Weekly Musing 12-20-15
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
From our family to yours…
Days until the 2016 election: 324.
In Las Vegas Debate, a Rubio-Cruz Showdown Takes Center Stage
Nine candidates took the stage here Tuesday night for the final primetime Republican debate of 2015, but in critical moments it seemed there were only two: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Trump rules out third-party bid ‘no matter what’
Donald Trump says he won’t run for president as a third-party candidate “no matter what” despite past flirtations with an independent bid.
Trump said he was “totally committed to the Republican party” during Tuesday night’s GOP debate and repeated that vow in an interview immediately afterward.
“When they asked it, I did not hesitate. I decided to just say, ‘Yes, I’m a Republican. I’m not going to be doing a third-party [campaign],’ ” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“No matter what,” he added when pressed.
Top 6 Observations From Last Night’s Critical GOP Debate
The Winner of the Debate: the GOP electorate. For the first time ever, the voters saw a substantive Republican debate on the most critical issues of our time. Despite the liberal bent of some of the questions (and don’t even get me started on those Facebook questions), we now see two paths between candidates like Cruz and Rubio on mass surveillance, immigration, and foreign policy. Rand Paul and Donald Trump agreed with Cruz on immigration and foreign policy. Rand obviously agrees with Cruz on mass surveillance. This is the first time we’ve seen a long-form and foundational discussion on the future of the GOP on sovereignty and security. – See more at:
It’s Time For Everyone To Drop Out Except Trump, Rubio, Cruz And Christie
Many candidates performed well at Tuesday night’s fifth GOP presidential primary debate, but perhaps no candidate is likely to benefit more than Chris Christie.
Once upon a time, the New Jersey governor was supposed to be the 2016 presidential frontrunner. But by the time he officially entered the presidential fray, his star had fallen because of scandal that had engulfed his gubernatorial administration.
So starting at the back of the pack, Christie focused on New Hampshire and has seen in recent weeks a slow but perceptible rise in the polls there. After Tuesday, he will likely continue to climb, setting himself up as a dark horse contender for the nomination if he can stage an upset in the Granite State.
As Marco Rubio × and Ted Cruz went back in forth debating their opposing stances on surveillance in a way that many watching probably could not make heads or tails of, Christie attempted to cut through the clutter and portray himself as a get-it-done governor competing against do-nothing senators.
Many in Frank Luntz’s focus group changes their vote to TED CRUZ!
Frank Luntz said more people changed their vote tonight after this debate than ever before, and out of the eight people who he asked about their vote change, 5 of them switched to Ted Cruz.
Frank Luntz Reveals the Line From the #GOPDebate that United Both Moderates and Conservatives [VIDEO
Constitutional conservative presidential candidate Ted Cruz had a line from the fifth GOP debate on which both conservatives and moderates can agree — that America is at war with radical Islamic terrorists and neither Obama nor Hillary Clinton has the will to defeat them.
Pollster Frank Luntz, appearing on FOX News’ The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, showed the line that united both conservates and moderates with an exact score on his approval lines of 88 out of a perfect 100, when constitutional conservative said:
Tough Talk vs. Military Muscle
In a debate that became something of a referendum on former President George W. Bush’s interventionist foreign policy, the highest-profile combatants were two freshman senators: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Rubio, in line with Bush’s legacy, called for a more robust American role in the Middle East and aggressive counterterrorism measures at home. Cruz, despite employing fiery rhetoric, advocated a more limited American role overseas while defending his vote for legislation that curtailed the government’s bulk collection of metadata.
The big question after last night’s debate: Will the public’s mood in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks translate into an increased appetite for military intervention? Or will criticizing President Obama and sounding tough on terror be enough to satisfy a conservative GOP electorate clamoring for the utter defeat of ISIS?
‘Top Secret’ Info on Hillary’s Server ‘Unreal’
President Barack Obama’s former Defense Intelligence Agency chief said it was “unbelievable” and “unreal” that two classified emails contained “top secret” information when they hit Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal server at her home.
Fox News has reported that an intelligence community review has re-affirmed that two classified emails were “top secret” when they hit her unsecured personal server despite a challenge by the State Department.
Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, told Fox News in a report that while the emails were “top secret” when they hit Clinton’s server, one of them remains “top secret” to this day — and must be handled at the highest security level.
A Couple of Interview’s After this Week’s Debate:
Interview with Frank Beckman on WJR Talk Radio
Interview with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan’s Big Show
When it comes to global cyberthreats, there’s China, and then there’s everyone else
When it comes to global cyberthreats, you could say there’s the whole rest of the world, and then there’s China. The victims of Chinese hacking cover every sector of the U.S. economy, from banks and tech firms to energy giants and government agencies.
Chinese hackers have been linked to the theft of 80 million Social Security numbers from the insurer Anthem, and most likely lifted the sensitive security clearance information on nearly 20 million Americans stored by the Office of Personnel Management. China allegedly stole plans for the F-35 fighter jet from Lockheed Martin, and analysts believe that the newest version of the Chinese military’s J-31 fighter jet, manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, incorporates some of what they learned.
FBI Director James Comey declared on “60 Minutes” last year that there are “two kinds of big companies in the United States…those who’ve been hacked by the Chinese and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked by the Chinese.”
With Few Gun Laws, New Hampshire Is Safer Than Canada
Pew recently reported on how the homicide rate in the US has been cut in half over the past twenty years, even as gun ownership has greatly expanded in the US. The US public, meanwhile, thinks the murder rate is increasing.
What Pew didn’t mention is is how remarkably low the homicide rate has fallen in some US states. Pew reported FBI murder data up through 2013, but in more recent FBI homicide data, total homicides fell again in 2014, while the homicide rates in some states reached historic lows.
In New Hampshire, the homicide rate in 2014 was 0.9 homicides per 100,000, making New Hampshire in 2014 one of the safest places (in terms of homicide) on planet earth.
Several other states came in with remarkably low homicide rates, as well, with Minnesota reporting a rate of 1.6, Idaho at 2.0, and Iowa at 1.9 (rates measured in events per 100,000).
US States vs. Canadian Provinces
Clearly, these places rank among the US states with the lowest homicide rates, but for a broader context, let’s look at homicide rates compared among both US states and Canadian provinces:
23 dishes you have to eat in Detroit before you die
Coney Island hot dog – American or Lafayette Coney Island
This goes without saying, so we’ll just leave you with this friendly Detroit reminder that a real Coney is made with ground beef (or beef heart) chili, steamed bun and grilled hot dog with casing and is topped with diced white onion and yellow mustard. Anything else is just a chili dog.
NEW Mobile App for Parties & Candidates
We launched it…finally a new mobile app to help parties and candidates keep in touch with their members.
Our apps are native meaning they use the full power of smart mobile devices to provide rich features such as video, navigation, customized alerts linked to specific content, events calendaring, conventions, ballot registration and voting, breaking news, donations, blogs, instant polls and surveys and more.
And they are fully customizable. So check out one or all of the first four live apps up this week. Just go to your app store on either an Apple, Android or Windows phone and search for:
Michigan Republican Party
WSRP (Washington State Republican Party)
Republican Party of Louisiana
Republican Liberty Caucus
Tea Party Nation
NYS Conservative Party
USVI GOP (Virgin Islands Republican Party)
Lisa Posthumus Lyons (State Representative-MI)
Triston Cole (State Representative-MI)
Gowan for Arizona (Gowan for Congress)
Follow the progress of Right Mobile and the various new parties and candidates that launch their own apps on Facebook at; https://www.facebook.com/rightmobileUS/
If any party or candidate is interested in getting an app of their own, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In good humor…
To My Democrat/Liberal Friends…
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2016, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great.
Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.
We wish you good luck with Obamacare, whether you were misled or lied to about keeping your doctor or existing health care plan (which was all supposed to be cheaper), President Obama has already explained he really didn’t mean it – in that way…but you voted for him/that…so I’m sure it will be fine. Not to mention being safer (terrorism) and better off (economy)…
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To My Republican/Conservative friends…
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!
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