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God help Canada!

An official Canadian government report recommends that the sick- even psychiatric patients- be given the right to have the government murder them.

The values of the Western world are in tatters. Courts have usurped the role of Constitutions and Charters of Rights; the rule of law has given way to the whims of judges. Human life has become devalued, and we have forgotten God and put ourselves in His place. If anything, the process of moral and legal rot has gone even further in Canada than in the United States.

May God foil this demonic proposal, and have mercy on the souls of those who made it.

We remember every four years a man we should never forget

My lord, if ye burn any more, except ye follow my counsel, ye will utterly destroy yourselves; if ye will burn them, let them be burnt in hollow cellars; for the smoke of Master Patrick Hamilton hath infected as many as it blew upon.

--John Lindsay, associate of persecutor of Protestants James Cardinal Beaton
Today is more than merely "Leap Day." It's the anniversary of the death of a man who deserves to be far better remembered than he is: Scottish Lutheran theologian and martyr Patrick Hamilton.

Hamilton was born into the Scottish royal family, the grandson of King James II. He was appointed titular abbot of Fearn Abbey, Ross-shire, in 1517, the same year that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Hamilton first came across the teachings of Luther as a student at the University of Paris. He returned home first to study at and later to teach at St. Leonard's College at St. Andrews University. An accomplished musician, whi…

Trump was lying about not knowing who David Duke is- and his rudeness even extends to his own supporters

Jim Geraghty over at National Review has several interesting items in his column today.

First, he provides more than adequate documentation of the fact that when Il Duce claimed during his refusal to repudiate the Ku Klux Klan (which he has certainly heard of) that he had never heard of David Duke, he was lying through his teeth.

Nobody respects a turncoat. Geraghty also documents Trump's rudeness and disrespect toward Chris Christie immediately  after the New Jersey governor endorsed him:



He also recounted Christie's ongoing difficulty justifying his support for Old Gerbil Head in view of his past statements about the man.

Graphic by DonkeyHotey

From The Art of the Deal

Donald Trump is a self-professed professional liar.

#NeverTrump continues to trend on Twitter

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has tweeted and posted on Facebook that he, too, will not vote for Donald Trump if Il Duce is the Republican nominee. #NeverTrump continues to trend on Twitter as the revolt of the decent Republicans continues.

Maybe Sen. Sasse will be our independent conservative candidate to oppose Trump and Hillary. But it does my heart good to see so many men and women of integrity stand up and refuse to support an unfit phony like Trump even if the Republican party nominates him.

Country first. Party second.

Graphic by DonkeyHotey

Il Duce quotes Il Duce!

The dark comedy that is Donald Trump's run for the presidency just keeps getting darker and less funny.

Not only does Donald Trump refuse to disavow the Ku Klux Klan.... but knowingly quotes Benito Mussolini, and doesn't see a problem with that!

I've gotten into the habit (you may have noticed!) of referring to Trump as Il Duce. The reasons are simple. I'm not the first to notice the uncanny resemblance between Trump and Mussolini not only in their personalities and style but in their programs- or lack thereof.

To put it simply, imagine, if you will, a hypothetical political figure: a strutting, pompous jackass, a narcissist who believes that the world revolves around him, is an instinctive bully, and is something of an authoritarian to boot. His "program is quite simple": he endlessly proclaims his intention to return a once great and glorious nation to its previous heights of greatness and glory. When asked about how he plans to do that, he changes the sub…

And now, Trump refuses to disavow the Klan- and "Powerline" wonders whether he's a Democratic agent!

Yeah. It's that bad. Just when you think this Trump thing couldn't get any weirder....

Trump refuses to disavow the Ku Klux Klan.

Sometimes elements of the Right can get a trifle paranoid. But note that the article linked to above actually questions whether perhaps Trump- a longtime Democrat whose conversion to the Party Previously of Lincoln is very recent- might not be a Democratic plant, an agent provocateur to bring out the dark side in the GOP rank-and-file while torpedoing the party's chances of winning in November.

I am not given to conspiracy theories, and it does seem a stretch.

Well, no.

I don't buy it, precisely because I'm adverse to conspiracy theories. But the scary thing is that Trump and the whole Trump phenomenon is so bizarre that it doesn't seem a stretch at all!

Trump comes right out and says it: He's against the First Amendment

If you still need convincing- if you have any doubt whatsoever as to why Donald Trump must be stopped- watch these two videos.



Who decides what is "purposely false and negative?" The government? Trump?

Hello! Ever hear of this little number:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Wait. It gets worse. It's not just freedom of the press Il Duce is after. He's after freedom of speech as well. Watch this next video. Note that one protester could not possibly disrupt this rally. Note also that he was in no way violent. Admittedly, what the protester does and says is tasteless and obscene.

You know. Like Trump himself.

But it is protected by the First Amendment. The veteran once swore to support and defend the Constitution. Far from doing a "…

Lack of leadership and unity paralyze the movement to save the GOP

Here's a very informative article on the behind-the-scenes effort fo stop Donald Trump and save the Republican party and the conservative movement from ideological and electoral disaster.

It paints a picture of a party sorely lacking leadership, of squabbling factions who agree on the need to stop Trump but somehow can't get together behind a strategy for actually doing it.  It shows a Republican  congressional leadership determined, in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's words, to "drop (Donald Trump) like a hot potato" if he is nominated, lest association with Il Duce doom the party's Senate and House candidates. It portrays a lack of diplomatic finesse by Marco Rubio, coupled with (ironically) skillful handling by Trump as the causative factors behind Chris Christie's shocking endorsement of The Donald. It reveals a strategy behind John Kasich's stubborn refusal to withdraw from the race and endorse Rubio: a belief that he can come into the co…

And in fairness to Donald Trump...

In researching the post below, I realized that I have misrepresented Donald Trump several times in this blog. He does not claim that he never does anything wrong. He simply "doesn't bring God into it" when he does. That's why he doesn't ask for forgiveness. So my citing of 1 John 1:8-10 isn't fair and doesn't apply.

Trump is a terrible theologian and someone in desperate need of catechesis. But I cannot look into his heart to see whether or not he is really a Christian. He does not claim what 1 John says disqualifies him from being one.

Is somebody doesn't put this out there now, Hillary will this Fall.

I do not post this lightly. If the media were doing their job, I wouldn't have to post it at all. I do so because I think it raises reasonable questions, not because I suggest any particular conclusions- at least as regards the psychiatric end of things.

I'm not a psychologist, and I don't play one on TV. But some folks are.  And when enough of them say the same thing, I think it's time to pay attention.

Read this.

And this.

And this.

And this.

And this.

There are plenty more. Just do a Google search on the words Donald Trump and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Once more, I'm not a psychologist, and I'm not qualified to diagnose Donald Trump. I've never even met Donald Trump. But when so many people who are qualified write that a man who is the presidential front-runner of one of the major parties exhibits behaviors typical of someone suffering from a mental disorder which can be extremely dangerous in someone who holds political power, the matter meri…

A YUGE moment in the debate

Marco Rubio summed up Donald Trump's entire program and entire message the other night. It is this: "Everyone’s dumb; he’s going to make America great again; we’re going to win, win, win; he’s winning in the polls; and the lines around the state-" whatever on Earth that last one means.

Everything else is bluster, grandiosity and and talking fast.

It may be said of Donald Trump what Gertrude Stein once said of New Jersey, Chris Christie's home turf: "There's no there there.

Nothing but an empty suit and an awful lot bad manners and hot air.

Just how ignorant IS Donald Trump, anyway?

I mean, his ignorance has been revealed in interview after interview, over and over. The guy admits to getting his foreign policy advice from Sunday morning interview programs, for crying out loud.

But you know, even a high school civics student would know that judges don't sign bills.

And this dude wants to be President of the United States? Every time the man opens his mouth he reveals that he knows absolutely nothing about foreign policy, the Constitution, defense policy, or anything else essential to the job he's asking us to hire him to do.

All he can talk about is how he's going to make America great again and "turn us into winners," and how if we'll all just emulate his ignorance and let Big Brother take care of us all, we can all be ignorant together.

And how he'll punch us if we disagree with him. And that would be YUGE!

And in case Trump IS nominated....

...sane Republicans are actively researching the possibility of getting an independent conservative candidate for President on the ballot.

The two biggest problems: finding a well-known candidate willing to make the race, and beating the calendar. Time is running out for getting an independent or third-party candidate on the ballot.

If the effort fails, some of us feel strongly enough to actually vote for Hillary on the theory that it would be easier for an intact conservative movement to hold her in check than for a Republican party in Trump's thrall to control Trump's  lifelong liberalism. Others would follow the course I intend to: simply staying home on election day.

Whatever happens, Trump would lose in November. And if by some diabolical miracle he won, the chances of his administration being anything other than an unmitigated disaster are nil. Preparations would immediately begin for a challenge to a thoroughly discredited Trump in the 2020 primaries- if, that is, Trump…

'Friends don't let friends vote for con artists:' Marco gives Il Duce a taste of his own medicine

I really loved last night's debate.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are finally doing what they should have done a long time ago: fight back using Il Duce's own weapons. It's the only way to deal with a bully. Let it be relentless. Let it be constant. Let the insecure little boy who is Donald Trump get a taste of his own medicine. Bring on the ridicule, the scorn, all the things a narcissist like Trump can't stand. Laugh at him. Refuse to take him seriously- and make it clear precisely why he is not to be taken seriously.

Marco and Cruz took Il Duce down a peg last night, and Marco is continuing it today:





Pour it on. He won't be able to take it. Bullies never can. The Donald will get nastier than ever. He'll bluster. He'll howl. He'll whine. He'll carry on. And the more he does, the more he will reveal himself for the pathetic little man he truly is.

Let it continue right on through the convention- and yes, beyond. This is mortal combat. This is "we w…

Marco sticks it to Il Duce

I'll have more to say about this tomorrow- too tired to write much tonight- but Marco Rubio made a jackass of Donald Trump tonight. The revelations about Trump employing illegal immigrants and making his clothing line in Mexico were great, but I especially enjoyed Marco getting on Trump for repeating himself so much!

Well, no. Trump was a jackass already. But Marco (with the help of Ted Cruz) helped clarify that fact.

Of course, the Trumpbots won't be convinced. The Leader can do no wrong, and besides- thinking is hard!

Well, it sure took long enough!

When I was still living in Chicago back in the '70's, the whole Near North Side was up in arms about Lincoln Towing, which by repute didn't require that an automobile be illegally parked before towing it. Chicago folk singer Steve Goodman did a song about the outfit:



But it seems that the Illinois Commerce Commission may be getting ready to do something about it, all these decades later.

Better late than never, I guess.

Rolling the dice with America's future: the Nevada Republican Caucuses

With all of the returns from the Nevada Caucuses in, here's the final result:
1. Trump 45.9%
2. Rubio 23.9%
3. Cruz 21.4%
4. Carson 4.8%
5. Kasich 3.6%
6. Paul 0.2%
7. Bush 0.1%
8. Christie 0.1%

Paul, Bush and  Christie have withdrawn.

Delegates: Trump 12; Rubio 5; Cruz 5
The good news: Rubio has once again finished ahead of Cruz, who- if he doesn't do very well in early March in the southern states he sees as his firewall, will have to ask serious questions about whether he has a realistic path to the nomination.

The bad news: Trump exceeded his normal 31%-35% of the vote, although in Nevada he's almost a "favorite son" and this probably shouldn't be taken too seriously. If he starts doing it again on March 1, everything we thought we knew about Trump and the mental health of the Republican rank-and-file will have to be called into question. And it will become much harder to imagine Rubio either catching Trump in the delegate count once Cruz and Kasich drop …

An intriguing possibility: a brokered convention, and a dark horse for the GOP

Interesting post-South Carolina article by John Hudek of the Brookings Institution in which he goes a step further than I have in recent posts about the Republican race. Hudek comes right out and says  that however well Donald Trump may do in the primaries, as long as Rubio and Cruz- and yes, Kasich- are waging serious campaigns he may not be able to clinch a majority of the delegates before the convention meets in July in Cleveland. Getting a third of the vote in primary after primary may not be enough.

In which case we'll have an old-fashioned, brokered convention- and in all probability a compromise nominee, a "dark horse-" somebody who didn't even run this year but whom everybody (but the hard-core Trumpbots) will be able to agree on.

Seems to me that Hudek's logic is unassailable. If the GOP nominates Trump, defeat is certain. If it ignores Trump and nominates, say, John Thune or Kelly Ayotte or Nikki Haley or Mitt Romney, even if the Trump people freak out,…

Is this 1856 all over again?

Here's an article by Ross Kaminsky of The American Spectator on why a whole lot of conservatives- and I'm one of them- will not, under any possible set of circumstances, vote for Donald Trump if he's nominated.

Trump will get his comeuppance.  But what the Trumbots just can't seem to get through their heads is that the polls aren't lying when they say that he's the only Republican candidate Hillary would beat. They can't seem to understand the relatively straightforward fact that candidates who have a popularity rating with the electorate of negative 60%- as Trump does- don't win.  Some polls indicate that up to a third of Republicans feel the same way about voting for Il Duce as Mr. Kaminsky and myself do. You can't lose the votes of a third of your own party and still hope to come out on top.

It will be hard to take much satisfaction in Trump's being revealed as the loser he is by being crushed at the polls by Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders…

Trump threatens blackmail against the family that owns the Cubs- on Twitter!

A tweet from Il Duce:

Donald J. Trump ✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump
I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!
8:42 AM - 22 Feb 2016
6,167 6,167 Retweets 13,205 13,205 likes
Can you imagine a candidate for president of the United States publicly either slandering (my strong bet) or blackmailing the owner of a major league baseball team?

Can you imagine anybody with any respect for American values at all who would say such a thing in public?

Can you imagine anybody whose judgment is so poor that he would stick his foot in it like that?

Can you imagine anybody as clueless, as devoid of any sense of decency, as completely free from any understanding of our appreciation for the First Amendment that he or she would support a guy who keeps saying stuff like this, and actually looks upon such proto-Fascist bullying as a plus?

Donald Trump may be a clown, but so were Mussolini and Idi Amin. Matthew Ma…

Maybe it's too early to panic

Here's another view of the Republican race at this stage, from National Review.

To some extent. it refutes the pessimism of my last post on the race. There are some convincing statistics here on the difficulty Trump will have in achieving a majority of convention delegates before April at least- and maybe even afterward. It's certainly the case that many commentators are missing the point that Trump is getting only about a third of the vote in the primaries and caucuses, but needs one more than half of the delegates to be nominated at Cleveland,

That's possible but difficult. Several states do have "winner take all" primaries. But the next of those are Marco Rubio's home state of Florida and John Kasich's home state of Ohio on March 15 (Missouri's,  also on March 15,  is "winner take all" only if a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, which no one will this year).

Well, yes. Ok. The North Mariana Islands Caucuses on March 15 are als…

On the morning after South Carolina, the world looks a lot bleaker

Jeb Bush, whom I supported right up until the eve of the Iowa Caucuses, deserved better. I still think he was the best-qualified candidate running this year. He was torpedoed by the single most stupid reason for opposing a candidate I have ever heard: his last name. I was saddened  last night when this talented and good man was forced to abandon his candidacy.

But I was also excited, because Jeb's departure opened the door for Marco Rubio, the last real Republican hope for sanity, to united those Republican voters who dwell in the same reality as the rest of the world against the double-barreled threat of extreme, unethical Ted Cruz and goofy demagogue Donald Trump, whose personality seems to me to parallel that of Benito Mussolini so closely that it's frightening.

This morning, I am less sanguine. To begin with, there's the matter of John Kasich, another bright, talented and decent man who isn't going to be elected president this year. Kasich will have his moment in …

Unregistered voters caucus for Hillary in Nevada

Yeah, she's above the law.



HT: Drudge

Graphic by DonkeyHote

It's Il Duce, Rubio, and Cruz in South Carolina

With 99% of the precincts reporting, here's the result of the South Carolina primary:

1. Il Duce 32.5%
2. Rubio 22.5%
3. Cruz 22.3%
4. Bush 7.9%*
5. Kasich 7.6%
6. Carson 7.2%

*Withdrawn from the race
Carson may just stick around. Which would be good, since many of his votes would go to Cruz.

Kasich is looking forward to several big states on Super Tuesday which he actually might win. Depending on how it goes there, he may or may not pull out. If he does, Rubio would obviously benefit.

As of now, regardless of the delegate count, the race for the nomination as a practical matter has the same shape as the South Carolina primary: Trump, Rubio, and Cruz, in that order. And events seem to be breaking in Rubio's direction.

For which, thank God!

Rubio in second; Jeb suspends campaign

With 73% of the precincts reporting in South Carolina, here is the situation:
X-Il Duce 33.1%
Rubio 22.3%
Cruz 21.7%
Bush 8.1%
Kasich 8.0%
Carson 6.7%
Jeb Bush has suspended his campaign, effectively withdrawing from the race. Carson may well follow. Kasich will probably hang on at least until Super Tuesday, March l.

But especially if Rubio does, in fact, finish ahead of Cruz, the race has been transformed. It's a three-way fight between Il Duce, Rubio and Cruz. If all of Bush's votes had gone to Rubio, he'd be trailing Trump 33.1% to 30.4%. Add Kasich's votes, and Rubio leads the pack, with 38.4% to Trump's 30.4%.

It's a whole new ballgame. And there's hope for the Republican party and for America.

Graphic by DonkeyHotey

Up for grabs: three new polls in the South Carolina GOP primary

It's going to be an interesting night for political junkies- and for anybody else interested in America being rescued from the horror of a Trump or Cruz nomination and a resultant Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency. The polls in South Carolina are all over the place, and though there seems (at least in some polls) to be a late movement away from Cruz and toward Rubio, who knows?

This primary is critical, but not for the usual reasons. Everybody agrees that Trump is going to win it handily; his approximately one-third of the vote (it will never get smaller and almost certainly will never get much bigger) currently dominates a field in which the "sane lane" votes are divided three ways. Those three candidates- Rubio, Bush and Kasich- have, together with the departed Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina, received enough votes in both Iowa and New Hampshire that if they had been cast for a single candidate, he would have won both. The real issue at this point is how quickly &quo…

"Marry" in haste...

I still don't expect America to "marry" Donald Trump. As the primaries progress his nomination keeps looking more and more frighteningly plausible. But the guy just scares too many people- and rightly so- to be electable. Too many Republicans would actually vote for Hillary if Trump were the alternative. Others, like yours truly, would simply stay home on Election Day.

Nevertheless, Cheryl Magness of The Federalist writes a letter in the style of a woman writing to a friend contemplating marriage to a jerk urging America to think very carefully before making this mistake.

Narcissists make no better national leaders than they do spouses.

Graphic: DonkeyHotey

"Disturbing pattern," indeed

For all Ted Cruz's hemming and hawing, the sleazy moves just keep piling up.

Not only did he send out some very questionable mailers during the Iowa campaign, spread a false report that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race after New Hampshire, have a TV ad pulled by several South Carolina stations out of legal concerns that it slandered Marco Rubio, and had to fend off accusations of repeated lying from both Rubio and Donald Trump during last week's debate, but somebody faked a Facebook post supposedly from Rubio supporter Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) calling his endorsement of Rubio a "grave mistake" and announcing that he's switching to Cruz.  

Cruz has repudiated the fraudulent post and insisted that his campaign had nothing to do with it. He also has denied lying about Trump and Rubio and insisted that his campaign's suggestion that Carson was dropping out of the race merely quoted a network television report that he was returning home after the primary rat…

Feel the Bern, Christians. At the stake?

Well, it may not be quite that bad. But make no mistake: Bernie Sanders has made it clear that if you confess what Jesus taught about marriage, he's coming for you.

Quite a nice totalitarian program the man from Vermont has there for anybody who doesn't happen to agree that the values of the centuries should be scrapped in favor of politically correct gender bending.

As if the Democratic assault on religion and biblical values weren't radical enough as it is....

Graphic by DonkeyHotey

ILC head: the German government must protect the Christian minority in refugee camps from Muslim bullying

The head of the International Lutheran Council, the counterpart of the Lutheran World Federation among Lutherans who actually continue to subscribe to historic Lutheranism, is calling on Germany to protect the Christians among the country's refugees from ISIS from abuse by Muslims.

The Rev. Dr. Hans-Jörg Voigt,  bishop of Germany's Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) has called for separate accommodations for Christian refugees as long as they continue to be harassed and assaulted by members of the Muslim majority.

Dr. Gottfried Martens, the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (SELK) in Berlin-Steglitz, has reported numerous cases in which parishioners from Iran and Afghanistan have been verbally harassed, had crosses ripped from their necks, and had their Bibles destroyed by Muslim fellow refugees.

Citing the guarantee of religious freedom in Germany's Constitution, Dr. Voigt said that the state has an obligation to guarantee that right to residents of the refuge…

Rubio is the Republicans' last hope

While I continue to question the rationality of this stampede to declare Marco Rubio unviable if he doesn't finish ahead of Ted Cruz in South Carolina, at this point there can be no real question that Rubio is, in fact, the last chance for sane Republicans to rescue the party and the nation from disaster in November.

Rubio- already in a statistical tie with Cruz in South Carolina- has received a huge boost in the endorsement of popular Gov. Nikki Haley.

The magnanimous, smart and patriotic thing would be for Jeb Bush and John Kasich to withdraw from the race Saturday night and endorse Rubio no matter what the result, as long as he finishes ahead of both of them.

If he doesn't,  of course, the article is probably right. He and the Party are done for, and we're all in for an ugly, unseemly and extreme campaign on both sides and a national martyrdom for at least the next four years.

The question, it seems to me, would be whether if Donald Trump is the nominee this year the Re…

Jeb and Kasich deserve better, but...

After Saturday- Super Tuesday at the latest- it will be time for Jeb Bush to get out of the presidential race. John Kasich, too.

Both are intelligent men whom I admire and have long thought would make great presidents. It isn't  Jeb's fault that he shares a last name with a former president who, rightly or wrongly, is unpopular at the moment. It isn't his fault, either, that so many Americans have come to the incredibly stupid conclusion that he shouldn't be president because of his last name. But there it is.

John Kasich is a guy I've had my eye on ever since his brief 2000 run for the nomination. He's smart, genuine, and gifted, a talented campaigner and a talented executive who has by general consensus (including the consensus of the people of Ohio) done a great job as governor. Sadly, he decided this year to run to the left of the field, a losing proposition for a Republican. He hasn't so much changed his positions on abortion and marriage redefinition…

Five new South Carolina polls

Five new polls are out in advance of Saturday's Republican primary in South Carolina:

Bloomberg:
Trump 36%
Cruz 17%
Rubio 15%
Bush 13%
Carson 9%
Kasich 7%

SC House
Trump 35%
Cruz 16%
Rubio 16%
Bush 14%
Kasich 9%
Carson 6%

Monmouth
Trump 35%
Cruz 19%
Rubio 17%
Kasich 9%
Bush 8%
Carson%

Emerson
Trump 35%
Cruz 20%
Rubio 19%
Bush 9%
Kasich 9%
Carson 5%

PPP
Trump 35%
Cruz 18%
Rubio 18%
Kasich 10%
Bush 7%
Carson 7%
The SC House poll is probably the most reliable, being based on a sample of 2400 likely voters with only a two percent margin of error. The PPP poll is based on a sample of 897 likely voters with a 3.3% margin of error. All of the others are samples of between 375 and 502 likely voters, with margins of error between four and five percent.

All of them project Trump winning handily, with Cruz and Rubio in a tight race for second. Thereafter they differ greatly, and in important ways.

The SC House poll shows a virtual three-way tie for second place with Cruz, Rubio and Bush all with…