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Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Home country: USA
Current location: Amherst. MA
Member since: Sat Sep 1, 2012, 03:28 PM
Number of posts: 11,892
London Mayor Boris Johnson described men who go to fight with Islamic State as “literally wankers” who watch porn because they can’t meet women, the Guardian reports.
Said Johnson: “If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally wankers. Severe onanists. They are not making it with girls and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort – which of course is no comfort.”
He added: “They are just young men in desperate need of self-esteem who do not have a particular mission in life, who feel that they are losers and this thing makes them feel strong – like winners.”
Posted by DonViejo | Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:26 PM (1 replies)
New York Times: “The news on Friday that Mr. Romney would opt out of the race revealed as much about the party in 2015 as it did about the former Massachusetts governor’s weaknesses as a candidate. Republican leaders, especially the party’s wealthiest donors, are in an impatient and determined mood. They are eager to turn to a new face they believe can defeat what they anticipate will be a strong, well-funded Democratic opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
“The campaign to deny Mr. Romney another chance began almost immediately after he mused to donors at a Friday get-together in New York City on Jan. 9 that he was open to the possibility of another run. By that Sunday afternoon, William Oberndorf, a prominent California investor who supported Mr. Romney in both of his previous presidential campaigns, had emailed a group of 52 powerful Republicans, including former Secretary of State George Shultz, the investor Charles Schwab, Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois and the Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos with a blunt message: we need to support someone else.”
Posted by DonViejo | Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:20 PM (5 replies)
State senator. US senator from Massachusetts. Would-be US senator from New Hampshire. Fox News commentator. And now, or soon, pensioner.
Former senator Scott Brown, who won a Senate seat in Massachusetts and lost one in New Hampshire, is ready for retirement. Brown has applied for his state pension, in Massachusetts, based on his nearly 17 years of state, county, and municipal service, which also entitles him to retiree health benefits.
Brown, 55, filed his application to the State Board of Retirement on Nov. 17, 13 days after he came up short by less than 16,000 votes against US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the New Hampshire Democrat.
Availing himself of the public pension to which he contributed during his time in office clouds Brown’s political future, particularly if he chooses to remain in New Hampshire, political analysts said. Part of Brown’s core argument in last year’s campaign was that he had roots in the state, and was more philosophically aligned with its residents than with those in Massachusetts.
“You can’t fault anybody for getting their pension that they’ve earned, but if you’re looking at running for another state office, it’s probably not the best timing or message you want to have delivered,” said Ron Bonjean, a Republican public affairs strategist in Washington, D.C.
Posted by DonViejo | Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:16 PM (7 replies)
By Stephen Stromberg January 30 at 12:20 PM
The country let out a collective “thank God” — or, in Utah, a “thank gosh” — on Friday when Mitt Romney said he would not run for president a third time. He went out as he went in — a decent man and an accomplished manager who serially insults voters.
As Romney floated potential campaign messages over the past few weeks, it became clear that yet another Romney run would have been driven by yet another Romney reinvention. Among other things, a man who four three years ago literally said on national television that he was “not concerned about the very poor” was going to run as a man who cares deeply about poverty. What else do you expect from a politician who implemented an Obamacare-like universal health-care plan and favored strong climate change policy as governor of Massachusetts — and then ran an uncreatively shrill 2012 campaign opposed to both ideas?
The case for Romney was always premised on the notion that, despite his desperate attempts to reflect the views of 50 percent-plus-one voters back at them, he would quit this nonsense in the Oval Office, applying his intelligence and businesslike competence rather than behaving like an ideologue or governing by focus group. Naturally, GOP ideologues didn’t trust him. But neither did a lot of other people who had reason to wonder if, like his campaigns, his presidency would have been driven by constant and brazen political calculation.
Perhaps Romney felt as though his developing 2016 message was more authentically Mitt. But he had already strained the credulity of all but the most devoted Romneyites. He should have taken the goodwill he generated after his unsuccessful 2012 run and become a GOP elder statesman. Instead, he had to inflame the political world one last time over the past few weeks with characteristically awkward hints of another run. Whether he was serious about performing another political shape-shift or he simply wanted to flex his ego, the result is the same: He reminded Americans of why he was a flawed candidate.
That’s a shame. Romney is an otherwise accomplished man and father who was at times unfairly savaged during the 2012 campaign. But, as ever, his own worst enemy is himself.
Posted by DonViejo | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 06:29 PM (6 replies)
Jeb Bush is owning up to all his childhood vices early in the game. In a Boston Globe profile, the potential Republican presidential candidate admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana as a teen studying at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Along with this, his grades were so bad that he was almost expelled. According to peers, he was detached about politics and sometimes bullied smaller classmates. (Bush denies bullying.) At the time, a classmate recalled, Bush “was as far away from the political activism from that time as if he was standing on the moon.”
Read it at Boston Globe
Posted by DonViejo | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 06:02 PM (18 replies)
Last night, Rachel Maddow reported that the American Family Association has fired Bryan Fischer as its official spokesman, while letting Fischer keep his radio show on the organization’s radio network. The move apparently came as a result of growing controversy surrounding a trip to Israel for Republican National Committee delegates bankrolled by the AFA.
It didn’t look good for the RNC that the group paying the tab for the trip to Israel has a spokesman and radio host who believes that gay people are modern-day Nazis who are responsible for the Holocaust, demands Jewish conversion to Christianity (and wants to require conversion for Jewish and other non-Christian immigrants), and insists that non-Christians have no First Amendment rights: “Counterfeit religions, alternative religions to Christianity, have no First Amendment right to the free exercise of the religion.”
However, the RNC trip’s chief organizer, David Lane of the American Renewal Project, which has close ties to the AFA, is no less radical than Fischer … but his extreme views haven’t stopped Republicans from embracing Lane.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has appeared at Lane’s political gatherings and praised his radical anti-LGBT activism. In fact, potential Republican presidential candidates like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry and Mike Pence have either appeared at Lane’s events, which typically take place in early primary states, or participated in election-themed advertisements for Lane’s group.
- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-david-lane-anti-gay-christian-nation-extremist-rnc#sthash.PfJ9IEm4.dpuf
This article is full of links to sites backing up/supporting every item the author reports on.
Posted by DonViejo | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 03:59 PM (1 replies)
Mark Halperin says Mitt Romney has held “a jaundiced view” of Jeb Bush “dating all the way back to his handling of the Terri Schiavo case, and has come to see Bush as a non-entity in the 2016 nomination contest. Romney is said to see Bush as a small-time businessman whose financial transactions would nonetheless be fodder for the Democrats and as terminally weighed down with voters across the board based on his family name. Romney also doesn’t think much of Bush’s political skills (a view mocked by Bush’s camp, who say Romney is nowhere near Bush’s league as a campaigner). Romney also considers Bush the national Republican figure who was the least helpful to him during his last run for the White House, a position that has darkened Ann Romney’s view of Bush as well.”
Posted by DonViejo | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 01:20 PM (3 replies)
Here's Bush's full statement:
Mitt Romney has been a leader in our party for many years. There are few people who have worked harder to elect Republicans across the country than he has. Though I’m sure today’s decision was not easy, I know that Mitt Romney will never stop advocating for renewing America’s promise through upward mobility, encouraging free enterprise and strengthening our national defense. Mitt is a patriot and I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over. I look forward to working with him to ensure all Americans have a chance to rise up.
Columba and I wish Mitt, Ann and their entire family the very best.
Posted by DonViejo | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 12:12 PM (24 replies)
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
The Florida senator and likely White House aspirant has found a way to disappoint everyone on immigration.
“I used to like him.”
This is the response I most often hear from fellow Latinos when I ask a simple question: “So, what do you think of Marco?” As in Marco Rubio, the 43-year-old senator from Florida who seems to be gearing up to compete for the Republican nomination for president. If so, he’ll come bearing gifts.
First, Rubio has youth, energy and a fresh face—things that could provide a dramatic contrast if Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton, who will be 68 years old when Democrats gather at their national convention in 2016.
Second, it also doesn’t hurt that Rubio is Cuban-American at a time when the GOP has dug itself such a deep hole with Hispanic voters, which represent a growing share of the electorate. As many as 12 million Hispanics could vote in 2016.
Posted by DonViejo | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 10:18 AM (1 replies)
Source: New York Times
Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, according to people familiar with his decision.
Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was expected to share his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers and later with a larger group of supporters on a subsequent call.
By not pursuing a third White House bid, Mr. Romney frees up scores of donors and operatives who had been awaiting his decision, and creates space for other potential center-right candidates such as Jeb Bush.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/31/us/mitt-romney-2016-presidential-election.html?
UPDATE 1: TDB got it wrong:
Mitt Romney Is Running for President
Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11am EST Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans. Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle on Thursday he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do better as a campaigner in 2016. Romney had originally intended to wait until later in the cycle but the bullish entry of Jeb Bush into the field encouraged him to jump early.
David Freelander reported last month that Bush is a joke in Romneyworld. "A Bush can’t beat a Clinton," one donor quoted Romney as saying.
The outlines of Romney's presidential run appear to be an emphasis on helping the poor and middle class. After dismissing the "47 percent," Romney seems to want to help them now, Jackie Kucinich writes.
Reports: Mitt Romney Isn't Running For President
By DANIEL STRAUSS Published JANUARY 30, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
Just ahead of a conference call with supporters on Friday, reports came out saying Mitt Romney had decided not to run for president in 2016.
Both The New York Times and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt reported Friday that Romney had decided not to run a third time. The first sentence of a report in the Times simply said: "Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, according to people familiar with his decision."
Hewitt, meanwhile, posted what he said was the full remarks of Romney's speech. TPM was on the conference call and those remarks were the exact ones Romney used.
Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who have all been kind enough to volunteer their time during this deliberation stage. Welcome, and thank you. Your loyalty and friendship, and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership warms my heart.
After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.
Let me give you some of my thinking. First, I am convinced that with the help of the people on this call, we could win the nomination. Our finance calls made it clear that we would have enough funding to be more than competitive. With few exceptions, our field political leadership is ready and enthusiastic about a new race. And the reaction of Republican voters across the country was both surprising and heartening. I know that early poll numbers move up and down a great deal during a campaign, but we would have no doubt started in a strong position. One poll out just today shows me gaining support and leading the next closest contender by nearly two to one. I also am leading in all of the four early states. So I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard fight.
I also believe with the message of making the world safer, providing opportunity to every American regardless of the neighborhood they live in, and working to break the grip of poverty, I would have the best chance of beating the eventual Democrat nominee, but that is before the other contenders have had the opportunity to take their message to the voters.
I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.
I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president. You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. But we believe it is for the best of the Party and the nation.
I’ve been asked, and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely. Accordingly, I’m not organizing a PAC or taking donations; I’m not hiring a campaign team.
I encourage all of you on this call to stay engaged in the critical process of selecting a Republican nominee for President. Please feel free to sign up on a campaign for a person who you believe may become our best nominee.
I believe a Republican winning back the White House is essential for our country, and I will do whatever I can to make that happen.
To all my supporters, friends and family who worked both tirelessly and loyally to support my campaigns in the past, I will always be deeply appreciative. What you have already done is a tribute to your patriotism. We are overwhelmed and humbled by your loyalty to us, by your generosity of spirit, and by your friendship. God bless you all.
Posted by DonViejo | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 09:51 AM (52 replies)