Monday, August 10, 2015

Gaffs happen. I get the feeling the rift between Donald Trump and the Republican Party is growing ever wider.

August 8, 2015

...“If your standard-bearer has to resort to that,” (click here) Mr. Erickson told hundreds of conservative activists in a packed Atlanta hotel ballroom on Saturday, “we need a new standard-bearer.”
With Mr. Trump at center stage Thursday in Cleveland, Fox News shattered television viewership records for a primary debate: Nearly 24 million people watched. But any hopes that Mr. Trump, the real estate developer and television celebrity, would try to reinvent himself as a sober-minded statesman, or that he would collapse under scrutiny and tough questions, vaporized in the opening minutes when he refused to rule out running as an independent candidate for president. His remarks Friday only furthered the impression that he also had no intention of speaking more carefully. Mr. Trump denied on Saturday that he had been implying that Ms. Kelly was menstruating. “I think only a degenerate would think that I would have meant that,” he said in an interview, insisting that he had been referring to Ms. Kelly’s nose and ears....

Pakistan is in an uproar about child abuse. Now that is what I call news.

HUSSAIN KHAN WALA, Pakistan — Pakistani officials (click here) have initiated an investigation into allegations that a gang of men sexually abused more than 200 children and sold videos of the abuse.
The accusations have rocked the country, drawing the attention and condemnation of human rights activists and politicians in a case that involved subjects long considered taboo here.

At least 280 children under the age of 14 from three villages in eastern Punjab Province were said to have been subjected to sexual abuse by a gang of 15 men, who made videos to extort money from the children and their parents. Seven of the accused have been arrested, police officials said Sunday.

The accusations of abuse started trickling out last month as victims began to report it to the police, and last Tuesday, hundreds of residents staged a protest, accusing the police and local politicians of protecting the gang members and ignoring the accusations. Some of the protesters clashed with the police, and dozens of people were injured, including several police officers.

On Saturday, details of the abuse were carried by The Nation, a Lahore-based English-language newspaper, which reported that the gang members had drugged and intoxicated their victims, some as young as 6, and had recorded hundreds of videos. Some of the children stole jewelry and money from their parents to pay the men to stop them from making the videos public, according to the reports. The newspaper said many of the videos were sold to buyers and pornographic websites overseas....

The abortion debate is completely "W"rong.

The current debate about the origins of life doesn't concern the USA Constitution.

Huckabee can go on and on about the beginning of life all he wants, but, the US Constitution isn't interested in religious definitions.

The US Constitution is interested in citizenship. If argued correctly late term abortions are constitutional, especially when it is to save the woman's life and the well being of her family.

The US Constitution stipulates that the highest office in the land, President of the United States of American has to be occupied by "a natural born citizen."

Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution:

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; 

You can argue all you want about when life begins, but, the US Constitution has no interest in a baby until it is born. While the UNBORN are still in utero, there is no debate about the beginning of the LEGAL life of a citizen. It is not until the baby is born.

Roe v Wade was decided based in oppressive state law. It was decided because the lack of a safe abortion was killing women and leaving their families without wives and mothers. Roe v Wade was always about women, not about babies. 

The woman is the citizen, not the fetus. 

There is case law, four case law decision that defines "natural born citizen. United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 US 649 (1898) is the most interesting.

The Venus, 12 U.S.478 Cranch 253 253 (1814)

Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 3 Pet. 242 242 (1830)

Minor v. Happersett , 88 U.S. 162 (1875)

United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898)

In this case, Wong Kim Ark, the son of 2 resident Chinese aliens, claimed U.S. Citizenship and was vindicated by the court on the basis of the 14th Amendment.  In this case the Justice Gray gave the opinion of the court.  On p. 168-9 of the record, He cites approvingly the decision in Minor vs. Happersett:
At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that

all children, born in a country of parents who were its citizens, became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens,

as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.
On the basis of the 14th Amendment, however, the majority opinion coined a new definition for “native citizen”, as anyone who was born in the U.S.A., under the jurisdiction of the United States.  The Court gave a novel interpretation to jurisdiction, and thus extended citizenship to all born in the country (excepting those born of ambassadors and foreign armies etc.); but it did not extend the meaning of the term “natural born citizen.”


Finally it should be noted, that to define a term is to indicate the category or class of things which it signifies.  In this sense, the Supreme Court of the United States has never applied the term “natural born citizen” to any other category than “those born in the country of parents who are citizens thereof”.

Hence every U.S. Citizen must accept this definition or categorical designation, and fulfil his constitutional duties accordingly.  No member of Congress, no judge of the Federal Judiciary, no elected or appointed official in Federal or State government has the right to use any other definition; and if he does, he is acting unlawfully, because unconstitutionally.

Selling debate tickets, what next?

Survey Monkey (click here)

I think Donald Trump is attracting the Republican voters that were with Mitt Romney. It seems to be the same solidified crowd. There are some shifting, but, it is  a surprising shift and says nothing about the expertise of the American press. All predictions got it wrong.

The overnight poll (click here) was conducted for 24 hours from Friday evening into Saturday. During that period, Donald Trump stayed in the headlines due to his negative comments about Kelly and was dis-invited from a major conservative gathering in Atlanta.
None of that stopped Trump from coming in at the top of the poll with 23 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz was next on the list with 13 percent. n

Megan Kelly baited the first question in the debate and it is very unprofessional, quite frankly. Mr. Trump stated it was a victimizing question and it was. It was intended to state Mr. Trump is not a true Republican and voters should throw their weight elsewhere. The electorate didn't fall for it because Donald Trump brought the unfairness to the forefront.

According to Survey Monkey:
The survey also finds a majority of Trump supporters say they would vote for him as an independent candidate for president, in the event he does not win the Republican nomination.

The American cable media hasn't got it right for awhile now. They are always trying to catch the ratings so they march to the same drummer. 2014 was a wash out for Democrats compared to the predictions of the cable media. There is a lot they got wrong. In 2014 the cable media looked like FOX did in 2012. They play a game called, "Make a wish and it will come true."

Both in 2010 and 2014 the private Republican pollsters got it right. The media wasn't even close.

The issue with Megan Kelly is masked as a gender bias of Trump. It isn't. Megan Kelly was attempting to prove there is only one man that is willing to abandon the Republican Party. I didn't think that was the purpose of debates. I thought it was to get ideas out and find out the sincere leaders for 2016. You know. Leaders. The people with ideas. Morals. Facts and figures that proves their point. Not simply rhetoric to play with people's emotions. Real positions on issues backed up by facts.

Wouldn't that be interesting. The way the debate was run, it was a beauty pageant (excuse the pun) and not a debate.

The first question of the debate was intended to stigmatize Donald Trump and now everyone is trying to play off it to gain a better standing with the Republican electorate. It is easier to try to score points from Trump than actually say something meaningful. That is pretty sad. 

You mean to tell me, that the only way for anyone other than, Donald Trump, to win the nomination is by vengeance of a principled man. If that is the case and the only way for another candidate to win the nomination is by attempting to defeat Donald Trump on anything less than merit; that isn't saying much about the Republican field. 

In the Survey Monkey poll, Scott Walker (The Rhetoric King) tumbled and his next stop is off the grid all together. The people are looking for substance and answers, not rhetoric. Rhetoric is not answering anything. Whatever. 

Whatever tickets are left over from seating the candidates staff are sold? Really? These audience are biased? That is corruption.

September 16, 2015 - CNN Republican Debate (click here)
Statement from the Reagan Library Foundation regarding debate tickets as of July 9, 2015:
"At this time we don’t have any information regarding when or if seats will be available to the general public. Each candidate will be requesting seats for their associates, staff etc. Once we know that number it will be decided if seats will be open to the public. Please visit our web site @ and also if you are a member you will get notification."
October 28, 2015 - CNBC Republican Debate
Statement from the University of Colorado Boulder concerning the availability of debate tickets:
"Ticket details are still being finalized, but an allotment of tickets for CU-Boulder students will be available. More details will be available in the coming months."

These debates are fund raising events. Amazing. Is there anything legitimate about them?