Open Thread for August 31st, 2015….

Four months to go till the 2016 Presidential session starts….

Pro and College Football is on its way…

We have a polls and Polls….

We have a Democratic front runner that is dogged for he lack of ‘trust’, but continues to lead EVERYONE else running for President in both parties…

We have an Independent running as a Republican that seems to have pulled all of the air from the whole group of real Republicans running for the nomination…

And we learn we now have Kanye West running for the Democrats in 2020….

Not much else could be better, eh?

Let the fun continue….


Oh, and the Mets are going to the playoffs it seems….

Trump…Republican insiders question?

While others go ‘goo-goo gagas’ s over the Donald Trump polling numbers for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination….

Republican insiders are NOT…

They watch with trepetaion the Trump ‘wave’ sweeping over their party’s candidates and wonder….

Almost NOBODY believes Donald Trump will survive the race for the GOP nomination…

But NOBODY seems to be able figure out how to make that happen …..

Republican operatives, insiders affiliated with no campaign and donors with whom Right Turn spoke last week are not pleased about the state of the GOP race. They will say something like: “Yeah, it’s early. Yeah, Rudy Giuliani never became president. But still.” They will tell you public polling is exaggerated, although internal polling shows him leading. They are angst-ridden over Donald Trump’s staying power, but more than that, the inability of the other candidates to respond effectively and present themselves as an effective alternative.

These Republicans, on one hand, despair that an egocentric bully with no discernible political principles should be leading in polls. They observe that his incoherent mix of authoritarianism, protectionism and cronyism is antithetical to the modern conservative movement, and in tone is 180 degrees from Ronald Reagan. But they also note that he is building an organization and displaying “P.T. Barnum showmanship,” as one veteran of GOP presidential campaigns put it. They shake their heads, unable to fully comprehend Trump’s appeal, but more than that they are disturbed by the rest of the field. They do not believe Trump will be the nominee, but high hopes for a deep, quality field have not been met. In particular, they are worried that Trump’s embrace of “nativism” will doom the party if mimicked by others.

Everyone would be advised to take a deep breath. Check the calendar (it’s still August). Remember who Trump supporters are. As Ramesh Ponnuru noted: “Take away the celebrity-besotted, the non-voters, and the single-issue opponents of immigration, and you’re left with a group of conservatives who deeply dislike what they see as a spineless Republican establishment. These voters never determine the nominee, because too many of them waste their passion on hopeless candidates, such as Ben Carson, Michele Bachmann . . . Donald Trump.” Already in the Des Moines Register poll, the most reliable Iowa poll available, Trump lead is down to a mere five points over Carson. Considering how Trump has dominated the airwaves, it’s not an impressive poll for him….


Kanye West for President in 2020…

Why Not?

If Ronald Reagan got the job…

And Donald Trump is running for the job…

Why not West?

Kanye West is no stranger to shocking MTV Video Music Awards appearances, but his speech during Sunday night’s 2015 VMAs took a wildly unexpected turn when the rapper announced his intention to run for president of the United States.

Wrapping up an off-the-cuff and sometimes-rambling speech while accepting the Video Vanguard award at the music channel’s annual show, West said to cheers from the crowd, “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

Last year, West told his more than 14 million Twitter followers he was supporting “the Democratic ticket” in the midterm elections.



Donald Trump is NOT a Republican….Part 2

I know it’s redundant….

But I keep repeating something factual….

Donald Trump is NOT a Republican….

He’s an Indépendant….

A few mnoinutes ago one our regulars here at the PDog pointed out that I was ‘all over the place’ with Trump….(he said I was obsessed with the guy….Heck…ALL the political and social media types and bloggers ARE doing stuff on him….)

My answer was ….’Trump is all over the place’

All this because I made the comment that Donald Trump COULD be seen as Clinton Democrat….

Well….This morning I see the NY Times Ross Douthat is writing a pice that goes in my direction….

He points out that the Trump candidacy IS essentially a third party run RIGHT NOW….

(Douthat does think that is all bad….Could be called a Populist?…But concludes the GOP will learn and change little after Trump fades)

That from within the Republican Primary system Trump, rich and without the usual constratinas  attacking their sysytem and policies AND the Democrats….

Trump is never far from the word ‘i or Me’ is getting his poll numbers because he’s rallying against the GOP/RNC owners….

But in the next breath he’s talking about Rich people paying MORE taxes…..

And in the next breath knocking the same women and black, brown and yellow voters that the GOP Presidential nominee will NEED…

Douthat label’s Trumps a ‘traitor’ ton get a hook in his header…

I’m sure others haven’t been so kind to a guy trying to rip up a party that he actually isn’t a part of….

THE Donald Trump phenomenon is a great gift to pundits because it can be analyzed and criticized in so many different ways. But two shorthands seem particularly useful. First, Trump is essentially using the Republican primary to run a third-party campaign, not a right-wing insurgency. Second, Trump’s appeal is oddly like that of Franklin Roosevelt, in the sense that he’s a rich, well-connected figure — a rich New Yorker, at that — who’s campaigning as a traitor to his class.

These two elements of Trumps’ are intimately connected. In American politics, the two-party system, no less than the Senate or the Supreme Court, has long served as a check on pure democracy, a means of elite control. So long as there are only two competitive parties, the political diversity of the country will be channeled through their sluice gates, and the (mostly upper-class, highly educated, self-consciously globalist) people who run the parties will exercise disproportionate control over which ideas find representation….

So far he’s running against the Republican establishment in a more profound way than the Tea Party, challenging not just deviations from official conservative principle but the entire post-Reagan conservative matrix. He can wax right wing on immigration one moment and promise to tax hedge fund managers the next. He’ll attack political correctness and then pledge to protect entitlements. He can sound like Pat Buchanan on trade and Bernie Sanders on health care. He regularly attacks the entire Iraq misadventure, in its Bush-era and Obama-era manifestations alike, in a way that neither mainstream Republicans nor Hillary Clinton can plausibly manage.

And he’s coming at all these issues, crucially, from a vantage point of privilege — which his critics keep highlighting as though it discredits him, when in reality it lends his populism a deeper credibility….


Scott Walker open to building a wall between the US and Canada?

Well he’ll get a little attention form this…

Just a little…

There isn’t gonna be a wall between the US and Canada….

Walker knows that….

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a staunch advocate of beefing up security on the southern border, said Sunday he is open to building a wall on the U.S. border with Canada as well.

The Republican presidential candidate said the idea of building a northern wall was brought up to him during a recent town hall in New Hampshire.

“That is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” Walker said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Republicans typically take a tough approach on securing the southern border, but few have said a wall should also be built along the U.S.-Canada border….


Securing the Pope Francis visist to the Big Apple…

Pope Francis will visit America from September 22 to September 27, 2015…..

He will be in New York City from the evening of Sept. 24 to early morning Sept. 27….

Let’s game out the security operation for the Pope in the Big Apple….

The Pope has his own personal security detail of Swiss Palace Guards that travel with him….

In his visit to America (Wash DC, NYC and Philly) his America personal security agency will be the US Secret Service….

As the Pope moves around NYC he and his whole party will be escorted/moved by the New York City Police Department….

The Police Department’s Highway unit will be leading the Pope’s motorcade which could be a long as 30 vehicles….

In that motorcade will be the famous Popemobile, His personal security people, Secret Service agents, his staff, media, a medical team from the NYC Fire Dept’s EMS service …..

The arrival at JFK Airport will handled by the Port Authority Police, who will provide an escort off the airport….And secure the arrival area’s and greeting crowds…

Once in New York….

The Pope will visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, Address the United nations, an East Harlem church,. And Madison Square garden….

He will sleep over the night of Sept 25th….

There has been a mention of a stop in New York Cities Central park….

For ALL of thes stops the New York Police will provide escorts and crowd control, just as they would for the running of the NY City Marathon race…It will involve large amounts of the NYPD’s 35,000 police officers …..

In Inanitionaddition, the NY Fire Department will to mobile its fire and EMS units to points along the route of the Papal motorcades to handle any medical emeergcy situations….


Due the large amount of people expected to come and see the Pope in the City…..

Outlying police departments will have increase their patrols….

New Jersey Transit, Port Authority  and MTA police departments will have increase staffing for crowd control and security on their train, bridge and tunnel facilities …..

Homeland Security TSA people may be deployed to these facilities also….

At the World Trade Center visit….Port Authority Police will be called on again to escort the Pope’s group….At Madison Square Garden NYPD and MTA police will have extra units, dogs and bomb squad members standing by because the facility has a train station below it…

The New York City Police Department will have it’s helicopters, Marine, Bomb, HazMat and others units working the Pope’s detail…

The Secret Service should surely have to call for help from other Homeland Security agencies including Border patrol and TSA ….

All of this will be going on in New City, The Bg Apple while the city hosted the Forest Hills US OpenTennis match, Baseball Games of the NY Yankee’s and NY Mets…


The Unted Nation’s annual General Assembly get together…..

That event will pull the US State Departmanet Dipoploamtaic Security agents into action providding securty for over 40 Foreign Ministers that will arive in the city….

Oh, Yea….

The Secret Service will be handling President Obama, which normaly would be the BIGGER movement, but will be drafted by the Pope….

They will also, like the State Depatment be proding security details for over 50 heads of state while the President and the Pope move around the city….

For EACH othe above arrivals?

The NYPD will assign it’s police escorts…..


New York City is gonna make a LOT of money from all of this…

Drivers in the city are gonna get screwed….

NYPD cops are gonna make money…

A LOT of Secret Service , FBI, Border patrol and other Federal peopel are gonna be spending a couple of weeks in the city….

Here’s the schedule….

Sept 24 (D.C., New York)
9:20 a.m. Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress
11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
4:00 p.m. Depart from Joint Base Andrews
5:00 p.m. Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
6:45 p.m. Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Sept 25 (New York)
8:30 a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
4:00 p.m. Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
6:00 p.m. Mass at Madison Square Garden

Sept 26 (New York, Philadelphia)
8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
4:45 p.m. Visit to Independence Mall
7:30 p.m. Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway


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They lost last night…But The Mets have turned into a offensive machine…

Yea they lost to the Boston Red Sox….

But even in that loss?

They have displayed their new mad crazy ability to hit homeruns and get on base….Finally….

Terry Collins studied the itinerary for the Mets’ last road trip and noticed a common theme. The Mets would be playing at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Coors Field in Denver and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. All are home run havens.

“You’ve got a chance to do some big damage, and we did,” Collins said, home again Friday at Citi Field. “We’re back to the big-boy parks now.”

The Mets thumped 23 home runs across the nine road games, but the Boston Red Sox were the big boys in Flushing on Friday, using three homers to beat the Mets, 6-4, in 10 innings. The Mets hit none.

For historical purposes, though, they have already made August the most prolific power month in team history. With 43 home runs, the Mets have eclipsed the previous mark of 40 from June 2006, the last year they made the playoffs.

The Mets, Friday notwithstanding, also seem to have solved Citi Field, where they have 70 homers this season. That is a single-season home run record for the ballpark, which opened in 2009. While the Mets marveled at the upgrades from Shea Stadium, they soon struggled with the distant fences. The dimensions have been altered twice since then, and now the park has largely normalized….


History repeats itself…Red State on a need for new Republican Party…


The New Republican Party I envision is one that will energetically seek out the best candidates for every elective office, candidates who not only agree with, but understand, and are willing to fight for a sound, honest economy, for the interests of American families and neighborhoods and communities and a strong national defense. And these candidates must be able to communicate those principles to the American people in language they understand. Inflation isn’t a textbook problem. Unemployment isn’t a textbook problem. They should be discussed in human terms.

Our candidates must be willing to communicate with every level of society, because the principles we espouse are universal and cut across traditional lines. In every Congressional district there should be a search made for young men and women who share these principles and they should be brought into positions of leadership in the local Republican Party groups. We can find attractive, articulate candidates if we look, and when we find them, we will begin to change the sorry state of affairs that we are in. I need not remind you that you can have the soundest principles in the world, but if you don’t have candidates who can communicate those principles, candidates who are articulate as well as principled, you are going to lose election after election

Read the piece….Here

You’ll be surprised WHO said this…..

Three Bush fundraiser’s leave the fold….

Different reasons given….

Jeb Bush has the largest operation in the field for the Republicans despite falling behind Donald Trump in the polls….

But his collections have dropped….

“They were glad to go. This wasn’t a shock to anybody,” said one campaign source. “There were just some personality problems. It happens when you have a big organization like this, a big campaign. Some of the national people are tough to work for.”

Alexander, Money and McCarley have deep and longstanding ties to Florida’s GOP power structure. Money is close with former House Speaker Will Weatherford, McCarley’s part of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s political team, and Alexander has been a member in good standing of Bush’s operation since he was governor.

“They raised a lot of money out of Florida. A lot,” said the campaign source. “So if anyone says they didn’t quit, it’s not true. They’re still working for the super PAC as well. This is not about them,” said one source. “This is about the campaign.”


Keep the U-2 Spy plane…Or?…Make a new one?

The Air Force of course wants something more expensive….

They ALWAYS do….

The Global Hawk can’t handle the mission….

The Army is very happy with the ole’ U-2…..


The U-2 is due to be taken out of service in 2019…..


Doesn’t the NEW Lockheed RQ-X look a LOT like ah,….The U-2?

asset imageLockheed RQ-X..image Lockheed

The U-2 spy plane is famous for its overflights of Russia and China during the Cold War, but the high-flying aircraft designed by Kelly Johnson in the 1950s is busier now than at any point in its history.

The specialised surveillance fleet – headquartered at Beale AFB in northern California – has stepped up its operations from forward bases around the globe in support of everything from traditional treaty verification and mapping missions to snooping on terrorist groups in the Middle East and Africa, as well as on more sophisticated rivals such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

But as the U-2 faces retirement, Skunk Works is proposing a next-generation reconnaissance aircraft, one optimised for the same 70,000ft flights but more stealthy than its predecessor.

Skunk Works engineers in Palmdale, California, are considering an evolutionary design, which company officials say could outmatch the best proposals from industry heavyweights Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Lockheed is still lobbying hard to keep its famed U-2 in service, contending that relatively recent upgrades and the low stress of high-altitude flight (on the airframe at least) makes the U-2 a viable platform out to 2045.

However, it says if the programme must end, then the air force should hold a competition for a replacement, since the mission requirement has not gone away.

Company officials disclosed details of Lockheed’s optionally manned “RQ-X” or “UQ-2” concept during an 18 August media tour of its U-2 maintenance facility in Palmdale.

“We’re looking at a Global Hawk and U-2 – taking the best of breed from both worlds, mixing them together onto one platform,” says Lockheed’s U-2 strategic development manager Scott Winstead. “Think of a low-observable U-2. You’re not going to make it invisible, but LO characteristics would make it more difficult for them to shoot you down: the materials, shape, design and other stuff.”’


Daily Kos Morning Digest 8/28/15… Business owners remove all voters from business district, but forget one college kid

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff SingerMap of the new Community Improvement District in Columbia, Missouri

Map of the new Community Improvement District in Columbia, Missouri

Leading Off:

Gerrymandering: Normally gerrymandering in a medium-sized town that doesn’t even pertain to city council elections would be too down-in-the-weeds, but this story from the Columbia Tribune is too funny to ignore. Self-interested business owners successfully petitioned the Columbia, Missouri, city council to create a local Community Improvement District, which would have the authority to impose a half-cent sales tax increase with voter approval. However, the district lines were drawn in a manner that attempted to avoid containing any eligible voters, meaning that property-owners themselves would get to decide on the sales tax increase as a way to avoid further property taxes to pay for improvements.

Unfortunately for them, things didn’t exactly go according to plan. It soon became known that a single voter, University of Missouri student Jen Henderson, was registered to vote in the new CID. That means that she alone will get to decide whether or not to approve the sales tax increase. The CID has already gone into debt to finance planned improvements and was counting on the increased revenue from the sales tax increase.

Predictably, Henderson is not pleased with how manipulative this process has been. She was even asked to de-register so that the vote would revert to property owners. While Henderson hasn’t publicly stated which way she plans to vote, she sounded skeptical of the proposed sales tax increase and rightfully pointed out how it is regressive in nature while the benefits accrue mainly to incumbent businesses.

In a delicious twist of irony, if Henderson votes against the sales tax increase or the vote is called off entirely, the only way for the CID to pay off its debts will be to levy further taxes on property, which is exactly what these businesses were trying to avoid. Most of the time gerrymandering is successful and unfair, but instances like this show it can sometimes backfire spectacularly…..


OH-Sen: In an appearance in Ohio on Thursday, Hillary Clinton gave her backing to ex-Gov. Ted Strickland, asking her supporters to “help Ted get elected to the United States Senate.” Politico frames this as “all but” an endorsement, but while candidates often play games as to whether something is or isn’t a “formal” endorsement, there’s no, like, legal definition of the concept. If you tell the world you want to see a certain person win, and people conclude you’ve issued an endorsement, then you’ve issued an endorsement!

Strickland faces Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld in the Democratic primary. Both are hoping to take on GOP Sen. Rob Portman next year, but Sittenfeld trails Strickland badly both in fundraising and polling.

PA-Sen: Franklin & Marshall: Pat Toomey (R-inc): 41, Joe Sestak (D): 29; Toomey: 35, Katie McGinty (D): 28.


Clinton Campaign flexs at DNC get together…

Hillary’s handlers are seeking to engage the Democratic Super-Delegates early …..Something they failed to do in 2008…

That oversight cost Hillary Clinton the nomination…

THAT won’t be the case this time…

Even with the media focus on her email problems and lack of ‘trust’?

The people who matter….

Democratic establishment types….

Bernie Sanders may have the crowds….

But Hillary is working on the party votes…

A phalanx of Clinton’s top aides — including campaign manager Robby Mook, political director Amanda Renteria, and top organizing official Marlon Marshall — worked party influencers at the Democrats’ candidate cattle-call here and at a private happy hour at the W Hotel bar on Thursday night, while trying to calm those with questions about the email controversy. Clinton too met with supporters privately on Thursday night.

And party officials gathered in the hotel’s hallways, conference rooms, and suites responded, delivering a level of enthusiasm for their wounded front-runner that demonstrated to would-be challengers how little space they have to pursue the Democratic establishment.
“This is really about how you put the numbers together to secure the nomination,” Clinton said Friday. “In 2008 I got a lot of votes, but I didn’t get enough delegates. So I think it’s understandable that my focus is going to be on delegates as well as votes this time.”