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Cruz's "New York Values" is code for Jewish

I spent much of my life in New York. And last week, when Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of having "New York Values," I heard it as a code word for "Jewish." It seems I'm not alone in hearing this dog whistle. Here's an excerpt from Dana Milbank's column from today's Washington Post.

When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last month mocked Donald Trump’s “New York values,” it wasn’t entirely clear what he was implying.

This week we got a clue: For Cruz, “New York” is another way of saying “Jewish.”

At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucuses winner, was asked about campaign money he and his wife borrowed from Goldman Sachs. Cruz, asserting that Trump had “upward of $480 million of loans from giant Wall Street banks,” said: “For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it’s the height of chutzpah.” Cruz, pausing for laughter after the phrase “New York term,” exaggerated the guttural “ch” to more laughter and applause.

But “chutzpah,” of course, is not a “New York” term. It’s a Yiddish — a Jewish — one. And using “New York” as a euphemism for “Jewish” has long been an anti-Semitic dog whistle.


The media, The Donald and Sarah


A story like this is what you'd expect to see on the tabloids at the check-out counter.

If stupid is a disease, the American Main Stream Media is infected beyond all hope.

Yeah, I know. They've spent many years now covering non-news, and filling air time with the stupidity of pundits interviewing other pundits.

However, treating "Sarah endorses Trump" as serious "News," has finally pushed the "News Business" to the bottom of the sewer.

If they covered this story at all it should have been in whatever section they cover UFO sightings.

Welcome to modern day American politics and the media that covers it.

Perhaps, someday in the future, this current era will be looked back upon as an aberration. An era in which insanity became the norm.

It seems that Orwell's "1984" and Huxley's "Brave New World" missed the actual craziness that has come into being.

Flint Mich.: Drink lead. Die. The kids too.

This is an excerpt from yesterday's rude pundit column. The people of Flint Michigan are drinking imported water because their own drinking water is filled with lead. Imported water is in short supply and the governor of Michigan doesn't give a rat's ass.

Perhaps this excerpt is a vision of the future of a Republican America.

If you go looking for information or updates on the crisis of lead poisoning the water of Flint, Michigan, you'll come across so many stories that make you despair for the treatment of the urban, industrial population in this greatest nation in the history of everything ever. If you're not up on this insane story about the criminal neglect and outright damnation of a poor city, especially its children, by cost-cutting Republicans, Rachel Maddow and her staff have been doing the kind of investigative reporting work that used to be a regular part of our media. If it's too much work to watch Maddow, you can read a quick summary to get up to speed.

The shortest version: budget-cutting, state-appointed emergency managers switched the water supply for Flint from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River through sheer ignorance and wanton fuckery. By the time anyone listened that the water was poisoned, the chemicals had fucked up the pipes, and they continue to leech lead into the water supply so no one can drink from the faucet. If the state was led by honorable people, they would have lined up and sliced open their own guts with daggers to apologize.

Which gets us to Freeman Elementary School, a pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade public school in Flint and its family fun day, which will be held tomorrow at the school. Of course, it's not going to be just family fun, as a headline from the local paper reveals:

Yes, as the article says, "Children will be able to get their blood tested for lead during a family fun night this week at Freeman Elementary School in Flint." And then, heartbreakingly, "Lead testing is planned for infants up to children six years old, along with water filter giveaways, dance fitness for children, face painting, balloon artist, a free healthy meal, refreshments and raffles."

Think about that. This was supposed to be an event with dancing kids with cat whiskers drawn on their faces, eating healthy food, and winning a damn raffle. Now, it's being used as a chance for parents in one of the poorest cities in the country to see if their state has permanently damaged their kids because that's better than spending a little extra money on water tests or, you know, water safety. And what are they raffling now? Aquafina twelve-packs?

go to: rudepundit.blogspot.com and scroll down to yesterday's entry.

Jeb! Last man standing?

January 2nd, 2016: Election year is here, the primaries are nigh, and every pundit is predicting who the Republican candidate will be.

For some reason, it has struck me that Jeb, even after all his missteps and after all his screw ups, may just turn out to be the last man standing in this race. Here’s my thinking on this:

Trump is still #1 in the polls, but the brain-dead people who come out and cheer for him might be the same people who never show up at the polls. And even if some of them do, I just don’t believe there are enough to elect this narcissistic head case.

Ben Carson’s campaign was over a few weeks ago and it seems that the only one who doesn’t know this is Ben Carson.

Carly Fiorina: See Ben Carson.

Ted Cruz has been waiting around for Trump to fall and then pick up all the haters. Once Cruz is the front runner, the media will focus on him, millions of people will learn the fact that the man is a fundamentalist crazy and a first-class prick that no one can stand, and his campaign will die a slow (or perhaps quick) death.

Marco Rubio, it turns out, has a major money backer who is a convicted felon. And Rubio’s personal financial history leaves the impression that he’s inexperienced and sloppy. Not to mention that he’s a guy who just doesn't seem ready for prime time.

Chris Christy has gotten the backing of New Hampshire’s biggest Republican newspaper. But even if he has a good showing in NH, he’s gone a bridge too far for most people to support him. And he’s got a 5% positive rating in New Jersey. When the people in your home state hate you, it means you’re in trouble in other states.

Which leaves us with Jeb! The GOP establishment is comfortable with him and he’s a known quantity to most Republican voters. Throughout the entire campaign, he’s looked like the Fredo of the Bush family. But my guess is that he may just end up as the Republican candidate. As long as he stays out of rowboats.

Ted Cruz: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

IMO, Trump will soon be gone and Senator Ted Cruz will become #1 in the polls.

A senator is someone who is usually respected (for the most part) by his fellow senators. Yet, from everything I've read, the other 99 senators, (Democrats and Republicans), loathe him. As in: His 99 colleagues really hate his guts.

Imagine what it takes for a senator to earn that kind of venom. But in the case of Cruz, it seems to be deserved.

He's well educated, (a Harvard grad), yet his education has taught him nothing about human interaction, empathy, or basic human decency. The man peddles poison like a 19th century huckster selling snake oil. And in the area of religion, he seems to be following in the footsteps of his fundamentalist father. Cruz's religious beliefs seem to be mostly about hatred.

For the past six months, we've been either laughing at, or fearing Donald Trump. But the real danger in this election is Cruz. And it's necessary for everyone to understand this before the GOP establishment shrugs their shoulders and anoints him as their candidate.

Ted Cruz is dangerous because it's conceivable he can be elected president. And imagine what that would mean in terms of his being "The Commander in Chief", not to mention the kind of people he would appoint to the Supreme Court.

We can't let this happen.

A peek at some December 2016 headlines

Fox News speculates that “The president-elect is a transsexual.”

Donald Trump applies for German citizenship and is turned down.

Angela Merkel closes borders to fleeing old white American men.

Donald Trump hints that he may buy Germany.

Forty nine GOP senators accused of spitting on Ted Cruz.

Marco Rubio spotted hanging out in cheap gin joint in Miami Beach.

George Lucas admits Jeb! Bush was the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks.

Barbara Bush claims that Jeb! was adopted.

Texas threatens secession again and vows to annex Mexico.

Scotus to hear case on Santorum vs Google.

Ben Carson’s new book is titled “Whispering in the Dark.”

Obama pardons Bowe Bergdahl.

Another week of hate-spew and Trump still leads

Ain't America great? There's room for everyone. Even a unique sideshow freak named Trump whose whole act consists of anger, hatred and peddling raw sewage.

When guys stood on wagons selling snake oil, they usually sold some and went away, or they were tarred, feathered, and run out of town. But so far The Donald seems immune. The suckers are still standing there buying the snake oil and they're begging for more.

There's nothing new about Trump other than the number of people he's gotten to pay attention to him, and the inexplicable number of people he's gotten to buy his extremely toxic poison. I guess the formula is "The more you drink, the more you want".

Let me state this as clearly as possible: Trump is a dope peddler. And he's selling his customer's the deadliet drug in the world. HATE.

Yeah, I know, a “President Trump” can’t happen.

The same thing was said about Reagan and George W. Bush. But Reagan got elected twice and W. served one appointed term and one stolen term.

So do you really believe we couldn’t end up with a “President Trump?”

Face it. There are many millions of ignorant people (and too many who should know better) who are buying into Trump’s P.T. Barnum act of the 21st century.

At some point, America ran off the rails. I don’t know whether it was the Sarah Palin craziness, or the fact that a black man named Obama was elected president twice, or the 24/7 propaganda of the right wing, or the hate, ignorance and fear that has always existed in the ugly underside of America, or a combination of all of them.

We are living in a country in which:

O Racial profiling and police brutality are the norm

O Voter suppression is out of the closet and in full bloom

O One political party talks about killing Social Security and Medicare

O Planned Parenthood is under siege by religious fanatics

O Shooting massacres have become a weekly norm

O The middle class has been destroyed with barely a whimper

O Virtually every U.S. Senator is a millionaire

O Democrats bitch, but don’t turn out for mid-term elections

O Women are still second class citizens in hundreds of ways

O “Privatization” has replaced responsible government

O More people are imprisoned than in any other country in the world

O Congress is bought, paid for, and won’t regulate air, water or food

O Our infrastructure is crumbling beneath us, over us and under us

O “Is our children learning?” Spoken by George W. Bush, Jan. 11, 2000

O “We’re not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people.” Paul Ryan March 12, 2013

Do you really believe America couldn’t/wouldn’t elect a boorish, ignorant, narcissist named Donald Trump? -- Not to mention someone like Carson, Cruz, or virtually any other member of their very strange group of candidates who actually believe the garbage they are saying, or are playing to the lowest common denominator.

Which woman's face should be on a $10 bill

Here's a list of women, all of which I believe are great candidates. I also believe that more than one bill should have a woman's face on it.

Trump shreds the facade

We all know that the Republicans hate Trump because he is shouting out GOP positions that are always sold with a "dog whistle."

You can just hear their private conversations: "How dare Trump broadcast our hatreds in plain english?" "Who is he to shriek 'the truth' about immigrants?" "Next thing you know, he'll be talking about 'uppity people.'"

Trump is really scaring the shit out of the Republican "establishment," (whatever the hell that means today). But, in truth, the Republican "establishment" has been a disease on democracy ever since Nixon, (and for the past couple of centuries). Over the past 200 some odd years their different factions have gone under various names from "Democrats," to "Know Nothings," to "Republicans," to "wingnuts," to KKK, to Citizens Councils. But don't be fooled. They're always the same people. They are the haters/bigots/morons/fools/ignorant/frightened. Today, they are calling themselves "conservatives/Republicans/patriots/'real Americans.'"

Some believe in "white supremacy." Some believe in a version of Jesus that makes them superior to the rest of humanity, some of them need to see people further down the ladder than they are. And some of them don't or can't think.

All of this is what today's Republican Party is. And that is why they are so pissed off at Trump. He's showing (sane) Americans who and what the Republican Party really is.

Maybe Trump needs some kind of "thanks" for blowing the Republican Party cover.

Or maybe we Dems need to get our act together, and somehow find a cure for the disease of ignorance that currently infects our society.
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