A new CBS/YouGov poll out this morning has Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton by 10 points in Iowa and 22 points in New Hampshire. In South Carolina, Clinton still leads by 23 points, however Bernie's numbers are growing and split with Biden. So the big question will be if Biden doesn't get in, will his supporters go to Hillary or Bernie? That could be the key in the Palmetto state, as well as others.
Donald Trump's upcoming biography has a doozy of a claim in it. He claims he always felt as though he was in the military "because of his education at a military-themed board." So a guy who got sent to military school because his parents couldn't handle him, then went on to get numerous deferments to avoid serving in Vietnam thinks he's the same as those that went and fought in war, or even had the guts to protect our country? This is a total insult on the brave men and women who served and the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. That insult is further echoed by anyone supporting his candidacy to become the next commander in chief of our military.
Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the basis of religious freedom has been ordered to jail by a federal judge for contempt.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the former Subway spokesman had sex with 14 minors, paying for sex with some of them, as well as being in possession of child porn. As if that isn't icky enough, the plea deal should really make you angry. He will get 5 years in prison and pay restitution of $100,000 to each of the 14 victims, totaling $1.4 million. We live in a country where getting caught with marijuana can give you more jail time than going out and sexually exploiting children. There should be tons of outrage over this deal, and it should be held up by candidates of a broken justice system that consistently favor the wealthy.
If you don't like fetuses being used for things like medical research, then might I suggest you talk to your doctor. Tell him you refuse any medication or treatment derived from such research. Oh, and in the meantime, Dr. Ben Carson once did research on a fetus brain, so a right-wing darling even saw the benefits of it.
Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of 28,000 in Portland, Oregon yesterday. That is his largest crowd to date and comes a day after addressing over 15,000 in Seattle. But that record breaking crowd seems to not resonate through the media. For example, in an article in Huffington Post, which gives the number at the very end, the headline and main part of the body is on Bernie releasing a plan to combat racial inequality and profiling. And actually the plan is nothing new. Instead it is him just merging various plans into a broader, single plan.
But back to the crowd. At this point in the 2008 elections, Obama had a campaign rally in New York, drawing 24,000. The media all gasped over such a huge crowd, even dedicating pieces just to that number. Apparently the media doesn't believe 28,000 is better than 24,000, or perhaps they were just shocked that a black candidate was able to draw that crown, but not when a socialist candidate brings in even larger crowds. Either way, the media narrative is very obvious now.
One candidate stuck out from the rest in last night's GOP debate as being more presidential than the rest. That candidate was John Kasich. This has been a fear for me. A lot of people have focused on his polling, but remember that Kasich has only been in the race for a couple of weeks and to the average voter, they just don't follow state governors. That can be seen further in the polls, where his "don't know enough about him" column has always been sky high. I got a feeling that is going to start changing though. He came off as presidential, being able to address the issues and not resorting to attacks, unlike most of his competitors. He actually has done some good here in Ohio, which is covered with bad but not the kind of bad that will turn off GOP voters. He also brings more experience to the field than about everyone else up there.
I would honestly not be surprised if Kasich won the nomination. His answer on gay marriage will win over the Log Cabin and younger Republicans. His defending his expansion of Medicaid will help win over the more moderate voters. And the fact that he is from Ohio will win over the Republicans that want nothing more than a Republican in the White House. Add to all that the fact that he was also a host on Fox News means he will have the biggest Republican media machine in his pocket, which is starting to become more evident. My guess is a lot of that has played into him making the cut last night. In two weeks he beat out two former GOP contenders, the two Ricks, as well as some other big names, like Lindsey Graham. If he doesn't win the nomination, which isn't a given for him, I can easily see him being a running mate, just to win Ohio.
I've been warning for months that John Kasich is the one Democrats have to watch out for. I've also been met with a lot of pushback over that, but after last night I think more people are seeing my concerns come true.
Authorities in Louisiana are investigating a car fire inside a fenced construction site of a new Planned Parenthood center that occurred Saturday. Back when I was in the fire service, I investigated quiet a few of these. Generally they aren't that hard to determine a general idea of what happened, since they usually have a very distinct point of origin. With the investigation going on this long, my guess is the point of origin is in a non-typical place or the car had just been sitting there, taking out any engine related fires. The fact that the investigation is going into its third day really makes me feel this is either a suspicious fire, or something extremely uncommon in vehicle fires. It will be interesting to find out.
I want to do a full blog on the Sam DuBose case, as this does hit right at home for me, but until then I been sitting here wondering something. Sam DuBos was pulled over for no front license plate, and there was at least two police cruisers, two officers and one officer in training on the scene. So how many cops does it take for the most minor of traffic stops? And don't the police realize that ganging up on someone for something so minor is going to make anyone defensive, which DuBose really wasn't?
This goes to the larger narrative of needing better training and a total revamp of police relations. The average citizen breaks 3 laws per day, according to a recent study. That's because we have so many laws on the books anymore and they keep adding up. Do we really need an army of police officers to enforce every law, especially the minor ones? I believe these are serious questions that need to be answered.
Ivana Trump has said her former husband, Donald Trump, made her feel "violated" during sex. So how does Trump respond? Through his attorney, who defends his client by saying "you can't rape your spouse." Welcome to the GOP women's rights problems of the 2016 cycle.
In an interview with Breitbart yesterday, Mike Huckabee said the Iran deal is pushing Israelis to the "door of the oven". It shouldn't be shocking, but it still is, that Republicans love making such horrid comparisons. The fact that they so easily diminish the atrocities of Hitler into today's political disagreements shows what little compassion they have for the Jews that lived through this horrible ordeal. But President Obama isn't taking it, saying in a news conference: "The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are I think part of just a general pattern we’ve seen ... that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad". I couldn't agree more and Mike Huckabee needs to immediately apologize to all Jewish people for his assinine comment.
Donald Trump, in a 40 minute interview with The Hill is raising the threat of him mounting a third party run should the RNC be unfair to him. “The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy," Trump told The Hill. This must be his first go around in politics. Supporting contributors when they give money, then ignoring them later is common for any political party.
Since the shooting in Chattanooga last week, there has been a lot of finger pointing as to the reason military recruiters aren't armed. But so far the most egregious comes from Jeb Bush, who is blaming Bill Clinton for a "law". Politifact has looked into it and it turns out it wasn't a law, but rather a directive. Oh, and that directive? It wasn't issued by Bill Clinton, but rather his predecessor, George H.W. Bush. Or, as we should call him for the purpose of this post, Jeb's daddy.
Just when I thought nothing could shock me more from the GOP field of morons, we now have one trying to blame a President for something that candidate's own father actually did. As I've always said, we are becoming more and more like Idiocracy by the day.