Don Surber

Official Scorekeeper of the 2016 Election.™

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Will anyone in Washington dare ask Senator Gillibrand about the false allegation of rape she promoted?

In January, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York promoted a story that Paul Nungesser "raped" Emma Sulkowicz while they were students at Columbia.

That story was a lie.

Now he is suing the college.

Will Senator Gillibrand apologize? Better yet, will Soraya Nadia McDonald follow up on her January 20, 2015, puff piece in the Washington Post?

Next Republican president must prosecute

Screw bipartisanship. Compromise brought you Dred Scott and Bloody Kansas. Radical Republicanism brought you the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

I want the next Republican president to play hardball. Prosecute. Get the Clintons. Get Harry Reid. Get Nancy Pelosi. Wipe out and disbar every prosecutor in Wisconsin who ever used John Doe warrants. Definitely Lois Lerner deserves a special prosecutor.

And be subtle about it. Don't say a damned word. Just do it. President Bush put a dozen CEOs behind bars. Joshua Holland of ultra-liberal Bill Moyers blog wrote about it:

Sergeant Ralph G. Neppel: "The heroes don't live."

Ralph G. Neppel was just a farm boy from Iowa in the Army, trained to fire a machine gun. He worked hard at being a soldier, half a world away from his mother, a tenant farmer in Glidden, Iowa, which isn't even big enough to be the county seat in Carroll County. It was World War II. Everyone pitched in.

On December 14, 1944, in a field outside of Birgel, Germany, he would do something extraordinary.

And he would follow that up by living a life that was exceptional.

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Scoreboard for 4-24-2015

This started out as a scoreboard for the 2008 presidential election. Today I will begin with a few observations on the 2016 presidential race.

1. The biggest winner from the revelation that Hillary prostituted herself as Secretary of State is Martin O'Malley, whom Democratic moderates are rallying behind.

Twinkies prove the system works

A few years ago the company that made Twinkies hit the skids and was in bankruptcy court fighting for some breathing room from creditors under Chapter 11. In 2012, it had an operating loss of $1.06 billion on $2.47 billion in sales, with $2.5 billion in liabilities. Pension expenses topped $930 million. The bakers union went on strike. Management was lousy -- hey operating losses were 40% of revenue. Newspapers and TV stations went wild with stories about the death of Twinkies.

Readers may remember me yawning. I said the Twinkie name was too valuable and someone would buy the name, make them again without union help, and rake in some big bucks. A story by Steven Bertoni of Forbes this week said that is exactly what happened.

Reporters as corrupt as the White House they cover

Nearing the annual White House Correspondents' Association scholarship dinner, the Washington Times revealed that the group pays its executive director more than it hands out in scholarships. Looks like the reporters have become as corrupt as the White House they cover.

The association's main job is credentialing who is considered the press in the White House, which is potentially pretty powerful. That the group has full-time staff is surprising, but considering it is Washington, such overstaffing is expected.

Norbert Rillieux, sugar daddy

The modern sugar industry began with Christopher Columbus, the misguided sailor who set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, westward toward China on August 3, 1492. He would get as far as Cuba. As planned, Columbus landed at the Canary Islands a short time after leaving Spain, to load up provisions, however Columbus fell in love with the land's ruler, the beautiful Beatriz de Bobadilla y Ossorio. They had a month-long affair before he finally sailed away. She gave as a gift some sugarcane cuttings, which he would plant in what he thought was land near China, but which were really the islands of San Salvador, Cuba and Hispaniola.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Scoreboard for 4-23-2015

1. Democrat Gary Hart endorsed Democrat Martin O'Malley for president.

I suspect monkey business.


Did coal kill the Export-Import Bank?

Roll Call reported the Export Import Bank likely will die on June 30 after 81 years of obscurity. The relic of FDR's socialistic government likely will not have its charter renewed, meaning the elimination of 402 government jobs. Well, that's a  start.

Blame politics. President Obama politicized the agency, which after its three-year renewal in 2012 decided not to finance any more coal export deals. This is part of Obama's war on coal mined from privately owned land (the public lands in Wyoming continue to boom). Frankly, this is why Jay Rockefeller called him the president he waited all his life for because Rockefeller sees coal as the only barrier remaining for socialism in West Virginia.

President? Prison for both Clintons

Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted bribes from the Russian government and approved the sale of uranium to our arch enemy.

Arrest them. Try them. Imprison them -- hell, blindfold them and shoot them the same way the Romanians rid themselves Nicolae CeauČ™escu and his crooked wife Elena CeauČ™escu. Together. On Christmas Day 1989.

The Clintons are cowardly traitors who do not deserve to live.

Every one of these people is wrong

Free speech isn't pretty. A federal judge protected Pam Geller's right to purchase an anti-Muslim ad on buses in New York City which offends people. The only way the government -- which owns the buses -- can stop her is by rejecting all ads from everyone.

Some online readers at the Washington Post showed their ignorance of free speech in the comments:

Lee Miller, you've seen her photos of Dachau, but not the price she paid

After covering the final push against Hitler with the 83rd Infantry from Normandy to Berlin, Life magazine photographer Dave Scherman and model-turned-photographer Lee Miller gave a German who spoke a little English a carton of cigarettes to show them around the ruins of Munich. Eventually he led them to Hitler's house. In the bathroom there was a bathtub. Lee filled it up with water. She shed her clothes and got in. A warm bath is a soldier's luxury and they certainly earned it, even though they were civilians. They placed a photo of Hitler at one end, a small statue of Eva Braun naked at the other, and Scherman took her picture.

As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II neared, a few magazines and newspapers ran the picture with a story and the inevitable headline: "Lee Miller: the woman in Hitler’s bathtub."

But she was so much more than that, and worse of all, the bath never cleansed her. The photographers came Munich from Dachau. The dirt on the rug was from that concentration camp. Just before she died, Lee Miller told her biographer Carolyn Burke: “I could never get the stench of Dachau out of my nostrils.”

And that was not the worse thing that happened to Lee Miller.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Scoreboard for Lenin's Birthday 2015

1. From the USA: As a millennial, how can I understand and work with a Gen X-er?

From South Africa: "A 14-year-old boy has been killed and eaten by a lion as he lay guarding his family’s crops in north-eastern Zimbabwe, a report said on Wednesday."

Forget Gen-X-ers. You'll be working for South Africans, kid. They can handle way bigger problems.


Everglades shows government threatens the environment, Mister Obama

On the celebration of Lenin's Birthday under the guise of Earth day by socialists everywhere, President Obama made a theatrical appearance in the Everglades to expound upon the virtues of the government taking charge of industry in the name of ecology.

Not only is his physical science wrong on global warming junk (surface temperatures of the Earth are in a decline, even as carbon dioxide levels reach 800,000-year highs), but his political science of federal protection of the Everglades is ridiculous.

The biggest threat to the Everglades came from Washington.

Is Chris Cillizza as out of touch as his writing indicates?

Two back-to-back pieces by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post show he is out to lunch and know little about politics.

That's important only because the rest of the Washington press corps thinks he is bright.

The Make College Meaningless Act

My college degree and my DD-214 are on top of one another in my sock drawer, where all my most precious keepsakes are. Guess which one is rare.

According to Gallup, 13% of American adults are veterans, while 34% have college degrees.

Estimates are between 20% and 40% of college students take remedial classes to learn what they should have learned in high school. So much for college entrance standards. Now the Democratic Party wants to water the standards further.

Living in Berkeley

J. Sterling Morton, father of Arbor Day

Before there was the celebration of Lenin's Birthday known as Earth Day, there was a holiday that actually helped improve the planet, called Arbor Day. It was the brainchild of newspaperman J. Sterling Morton, a resident of Nebraska, the third-least forested state. Only North Dakota and Nevada are more treeless.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Daily scoreboard 4-21-2015

1. From New Hampshire:
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Are you and other people running representing corporations or ordinary people? 
GOV. PERRY: But I think, that question for me, as the governor of the state of Texas ... I am not an unknown. I have run the 13th largest economy in the world for the last 14 years. My campaign contributions are open. You can go look at them. Number one, I can't take a corporate contribution. So there's is not a corporate contribution that comes to me as a governor. As the governor of the state of Texas, a corporation is not what funded my [campaign]. You go look at my, I mean my records are open, they're there. And you look at them, corporate contributions ...
AUDIENCE MEMBER: But that's the system you rely on.
HOST: We have to move forward. Thank you for the questions.
GOV. PERRY: The system I rely on is by personal contributions from people in the state of Texas. Corporations are not what is driving this thing. Now, I do buy into your thing that corporations have an inordinate amount of influence in Washington, D.C. And we need to have people that we trust that are going to go in there and make decisions that are in the best interest of this country. I got a record of putting 1.5 million people to work in the state of Texas while the rest of the country lost 400,000 jobs. That's what we better be focused on, is getting people back to work in this country.
Hey moderators, less moderating, more debate.


Fun on Twitter

5 billion gallons to save 6 fish

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand" -- Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman.

So it goes with water in California. Four decades after its last water crisis, California has another one. Its population doubled, but its water reservoirs did not. On top of that, state government officials want to waste 5 billion gallons of water to save six fish. Not six types of fish -- six fish: Wally, Bob, Ted, Mary, Lenny, and Squiggy.


Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio stands on the horizon preparing to enter the 2016 presidential sweepstakes. Why not? In six years, he's done all he can as governor. If he runs, I hope he dusts off this ad from his 2014 re-election campaign. It is devastating.

From the Hill:

Roseanne Barr is why Hillary is in trouble

Roseanne Barr has a lot of money and wants to make a lot of noise. Her reality series bombed. She is plugging a documentary on her presidential run as a Green Party candidate in 2012, which I think she knows will also bomb. But in an interview with the Daily Beast, she said some interesting things that resonate with working class boomers who have had to put up with being represented by elitists like Hillary Clinton ever since Life magazine discovered Woodstock.

Deaf Smith, hero of the Texas Revolution

Erastus "Deaf" Smith did not wish to take sides in the Texas Revolution when it broke out in 1835. But the Mexican Army would force him to chose a side -- the Texas side.

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