has a major speaking slot and the pressure on him to endorse Donald Trump will be enormous:

They volunteered for Ted Cruz, gave him campaign money and still adore the Texas senator.

But now it’s time, say even some of his longtime loyalists, for Cruz to finally endorse Donald Trump.

Cruz, who will address the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, remains one of the GOP’s most prominent holdouts, refusing to back his presidential primary rival even as most other Trump critics have come around — if only with their noses plugged.

Fom his Iowa chairman to members of his home state delegation, some of Cruz’s top supporters are now on board with Trump. And many hope Cruz hurries up and gets there, too — for the sake of the party, and, some suggest, for that of his own political future.

“I think it’d be better if he did, I really do,” said Sue Cleveland of the Texas delegation, who said she volunteered for Cruz and donated to his campaign. “I think Cruz will really ensure his bright future if he does come together and say, ‘This is for our party.’ We need to unify and get behind the candidate, Donald Trump.”

Our former editor-in-chief, Erick Ericksson has some very good thoughts on this today:

A friend of mine last night reminded me of the Blues and Greens. For those of you not familiar with them, after the fall of Rome, the remaining eastern half of the Roman Empire around Constantinople developed into factional mob rule. There was the church and there was sports. The sports teams were divided into blues, greens, reds, and whites. They controlled the city. Charity, food, jobs, even policing, etc. were arranged based on support for teams. Over time the reds and whites were absorbed into the blues and greens. In 532 AD, such was the strength of the fans of the blues and the fans of the greens, they united and nearly over through Emperor Justinian. That was also the beginning of their decline.

You’d like to think that the blues and greens stood for something. You’d like to think that they had public policy ideas or competing views on taxation or imperial rule or charitable distributions. But you’d be wrong. They were just loyalties to sports teams, nothing more and nothing less. It was tribalism without principle. Love for nation was trumped by love for either the blues or the greens, neither of which stood for anything more than players on a field. As my friend noted, men were willing to die for their teams and organize great spectacles to celebrate their teams. But they were just teams and nothing more.

Like the Duke of Norfolk to Thomas More, they just want the rest of us to go along too so they themselves do not look so bad in selling out or justifying their embrace of what they know to be a losing campaign with far reaching consequences all of which are bad.

Ted Cruz has several things he wishes to accomplish. First and foremost he has to avoid the “sore loser” label that various Trump surrogates, like Newt Gingrich, have tried to hang on him. As much as a lot of us would like to hear him tell the delegates “it sucks to be you” he is not going to do that. You will hear a lot of crap about Cruz’s pledge to support the eventual nominee, what you will not hear from Trump’s people is that Cruz, Kasich, and Trump all renounced that pledge in Milwaukee.

Just as he must avoid the “sore loser” appellation, he must also avoid embracing Cheeto Jesus. As we’ve seen time and again, anyone who endorses Trump becomes smaller by the second. They inevitably have to explain and own the stupid, corrupt, and chuckleheaded acts and statements of the most irresponsible candidate for president in the history of the republic. After Cruz’s spot-on critique of Trump in Indiana, Cruz would never again be able to be seen as a man of priniciple.

Lastly, we can predict that the national dumpster fire that will be either a Trump or a Clinton candidacy will create a weak, vulnerable, and possibly indicted incumbent by 2020.

As I’ve written before, I expect Cruz’s speech tonight to look a lot like Reagan’s 1976 convention speech, minus the endorsement of Trump.

Eliana Johnson has a must-read in today’s National Review. She covers some of the same points as above and confirms that no endorsement is forthcoming.

When Ted Cruz takes the stage here on Wednesday evening, what he doesn’t say will be as important as what he does: Though he accepted a primetime speaking spot at the convention that officially nominated Donald Trump on Tuesday, Cruz will not endorse the Republican nominee, according to two sources familiar with his plans.

The Texas senator has largely kept a low profile since exiting the presidential race in May, but he will be front and center on Wednesday. His speech will serve both as a formal reintroduction to millions of party faithful, the majority of whom did not support Trump in the primaries, and as the first public step in another presidential campaign. So while Trump uses Cruz’s appearance to project a semblance of party unity, the Texas senator will do his part to underscore the deep divisions in the GOP on the eve of Trump’s coronation — and to suggest tacitly that he, not Trump, is the face of the party’s future.

Going into tomorrow night’s speech, Cruz undoubtedly has Ronald Reagan’s 1976 convention speech in mind. Though Reagan narrowly lost the nomination to Gerald Ford that year, his speech succeeded in convincing the delegates gathered in Kansas City that they had chosen the wrong man. (Paul Manafort, now Trump’s campaign chairman, was at the time a young operative instrumental in wrangling delegates on Ford’s behalf.)

She goes on to note that Cruz is focused on 2020:

It’s a bold move. Nonetheless, Cruz is here in Cleveland, unlike many of other 2016 candidates. Marco Rubio will address the convention by video conference. John Kasich is in a state of open warfare with the Trump campaign. The Texas senator’s decision to attend and speak without endorsing the Republican nominee appears to be aimed at straddling the Republican establishment he has so gleefully bashed and the conservative base that elected him.

Are we seeing a new Ted Cruz?

There’s evidence of it. He would have thrilled many conservatives by becoming the face of the anti-Trump movement, which rages on even as Trump prepares to accept the nomination. But while a push to unbind convention delegates — bitterly opposed by Reince Priebus and his allies — gained and then lost momentum, in part because it lacked a visible leader, Cruz kept quiet. And he made no plans to release the hundreds of delegates he amassed on the campaign trail, and who are now obliged to cast ballots for him on the convention floor.

Then there are the rules governing the Republican primary contests and the Republican National Committee more broadly, which Cruz ally Ken Cuccinelli is pushing to change. Cruz and his team have kept a studious distance from Cuccinelli, denying any role in his efforts, which include demands to incentivize the closing of the first four nominating contests to independents and Democrats…

On the campaign trail, Cruz was fond of quoting Reagan’s admonition to “paint in bold colors.” He remains as ambitious as ever, but he has a more nuanced approach. It’s clear he would like for Trump to win the nomination and lose in November, making way for him to run again in 2020. And he will walk off the stage on Wednesday in the position to tell the GOP’s anti-Trump faction that he never endorsed the man they believe is destroying the party, while claiming to the party establishment that he was a team player.

There is another data point to consider. Even though Cruz refused to release his delegates, his team fought attempts to have his name entered into nomination. This let his people cast a protest vote without him being seen as a DumpTrump force:

As we’ve already reported, Cruz has organized two new tax-exempt organizations, a c3 and a c4, to capitalize on his donor list and lay the groundwork for 2020.

If Cruz gives the speech he has to tonight, he’ll leave the convention perfectly positioned to run against President Clinton or present President Trump with one helluva primary fight in 2020.

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Shock poll suggests Republicans disregard Trump’s security concerns

It’s not just Democrats who have strong emotional reactions to guns. Donald Trump supporters get very angry, very fast if you suggest that people should carry weapons in self-defense, against threats and intimidation from Trump supporters.

However new polling suggests most Republicans favor civil liberties, over the Trump comfort zone.


Photo by Hank Hession on Flickr

Photo by Hank Hession on Flickr

Rasmussen, the most pro-Trump pollster right now, asked Republicans if the right to open carry should be suspended in Ohio for the Republican National Convention. The result: 54-21 against the suspension.

It’s clear: civil rights come before Trump, when it comes to Republicans.

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